Florida woman dies of probable vCJD

first_img April 2002 CDC news release about Florida vCJD casehttp://www.cdc.gov/media/pressrel/r020418.htm The Herald story said Singh moved from England to Florida with her father in 1992. She graduated from the University of Miami in 2001 and had been planning to attend law school before she became ill, the story said. Charlene Singh, 25, died in Fort Lauderdale, according to a Miami Herald report. She was believed to have contracted vCJD, the human form of bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE), or mad cow disease, while living in the United Kingdom. The CDC plans to investigate Singh’s case, according to the Herald and other news reports. See also: Jun 22, 2004 (CIDRAP News) – A young Florida woman who suffered from a probable case of variant Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease (vCJD) died Jun 20, apparently becoming the disease’s first victim in the United States, according to news service reports.center_img The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) announced the existence of a probable case of vCJD in a Florida woman in April 2002. At that time the agency said her clinical condition and history were consistent with vCJD acquired in Britain. The diagnosis can be confirmed only by studying brain tissue obtained by biopsy or after death, according to the CDC. Variant CJD is believed to be caused by eating meat products from cattle infected with BSE. An Associated Press report said Singh’s parents believe she ate contaminated beef in Britain sometime before 1992. A widespread outbreak of BSE in British cattle was first identified in 1986. The human form of the disease emerged in Britain in the 1990s and has killed about 140 people there. The only known case of BSE in the United States was discovered in a cow in Washington state last December. Singh’s mother, Alison Singh, told the Herald she is still angry at the British government for not doing more to warn the public about vCJD in the early 1990s.last_img read more

Agencies to seek accord on naming of H5N1 strains

first_imgDec 11, 2006 (CIDRAP News) – International health officials who met with Chinese health experts last week said the dispute over the “Fujian-like” strain of H5N1 avian influenza reflects confusion over names and vowed to seek an agreement on terminology for the various H5N1 subgroups.The meeting in Beijing came a few weeks after US and Hong Kong scientists reported in a medical journal that the Fujian-like strain had emerged as the predominant H5N1 strain in southern China in the past year and caused increased poultry outbreaks. Chinese authorities rejected the report, saying the strain did not exist as a distinct subgroup.A postmeeting statement from the World Health Organization (WHO), United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), and World Organization for Animal Health (OIE) affirmed the existence of the Fujian-like strain, but said it has been called several different names.Participants agreed that “a number of significant H5N1 virus groups have been identified from poultry and wild birds in China since 2004,” the statement said. “One such identified group of viruses has been termed differently by several groups. Terms include the ‘waterfowl clade’, ‘clade 2.3’, and ‘Fujian-like’.”The statement also said, “It was agreed there is a need for a shared understanding and a common nomenclature for influenza A(H5N1) groups and that some of the recent confusion about the avian influenza situation in China resulted from multiple terms used to describe the same virus groups.”FAO/OIE/WHO will establish an international working group including Chinese experts to develop global consensus on terminology to be used when describing different influenza A(H5N1) virus groups.”According to a Reuters report, the WHO’s David Heymann told reporters after the meeting, “It’s very important that naming of viruses is done in a way that doesn’t stigmatize countries, that doesn’t stigmatize regions and doesn’t stigmatize individual people.” Heymann is the WHO’s assistant director-general for communicable diseases.Media reports on the meeting said Chinese experts didn’t deny the existence of the Fujian-like strain but did take exception to the name. According to a Canadian Press (CP) report, Chinese officials said the Hong Kong–US researchers had renamed a known H5N1 subgroup that some other authorities called Anhui-like, Anhui being another Chinese province.The FAO-OIE-WHO statement affirmed some aspects of the Hong Kong–US researchers’ report, which was published by the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. For example, the statement said information presented at the meeting indicated that the Fujian-like strain has grown more common in parts of southern China since 2005 and has been found in poultry in Laos and Malaysia this year.In addition, the statement said, “This virus group has been documented to cause some human infection in 2005 and 2006 in China,” as the Hong Kong–US researchers had said.But contrary to another possibility the researchers have suggested, “There is no evidence to date to link the emergence of this virus group with use of poultry influenza vaccination in China.”The statement affirmed that vaccination can control H5N1 in poultry, provided that vaccines are of high quality and well matched to circulating viruses and that vaccination coverage is adequate.”China has recently strengthened poultry surveillance to include serological (antibody) and virus surveillance as well as surveillance for disease outbreaks,” the statement added. With the increased surveillance, China is now publishing data monthly on the Ministry of Agriculture Web site, rather than annually, news services reported.China has been criticized for sharing too little data on the H5N1 virus and too few samples. Last month the country promised to provide samples to the WHO.Keiji Fukuda, coordinator of the WHO global influenza program, said all participants at the meeting agreed that sharing information and virus samples “is critical for the defense of everybody,” according to Reuters.The FAO-OIE-WHO statement said there has been no evidence that the Fujian-like strain is more transmissible to humans than other H5N1 viruses and no evidence that it has sparked human-to-human transmission.See also:Nov 10 CIDRAP News story “Chinese promise H5N1 samples, deny claim of new strain”Nov 3 CIDRAP News story “Study says new H5N1 strain pervades southern China”last_img read more

