Measles cases on the rise

first_imgPrint NewsHealthMeasles cases on the riseBy Staff Reporter – April 5, 2018 1840 Previous articleLimerick groups The Ukeladies and Zion to feature in charity concertNext articleMore arrests as Garda Operation Thor targets burglars Staff Reporterhttp://www.limerickpost.ie Facebook Advertisement Joint Easter message on Covid 19 from Limerick City and County Council, HSE, UL Hospitals and An Garda Síochána Vicky calls for right to die with dignity Thefts of catalytic converters on the rise #crimeprevention MeaslesTHE NUMBER of cases of Measles in the Mid West is still rising with 27 cases confirmed since the beginning of the year and ha;f of these have had to be hospitalised.People at risk are being urged to get their free vaccination, and this includes adults under the age of 40, who haven’t had or are unsure of they have ad, the jab.The majority of cases are in Limerick City and one is in Clare but linked to Limerick. Almost two thirds of cases are aged between 15 and 40 years demonstrating that measles is not just an illness of childhood.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up A free HSE MMR vaccination clinic (no appointment needed) is being held in Barrack View Primary Care Centre, Edward Street, Limerick today (April 5)  and on next Thursday April 12, at 3-4pm.And for the duration of this outbreak MMR vaccination is free of charge to the public from GPs as the HSE is paying for the vaccine and for the GPs to give the vaccine“Measles is a serious public health issue. It is so contagious that if one person has it, 90 per cent of the people close to that person who are not immune will also become infected.,” a HSE spokesman said.“It is spread easily through coughing and sneezing. Measles can lead to serious complications such as pneumonia and inflammation of the brain and can, in rare cases, lead to a fatal disease of the brain which develops years after the infection. The mortality rate from measles infection is 1-2 per 1,000 cases.“This measles outbreak is continuing because we do not have herd immunity – i.e. the proportion of the population immune to measles is less than 95 per cent”.Medical experts advise that the only effective protection against measles is two doses of the MMR vaccine. Anyone who has not had two doses of MMR is at high risk of getting measles if they come in contact with someone who has it.Many adults in the at-risk age group also have young children, which means they are more likely to be exposed to measles and may in turn expose their babies and young children to measles if they get it, according to the HSE.The following groups, in particular, should check if they have had two doses of MMR and if not, visit their GP to get immunised as soon as possible. If people do not have a medical record of their vaccination it is not harmful to have extra doses to be on the safe side.·         Parents under the age of 40 who have never had measles or haven’t had the full course of MMR vaccine·         Adults under the age of 40 who work with the public. Some jobs pose more of a risk than others e.g. people who work with children, people who work in healthcare, those who work in education, those working in public offices or services and those who work in retail premises. Measles is very infectious and as this outbreak continues the risk of exposure continues.·         Couples under the age of 40 who may be planning a family. This is as once a woman is pregnant she is unable to get the MMR vaccine until after the baby arrives. Measles increases the risk of miscarriage and still birth. There is no treatment available which reduces this risk.·         Adults and young people under the age of 40 who plan to travel abroad in the coming months. There are a number of large outbreaks of measles in Europe (the UK, France, Italy, Germany and Romania) and across the world currently. Measles can be transmitted easily within the confined space of an airplane to people who are non-immune.Measles vaccine was introduced in Ireland in 1985 and MMR in 1988 which means that most of those aged over 40 are immune to measles due to natural infection but under 40’s  may have missed the vaccination window.Those aged 30 – 34 may have received 1 dose of MMR, while those aged under age 30 years would have had the opportunity to get two doses of MMR but uptake was less than 70% for some age groups.The HSE is advising that It is also important that parents of children in the region to check if their children have had the vaccines appropriate for their age (1st one at 1 year, 2nd one in Junior Infants in primary school).“Parents whose children are sitting exams may wish to prioritise this due to the potential disruption to their exams an infection could cause. It is also especially important in those who are planning to bring their children abroad”.“People who cannot get the MMR vaccine i.e. young infants, pregnant women and those whose immune systems are weakened (cancer patients etc.) are relying on the people around them who can get the MMR vaccine to help protect them”.As part of the outbreak control measures MMR is also being provided free through GPs. The HSE is paying for the vaccine and for the GPs to give the vaccine. Anyone who doesn’t have a medical card will need to give their PPSN.The HSE advises people who have symptoms of measles infection (rash, fever, cough, temperature) to:Stay at home from work. Children should not attend school or crèche.Call the Department of Public Health at 061 – 483338 to advise that you think you/your child may have measles.Telephone your GP so that they can see you at a time/place when no one else is there (to avoid infecting others).A GP may organise a test to confirm the diagnosis – this is usually done by using a small swab that takes a sample of the oral fluid from the mouth.“Patients with symptoms of measles should avoid presenting to the emergency department where possible. If it is necessary to seek urgent care, it is important to inform the ambulance service or emergency department that you have symptoms consistent with measles beforehand so that the appropriate precautions can be taken. Similarly, if you have been in contact with a confirmed case of measles and are seeking medical attention, please inform the healthcare provider before attending,” the spokesman said.An Outbreak Control Team made up of representatives from the HSE is involved in managing the outbreak in an effort to prevent further spread. This involves following up on every case of measles or suspected measles, arranging vaccination for people who have been in contact with someone who is infected, running immunisation clinics and outbreak communications. Twitter Emailcenter_img For more information about the MMR see www.immunisation.ie/More about health here. 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Professor publishes book

