Archive | January 17, 2015

Potentially Deadly Virus for Babies Reaches Epidemic Level In Tennessee, USA

Epidemic Alert

To adults it can seem like a common cold, but to a baby, Pediatrician Dr. Matthew Good said RSV can be much worse.”
“The reason RSV has a bad name, it’s a simple cold virus but it has more of a predilection to jump down into the lungs and cause breathing difficulties, especially in young infants,” said Dr. Good.
Dr. Good with Highland Pediatrics says this is the time of year he sees a lot of patients with RSV, and many of them have to be hospitalized.
That became a scary reality for Corey and Cynthia Carter last month when their 6-month old Arianna caught the virus.
“It felt like she couldn’t breathe she started throwing up every time she ate and when we took her to the pediatrician they had to call the ambulance,” Carter said.
Arianna was premature, which Dr. Good says puts her at a higher risk to have complications.
RSV 12.10.13
Most babies get over it on their own, but it’s important to know when to seek medical help.
“If they start having feeding difficulties to the point you’re worried about them getting dehydrated. The other thing is respiratory difficulty, what we’re talking about is scary breathing, and that’s where the child is working to breath, their stomach is moving up and down their nose is flaring, and that’s when you should be concerned that perhaps something needs to be done about it,” said Dr. Good.
Doctors say the best way to prevent RSV is to wash your hands often and try to keep your baby away from people that might be sick.
Courtesy of WDEF News


Snow Alert

GFS 6Z, 12Z, 18Z model runs are going for heavy snow in the SE/London from approx 07:00 – 13:00 hrs. GFS has stuck to it’s guns with this snow run for a few days now. 
Subject to change
GFS 18Z 17.01.15 for Snow 18.01.15 07.00hrs
***BE ALERT***

Two patients suspected of the Deadly Ebola Virus have been rushed to isolation ward in the UK

Ebola Virus

Two volunteers have been transferred to the UK after potential contact with the Ebola virus in separate incidents.
Public Health England said the patients’ risk of having the virus was low and the measure was a precaution.
Authorities said the individuals – one of whom is Australian – had not been diagnosed with Ebola and did not currently have symptoms of the disease.
Experts emphasised the risk to the public was low and said the volunteers would be monitored for 21 days.
Australian authorities confirmed an Australian nurse was flown to the UK after a low risk clinical incident while working in Sierra Leone.
‘Precautionary step’
The Australian department of Foreign Affairs and Trade said in a statement: “The individual, who for privacy reasons has not been named, has not been diagnosed with Ebola, and the transfer to the UK for a 21-day observation period is a precautionary step.
“The Australian-funded Ebola treatment centre has strict infection prevention protocols in place, and the safety of staff and patients is paramount.”
Public Health England (PHE) said one volunteer arrived on an RAF flight after damage to personal protective equipment.
They have left hospital and will now be monitored in private accommodation for 21 days.
The second volunteer had potential exposure through contact with a healthcare worker who recently died and was subsequently diagnosed with Ebola.
The individual will undergo full checks in hospital.
Dr Jenny Harries, of PHE, said: “The risk to the public posed by these and indeed any of the returning workers is extremely low.
“We are confident that all appropriate public health actions have been taken, and will continue to be taken, to support these individuals and to protect the public’s health.
“It is important to remember, in choosing to volunteer, that these individuals have taken a courageous step not only to help those affected in West Africa, but also prevent the spread of Ebola any wider.”
Courtesy of BBC News

Unidentified virus hits chilli crop in Adilabad district, India

Farmer Kancherla Mallikarjun displaying a virus-affected chilli plant at his field near Keslapur in Adilabad district. —Photo: S. Harpal Singh
Photo by S.Harpal Singh
An unidentified virus has created havoc with the chilli crop in Adilabad district resulting in a two-thirds decrease in the yield. The virus is attacking the leaf affecting its growth which in turn causes shedding of the chilli in premature stage.
“It is affecting flowering in the plants. The flowers are dropping off before reaching maturity,”discloses farmer Kancherla Mallikarjun, who has sown the crop in seven acres near Keslapur in Indervelli mandal.
Mallikarjun has sown the Preeti variety of chillies and his yield has gone down from 30 to 35 quintals per acre to just 10 quintals. The current area under chilli cultivation is 2,990 hectares down by about 500 hectares as compared to last year.
Courtesy of The Hindu


Snow Alert

GFS 6Z model run is going for heavy snow in the SE/London from approx 07:00 – 13:00 hrs on Sunday 18th Jan 2015. GFS has stuck to it’s guns with this snow run for a few days now. 
GFS 6Z 17.01.15 for Snow 18.01.15 07.00hrsGFS 6Z 17.01.15 for Snow 18.01.15 13.00hrs
Models from Meteociel
 Subject to change
***BE ALERT***



***BE ALERT***

Magnetogram 17.01.15  00.09 hrs UTC


Two cyclones flare up in the southern Indian Ocean, one particularly intense

Satellite view of Tropical Storm Chedza approaching Madagascar (left) and Cyclone Bansi over the open southern Indian ocean (right) (NASA)
It’s summer in the southern Indian Ocean and, thus, cyclone season – the equivalent to hurricane season in the tropical Atlantic. Satellite imagery reveals a pair of cyclones in this part of the world, and one is a doozy.
The extremely intense storm, named Tropical Cyclone Bansi, is positioned about 500 miles east of Port Louis, Mauritius. It is packing winds of about 150 mph, equivalent to a category 4 hurricane. However, it is expected to weaken over the next day as it encounters some hostile wind shear over the open ocean.
Cyclone Bansi (NASA)
Notes NASA: “Heavy ocean swells are expected for Mauritius through Jan. 19 as the tropical cyclone passes to the north and east of the island.”
The second and weaker storm, Tropical Storm Chedza, and is currently passing over Madagascar. When it made landfall its peak winds were around 60 mph.
Tropical Storm Chedza(NASA)
It will weaken over land but then may re-gain some of its strength when it emerges back over water. Then, it is forecast to fluctuate in intensity into early next week.
Projected path of Tropical Storm Chedza (Joint Typhoon Warning Center)
In the southern Indian ocean, when winds in a given tropical storm reach 74 mph, it is named a cyclone – but the storm’s characteristics are no different from a hurricane, classified according to the same criteria in the tropical Atlantic and eastern Pacific oceans.
Satellite view of tropical storm Chedza (left) and cyclone Bansi (right) (EUMETSAT, hat tip Bill Read)
Courtesy of The Washington Post