Ministry of Health releases results of Gastroenteritis Illness Study

first_imgHealthLifestyleLocalNews Ministry of Health releases results of Gastroenteritis Illness Study by: – June 15, 2011 Photo credit: trialx.comThe Ministry of Health has completed a one- year study of the Burden of Gastroenteritis Illness in Dominica. The study was conducted in collaboration with the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO), Ross University and with technical assistance from the Caribbean Epidemiology Centre (CAREC).  The methodology used was developed by the World Health Organization.The objective of the study which was conducted in 2009-2010 was to determine the magnitude, distribution and under-reporting rate for Acute Gastroenteritis (AGE) and the most important causes of foodborne diseases (FBD) in Dominica.The results show that the prevalence of AGE was higher in females and highest in the under 5 year age-group.  Prevalence of AGE was lowest in 45-64 years age-group. The occurrence of AGE varied by health district, with the highest monthly prevalence of self-reported cases of AGE reported in the Portsmouth District (13.1%) followed by St. Joseph (12.6%) and Roseau (9.3%).   The Grand Bay health district had the lowest prevalence (2.1%). This difference across health regions was statistically significant (p= 0.0144).The average number of days an individual suffered with AGE ranged from 1- 28 days. Of the 84 AGE cases, 42 reported restricted activity and had to spend time at home due to their illness.  The range of days spent at home was 1 – 7 days.The predominant pathogen isolated was Norovirus(29%) followed by parasites (12%), Salmonella (7%) andShigella (4%) suggesting that viruses are the main cause of FBD in Dominica.The economic cost of the burden of AGE on the public health system was estimated to be $3,727,187.19 (US$1,395,950) or EC$51.80 (US$19.40) per capita implying the huge economic burden of AGE on Dominica. This estimate was based on the average cost of basic medical services, supplies, hospitalization in the public health system as well as working days lost and care-giver needed. These factors were calculated using value in proportion from the study and basic cost at the public health system.The Burden of AGE Study is the first of its kind in Dominica and has provided evidence that AGE is a significant public health and economic burden in Dominica. Recognizing the significant amount of under-reporting is essential in designing appropriate interventions and assessing the impact of these pathogens in the population.Based on this study the following recommendations are being made in order to reduce the burden and morbidity associated AGE: Share Share 1. Improve the collection of stool specimens from persons with diarrhea – patients with diarrhoea are encouraged to submit a sample when requested by health professionals2. Continue testing stool specimens for the increased range of causes of AGE introduced during this study3. Improved procurement methods and funding for laboratory media and supplies, in particular Norovirus kits4. Improve timely reporting of all laboratory confirmed pathogens to the Ministry of Health5. Enhance food safety practices along the farm to table continuum6. Continue public health food safety messages and related educational activities7.Target the identified risk factors for FBD when allocating resources for education, food safety, and infrastructure. 15 Views   no discussions Share Sharing is caring! Tweetlast_img read more


first_imgPRINCE Philip paid a secret visit to Buncrana with his Navy friends half a century ago, it was revealed today.Derryman Ian Piggot said the prince had been in the city in the late 1940s or early 1950s for a training course at the British navy base which was there at the time.“It was well-known the prince and a couple of other officers went down to Buncrana and had a meal in Green Bay Restaurant,” said Mr Piggot. “I was at sea at the time and when I came home on leave my mother was full of this story. She was so impressed she had to get down and have afternoon tea in the same place. My mother was a big Royal fan.”Philip – known for his verbal howlers – had people in stitches during a function in Dublin yesterday when Irish dancers put on a display.When asking about Irish dancing, he told one boy: “Well it beats jogging, doesn’t it?”REVEALED: PRINCE PHILIP’S VISIT TO BUNCRANA was last modified: May 19th, 2011 by gregShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more

It’s a close shave as Dry Arch raises €10k for charity!

