Notice to Public Health Officials and Clinicians: Recognizing, Managing, and Reporting Chikungunya Virus Infections in Travelers Returning from the Caribbean
On December 7, 2013, the World Health Organization (WHO) reported the first local (autochthonous) transmission of chikungunya virus in the Americas. As of December 12th, 10 cases of chikungunya have been confirmed in patients who reside on the French side of St. Martin in the Caribbean. Laboratory testing is pending on additional suspected cases. Onset of illness for confirmed cases was between October 15 and December 4. At this time, there are no reports of other suspected chikungunya cases outside St. Martin. However, further spread to other countries in the region is possible.
via Health Alert Network | HAN Archive – 00358.
The gaze creates a “conversation” or dialogue and the viewer cannot help but wonder who else is in the dialogue. If the dialogue or conversation is real or if the artist has someone in mind when the photo is taken – it can become as real as a shot of someone in conversation and unaware that the photo is being taken. In that case, the viewer is drawn in, in the same way as when they cannot help but listen to a muted conversation in an elevator or at the table next to theirs in a restaurant…
Crews worked overtime across the West Bank on Friday after 60 percent of the Palestinian territory\’s regions were plunged into darkness as a result of severe weather conditions.
Director General of the Jerusalem Electricity Company Said Hisham Omari told Ma\’an that there were at least 45 malfunctions in power lines across the West Bank as a result of the ongoing storm, and that although crews were working to fix them adverse driving conditions were inhibiting their work.
The majority of the power line malfunctions are located inside Israel on lines leading to the West Bank, but Israeli authorities are not fixing the malfunctions while also prohibiting the access of Palestinian crews to the areas.
Company crews were able to restore power to 80 percent of areas across large parts of Bethlehem and Jerusalem and are working hard to restore electricity to Ramallah as well, Omari said.
However, the power supply covers only 40 percent of the province as of Friday evening, and 60 percent remains in the dark, he added.
via 60 percent of West Bank without power | Maan News Agency.
At least three people have been killed in Pakistan\’s tribal areas after the resumption of an antipolio campaign.
RFE/RL\’s Radio Mashaal reports that gunmen shot and killed two police officers assigned to protect a team of polio-vaccination workers in northwestern Pakistan.
The incident occurred north of Peshawar, the capital of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Province, on December 13.
Reports said the attackers fled the scene.
There was no immediate claim of responsibility.
In a second incident, Esmattulah Wazir, a political administrator in the tribal areas, said unknown assailants shot dead a polio worker named Yousef in his home.
via Avian Flu Diary: Pakistan: 3 More Polio Workers Killed.