18 Nov

Hantavirus cases in 5 states may signal active year

first_img The number of cases reported in January through March matches the pace recorded in 1994 and 1999—both years of high HPS case counts. In both those years, the preceding 1 to 2 years brought environmental conditions that favored a large rodent population, including increased rainfall and plant cover. The larger rodent population, according to the CDC, increased transmission of hantavirus among rodents, which heightened the risk for people. HPS typically begins with a headache, myalgia, and a fever above 101°F, followed shortly by bilateral, diffuse lung edema that can resemble acute respiratory distress syndrome radiographically. Most cases occur in the spring and summer, according to the report, but this seasonal pattern varies by location. Jun 13, 2006 (CIDRAP News) – Nine human cases of hantavirus pulmonary syndrome (HPS) in five states were reported from January through March of 2006, which could signal an above-average risk of the disease this year, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Editor’s note: A correction was made in this story on Jul 11 (2006) to eliminate errors concerning the numbers of hantavirus cases in Arizona and New Mexico since 1993. Cleaning up potential food sources and nesting sites See also: People contract HPS through contact with the saliva or droppings of rodents, most commonly the deer mouse. The disease is characterized by fever and severe pulmonary symptoms and is fatal 30% to 40% of the time, the report says (the CDC doesn’t say how many of the cases early this year were fatal). The culprit is most often the Sin Nombre virus. Sealing up holes around the home to prevent rodents from entering Taking precautions when cleaning rodent feces or nest sitescenter_img CDC has initiated a “Seal Up! Trap Up! Clean Up!” campaign (see link below) to limit exposure to HPS and other rodent-borne diseases. Measures to prevent HPS include: Trapping rodents in the home to curb the population The report also says that survival probability increases with early disease detection, so healthcare professionals should become familiar with HPS’s presentation. The only treatment, according to the CDC, is supportive care. Since the virus was identified in 1993, the CDC (as of May 10) has confirmed 438 HPS cases in the United States, 35% of which have been fatal. Most cases have occurred in states west of the Mississippi River, with New Mexico (68 cases since 1993), Colorado (49), Arizona (46), and California (43) outpacing other states. As noted in the Jun 9 issue of the CDC’s Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report, HPS was reported early this year in Arizona (3 cases), New Mexico (3), Texas (1), North Dakota (1), and Washington state (1). The CDC says people should take precautions against the often deadly disease. CDC. Hantavirus pulmonary syndrome—five states, 2006. MMWR 2006 Jun 9;55(22):627-8 [Full text] CDC’s “Seal Up! Trap Up! Clean Up!” campaignhttp://www.cdc.gov/rodentslast_img read more

19 Oct

UK eyes billion pound boost from Australia, New Zealand trade deals

first_imgBritain said its exports could increase by a billion pounds as a result of the trade deals it is seeking from Australia and New Zealand, setting out its negotiating objectives on Wednesday ahead of the start of formal talks.Australia and New Zealand are among Britain’s top priorities for trade talks, alongside the United States, the European Union and Japan, as it looks to define an independent trade policy after leaving the EU in January.”Ambitious, wide-ranging free trade agreements with old friends like Australia and New Zealand are a powerful way for us … to make good on the promise of Brexit,” trade minister Liz Truss said in a statement. Topics : The government’s aims for each deal were largely similar and broadly focused on increasing goods and services trade and cross-border investment. They included chapters on digital trade and ways to help small businesses export more.The aims for an Australian deal included a focus on technology, innovation and research and development, while the objectives for the New Zealand talks made reference to the need to protect both countries’ climate change commitments.The first round of talks is expected to take place by videoconference in the coming weeks. last_img read more