Lošinj’s extreme world cycling competition was declared the best sporting event of 2018.

first_imgEventex’s recognition is an excellent promotion of Croatia as a sports destination, but also of Lošinj as an extremely interesting destination for cycling tourism. Also, this is a great announcement of a new race Mercedes-Benz UCI Mountain Bike on Lošinj, which takes place from May 07-10, 2019. years. The Downhill World Cup Lošinj is considered a unique race because the competitors raced through an urban area, with the goal on the coast, which was the first similar case in the World Cup. This interest was also recognized by online voters and the expert commission of Eventex of ten members. Last year’s edition of the Mercedes-Benz UCI Mountain Bike World Cup Lošinj won the prestigious “Eventex Awards” in the category “Art, entertainment & public – Sporting Event”. Mercedes-Benz UCI Mountain Bike World Cup Lošinj, an extreme world cycling competition, was held from 19 to 22 April 2018 in Veli Lošinj. It was watched by more than five thousand visitors, and was broadcast live in as many as 105 countries, which means that the race was watched live by more than a million and a half spectators. Downhill World Cup Losinj / Facebook: Mercedes-Benz UCI Mountain Bike World Cup Losinj The Eventex Award and international competition is the most recognized in the world of events. The prestigious award is given for outstanding achievements, high-quality services and technical merits in production, as well as designing top-notch experiences and experiences. The online announcement of the winners, which was held on March 26, 2019 as part of the Eventex ceremony, the first place in the “Sporting Event” category was won by the unique and extreme Mercedes-Benz UCI Mountain Bike World Cup Lošinj among as many as 331 registered candidates from around the world . The criteria that were evaluated during the selection of the winners, among other things, are innovation, creativity and uniqueness.last_img read more

The congress industry seeks to enable professional and scientific gatherings

first_imgZajednica poslovnog turizma Hrvatske gospodarske komore zatražila je od nadležnih ministarstava  da stručne i znanstvene skupove uvrste u kategoriju događanja koja će biti dopuštena za održavanje u prvoj fazi mjera za pokretanje gospodarskih i drugih djelatnosti. Inicijativu da se omoguće stručni skupovi podržali su i Hrvatska udruga profesionalaca kongresnog turizma (HUPKT), Hrvatski liječnički zbor (HLZ – preko 150 liječničkih društava s ukupno 10.500 članova), Hrvatska udruga medicinskih sestara (HUMS – 33 stručna društva s ukupno 5.500 članova) i Udruga industrije medicinskih proizvoda (CROMED). The profession says that business tourism, given the currently very bad situation in the sector, ie almost one hundred percent losses in the spring season, will certainly not recover until the spring of 2021. Therefore, they are also seeking an extension of the measures to preserve jobs that are currently in force. President of HUPKT Ranko Filipovic naglašava kako su hoteli i konferencijski centri, kao i ostali dobavljači, spremni na uvođenje mjera zaštite i kontrolu pravila distanciranja te ograničenje broja korisnika s obzirom na preporučene norme.  „We suggest that the general limit applies to 100 participants, however exceptionally in case the convention center and accommodation facility is able to provide the prescribed distance due to capacity, and more with the prior consent of the local or national Headquarters. Additionally, in the direction of encouraging Croatian companies to organize internal meetings, we request, at least temporarily, the abolition of the payment of salary contributions in kind for internal events.”, Said Filipović.  Također, iz HUPKT-a predlažu i da se dopusti posluživanje hrane u zatvorenim prostorima (hotelskim restoranima) budući da terase nisu svima dostupne niti prikladne u slučaju lošeg vremena, naravno sve uz potpuno poštivanje preporuka epidemiologa. The letter to the ministries also outlined concrete measures that the organizers can take to ensure the highest prescribed hygiene standards, which guarantees the health safety of the participants.  “The congress industry is an important segment of tourism, but also of the overall Croatian economy because its consumption and long-term stability is a significant generator of inflows to domestic hotels, congress centers, restaurants and transport companies that are most affected by this pandemic. We believe that professional and scientific gatherings are in a more favorable position than similar public gatherings, primarily because they are educations with a special emphasis on professional development and knowledge exchange where there is no place for entertainment. This is especially true for medical gatherings which, according to strict codes of ethics, are not allowed to have entertainment or have it to a very limited extent. “, pointed out the president of the Business Tourism Association of the Croatian Chamber of Commerce Jasmina Bilać, noting that the average delegate spends significantly more on professional development than leisure tourists.last_img read more