first_imgThe Dry Arch Complex in Letterkenny will hold its final fundraiser of 2019 when it stages a sponsored shave on Friday night.So far this year, the Dry Arch Complex has raised €10,000 for local charities and groups.“Through our last head shave which raised €6,000 we purchased a defibrillator for the local community. The other beneficiaries were the autism unit at Lurgybrack NS, Bonagee under-10 footballers and Charlie Devlin’s youth angling team,” commented Damien McCormack, Dry Arch Complex manager. “Through other fundraisers, we have raised €4,000 – €1,200 for Temple Street Children’s Hospital, €1,000 for Pieta House and €1,800 for Down Syndrome Ireland. At the Dry Arch Complex we are very much aware of the importance of giving something back.“We are also aware of the vital work these local groups and organisations play in our community. We are delighted to be in a position to help out and do our bit for the community,” Damien added.Donegal Down Syndrome and Letterkenny Food Bank will be the beneficiaries of Friday night’s head shave.The group taking part in the head shave is made up of staff and customers from the Dry Arch Complex. The group will include Aaron O’Connell, Joe Langan, Barry Patton, Damien McCormack, Mark Patton, Arwyn Callaghan, William McClure, Aidan Crawford, Jack Moore, Mike Buchannon, Vincent McNamee and Ciaran McCormack.It’s a close shave as Dry Arch raises €10k for charity! was last modified: December 5th, 2019 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:charitiesdonegalDry Archlast_img read more

Nal’ibali asks you to make a promise

first_imgFounded in 2012 by the Project for the Study of Alternative Education in South Africa (Praesa) and the DG Murray Trust, Nal’ibali has spread its influence, working with an ever-growing number of children and parents across the country. (Image: Nal’ibali)Nal’ibali, a South African campaign aimed at promoting reading for enjoyment, has issued its 2016 Story Power Promise, and in so doing has again committed itself to helping South African parents instil a strong reading ethos in their children.Parents and children are asked to sign a pledge agreeing to help establish strong reading habits in their children as well as to maintain and develop those habits that are already in place.“Reading and sharing stories with children is one of the most powerful gifts you can give them,” says Nal’ibali general director Jade Jacobsohn.“Not only does it help to develop children’s literacy skills, it also fires up those parts of the brain concerned with imagination, emotion, sensation and movement. Ultimately it helps to create the neural circuits that enable sophisticated thinking and reasoning, helping children to do well at school.”Founded in 2012 by the Project for the Study of Alternative Education in South Africa (Praesa) and the DG Murray Trust, Nal’ibali has spread its influence, working with an ever-growing number of children and parents across the country. Its focus is to build and feed excitement about reading in a range of different languages.It works with more than 800 reading clubs, a number it is continually seeking to grow through sustained mentoring of and collaboration with communities, literacy organisations and volunteers of all ages.The above infographic serves to highlight some of the many advantages of reading to children. (Image: Nal’ibali)Nal’ibali issues a bi-weekly reading-for-enjoyment newspaper supplement and weekly radio stories which have also made a significant contribution to the library of South African children’s literature and stories. This year, Nal’ibali plans to add eight more stories to the 51 it has already produced and made freely available.“We have made our promise to the nation to assist and support children and adults in becoming strong and powerful readers through the development, translation and distribution of literacy materials,” said Jacobsohn.Nal’ibali would continue to provide on-the-ground support for those invested in its efforts in the hope that they would join the campaign on its literacy journey in 2016 and ” work together to grow a nation that reads”.The Story Power Promise forms part of Nal’ibali’s broader Story Power campaign, and carries the clear message that anyone can share a story anytime, anywhere. The main concept behind the campaign is the belief that children who enjoy story-time and being read to will, as they grow up, be more likely to read by themselves and build further on the foundation built by their parents and caregivers.This is, for the most part, why the campaign encourages parents and caregivers to take it upon themselves to make story-time a fun part of their daily routine with the children.Nal’ibali has a wide range of stories in a number of home-languages that can be downloaded from its mobile site or website.For more information about the Nal’ibali campaign and how to get involved, can visit the website or mobi site, or find the campaign on Facebook or Twitter: nalibaliSA.Watch this video touching on some of the defining characteristics of the Nal’ibali Campaign:PLAY YOUR PARTAre you playing your part in transforming South Africa? If so, submit your story or video and let us know what you are doing to improve the country for all.last_img read more

