Marburg fever case reported in Netherlands

first_imgJul 10, 2008 (CIDRAP News) – European officials today reported a rare case of the often-deadly Marburg hemorrhagic fever on European soil, in a Dutch woman who recently was exposed to bats while visiting caves in Uganda.Dutch authorities informed the European Union and the World Health Organization of the case today, according to a statement from the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC). The patient is a 40-year-old woman who had recently returned from a vacation in Uganda.”The travel included a visit to two caves in the Maramagambo forest (between Queen Elizabeth Park and Kebale), where she was exposed to fruit bats,” the ECDC said. The patient was at Leiden University Medical Centre; her condition was not disclosed.”ECDC’s initial assessment is that the threat to public health is limited and mainly focused on the people who have been in close contact with the patient after the onset of her symptoms,” the agency said. “People intending to travel to Uganda should be aware there may be a risk related to visiting caves in the Maramagambo forest.”The Marburg virus, like its cousin the Ebola virus, can cause a severe febrile disease for which there is no vaccine or specific treatment. The case-fatality rate ranges from 30% to 90%, depending on the strain, according to an ECDC fact sheet. The most recent large Marburg outbreak occurred in Angola in 2004 and 2005, involving 252 confirmed cases with 227 deaths.Marburg and Ebola can spread through contact with blood, secretions, or other body fluids of living or dead infected persons, and also through contact with living or dead infected animals, according to the ECDC.The natural reservoir for Marburg virus is unknown, but last year researchers reported finding genetic material from the virus in a species of fruit bat in Gabon. The bats might have been a reservoir for the virus, or they might have acquired it from some other animal, the researchers said.See also: Aug 22, 2007, CIDRAP News story “Traces of Marburg virus found in African bats”CIDRAP overview of viral hemorrhagic fevershttp://www.cidrap.umn.edu/cidrap/content/bt/vhf/biofacts/index.htmllast_img read more

Shackleford scores 28 as Alabama beats Richmond 90-78

first_img WATCH US LIVE Written By Last Updated: 30th December, 2019 10:39 IST Shackleford Scores 28 As Alabama Beats Richmond 90-78 Jaden Shackelford scored 28 points and Alabama beat Richmond 90-78 on Sunday night. Jaden Shackelford scored 28 points and Alabama beat Richmond 90-78 on Sunday night.Kira Lewis Jr. and John Petty Jr. each added 17 points for the Crimson Tide (7-5). Herbert Jones had 11 points and a career-high 10 rebounds for the junior’s first career double-double.After making only 26% of their 3-pointers in the first half, the Crimson Tide made 4 of 5 from behind the arc to start the second half with makes from four different players to stretch their lead to 57-47. Shackleford scored nine points in an 10-2 spurt that gave Alabama a 16-point lead, its biggest of the game, when he hit a 3-pointer with 10:31 to play.A three-point play by Jacob Gilyard trimmed Richmond’s deficit to 72-67 nearly four minutes later but the Spiders got no closer.Gilyard led Richmond (10-3) with 21 rebounds and four assists. Grant Golden and Blake Francis scored 14 for the Spiders.Shackelford carried the Alabama offense in the first half, making four of his six 3-pointers and scoring 14 points.Alabama head coach Nate Oats picked up his third technical foul of the season after a disagreement with the referees, and Richmond scored four points on the possession following the technical.The Spiders cut the lead to one on their next posession, but Shackelford added his final 3-pointer of the first half to bump Alabama’s lead back up to four.BIG PICTURERichmond: The Spiders made just six of their 24 3-point attempts and could not keep up with the offensive attack of Alabama.Alabama: Behind hot 3-point shooting, Alabama has won five of their last six games heading into the Southeastern Conference play.UP NEXTRichmond hosts Saint Joseph’s on Thursday in the Atlantic 10 Conference opener for both teams.Alabama opens SEC play on the road against Florida on Saturday.More AP college basketball: First Published: 30th December, 2019 10:39 IST Associated Press Television News center_img FOLLOW US COMMENT LIVE TV SUBSCRIBE TO USlast_img read more