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Nassau Resident Infected With Birth Defects-Linked Zika Virus

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York The virus is not contagious and cannot be transmitted by coming into physical contact with another human, said health officials. Zika virus is primarily contracted from an infected Aedes mosquito. It can also be transmitted from a pregnant mother to her baby during pregnancy, according to the federal Centers for Disease Control.State health officials urged residents who are considering traveling to Central and South American countries where the virus is prevalent to check all health advisories and take preventive measures.“There is virtually no risk of acquiring Zika virus in New York State at this time as the virus cannot be spread by casual contact with an infected person, and mosquitoes are not active in cold winter months,” said state Department of Health Commissioner Howard Zucker.The CDC says about two-dozen countries are grappling with the virus. The agency also issued a travel alert for people heading to nearly all the countries where the virus is being transmitted.Officials overseas have turned to drastic measures to try and prevent birth defects in children. In El Salvador, the government has advised women to halt any pregnancies until 2018. Brazil is calling upon its military to help eradicate the mosquitoes.An image of a baby suffering from Microcephaly. (Courtesy: CDC)The impact to unborn babies could lead to lifelong complications. Among the birth defects that have been reported is microcephaly, a condition in which a baby’s head fails to grow at a normal pace, according to the CDC.Pregnant woman are advised to postpone travel or to follow strict preventive steps if traveling is a must. Women considering pregnancy should speak with their doctor about the risks posed by the Zika virus, the CDC advised.Previous outbreaks of the virus have been reported in such tropical areas as Africa, Southeast Asia, and the Pacific Islands.“Zika virus will likely continue to spread to new areas,” the CDC warned.Health officials said only one in five people who are infected actually fall ill. The symptoms include fever, rash, joint pain, red eyes, muscle pain, and headaches. The incubation period is believed to last anywhere from a few days to a week.There are no known vaccines to treat or prevent the virus.LIST OF COUNTRIES WITH ACTIVE ZIKA VIRUS TRANSMISSIONSZika Virus Map (Courtesy: CDC)AmericasBarbadosBoliviaBrazilColombiaDominican RepublicEcuadorEl SalvadorFrench GuianaGuadeloupeGuatemalaGuyanaHaitiHondurasMartiniqueMexicoPanamaParaguayPuerto RicoSaint MartinSurinameU.S. Virgin IslandsVenezuelaOceania/Pacific IslandsSamoaAfricaCape Verde Embed from Getty Imagescenter_img A person living in Nassau County is among three people statewide who have tested positive for the mosquito-borne Zika virus that has officials in Latin American countries warning of potential birth defects.The person who contracted the virus has recently traveled to an area outside the United States where there is confirmed transmission of the virus, according to Mary Ellen Lorraine, a spokeswoman for Nassau County Department of Health.The unidentified resident contracted the virus in August, she told the Press. Lorraine was unable to provide details of the person’s sex, age or town of residence. She did say, however, that the person is not pregnant.One patient has fully recovered and the two others are recovering without any complications, state health officials said.last_img read more

