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

The visitor center “Dravska priča” passed the eligibility check phase

first_imgAt the beginning of April last year, the Virovitica-Podravina County announced that in cooperation with local development agencies it had applied for three tourist projects from which they expect a lot and with which they want to position themselves as a tourist paradise in the center of Slavonia. Slowly but surely, the whole story becomes a reality.It is open first information-educational center hostel “Dravska priča” and now the Visitor Center “Dravska priča” has passed the phase of eligibility check and has been sent to the third phase which refers to the check of expenses.The project called “Visitor Center” Drava Story “- an interactive, innovative and accessible experience of nature” was reported in the amount of about 13,7 million kuna, of which 85% is co-financed by the European Regional Development Fund. The project was submitted in cooperation with the Public Institution for Management of Protected Areas and Ecological Network of Virovitica-Podravina County, VIDRA Development Agency, Virovitica-Podravina County and the Tourist Board of Virovitica-Podravina County, and these organizations are also project partners. Collaborators in the project are the Faculty of Science in Osijek, the Department of Biology and the Association of Persons with Disabilities Slatina.The Mura Drava Regional Park is the main backbone for the development of interactive facilities within the Visitor Center, which will present the flora and fauna of the Regional Park in an unprecedented way and educate visitors about them, Virovitica-Podravina County points out, and the project plans to arrange the surrounding parks. center and most importantly the interior and exterior of the center will be adapted for people with disabilities and reduced mobility. A winter garden will also be built in the attic of the building where the aquatic habitats of the Mura Drava Regional Park will be presented.In addition to infrastructural interventions, the education of guides and the development of various programs of the school in nature and field teaching are of significant importance in the project, for which the necessary equipment will be additionally procured. In order for the Drava story to be “told” to the desired target groups, significant funds will be invested in its branding and promotion.Related news:VIROVITICA-PODRAVA COUNTY BECOMES A TOURIST PARADISE IN THE CENTER OF SLAVONIA WITH THE HELP OF EU FUNDS INFORMATION-EDUCATIONAL CENTER HOSTEL “DRAVSKA PRIČA” OPENEDlast_img read more

Women’s Soccer: How Badgers became dependent on Dani Rhodes

first_imgStar forward Dani Rhodes made her mark in Madison the moment she stepped onto the field as a freshman. The Waukesha, Wisconsin, native started her career for the Badgers by participating in all 22 games and immediately having a significant impact on the team’s fate.Her opening year was just an introduction. Over the next three years, Rhodes went on to hone her game and cement herself as the leader of the team in overall offensive production. In just her second season competing with the team, Rhodes led the Badgers in total goals, assists, points and shots on goal.This trend continued into Rhodes’ junior season as she helped carry the Badgers to a Sweet 16 appearance in the 2018 NCAA tournament — only the second time the team had advanced that far in their history. Rhodes again led the team in goals, assists, total shots and shots on goal.Women’s Soccer: Shot at near perfect Big Ten record, national title on horizonThe No. 9 Wisconsin Badgers women’s soccer team (13-2-2) is on an absolute tear for the second straight season. With Read…In each of these two seasons, however, Rhodes often was able to put up such numbers despite the fact she often did not play the entire game. In her sophomore season, Rhodes started all 22 games for the Badgers. Yet she was ninth on the team for total minutes played throughout the season, trailing the leading time played by 400 minutes. Not much changed in the 2018 season as Rhodes continued to lead the team in offensive output despite not leading the team in minutes played.Rhodes played even fewer minutes in 2018 than she did in 2017, as she was 11th on the team for total minutes played throughout the season. While some of this is undoubtedly because forwards tend to get subbed out more frequently near the ends of games, it does not account for the extent of the discrepancy as fellow forward Cameron Murtha played over 100 minutes more than Rhodes during 2018.Rhodes led the Badgers to successful season after successful season despite the fact that she saw the field less than almost every other starter on the team. Had she played the rest of those games, there is no telling what ridiculous stat lines she may have accrued.Rhodes clearly acted as the lifeblood of the of the Badgers as they made three straight appearances in the NCAA tournament. She has continued to do so in her final season in the cardinal and white.Women’s Soccer: Early season success offers chance at redemptionAfter a 2018 fall defined by regular season promise that ultimately failed to play out in the postseason, the Badgers Read…Rhodes currently leads the team in goals, points, total shots and shots on goal. With 11 goals on the season, Rhodes has scored over 40% of the Badgers’ goal total. Once again, Rhodes achieved this feat with limited playing time compared to her fellow starters. Rhodes ranks just ninth on the team for total minutes played at this point in the 2019 season.Each and every minute Rhodes plays is meaningful. There is little time for her to remain on the field with other starters in order to pad her stats. Even with her relatively limited time on the field compared to starting defensemen and midfielders, Rhodes has undoubtedly been the most important factor in the Badgers’ success this year.In fact, the Badgers’ losses this season are more indicative of her importance to the team than even their wins. For example, the Purdue Boilermakers recently knocked the Badgers out of the Big Ten tournament in the first round. The Boilermakers were a No. 8 seed while the Big Ten champion Badgers were a No. 1 seed. It was a poor loss and the Boilermakers were able to pull off the upset by effectively shutting Rhodes down.Rhodes managed to get off just two total shots on the game while others, namely forwards Murtha and Emma Jaskaniec and midfielder Maia Cella, each put up three a piece. Rhodes also trailed Murtha and Jaskaniec in shots on goal for the game.Women’s soccer: Wisconsin hung tight with nation’s best in NCAA Tournament, Coach Paula Wilkins excited for next yearThe No. 15 Wisconsin Badgers women’s soccer team fell 1–0 to then No. 1 ranked Stanford just before Thanksgiving. With Read…There’s really no way around it. Even against a team that they handled in the regular season, the Badgers need Rhodes to have a strong performance. If she doesn’t, her prowess on the field has to capture the majority of their attention in order to free others to have scoring opportunities. When she is relegated to just the fourth best offensive producer on the team, it’s difficult for that to happen. It is for this same reason the Badgers barely held on against Purdue earlier in the season as Rhodes had just one shot all game long.Following their disappointing loss in the Big Ten tournament, the Badgers will need Rhodes to step up if they are to match or improve upon last season’s performance in the NCAA tournament. As shown by the crucial offensive role she’s played throughout her career, much of the Badgers’ success is dependent on her ability to deliver.last_img read more

