Colombian study bolsters evidence of Zika-GBS link

first_imgA study today in the New England Journal of Medicine shows more evidence of a strong link between Zika virus (ZIKV) and Guillain-Barre syndrome (GBS), while reports from Florida show that local transmission is still occurring in Miami Beach.Zika infection preceded GBS in manyIn today’s study, Colombian researchers looked at 68 patients with confirmed GBS diagnoses from November 2015 to March 2016.The patients were treated at one of six university hospitals in Colombia, and nearly all the patients (97%) had limb weakness upon admission. Fifty-six percent had ascending paralysis, and 50% had bilateral facial paralysis.Among those tested with nerve-conduction studies and electromyography, 78% had the acute inflammatory demyelinating polyneuropathy subtype of GBS. Forty patients (59%) were admitted to intensive care units, and 31% of all patients required mechanical ventilation. Four patients died while in hospital.Of the 68 patients, 66 (97%) had symptoms of ZIKV infection 1 month prior to the onset of GBS symptoms, with an average of 1 week between Zika symptoms and GBS symptom onset. Of the 68 patients with GBS, 42 were tested for ZIKV using RT-PCR, and the results were positive in 17 patients (40%). Moreover, 32 of the 37 patients with GBS who were tested (86%) had evidence of a recent flavivirus infection, indicated by antiflavivirus antibodies. All patients tested negative for dengue virus (DENV).”The increase in cases of the Guillain-Barre syndrome during the time of the ZIKV outbreak in Colombia and the absence of such an increase while DENV and chikungunya virus were circulating within the region in previous years provides epidemiological evidence of the link between ZIKV infection and the Guillain-Barre syndrome,” the authors wrote.The authors suggest this study corroborates earlier studies from French Polynesia, which reported clusters of GBS after a 2013-2014 Zika outbreak. Like that outbreak, the researchers posit that the current Zika epidemic in the Americas causes neurologic symptoms of GBS immediately following infection with ZIKV. Thus Zika-related GBS follows a parainfectious pattern, rather than the classical post-infection presentation of GBS.Temporal Zika, GBS relationship?According to a commentary in the New England Journal of Medicine, the study provides some temporal evidence of Zika virus infection and subsequent GBS diagnosis. But, unfortunately, the study also highlights the difficulty in obtaining an accurate and timely Zika diagnosis.”The difficulties in diagnosing ZIKV infection are borne out in this study, as only 17 patients had definitive laboratory evidence of recent ZIKV infection,” wrote Jennifer Frontera, MD, and Ivan da Silva, MD, PhD in the commentary. “As is true with most clinical studies, proving a causal relationship between ZIKV infection and the Guillain–Barre syndrome is challenging.”Still, Frontera and da Silva—Brazilian clinicians who were not involved in the study—warn that more GBS clusters are likely to follow regions hit hardest by Zika in the coming months.Miami Beach sees more ZikaIn other Zika news, Florida Health, the state’s department of health, is reporting two more non-travel–related cases of the mosquito-borne illness today as the state prepares to face Hurricane Matthew. Both cases were acquired in the Miami Beach active transmission zone, one of the city’s premiere tourist destinations. There are now 141 cases of locally acquired Zika in Florida.Florida Health also reported one new case of Zika in a non-Florida resident who visited Miami Beach, raising the total number of non-Florida residents who acquired the disease in the state to 17.Pregnant women are still advised to avoid all unnecessary travel to Miami Beach, and Florida Health reminded residents that Zika prevention was in their hands.”The department urges Floridians to drain standing water weekly, no matter how seemingly small. A couple drops of water in a bottle cap can be a breeding location for mosquitoes. Residents and visitors also need to use repellents when enjoying the Florida outdoors.”See also:Oct 5 N Engl J Med studyOct 5 N Engl J Med commentaryOct 5 Florida Health updatelast_img read more

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STATEMENT – European Commission Publication of List of High Risk…

