CDC expands bug repellent roster to fight West Nile

first_img While they still affirm the safety of DEET, officials acknowledged that some people just don’t like the product. Alternatives have existed—picaridin was approved by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) for US use years ago, a CDC official said—but there was little commercial interest. With the advent of WNV, mosquito repellents are getting more attention. In two recent studies, oil of lemon eucalyptus provided about the same protection as low concentrations of DEET against mosquitoes found in the United States, according to the CDC. The substance, also known as PMD, is available in several products in the United States. The product has not been tested against mosquitoes that spread malaria and some other diseases that occur internationally, the agency says. CDC WNV pages “These additional repellents will help prepare people to prevent mosquito bites this summer,” Petersen said. Apr 28 CDC news release CDC’s “Updated information regarding insect repellents” Most people who contract WNV experience no symptoms, but about 20 percent can have symptoms such as fever, headache, nausea, and vomiting. About 1 in 150 people can suffer a severe illness, which may involve high fever, stupor, coma, tremors, convulsions, vision loss, and paralysis, the CDC said. In 2004, 2,470 Americans fell ill with WNV and 88 of them died. However, milder cases are believed to be underreported, Petersen said. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) officials held a teleconference to announce they have endorsed the repellents picaridin and oil of lemon eucalyptus as effective tools for fending off mosquitoes that can carry WNV and other pathogens. “There are a great many people who are unprotected against mosquito bites,” she said. “West Nile Virus can be a terrible disease. It’s worthwhile to take those few seconds to reduce your risk of becoming infected.” Dec 29, 2004, CIDRAP News report on WNV activity in 2004 Zielinski-Gutierrez said only about 40% of people reported using mosquito repellent when surveyed late last year. Use in the Pacific Northwest and among Latinos is particularly low, she added. Both picaridin and the plant-based oil of lemon eucalyptus are EPA-approved for use as directed, said Dr. Emily Zielinski-Gutierrez, a behavioral scientist with the CDC’s VID division. Picaridin, also known as KBR 3023, will be sold as “Cutter Advanced.” The substance provides protection that is “often comparable with DEET products of similar concentration,” a CDC news release says. See also: Both chemicals have been used successfully in other countries, said Dr. Lyle Petersen, director of CDC’s division of Vectorborne Infectious Diseases (VID). They are comparable to varying levels of DEET, the chief repellent that has been used in the United States. And both have been approved by the Environmental Protection Agency. A CDC fact sheet on insect repellents says DEET and picaridin have shown a higher level of efficacy in peer-reviewed studies than other repellents the EPA has approved for safety and efficacy. CDC’s new advice reflects a concern that more people need to take precautions against WNV, a mosquito-borne disease that has spread to 47 of the 48 contiguous states since first appearing on US soil in New York City in 1999. Washington state is the holdout, but Petersen said he wouldn’t be surprised to see WNV appear there this year. April 28, 2005 (CIDRAP News) – Just in time for mosquito season, federal health officials today heralded the addition of new defensive weapons against West Nile Virus (WNV): two non-DEET mosquito repellents. Today’s recommendation marks a policy shift for CDC, which has long recommended DEET-containing products to repel mosquitoes. In fact, the CDC’s WNV page still contained a graphic of DEET this afternoon with the words, “Remember to use repellent with DEET when spending time outdoors.” Petersen said localized outbreaks of WNV are hard to predict and may depend on weather and other factors. That’s one reason personal vigilance is the key to good protection. The CDC recommends that people use insect repellent anytime they go outside during mosquito season, especially at night, when mosquitoes are most active.last_img read more

Panel discussion “SMARTMED – challenges and opportunities for the development of smart tourism in Croatia” announced

first_imgIt is a panel discussion that aims to present the SMARTMED project and the concept of SMART tourism and answer the questions about the challenges and opportunities that await Croatia in the further development of this branch of tourism.   PROGRAM panel discussion “Smartmed – challenges and opportunities for the development of SMART tourism in Croatia” This event is an important part of creating an analytical basis for the development of a business model and pilot project within the SMARTMED project, and aims to detect challenges in the field and in management and identify key areas for the development of smart tourism in Croatia. On-line panel discussion “SMARTMED – challenges and opportunities for the development of smart tourism in Croatia” will be held on Tuesday, October 27, 2020, from 9:30 a.m. to 15:00 p.m.., and all interested can apply for participation via links. The Ministry of Tourism and Sports, in the role of the leading partner of the SMARTMED project and in cooperation with the consulting company Apsolon, announces an online event “SMARTMED – challenges and opportunities for the development of smart tourism in Croatia “, which deals with the development of conditions for smart and sustainable tourism and innovation in tourism in the Mediterranean. center_img At the event, which is open to all stakeholders in tourism, interesting panel discussions on four topics are expected: Sustainability, Cooperation and participation, Human capital te Technology and IT in which representatives of leading tourism companies, institutions and destinations will exchange their experiences. Those gathered will be addressed via the network Minister of Tourism and Sports Nikolina Brnjac which will further emphasize the importance of the SMARTMED project prepared under the PANORAMED initiative, the Interreg MED program. It is a project worth three million euros (22.5 million kuna) that connects 13 partners from 9 Mediterranean countries (Croatia, Spain, Portugal, France, Italy, Greece, Slovenia, Montenegro, Bosnia and Herzegovina)  which together, based on the specific needs of each of the countries, develop a business model for smart and sustainable tourism and innovation in tourism in the Mediterranean. The event will present the results of an analysis of the current state of skills and competitiveness in the Mediterranean and examples of best practice from the eight countries involved in the research. You will be able to find out which of the four (Sustainability, Cooperation and Participation, Human Capital and Technology and IT) is the worst in Croatia and the Mediterranean, why the regulatory framework has the lowest overall average score among all thirteen topics analyzed, and which are examples of good practices from Portugal and Barcelona, ​​the countries ranked best. Of all the areas, Croatia is the best in the field of “Sustainability”, and in general all areas have better ranked practices compared to the strategic and regulatory framework, with this difference being most visible in “Cooperation and Participation”. last_img read more

