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West Nile Viruspositive Bird Confirmed in Kentville

first_img The public is urged to continue reporting dead crows, blue jaysand ravens to local offices of the Department of NaturalResources. Staff can then determine whether the bird is suitablefor testing. To date, 817 birds have been tested for the virusthis season. Information on West Nile virus is available on the Department ofHealth Web site at www.gov.ns.ca/health or at Health Canada’s Website at www.hc-sc.gc.ca/english/westnile/index.html . Health officials confirmed today, Oct. 3, that an American crowfound in Kentville, Kings Co., has tested positive for West Nilevirus. This is the seventh bird in Kings County to test positivefor the virus this year. There have been two positive birds inAnnapolis County and one in Shelburne County. “We’re getting closer to the end of our West Nile virus seasonand so far we haven’t found any West Nile virus-positivemosquitoes in the area,” said Dr. Maureen Baikie, associatemedical officer of health for the province. “The cooler overnight temperatures that we’re seeing will further reduce the number ofmosquitoes in the province.” Dr. Baikie said the province will continue to monitor for thevirus in people, birds, mosquito pools and horses. The virus is spread to humans by mosquito bites. While coldertemperatures should reduce mosquito numbers and therefore lowerthe risk of West Nile virus, it is still important for NovaScotians to protect themselves against bites from mosquitoes,especially in areas where dead birds have been confirmed to havethe virus. It is possible to reduce the risk of mosquito bites byeliminating mosquito breeding sites, wearing loose fittingclothing that covers as much skin as possible and by using insectrepellent containing DEET according to the instructions on thebottle. Dr. Baikie said the human health risk associated with West Nilevirus is very low. “Most people infected with the virus will haveno symptoms. Others may have mild symptoms, and only a very smallnumber of people will develop more severe symptoms,” she said. Anyone who demonstrates the more severe symptoms of the disease – which include a severe headache, high fever, stiff neck and muscle soreness — should seek medical attention.last_img read more

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Czech Government requests UN help to battle deadly flooding

In its latest report on the floods, which have killed nine people so far, OCHA said that the Ministry of the Interior has requested portable dryers, floating pumps and electric submersible pumps.As of yesterday evening, the level of the Vlatva River was still rising in Prague, and on Monday, authorities in the capital ordered the evacuation of an estimated 50,000 people as the rising water approached the city after days of rainfall swelled rivers in the south, OCHA said.The Czech Prime Minister declared a state of emergency in Prague, Bohemia, Plzen and Karlovy Vary in the Zapadocesky region in the western of the country. read more

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Tayler Hill instrumental in Ohio State womens basketballs 1st Big Ten victory

As the shot clock was winding down, Indiana defenders scrambled toward Ohio State (11-8, 1-5 Big Ten) women’s basketball’s senior guard Tayler Hill. With sweat coming down her forehead, and fatigue seemingly overcoming her, Hill nailed the 3-pointer, despite missing her first five attempts. The shot extended OSU’s already commanding lead to 25 en route to the Buckeyes’ 68-45 victory against Indiana at the Schottenstein Center Jan. 17. Hill, who was named to the Wooden Award Women’s Midseason Top 20 list Tuesday, finished with 15 points on the night, but shot just 4-for-11 from the floor, including two missed fast break layups. Despite the struggles, Hill said she was pleased with the game’s outcome. “It’s a good win for us,” Hill said. “We needed this win and we just need to stay on this path.” With the Buckeyes coming back from a tough loss to then-No. 12 Purdue in triple overtime – a game Hill sat out due to illness – her teammates were happy to have their leader back even if she wasn’t 100 percent healthy. “This is going to sound corny, but I just love playing with Tayler,” said junior center Darryce Moore. “Yeah, I’m happy that she’s back.” Sometimes, a little encouragement from her teammates is all Moore needs. “I didn’t really have that much confidence in myself, but then one of my teammates like Tayler tells me that ‘I believe in you,’ that boosts my confidence and drives me the way I play,” Moore said. Coach Jim Foster said Hill was not herself due to illness but was impressed and proud of how his star player stepped up defensively and did the dirty work. “Based on her 3-point field goal, she didn’t have any legs,” Foster said. “Given the defense she played on the (Aulani) Sinclair kid, you have to give her a lot of credit. Literally, that kid hasn’t … I don’t know if she has eaten in five or six days.” Sinclair, who averages more than 18 points a game, scored just four point on 2-for-15 shooting. Foster said Hill let her attributes other than scoring show. “As a result, the other team’s leading scorer (Sinclair) struggled, and our players got easier shots,” Foster said. The Buckeyes have struggled on the court, going from No. 8 in the nation on Jan. 2 to being unranked, as injuries and illnesses to key players have deterred them from their path. Losing last year’s Big Ten Defensive Player of the Year in redshirt senior guard Amber Stokes for four weeks due to a sprained left knee has been detrimental, but Foster said his squad still has the tools to be successful. “(Stokes) was a catalyst for a lot of what we do defensively,” Foster said. “Tonight for example, we were able to put Tayler on Sinclair, and I thought she did a great job. But when Amber is healthy, we are able to put her on the ball and all of a sudden, there is a lot of pressure on the ball.” Though the Buckeyes haven’t gotten off to the start they would have liked, Foster reiterated that his team cannot focus on the past. “(We) can’t lose sight of the fact that it’s about today,” Foster said. “There is no such thing as a night where you win four games.” The Buckeyes next play Penn State Sunday. Tipoff is scheduled for 1 p.m. at the Schottenstein Center. read more

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