Zika: What You Need to Know Now

first_imgShare on Facebook Tweet on Twitter What if I am Pregnant?  Or thinking about becoming Pregnant? Is it OK to travel to a country where cases of Zika have been reported?Until more is known, CDC recommends special precautions for pregnant women and women trying to become pregnant:Pregnant women should consider postponing travel to the areas where Zika virus transmission is ongoing.Pregnant women who do travel to one of these areas should talk to their doctor or other healthcare provider first and strictly follow steps to avoid mosquito bites during the trip.Women trying to become pregnant or who are thinking about becoming pregnant should consult with their healthcare provider before traveling to these areas and strictly follow steps to prevent mosquito bites during the trip.More information about Zika can be found here:  CDC: Zika Virus Information While there are no reported cases of locally transmitted Zika virus in the United States, at lease three people in Florida contracted the disease while traveling to South America. Mosquito season will be here soon.What is Zika?It’s a virus that is spread by the bite of an infected Aedes mosquito, which is common in Florida.How does it spread?If a Aedes mosquito bites an infected person, it can pick up the virus and transmit it to another person through another bite.What are the symptoms?According to the CDC only 1 in 5 people infected with Zika virus become ill (but all who are infected can transmit the disease through mosquito bites).The most common symptoms of Zika are fever, rash, joint pain, or conjunctivitis (red eyes). Other common symptoms include muscle pain and headache. The incubation period (the time from exposure to symptoms) for Zika virus disease is not known, but is likely to be a few days to a week.The illness is usually mild with symptoms lasting for several days to a week. Severe disease requiring hospitalization is uncommon. Deaths are rare.How is Zika treated?No vaccine or medications are available to prevent or treat Zika infections.  To treat the symptoms:Get plenty of restDrink fluids to prevent dehydrationTake medicine such as acetaminophen to relieve fever and painDo not take aspirin and other non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), like ibuprofen and naproxen. Aspirin and NSAIDs should be avoided until dengue can be ruled out to reduce the risk of hemorrhage (bleeding). If you are taking medicine for another medical condition, talk to your healthcare provider before taking additional medication.What to do Right Now?When traveling to countries where active Zika virus transmissions are known, CDC reccomends the following:Wear long-sleeved shirts and long pants.Stay in places with air conditioning or that use window and door screens to keep mosquitoes outside.Sleep under a mosquito bed net.Use an EPA-registered insect repellents. Always follow the product label instructions. Previous articleSala’s Hawaiian Slurp Shack Now OpenNext articleBarrington at Mirror Lake has New Owner Dale Fenwick RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR UF/IFAS in Apopka will temporarily house District staff; saves almost $400,000 LEAVE A REPLY Cancel reply Please enter your name herecenter_img Florida gas prices jump 12 cents; most expensive since 2014 Please enter your comment! You have entered an incorrect email address! Please enter your email address here Gov. DeSantis says new moment-of-silence law in public schools protects religious freedom Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment.last_img read more