Crowds spill on to street to see ‘heavenly home’ sell at auction

first_imgNearly 100 people turned out to see 83 Bardon Esplanade, Bardon sell under the hammer for $947,500.Almost 100 people turned out to see a three-bedroom, one-bathroom colonial cottage on 395sq m in Bardon sell under the hammer for close to $1 million. Home sales on the rise MORE: Ms O’Dea said the sale was proof the market understood how tightly held and beautiful the area was.“People buy and die in these homes, because they’re so attached to it,” she said.While five bidders registered, the serious competition came down to a couple with a young child and a woman in her late 50s from Toowoomba who placed the winning bid. The sale is the second highest price achieved on the tightly held street.That being said the street is tightly held. Yesterday’s sale was the first since 2017, when three homes sold (including 19) and prior to that, two changed hands in 2014.Four properties have no sale date recorded in CoreLogic, which usually indicates they have been held in one family for at least 30 years.Ray White Paddington agent Judi O’Dea said 83 Bardon Esplanade sold for $947,500 under the hammer.According to CoreLogic the vendor purchased the home in 2005 for only $495,000, and Ms O’Dea said they had mixed emotions about the sale. According to CoreLogic, it was the second highest price to be achieved in the street, with 19 selling in 2017 for $1,610,000. The 2017 sale was of a substantially bigger home, with four bedrooms, two bathrooms and on a larger block of 513sq m. RELATED:center_img Period features include high ceilings, stained glass windows and leadlighting, timber fretwork, VJ walls, polished timber floors, french doors and a wrap around veranda..The potential parties were attracted to the location and then the home’s character.Being a traditional colonial cottage, with period features, including high ceilings, stained glass windows and leadlighting, timber fretwork, VJ walls, polished timber floors, french doors and a wrap around veranda.Ms O’Dea said the sellers had renovated and transformed the home.“But they kept the character of it,” she said.“The location there is a seriously just so beautiful.“Anyone who appreciates the foothills of Mount Coot-tha, the lovely stream across the road and Bowman Park with all the activity there, it’s just magic.“The community spirit and just the activity, the dogs and the people walking by. “It’s heaven.” >>FOLLOW EMILY BLACK ON FACEBOOK FOR MORE<< Cottage sells before second open home How superstars holiday in Oz “They were very teary about it, they were delighted to sell and very happy with their price,” Ms O’Dea said.“But the emotional attachment to this beautiful home, you just can’t replace and find an area like this and this beautiful home.”She said it was a “really good” auction, with five registered bidders and huge crowd spilling on to the street.“I just knew it would be and there was a big mix of neighbours and we had a hell of a lot of people through the house all the way through the five-week campaign,” she said.More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus13 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market13 hours agolast_img read more

Cricket News I Could Not Have Said When I Am Not Feeling Great Mentally: Virat Kohli

first_imgNew Delhi: Cricket has been in the news recently regarding mental health issues affecting elite-level athletes. Glenn Maxwell decided to take a break from cricket after suffering from mental health issues followed by Nic Maddinson, who opted to take a break during the Australia A match against Pakistan. In previous instances, England players like Steve Harmison, Marcus Trescothick and Graeme Fowler have dealt with depression. The factor of mental health issues has not been a topic of discussion among India’s elite athletes, despite the fact that the country tops the list when it comes to rates of depression.Speaking about the issue of mental health, Kohli admitted that he could not have told how great he felt mentally following his low point which was the 2014 tour of England in which he averaged just 13.4. “To be honest, I couldn’t have said that I am not feeling great mentally and I need to get away from the game. Because you never know how that’s taken. I have gone through a phase in my career where I had felt that it was the end of the world. I just didn’t know what do and what to say to anyone, How to speak, how to communicate,” Kohli said.The Indian cricket team skipper hailed Maxwell and said he has set the right path when it comes to dealing with mental health issues. The Indian captain feels that these issues need to be discussed for a better understanding of what one is going through at a personal level. Kohli, who has played a lot of cricket against Maxwell at the IPL and international level, said he can understand that things must have reached a tipping point for the Australian.”You know when you get to the international stage, every player that’s in the squad needs that communication – that ability to speak out. I think what Glenn has done is remarkable. Not to say that you give up but just to gain more clarity, you tend to take a bit more space which, in my opinion, is quite acceptable and quite a nice thing to do when you are not able to carry on anymore. I think these things should be respected and not taken in a negative way at all. It’s just not having the capacity to deal with things which can happen to any person to any walk of life. I think it should be taken in a very positive way,” Kohli said.Also Read | India Eye Continued Dominance Vs Bangladesh Ahead Of Indore TestThe Indian cricket team will take on Bangladesh in the first Test in Indore and it will be part of the ICC World Test Championships. The second Test will be a historic Day-Night Test at the Eden Gardens in Kolkata. This will be the first time India and Bangladesh will play with the Pink Ball. For all the Latest Sports News News, Cricket News News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps.last_img read more