Can we outrun Zika? Walk this street in Colombia and you’ll see how tough it is

first_img Andrew Joseph By Andrew Joseph Feb. 11, 2016 Reprints Colombian health officials have identified 25,000 cases of Zika in the country so far, but experts say that figure is likely way too low.Meanwhile, scientists have not yet confirmed (though they strongly suspect) the most potent fears about Zika — that it can cause a temporary paralysis called Guillain-Barré syndrome and that it can lead to birth defects if a woman is infected during her pregnancy. Urgent investigations are underway to learn more.But locals don’t focus so much on those global questions.Here on Avenida 1e, they’re just trying to figure out how to get rid of all the mosquitoes.There’s a huge puddle that stretches across the entire road, forcing cars, motorcycles, and bicycles to slow down and hug the uphill side of the street when passing. Residents said the puddle — which some refer to as “el lago,” or the lake — has been there for years, never disappearing no matter how dry the weather. One resident joked the puddle is so big and permanent you could put ducks in it.Turns out, though, the lake isn’t really the problem. The Aedes aegypti mosquitoes prefer to breed in tree holes, man-made basins, and pools of water that collect in trash. They can make a breeding ground out of even an overturned plastic bottle cap. Their eggs can survive for months clinging to the surfaces, waiting for the water to cover them and then hatching into larvae that live and feed in the water.Grecia Quintero, 32, who believes the rash and headaches she experienced last month came from Zika, scrubs the walls of her outdoor water basin more regularly now, trying to wipe out the eggs before they hatch.She also has another strategy to avoid bites: shaking out the clothes in her closet before she changes. She said she has seen mosquitos fly out from items she was just about to put on.“They like dark places,” she said.Residents have also tried to cover their water tanks. Some have hung netting inside their homes. “If I’m in the living room, the mosquitoes are there,” said Martha Sanchez, 41, who lives on Avenida 1e, a rural road in this hilly city in northeast Colombia. She pointed out the many mosquito bites dotting her 3-year-old grandson’s leg, the red dots like pushpins on a map.“There are lots of mosquitoes in the dining room,” her 8-year-old granddaughter, Nicole Ordoñez Jaimes, chimed in.Martha Sanchez looks at mosquito bites on her grandson, Santiago Zamudia Jaimes Dania Maxwell for STATZika has hit harder in this region by the Venezuelan border than in any other part of the country.But getting treatment means trekking to a clinic in the heart of Los Patios or the hospital in the nearby city of Cúcuta. That requires paying for a motorcycle ride or a taxi. And to see a doctor at the hospital, you have to travel there in person just to make an appointment — then return a few days later to see the doctor.So most locals simply rely on their tried-and-true cure-all: acetaminophen.“The powerful acetaminophen,” John Mejia, 26, called it. Are you at risk of contracting Zika virus?Volume 90%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard ShortcutsEnabledDisabledPlay/PauseSPACEIncrease Volume↑Decrease Volume↓Seek Forward→Seek Backward←Captions On/OffcFullscreen/Exit FullscreenfMute/UnmutemSeek %0-9 facebook twitter Email Linkhttps://www.statnews.com/2016/02/11/zika-puzzle-colombian-town/?jwsource=clCopied EmbedCopiedLive00:0001:3301:33  Are you at risk for contracting Zika virus? Your level of risk depends in part on your living conditions. Alex Hogan/STAT Zika, in particular, often brings mild enough symptoms — headache, fever, rash — that most locals have not seen any need to see a doctor or get an official diagnosis. And an estimated 80 percent of Zika infections don’t cause any symptoms at all.That makes it all the harder for disease detectives to track the spread of Zika, predict its path, or monitor any related health problems. As a result, firm facts about the virus are sparse. LOS PATIOS, Colombia — A stroll down two blocks of Avenida 1e here shows just how hard it will be for the world to catch up to the Zika virus.Families keep open basins of water in their