Adriagate has launched an action to promote and encourage holidays in Croatia

first_imgIt is for this reason that the agency will waive part of its commission in order to show solidarity with all the citizens of Lijepa naša, encourage them to book holidays on our coast and preserve tourism by booking private accommodation. The Adriagate travel agency has launched an action to further promote and encourage holidays in Croatia in order to preserve Croatian tourism and jobs, in line with the situation surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic. “With this action we want to enable citizens to find from our rich offer more affordable private accommodation for a well-deserved vacation with loved ones, while providing support to Croatian tourism and private renters throughout the Adriatic coast.”, Says Mate Balić, director of Adriagate, and emphasizes that at this moment we all need to do something for each other, and decided to take this action to contribute to the development of the domestic economy by encouraging people to travel within the country. “Therefore, we decided to reward all Croatian citizens with a voucher in the amount of HRK 500.”Points out Balic. By the way, Adriagate is a company that specializes in mediation in the sale of accommodation facilities in Croatia in Istria, Kvarner, Dalmatia, continental Croatia and Montenegro. They have been operating successfully since 2001 with their headquarters in Split, where the central reservation system is located, where booking for more than 10.000 apartments and holiday homes is kept. Adriagate rewards Croatian guests with a HRK 500 discount on private accommodation throughout the Adriatic coastcenter_img The conditions for obtaining a gift voucher are that the reservation of private accommodation must be made through the Adriagate website and that it refers to the 2020 season and that the total amount of the reservation cannot be less than HRK 3.000. The discount applies to private accommodation, and in order to use it it is necessary promo code: Summer2020 enter in the booking process on the Adriagate website In addition to the seat, Adriagate.com also has reception offices in Vodice, Rogoznica, Vrboska on the island of Hvar, Primosten and Omis where it provides support to renters and guestslast_img read more

