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first_imgWHO details maternal-fetal Zika findings in Martinique microcephaly caseThe World Health Organization (WHO) on Apr 1 shared more information about Martinique’s first probable Zika-related microcephaly case, which documents Zika virus infection in the mother and the fetus.Also, Brazilian researchers today reported on clinical patterns they saw in people who tested positive for the virus in an acute care clinic, and the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) added Fiji to its list of countries for which is has travel advisories.A series of serology tests in December, January, and February confirmed flavivirus and other infections in the Martinique mother. In the second test in January she was positive for immunoglobulin G (IgG) against flavivirus and chikunguna and for IgM antibodies against Zika virus.The microcephaly diagnosis was made at just over 22 weeks gestation on Mar 10. A week later, amniotic fluid and fetal blood samples were positive for Zika virus on polymerase chain reaction testing, and the results were confirmed on Mar 22. Doctors had recommended medical termination of the pregnancy.Details of the case help shed light on maternal and fetal Zika virus infection, suggesting that the risk is high during early pregnancy, though more investigations are needed to fully describe the role of the virus in the development of congenital abnormalities, the WHO said. It added that the case shows that the fetus can test positive for the virus months after the mother’s initial infection.Apr 1 WHO statementRash was the most common Zika symptoms that sent patients to doctor’s offices, according to a retrospective case series of 57 Brazilian patients described today in a letter in Emerging Infectious Diseases.The convenience sample reflects people who were seen at an acute care clinic in Rio de Janiero from Apr 28 to Jun 8, 2015, and tested positive for the virus. Rash was reported by 98% of patients. Other common symptoms included headache (67%), low-grade fever (67%), joint pain (58%), and muscle pain (49%). Conjunctivitis and retro-orbital eye pain were also seen in more than a third of the cases.Apr 4 Emerg Infect Dis letterFinally, the CDC today posted a “level 2” Zika virus travel notice for Fiji, which means travelers should practice enhanced precautions such as avoid mosquito bites. It also recommends that pregnant women or those planning on becoming pregnant not travel to such countries or territories, which now number 42.CDC travel notice page Study: Women more likely than men to receive antibiotic prescriptionsWomen are 27% more likely to be prescribed antibiotics in their lifetime when compared to men, according to a study yesterday in the Journal of Antimicrobial Chemotherapy.A team of researchers from German and Swedish institutions reviewed 11 studies of antibiotic prescription practices in primary care practices. Studies were published between 1976 and 2013; obtained surveillance data from pharmacy, insurance, or national healthcare systems; and represented 44,333,839 people.The number of antibiotics prescribed to women ages 35 to 54 was 40% higher than men in the same age group, and women ages 16-34 had a 36% higher rate of antibiotic prescriptions compared to their male peers, the authors said.Researchers observed especially high gender differences in the cephalosporin and macrolide antibiotic classes, with 44% and 32% higher numbers of prescriptions, respectively, written for women.The authors said that more research is needed into the reasons behind gender differences in antibiotic prescription practices, as well as into any potential gender inequality in antibiotic resistance rates.Apr 3 J Antimicrob Chemother study Philippines begins world’s first dengue immunization programThe Philippines began the world’s first public immunization program for dengue fever this Monday, according to an Associated Press (AP) story. The government subsidized the $76 million cost for the three-dose vaccine Dengvaxia, and children under the public health system and public school system have already begun to receive their free vaccinations.Although the WHO has not finished its assessment of vaccine effectiveness in the Philippines, Dengvaxia has already been approved by the country’s food and drug administration, according to CNN Philippines. The WHO should be finished with its review soon.In support of the new program, the nation’s health department cited a study done by a University of the Philippines-Manila professor that suggested the vaccine can reduce dengue cases by 24.2% in 9-year-olds within 5 years, the CNN story said.Dengvaxia was developed by the French pharmaceutical company Sanofi Pasteur and is the first licensed vaccine to treat dengue, according to the AP report. The vaccine has been shown to be effective for all four strains of dengue.In 2015, the Philippines had 200,415 suspected cases of the mosquito-spread disease, according to WHO data.Apr 4 AP story Mar 31 CNN Philippines articlelast_img read more