backyards for laundry. They stash water tanks on top of their homes. Both are perfect breeding sites for the mosquitoes that transmit the virus. Bits of trash on an empty lot also collect standing water — and mosquito eggs bloom in the soggy nooks.Nearly every resident up and down this stretch of rural road believes they have been infected with Zika or another mosquito-borne illness, such as dengue or chikungunya. Yet few have gone to a doctor to have the diagnosis confirmed.advertisement General Assignment Reporter Andrew covers a range of topics, from addiction to public health to genetics. Everything you need to know about Zika virus HealthCan we outrun Zika? Walk this street in Colombia and you’ll see how tough it is Francisco Gutierrez, 49, who works at a local tire repair shop, said he changes the water in a barrel inside his open-air workshop two or three times a week to kill the mosquito larvae and pupae that live in it.Francisco Gutierrez checks tires for holes with a tank of water in his shop on Avenida 1e. He frequently drizzles gasoline into the water to kill larvae. Dania Maxwell for STATOn a recent morning, tiny, dark larvae could be seen along the surface of the water. But it wasn’t clear if they were alive or dead, especially after Gutierrez grabbed a squeeze bottle and doused them with gasoline, the fuel glistening on the surface of the water and casting a shimmering reflection off the small shop’s corrugated metal roof.Outside the open-air workshop stood a tower of tires, which offer a shady cache for mosquitoes to breed. Gutierrez said he brought the tires inside when it rained, so as not to create more pools of standing water. “It’s the mosquitoes’ home,” he said.Sanchez, the grandmother, has her own methods of insect control. She heats eucalyptus in a pot and carries it through her home, washing the walls and doorways with smoke. (Unlike an insecticide, the smoke won’t kill the mosquitoes, but it might provide some repellent power, experts say.)Yet none of these methods seem to have halted the mosquitoes.Standing in her backyard, not far from a basin filled with a few inches of water, Sanchez started to describe the many mosquito-borne illnesses she and her family had contracted. She was interrupted by a mosquito landing on her left thigh.Smack.She slapped her leg, the squashed bloodsucker sticking to her hand as she pulled it away. “I killed it,” she said.Back to her story: She suspected that everyone in the household, except her husband, Ernesto Jaimes, has had cases of Zika. But it’s not like Jaimes had escaped unscathed.“He is the only one who has not had Zika,” Sanchez said, “but he’s had dengue and chikungunya.” What is Zika virus?Volume 90%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard ShortcutsEnabledDisabledPlay/PauseSPACEIncrease Volume↑Decrease Volume↓Seek Forward→Seek Backward←Captions On/OffcFullscreen/Exit FullscreenfMute/UnmutemSeek %0-9 facebook twitter Email Linkhttps://www.statnews.com/2016/02/11/zika-puzzle-colombian-town/?jwsource=clCopied EmbedCopiedLive00:0001:0801:08  Zika virus, which can be transmitted by mosquitoes, has exploded onto the world stage. Alex Hogan/STAT Related: ‘I can’t move’: In Colombia, families cope with creeping paralysis tied to Zika center_img Grecia Quintero stands inside a mosquito net in her home on Avenida 1e in Los Patios, Colombia. Quintero was diagnosed with Zika, but has since been cleared from its symptoms. Dania Maxwell for STAT These two blocks serve as a microcosm of the challenges that researchers and global health officials face in trying to arrest the spread of the Aedes aegypti, the mosquito that carries Zika and that thrives in just this type of environment. A day here on Avenida 1e sheds light on why Zika has been able to travel so quickly through most of Latin America and the Caribbean — and why the disease is so hard to track.As the morning heat on a recent day marched into the 90s, with humidity to match, windows and doors were flung wide open to catch any hint of a breeze. There were no screens to block the insects.advertisement @DrewQJoseph Related: Related: Tags infectious diseaseWHOZika Virus [email protected] About the Author Reprints Zika shadows a maternity ward in Colombia last_img read more