Clinton County Fair swine flu frustration, misinformation and lessons learned

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest After long hours of work and extensive investment in time and money to get to the show ring, emotions can run high, especially when things do not go as planned. That was certainly the case when, unfortunately, swine influenza was lab confirmed at the Clinton County Fair in July.The Clinton County Fair Board worked closely with the Ohio Department of Agriculture, the Clinton County Agricultural Society and local and state health officials to stop further spread of this virus in the hog population by making it a terminal show. State Veterinarian Tony Forshey said it was a tough, but necessary, decision.“We have dealt with influenza for several years at county fairs so that is nothing new. This was a unique case. In this case, this pig came in on a Saturday and became feverish on the following Wednesday. Then we had several others get sick on Thursday so we knew we had a fairly high viral load there. We had taken culture swabs on those and came up with an H3N2 influenza virus, which is fairly common on pigs. With the hot temperatures and high humidity it stressed the pigs enough and caused disease. We quarantined the barn and from a public health standpoint and to protect our other hog farms, we made it a terminal show and sent those pigs directly to slaughter on Thursday night,” Forshey said. “We all understand and know that there is a financial investment — and some of them fairly large in some of those animals — but every situation is handled case-by-case. This spread very rapidly so we had to take some immediate response, which we did. It doesn’t mean the next partial terminal show we’ll do that. It is all case-by-case based on the numbers of animals sick, how hot it is, human health risk, public health — all of those factors go into deciding what we are going to do. With as many pigs sick as there were, we felt that it was necessary to quarantine and send them all directly to slaughter. If there are only one or two sick, we have encouraged fair boards to have an isolation location for those animals to go to or we may even send them home to get them out of there. When you have this many pigs sick and the viral loads are so high, the risk of this spreading if we sent them back home would be pretty high.”Forshey stressed the importance of exhibitors taking the proper precautions. Signs of influenza in hogs include off feed, lethargic, sneezing, and coughing. Exhibitors should avoid sharing equipment and clean and disinfect it before using. People eating, drinking or sleeping in the barns should be avoided.“Don’t bring sick animals to the fair. You have to monitor your pigs. We have veterinarians at every fair and they have to do daily walkthroughs, but the exhibitors are the ones who are the key. They know if something is wrong with their pig and have to notify the fair veterinarian or barn superintendent quickly if it is an influenza situation so we can get them isolated and so we don’t increase the viral load in that barn,” Forshey said. “Even though there is some natural immunity to something like a H3N2 influenza, if you get enough virus in a barn it will override the immune response. It needs constant monitoring, constant sanitation, and washing hands several times a day — those are the sorts of thing that are important to keep the viral load down. And, one of the things we recommend is don’t bring a pig home from the county fair and then within seven days take them to another fair. That way we have enough incubation time there that if the pig comes home and gets sick then we know not to take it to the next fair. And, if you have a really good breeding gilt that you have spent some money on, it is probably not a good idea to take the risk of taking it to the fair.”Around 60% the state’s county fairs and the Ohio State Fair have hog shows that are terminal, though some fairs have shows where only some of the hogs are processed following the competition and the rest can return home. Forshey prefers the terminal shows, because they can help address these types of health concerns, but stresses that the decision is ultimately up to the individual fair boards.“We just give recommendations. We have talked about making junior market swine shows terminal at all of our fairs, but I don’t think that is realistic. Fair boards need to decide themselves on what to do. If a disease breaks out that is where we come in,” Forshey said. “I don’t think making all shows terminal is feasible. It is up to the fair boards and it is up to exhibitors to determine what risk they have.”The decision to make a show terminal, even for breeding animals not otherwise destined for market, is always challenging because of the many implications. Jamie May has a show pig operation in Fayette County and lost some quality breeding gilts that were at the Clinton County Fair. May said extensive measures are taken by most hog breeders to vaccinate and then quarantine their animals appropriately to manage disease effectively. The decision to make the show terminal created a negative situation for some youth exhibitors and hog breeders with animals at the show, he said.