Ebola-like outbreak reported in Congo Republic

first_imgMay 16, 2005 (CIDRAP News) – Nine people have died in the Republic of Congo from a hemorrhagic disease that authorities are describing as “Ebola-like,” and at least another 52 people who had contact with the victims are being monitored, according to news reports today.The prelude to the cluster of deaths follows a plot that could be lifted from past Ebola outbreaks. A hunting party from Itoumbi and Mbomo districts, several hundred kilometers north of Brazzaville, the capital, encountered a dead monkey and ate it, according to Alphonse Gando, the Congo Republic’s minister of health, as reported by Agence France-Presse (AFP) on May 12.Ebola is a highly contagious filovirus that can cause a gruesome death following hemorrhaging and is lethal in 50% to 90% of cases. Although there is no treatment and little is understood about its animal reservoir, contact with primates has been known to precipitate human outbreaks. The Congo Republic and neighboring Gabon have had several Ebola outbreaks, which have killed about 360 people since 1994, AFP reported.”We don’t have lab confirmation yet, but it has all the features of an Ebola outbreak,” said Dick Thompson, a World Health Organization spokesman, as quoted in a New York Times story today.Congo Republic health officials have moved quickly since the outbreak began in late April to investigate and stop the spread of the disease, according to the Times. This may indicate the country is learning how to cope with such outbreaks, Thompson told the newspaper.In nearby Angola, authorities are still struggling with the deadliest known outbreak of a similar hemorrhagic disease caused by the Marburg virus. New cases were still being reported, Reuters news service reported today, despite repeated announcements from local authorities that the outbreak was coming under control.”The outbreak is not over,” Aphaluck Bhatiasevi of the WHO told Reuters. The death toll stood at 292, with 336 known cases, Reuters reported. WHO numbers reported May 11 were lower: 316 known cases and 276 deaths.Authorities seemed most concerned about the appearance of apparently unrelated cases. “We’ve seen new cases in new municipalities that don’t have obvious links to earlier cases of Marburg,” Bhatiasevi said. “We are trying to do as much tracing as possible.”Preventing the spread of Marburg as a byproduct of certain traditional practices, particularly cleaning the dead before burial, continues to be a challenge for healthcare workers, Jose Van Dunem, a deputy health minister, told Reuters. Six traditional healers have died, but others are beginning to change their habits, he added.See also:May 13 WHO statement on Congo Republic outbreakhttp://www.who.int/csr/don/2005_05_13/en/index.htmlMay 11 WHO statement on Marburg outbreak in Angolahttp://www.who.int/csr/don/2005_05_11/en/index.htmllast_img read more


Batesville Basketball Alumni Golf Outing

first_imgThe Batesville Basketball Alumni Golf Outing will be taking place on Friday (7-18) at North Branch Golf Course.2014 Basketball Alumni Golf Outing – Entry FormIt will be a 4-Person Scramble with 1 PM Shotgun start.2014 Golf Sponsorship Form – Revised with putting challengeCost is $50 per person or $200 a team.2014 – Roster Sponsors 6_24_2014Submitted by Batesville Coach Aaron Garrett.last_img


India vs West Indies: Jason Holder expects improved bowling performance in 2nd ODI

first_imgWest Indies skipper Jason Holder wants his side’s bowling unit to pull up their socks in the remaining matches of the one day international series in India.India, who gunned down the 323-run target with ease in the first ODI in Guwahati, lock horns with the Windies in the second game of the series in Visakhapatnam on Wednesday.After setting a mammoth target, West Indies bowlers provided an early breakthrough but a strokeful 246-run partnership between skipper Virat Kohli and Rohit Sharma fired India to an 8-wicket victory with 47 balls to spare.Holder Tuesday demanded discipline from his bowlers and said picking up wickets upfront would be crucial.”In limited-overs cricket, in these conditions you need to utilise the new ball. This is an area every team targets. We want to take few more wickets with the new ball,” Holder said at the pre-match press conference.Also read – Feels good to know that legends like Viv Richards, Brian Lara back me: Shimron Hetmyer”We got one wicket in the last game and if we can get two or three wickets upfront, it will help us put pressure on their (India’s) middle order.”Holder felt the 320-odd runs his team scored at the Barsapara Stadium was below par, and given the way Kohli and Sharma made mince meat of the bowlers on a featherbed, he is not way off the mark.”Getting 320 is positive for us and we can build on that. We have all seen how the conditions can be in India. Here the par score can be anything from 320, 340 to 350 and you need to bowl ridiculously well to defend it,” he said.advertisement”Hopefully, we will be able to repeat it (batting effort).”Also read – India name unchanged 12-man squad for 2nd ODI against West IndiesSkipper Jason Holder is heartened by the batting performance from 1st ODI but challenges the batsmen to surpass that in the 2nd ODI vs India on Wednesday.Start time 1:30pm local time, 4:00am Eastern Caribbean time, 3:00am Jamaica time.#WIvIND #WindiesCricket #ItsOurGame pic.twitter.com/hLbpQJdNGjWindies Cricket (@windiescricket) October 23, 2018Shimron Hetmyer produced a sensational century and Kieran Powell a brisk fifty, but Holder, citing the Kohli-Sharma 246-run partnership, said his team’s batting has to be clinical.”I felt 320 was a little below par. Then again if we had taken a few more wickets, had broken that Virat-Rohit partnership it could have been different. It was a tough game,” he said.”When you put runs and are never too sure if it is enough or not… Obviously our bowlers dictated and struggled against Kohli and Rohit.”We need to be more disciplined in bowling and a bit more clinical with the batting. Like how Rohit and Virat went the distance after India lost an early wicket,” Holder added.With less than a year to go for the World Cup, the visiting team’s skipper said the aim is to give everyone opportunity to prove their mettle, helping the team settle into a cohesive unit.”For this tour we just want to give everyone an opportunity which can help them grow. World Cup is next year. We have got a young group. It’s about giving them the opportunity to know what it takes to perform at this level,” Holder said.Motivation could be a problem when a team keeps losing, but Holder said the youngsters’ eagerness to prove that they belong to this level, is good enough reason to stay motivated. West Indies batted beautifully in the first ODI but failed to back it up with the ball (AP Photo)”It’s not too hard. It is matter for us to be motivated. It’s not hard as it’s a young group who are eager to prove themselves when given an opportunity, showcase what they can do. Motivation is easy, it’s about coming together more as a team,” he said.Asked for his take on the long tour, he said, “You got to manage the players in the best way possible. There are pretty closely scheduled games. It is a matter for us to manage our players in the best way possible, keep them fresh.”When asked about the pitch for tomorrow’s game, the West Indies skipper said, “I had a look at the wicket and there is no grass. Spinners do pretty well here. Our spinners did not do that well in the last game but credit must also go to the Indian players.”I felt (Devendra) Bishoo came good in the second spell and looked a lot better, was able to get the wicket of Kohli, which will be crucial for him.”advertisementAs far as absence of big names such as Chris Gayle, Kieron Pollard and the Bravo brothers — Darren and Dwayne — was concerned, Holder said, “Gayle is not here and what happens after this series is too far beyond.”We have youngsters like Chanderpaul Hemraj in the top order. We want to give them as much exposure as possible.(With inputs from PTI)last_img read more