WHO notes 3 Ebola cases in Guinea as UK nurse improves

first_imgThe World Health Organization (WHO) today reported three Ebola cases in Guinea, one of which is new, while a UK nurse is showing promising signs of recovery after nearly dying from meningitis caused by a relapse—not a re-infection—of the virus, hospital officials said.Sierra Leone, meanwhile, has now gone 5 weeks with no new cases, the WHO said in its weekly update.No registered contacts in 2 casesOne of the new patients in Guinea is in the capital, Conakry, while the other two are in Forecariah district, where some of the most recent cases have been detected. The case in Conakry and one of the other cases were reported by the media on Oct 16.As noted then, the Conakry patient, a 21-year-old man, is not part of a known transmission chain. And genomic analyses suggest he was not infected with the virus strain responsible for the most recent cases in Conakry and Forecariah, the WHO said today.The WHO also reported that the newly reported case, which was detected only during post-mortem testing, also was not a known contact of any previously reported case. “Therefore there remains a near-term risk of further cases among both registered and untraced contacts,” the agency said.The fatal case involved a 35-year-old woman, and genetic analysis showed she is part of the same chain of transmission as the four cases reported in Forecariah in the WHO’s Sep 30 update. Guinea had gone more than 2 weeks between those cases and the two reported last week.The third case is the 3-month-old child of the dead woman. Officials are monitoring 246 contacts in Guinea, 70 of whom are considered high risk. The WHO said an additional 253 contacts identified in the past 6 weeks remain untraced.Sierra Leone has now gone 5 weeks without a case, and all contacts linked to its two most recently active transmission chains have completed 21 days of follow-up. As well, the last patient to receive treatment was confirmed free of Ebola virus after a second consecutive test on Sep 25 was negative. Two high-risk contacts, however—one in Bombali and one in Kambia—remain untraced, and officials are still trying to locate them.The country will be declared free of the disease on Nov 7 if no further cases are reported.Signs of improvement after meningitisIn related news, Pauline Cafferkey, the Scottish nurse who contracted Ebola last December in West Africa before recovering in late January, came close to death from meningitis caused by the virus, her doctors said today. Her condition, though, has now improved enough for her to converse, use an iPad, and sit up in bed, The Guardian reported today.BBC News reported that Michael Jacobs, MD, who is treating Cafferkey at the Royal Free Hospital in London, said, “Pauline has become unwell by meningitis caused by the Ebola virus. But to be very clear about this, she hasn’t been re-infected with the Ebola virus.”This is the original Ebola virus that she had many months ago, which has been lying inside the brain, replicating at a very low level probably, and has now re-emerged to cause this clinical illness of meningitis. And this is obviously a serious thing.”Neurologic complications due to meningitis caused life-threatening disease while Cafferkey was being treated at the specialist isolation unit at Royal Free, Jacobs said. “I think she has a long recovery ahead of her and will be with us for quite a while still.”See also:Oct 21 WHO updateOct 16 CIDRAP News story “Guinea reports two more Ebola cases; review sheds light on CNS complications”Oct 21 Guardian storyOct 21 BBC News reportlast_img read more

BOC launches fuel-cell powered portable generator

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Argos’ Jessica Young Captures Player of the Week Award

first_img Jessica Young (www.jimhoguephotos.com) BIRMINGHAM, Ala. – Jessica Young (Hillsboro, Ala./Wallace-Hanceville CC) nabbed her first Gulf South Conference Player of the Week award this week for an outstanding performance in last week’s conference action. The honor marks the second consecutive week that West Florida athlete has been recognized as the GSC East Women’s Basketball Player of the Week.Young has been instrumental both offensively and defensively for the Argos this season, and averages a double-double with 11.6 points and 10.7 rebounds per contest. She is the GSC leader in rebounds as the only player in the conference to average double figures.The junior was a dominant factor in the UWF effort last week, totaling 41 points and 28 rebounds in two conference matchups against Montevallo and West Alabama. Her second and eighth double-doubles were secured in both games, and she averaged 20.5 points and 14 rebounds per game in the two-game span.UWF basketball will continue their campaign on the road this weekend, as both teams face Valdosta State in a double header this Saturday, January 31st. Tip-off is slated for 2 pm. For more information or to follow along live, visit www.GoArgos.com.Print Friendly Version Sharecenter_img Argos’ Jessica Young Captures Player of the Week Awardlast_img read more

Ravens list Canady, K. Young as questionable for season opener

first_imgOWINGS MILLS, Md. — The Ravens officially ruled out two starters, but they should have the rest of their 53-man roster available for Sunday’s season opener against Buffalo.As expected, tight end Hayden Hurst (foot) and defensive tackle Willie Henry (hernia surgery) will not play against the Bills as they continue recovering from multi-week ailments, but cornerback Maurice Canady (thigh) and rookie inside linebacker Kenny Young (knee) are expected to suit up after practicing all week. Both were officially listed as questionable.Canady participated in practices on a limited basis this week after being sidelined with a hamstring injury since mid-August. His return to the field is an important development as he will be the top reserve corner behind outside starters Marlon Humphrey and Brandon Carr and nickel back Tavon Young while Jimmy Smith serves his four-game suspension in September.“Maurice is a very valuable player. I’m excited about him,” head coach John Harbaugh said. “He looks good in practice, so it looks like he’ll be out there. I haven’t gotten the OK on that finally from the trainer, but that’s my diagnosis. I’m planning on having him unless something changes between now and then. He can play inside. He can play outside. He can play special teams. He’s a good player. It’s good to have him back.”The Bills are also in good shape from a health standpoint as no projected starters appeared on the injury report this week.According to Weather.com, the Sunday forecast in Baltimore calls for temperatures in the mid-60s with a 100-percent chance of rain and winds 10 to 20 miles per hour. Rainfall could near an inch, which could make for an interesting afternoon at M&T Bank Stadium.Friday marked the 10th anniversary of Harbaugh and Joe Flacco’s first Ravens win in a 17-10 final over Cincinnati to kick off the 2008 season. The victory would be the start of a surprising 11-5 campaign that would land the first-year head coach and rookie quarterback in the AFC championship game.“It feels like yesterday. It’s crazy how quickly [time goes by],” Flacco said. “You look back at the days, and they go along just like everybody says. But man, it’s been really, really quick, and we’ve changed a lot.”Below is the final injury report of the week:BALTIMOREOUT: DT Willie Henry (abdomen), TE Hayden Hurst (foot)QUESTIONABLE: CB Maurice Canady (thigh), LB Kenny Young (knee)BUFFALOOUT: WR Ray-Ray McCloud (knee)QUESTIONABLE: LB Julian Stanford (nose)last_img read more