MERS-CoV found in Nigerian camels but not in Mideast bats

first_imgTwo studies exploring potential reservoirs for MERS-CoV found evidence that the virus is widespread in camels in Nigeria but not in bats in Egypt and Lebanon.The Nigerian study, published today in Eurosurveillance, noted that RNA of MERS-CoV (Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus) indicated that the virus infecting camels there is distinct from strains in the Middle East, where most human cases have occurred. The virus has been previously identified in dromedary camels in the Middle East as well as in several African nations.And in the bat study, published yesterday in Emerging Infectious Diseases, researchers identified other coronaviruses in various samples from wild bats, but not MERS-CoV.About 95% of camels seropositiveFor the camel study, researchers from Hong Kong and Nigeria studied nasal swabs and blood samples collected from dromedary camels shortly after slaughter at an abattoir in Kano, Nigeria. Some of the animals originated from northern Nigeria, as well as from neighboring countries like Chad, Libya, Mali, Niger, and Sudan.The investigators collected nasal swabs from 132 camels during 7 consecutive days in January 2015 and obtained serum samples from all but 1 of those animals.Using a validated MERS-spike pseudoparticle neutralization test, the team found that 125 serum samples (95%) tested positive for antibodies to MERS-CoV. In addition, 14 (11%) of 132 nasal samples tested positive for MERS-CoV RNA by polymerase chain reaction (PCR). All 11 camels whose nasal samples tested positive were also seropositive.Phylogenetic analysis showed that the viral RNA divided into two lineages, both of which are distinct from strains analyzed in the Middle East, the authors reported.”Both of the Nigerian virus groups were distinct from previously known virus lineages,” they wrote. “The Nigerian camel viruses were most closely related to virus NRCE-HKU270 previously found in Egypt with nt sequence similarity of 99.3 to 99.6%. MERS-CoV in Nigeria were genetically distinct from viruses found in camels in the Middle East and viruses detected in humans in more recent years (nt sequence similarity ranging from 98.4 to 99.4%).”The researchers said that the findings might reflect prevalence of the virus in camels not only in Nigeria but a wider region. Not only did the camels come from other nearby countries, but they were kept within the abattoir for a number of days before slaughter, allowing for possible cross-infection and gene transfer.A study in April 2014 found a similar level of MERS-CoV–like antibodies in adult camels in Nigeria.Coronaviruses in 5% of batsIn the second study, researchers in Egypt, Lebanon, Saudi Arabia, Hong Kong, and the United States collected bat samples from February 2013 through April 2015.They captured 821 bats live in their caves and collected oral swab, rectal swab, and blood samples. All bats were released except for 72 that died or were euthanized after capture. The team took lung and liver samples from these bats. The caves were close to human-inhabited areas but not near camel herds.In Egypt, all 82 Egyptian tomb bats tested negative for CoV, while the liver of 1 of 31 desert pipistrelle bats, or 3.2%, tested positive for a betacoronavirus (beta-CoV), the family to which MERS-CoV and the SARS virus belongs.Among 257 specimens from Egyptian fruit bats, 18 (7%) tested positive for beta-CoV, while a murine hepatitis virus–like CoV was detected in the lung of 1 bat. Overall, 5.1% of the Egyptian bats tested CoV-positive.In Lebanon, all 4 Rhinolophus hipposideros and 6 Miniopterus schribersii bats tested negative for CoV, while 1 of 3 Rhinolophus ferrumequinum bats was positive. In addition, the rectal swabs of 24 (5.5%) of 438 Egyptian fruit bats from 10 different locations tested positive for beta-CoV. Overall, 5.5% of the Lebanese bats tested positive.The researchers tested a subset of 696 samples (516 from Egypt, 180 from Lebanon) for MERS-CoV using PCR, and all tested negative. And serum samples from 814 bats likewise tested negative for MERS-CoV antibodies.The authors noted, “Our detection of CoVs in oral, rectal, lung, and liver samples suggests that CoV infection in those bats was systemic, although the bats were apparently healthy.” They also said that the hepatitis virus–like infection might have originated in mice sharing the same habitat.Coronaviruses related to MERS-CoV are known to exist in bats, and a small fragment of viral material found in bat feces in Saudi Arabia in 2013 was reported to match MERS-CoV, but the finding proved controversial.See also:Dec 10 Eurosurveillance studyDec 9 Emerg Infect Dis studyApr 22, 2014, CIDRAP News story “Antibody study hints at MERS-CoV in African camels”last_img read more