first_img This list, which includes four (4) CARICOM Member States was published despite the European Council, in objecting to a list submitted for approval last year, concluding that the Commission’s submission was “not established in a transparent and resilient process that actively incentivises affected countries to take decisive action while also respecting their right to be heard.”  The Caribbean Community (CARICOM) deplores the latest attack by the European Commission on the economic well-being of some of our Member States who were named on 7th May 2020, in a list of third countries with strategic Anti-Money Laundering/ Combating the Financing of Terrorism (AML/CFT) deficiencies, and which would therefore be subject to enhanced due diligence measures by European Union (EU) States. 19 May 2020 Share this:PrintTwitterFacebookLinkedInLike this:Like Loading… Sep 25, 2020 Former CARICOM Assistant Secretary-General Dies CARICOM Member States continue to demonstrate their commitment to strengthening their AML/CFT frameworks and have actively participated in the CFATF’s mutual evaluation process.  The Caribbean Community maintains its call for a uniform, fair and transparent assessment process that is based on an inclusive, multilateral framework. CARPHA: Leading the Caribbean’s COVID-19 Response – VIDEO Moreover, the Commission has published the list of high risk jurisdictions, even as its Action Plan for a Comprehensive Union policy on Preventing Money Laundering and Terrorist Financing is still being subject to stakeholder consultation that will conclude by July 2020. Standards, Quality Still Important CARICOM and UNEP extend cooperation on environment Aug 25, 2020center_img Oct 7, 2020 The Commission’s unilateral actions are therefore contrary to the principles of transparency and consultation reflected in the Council’s conclusion, as well as its own assertions about its Revised Methodology which advocates prior engagement with third countries, as outlined in its press release announcing the new list. As a longstanding partner of the Caribbean Community, the action of the European Commission is not in keeping with the collaborative and supportive relationship between CARICOM and European States.  The Caribbean Community therefore calls upon the European Union Member States to once again reject the Commission’s proposals as callous and premature, at this moment in time.  Oct 7, 2020 It should be noted that of the four CARICOM States included in the Commission’s list, one has been delisted by the Financial Action Task Force (FATF), the global AML/CFT standard-setting body, since February 2020, and the other three Member States had already entered into agreed Action Plans with the FATF/CFATF.  You may be interested in… Impacted countries were neither informed nor consulted prior to this month’s publication. OACPS condemns new EU black list(BRUSSELS, May 7, CMC) -The Secretary-General of the Organisation of African, Caribbean and Pacific States (OACPS), Georges Rebelo Pinto Chikoti, Thursday condemned the decision by the European Commission to include several African and Caribbean countries on a new list of high-risk third countries with strategic deficiencies in their regime regarding…May 8, 2020In “Barbados”Statement by CARICOMThe Caribbean Community (CARICOM) recognises that global security and financial crime are increasingly intertwined and therefore supports the work of the FATF and its regional bodies in developing international AML/CFT standards to combat money laundering and terrorist financing.  Within the Community, our Member States and Associate Members have expended considerable…April 28, 2018In “General”EU AML/CFT Listing of Countries Among Priority Issues of OACPS-EU Post- COTONOU Negotiations(The Bahamas Government Information Service) – A series of virtual negotiation meetings held between the Organisation of African, Caribbean and Pacific States (OACPS) and the European Union (EU) more specifically the European Commission during the week of 8 through 12 June 2020 featured prominently the unilateral action of the EU…June 18, 2020In “General”Share this on WhatsApplast_img read more

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Douglas Arnold Joins Bosch Automotive Aftermarket North America As Vice President, Independent Aftermarket Sales

first_imgRobert Bosch LLC has announced that Douglas Arnold will join the Bosch Automotive Aftermarket Division North America as vice president, independent aftermarket sales. He will be located in the Broadview, Illinois, office, reporting directly to Enrico Manuele, regional president, Bosch Automotive Aftermarket North America. His appointment is effective Aug. 15.AdvertisementClick Here to Read MoreAdvertisementArnold brings to Bosch more than 15 years of experience in national brand and private label sales and sales management across a range of distribution channels. Most recently, he served as vice president of traditional sales for Dorman Products Inc., where he successfully developed operating plans and set team, pricing and program strategies supporting both national accounts and traditional aftermarket business.“Doug possesses the key skills and experience to help lead the Bosch independent aftermarket sales team to even higher levels of performance and success,” said Enrico Manuele, regional president, Bosch Automotive Aftermarket North America. “We’re extremely pleased to welcome him to Bosch.”last_img read more

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What’s on at Ecobuild 2013

first_imgGet your free guest access  SIGN UP TODAY To continue enjoying Building.co.uk, sign up for free guest accessExisting subscriber? LOGIN Stay at the forefront of thought leadership with news and analysis from award-winning journalists. Enjoy company features, CEO interviews, architectural reviews, technical project know-how and the latest innovations.Limited access to building.co.ukBreaking industry news as it happensBreaking, daily and weekly e-newsletters Subscribe to Building today and you will benefit from:Unlimited access to all stories including expert analysis and comment from industry leadersOur league tables, cost models and economics dataOur online archive of over 10,000 articlesBuilding magazine digital editionsBuilding magazine print editionsPrinted/digital supplementsSubscribe now for unlimited access.View our subscription options and join our community Subscribe now for unlimited accesslast_img read more

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Interpreting ambiguities in contract documents: RWE Npower Renewables Ltd vs JN Bentley Ltd

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Kerry buys Cargo Master’s Group

first_imgHLPFI reported in June that Kerry Logistics widened its Latin American network with the acquisition of Braservice in Brazil (http://tinyurl.com/l4dt62t). Established in 1994, CMG now has a domestic network of six offices in cities including Guadalajara, Queretaro and Monterrey.  “This acquisition is part of our strategic objective to further develop our business and network in the dynamic Americas region,” said William Ma, managing director of Kerry Logistics Network.Thomas Kroeger, general director of CMG, said: “We are truly excited to be part of the Kerry Logistics global network. This integration will open-up new possibilities of growth and will enable us to further expand our market share in Mexico.” www.cargomastersgroup.comwww.kerrylogistics.comlast_img read more

