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Above 6 children at greater risk of dengue infection

first_imga female aedes mosquito. File PhotoThe children who are older than six years are at a greater risk of dengue infection since they spend more time in crowded places like schools and parks, says a new study of icddr,b.Under the study, two household serosurveys were conducted in 2012 to assess the seroprevalence and seroincidence of dengue fever virus (DENV).During the period, information on demographic, socioeconomic, and other relevant characteristics was collected from the study participants using a structured socioeconomic questionnaire. The findings have been released recently.The study combines serological surveys of blood samples with participant interviews to determine various socio-cultural risk factors that predict DENV infection.Serological surveys measure the presence of circulating antibodies in blood samples to objectively determine whether each participant has been infected with DENV in the past.The study identifies various household and community level risk factors that increase the risk of dengue infection. At the household level, the presence of ornamental potted plants, potential breeding grounds for mosquitoes was found to increase the risk for DENV infection.According to research investigator at icddr,b and co-author of the study Kishor Kumar Paul, home-based interventions such as removing indoor potted plants and increased bed net use, as well as vector control measures in public parks, will reduce the exposure to dengue infections among the city dwellers.Dengue is spread by mosquitoes Aedes aegypti and Aedes albopictus, the two species which can also transmit other mosquito-borne viruses.Multiple dengue outbreaks have occurred in Bangladesh since the first major outbreak in 2000. The vast majority (91 pc) of reported dengue cases between 2000 and 2009 occurred in Dhaka.Official data show that so far over 660 dengue cases with two fatalities have been reported this year in the capital. Of them, 121 dengue cases were reported in May, followed by 202 in June and 84 up to 16 July 2017.The new study found a very high degree of seroprevalence for DENV across Dhaka city, with the highest seroprevalence in the older, more densely populated areas. It is an indicator of significant unreported dengue virus-associated illness.There are also many new infections that occur between the pre- and post-monsoon period, suggesting that DENV was circulating through the city quite intensely during the study.Findings of this study indicate that home-based interventions like removing indoor potted plants and increased bed net use, in addition to vector control measures in public parks, would reduce exposure to DENV and further decrease risk of viral associated disease.Principal investigator of the study W Abdullah Brooks said this study demonstrates that formulation of an active DENV surveillance system is urgently warranted, particularly to estimate the impact of DENV disease burden in Dhaka and other urban areas of the country.last_img read more

French presidential race tightens further

first_imgEmmanuel Macron, head of the political movement En Marche! and candidate for the 2017 presidential election, waves to supporters at the end of a campaign rally in Pau, France. Photo: ReutersPolls showed France’s presidential election campaign tightening further on Wednesday as financial markets fretted about the rising popularity of a far-left candidate who wants to put France’s European Union membership to a vote.Investors have long been anxious about election frontrunner Marine Le Pen, leader of the far-right National Front, who has promised a referendum on whether to quit the EU and ditch the euro.She has been joined on the list of investors’ concerns by far-left veteran Jean-Luc Melenchon, who has surged in the polls after strong performances in two candidates’ debates.The Communist-backed Melenchon also wants a referendum on EU membership after an attempt to renegotiate the EU treaties.The latest Ifop-Fiducial poll on Wednesday showed Le Pen winning 23.5 percent in the April 23 first round, one point ahead of centrist Emmanuel Macron.Both Le Pen and Macron’s support dipped by half a point from Tuesday while conservative Francois Fillon was stable on 19 percent and Melenchon unchanged on 18.5 percent.The top two candidates go through to a run-off on May 7, where polls say Macron would easily beat Le Pen.Traders cited the French election, as well as U.S. relations with Syria and North Korea, as reasons why investors switched to safe assets, such as gold or U.S. Treasuries, on Wednesday.“Risk sentiment is not strong at the moment because of tensions in North Korea and also risk of a … rising Melenchon,” said Nomura currency strategist Yujiro Goto in London.GERMAN FORAYConcern about a Le Pen victory, which would put further pressure on the EU after Britain’s decision to leave the bloc, led to an unusual foray into French politics by Germany, France’s traditional partner at the heart of the EU.“We need a pro-European France,” German Finance Minister Wolfgang Schaeuble said in Berlin.“I hope Le Pen does not become French president,” he added.Outgoing Socialist President Francois Hollande is also concerned about Melenchon’s rising popularity, according to Le Monde newspaper, and this has fed speculation he could endorse Macron as the best hope to win rather than official Socialist candidate Benoit Hamon, who is doing poorly in the polls.In an interview with Le Point magazine published on Wednesday, Hollande kept silent about his choice, saying he would endorse a candidate before the second round of the election.But he spoke highly of the decision by Macron, a former economy minister in his government, to launch a new party, saying “I think politics needs renewal” and he spoke out against demagoguery.“There is a danger in simplifications and falsifications which make people look at the … speaker rather than the content of what he is saying,” he said.Hollande, an unpopular president who did not seek a second term, said ruling parties should not hold primary elections in future, because it was impossible to be president and candidate at the same time.The conservative Le Figaro newspaper called Melenchon “the French Chavez”, alleging in a front-page story that his plans were inspired by the late Venezuelan leader Hugo Chavez.Melenchon mocked his new notoriety in a blog on his website.“They announce that my winning the election would bring nuclear winter, a plague of frogs, Red Army tanks and the landing of the Venezuelans,” he said.last_img read more