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first_img The Team arrived on 1 May for the recount exercise, which began on 6 May and ended on 9 June with the final certification. 15 June 2020 Share this:PrintTwitterFacebookLinkedInLike this:Like Loading… New Haitian Ambassador to CARICOM accredited You may be interested in… The Secretary-General thanked the team for the commitment, professionalism and integrity with which they undertook an arduous task over the past six weeks. Chair of CARICOM, the Honourable Mia Amor Mottley, Prime Minister of Barbados thanked the team for their service to Guyana and the wider Community, particularly being away from their families at this difficult time during the COVID-19 pandemic. Oct 6, 2020 Guyana gets new PresidentPresidential candidate of the Peoples Progressive Party/Civic Dr Mohamed Irfaan Ali was sworn in as Guyana’s ninth Executive President on Sunday. The swearing-in brought an end to a protracted period of challenges to the results of the 2 March General and Regional elections.  It was done shortly after the Guyana…August 2, 2020In “CARICOM”CARICOM Observer Team for Guyana Elections Recount arrivesThe Caribbean Community (CARICOM) Observer Team for the recount of Guyana’s Regional and General Elections arrived in Guyana Friday afternoon. The three-member Team is led by Ms. Cynthia Barrow-Giles, Senior Lecturer in the Department of Government at the University of the West Indies (UWI), and includes Mr. John Jarvis, Commissioner…May 1, 2020In “CARICOM”CARICOM Chairman engages key stakeholders during Guyana visitCARICOM Chairman, Prime Minister Mia Mottley of Barbados, paid a visit to Guyana on Monday during which, among other things, she engaged CARICOM Secretariat staff and was awarded the Order of Roraima by the President of Guyana. The Chairman was met on arrival in Guyana by Foreign Minister Dr Karen…February 4, 2020In “Barbados”Share this on WhatsApp Aug 6, 2020 CARICOM congratulates Trinidad and Tobago on its 58th… The Team was led by Ms. Cynthia Barrow-Giles, Senior Lecturer in the Department of Government at the University of the West Indies (UWI), and included Mr. John Jarvis, Commissioner of the Antigua and Barbuda Electoral Commission and Mr. Sylvester King, Deputy Supervisor of Elections of St. Vincent and the Grenadines.center_img Aug 29, 2020 CARICOM SG congratulates re-elected Premier of Bermuda The Report has been submitted to Prime Minister Mottley and to Madame Justice (Ret’d.) Singh. Sep 16, 2020 A Team was invited to scrutinise the recount by the Chair of the Guyana Elections Commission, (GECOM), Madame Justice (Ret) Claudette Singh. Secretary-General of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM), Ambassador Irwin LaRocque, on Monday 15 June, 2020 received the Report of the CARICOM Observer Team which observed the recount of the General and Regional Elections held in Guyana on 2 March, 2020. CARICOM celebrates Jamaica’s 58th Independence Anniversary The need for a CARICOM Observer Team was agreed upon by the leaders of the two main political parties in Guyana following their discussions with Prime Minister Mottley and Secretary-General LaRocque.last_img read more

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first_img Sharing is caring! Share HealthLocalNews Head of Quarantine Unit says inspections of imported goods are carried out regularly by: – November 27, 2018 Share Tweetcenter_img Head of Plant Protection and Quarantine Unit, Nelson LavilleHead of Plant Protection and Quarantine Unit, Nelson Laville has explained that inspections are carried out on all imported agricultural commodities to help prevent the distribution of any tainted produce.He made that statement while speaking to the media last Friday, in an interview where he denounced the rumors of plastic cabbage being distributed in Dominica.Laville stated that the mandatory inspections reduce the chances of any contaminated products from entering the country.He noted that if discovered, these products will either be disposed of, or sent back to the exporter.