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Registrar Calls On Jamaicans to Break the Silence

first_imgFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail Registrar of the Office of Children’s Registry (OCR), Greig Smith, is calling on Jamaicans to “break the silence,” so that the nation’s children, especially the girls who seem to be more affected by child abuse, can receive the intervention they need. Mr. Smith was addressing a public forum on ‘Ending Impunity for Sexual Violence: Breaking the Silence’, at the Courtleigh Hotel, New Kingston, on October 11.             The forum was held on a day recognized globally as the inaugural ‘International Day of the Girl Child’ and was sponsored by the Ministry of Youth and Culture and the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA). Mr. Smith noted that the strengthening of the local legislative and institutional framework and the introduction of the OCR, has resulted in increased reports of child abuse cases. He pointed out that over the past four years there have been approximately 25,000 reported cases of child abuse, of which 58 per cent, or 6 in every 10, were about girls. This trend has continued into this year, as between January and June 2012, there were4,499 reports, including 3,773 new cases.  Of  that number, 59.3 per cent were girls. “While the data indicate a welcome improvement in the incidents and culture of reporting, it also tells us that something is wrong in our society and that relates to child abuse. For even as we continue to receive increased reports, there is still a significant number that go unreported and so many children, including girls, continue to suffer in silence,” Mr. Smith said.                                                                                               In the meantime, Director, UNFPA Sub-regional office of the Caribbean, Geetha Sethi, said that although the global focus of ‘International Day of the Girl Child’ was on child marriage, based on what has been happening in Jamaica in recent times, the decision was taken to focus on sexual violence. “We want this to be the first in a series of conversations and discussions, because this is an issue that we all need to talk about more, so that we can all understand what’s happening better and understand how we can find solutions to this,” Mrs. Sethi said. The forum heard  unanimous condemnation of the upsurge of sexual violence against women. Members of the public made suggestions as to how policy makers can address the issue in a meaningful way, including  making an amendment to the Evidence Act, which now allows the rape victim to face the accuser; and address the manner in which jurors are instructed in rape cases. They also called for a policy that allows police personnel to make follow-up calls to persons who have made a report to the station and have not returned;  the need for standardized protocols in all the agencies on how to deal with abuse; introduction of the use of creative ways to get the message of gender violence in the public domain; the  need to simplify the message from the policy documents and take it to young people through social media. There were also pledges from participants to do their part in an effort to end  gender based violence. Brief presentations were also made by several panelists, including Executive Director of the Bureau of Women’s Affairs, Faith Webster, who spoke on ‘Gender Based Violence – Dimensions of the Problem’; Regional Director, South East Region Child Development Agency, Noel Stennett, who presented on ‘The impact Of Violence On Children and Adolescents’; Claudette Thompson from the Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions spoke on ‘Access To Justice For Women Victims of Sexual Violence’; while Lecturer in the Institute of Gender and Development Studies at the University of the West Indies, Taitu Heron, spoke on ‘The Nexus Between Gender and Violence”.  Executive Director of the Dispute Resolution Foundation, Donna-Parchment Brown, chaired the forum. RelatedRegistrar Calls On Jamaicans to Break the Silence Registrar Calls On Jamaicans to Break the Silence JusticeOctober 13, 2012 Advertisementscenter_img RelatedRegistrar Calls On Jamaicans to Break the Silence RelatedRegistrar Calls On Jamaicans to Break the Silencelast_img read more