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Nurminen sale closed

first_imgHaving concluded an agreement to sell its specialised transport subsidiary to Ville Silvasti in September, the share transaction has now been validated.Nurminen Logistics says that the arrangement will strengthen its financial structure, clarify the company’s service offering and provide even better opportunities for developing core business operations.The company added that the transaction has no significant impact on its result in 2015 or on the group’s consolidated balance sheet.  www.nurminenlogistics.comwww.silvasti.comlast_img read more

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ITF demands action for seafarers

first_imgAlongside the International Chamber of Shipping (ICS), the ITF issued a joint call on behalf of seafarers for governments to facilitate crew changes in April 2020, as HLPFI reported. Stephen Cotton, ITF general secretary represented the global federation’s one million seafaring members at the International Maritime Virtual Summit on Crew Changes, hosted by the UK on July 9.“Governments today adopted a statement pledging to urgently take forward a range of actions to ‘avert the global crisis that is unfolding at sea’ for the more than 200,000 seafarers who are trapped working on ships beyond their contracts, and desperately wanting to return home,” said Cotton. The joint pledge can be read here.Cotton thanked the government officials for attending, but emphasised the urgent need to follow through on such pledges by bringing in practical exemptions and waivers: “[Governments] need to make visa, quarantine, and border exceptions for seafarers now, not tomorrow, not next week,” Cotton said.Cotton acknowledged that whilst governments are focused on responding to the economic challenges of the Covid-19 pandemic, the plight of seafarers must be integrated into this response.He added: “We applaud those leaders who came together today for recognising the danger that tired fatigued crew working beyond their contracts present to seafarers’ personal welfare as well as the operation of global supply chains and preventing the potential increase of marine accidents and pollution – other nations need to step up.”www.itfglobal.org/enlast_img read more

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Believe it! Chicago Cubs win 2016 World Series

first_img Do you see a typo or an error? Let us know. Believe it! Chicago Cubs win 2016 World Series (CNN) — The billy goat curse is dead.The Chicago Cubs are World Series champions at long last, winning their first Fall Classic in 108 years, defeating the Cleveland Indians in 10 innings 8-7 in Game 7 at Progressive Field in Cleveland.Ben Zobrist’s RBI double off Bryan Shaw drove in pinch runner Albert Almora, Jr., and Miguel Montero’s single with the bases loaded brought home Anthony Rizzo for what proved the winning run.The Cubs hadn’t won a World Series since 1908, which was the longest drought in baseball. They also broke the curse set the last time they got this far 71 years ago.On October 6, 1945, a month after the end of World War II, a Chicago tavern owner named William “Billy” Sianis went to Wrigley Field, intending to attend Game 4 of the World Series with his pet goat, Murphy. But, according to the Billy Goat Tavern website, while both had tickets, the goat was denied entry. No animals were allowed in the ballpark, plus Murphy smelled bad.Sianis, according to legend, threw up his arms and proclaimed, “The Cubs ain’t gonna win no more. The Cubs will never win a World Series so long as the goat is not allowed in Wrigley Field.”They had not won since. Until now.The Cubs are the first team to come behind from a 3-1 deficit to win the World Series since the Kansas City Royals did it in 1985. Chicago also accomplished that feat by winning the final two games on the road. The last team to do that was the 1979 Pittsburgh Pirates.With the Cubs’ win Thursday, the Indians now have the current longest dry spell between championships, last winning in 1948. Published: November 3, 2016 12:48 AM EDT Updated: November 3, 2016 1:06 AM EDT SHARElast_img read more

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Human rights groups want speedy end to investigations of abuse in…

first_imgSeveral human right groups have called on the authorities in Haiti to ensure the prosecution of people accused of human rights abuses during the era of the Jean Claude Duvalier administration.Four years after the case against Duvalier and 17 others was being heard in the Court of Appeal, the International Federation of Human Rights Leagues (FIDH), the National Network for the Defense of Human Rights (RNDDH) and the Ecumenical Center for Human Rights (ECHR) have released a new report calling for the continuation of the investigation in the alleged crimes against humanity committed between 1971 and 1986. with a view to its speedy closure.Fear lack of political willThey fear that a lack of political will could result in none of the perpetrators accused of committing crimes committed – where thousands of Haitians were tortured and killed – being brought to justice.The report titled “Case Jean-Claude Duvalier and consorts: In Haiti the investigation continues, criminals not prosecuted”, reviews the various stages of the procedure against those responsible for the regime of Jean-Claude Duvalier, known as “Baby Doc,” who came to power at age 19, following the death of his father Francois “Papa Doc” Duvalier, in 1971.The procedure that started in 2008, was not really launched until the return of Jean-Claude Duvalier in Haiti in January 2011.ObstaclesThe report makes references to the obstacles that the civil party victims and their lawyers had to overcome, and the difficulties still being encountered in closing the supplementary investigation requested by the Court of Appeal in February 2014, in order to have those accused committed to trial.The report notes that only seven of the original 17 people are still alive, while others close to the power of Jean-Claude Duvalier could and should be charged and sent to trial, the report said.Demonstrate real will for justiceThe FIDH, the RNDDH and the ECHR say they are calling on the Haitian authorities to demonstrate a real will to make justice, the fight against impunity and the rule of law a priority, by guaranteeing the independence of the judiciary while granting him sufficient means to carry out his mission.last_img read more

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