Dutch woman dies of Marburg fever

first_imgJul 11, 2008 (CIDRAP News) – A Dutch woman who fell ill with Marburg hemorrhagic fever after visiting a bat-infested cave in Uganda has died, Dutch authorities announced today.Authorities said the 40-year-old woman, who was not identified, died overnight at Leiden University Medical Centre, according to reports from Reuters and Agence France-Presse (AFP). The woman’s illness was first announced yesterday.In a statement yesterday, the World Health Organization (WHO) said the woman was reportedly exposed to fruit bats during a visit to the “python cave” in the Maramagambo forest on Jun 19. The cave is thought to harbor bat species that have been found to carry Marburg virus and its close relative, Ebola virus, in other parts of Africa, the agency said.”A large bat population was seen in the cave and the woman is reported to have had direct contact with one bat,” the WHO said.The woman had visited another cave 3 days earlier, but no bats were seen there, the WHO said. She returned to the Netherlands in good health on Jun 28, but she became ill with a fever Jul 2 and was hospitalized Jul 5. She deteriorated rapidly and suffered liver failure and severe hemorrhaging Jul 7.WHO spokesman Gregory Hartl said people who had contact with the woman have been monitored and have not shown any symptoms, Reuters reported. The WHO statement said no attempts were made to alert passengers who were on the woman’s return flight from Uganda, because she didn’t get sick until 4 days after the flight.”The chance of the virus spreading through the Netherlands is very small,” the Dutch National Institute for Public Health and the Environment (RIVM) said in a statement yesterday. Marburg virus spreads through contact with bodily fluids of infected people or animals.Hartl said people don’t need to cancel trips to Uganda because of the case, but they should not enter caves with bats, according to Reuters.Uganda’s health ministry issued a statement advising people entering caves or mines in the western district of Kamwenge to take “maximum precaution not to get into close contact with the bats and non-human primates in the nearby forests,” Reuters reported.The story said the Kitaka mine in Kamwenge, about 155 miles from Kampala, the capital, was closed last August after three miners contracted Marburg and one died.There is no specific treatment or vaccine for Marburg fever, which is fatal in up to 90% of cases. In a major outbreak in Angola in 2004 and 2005, 227 of 252 confirmed cases were fatal.See also: Jul 10 WHO statementhttp://www.who.int/csr/don/2008_07_10/en/index.htmlJul 10 RIVM statementhttp://www.rivm.nl/en/Library/Common_and_Present/Newsmessages/2008/Dutch_tourist_infected_with_Marburg_virusJul 10 CIDRAP News story “Marburg fever case reported in Netherlands”last_img read more

Series tied 2/2 in Roseau Valley Basketball League finals

first_img 27 Views   no discussions NewsSports Series tied 2/2 in Roseau Valley Basketball League finals by: – May 11, 2012 Share On Thursday 10th, the Elvis Welding Services Road Stars, defeated the Upper Village Hoosiers by the final score of 98-96 points, in game 4, of the best-of-5 series finals, in the Roseau Valley Basketball League. The Hoosiers came into this game leading the series 2-1, and would be looking to be closing of the series, & getting their 1st championship in doing so, while the Road stars would be ensuring that this in not so, and force a game 5. The Hoosiers were again without key players, Orlando George & Charles Williams, who will not be available for the rest of the series due to knee injuries, while the Road Stars are still without Thomas Felix, who is in out of state. As usual, there was a lot of hype & suspense before this game. The crowd support on hand was again excellent, with their horns, conch shells, buckets and galvanize. The referees were Mr. Jeffery Murdock, Mc’Dowe & Peggy. The 1st period of this game belonged completely to the Road Stars, as they were the ones who dominated early & kept the pressure on the Hoosiers to work hard. They were surely on point in the early going. Their offence & defense was 1st class. They were up for the fight, & were not in any mood to simply give up the series. The Hoosiers rarely had anything going for them, as they were inconsistent and the majority of their 15 points in this opening quarter, came from second chance opportunities. The game was still closely knit, but the road stars closed of leading, 22-15: an advantage of 7 points. By period 2, the game began to get extremely tense for both teams. The game became more of a balanced affair. They were now both in it, as they played & dominated in their own style & fashion. Along with this brought a lot of lead changes & ties. At the half, the Hoosiers had erased the 7 point 1st period deficit, & were now leading, but only by a minimal 4 points, 42-38.Quarter number 3 had started, & things turned a bit nasty. The whole of the Hoosiers team were already in foul trouble with only 1 sub. Royce Ceasar had 4, Ramal Carbon had 4, Curtis John had 3 & Edgar George with 3 as well. The players from the Hoosiers, as well as certain fans were of the opinion that a certain referee was against them, as the majority of the calls went against them, while the Road Stars felt a sense of justice was being done, as they too complained of the decisions in game 3. It was extremely tense at this moment, with even violence being shouted from the stands. Everyone was on edge. Players, supporters, referees, & even the clock man. To add to that, it was extremely cold, with strong winds at the basketball arena in Trafalgar. But…… The excitement was still in the air. The Road Stars opened up a 10 point lead, with about 5 minutes to go, until the Hoosiers tightened up a bit, and closed the quarter, down again, trailing by 4 points, 66-62.The 4th quarter took about 6 minutes, before it began, as there was still a lot of fracas, & confusion going on. Everyone was complaining. Eventually, it started. The Road Stars opened another lead, this time of 8, but maintained it all through, till about 2 minutes, until things got interesting. Baskets were being traded on both ends of the floor, as the Road Stars kept their lead up. The likes of Julian Isles, Fitzgerald Daniel, Javeed Joseph, worked hard for the Road Stars, while, as usual, the work horse, Joseph “Boone’ Jno. Baptiste did all the work for the Hoosiers, and received great help from his fellow villager, Royce Caesar. But that was the end of the line in terms of help for them, as Ramal Carbon had fouled out long time, and 3 other players sitting on 4 fouls. In the final seconds of play, being down by 4 points, there was a glimpse of light at the end of the tunnel for the Hoosiers, with Jno. Baptiste being fouled twice, shooting 3 pointers, but, having missed the 1st of the 2 sets of free throws, that was the end of the line for the Hoosiers, losing by 2 points, 98-96. And with that, came more noise,& confusion at the final whistle. Series tied 2-2 with the final game to be played on Sunday 13th, at 7:30 p.m. at the Trafalgar Basketball court. Will certainly be exciting. Great mother’s day present.Top performers for Road Stars were; Javeed Joseph – 24 pts, 7 reb, 4 asts, Fitzgerald Daniel – 22 pts, 11 asts, Julian Isles – 16 pts, 13 reb, 3 blks, Patrick Lafonce – 15 pts, 8 reb and Simon “Toto’ Joseph – 12 pts, 4 reb.Top performers for Hoosiers were; Joseph “Boone’ Jno. Baptiste – 41 pts, 6 reb, 6 asts, Royce Caesar – 34 pts, 5 asts and Ramal Carbon – 9 pts, 5 reb.Game 5 will be played on Sunday 13th May from 7:30 p.m.By: Edgar George Tweetcenter_img Sharing is caring! Share Sharelast_img read more