CDC confirms 78 new measles cases; US on track for record yearThe US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recorded 78 more measles cases in the last week, a sign that ongoing outbreaks in several states are growing.The 2019 total number of cases has jumped to 465 in 19 states, as Florida, Indiana, Massachusetts, and Nevada all reported their first cases of the year last week.”This is the second-greatest number of cases reported in the U.S. since measles was eliminated in 2000,” the CDC said. In 2014 the agency recorded 667 measles cases, and last year saw 372 cases, now the third-most since 2000. If the current pace of cases continues, the nation could top the 2014 total as soon as the end of this month or in May.Arizona, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Massachusetts, Michigan, Missouri, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Oregon, Texas, and Washington have all recorded cases.Of note this week is a growing outbreak in Michigan, where 39 cases have been reported between Mar 13 and Apr 5 in Oakland and Wayne counties. As with outbreaks in New York and New Jersey, the Michigan outbreak is connected to an imported case of measles from Israel.New York City recorded 45 more cases in an outbreak in Queens and Brooklyn that’s been ongoing since October. There are now 259 cases in that outbreak, which began with an unvaccinated child who contracted the virus in Israel.In addition to Michigan and New York City, the CDC is tracking five other measles outbreaks: Rockland County, New York (157 cases); Washington state (74); New Jersey (13); Butte County, California (6); and Santa Clara County, California (3). Apr 8 CDC update MERS infects 3 more in latest Saudi clusterSaudi Arabia today reported two more MERS-CoV cases that appear to be part of a cluster in Khafji in the northeastern part of the country, plus a case in Jeddah in the west.In its epidemiologic week 15 report, the Saudi Ministry of Health (MOH) said the newly confirmed MERS-CoV (Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus) cases in Khafi involve two men, ages 28 and 34. Both had secondary exposure, meaning they probably contracted their infections from another sick patient. The history of contact with camels is unknown for both patients.The patient in Jeddah is an 80-year-old man. His case is listed as “primary,” meaning it’s unlikely he contracted the disease from another patient. As with the other cases, it’s not known whether he had recent contact with camels, a known MERS risk factor.With the new cases, 9 MERS-CoV illnesses have been reported in Khafji since Mar 29. Also, the 3 new illnesses lift Saudi Arabia’s total since the first of the year to 123 cases, including 57 linked to a large outbreak in Wadi ad-Dawasir.Apr 8 MOH update Nigeria reports 16 more Lassa fever casesThe Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) reported 16 new confirmed Lassa fever in five states, officials said in a report covering epidemiologicl week 13, which ended on Mar 31. The new infections lift the country’s outbreak total since the first of the year to 526 confirmed cases. Currently, 29 patients are being treated at seven centers across the country.One more health worker infection was reported, raising the total sickened in the country’s latest outbreak to 17.Two more people died from their Lassa fever infections, raising the year’s fatality count to 121.The virus—typically contracted by coming into contact with rodent excreta—is endemic in Nigeria. Human-to-human transmission can occur, as well, and 6,489 contacts have been identified in 20 states, of which 22.2% are still being followed and 76.8% have completed their 21-day follow-up.Apr 8 NCDC update Study confirms decline in pertussis vaccine protection after first decadeIn children vaccinated against pertussis, vaccine effectiveness (VE) is high during the first decade of life but falls rapidly, according to case-control study from Canadian researchers in Vaccine.To track pertussis VE, scientists examined 1,335 cases reported to public health officials in Ontario from Jan 1, 2009, to Mar 31, 2015. Then they compared them with 5,340 randomly selected matched controls. In Ontario, children receive three priming doses of acellular pertussis vaccine at infancy, toddler, and preschool ages, followed by an adolescent booster dose between 14 and 16 years.For 2- to 3-year-olds, VE against pertussis was 92% and declined only slightly, to 90%, in 8- to 9-year-olds. However, in 12- to 13-year-olds, VE fell quickly, to 49%. The researchers also found that the teenage booster didn’t fully restore protection: VE reached 76% in 14- to 16-year-olds and 78% in 16- to 22-year-olds. The team noted that VE was generally higher and waned more slowly than they found previously in a test-negative case-control study.There were no widespread outbreaks or deaths in infants during the study period, which the authors said seems to support substantial and sustained VE, though they noted that disease activity patterns could be influencing immunity from earlier infections in older age-groups.They said the findings suggest the current pertussis vaccine schedule seems to be working well, though more efforts are needed to protect infants, including immunization during pregnancy. And they noted that consistent waning in immunity between the two study designs is a useful finding for policymakers.Apr 6 Vaccine abstract Vaccine allergies occur in only 1 of 760,000 vaccinations, experts sayOnly 1 in 760,000 vaccinations will result in hives, swelling, or anaphylaxis, according to an article