Rhys Hoskins trolls Mets, and the other coolest things from last night

first_imgVLAD JR— Joe (@JoeRiveraSN) April 24, 20191. Rhys Hoskins earns sweet payback vs. MetsThis moment could not have been set up any better for Hoskins to get back at the pitcher who threw behind him the day before, and he made sure to take full advantage of it.Fuuuuuuull advantage.This was the slowest home run trot of the MLB season.Lovely night for a stroll …Wouldn’t you say, @rhyshoskins ?— Philadelphia Phillies (@Phillies) April 25, 2019Rhys Hoskins’ home run trot of 34.23 seconds was the longest in MLB this season and the first over 30 seconds. His previous longest trot was 28.88 seconds.— Todd Zolecki (@ToddZolecki) April 25, 2019Here’s Jacob Rhame on Rhys Hoskins’ slow trot. “He got me. If I make a better pitch, he doesn’t get to run the bases.”— Anthony DiComo (@AnthonyDiComo) April 25, 2019″I don’t look at it as retaliation.” Hoskins on his ninth inning homer off of Rhame and the ensuing 34-second trot— SNY (@SNYtv) April 25, 2019 “It sure looked like it was (intentional) to me,” Kapler said after the game. “It damn sure looked like it. I can’t get into anybody’s head. It’s impossible. It’s not my job to get into the opposition’s head. But I can tell you that it sure looked like it was to me.”MORE: Watch ‘ChangeUp,’ a new MLB live whiparound show on DAZNHoskins earned another crack at Rhame in the ninth inning Wednesday with the Phillies leading 4-0. He drilled a two-run home run just inside the left-field foul pole, then rounded the bases at a deliberate pace, taking a seasonlong 34.2 seconds to cross the plate.That was by far the coolest moment in baseball Wednesday night. Here is the full list of things we enjoyed, including the vengeful long ball:5. Security guard takes foul ball to head like a champA’s first baseman Mark Canha ranged near the Rangers’ dugout Wednesday to try to snag a ball in foul territory, but he was unable to pull it in.Instead, the ball doinked off a security guard’s head and bounced high up into the air. He handled it well, even though it likely hurt pretty bad. He got to watch Oakland deliver a walkoff hit in the next frame, which hopefully eased the pain.OUCH.Right off the noggin.— Sporting News MLB (@sn_mlb) April 24, 20194. Matt Chapman does his best to get noticed in crowded MVP fieldUntil Mike Trout’s hair starts to gray, he will be a leading candidate to win the AL MVP. He’s the best all-around player of his generation and perhaps on track to become the greatest player of all time, period.Yet, in the past two seasons, the honor belonged to Jose Altuve and Mookie Betts, and there’s a chance it will once again elude Trout. In 2019, A’s third baseman Matt Chapman could conceivably best the Angels superstar behind his stellar defensive work at the hot corner and budding offensive game.Chapman missed significant time last season to injury but still finished third in the AL in WAR, according to Baseball Reference. He hit .278 with 24 home runs in 145 games, though it was his effort in the field that separated him from most other position players.So far this year, he has taken another step forward, boasting a .311/.407/.633 slash line. He blasted an opposite-field home run — his eighth of the year — in a victory over the Rangers on Wednesday.At some point the “Matt Chapman MVP” calls will go national.It could come sooner than you think.— Sporting News MLB (@sn_mlb) April 24, 2019If Chapman keeps this up, he’ll at least be in the conversation for MVP.3. Javier Baez smokes game-tying three-run home runThe Cubs have turned around their play of late, but they have not really had a signature moment to symbolize their change in fortunes.Baez provided one Wednesday with a majestic three-run game-tying shot against the Dodgers. Everything he does on the field comes with such flair.Moments later, outfielder Jason Heyward drilled another three-run home run to give the Cubs a 6-3 lead. They would hold on to win 7-6.CUBS LEAD.Jason Heyward pours it on with a three-run jack.— Sporting News MLB (@sn_mlb) April 25, 20192. Vladimir Guerrero Jr. earns Blue Jays call-upThe Blue Jays finally are promoting their top prospect to the major leagues after a prolonged service time-related wait.Guerrero, son of Hall of Famer Vladimir Guerrero, is expected to immediately be one of Toronto’s best hitters. He hit 20 home runs in 95 minor league games last year.With Guerrero in tow, the middling Blue Jays will go from one of the least interesting teams in the AL to must-watch TV. In the top of the ninth of a lopsided game Tuesday, Mets right-hander Jacob Rhame threw behind Phillies first baseman Rhys Hoskins, earning the ire of the Philadelphia clubhouse.Hoskins and manager Gabe Kapler believed there was purpose in the errant pitch.last_img read more