Domlec awards four more scholarships

first_img Share Share Sharing is caring! Share 110 Views   no discussionscenter_img EducationLocalNewsPrimarySecondary Domlec awards four more scholarships by: – July 31, 2012 Tweet Students pose with parents and Mrs. McKenzie of Domlec,(left) Denelson DeRavariere was absentFour more students have joined the ranks of the Domlec family of scholarships for secondary school.The company this week presented school books and other necessities to the students for the commencement of their secondary education in September.Human Resources and Administration Manager Bertilia McKenzie says two of the scholarships were presented to students of Domlec staff and two to members of the public. Those given to the public are for students who do not already hold government scholarships or bursaries.As part of the scholarship the students receive all text books, stationery, bus fares and examination fees at the end of fifth form. Domlec HR Department continues to play a major role in the life of the students particularly in the area of counseling when the need arises. Throughout their five years of secondary education the students must perform creditably in order to hold on to their scholarships. The recipients this year are: Jada O’Brien and Keana Joseph who will attend the Convent High School, Abina Shillingford to attend the Goodwill Secondary and Denelson DeRavariere the St. Mary’s Academy. To date there are twenty-two (22) students holding Domlec scholarships and attending secondary schools across the island. Domlec prides itself in being able to give support towards the development of the islands young people. This summer over forty high school and college students are on summer attachments at the various company’s offices. The aim is to give them first hand experience in preparing for the job market and allow them to earn some extra money. This summer program has been on going for almost ten years. Press releaselast_img read more

Twins Split Doubleheader With Royals

first_img The Twins got 2-run homeruns Robbie Grossman and Max Kepler and Brian Dozier was 2-4 with a run scored and 1 RBI.  Adelberto Mejia threw 7 innings with 5 hits and 3 earned runs allowed to get his first major league win.The Twins are 22-18 and are tied with Cleveland for first place in the American League Central.  The Twins start a 3-game series at Baltimore at 6:05, pregame on WJON at 5:30.  Right hander Kyle Gibson (0-4) will be recalled to start for the Twins and right hander Ubaldo Jimenez (1-2) toes the rubber for the Orioles. The Twins split a doubleheader with the Royals at Target Field Sunday.  Kansas City won the first game 6-4 and the Twins won the 2nd game 8-4.Phil Hughes allowed 6 hits and 5 earned runs in 4 innings to take the loss.  He drops to 4-3.  Twins Manager Paul Molitor said after the game that Hughes would be placed on the disabled list with a shoulder injury.  Miguel Sano in game 1 was 2-4 with 3 RBIs and Brian Dozier had 2 hits a run scored and 1 RBI for the Twins. 720p HD Visit Advertiser website GO TO PAGE Skip Auto (360p) About Connatix V56892center_img About Connatix V56892 1080p HD 360p 1/1last_img read more