first_imgFollowing years of work, Dr. Vera Profit, professor of German and Comparative Literature, released her book “The Devil Next Door” on Aug. 8. Profit, who said the book explores the problem of evil, described her writing as an attempt to “help people live better and more efficient lives.”“The basic premise is how do you recognize an evil person?” she said. “Evil is hard to recognize. Evil is a progression, and we tend not to see the first, second, third steps, but the final.”Profit said she was inspired by M. Scott Peck’s book “People of the Lie.”“In 1984, I read ‘People of the Lie,’ which so changed the way I looked at life, that not only did I read the text, I read all the material that was listed in the footnotes because I wanted the complete context,” she said. “[Peck] can state complex ideas in a totally approachable manner.“This book was so fascinating that I couldn’t turn the pages fast enough. The book was about the hope for healing human evil. What he did was blend theology and science.”Profit said Peck’s book inspired her to teach a course on the subject.“I then created a course called Evil and the Lie in Modern European Prose right after reading this book,” she said. “It has always been extremely well received. You study goodness from the other side when you study evil. Because the course was so well received and many students told me it was a life-changing course, I decided to write the book after the course.”The book looks at the problem of individual evil for the most part, Profit said.“I took some of the questions that Peck raises, used his clinical experience, read copious amounts of ancillary material and formulated eight characteristics which define individual evil,” she said. “There are two types of evil – group and individual – which are both discreet and a blended phenomenon. I name the eight characteristics of evil and trace them though two novels, one written by a Swiss writer and one Oscar Wilde’s ‘The Picture of Dorian Grey.’ I also propose eight characteristics of group evil.”Profit said her book is meant to help other people.“I am trying to help other people not waste their life trying to reinvent the wheel,” she said. “We can learn a lot from other people’s examples. We can save ourselves and other people a lot of trouble.“Writing a book is a scary position because you have no control over how it will be received. You can give it your best shot and let it go. You have to do it despite your misgivings. The person who learns the most is not the person who reads the book, but the person who writes it. It was worth it to me because I learned so much. If it makes you look at life just a little differently than before, then it was worth it.”Tags: evil, M. Scott Peck, People of the Lie, The Devil Next Door, Vera Profitlast_img read more