“In my situation it was devastating. I only have 15 to 20 sows most of the time and I lost two gilts. That is 10% of my future herd. Is it life or death? No, but it is something I have worked 30 years to get to the level of those gilts and you don’t just replace them overnight. And my losses were minor compared to some situations that I know about,” May said. “I can tell you 10 different breeders that were there. One of them maybe had close to $30,000 in gilts that went on that terminal truck.”Since the Clinton County Fair, May and his family have changed their plans for the Fayette County Fair hog show.“We didn’t take the ones we had initially planned on taking. Those best breeding gilts that had been scheduled to go to the county fair are still home in the barn. We can’t take the chance of losing more,” May said. “My daughter’s showmanship barrow for county fair is also her state fair barrow, so he did not go to the county fair. If it would become terminal, then she has nothing to show at the state fair. For the gilts, we took the seconds and the thirds because there is a chance they will be gone.”May also said that situations like this can result in unwarranted public concern.“The announcement was made at a poor time when you had the most public there right in the middle of the show. It was mass chaos and I thought it could have been handled differently,” May said. “Hopefully we don’t see any more issues, but now that public awareness is where it is from a negative standpoint and the panic is out there. The first pig coughs or sneezes and everyone will assume it is a virus. The general public is nervous now and those things cause hasty decisions.“It is a really tough call. You are torn between different parts of the industry and you’re trying to do the right thing for the exhibitors, the fair board, the Ohio Department of Agriculture, and the public and I totally understand that it is a very difficult decision that affects a lot of people. You’re never going to make everyone happy, but I personally thought this was the wrong decision.”Misinformation was a significant problem surrounding the incident with inaccurate and flat out wrong media reports following the announcement.“The biggest thing we heard was that the barns were going to be destroyed with the hogs in it and that was completely not true,” said Kayla Alexander, a 10-year 4-H advisor in Clinton County. “The phones rang off the hook non-stop. The misinformation became the leading information out there. We took to social media to get the right information out there. I was very impressed with our fair board, though, and they way they stepped up to get out the proper information. We have a very involved senior fair board and swine committee that took ahold of things. We are also very fortunate that we have a vet here locally to make sure the exhibitors knew exactly where they stood and what was going on.”Sisters Bella Early, 10, and Abi Earley, 9 share a hug after Abi’s win in swine showmanship at the Clinton County Fair. Photo by Kayla Alexander.Alexander’s first course of action upon learning about influenza in the swine barn was to address exhibitor concerns.“There were a lot of questions from the youngsters. They were hearing all of the negatives and the concerns. We told them that this was just like getting a cold and it was very unlikely that they were going to get sick. There is a lot of time committed to this project and these kids work really hard. Emotions were high and tensions were high. We spent a lot of time talking to our kids and making sure they understood what it was,” Alexander said. “The kids were still able to show and sell their animals. We haven’t run hogs through the sale in many years anyway and they got to complete the show. The kids all worked so hard and they earned the same awards that they would have if things had gone completely normally, but there are still a lot of emotions. There were exhibitors planning to take those pigs to the state fair and they just wanted to get them out a couple of times. The exhibitors were just doing what they thought was right and there was an unfortunate turn of events and they had to lose those pigs.”But sometimes, learning lessons in livestock can be really hard.“I believe the right decision was made. We have to protect the industry as a whole and that is what we did with the precautionary steps that were taken. We have now protected multiple other counties by getting the information out there,” she said. “For some of those kids this was their last year and it was hard to swallow, but it was something that had to be done to protect everybody and we have to look at the bigger picture.”last_img read more