Richie Gustin checks out on IMCA Harris Clash foes

first_imgRichie Gustin reigned at Tuesday’s Harris Clash, earning $2,000 for his IMCA Modified victory at Hamilton County Speedway. (Photo by Barry Johnson)WEBSTER CITY, Iowa (Aug. 8) – Richie Gustin made sure the race was for second Tuesday night at Hamilton County Speedway.Gustin led all 25 laps of the Harris Clash for IMCA Modifieds, earning $2,000 for a dominating performance. Tim Ward took over second late in the contest but didn’t have enough laps left to reel in Gustin.Ryan Ruter chased Gustin early and ended in third while Hunter Marriott was fourth. Kelly Shryock and Joel Rust came out of “B” features to finish fifth and sixth, respectively.Gustin had started outside Todd Shute on the front row and quickly moved into the front spot, run­ning the extreme lower line with Ruter.A couple cautions were all that slowed Gustin as he pulled away from the rest of the field after each restart. Ward found success on the high side in working his way to the runner-up spot.Shryock started 16th, Rust 18th. Already on the ballot for next year’s Fast Shafts All-Star Invita­tional, Gustin had previously won the Harris Clash in 2010.Rust, the defending Clash winner, topped the 10-lap dash for feature winners on designated nights at 10 area race tracks. He passed Chris Abelson and took the $500 checkers ahead of Gustin.Jared VanDeest was the $1,000 Karl Chevrolet Northern SportMod winner, pulling away from Cur­tis Van Der Wal in the late going in that 20-lapper.After working his way past Austin Luellen for the lead, VanDeest had checked out on everybody while the 11th starting Van Der Wal began his drive toward the front.Jake McBirnie, Luellen and 16th starting Jack Sachau completed the top five.Fifty-two Modifieds and 38 Northern SportMods competed at the 26th annual Clash. The pole posi­tion was left empty during a SportMod parade lap in honor of the late Robbie Conway, who had competed at last year’s event.“He was one of those guys you couldn’t help but like,” said Event Promoter Bob Harris. “He did so much for so many people, plus he was a great racer.”Feature resultsModifieds – 1. Richie Gustin, Gilman; 2. Tim Ward, Harcourt; 3. Ryan Ruter, Clear Lake; 4. Hunter Marriott, Brookfield, Mo.; 5. Kelly Shryock, Fertile; 6. Joel Rust, Grundy Center; 7. Kyle Strickler, Mooresville, N.C.; 8. Chris Abelson, Sioux City; 9. Mike Mashl, DePere, Wis.; 10. Tyler Droste, Waterloo; 11. Todd Shute, Des Moines; 12. Ethan Dotson, Bakersfield, Calif.; 13. Jeremy Mills, Garner; 14. Tad Reutzel, Burt; 15. Jon Snyder, Ames; 16. Jon Plowman, Woodbine; 17. Paul Stone, Winton, Calif.; 18. Chase Ellingson, Williams; 19. Nate Hughes, Humboldt; 20. Tom Berry, Medford, Ore.; 21. Clay Money, Penokee, Kan.; 22. Racer Hulin, Laurel; 23. Shane Swan­son, Forest City; 24. Kyle Brown, Madrid.Clash Dash – 1. Rust; 2. Gustin; 3. Plowman; 4. Mashl; 5. Shryock; 6. Reutzel; 7. Marriott; 8. Abelson; 9. Mike Jergens, Plover; 10. Jeff Aikey, Cedar Falls.Northern SportMods – 1. Jared VanDeest, Holland; 2. Curtis Van Der Wal, Oskaloosa; 3. Jake McBirnie; 4. Austin Luellen, Minburn; 5. Jake Sachau, Denison; 6. Ty Griffith, Webster City; 7. Doug Smith, Lake City; 8. Sam Wieben, Dysart; 9. Ethan Braaksma, Newton; 10. Dan Drury, Eldora; 11. Rocky Caudle, Ellsworth; 12. Cory Pestotnik, Boone; 13. Cody Thompson, Sioux City; 14. Jesse Skalicky, Fargo, N.D.; 15. John Watson, Des Moines; 16. Lucas Lamberies, Clinton­ville, Wis.; 17. Cory Rose, Boone; 18. Jack Housley, Des Moines; 19. Dan Paplow, Dundee, Minn.; 20. Bryan Johnson, Roland; 21. Austin Schrage, Cresco; 22. Taylor Musselman, Urban­dale; 23. Robert Moore, Maxwell; 24. Christopher Elliott, Webster City.last_img read more