Tourism in the post Corona era

first_imgA common feature of recovery after World War II and adaptation and coexistence with the Covid 19, is the launch of tourist trips in a very short period of time. We are now witnessing the end of the peak tourist season, which according to the results of physical traffic is above expectations. In fact, smaller towns and rural areas are the focus of tourist demand. The most sought after accommodation that provides a high level of privacy, holiday homes with ample garden, apartments with separate entrance and private terrace, small family camps, small family hotels… Good, naturally grown food and casual, quiet lifestyle provided by the village, become attractive. Australia on fire, the Amazon on fire, cyclones, hurricanes and torrential floods in addition to the Far East and Central America are already affecting the European continent. Glaciers are melting rapidly, sea levels are rising more and more often in coastal places on the Croatian Adriatic. The world is worried about the future, experts warn that CO2 emissions must be reduced by 50% every ten years. Fossil fuels are marked as undesirable, the energy transition takes place towards renewable energy sources – solar and wind generated electricity. Simply, the time of the “new normal” has come and the rules of conduct have changed. Nobody expected such drastic changes in such a short time. Interestingly, climatologists and ecologists have warned in recent years of major environmental changes threatening humanity as a result of climate change. Author: Nedo Pinezić, www.nedopinezic.com / Photo: Pexels.com Finally, that is how tourism in our region began. The first tourists shared a table with their hosts and ate the same food made from home-grown ingredients. Today we look at those times with nostalgia, but what was once the result of poverty and modesty, today becomes the basis of a highly valuable tourist offer. Our life habits had to change in a very short time under the influence of the Covid 19 pandemic. Mass travel does not work as well as mass gatherings. We do not hug or kiss when meeting, and extending a hand is very rare. We are reserved towards strangers. We wear protective face masks indoors. We avoid city noise. At the height of the controversy over plans to reduce CO2, a pandemic of the Covid 19 virus broke out. Aircraft were grounded, cruise ships were moored in ports, road traffic was drastically reduced as was the activity of manufacturing industrial plants. People are “locked” in their homes and nature has “breathed”. The economic consequences are incalculable, it is said to be the biggest world crisis since the “Great Depression”, between the two world wars. The precursor to this depression was also the pandemic of the “Spanish flu” of 1918-19. In the period from 1914 to 1945, the world suffered enormous destruction, enormous human losses, and it seemed as if it would never recover. Recovery and tourism The world is changing. Environmental disasters before a pandemiccenter_img Local food and indigenous lifestyle as a tourist attraction On the other hand, more and more caterers recognize the need to use food from their own cultivation in gastronomy. Food quality comes first, but so does the economic calculus of short supply chains, the use of own resources for the purpose of agricultural production as well. They mostly sell their products through their hotel “Gospoja” and several restaurants in Vrbnik and Rijeka. The Stanić family in Krk is also engaged in agricultural production of vegetables, cheese, pig farming. They market their products through the themed restaurant “Volsonis” in the city of Krk, which is open all year round. An example of good practice is the hotel “Joso” in Sukosan, where I had the opportunity to stay and eat excellent dishes made from ingredients from my own cultivation. There are more and more examples like this. Even the great Valamar launched its own project on the same basis. Examples of good practice combining agriculture and tourism A good organization of the local community, which unites in a cluster, with interest, creates a completely new well-organized and income-stable offer. We have the best examples in Austria, Trentino Alto Adige, Bavaria. This example is slowly being followed by individuals in Croatia. On the island of Krk we have the example of the Šabalja family in Porto, Malinska – Dubašnica municipality. In their family hotel of high category “Villa Margaret” and restaurant “Bracera” they serve dishes from home-grown fish and fish and their own catch. It is similar with the Toljanić and Brusić families associated in the agricultural cooperative “Gospoja”. These famous winemakers are also engaged in sheep breeding, and they also start breeding black pigs on free grazing. Covid Pandemic 19 People travel in small groups, they want to connect directly with their hosts because trust is extremely important. In the last few years, there has been a growing interest in so-called adventure tourism. These are trips on which travelers explore a tourist destination with the help of digital guides, online platforms. One of the most famous, Airbnb, in addition to a large selection of accommodation, also offers experiences. Experiences are often associated with gastronomy so that the tourist traveler participates in the making of some food or some dish. Pasta making is especially popular. With the experiences we go a step further, we offer a stay in the conditions in which the local population lives, participation in agricultural work, crafts. Modern tourists – adventurers want to imitate the lifestyle of the locals. Hence the great growth of leisure real estate purchases in rural areas. “Weekenders” are occasional residents who were initially “ordinary tourists”. Over time, they often become permanent residents of the area which they “discovered” as tourists.last_img read more

Biograd Boat Show opened: During July and August, 70 percent of last year’s result was achieved

