Ebola outbreak risk to US ‘very low’

first_img Tweet Share 45 Views   no discussions HealthInternationalLifestylePrint Ebola outbreak risk to US ‘very low’ by: – August 5, 2014 Sharecenter_img Share Sharing is caring! US National Security Advisor Susan Rice has said the risk of Ebola transmission in the US is “very low”, as a second American arrives for treatment.One US aid worker is being cared for in Atlanta while his colleague, also infected, is on her way from Liberia to the same specialist hospital.Another man, in New York, is being tested after travelling to the region.Since February, 887 people have died in four West African countries. The World Bank has given $200m (£120m) to help.The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) in the US has received at least 100 calls from people questioning why the sick aid workers should be allowed into the country.But Ms Rice told NBC the risk to Americans was deemed “very low” by the CDC.“We have in this country the protocols to isolate and manage any patient who may present with those symptoms of the disease.”A second American infected with the virus in Liberia is expected to arrive in Atlanta for treatment on Tuesday morning.Nancy Writebol is said to be improving after receiving two doses of a experimental treatment not previously tested on humans.Nancy Writebol in Liberia – October 2013Nancy Writebol is on her way to a special isolation ward at Atlanta’s Emory University HospitalHer colleague, Dr Kent Brantly, who also received the experimental treatment, arrived at Emory University Hospital on Saturday and was able to walk into hospital, where he is being held in isolation.Known as ZMapp, the treatment boosts the immune system’s ability to fight off Ebola through antibodies made by lab animals exposed to elements of the virus.It had shown promise in monkeys, CNN reports, but had never before been tested on humans.It is unclear if the Americans’ improvements are related to the drug. Dr Brantly was reportedly also given a blood transfusion from a boy who recovered from Ebola while in his care.In a statement, the company said very little of the drug is available and they were “co-operating with appropriate government agencies to increase production as quickly as possible”.The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) must grant permission to use such treatments on humans in the US, but the agency does not have authority over its use outside the country.An FDA spokeswoman could not confirm or deny FDA granting access to any experimental therapy for the aid workers inside the US, the Associated Press reports.The two aid workers were serving with aid groups helping fight the Ebola outbreak in Liberia.There is no cure or vaccine for Ebola, but patients have a better chance of survival if they receive early treatment.The current outbreak is killing between 50% and 60% of people infected. Initial flu-like symptoms can lead to external haemorrhaging from areas like eyes and gums, and internal bleeding which can lead to organ failure.BBC Newslast_img read more

Texas receiver Joshua Moore faces gun charge

first_imgHis trial date, originally scheduled for Aug. 22, has been moved to Sept. 23, according to the Dallas Morning News. Ex-Florida State QB Deondre Francois lands at Hampton Texas wide receiver Joshua Moore faces a misdemeanor gun charge stemming from an incident in early July, according to multiple reports.Moore was arrested on July 5 in downtown Austin and charged with unlawful carrying of a gun, according to ESPN. He was released on $6,000 bond. Florida dismisses John Huggins, leaves bigger hole in secondary Former Florida corner Chris Steele allowed to play for USC this season, NCAA says “We’re aware of the situation with Joshua Moore,” Texas coach Tom Herman said in a statement to the Austin American-Statesman. “We have talked with him and his family and are handling this internally at this time, but will continue to monitor the legal process. We will determine any further action upon the completion of that process.” Related News According to the reports, Moore was seen walking between two cars in a parking lot and remove a gun from his waistband. He appeared to load the gun and slide the gun back in his waistband, which prompted police to arrest him at gunpoint.Moore caught seven passes for 53 yards and a touchdown in four games last year as a freshman before an injury ended his season. He has been practicing with the Longhorns as he waits for the legal process to finish.last_img read more

Failing to remit NIS money is fraud

first_imgDear Editor,It is a national disgrace that the National Insurance Scheme (NIS) is often forced to list the names of employers who fail to remit NIS deductions from their workers’ pay, as well as the employers’ contributions.I contend that if employers who deduct PAYE and NIS contributions from workers’ salaries then keep it for their own use for whatever length of time are committing fraud, which is a criminal offence.It is incomprehensible to me that so many companies and businesspersons in Guyana seem willing to attempt to steal their employees’ NIS contributions and face public shame and ridicule.Are these employers not human beings with feelings for fellow human beings, especially those who are at or beneath the poverty line? What happens to these poor employees if there are accidents or sudden medical emergencies and they find out belatedly that they are not covered by NIS? Lives and families could be destroyed.I know personally some of the persons listed by NIS for withholding workers’ contributions. People who steal NIS contributions will also be stealing Pay as you Earn (PAYE) Income Tax deductions, corporate taxes and VAT. Government needs to investigate them for that.As I am writing, security guards in Regions Five and Six are protesting another company.Can you imagine the thinking of these people who indulge is such criminal conspiracies and skulduggery?Breaching the NIS laws does not result in criminal charges even though it involves acts of theft, which is a criminal offence.The NIS is in the habit of going to employers and begging them to pay; they allow the employer to pay their outstanding sums without interest and then they grant such businesses compliance certificates although they owe outstanding monies and the promises to pay are never kept.Deducting money to remit to NIS and failing to do so is fraud. This must be prosecuted as criminal offences. If it will take some time to enact the required criminal laws to support NIS, there is the route of private criminal court action.With appropriate laws in place, NIS could seize the employers’ properties and watch the money roll in. If they do not have properties, rework the laws so that NIS can go after the properties of the general secretaries and the heads of such businesses and watch the money roll in.This is why NIS is suffering. They lack money; people are not paying. NIS and the Guyana Revenue Authority pressure people like me who are fully compliant and operate in an honest and principled way because they don’t have the gall or the capacity or wisdom to figure out how to go after the real culprits.Sincerely,Roshan Khan Snrlast_img read more