Man headbutted, poured drink over and sent vile texts to former girlfriend

first_imgA man who could not accept the break-up of his relationship headbutted his former girlfriend, poured drinks over her and then sent her a series of vile text messages.Kieran Callaghan appeared in court following the attacks on his former partner Martina Mulhern in Letterkenny. The court heard how that although the relationship was brief, 33-year-old Callaghan could not accept the break-up.After the relationship broke down, Callaghan approached Ms MUlhern on a number of occasions.On July 2nd, 2017 in the Warehouse Bar, he approached her on two occasions and poured two drinks over her head.On July 17th, Ms Mulhern was socialising in the Voodoo NIghtclub in Letterkenny when she was approached by Callaghan.He headbutted the woman causing her swelling and bruising to her face.Callaghan, of Garrison Hill in Killygordon also admitted sending a series of disgusting text messages to his former girlfriend.Garda Inspector Barry Doyle said the text messages were very offensive and included “F*** you tramp. You rotten piece of s***. I hope you die a painful one”, “You are a pathetic lowlife scumbag I never loved you” and “I hope you fall off a cliff.”The court was told that Callaghan had previously appeared in court for breaking a window in Ms Mulhern’s home in Ardara on the night he poured drinks over her headSolicitor for the accused, Mr Frank Dorrian, said Callaghan had tendered an apology to Ms Mulhern and that it was sincere.He said his client had been distraught and had experienced emotions of hopelessness and despair after the couple’s break-up.Judge Paul Kelly adjourned the case until January 14th next and asked the court for a probation report and victim impact statement from Ms Mulhern.Man headbutted, poured drink over and sent vile texts to former girlfriend was last modified: November 14th, 2018 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:attackcourtdonegalKieran Callaghanrelationshiplast_img read more

In Case You Missed It: Disney News and Rumors – Week of December 25, 2015

first_imgShare This!Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays! Since tomorrow, most of you will be celebrating with family and friends, I decided to get this week’s In Case You Missed It out a day earlier! I hope you enjoy your holiday.Universal purchased land, Star Wars broke records, and lots, lots more happened this week! Read on to find out just what you should know.In Case You Missed It – Disney and Universal Orlando News and Rumors What did we miss? Attach your ideas to Rey and BB8 Die Cast Action Figures and send it to [email protected] with the words “In Case You Missed It” in the subject line. USA Today takes us to The Boathouse in this video. Have you tried it yet?Could a wine bar be headed to Disney Springs? Would this appeal to you?Head’s up. If you were traveling on the Disney Magic next summer, you will not be heading to Greece or Turkey.Robert Iger recently talked about weakness at ESPN, the pressure on television from developing digital media, and the continued strength and value of the brand.Is Pirates of the Caribbean one of your favorite movies? Here are things you may not have known about Curse of the Black Pearl.Set your DVR’s! ABC will air Marvel’s Captain America: 75 Heroic Years in January.Clearly Star Wars broke A LOT of records. See which ones it actually succeeded to break.The big question…where does Star Wars go next? Don’t read this unless you’ve seen the movie, as it involves spoilers.What did this latest iteration of Star Wars do right that the prequels didn’t?Could the upcoming Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them play a part in upcoming Universal expansions? What would you like to see?It’s official…Universal has purchased 450 acres of land. One would expect it’s just a matter of time before we hear about another gate.In Case We Missed Itlast_img read more

International Education is all about being progressive

first_imgTodd Robinson, VP EF International AcademyThe fact remains that the world is going to be more global than it is now. Globalization has transformed the way we live, learnand work. The pace of growth of technology, particularly the ease and speed of communication, has continued to accelerate. Indians have embraced,Todd Robinson, VP EF International AcademyThe fact remains that the world is going to be more global than it is now. Globalization has transformed the way we live, learnand work. The pace of growth of technology, particularly the ease and speed of communication, has continued to accelerate.Indians have embraced this paradigm shift and are more prepared for a world that is global. International Education is all about being progressive and prepared for a world 5-10 years from now, mitigating the global challenges and opportunities- be it business or jobs. International education has brought Indian students at par with their global counter parts and equipped students with the right skills they would need to survive in a global scenario.More Indians are seeking international exposure as early as during their high school education. Without doubt, high school is increasingly becoming a place where students prepare for college, at earlier and earlier ages, rather than simply learning to socialize and advance their structured educations. Where applying to college was once something done primarily in junior and senior years, students around the world now begin preparing for the college admissions process as early as their freshman years. The grades they achieve, sports they play, art they create, and initiatives in which they are involved matter more and more toward college acceptance.For students who enroll from overseas, they learn early on what it means to adapt to a new culture and language, to living away from home and being responsible for their studies. This without a doubt prompts them toward maturity and prepares them for a life of studying, working and living abroad.By their very nature, international education promotes cross-cultural exchange and understanding. Students become friends with and learn from people they would never have met otherwise. They also become exposed to cultures once utterly foreign to them. This is incredibly beneficial, for a number of reasons. Most importantly, it makes them more empathetic and tolerant toward those who come from different backgrounds, which are significant attributes in a global society. In the future, when students choose a career path, they will be better equipped than other candidates to work in global markets and will bring more innovative, solutions to the work place.When applying to a prestigious university, these students are more likely to have versatile language skills and will be uniquely prepared for university life. They will have already adjusted to the amount of free time and responsibility they will have at university, and will have already overcome the common pitfalls. And they will have done so in a nurturing, supportive environment that assisted them in learning new coping mechanisms and study strategies. International exposure at a very early age opens the flood gates of unlimited resources and opportunities in the future. The network they students develop during their early years will prove to be tremendously resourceful. They will help them achieve and nurture all that they are capable of. With such knowledge resources at hand, students can take to pursuing any interest they desire.advertisementlast_img read more