Warren has career-high 40, Suns rally to beat Wizards

first_imgDon’t miss out on the latest news and information. MOST READ Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH LATEST STORIES The Suns tied a season best with 37 points in the second quarter, then followed that with 35 each in the third and fourth against a Wizards team that couldn’t regain their first-half intensity.Bradley Beal scored a season-high 40 points for Washington. John Wall added 21 points, and Marcin Gortat had 13 rebounds for Washington, which was without starters Otto Porter (illness) and Markieff Morris (suspension).The Wizards have given back double-digit leads in all three of their home games this season, though they won the first two. They also gave away an 18-point, third-quarter lead in of last Friday’s loss at Golden State.“For us to sit here and act like we’re somebody, we’re not,” said Beal. “We haven’t proven nothing, we haven’t done nothing. So we’ve got to stay aggressive at all times. We’ve got to realize that we’re a targeted team.”The Suns closed their deficit to 12 by the end of the second quarter, cut it to five early in the third, surged ahead during a 21-10 run that stretched into the fourth, and then rode Warren in the final stages.ADVERTISEMENT QC cops nab robbery gang leader, cohort Phoenix Suns forward TJ Warren (12) blocks Washington Wizards center Marcin Gortat (13). APWASHINGTON — There’s a renewed belief around the Phoenix Suns. It’s no wonder why, the way T.J. Warren is playing.Warren scored 28 of his career-high 40 points in the second half to continue a strong road trip, and the Suns overcame a 22-point deficit to beat the Washington Wizards 122-116 on Wednesday (Thursday Manila time).ADVERTISEMENT 2 dead in California school attack; gunman shoots self PLAY LIST 03:122 dead in California school attack; gunman shoots self00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games “He just seems to be thriving with the attention that everyone pays to everyone else,” Suns interim coach Jay Triano said. “He has the ability to score and break guys down one on one, so we try to give him as much space as we can.”Warren finished 16 of 22 (72.7 percent) from the floor also had 10 rebounds. A night earlier, he scored all 20 of his points in the second half of a 122-114 win at Brooklyn. Eight games into the season, he has posted two of the top four scoring games in his four-year career.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutDevin Booker added 22 points to help the Suns improve to 4-1 under Triano, following an 0-3 start that led to Earl Watson’s firing.“With everything that was going on we just had to look ourselves in the mirror and just realize that this is on us,” Warren said about the early upheaval. Stronger peso trims PH debt value to P7.9 trillion CPP denies ‘Ka Diego’ arrest caused ‘mass panic’ among S. Tagalog NPA Simmons, Embiid dominate in 76ers’ win over Hawks Read Next Warren gave the Suns the lead for good, 109-108, when he absorbed Beal’s foul and converted a three-point play. He followed with baseline 3 made to make it a four-point game and a jumper to make it 116-110 with 1:29 left.“It was me just cutting the basket and getting open layups.” said Warren. “Just me being T.J.”COULD’VE FOOLED USTriano suggested it’s been a steep curve to re-learn the NBA head coaching role. He also took the helm of the Toronto Raptors from 2008-2011.“It’s a little hectic, a little bit different,” Triano said before the game. “I like basketball. I don’t like doing this (interviewing) stuff, the meetings with GMs, and agents and players. I love the Xs and Os.”ACTIVE, BUT NOTThe Wizards activated Morris (sports hernia) for the first time this season in order to serve a one-game suspension for leaving the bench during a scuffle Friday night. He is expected to make his season debut against Cleveland on Friday night.TIP-INSSuns: C Alex Len received a flagrant 1 for his foul on Jason Smith during the second quarter. He fouled out with 2:58 to play. … Despite playing on the road, Phoenix led 38-30 in free throw opportunities.Wizards: With Porter out, F Jason Smith made his second start for Washington. … Wall received his first technical foul of the season for his reaction following a made layup in the second quarter. He was tied for second in the NBA last season with 15. Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding Japan ex-PM Nakasone who boosted ties with US dies at 101 Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC View commentslast_img read more