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Privileged Species

first_imgOrigin of Life: Brian Miller Distills a Debate Between Dave Farina and James Tour Recommended From June 16-30, we are holding an Intelligent Design YouTube Festival by highlighting 15 Center for Science & Culture YouTube videos that have received more than 100,000 views each. Here is video #9, “Privileged Species.” Intelligent Design Privileged SpeciesEvolution News @DiscoveryCSCJune 24, 2020, 9:13 AM Email Print Google+ Linkedin Twitter Share “A Summary of the Evidence for Intelligent Design”: The Study Guide Jane Goodall Meets the God Hypothesis TagsCenter for Science & CultureChildren of LightDarwinismFire-Makerhuman dignityhuman uniquenesshumanityIntelligent Design YouTube FestivalMichael Dentonmovie producersNature’s DestinyPrivileged SpeciesThe Wonder of Water,Trending Requesting a (Partial) Retraction from Darrel Falk and BioLogos Email Print Google+ Linkedin Twitter Share Evolution NewsEvolution News & Science Today (EN) provides original reporting and analysis about evolution, neuroscience, bioethics, intelligent design and other science-related issues, including breaking news about scientific research. It also covers the impact of science on culture and conflicts over free speech and academic freedom in science. Finally, it fact-checks and critiques media coverage of scientific issues. Share If you’d like us to create more videos like this one, please consider becoming one of our “movie producers” by donating to our video production fund. Congratulations to Science Magazine for an Honest Portrayal of Darwin’s Descent of Man Darwinism has had a negative influence on our conceptions of human dignity and uniqueness. But geneticist Michael Denton thinks science is now pointing the way to the specialness of all humanity. This video was inspired by Denton’s vision presented in his book Nature’s Destiny. We hope you are inspired too! And if you want to follow up on Denton’s ideas, read his more recent books Fire-Maker, The Wonder of Water, and Children of Light. A Physician Describes How Behe Changed His MindLife’s Origin — A “Mystery” Made AccessibleCodes Are Not Products of PhysicsIxnay on the Ambriancay PlosionexhayDesign Triangulation: My Thanksgiving Gift to Alllast_img read more

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CXC Exams Stay in July

first_img Six Eastern Caribbean countries deemed safe for travel – CDC You may be interested in… St. Lucia records more cases of COVID Read more at: Trinidad Guardian Share this:PrintTwitterFacebookLinkedInLike this:Like Loading… During a webinar yesterday, CXC Registrar Dr Wayne Wesley said the modified strategy was aimed at minimising disruptions to the education system whilst simultaneously yielding good grades and assessing critical competencies. #ICYMI: Yesterday Dr Wayne Wesley, CEO & Registrar of CXC, Mrs Manning, Director of Operations and Mrs Medford, Manager, Examinations Administration & Security participated in a media briefing. You can watch it here >>https://t.co/QoyqDDvD4g— CXC (@MyCXC) May 15, 2020 More deaths from COVID-19 recorded in CARICOM countries,… However, CXC has assured that all efforts will be made to preserve the integrity of the exams in all territories. CMO says Saint Lucia at critical stage of COVID-19 outbreak Oct 15, 2020 Oct 16, 2020 Oct 16, 2020 Oct 15, 2020 (Trinidad Guardian) Although several regional territories are concerned over the Caribbean Examinations Council (CXC) move to administer the Caribbean Advanced Proficiency Exam (CAPE) and Caribbean Secondary Education Certificate (CSEC) examinations in July, although COVID-19 response may still be a major issue for some countries, senior CXC officials say it will go on as planned. CXC at 40 – Celebrating the Accomplishments: Continuing the Journey“This new institution forges another link in the chain of Commonwealth Caribbean integration, a chain whose links have been increasing in number and in strength over the past ten years. It is, therefore, fitting that so early in the year 1973, which augurs well to be a year of challenge…May 28, 2019In “Barbados”CXC Regional Examinations to be held in July 2020CSEC, CAPE and CCSLC students will be sitting their examinations in July this year. That was the decision coming out of the First Emergency Virtual Meeting of the Council for Human and Social Development (COHSOD) – Education on Friday. The meeting, chaired by Antigua and Barbuda Minister of Education, Hon.…May 9, 2020In “Associate Member States”COVID Update Montserrat: CSEC and CAPE exams to begin July 13, 2020he Caribbean Examination Council (CXC) has confirmed the examination dates with regional agreement for CSEC and CAPE to begin on July 13 2020. The final timetable is available online at the CXC website, www.cxc.org . CXC asserts that results will be available in September 2020.Although the COVID-19 pandemic has impacted…June 3, 2020In “General”Share this on WhatsApplast_img read more

