West Nile cases rose sharply in 2006

first_img Counties that had the highest incidence of WNND cases were mainly in the west-central United States, with 9.9 cases per 100,000 people in Idaho, 4.9 per 100,000 in South Dakota, and 3.2 per 100,000 in North Dakota, according to the CDC. In today’s issue of Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report, the CDC reported a total of 4,261 cases of WNV disease in 2006, compared with 3,000 cases in 2005, for a 42% increase. The CDC looks at the number of WNND cases as the best indicator of human WNV disease trends, because health departments are more likely to report them, Mark Duffy, an Epidemic Intelligence Service officer with the CDC division of vector-borne diseases in Ft. Collins, Colo., told CIDRAP News. Compared to 2005, the number of WNND cases was up 14% in 2006. Among bird surveillance findings, the CDC said WNV infection has been identified in 300 species, including 11 in which the disease was identified for the first time in 2006. CDC. West Nile virus activity—United States, 2006. MMWR 2007 Jun 8;56(22):556-59 [Full text] One of the hot spots in 2006 was Idaho, which saw its WNND count jump from just 4 cases between 2003 and 2005 to 139 in 2006, which accounted for 9.3% of the national total, the CDC report said. Other states that had high WNND case counts were Texas, with 229, Illinois, 127, Louisiana, 91, and Mississippi, 89. WNV cases were reported in 23.3% of the nation’s counties—731 counties in 43 states—in 2006. The state of Washington reported the disease in humans for the first time. Past yearly WNV reports have shown that the incidence of WNND and death from WNND increase with age, particularly among those who are older than 60. In 2006 the median age for fatal WNND was 58, similar to previous years, the CDC said.center_img CDC’s West Nile virus sitehttp://www.cdc.gov/ncidod/dvbid/westnile/index.htm Jun 7, 2007 (CIDRAP News) – The number of illnesses related to West Nile virus (WNV) in the United States rose in 2006 for the second year in a row, after a dramatic decline in 2004, suggesting that the virus will remain endemic, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). See also: Of the 2006 cases, 34.9% (1,491) were West Nile neuroinvasive disease (WNND) (meningitis, encephalitis, or acute flaccid paralysis), the CDC said. Another 61.3% (2,612) of cases were West Nile fever, and 3.7% (158) were unspecified. There were 161 deaths among the WNND cases, the report said. With the lack of an effective human WNV vaccine, prevention of the disease continues to depend on community-level mosquito control and personal protection against mosquito bites, the report says. The agency said that about 140 cases of WNV infection occur for every case of WNND and about 80% of people who are infected never have symptoms. On that basis, the CDC estimated that the nation had a total of 208,700 cases of WNV infection in 2006, including 41,750 cases of West Nile fever.last_img read more

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BpfBouw increases dollar hedge following currency loss

first_imgBpfBouw said it had stuck with its 45% interest rate hedge for its liabilities, which delivered a 1.1% gain last year as interest rates fell.The industry-wide scheme reported a net result of 0.3% for its overall investment portfolio, largely due to the performance of its 18% allocation to property, which returned 12.5%.BpfBouw’s real estate holdings are managed by Bouwinvest, its wholly owned property investor, while its remaining assets are managed by APG Asset Management.Returns breakdown BpfBouw’s property allocation gained 12.5% in 2018In contrast to the property gains, the scheme posted an overall loss of 5.6% on equity, with developed and emerging markets losing 3.5% and 12.5%, respectively.Developed market equity underperformance was chiefly driven by the pension fund’s quantitative investment strategy, BpfBouw said, following disappointing results from small and mid caps.BpfBouw’s fixed income portfolio gained 0.9%, with credit gaining 2%. However, its emerging market debt exposure lost 1.9%, while inflation-linked bonds declined by 2.3%.The pension fund said it had increased the number of green bonds in its portfolio by 39 to 141 – totalling €874m – last year.Its infrastructure holdings in non-listed projects was the best performing asset class, returning 17.3% – although this only made up 0.3% of the scheme’s overall portfolio.Private equity and hedge funds delivered 16.1% and 7.2%, respectively, while commodities lost 9.6% due to falling oil prices.The construction scheme said that it had slightly adjusted its strategic allocation following an asset-liability management study, increasing its index-linked bonds allocation by 1 percentage point to 4.5%, and reducing its credit holdings to 18.5%.Referring to ongoing discussions on Dutch pension reform, BpfBouw’s board said it still opposed the idea of individual pensions accrual as it preferred a pensions contract focusing on solidarity through a collective approach.The sector scheme reported an administration cost per member of €97 and said it had spent 57bps and 13bps on asset management and transactions, respectively.Based on a funding level of 118.3% at the end of the year, it granted members a 1% inflation uplift on 1 January 2019. However, indexation in arrears stood at 8.8% for active participants and more than 9% for deferred members and pensioners.BpfBouw covers 783,000 workers and pensioners affiliated with more than 12,800 employers. The Dutch pension fund for construction workers has raised its hedge of the US dollar following a 2.1% loss on its currency hedge in 2018.In its annual report for 2018, BpfBouw said it had increased the dollar cover from 61% to 72%, in the wake of the currency unexpectedly appreciating relative to the euro.The €61bn sector pension fund said it had kept an 80% hedged position on other strategic currencies, adding that it had fully hedged the currency risk on its hedge funds allocation but had not hedged its commodities exposure.Earlier this week, the €18.5bn Dutch pension fund of electronics giant Philips reported a 2.4% loss for 2018 due to its full hedge of the currency risk relating to the dollar and the yen.last_img read more

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FC Sarajevo Marks 68 Years of a Successful Football History

first_imgOn behalf of himself and the owner of the FC Sarajevo, Vincent Tan, the president of this club, Edis Kusturica, congratulated this anniversary to all people having the “dark red colour in their hearts”.“We are moving forward, with strength, we want a modern and organized Sarajevo, just as it is in Europe. We want to be proud of our success and of our club. I believe the year 2015 will be marked with our true values, the ones we have been fighting for in the period of these last three and a half years. We did a lot, which is obvious, but we want more, we want to do it even better. One of the main conditions for it is to contribute as much as possible to the club, it has to be our second family. We have to stick together because our club deserves it.” – was stated in the congratulation by Edis Kusturica.The FC Sarajevo was founded on October 24th 1946 in the big hall of the Gymnasium of Sarajevo when the teams of Udarnik and Ratnik connected into one team called Torpedo. Not long after that, Torpedo changes its name into Sarajevo and remains that way until today.Within the football league of ex-Yugoslavia the FC Sarajevo won twice the champion’s trophy which makes this club the most successful BH club at the former championship.FC Sarajevo won titles of the B&H champion as well, and during the last season they also won their recent trophy: the Cup of B&H. Besides national competitions, this club achieved great successes at the international scene as well during its 68 years long history. – was stated in the communication by the FC Sarajevo.(Source: Depo.ba)last_img read more

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