“Hypothetically speaking, if a commodity which is supposed to be an agricultural commodity is imported into Dominica, it would be intercepted more than likely at our inspections on the port. If that is the case we would confiscate it and destroy it or repatriate it; meaning send it back to its original point,” Laville stated.He explained that customs law, food safety law, and plant quarantine laws demand that the exporter would face consequences, “because Dominica would now issue a non-compliance report to the authorities from the exporting country and that now would trigger a ban of the person from exporting to any destination for that matter.”Laville added that there are serious repercussions under international law if an exporter knowingly distributes contaminated products, including the implementation of bans and blacklisting the exporter.“There are a number of consequences if a commodity which is said to be an agricultural commodity is not that after it has been exported from a country,” he noted.“Likewise if Dominica exports something to a country and we say its coconut but when it gets to the other side it is not coconut there will be consequences for Dominica, one of which is blacklisting. Once you are blacklisted, it means you are prohibited from exporting,” Laville further added. Share 290 Views   no discussionslast_img read more

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first_img “Sa akin naman ang ine-aim ko na lang ngayon, makatulong ako sa team in my own little way at ma-experience ko ‘yung grand slam, then okay nan,” concluded the former St. Francis of Assisi College standout. On the part of KaTropa, Harvey Carey has the most rings with seven, Ryan Reyes, Kelly Williams, Jayson Castro and David Semerad have six each, while Brian Heruela have four. Curiously, all of Semerad and Heruela’s titles were won at Beermen. Anthony Washington has three PBA rings, two when he was still with Beermen, Ilonggo Ken Bono has two while Celedonio Trollano and Yousef Taha have one PBA title apiece. Aside from Yancy De Ocampo who won six rings with the Beermen, four with the Mixers and one with KaTropa, several members of the Beermen’s roster have multiple championships. The Beermen has already done the first step after ruling the Philippine Cup in May and is now close to the second with the SMB reaching the 2019 Honda PBA Commissioner’s Cup finals against the TNT KaTropa. *** De Ocampo knew he is close to the end with his playing time heavily diminished at the Beermen camp with the entry of June Mar Fajardo, Christian Standhardinger and Kelly Nabong. Ilonggo Ronald Tubid, Arwind Santos and Alex Cabagnot have eight PBA championships each while five-time PBA MVP June Mar Fajardo, Marcio Lassiter and Chris Ross have seven each. De Ocampo could have achieved that feat way back in 2014 at the Magnolia Hotshots (then San Mig Coffee Mixers) but he was traded just before the start of the Governors’ Cup, which the Mixers ruled to complete the Grand Slam.center_img “Wala man akong playing time, okay lang as long as nananalo. Moral support tayo. Sobrang blessed lang talaga,” said De Ocampo, who did not saw action at all in the ongoing conference due to an injury. “Sabi ko dati pag naka-Grand Slam na ako, magre-retire na ako. Sana this year, sana mangyari na yun,” said De Ocampo, the top overall pick during the 2002 PBA Rookie Draft. The 39-year-old De Ocampo admitted he has nothing to ask for in his PBA career after winning 11 PBA championships (most by any active PBA player) but being part of a Grand Slam team will be a good exit. VETERAN center Yancy de Ocampo has one wish before ending his 17-year professional basketball career — for the San Miguel Beermen to complete the Grand Slam in the 2019 PBA Season. “Malaki ‘yung possibility na mangyari ang grand slam pero depende sa performance ng team. Oo, powerhouse ‘yung team pero nandoon lagi ang tendency mag-relax,” he added. “Minsan masyadong kumportable ang players sa isa’t isa. ‘Yun ang weakness namin, he said. “Pero once kailangang kailangan namin ang panalo, nagkakataon naman na nao-overcome namin ‘yung struggles.”  Matthew Ganuelas-Rosser and John Billy Mamaril have four each, Chico Lanete, Louie Vigil and Von Pessumal have two apiece, while Terrence Romeo, Christian Standhardinger, Kelly Nabong, and Ilonggo Paul Zamar have one each. No PBA rings so far from the KaTropa’s camp were Gilas Pilipinas mainstays Roger Pogoy and Jeth Troy Rosario, Anthony Semerad, Frank Golla, Marion Magat, and Jan Karlo Casino./PNlast_img read more

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