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Dominica to benefit from CDB funds

first_img 222 Views   no discussions Tweet Share LocalNews Dominica to benefit from CDB funds by: CMC – December 13, 2014 Sharecenter_img Share Sharing is caring! BRIDGETOWN, Barbados (CMC) – The Barbados-based Caribbean Development Bank (CDB) says it has approved US$10 million for projects under the Basic Needs Trust Fund (BNTF 8) in several Caribbean countries.The CDB said that Dominica, Grenada, Guyana, Jamaica, Montserrat, St Kitts-Nevis, St Lucia, St Vincent and the Grenadines and the Turks and Caicos Islands will benefit from the latest disbursement. It said that the governments will provide counterpart funding of US$546,000 under the BNTF 8, whose key emphasis will be improved access to quality education; human resource development; water and sanitation; basic community access and drainage enhancement in low-income, vulnerable communities.“There has also been a progressive shift from a focus on infrastructure development managed by central government to community managed sub-projects. Increased investments have been made to improve basic infrastructure and services and increase the potential for economic activity through skills training, capacity building and institutional development support,” the CDB said.The BNTF programme, which began in 1979, is a grant-funded poverty reduction programme managed by CDB which serves 10 countries.Its mission is to empower and equip communities with necessary resources, and improve their access to basic public services.“Regionally, more than US$300 million has been spent to date on projects which have benefitted more than 2.6 million people living in the poorest communities in these countries,” the CDB said.last_img read more

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McCullum unaware he had broken idol’s record

first_imgCHRISTCHURCH, NEW ZEALAND – New Zealand captain Brendon McCullum broke the world record for the fastest test century held jointly by his idol Viv Richards on Saturday without ever being aware he was about to make cricket history.McCullum, 34, who is playing his 101st and final test, struck the ball with brutal brilliance to reach his 12th century from 54 deliveries on the opening day of the second test against Australia at Hagley Oval. IN FIVE EASY PIECES WITH TAKE 5 KEYWORDS GET THE BEST OF THE JAPAN TIMEScenter_img West Indian Richards set the previous record of 56 balls against England in Antigua in 1986 and the mark was then equalled by Pakistan’s Misbah-ul-Haq against Australia in Abu Dhabi in 2014.“I had no idea,” McCullum told a news conference after scoring 145 in New Zealand’s 370 all out after they had been reduced to 32 for three in the 20th over on a lively pitch.“I was trying to hit every ball for four or six. Viv was my idol growing up so it’s nice to be able to go past him on this occasion.“But he was a cracking player, he was an incredible cricketer. I’m almost a little bit of embarrassed to go past him, to be honest.”McCullum said he knew it was probably going to be his day when he had an “almighty filthy slog” at his second ball which flew over the slips cordon for four.After scoring 39, he then enjoyed a huge slice of luck when he sliced James Pattinson to Mitchell Marsh who took a brilliant, one-handed catch diving to his right in the gully.Umpire Richard Kettleborough requested a replay which showed Pattinson had bowled a no-ball.“I thought it was four as soon as I hit it,” McCullum said. “They do push the front line a little bit. It was quite a nice reprieve. It probably loosens you up a little bit as well, it just relaxes you a little bit more.“You know you’re probably not meant to be out there. You may as well play with a little more freedom.”McCullum, was greeted by a guard of honor formed by the Australians when he went out to bat with his team already in deep trouble but needing to win to square the two-test series. Brendon McCullum last_img read more