Climate of fear prevents journalists from working freely

first_imgThe editor of an Ivorian daily said: “Despite our independence and our attempts to be neutral, we have been pressured by the president’s office, which does not want us to refer to Alassane Ouattara as the ‘president-elect.’ So we are forced to call him the ‘former prime minister’ or ‘mentor of the RHDP’ party.”After a dangerous month of December, journalists risked their lives again to cover this week’s deadly clashes between, on one hand, police, gendarmes and soldiers and, on the other, the population of certain Abidjan districts such as Abobo, in the north of the city, which is reputedly pro-Ouattara. “We have no protection, we don’t know where the shots are going to come from,” an Ivorian journalist said.A crew with the pan-African TV station Vox Africa accompanying UN peacekeepers in the Yopougon district of Abidjan on 11 January found Kalashnikovs being pointed at them by members of the Republican Guard and the Security Operations Command Centre (CECOS), formed by the gendarmerie and the Anti-Riot Squad (BAE). The cameraman was forced to surrender his camera to the Republican Guard under threat of being shot. The crew recovered it yesterday at the headquarters of the Abidjan gendarmerie’s criminal investigation department.In the state-owned media, especially Radio-Télévision Ivoirienne (RTI) and the daily Fraternité Matin, journalists are being blacklisted if they are known or assumed to be supporters of Ouattara’s party, the Houphouëtiste Rally for Democracy and Peace (RHDP). One, the host of a sports programme, was prevented from broadcasting on 5 January. Others have stopped going to work.Alain le Roy, the head of the United Nations peacekeeping mission in Côte d’Ivoire, ONUCI, said at the start of January that the mission was encountering “very serious difficulties” because of growing hostility from the population that was being fuelled by the “mendacious claims” being broadcast by the state-owned RTI.The UN Security Council responded on 10 January by demanding “an immediate halt to the use of media, especially RTI, to propagate false information to incite hatred and violence, including against the UN.” News Receive email alerts Threats against journalists in run-up to Côte d’Ivoire’s presidential election News Côte d’IvoireAfrica Organisation January 13, 2011 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Climate of fear prevents journalists from working freely October 29, 2020 Find out more November 27, 2020 Find out more Follow the news on Côte d’Ivoire RSF_en center_img Photo : AFP The 2020 pandemic has challenged press freedom in Africa to go further Help by sharing this information Côte d’IvoireAfrica Reports RSF’s recommendations for protecting press freedom during Côte d’Ivoire’s elections Reporters Without Borders condemns the acts of intimidation and violence to which journalists are currently being subjected in Côte d’Ivoire, as the political crisis resulting from the 28 November presidential election drags on with no sign of a resolution in sight.“We deplore the climate of fear in Abidjan for journalists trying to cover developments,” Reporters Without Borders secretary-general Jean-François Julliard said. “The continuing struggle between Alassane Ouattara and Laurent Gbagbo, the violence and the deterioration in the situation are making life very difficult for them. Exposed to major harassment and security problems, the press has been a hostage since 28 November.”Several Ivorian journalists have spoken about their concerns to Reporters Without Borders on condition of anonymity.“It is true that our newspapers are still coming out, but it is now very difficult to work in peace,” a print media journalist said. “We receive death threats every day in SMS messages or phone calls. Today, for fear of being attacked, we were forced to abandon the newspaper’s headquarters and work elsewhere.” October 16, 2020 Find out more Newslast_img read more

First Bank, Dolphins Maintain Dominance

first_imgIt was learnt that due to the complaints from the players and officials, the competition may be moved to the Liberty Stadium, Ibadan from today.The Day 2 fixtures of the competition will see Benue Princess clash with Plateau Rocks, Sunshine Angels take on GT 2000, First Bank will be up against FCT Angel, Dolphins will also clash with Delta Force, IGP Queens will take on First Deepwater while Customs and AHIP Queens will tango for honours in the last match of the day.Six of the 14 teams currently competing for honours in Ibadan will be dropped as only eight teams will make the Grand Finale billed for Lagos.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram ZENITH BANK B’BALL LEAGUEFirst Bank Basketball Club and Dolphins, both of Lagos started the 4th stage of the Zenith Women Basketball League on a bright note in Ibadan on Saturday.The defending champions were in devastating form as they whipped First Deepwater 102-62 in Ibadan while Dolphins also defeated AHIP Queens 98-81.Both sides are yet to lose a match in the series and they are tipped as favourites to meet in in the Grand Finale in Lagos later this month.In other matches, IGP Queens defeated Plateau Rocks 54-44, Sunshine Angels pipped Delta Force by just two points in a 67-65 victory, Customs defeated GT 2000 60-53 while Benue Princess managed to get the better of FCT Angels 56-54.Sunday was observed as a rest day with hostilities expected to start again today with another round of seven games at the Indoor Sports Hall of the Lekan Salami Stadium in Ibadan.last_img read more