published today in the Canadian Medical Association Journal (CMAJ). This means that allergies to vaccines are extremely rare, and even if someone does have an allergy, an allergist can safely administer injections.Most true allergic reactions to vaccines occur within minutes of receiving an immunoglobulin E (IgE)–mediated vaccine, and very rarely occur more than 4 hours after an injection. Injection-site pain and swelling are not signs of an allergy.And people with egg, latex, yeast, and gelatin allergies can also confidently receive most vaccines, though they may require an allergist’s administration. “Allergists can facilitate immunization of patients with vaccine allergy through techniques such as graded administration. Possible allergies to vaccines should not be a source of vaccine hesitancy for patients and health care providers,” the article concludes. Apr 8 CMAJ study
CANTON, OHIO — Donald Remboski has been named vice president of product innovation for the Timken Co.’s Technology Group located at Timken Research in North Canton, Ohio. AdvertisementClick Here to Read MoreAdvertisement In this new position, Remboski will help the company accelerate both top- and bottom- line growth by creating strategies for inventing and deploying new product technologies. According to Sal Miraglia, senior vice president of technology, Remboski’s knowledge of complex automotive systems will be valuable as the company moves into new markets. Early in his career, Remboski was employed as a programmer at Manufacturing Data Systems Inc. and the University of Michigan, both in Ann Arbor, Mich. In 1983, he moved to Digital Equipment Corp. in Hudson Mass., where he served as design engineer in the Semiconductor Engineering Group. In 1985, Remboski moved to Barrack Laboratories in Marlborough, Mass., as project coordinator on the Spark-Ignition Engine Programs. Since 1991, he has been employed by Motorola Automotive in Dearborn and Farmington Hills, Mich., where he has held positions of senior project engineer, staff engineer and senior staff engineer of the Advanced Projects Group, member of the Technical Staff and director, Automotive Innovation Center, his most recent position. He holds 38 personal patents and has received the Motorola Distinguished Innovator Award and Motorola Master Innovator Award. For more information about Timken, go to: www.timken.com. _______________________________________ Click here to view the rest of today’s headlines.
The SL-14 Launch Vehicle reached an altitude of 57 miles. Additionally, as a fundamental step in UP Aerospace’s testing of new systems, this mission included a small second stage rocket motor and attitude control system. Advances made with the successful mission of these payloads will be pivotal as UP Aerospace moves toward the launch of their larger orbital vehicle, SPYDER. Spaceport America, the world’s first purpose-built commercial spaceport located in southern New Mexico and UP Aerospace, a space launch and flight test service provider based in Highlands Ranch, Colo. with facilities at Spaceport America, announced the successful launch Friday, Nov. 22 of UP Aerospace’s Space Loft 14 (SL-14) rocket from the Spaceport America Vertical Launch Area. About Spaceport America “Last week’s UP Aerospace launch marked huge strides being made in the aerospace industry,” said Daniel Hicks, Chief Executive Officer Spaceport America. “The Space Loft 14 vehicle contained vital technology for UP Aerospace’s upcoming SPYDER launch, which will mark a significant advancement for small companies within the industry. And the ADS-B technology onboard will help to ensure that space flights have every opportunity to launch. We commend UP Aerospace for their visionary efforts and look forward to seeing huge things continue to come from this company.” In addition to these systems, SL-14 carried an experimental payload that seeks to improve access to space through the use of Automatic Dependent Surveillance-Broadcast (ADS-B) technology. Using ADS-B for future space launch missions is expected to improve safety and reduce detrimental effects on commercial aviation. Other payloads on the mission also were designed to advance the state-of-the-art in avionics, flight management, and data recording with particular applications for emerging small launch vehicles. With NASA and multiple university programs present, the launch—which was part of the NASA Flight Opportunities Program—marked UP Aerospace’s thirteenth launch from Spaceport America. UP Aerospace News: About UP Aerospace UP Aerospace is a space launch and flight test service provider specializing in advanced engineering, launch technology development, and state-of-the-art rapid and low cost launch operations. Our headquarters are located in Highland ranch, Colorado, with launch facilities at Spaceport America in New Mexico. For more information, visit https://www.upaerospace.com. Spaceport America is the first purpose-built commercial spaceport in the world. The FAA-licensed launch complex, situated on 18,000 acres adjacent to the U.S. Army White Sands Missile Range in southern New Mexico, has a rocket friendly environment of 6,000 square miles of restricted airspace, low population density, a 12,000-foot spaceway, and 340 days of sunshine and low humidity. Some of the most respected companies in the commercial space industry are customers at Spaceport America: Virgin Galactic, Boeing, UP Aerospace, HyperSciences, EXOS Aerospace, and SpinLaunch. Visit http://spaceportamerica.com and http://gatewaytospace.com for more information. Spaceport America is #NewMexicoTRUE.
