Aug 17, 2007 (CIDRAP News) The count of West Nile virus (WNV) cases in the United States so far this year remains ahead of last year’s pace, but fewer severe cases have been reported, according to the latest numbers from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). CDC West Nile pagehttp://www.cdc.gov/ncidod/dvbid/westnile/index.htm West Nile cases in the United States jumped sharply last year, totaling 4,269, a 42% increase over the 3,000 cases recorded in 2005, according to the CDC. Neuroinvasive cases were 34% of the total in 2006 and 43% of the total in 2005. The record year for reported cases was 2003, with 9,862. WNV report in Aug 18, 2006, MMWRhttp://www.cdc.gov/mmwr/preview/mmwrhtml/mm5532a3.htm See also: California has been hit hardest this year, with 86 cases, including 32 neuroinvasive illnesses. Colorado is second with 72 cases (10 neuroinvasive), followed by South Dakota, 62 (19), North Dakota, 52 (8), and Wyoming, 34 (5). CDC. West Nile virus updateUnited States, January 1-August 14, 2007. MMWR 2007 Aug 17;56(32):821-2 [Full text] As of Aug 14, 444 WNV cases, including 15 deaths, had been reported from 27 states, the CDC says in today’s issue of Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report. That compares with 388 cases and 13 deaths in 26 states at this time last year, as reported in the Aug 18, 2006, MMWR. Screening of donated blood has led to the identification of 49 donors with presumed WNV infection so far this year, the CDC reported. Fifteen of the donors subsequently had West Nile fever. Nineteen of the 49 donors were from California. Neuroinvasive casesthe severe form of the disease, including West Nile meningitis, encephalitis, and myelitismake up 30.6% (136 of 444) of cases so far this year, as compared with 40.7% (158 of 388) at this time last year, according to CDC figures. (Nine cases this year were unclassified, as were 13 at this time last year.) Jul 26 CIDRAP News story “Number of West Nile virus cases surges”
…’These refugees have no home, no team, no flag, no national anthem,’ says IOC president Thomas BachTHE Rio 2016 Olympics officially kicked off with a magnificent opening ceremony at the Maracana stadium in Rio de Janiero on Friday night. A total of 206 nations displayed their strength for the games. While some nations received some huge cheers, one new entity stole the show and made the moment special.When Zimbabwe were the last country to enter the Athletes Parade, the name of the Refugee Olympic Team entered and the Maracana stadium exploded in loud cheers.The Refugee Olympic Team, competing in the Olympics for the first time, also witnessed a standing ovation which became the symbol of the Olympic opening ceremony.The Refugee Olympic Team are participating as Independent Olympic athletes. It was created to show solidarity with the world’s refugees.The team consists of 10 participants. The key players include 18-year-old swimmer Yusra Mardini, who moved from Syria to Germany and will participate in the 200m freestyle swimming event. Refugees from Democratic Republic of Congo and other places that have been affected by humanitarian crises are part of the team.International Olympic Committee (IOC) president Thomas Bach also praised the Refugee Olympic Team. Speaking in the Opening Ceremony, Bach said, “The Refugee Athletes are sending a hope to the millions of refugees.Having to leave home because of hunger, violence and just because you are different. Because of your human spirit, you are making a great cause to humanity. In this Olympic world, we welcome you as an enrichment to our diversity.”