19 days agoMan Utd deny new contract talks with Paul Pogba

first_imgMan Utd deny new contract talks with Paul Pogbaby Paul Vegas19 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester United deny they’re in new contract talks with Paul Pogba.The club also insist he is not holding them to ransom by demanding a reported £600,000-a-week new deal.Pogba – who is expected to miss Sunday’s clash with Newcastle at St James’ Park with an ankle injury – has two years left on his current contract.United say no formal talks have yet taken place – and they believe they are not under any time pressure to make the French World Cup winner a new offer yet.An Old Trafford insider told the Mirror: “Pogba’s only focus right now is trying to be fit to help his team-mates.“Reports of him demanding £600,000-a-week to stay aren’t true. Paul has two years left on his contract so time is on our side in terms of discussions on a new deal.”The club made it clear in the summer that we want Paul at United and that remains the case.” TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

Iowa Making Strong Push For Top Kicker Quinn Nordin With Personalized Letters, Most Wanted Posters

first_imgIowa sends letters to kicker Quinn Nordin.Class of 2016 kicker Quinn Nordin supposedly has his collegiate decision down to either Penn State or Iowa – at least that’s what he told the guys over at Black Shoe Diaries last week. It looks like the Hawkeyes are making a hard push to land his services.Saturday, Nordin tweeted a photo of all of the mail he received from the Hawkeyes this week. It includes numerous hand-written letters (one by head coach Kirk Ferentz) and a “Most Wanted” poster with his photo and attributes. Just opened the mailbox #HawkeyeNation #MuchLove— Quinn Nordin (@QuinnNordin) February 21, 2015It’ll be interesting to see where Nordin winds up.last_img read more

Report: Mississippi State QB Dak Prescott, Teammate Attacked At Spring Break Concert

first_imgDak Prescott celebrating in his Mississippi State uniformSTARKVILLE, MS – NOVEMBER 22: Dak Prescott #15 of the Mississippi State Bulldogs reacts to a touchdown during the third quarter of a game against the Vanderbilt Commodores at Davis Wade Stadium on November 22, 2014 in Starkville, Mississippi. (Photo by Stacy Revere/Getty Images)Many colleges nationwide are on spring break this week, and students are flocking to warm locales for fun in the sun. Mississippi State star quarterback Dak Prescott and some teammates are down in Panama City, Fla., where unfortunately their spring break turned violent.On Monday night, a message board post on stated that Prescott and another Bulldog player were jumped while attending a concert by rapper Waka Flocka Flame. More accounts of what went on have emerged, including a pair of tweets from MSU backup quarterback Damian Williams, who was with Prescott.Williams deleted both tweets, but here is a re-tweet featuring one of his originals. MSU junior QB w/ Dak Prescott RT @DamianDevon: We got jumped for no reason, It’s sad we can’t go anywhere without being attacked by people— Robbie Faulk (@robbiefaulk247) March 10, 2015Mississippi State beat reporter Michael Bonner confirmed the attack minutes ago, saying Prescott was with Williams and teammate Torrey Dale.Spoke to a one of Dak Prescott’s family members. He and a few others were attacked by a group of people. They are OK. More to come.— Michael Bonner (@MikeBBonner) March 10, 2015According to Prescott’s Instagram, Damian Williams and Torrey Dale both went w/the QB on spring break. Can’t confirm if they were attacked— Michael Bonner (@MikeBBonner) March 10, 2015>— Mary Grace Eppes (@mgeppesWLBT) March 10, 2015Mississippi St. QBs Dak Prescott & Damien Williams both involved in an alleged attack here on Spring Break in PCB.— Greg Brzozowski (@GregWJHG) March 10, 2015This is scary stuff, and thankfully it looks like Prescott and his teammates are okay. We will keep you updated on any further developments.last_img read more