first_imgThis year, Croatia achieved very good results in the nautical charter segment in the summer part of the year, given the circumstances, ie during July and August, 70 percent of last year’s result was achieved in the same period. Dragan Kovačević, Croatian Chamber of Commerce: The new tourism strategy is necessary to ensure sustainable development and remove obstacles to investing in the nautical sector “The Biograd Boat Show is much more than just a boat exhibition, it is a gathering place for all segments of the nautical industry and tourism, not only in Croatia, but also in this part of Europe. As the organizer of the fair, Ilirija, with its long tradition, knowledge and experience, has profiled the Biograd Boat Show into one of the 36 most important nautical fairs in the world, ie the leading nautical Central European fair and the largest nautical fair in Croatia, and made Biograd na Moru a nautical tourism center on the Croatian Adriatic., said the President of the Management Board of Ilirija and the organizer and host of the fair Goran Raznjevic. State Secretary of the Ministry of Tourism and Sports Tonči Glavina He said that nautical tourism, in this year marked by a pandemic, proved to be an extremely popular tourist product through which tourists found their safe oasis of peace in Croatia. In order for nautical tourism in Croatia to remain authentic and recognizable, it is necessary to protect and preserve the originality of the coastal area and the sea in order to avoid negative consequences and saturation of the tourist area. As part of the 4th Nautical Day, a plenary and election session of the Association of Tourist Shipping Companies of the Croatian Chamber of Commerce was held, at which he was re-elected its president. Ante Rakuljić from the company ORSAB doo from Krilo Jesenice. The presidents of the groups were also elected at the session, so that’s right Ante Rakuljić elected president of the Group of ships on multi-day voyages, Marin Novakovic from the company Moreplovac doo for the president of the Group of ships and boats on day trips, a Jere Gaćina from the company Gaćina Adriatic Charter for the president of the Yacht Group with a professional crew “There is a big job ahead of us. Small tourist shipowners have problems due to their development in infrastructure. Namely, in the last 15 years or so, we have developed terribly fast, that is, we have developed faster than other segments and institutions could follow us. So today, for example, we have a problem with refueling, and our goal is to provide winter and summer berths. Winter during the ship’s rest, and summer during the tourist season”, Said Rakuljić It was stated at the session that an agreement is underway for a meeting with the leaders of the Split-Dalmatia County on the topic of summer berths in Split, and it was agreed that the Ministry of the Sea, Transport and Infrastructure will be asked to increase blue diesel quotas for all tourist shipping companies. administrative burden decreased during the season. Despite the new circumstances, with all the epidemiological measures, the tradition of the largest nautical fair in Central Europe is maintained. Also, Kovačević pointed out that the concession fees for marinas and their abolition should be reconsidered, because in that way, apart from marinas, some of which suffered a drop of over 50%, they would mostly help charterers who unfortunately charged berths even though they were vessels. most of this year was anchored. Photo: HGK The German and Slovenian lifting of travel restrictions in Croatia, ie Zadar County, significantly increased the response of larger vessels up to 20 meters, and strengthened the international arrival at the fair. So the tradition of the largest boat fair in Central Europe has remained this year with over 240 exhibitors and almost equal to last year’s record number of boats. That is how it was opened today in Biograd na Moru 22nd International Nautical Fair Biograd Boat Show, which lasts from 21st to Sunday 25th October and is held in Ilirija’s Marina Kornati. The importance of B2B encounters is more prominent than ever Vice President of the Croatian Chamber of Commerce for Agriculture and Tourism Dragan Kovacevic He said that the results achieved in nautical, and in this extremely difficult crisis year for tourism, speak of the resilience of nautical, but also its strategic importance for Croatian tourism because the consumption of nautical tourists is almost twice higher than average. That is, they are tourists of greater purchasing power, and nautical tourism is generating growth and other special forms of tourism. Also, for the second year in a row, the Croatia Charter Expo will be held on October 22 and 23, in Hall B in the western Marina Kornati. Charter companies are also allowed to present their services on their own vessels at the pier 14. “Regardless of the pandemic at today’s Croatian Chamber of Commerce nautical days, we want to talk about the key problems of the competitiveness of Croatian nautical tourism. About the future, about the new strategy of Croatian tourism which on the one hand should ensure sustainable development of nautical tourism while preserving our coast and sea, and on the other hand we need to remove obstacles, especially administrative, legal, for stronger investment and competitiveness of the nautical sector”, Said Vice President Kovacevic. “Nautics is not just recreation and entertainment and that is why the NCEA should be changed and it should be ensured that both marinas and charters become a tourist activity, ie an acceptable user for tenders in tourism “, Kovačević emphasized and added that in our development strategy we must not forget a small, but by quality standards extremely attractive segment of nautical, small shipping companies and mini cruisers that have suffered enormous damage due to dependence on air destinations. “For them, in the future we must solve the infrastructure that does not follow their needs, from overhaul to new berths and ports”Concluded Kovačević. Ante Rakuljić, President of the Association of Tourist Shipping Companies of the Croatian Chamber of Commerce Kovacevic also added that it is high time that all relevant ministries sit down and agree on the concept of amendments to the Law on Maritime Property and Seaports in order to resolve the legal uncertainty and uncertainty that existing concessionaires have, but also create preconditions for new investments and development and quality improvement. services.  Photo: Ilirija dd As part of the Biograd Boat Show, the Croatian Chamber of Commerce Nautical Days are also held, which consists of sessions of professional nautical associations and communities of the Croatian Chamber of Commerce, a series of trainings and professional presentations and a central panel. “The future development of nautical tourism in Croatia should therefore be viewed through the creation of a framework for balancing economic progress and sustainable development. In this sense, great importance for the development of nautical tourism and attracting a larger number of sailors is to connect with other tourist products and offers in destinations, and the creation of accompanying facilities to keep guests in destinations as much as possible. If we take into account the fact that nautical tourism with its income, ie part of the income of 30 percent directly contributes to the development of other selective forms of tourism such as cultural, gastronomic, wine, etc. and is especially important for the results achieved in pre and postseason, the contribution of this segment of tourism”, Said Glavina.last_img read more