With its NCAA playoff position hanging in the balance in the season’s closing stages, the No. 3 USC men’s water polo team will try to topple No. 1 UCLA in the rubber match between crosstown rivals this Sunday.T-Rex · Senior driver Rex Butler and the Trojans will face UCLA for the third time this season on Sunday. Butler has 32 goals so far in 2014. – Ralf Cheung | Daily TrojanThe Trojans (18-3) and the Bruins (21-2) each hold one win over the other in the 2014 season series. The two sides’ first meeting on Sept. 21 ended with the Bruins handing the Trojans their first loss of the year 9-7 to eliminate USC from the Kap7 NorCal Classic. Their most recent meeting on Oct. 12 ended with the Trojans knocking off the Bruins 10-6 in Westwood on the way to winning the SoCal Tournament championship. Sunday’s battle for Los Angeles supremacy will take place at Troy, and while the two sides will not be fighting for a tournament title, their third meeting of the season could have significant implications on the NCAA championship tournament.“This [game is] a little more important because we are tied one and one, and the team that wins this game will have an advantage in terms of head to head records when it comes down to selecting teams to the NCAA tournament,” Trojan head coach Jovan Vavic said. “We still have four very difficult games left in the conference, and other teams do too. So there’s still a lot of water polo left to play, and one loss here and there can really make a difference.”Sophomore driver Nick Bell reiterated the weight of Sunday’s matchup within the conference containing the “Big Four” teams of NCAA men’s water polo.“It’s definitely a very important game,” Bell said. “Three teams are going to go to the NCAA tournament in our conference, and right now we have the top four [in the nation]. The team who wins our conference goes to the NCAA tournament for sure. The next teams might end up tied at the end of the season, and it could go to the heads of the conference to decide who goes, so this game would be a big win for us.”The Trojans bounced back from a down-to-the wire 11-10 loss to Stanford with emphatic wins over Loyola Marymount and Pacific last week, defeating the Lions and Tigers 19-7 and 11-6 respectively. Having been knocked down from the top spot in the rankings with the Stanford loss, the Trojans will look to resurge as they did in their SoCal tournament victory, which Vavic says was fueled by the team’s loss to the Bruins at the beginning of the season.“You get more focused [after losing],” Vavic said. “When you win games, you get a tendency to relax and think you are too good. And when you lose, you look at your preparation with a more critical eye, and try to figure out how to do better.”Defense can’t be stressed enough around the Trojan camp as the team aims to take down the top-ranked Bruins. USC will want to curb the efforts of Bruin utility Cristiano Mirarchi, who leads UCLA in scoring with 37 goals on the year, and center Gordon Marshall, who’s tallied nine goals through the Bruins’ last three games.“The last time we played UCLA, we did a really good job on defense, so our coach is going to go back to what we did right, and we’re going to try to repeat that,” senior driver Kostas Genidounias said.The battle for Southern California water polo is set to take place 7 p.m. PT Sunday at Uytengsu Aquatic Center.
Junior Riley Smith will carry momentum into this weekend’s play after he and junior Daniel Cukierman emerged victorious in the doubles bracket in the Oracle Pro Series Tournament at Marks Stadium last weekend. (Daily Trojan file photo) Following a successful campaign at the Oracle Pro Series Tournament, the USC men’s tennis team will look forward to continuing their dominance in the Sherwood Collegiate Cup this weekend. Last week’s Oracle Pro Series Tournament saw Trojans thriving in both the singles and doubles brackets. Senior Brandon Holt had himself an impressive run into the semifinals of singles play before falling to Alexander Ritschard. The doubles final consisted of three Trojan players, with the all-USC pair of junior Daniel Cukierman and senior Riley Smith winning it all. Starting Friday, the Trojans will compete with other top players from Stanford, UCLA and Texas A&M in Thousand Oaks. Each school has eight players competing in the main draw, which consists of a total of 32 players during the four-day span. Masi said that although it’s a great opportunity for singles players to gain experience by playing more matches in the tournament, the biggest things to watch for in Thousand Oaks are the chemistry and trust between doubles pairs going into the duo match season. “It is kind of like just one more event to get some matches in before the start of our dual match season,” Masi said. “The biggest thing that I want to do is … working with the doubles pairings that maybe they haven’t played with this year and just see if they work and, you know, get them feeling comfortable with each other,” Masi said. “I think … that’s the biggest thing that we’re going to be using this tournament for.” The Trojans are setting their sights on both singles and doubles matches in Thousand Oaks, and Masi said his team will gain valuable experience by competing in plenty of matches — even if they lose in the first or second round. “This tournament doesn’t really have any bearing upon the pressure,” Masi said. “I think this shows the guys that they’re a good team and … just shows how competitive we can be this season but the goal of the end of the year is to have the No. 1 in front.” The Sherwood Collegiate Classic will provide opportunities for Trojans to compete against other elite players at the collegiate level. The team hopes to build upon past successes and continue its player development throughout the tournament. Masi said the team is confident with its position right now. The Trojans kick off this year ranked No. 3 in the ITA preseason ranking, the highest ranking the team has seen since it sat at No. 1 and No. 2 in 2015 and a significant improvement from its 2019 final rank of No. 8. For the first time since 2013, the tennis team has seven players ranked nationally in singles as well as four nationally ranked doubles pairs. Besides that, Cukierman has become the first No. 1 ranked singles player in the nation since 2012. The Trojans hope to build on their recent momentum as they compete in the Sherwood Collegiate Classic beginning Friday in Thousand Oaks. “It’s more for them just to start feeling comfortable about their games, and to feel like things that we’ve worked on [in] the fall and just to get them kind of just match experience,” Masi said. This tournament will be the last individual competition of the year before head coach Brett Masi’s squad begins team competition play.