20 Sep

2018 High School Baseball/Softball Preview: Hancock County teams primed for big seasons

first_img Ellsworth runners compete in virtual Boston Marathon – September 16, 2020 ELLSWORTH — The Ellsworth Eagles aren’t the only ones gearing up for baseball and softball season. All across the county, teams are ready to take the field and put the seemingly endless winter behind them.After seven of the 10 teams in the rest of Hancock County made playoff appearances last year, 2018 is shaping to be another exciting year on the diamond. The Ellsworth American takes a look at each squad and its prospects for the upcoming year.Bucksport Golden BucksThe Bucksport baseball team came agonizingly close to one of the state tournament’s biggest upsets last year when it lost 6-5 to eventual state champion Orono in the Class C North quarterfinals. The Golden Bucks return quite a bit of production from that squad in their quest to make it even further this time around.This is placeholder textThis is placeholder textAll but one starter returns for the Golden Bucks this season. With Chase Carmichael leading the way on the mound and Tyson Gray, Tanner Stegner, Jacob Ames and more returning to the lineup, Bucksport has the chance to be even better than it was a year ago.Mike Carrier’s Bucksport softball team claimed the state title for the eighth time in school history in June with a 20-0 season. A big reason for the team’s success was pitcher Kate Saunders, who has dominated opponents and lost just one game over the past two years.Saunders will be back on the mound for her senior year in 2018, and Brittney Dewitt, Darian Jellison, Mikayla Tripp and Maggie Bires will be back as well. A fundamentally strong team at the plate and in the field, Bucksport has the tools to compete for — and win — another state title.“They’re always a well-rounded team, and you have to fight them all the way,” Mount Desert Island head coach Jamey Lewis said. “They do all the little things well.”Mount Desert Island TrojansAndy Pooler’s first season as head coach of the MDI baseball team saw the team get better with each passing game. The Trojans started off slowly but turned their season around down the stretch as they won eight games in a row from May 13-31.Mount Desert Island’s Stanley Grierson dives for a ground ball during a high school baseball exhibition game against Orono on April 11 in Bar Harbor. The Trojans won the game 5-3. BARRY GUTRADT PHOTOMDI must replace 2017 ace Seth Clark on the mound and leading hitter Drew Shea at the plate. Yet with Matt Perconti heading the pitching staff and more than half of the team’s starters returning, the Trojans have a chance to continue their progression in Pooler’s second year at the helm.“We have the benefit of having a lot of kids this year,” Pooler said. “Even when you consider what we’ve lost, I think it’s a deep team with a lot of quality players.”Across the parking lot in Bar Harbor, head coach Jamey Lewis leads a young MDI softball team. Maddie Thornton is the only senior on a 14-player roster that’s loaded with sophomores and juniors.Despite their youth, the Trojans have already shown plenty of promise in the preseason. In an exhibition game against Bucksport last Thursday, MDI took the game to the wire before falling to a 5-3 defeat.“We hit the ball really well and fought a good team the whole way,” Lewis said. “I was really happy with our performance.”George Stevens Academy EaglesGeorge Stevens Academy started the season 8-0 last year and eventually claimed the top seed in the Class C North with a 13-3 record. Yet the Eagles’ season ended in the regional quarterfinals when they fell 3-2 at home to Fort Kent.GSA rarely lit up scoreboards last season, but neither did its opponents. Although the Eagles must replace leading pitchers Beckett Slayton, Jake Keenan and the track-team bound Taylor Schildroth from last year’s squad, Stefan Simmons will be back on the mound.At the plate, GSA will return Simmons, Marshal Lebel, Tyler McKenney and Ben Parker. With a Maine Baseball Hall of Fame head coach in Dan Kane, the Eagles could be a tough out once again in Class C.Sumner TigersSumner’s Lauren Hanna throws a pitch during a game against George Stevens Academy last season in Blue Hill. Hanna is a returning starter for the Tigers this season. FILE PHOTOSumner’s baseball team won a playoff game for the first time in 13 years last year when it defeated Central 2-0 in the Class C North prelims. It was a rewarding win for the Tigers, who had lost six games by three or fewer runs in the regular season.Sumner must replace Issiac Christiansen and Jacob Shorey but will return Kollin McLean and William Colson. The team has a new coach, Dana Smith, who takes over for Kyle Joy.In softball, Sumner brings back Lauren Hanna on the mound and a slew of other key players in the field and at the plate. The Tigers missed out on the last Class C North playoff position by one spot last season with a 3-13 record.Deer Isle-Stonington MarinersAfter a tough start to the year, the Deer Isle-Stonington baseball team won five of its final seven games to make the playoffs as the No. 10 seed in Class D North. The Mariners also came close to a spot in the quarterfinals, falling to Southern Aroostook 9-8 in the prelims to finish the year 7-10.Class C/D All-Star Ethan Shepard won’t be back for the Mariners after graduating last June, but key hitters Tyson Rice and Nathan Winchester and pitcher Silas Bates all return. The team is seeking back-to-back playoff appearances for the first time since 2012 and 2013.On the softball diamond, Deer Isle-Stonington’s 7-9 record in 2017 saw it finish one spot short of the final Class D North playoff position. It was nonetheless a very eventful year for the Mariners, who beat Bangor Christian in a 30-29 thriller to open the season and won their final four games to finish it.With only one player from last year’s team having graduated, the Mariners should be primed to make even more noise in 2018. Mike MandellMike Mandell is the sports editor at The Ellsworth American and Mount Desert Islander. He began working for The American in August 2016. You can reach him via email at mmandell@ellsworthamerican.com. MPA approves golf, XC, field hockey, soccer; football, volleyball moved to spring – September 10, 2020 Latest Postscenter_img Bio Latest posts by Mike Mandell (see all) Hospice volunteers help families navigate grief and find hope – September 12, 2020last_img read more

17 Sep

Ronaldo Seals Four-year Deal with Juventus

first_img“Real Madrid has conquered my heart, and that of my family, and that is why more than ever I want to say thank you. I’m leaving but this shirt, this crest and the Santiago Bernabeu will continue to always feel as my own wherever I am.”Ronaldo ends a glorious trophy-laden spell in the Spanish capital, having picked up 16 titles including no less than three FIFA Club World Cups, four UEFA Champions Leagues – including the last three – and two league titles. He was also named as the world’s best men’s player on six occasions while representing Los Blancos.Additionally, the 33-year-old racked up an incredible scoring record with Real, setting in stone a tally of 451 goals in 438 games.“Real Madrid would like to express its gratitude to a player who has proved to be the best in the world and who has marked one of the brightest times in the history of our club and world football,” the Spanish club said in an official statement.“Beyond the conquered titles, the trophies achieved and the triumphs achieved in the playing fields during these nine years, Cristiano Ronaldo has been an example of dedication, work, responsibility, talent and improvement. For Real Madrid, Cristiano Ronaldo will always be one of its great symbols and a unique reference for future generations.”Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram Italian giants Juventus have signed Cristiano Ronaldo, with the former Real Madrid star heading for his first spell in Italy, after nine years starring in Spain’s La Liga.Having requested a transfer, the reigning The Best FIFA Men’s Player, fresh from reaching the Round of 16 at the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia with Portugal, signed a four-year deal with the Turin side, who have won the Italian Serie A title for a record seven successive seasons.“I believe that the time has come to begin a new stage in my life and that is why I have asked the club to accept my transfer request. I feel that way and I ask everyone, and especially our followers, to please understand,” Ronaldo said in an open letter.last_img read more