Fantasy Baseball Podcast: Waiver wire pickups, SP streamers, closer battles, more

first_imgWatch ChangeUp, a new MLB live whip-around show on DAZN Along the way, we also discuss whether Richard Lovelady ever goes by “Dick” or “Richie”, why players hardly ever bunt against the shift (ahem, Chris Davis), scoring from second on a sac fly…in slow-pitch softball, fantasy owners who are always trying to anticipate real-life trades, Dansby Swanson vs. Jorge Polanco cagematch, regretful DFS decisions involving Mitch Garver, misprouncing player names, finger stimulators, low BABIPs, ERA-FIP differentials, the importance of actually watching SPs, skewed ownership percentages, Brad Boxberger always sneaking up and hanging around, the dream of a Lovelady-Pounder-Bummer bullpen, fantasy team names based off Paul DeJong’s name, classic baseball jokes, and much more.Fantasy Baseball Podcast: Hot Corner Ep. 4Timestamps and quotesSEGMENT 2: TALKIN’ BASEBALL (1:49)Richard Lovelady and Heath Fillmyer: “Heath? That’s not a good name.”Chris Davis’s struggles and bunting against the shift: “It’s a late-game situation, you need one run, and they’re giving you an entire half the field.” “Nah. Hit a homer. Be a hero.”SEGMENT 2: HOT WIRE (7:04)Dan Vogelbach: “You look at him…he looks like a softball player.”Dansby Swanson: “I’d poop my pants if my shortstop had those numbers.”Yandy Diaz: “So, he’s yoked –” “Keep saying ‘yoked’. Let’s set a record.”Jason Heyward: “He was gonna hit three home runs at some point this year anyway, we think…”Various Rockies: “There’s a lot of weird stuff going on in Colorado right now.”Willians Astudillo: “He’s got that Rich Garces body type?”SEGMENT 3: CROSSING STREAMS (33:20)Mike Leake @ KC: “If you can get through [Whit] Merrifield, you’re in good shape.”Jon Gray @ SF: “I’m basically looking for any opportunity to start someone against San Francisco.”Yonny Chirinos @ TOR: “[Toronto] scored seven yesterday.” “Yeah, but the Red Sox suck.”Zach Eflin @ MIA: “We looked across Yahoo, ESPN, and CBS, and his ownership varied wildly.”SEGMENT 4: CLOSER CORNER (43:48)Phillies: “I’m still gonna say [David] Robertson and [Seranthony] Dominguez. They’re the best relievers there.”Red Sox: “At least in this scenario, right now, [Matt Barnes and Ryan Brasier] are both pitching well. The problem with some of these other situations is the guys aren’t pitching well.”Braves: “This feels more committee to me now, and I might actually lean a little toward [A.J.] Minter.”Royals: “Managers don’t like grand slams.” We’re still talking closer battles, waiver wire pickups, SP streamers, and potential drops in the fourth episode of the Hot Corner Podcast (available on SoundCloud and iTunes), but perhaps the most pressing issue we tackle in this week’s episode is the emergence of Dick Lovelady. OK, he goes by Richard Lovelady, but still…We talk about LL Cool D right out of the gates, but then quickly transition to hot pickups, including Dan Vogelbach, Dansby Swanson, and Yandy Diaz (full list below the podcast player). We also briefly discuss potential drops, important stats, and a few streamers (hello Mike Leake)/teams to stream against (Giants and Royals, looking at you). We finish up with some hot closer talk (what’s up with David Robertson?), including a bold proclamation in relation to the Orioles’ situation. Marlins: “Is [Adam Conley] worth owning?”Orioles: “I think this one is potentially the worst situation of all-time.”SEGMENT 5: CORRECTIONS, REGRETS, RECOMMENDATIONS (55:13)last_img read more