Showcasing united colours of India under one roof

first_imgThe national Capital is a cultural hub where various events are held to promote different cultures of different states. When it comes to artworks, Delhi perfectly plays its role as the capital city of India. Nearly all states find their respective authentic and twisted artworks scattered in the city. In order to bring a taste of the art and culture from different states under one roof, Delhi Tourism in association with Dastkari Haat Samiti has organised a festival of colours at Dilli Haat, Janakpuri from March 11 to March 20. This unique festival aims to present the artistic works of various Indian artisans and portray the blend of traditional and modern art through their works. Leading artisans from different parts of India have been invited to display their artistic works such as Khurja pottery, terracotta, handmade wooden items, Gujarati tie and dye items, banana/natural fibre items, silver jewellery, kites from Gujarat, paper craft and wire craft, Rajasthani Shibori art and tie and dye. Dilli Haat, Janak Puri is a multi-purpose, socio-cultural complex with a ‘bazaar’ feel to it. It is an urban version of the traditional weekly market, with a delightful mix of craft, cuisine and culture.last_img read more

Dwijen Mukhopadhyay breathes his last at 91

first_imgKolkata: Vocalist and Rabindrasangeet exponent Dwijen Mukhopadhyay died at his Salt Lake residence on Monday. He was 91. His mortal remains will be kept at Rabindra Sadan for people to pay their last respects. He will be cremated with full state honours.Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee went to Rabindra Sadan and paid her respects. Banerjee, who had cordial relations with Mukhopadhyay, was shocked to hear the news of his death. She tweeted: “I am at a loss for words. Dwijen Da (Mukherjee) is no more. End of an era. Huge loss for the music industry of #Bangla. This is also a personal loss. We had felicitated him with ‘Banga Bibhushan’ award in 2011. Condolences to his family and fans.” Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal lifeMukhopadhyay had sung more than 1,500 songs, of which 800 were Rabindrasangeets. He had taken training in music from Sunil Lahiri and later from great Rabindrasangeet exponents like Pankaj Mullick, Anadi Ghoshdastidar, Santosh Sengupta, Shantideb Ghosh and Niharendu Sen. Mukhopadhyay got the Padbibhusan award in 2010 and also got an award from Sangeet Natak Akademi. He got Bangabhusan in 2011 and Sangeet Mahasamman in 2012 by the state government.last_img read more

TPI unveils new logo at annual conference

first_imgTPI unveils new logo at annual conference Share Monday, November 28, 2016 << Previous PostNext Post >> TORONTO — Travel Professionals International (TPI) has announced that after 22 years, it has updated its brand and launched a new logo, which was unveiled at the 2016 TPI Annual Conference, ‘Sea Change’.“Our new brand is a reflection of our legacy of 22 years in the travel industry. TPI’s brand is synonymous with excellence, integrity, and strong relationships. Our network of over 800 travel advisors are truly professionals who have earned the title ‘advisor’ by always exceeding expectations for their clients. Today, our brand retains these same key elements with a new modern style.”The refreshed look builds on TPI’s previous logo while evoking feelings of the ‘Golden Age’ of travel. This new logo reawakens the feelings of the past in a fresh way, as countless studies reveal that more and more travellers are realizing the value of a travel advisor.“Today, advisors heard about how we’re continuing on our innovative journey – expanding on enhanced programs and margin growth for existing advisors – and focusing our recruitment efforts to bring on highly-qualified travel advisors to our team to better increase our buying power for the benefit of all advisors. Continuing on that journey today, we were excited to present a refreshed branding for TPI”, Chia continued.More news:  Canada raises travel warning amid escalating protests in Hong KongThe 2016 TPI Annual Conference welcomed nearly 200 TPI travel advisors, guests, staff and travel partners. It was presented by TPI and its preferred partners, including Celebrity Cruises, Air Canada, Air Canada Vacations, Allianz Global Assistance and Transat Holidays, among others.center_img Posted by Tags: TPI Travelweek Group last_img read more