J.D. Watts, 91, Wellington: Dec. 13, 1923 – Feb. 18, 2015

first_imgJ.D. Watts, age 91, longtime Wellington resident, died Wednesday, February 18, 2015 at Fountainview Nursing and Rehab Center in Rose Hill.  He was a retired Engineer with the Santa Fe Railroad.J.D. Watts was born on December 13, 1923 in Guthrie, OK to John Daniel Boone Watts and Rosa Nell (Austin) Watts.  He served in the Army Air Corp during World War II.He was united in marriage to Elota Marie Blehm on March 3, 1950 in Oklahoma City, Okla.  She preceded him in death in November of 2013.J.D. was a member of the Wellington Masonic Lodge, American Legion, and the V.F.W.He is preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Elota; one sister, Opal Canning; and one brother, Vernon Watts.Survivors include his three sons, Darryl E. Watts and his wife Doris of Wellington, Richard L. Watts and his companion Yolanda Gentry of Winfield, KS and Steven M. Watts and his wife Gem of Derby, KS; one daughter, Susan M. Dunn and her husband Brian of Longmont, CO; 12 grandchildren, Jason Eurich of Milliken, CO, Matt Eurich of Longmont, CO, Josh Dunn of Longmont, CO, Amanda Dunn of Dacono, CO, Ashley Watts of Wichita, KS, Jenny Watts of Wichita, KS, Stephanie Watts of Lawrence, KS, Greg Watts of Arkansas City, KS, Julie Dumonceaux of Bartlesville, OK, Eric Watts of Wellington, MaKinzie Watts of Derby, KS and Maddie Watts of Derby, KS; and 14 great grandchildren.Funeral Services will be held on Monday, February 23, 2015 at 2 p.m. at the Seventh Day Adventist Church in Wellington.  Elder Earl Shellner will officiate.  Interment will follow the service at Sumner Memorial Gardens in Wellington.Visitation will be held at the funeral home on Sunday, February 22, 2015 from 1 to 8 p.m.  The family will be present to greet friends from 1 to 3 p.m.A memorial has been established with the Seventh Day Adventist Church in lieu of flowers.  Contributions can be left at the funeral home.Frank Funeral Home has been entrusted with the arrangements.To leave condolences or sign our guestbook, please visit our website at www.frankfuneralhome.netlast_img read more

19-year-old gunman dies after firing several rounds in GA Walmart

first_imgPolice say one man is dead  after firing several rounds inside a Georgia Walmart on Saturday morning before turning the gun on himself.Police identified the gunman as 19-year-old John Jaylen Walker Kinnitt of Waycross.No injuries have been reported, and a motive have not been established at this time.The investigation is ongoing and police are encouraging anyone with information to come forward.This story is developing.last_img

Judge Delays Trial for Alleged Wellington Killer Clown

first_imgA Palm Beach County judge is delaying the Wellington Killer Clown trial by four months. The murder trial involving Sheila Keen Warren was set to begin at the end of January, now jury selection is set to begin May 29th per the judge’s decision Friday. The judge also denied Keen Warren’s request to be declared “indigent,” which means she will be required to pay her own legal fees.State prosecutors filed a motion earlier this month that Keen Warren falsified her indigent status by recently transferring hundreds of thousands of dollars in cash and assets to her husband. Her attorney, Richard Lubin, argued the defense team needs more time.The judge granted a two-week extension. Meanwhile, Keen Warren, who is charged with murder, sat across the courtroom.Keen Warren is accused of dressing up as a clown and shooting 40-year-old Marlene Warren in the face when she answered the door at her Wellington home in 1990.Investigators say the clown wearing an orange wig, a red nose and painted on white makeup.Keen Warren eventually ended up marrying Warren’s husband. In 2014,DNA testing connected samples of her hair with hair found in an orange wig and blood to the slaying.Due to the complexity of the 29-year-old case, Lubin said under no circumstances will they be ready to start Jan. 31, 2021.Listen to Full Rigor Podcast on Wellington Killer Clown case here.last_img read more

MacDill Air Force Base on lockdown after reports of an active shooter in area

first_imgAn active shooter situation initially reported at MacDill Air Force Base in Tampa, Florida did apparently NOT involve the actual base itself. A lockdown order was sent out but officials now say the report that triggered the move was related to shots fired near the base. MacDill serves as the headquarters for U.S. Central Command and U.S. Special Operations Command. Authorities are still assessing the situation.last_img

Officials Arrest Alleged “Pillowcase Rapist,” Accused of Attacking 44 South FL Women in 1980s

first_imgLocal authorities say they have arrested a man they believe is the “Pillowcase Rapist,” who is blamed for attacking more than 40 women in South Florida during the early 1980s.Law enforcement officials have identified the suspect as 60-year-old Robert Eugene Koehler, a registered sex offender from Palm Bay.He was arrested on Saturday and is being held at a jail in Brevard County, awaiting transfer to Miami-Dade.The Pillowcase Rapist allegedly terrorized women in an area stretching from South Miami to Deerfield Beach between May 1981 and February 1986.Photo courtesy: Brevard County Sheriff’s OfficeUsing a pillowcase, towel or shirt in order to hide his identity, the rapist broke into town homes and apartments, attacking at least 44 women during that timeframe.This is a developing story.last_img read more