2nd ODI: India eye turnaround against resurgent Bangladesh

first_imgAfter getting convincingly beaten by hosts Bangladesh in the first ODI, India will aim to put up a much better performance and level the three-match series in the second ODI at the Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium here on Sunday.Bangladesh produced a clinical all-round show to claim a memorable 79-run victory against India in their first ODI here on Thursday, thanks to left-arm pacer Mustafizur Rahman (5 for 50) who made a dream debut to fashion the victory for the home team.It was Bangladesh’s only fourth win in 30 ODI matches against their mighty neighbours, which also avenged their controversial World Cup quarterfinal loss that started hostility among the two cricketing boards, and culminated with the resignation of Bangladesh’s Mustafa Kamal as the International Cricket Council (ICC) president.The home team got a rollicking start to their innings with openers Tamim Iqbal and Soumya Sarkar giving them a hundred-run stand in less than 14 overs. Later on fireworks by Shakib Al Hasan, Sabbir Rahman helped side reach a score more than 300.India’s premier spinner Ravichandran Ashwin was the most successful bowler with 3 for 51, other pacers and spinners all went for plenty. In reply, India never looked to be prepared for the run chase as they lost wickets at regular intervals to make life difficult for themselves.With the win, Bangladesh have enhanced their chances of securing a 2017 Champions Trophy berth. The win took Mashrafe Mortaza’s side past the West Indies in the ODI team ranking to the seventh spot in the ICC rankings. Both Bangladesh and the West Indies had 88 points before the match. While the Caribbean side remain with the same number of points, Bangladesh have jumped to 91.advertisementNothing went right for India in the first ODI as Mahendra Singh Dhoni and Bangladesh pacer Mustafizur Rahman were both fined by the ICC on Friday following their mid-pitch collision in Thursday night’s match.Dhoni was fined 75 per cent of his match fee, while Mustafizur was docked half of his fee. On Sunday, the visitors will aim to put all the drama behind and look for a fresh start.India have very few positives to carry out from the first ODI. Ashwin’s tight bowling and opener Rohit Sharma’s composed innings of 63 runs are the two which the visitors can take home from the first game. Pacers Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Umesh Yadav and Mohit Sharma, although picked wickets, failed to check the run flow. The trio will look to put up a much better performance if India are to stay alive in the series.Openers Rohit and Shikhar Dhawan giving them a 95-run stand and Suresh Raina coming up with few big blows later in the innings, India have nothing much to show with the bat. Virat Kohli, who’s last three ODI score being 3,1 and 1, will be eagerly waiting to get runs under his belt. Ajinkya Rahane also missed out cheaply.Their opponents have proved they have done their homework well and will aim to put up another similar show and seal the three-match series 2-0 on Sunday itself.Teams (from):Bangladesh: Mashrafe Mortaza (captain), Tamim Iqbal, Soumya Sarkar, Mominul Haque, Mushfiqur Rahim, Shakib Al Hasan, Sabbir Rahman, Nasir Hossain, Arafat Sunny, Taskin Ahmed, Rubel Hossain, Rony Talukdar, Mustafizur Rahman, Liton Das.India: Rohit Sharma, Shikhar Dhawan, Virat Kohli, Ajinkya Rahane, Suresh Raina, Mahendra Singh Dhoni (captain), Ravindra Jadeja, Ravichandran Ashwin, Umesh Yadav, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Mohit Sharma, Dhawal Kulkarni, Stuart Binny, Axar Patel.last_img read more