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Cloud Computing: Cloud-Standard Alliances Unite

first_imgThe Open Data Center Alliance (ODCA) and The Green Grid (TGG) alliance have announced that they’re joining forces in their efforts to create standards for the cloud.The Green Grid is a non-profit, open industry consortium of end-users, policy-makers, technology providers, facility architects, and utility companies collaborating to improve the resource efficiency of data centers and business computing ecosystems.   The Green Grid is trying to create a set of metrics for power, cooling, and space as related to the efficient operation of data centers.  Their metrics have helped many operators in designing, building and running more efficient facilities.  It makes sense that the ODCA would team with the TGG.  The TGG has been working on the problem of data center efficiencies for some time and has generated several generations of standards in this area.In particular, the two groups will collaborate on Carbon Usage Effectiveness (CUE) metric developed by The Green Grid’s which addresses data center-specific carbon emissions.  The joint collaboration is expected to complete sometime in the first part of 2012.Mario Mueller, vice president of IT Infrastructure at BMW, said that “Together, the ODCA and The Green Grid will drive initiatives that not only manage power efficiencies, but result in a reduced total cost of ownership. With member adoption of cloud operations forecasted to triple in the next two years, the collaboration comes at a critical point of adoption.”The move is important because of the power in numbers behind the ODCA.  Collectively, the members of the group account for more than 90 percent of the virtualization software market, and it includes more than two-thirds of vendors that supply server hardware and software, storage and enterprise management software.  Growth of cloud spending on cloud computing among these group members is expected to be five times faster than the cloud spending occurring in the general cloud computing market.last_img read more

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Meet Mochi, the Lovely Lady that Plays Hard-to-Get

first_imgMochi’s beauty is only enhanced by her distant, begrudging affection — she is a true master in the art of mystique.Name: Mochi (#mochithehedgehog)Owner: David Albright | Freelance Video Producer | dalbright.comFavorite activities: Sleeping, bath time, poking me with her quills, running in her wheel when nobody is looking.Items she has destroyed: My Instagram feed… she has taken it over. Search for #mochithehedgehog.Ways she brightens my work/life: When your hobby becomes your job, sometimes it doesn’t feel like a hobby anymore, so I had been feeling like a needed a new hobby. Getting this grumpy little ball of spikes to like me has become my new hobby!If she could speak, she would say: Leave me alone.Mochi and David.Have a pet that helps you get through your freelance life? Share your pet story today by emailing a photo and filling out the form above to [email protected], and we’ll feature your freelance pal on this blog and in a photo gallery! Just as we are united through our common love of independence, may this allow our freelance partners-in-crime to be united in a bond of common, loveable insanity.Previous features: Ramsay, Pedro, Triscuit, Pekoe, Fritz, Rita Leelast_img read more

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RCMP investigators knew it was the pig farmer in Coquitlam years before

first_imgAPTN National NewsAn RCMP corporal is speaking out about the botched RCMP investigation of serial killer Robert Pickton.Catherine Galliford was the public face of the RCMP during the time when police were trying to determine if a serial killer was at work.She now says police knew years earlier that Pickton was the killer. Yet, the investigation stalled because of carelessness and sexual harassment.APTN National News reporter Meagan Fiddler spoke with Galliford.last_img

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Danny Welbeck is a tough lad – Holding

first_imgArsenal defender Rob Holding has issued a message of support for teammate Danny Welbeck after his injury on Thursday.Welbeck left the pitch on a stretcher after just 26 minutes in Arsenal’s Europa League game against Sporting CP on Thursday night, and Holding has backed the former United forward to come back stronger.“I didn’t see it because obviously, I’m at the other end of the pitch so I didn’t see exactly what he’d done,” Holding told Arsenal website.Jadon SanchoMerson believes Arsenal should sign Sancho Manuel R. Medina – September 14, 2019 Borussia Dortmund winger Jadon Sancho might be the perfect player to play for the Gunners, according to former England international Paul Merson.“But Danny is a tough lad so if he’s on the floor, I know its something serious so he’s in the hospital now and we’ll see what happens.“He’s been so unlucky with injuries over the past few years but he’s a good character and got a good set of lads around him so we’ll lift him up and get him back as soon as we can. He can come back strong.”last_img read more

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