Hartland’s big shootout save powers West Kootenay Cats to bronze medal

first_imgWest Kootenay opened the eight-team tournament with a 2-0 win over Kamloops.Merissa Dawson, assisted by Waterstreet, scored on the power play before Julie Sidoni netted an unassisted marker.The Wildcats dropped a tough 2-1 decision to Terrace before defeating Richmond 3-1 on goals by Sidoni, Emma Wheeldon and Waterstreet.Dawson scored the lone goal against Terrace.Terrace, Richmond and West Kootenay all finished tied for top spot in the division. Terrace won the division on a tie-breaker and defeated host Vernon 5-1 in the final.This West Kootenay Bantam Wildcats play two exhibition games scheduled in Nakusp on November 17-18 against Kamloops.The next tournament is in Kamloops November 23-25. Catalina Hartland made a game-saving save in shootout sparking the West Kootenay Bantam Wildcats to a 2-1 win over Abbotsford in the bronze medal game at the Vernon Girl’s Hockey Tournament Saturday in the Central Okanagan City.Leading 2-1 after a goal by Kendra Waterstreet, the Wildcats got the win when Hartland thwarted the Fraser Valley shooter. Julie Sidoni scored the only goal during regulation time for West Kootenay.The teams played 4-on-4 and 3-on-3, but solved nothing which forced the shootout.last_img read more

Freeway Series: Angels deliver big hit in win

first_imgDodgers starter Randy Wolf, a product of El Camino Real High of Woodland Hills and Pepperdine, made his Dodger Stadium debut as a member of the home team and had an inconsistent three-inning effort. Wolf struck out two in the first inning, then allowed three runs on four hits during a second inning in which he didn’t seem to be fooling anyone. Wolf retired the side in order in the third. The start will be easy to dismiss, because it will be forgotten by the time Wolf makes his regular-season debut Tuesday. “He was making some good pitches but he was just missing with a number of pitches,” Little said. Both teams played as many starters as possible. The Dodgers were without Rafael Furcal (sprained ankle) and new father Nomar Garciaparra while the Angels played without Chone Figgins (broken finger). It was a mixed-bag night for the Dodgers’ newcomers. Center fielder Juan Pierre singled but was caught stealing second; left fielder Luis Gonzalez singled and scored in the second inning. As for Wolf, the Angels hit him in the second, when Maicer Izturis, Gary Matthews Jr. and Orlando Cabrera hit consecutive doubles to give the Angels a 3-0 lead in support of starter Hector Carrasco. Carrasco allowed one run in three innings, Orlando Cabrera had three hits and Matthews made a sliding, inning-ending catch in center field with runners on first and second in the second inning. The Dodgers’ lone run came in the second inning, when Andre Ethier singled home Gonzalez. Wolf, who allowed three runs on five hits, walked two and struck out four, was relieved by Chad Billingsley, who threw three shutout innings and allowed one hit to go with one walk and one strikeout. A highlight took place in the seventh, when the Dodgers’ Brady Clark hit into a triple play. Clark lined out to Kendrick, who then stepped on second base and threw to first base. Joe Beimel, the Dodgers’ top left-handed reliever, allowed three runs in the eighth. The Dodgers started removing starters in the fourth inning while the Angels waited until the seventh. [email protected] (818) 713-3611160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! “It was a young kid so he was just trying to make an impression,” Lieberthal said. “I don’t know about (it being) a dirty play. I like to play hard and it would have been bang-bang (with a good throw).” Dodgers manager Grady Little said he had no issues with the hit, and in the other dugout sat Mike Scioscia, who was on the receiving end of a few brutal hits during his career as a Dodger catcher. “Mike’s a tough guy,” Scioscia said. “He’s going to hang in there. He’s trying to make a play at the plate. Nick, he’s trying to make a team. He’s trying to score. That’s what happens. Give both those guys credit.” The plate collision, part of a three-run eighth-inning that pushed the Angels’ winning margin to five runs, was the major highlight of a game that allowed the Angels to continue their Freeway Series domination. Spring-training bragging rights don’t count for much, but for what it’s worth, the Angels have dominated the crosstown series of late, with a 8-0-2 record in the last 10 meetings dating to 2003. For those who think spring training games lack intensity, meet Mike Lieberthal. Lieberthal, the Dodgers’ backup catcher, was on the rough end of a brutal collision at home plate in the eighth inning of the Angels’ 6-1 victory over the Dodgers in front of 29,841 Thursday at Dodger Stadium. After a single by Howie Kendrick, the Angels’ Nick Gorneault, a rookie headed to the minors after this weekend, came barreling around third base and appeared to be out by a wide margin. But when Lieberthal couldn’t get a clean throw to the plate, Gorneault led with his shoulder and bashed into Lieberthal. Gorneault scored and the game paused for a couple minutes while the Dodgers made sure Lieberthal had all his faculties. Other than a slight headache, he reported no problems and no real ill feelings. last_img read more