Jul 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”
German oil company DEA Deutsche Erdoel has completed the previously announced purchase of Sierra Oil & Gas, an independent Mexican oil and gas company.Maria Moraeus Hanssen, DEA’s CEOSierra holds interests in a portfolio of six exploration and appraisal blocks in Mexico, including the world-class Zama discovery made by Talos in July 2017.Zama has been described as one of the largest shallow water discoveries in the past 20 years globally.Maria Moraeus Hanssen, DEA’s CEO said the German oil company saw Mexico as a growth market for its oil and gas business.She said: “Following the combination of the new Sierra portfolio and the existing DEA assets, we will have a very active year ahead in terms of operations. The acquisition of Sierra is a fantastic opportunity for us to become a very serious player with a significant portfolio in the country. We are building a leading private upstream company in Mexico.”With the closing of the acquisition, Sierra Oil & Gas has become a subsidiary of DEA Deutsche Erdoel AG. DEA will now start to consolidate its two companies in Mexico, Deutsche Erdoel México and Sierra Oil & Gas, to create a new business unit.Juan Manuel Delgado, Managing Director Deutsche Erdoel México, said: ”We are looking forward to joining forces and growing DEA’s business in Mexico. Together we will develop a business unit, that is very well equipped to deliver results in all parts of our enlarged operations, and that will serve as the foundation for further growth.”Via Sierra, DEA holds now a 40% non-operated working interest in Block 7, containing a significant part of Zama.As a whole, Zama is estimated to hold 400 million to 800 million barrels of recoverable oil equivalent and expected to start production by 2022/23.DEA has also added non-operated interests in five exploration blocks covering around 9,400 square kilometers in the core part of Mexico’s Sureste basin.In addition, DEA currently operates the onshore Ogarrio oil field, in partnership with Pemex, and holds interests in four exploration blocks in the Tampico Misantla and Sureste Basins, three of which as the operator.
Manchester City and Arsenal meet at the Etihad Stadium at 4.00pm.City have won just four of their last 10 league matches while Arsenal were defeated by Everton on Wednesday, which ended an unbeaten league run that stretched back to the opening day.City manager Pep Guardiola knows it won’t be easy against Arsene Wenger’s attacking side. Elsewhere at 4.00pm, Tottenham will be looking to maintain their good form at White Hart Lane with the visit of Burnley.Spurs are unbeaten at home in the League this season.Meanwhile, Burnley have the worst away record in the league with just one point taken from their seven away days. First up at 1.30pm, Bournemouth will be hoping to record back-to-back wins for the first time since March against south coast rivals Southampton.Southampton have only won five of their 16 league matches this season.