Vermont is open for business

first_imgThe town of Grafton and the Vermont Country Store in Chester are open for business in the wake of Hurricane Irene. Vermont, which sustained infrastructure damage in the millions from Tropical Storm Irene, has made a remarkable and unprecedented three-week ‘comeback’ in time to host an estimated 3 million leaf peepers for fall foliage season, which begins next week. This is an incredible story of overcoming adversity, of communities, private businesses and individuals coming together to put this area back together.The video below includes footage of the Old Tavern at Grafton Inn, Grafton Village Cheese, Grafton Ponds Outdoor Center and other businesses in the village.On September 16, Governor Peter Shumlin and other state officials celebrated the re-opening of picturesque Route 4, one of the state’s major leaf peeping corridors to provide full east-west access for a narrow season that generates $300+ million each year, a quarter of Vermont’s annual tourism revenue. Vermont’s tourism-driven businesses (resorts, inns/b&bs and restaurants) will share in the celebration too, as a large majority were unaffected or sustained little damage from Tropical Storm Irene.‘I toured the road and infrastructure repair areas yesterday with Doug and John Casella, owners of Casella Construction, and was amazed by the determination, hard work and progress made by road repair crews,’ said Bill Shouldice, president & CEO of The Vermont Country Store. ‘It made me proud to be a Vermonter. Thanks to the commitment and selflessness of construction companies like Belden, Casella, Markowski, Mosher, Wilk and many others all working together, Vermont is now open for business and ready to serve the millions of visitors that come to our great state during the fall. Their efforts and those of countless others will help Vermont avoid economic disaster!’Among those ready is The Vermont Country Store, a landmark that attracts nearly 300,000 fall foliage visitors. The business’ two retail locations ‘ the Weston store on Route 100 and the Rockingham store just off exit 6 of I-91 ‘ experienced no storm-related disruption in its operations. Store owners, brothers Cabot, Eliot and Gardner Orton, have seen traffic and sales gradually increasing and are optimistic as visitors have begun returning for the fall. ‘Vermont is open for business and The Vermont Country Store has remained ready to serve the needs of its customers, especially those making the trip to see peak foliage,’ said Eliot. ‘Vermonters are a resourceful and determined people, and we are committed to making this fall’s visitor experience better than ever.’ About The Vermont Country StoreIn 1946, Vrest and Ellen Orton printed their first catalogue’just 12 pages and 36 products’and mailed it to the folks on their Christmas card list and sixty-five years later continues to be Orton family owned. As Purveyors of The Practical and Hard to Find, The Vermont Country Store operates as a multichannel merchant through its mailed catalogs, e-commerce web site and two retail stores in Weston and Rockingham, Vermont. For more information, visit www.VermontCountryStore.com(link is external).The Grafton video shows the world know that Grafton is open for business and is ready to welcome visitors far and wide to the amazing fall foliage season here in Southern Vermont. All main roads to enter Grafton are fully functional; via I-91 through Chester; from the south via Route 30 in Townshend.; and from the East & West via Route 121 from Bellows Fallsand Londonderry. Source: MANCHESTER CENTER, Vt.–(BUSINESS WIRE) Vermont Country Store. Windham Foundation.last_img read more

MSC Special General Members Meeting on today

first_imgMACKENZIE Sports Club will host a Special General Members Meeting today from 17:00hrs in an effort to get ready for its Annual General Meeting and Elections on June 30.General Secretary of the MSC, Marlon Pearson, in the absence of the president Avery Trim, who is out of the jurisdiction, has advised that all non-financial members put their house in order.The names of all members dating back from 2014 to present are posted for scrutiny on the Notice Board and those who are non-financial are advised to put themselves in order to have a say when the AGM and biennial elections are held at the end of next month.Apart from that, the meeting is called to deal with the Club’s outdated rules which are to be replaced with a proposed new Constitution, something that will help the club to move forward.All this comes as the club has been released from the scrutiny of the Linden bauxite firm which paid salaries for the MSC staff, among other things.  The onus is now with the Club’s Management Committee.Being saddled with that and the general upkeep of the facilities, along with the fall-off of most financial members, meant the club could not properly meet the needs of uplifting its status accordingly.In light of this, regaining lost members and adding new ones, coupled with a new MSC Constitution to look into the current financial status and the many concerns persons have, will now have to be addressed.However, following a recent meeting with Minister within the Minister of Agriculture Ms Valarie Yearwood, the efforts by the current Management Committee is being noted and the will to make the club one of Guyana’s best seems possible.Persons who want to become new members of the MSC are encouraged also to uplift Membership Forms which ware available at the desk of the Club’s steward, Ms Keisha Quow, between 10:00hrs and 17:00hrs, Monday to Friday.last_img read more