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Independent/Nicole TeitlerCelebrating its 25th anniversary, throughout the year the Gramercy Tavern in New York City has hosted a series of “Tavern Takeovers” which include Gramercy Tavern alums, welcoming back past members of its esteemed team — in the kitchen and behind the bar. The aim is to bring together Gramercy Tavern’s past and present.On Wednesday, November 20, the featured chef was North Fork Table & Inn’s Claudia Fleming. The chef was on hand to meet and greet with fans, and sign copies of her re-released “The Last Course” cookbook. Fleming, who was the pastry chef at Gramercy Tavern in the ’90s, received the James Beard award for Outstanding Pastry Chef in the year 2000. During her “takeover,” she created one of her signature dishes, a coconut tapioca with passionfruit sorbet, crispy coconut, and firstname.lastname@example.org Share
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The Washington Department of Ecology seeks comments on draft documents for cleanup work at the North Marina Ameron/Hulbert site in Everett. The comment period started today and will run through April 7, 2014.Ecology is asking for comments on the draft remedial investigation and feasibility study, which describe contamination at the site and possible cleanup methods.The draft public participation plan describes how Ecology will inform people about the site cleanup and how they can get involved.Previous studies showed historic operations at the site contaminated the soil, groundwater and sediment. Contamination includes heavy metals, various chemicals and petroleum-related products.[mappress]Press Release, March 6, 2014
Seaspan claims that the 114 m long by 27.5 m wide barge is the largest of its kind in Canada, and is able to carry the equivalent of 1,454 standard dump truck loads of limestone.The new barge joins Seaspan 211 and 212, which were acquired in June, and Solid 66, which was added to the company fleet in late 2014.Although designed primarily for bulk cargo shipments, the additional barges also increase Seaspan’s capacity for the handling of project cargo. Seaspan 252 is scheduled to enter service in October. www.seaspan.com
INTRO: Barak building bridges OVER the last few years Israel Railways has recorded a marked increase in patronage, which has been attributed in part to the risks of terrorist attacks on buses in the region. Following the election of a new Labour government in May, IR General Manager Uzani is hoping for increased rail investment, including the long-planned upgrading of the Tel Aviv – Jerusalem line.Incoming Prime Minister Ehud Barak certainly sees rail as a way of diffusing tensions between the Israeli and Palestinian communities, but his innovative proposals look set to benefit the Arabs first. At the end of June he put forward plans for an elevated link connecting the Gaza Strip and West Bank, so that Palestinians could travel freely between the two enclaves without ’entering’ Israel. Echoing the former safe corridors toWest Berlin, the 47 km viaduct would run from Beit Hanoun near Gaza City to Dura near Hebron, carrying a high-capacity railway, road, water pipes and communications links. INTRO: Coming back homeJUNE 20 was due to see the arrival of Barge PB001 at the White Pass & Yukon Railway’s dock in Skagway, Alaska, after an 8850 km 38-day trip from Santa Marta via the Panama Canal. On board are five of the line’s Alco DL535 diesel locos, built by Montreal Loco Works in 1969. Following closure of the WP&Y, the 914 mm gauge locos were sold to the Sociedad Colombiana de Transporte Ferroviario in 1992. Reopened to carry tourists, the railway is now handling over 250000 passengers a year. To boost capacity for its centenary celebrations, WP&Y has ordered 10 new coaches and bought the locos back.Meanwhile, the Chinese Ministry of Railways has reserved the first steam loco built by the People’s Republic for preservation in the Beijing Locomotive Museum. Completed at Sifang in July 1952, JF2102 was taken out of service from Shanghai Railway Administration’s Huainan depot on May 30 1992.
INDIA: The first diesel-electric locomotive fitted with Indian-designed IGBT traction converters and microprocessor controls has entered service following a month of intensive trials.The Diesel Locomotive Works at Varanasi originally began production under a 1961 technology transfer agreement with Alco. A further agreement with EMD in 1995 led to increased local content, and since 2002 most components for the GT46 MAC derivatives have been made in India. However around 30% by value was still imported, including EMD control systems and Siemens traction converters.Indian firms were invited to develop replacements in 2006, and Medha Servo Drives of Hyderabad was selected following the success of its control systems for Alco designs.Medha has adopted IGBT technology rather than GTOs. Six inverters feed the traction motors independently, giving better wheel slip control and adhesion. Larger variations in wheel diameter are possible, and failures only affect one axle. Modern controls have allowed the WDG4 locomotive to be uprated from 4 000 to 4 500 hpFurther enhancements under development include wireless distributed power control, TFT driver display screens, remote monitoring and fuel saving measures such as automatic engine start/stop and auxiliary power units. ‘We are challenging imported technologies not just to emulate but to improve, excel and create better products’, said Railway Board Member R K Rao.