first_imgMar 24, 2008 (CIDRAP News) – State and federal public health officials are managing two large Salmonella outbreaks, one linked to contaminated groundwater that has sickened as many as 216 people in Alamosa, Colo., and another that is apparently connected to imported Honduran cantaloupe and involves 59 illnesses in 16 states and Canada.Salmonella in Colorado waterAfter state health officials confirmed dozens of Salmonella infections in Alamosa area residents, authorities tested the municipal water supply and found it was contaminated with bacteria, according to a Mar 21 emergency declaration from Colorado Gov. Bill Ritter.Today the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) confirmed that the pathogen was Salmonella, according to a statement from David Svaldi, president of Adams State College in Alamosa. The town of about 8,700 people is in south-central Colorado in the San Luis Valley, an area known for growing cool-weather crops.Media reports and official statements have not specified which Salmonella strain caused the illnesses.Area residents have been under a bottled-water advisory since Mar 19, according to a statement from the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE). According to an update on the Alamosa County Web site, authorities will begin a three-step process to clean up the municipal water system tomorrow. Residents have been advised that the bottled-water advisory may be in effect for up to 2 weeks.The CDPHE confirmed the first Salmonella infection on Mar 14, according to Ritter’s emergency declaration. As of yesterday, 216 cases of salmonellosis had been reported in Alamosa, of which 68 were confirmed by laboratory tests, according to the statement from Svaldi. Twelve Adams State students have reported symptoms, but laboratory tests have not yet confirmed the infections. Nine people have been hospitalized; no deaths have been reported.Authorities have not said how they think the water became contaminated with Salmonella. Ken Carlson, an environmental engineering professor from Colorado State University, said Alamosa’s water comes from five deep wells and is untreated, the Denver Post reported on Mar 21. More than half of the US drinking water supply consists of untreated groundwater, he told the Post, adding that groundwater typically never comes in contact with possibly contaminated surface water before reaching consumers.”Generally that’s been a good assumption. There have been very few outbreaks in these systems,” Carlson told the Post.Local residents are speculating that water could have been contaminated by sabotage or by an accident at a new water treatment plant that is under construction, according to the Post report.Michael Beach, a waterborne diseases specialist with the CDC, said that in the past 20 years there have been only five reported instances of Salmonella contamination in municipal water, according to the Post. He said one case involved contaminated groundwater, two were linked to water-distribution system breaches, and two involved disinfection problems. Since 1971, none of the 15 recorded cases of Salmonella contamination in city water supplies were caused by sabotage, Carlson told the Post.FDA, CDC investigate cantaloupeMeanwhile, the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on Mar 22 warned consumers not to eat cantaloupe from Honduran grower Agropecuaria Montelibano and ordered FDA field offices to detain all of the company’s cantaloupe shipments. The FDA said in a press release that between Jan 18 and Mar 5 it had received reports of 50 Salmonella cases in 16 states, along with 9 illnesses in Canada, linked through case-control studies to the consumption of Honduran cantaloupe.According to a Mar 22 statement from the CDC, the patients were found to have the same genetic fingerprint of Salmonella Litchfield. Patients’ ages range from under 1 year to 93 years. At least 14 patients have been hospitalized, but no deaths have been reported.The FDA’s traceback investigation indicated that cantaloupes consumed by patients with the outbreak strain were grown in Honduras, according to the CDC statement. Government statements did not make clear how the outbreak was linked to Agropecuaria Montelibano specifically. The FDA has advised US grocers, food service operators, and produce processors to remove the company’s products from their stocks; however, the CDC said the products may still be in grocery stores or consumers’ homes.Consumers who have cantaloupes in their homes can check with the markets where they purchased the product to see if the fruit came from the implicated Honduran grower, the FDA said. The CDC said consumers who have the potentially contaminated cantaloupe in their homes should throw the product away.See also:Mar 24 statement from Adams State College President David Svaldihttp://www.adams.edu/news/mar0822/mar0822.phpMar 22 FDA news release on cantaloupe contaminationhttp://www.fda.gov/bbs/topics/NEWS/2008/NEW01808.html CDC statement on Salmonella outbreak linked to cantaloupehttp://www.cdc.gov/Salmonella/litchfield/last_img read more


first_imgMore on that look u attached: LONELY PLANET / BEST IN EUROPE 2019 High Tatras, SlovakiaMadrid, Hotel SpainArctic North Coast, IcelandHerzegovina, Bosnia and HerzegovinaBari, Hotel ItalyShetland Islands, ScotlandLyon, SpainLiechtensteinVevey, SwitzerlandIstria, Croatia Lonely Planet, one of the most popular tourist portals and publishers of tourist guides in the world, has chosen Istria as one of the 10 best destinations in Europe in 2019. And such as the globally recognizable media with millions of viewers: National Geographic Traveler, CNN, USA Today, Huffington Post, Fodor’s travel intelligence, Reader’s Digest, Wine Enthusiast and many others. In concrete figures, the media value annually exceeds the amount of HRK 70 million. What is especially important in the business of PR activities is continuity in maintaining quality, but also product innovation and service creativity. The competition among tourist destinations is extremely large and strong, so it is a great success for Istria when some media houses that are world opinion leaders, achieve the award among the TOP 10 for the second or even third time. You either play the game or you don’t, and Istra is obviously playing very well. That is why our most successful is our tourist region. In