News story: Measles outbreaks in Europe: Easter travel advice

first_imgPublic Health England (PHE) is advising people planning to travel to Europe over the Easter holidays to ensure they are up to date with the MMR vaccine, due to ongoing measles outbreaks across the continent. Measles is a highly infectious viral illness that can lead to serious complications and in rare cases can be fatal.The European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control has reported a high risk of measles in Europe, with cases being imported and exported between countries. This is largely due to lower MMR vaccine uptake in many European countries. Romania, Italy, Germany, Greece and France are all currently experiencing large measles outbreaks.Although the overall risk to the UK population is low, in England there have been 168 laboratory confirmed measles cases this year. London, South East, West Midlands and the South West regions have reported the most cases. About half of the cases in England in 2018 have been in people over 15 years of age.Whilst MMR vaccine coverage for the routine childhood programme is high in the UK, anyone who has missed out on MMR vaccine or has not had measles in the past is at risk of catching the disease.The vaccine is available to all adults and children who are not up to date with their 2 doses. It is offered to children at 1 year of age with a pre-school booster at 3 years and 4 months. Anyone who is not sure if they are fully vaccinated should check with their GP practice.PHE local health protection teams are working closely with the NHS and local authorities to raise awareness of the outbreaks in the UK and other parts of Europe with health professionals and local communities.Dr Mary Ramsay, Head of Immunisation at PHE, said: The measles outbreaks we are currently seeing in England are linked to ongoing large outbreaks in Europe. People who have not had 2 doses of the MMR vaccine are particularly at risk. We want to remind people that measles is not just a disease of young children and we’re seeing many cases in people over 15 years of age. Adults or parents who are unsure if they or their children have been fully vaccinated should check with their GP and make an appointment to receive 2 doses of MMR vaccine. The UK achieved WHO measles elimination status last year, so the overall risk of measles to the UK population is low. However due to ongoing measles outbreaks in Europe, we will continue to see cases in unimmunised individuals and limited onward spread can occur in communities with low MMR coverage and in age groups with very close mixing.last_img read more

Richmond woman flown from Franklin County crash scene

first_imgFranklin County, In. — A Richmond woman has to be airlifted from the scene of a Franklin County crash Sundat.Reports indicate around 12:12 p.m. Sunday, November 25 deputies responded to Highland Center Road at St. Peters Road. A car driven by Theresa Laboyateaux, 44, was northbound on Highland Center Road when she drove off the west side of the roadway and rolled before coming to rest against a tree.Laboyateaux had to extricated from the vehicle and flown to a Cincinnati area hospital treatment. Her condition is not known.Deputies were assisted by the Cedar Grove Volunteer Fire Department, Brookville EMS #2 and Rescue/Responder 24.The accident remains under investigation.last_img read more

USC and DWP exploring new energy options

first_imgUSC’s energy contract with the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power expires at the end of the year, and both the university and DWP are looking for ways to produce more sustainable energy.USC has been under contract with DWP for 10 years, according to Matthew Oden, manager of the USC Sustainability Program, and that contract has prevented the school from implementing more sustainable practices.Once the contract is up, however, the school and DWP will likely work out a memorandum of understanding — a non-legally binding list of agreements outlining future projects and goals. DWP has been working on such agreements with many of its larger customers.“I think that’s a reflection of how rapidly the landscape in the energy climate world is evolving right now that DWP doesn’t want to take the risk of getting locked into 10-year contracts,” Oden said.The switch from contracts to MOUs would also allow USC to change the way it approaches energy consumption. Under its 10-year contract, USC has been required to get all of its energy from DWP and been unable to produce its own energy.“There’s been a lot of inquiries about why USC doesn’t have solar [power] on campus, and that’s the answer,” Oden said. “We haven’t been contractually been allowed to, and the bottom line of that is that it could be a good thing.”Oden said, however, that USC won’t implement the DWP’s Solar Incentive Program once the MOU is drafted. The program asks customers like USC to purchase solar panels to power their own property. Any energy not used by the customer flows back to the city’s power grid and the customer receives a rebate and federal tax credits. Oden said such a program does not fit USC’s needs.“We have energy efficiency projects that are cheaper and will reduce greenhouse gases more quickly,” Oden said. “Until we have all those done, it doesn’t make financial sense [to go solar] when we could be building large wind farms out in the desert.”Mark Gangi, an expert on sustainable design, said by focusing on energy efficient projects, USC can earn DWP rebates, which are offered for more than just use of solar panels, and can use the transition as a learning experience.“It’s a great opportunity to actually have students in a building that teaches them about what they are studying that has value beyond economic analysis,” he said.A Sept. 15 executive order signed by Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger requires a statewide, 33 percent increase in renewable energy use by 2020. Oden said the order could be one reason why DWP plans to change the way it approaches its contracts.DWP hopes to use 20 percent renewable energy by 2010 and 40 percent by 2020, said DWP spokeswoman Carol Tucker. Under California’s Renewable Portfolio Standard, which provides regulations and benchmarks for the statewide switch to renewable energy, DWP would use hydropower, wind power, biomass energy and geothermal energy.To reach these benchmarks, DWP recently opened the largest municipally-owned wind farm in the country, located in Utah. Wind farms generate energy through turbines with spinning blades creating electricity and transmitting the power back to LA. DWP is also agreeing to other projects and transmission lines to transport power from places farther than LA, Tucker said.Although DWP is USC’s only source of energy, their new initiatives will not change the total amount of energy USC receives, Oden said.last_img read more

Sponsors Promise Youths Exciting Final

first_imgZENITH /DELTA PRINCIPALS’ CUPZenith Bank, the sponsors of the ongoing Delta State Principals’ Cup has assured a glorious final event of the competition which started in October 2018.All secondary schools in the 25 local government areas of the state were involved in the event in its third edition. The frontline bank in partnership with the government of Delta State under Governor Ifeanyi Okowa revived the competition in 2017 to boost grassroots development in the state.Group Managing Director of Zenith Bank, Peter Amangbo, during the week noted that plans were in place to make this year’s final better than the previous ones.He commended the finalists of the competition which involved hundreds of private and public secondary schools in the state.Amangbo said: “The teams in the final must have worked so hard in the past months and we commend them for getting this far. We also appreciate the teams that will vie for the third place match on same final day of the tournament.“As sponsors, we are totally committed to the progress of the young players. We also want the competition to get bigger and better with every edition. Those playing on the final day will witness a glorious fun-fare. The boys will enjoy themselves.”Obule Integrated School, Sapele and Boys Secondary School, Obiaruku will compete in the final in a yet to be decided date after the initial date was shifted due to the recent general elections in the country.Ekpan Secondary School and Comprehensive Secondary School will clash in the third place shortly before the final.Stephen Keshi Stadium Asaba will host the final of the youth football competition.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more