recent years, the Istrian Tourist Board has invested significant effort and effort in PR activities, which has proven to be an extremely good investment, namely Istria has gained an immeasurable reputation in terms of selections / awards from the most influential media around the world. In a short time, they launched Istria on the radar of the most influential media as a destination that is measured by the best according to various criteria, and ranks us among the top 10 destinations in the world. The process of selecting the best destinations and trips involves a team of experts and members of the Lonely Planet community, who through a series of strict criteria select the best of the best in various categories. Istria has been selected as one of the 10 best destinations in Europe in 2019 for this summer, and the list also includes: In the context of PR activities, Istria has managed to network a whole set of innovative activities that further feed the strength of Istria’s media value because projects such as strategic partnerships in terms of co-marketing and co-branding, the Share Istria project and many others fully complement the PR reputation of Istria. , points out the director of the Istria County Tourist Board Denis Ivošević and adds: “The new recognition that Istria has received is just another confirmation in a series that Istria every year with its investments, knowledge and organization is able to create new products, attractions, and that it is able to raise the competitiveness of the whole region to a higher level. and honor”Ivosevic concluded. Marketing is not a cost but an investment, and they know this very well in the Tourist Board of the Istrian County For the seventh year in a row, this famous media house and a favorite read that many tourists trust on their travels compiles the reference list Best in Europe, which contains ten priority destinations in Europe that should be on the radar of world travelers right now. and Istria, which earned the prestigious Best in Europe 2019 award. Lonely Planet Editor-in-Chief Tom Hall pointed out that “Best in Europe 2019” shows European destinations worth including in your travel plan. “Istria offers a famous gourmet offer (including top quality white truffles and wild asparagus) with historical charm. While the famous coast is bustling in summer, the interior of the peninsula offers the opportunity to get to know the medieval towns on the hills and enjoy the rolling vineyards and picturesque olive groves. “last_img read more


first_imgCipanas district head Oleh Najmudin said the 80-centimeter-deep flood struck at least 96 houses in three villages in the district – Sipayung, Talagahiang and Bintangresmi – at midnight while Muslims were having sahur (predawn meal).Lebak Disaster Mitigation Agency (BPBD) immediately warned residents, especially those living along riverbanks and the foothill of Mount Halimun-Salak, about the risk of landslides due to high-intensity rainfall.“We hope this warning can reduce the risk of fatalities,” BPBD Lebak head Kaprawi said, urging residents to temporarily move to safer places. The agency is gathering volunteers and equipment for search and rescue teams.A child plays with his bicycle at the flooded Gubukan Cibereum village in Lebak, Banten on Thursday, May 14, 2020. Floodwater from the overflowed Cibereum River has inundated the village since Wednesday evening. (Antara/Muhammad Bagus Khoirunas) The Meteorology, Climatology and Geophysics Agency (BMKG) issued a warning of extreme weather in several parts of Indonesia last week. The agency said the rainy season, initially forecasted to end in April, would stretching to May in Jakarta and June in other parts of Java.The BMKG has also warned of extreme weather in other areas, including Aceh, Riau, Riau Islands, Bengkulu, South Sumatra, West Nusa Tenggara, South Sulawesi and several parts of Kalimantan.Read also: BMKG warns of extreme weather in parts of Java as rainy season stretches to May or JuneOvernight torrential rain also caused flooding and a landslide in Bogor regency, West Java, where dozens of houses in Sukamulih village were submerged. Meanwhile, dozens of others in Wangunjaya village were buried in a landslide.Bogor Regent Ade Yasin said the floods had been caused by the overflowing Ciputih River.“I have instructed the local BPBD and district officials to disburse disaster aid and map areas affected by the disasters.”BPBD Bogor reported that at least one Wangunjaya resident had gone missing, presumably buried in the landslide. Four residents were also injured during the disaster.The landslide in Wangunjaya displaced 69 families and damaged 14 houses, two public lavatories and a mosque.Read also: High intensity rain triggers flooding in parts of Aceh, Central KalimantanHeavy rain on Wednesday afternoon also caused a flash flood and landslide in several villages in Central Aceh regency, Aceh. The landslide was triggered by unstable soil conditions at a nearby hill.At least 11 houses were damaged, while water and mud from the flood carried away debris and objects as large as private cars.Joint search and rescue team operates heavy machinery to clean flood materials at Paya Tumpi Baru village in Central Aceh regency, Aceh on Wednesday, May 13, 2020. Overnight torrential rain has triggered a flash flood that damages dozens of houses in the village. (Antara/Kurnia Muhadi)“We are waiting for the rapid assessment report from BPBD Central Aceh on the victims and material losses,” said BPBD Aceh head Sunawardi.Idrus Putra, the head of the affected Paya Tumpi Baru village, said 20 families were taking shelter in the village administration office. He went on to say that the village needed generators and clean water.Since late April, flash floods have hit Tuva village in Central Sulawesi, Bireun in Aceh and Cilegon city in Banten. (syk)Topics : Heavy rainfall throughout the week has caused floods and landslides in several provinces, as the rainy season is expected to be last longer than initially forecasted.A downpour lasting from Tuesday afternoon to Wednesday morning led to floods in Lebak regency, Banten, submerging dozens of houses in Cipanas district and destroying a bridge in Lebak Gedong district.“Luckily, no casualties were reported,” Cipanas resident Memed said on Wednesday as quoted by Antara news agency.last_img read more