About 20% of people infected with West Nile get sick, and about 1 in 150 suffers the severe form, West Nile meningitis or encephalitis. Roughly 17,000 Americans have had the disease since it made its North American debut in 1999. Last year the United States had 2,539 cases with 100 deaths, according to the CDC. Nine of the 25 cases were the severe, neuroinvasive form of West Nile, the CDC said. Another 15 cases were listed as West Nile fever, and one case was unspecified. CDC. West Nile virus activityUnited States, 2005. MMWR 2005 Jul 15;54(27):678-9 [Full text] See also: Jul 14, 2005 (CIDRAP News) The annual invasion of West Nile virus has sickened 25 people in 11 states and caused one death so far this summer, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) said today. West Nile virus is spread to humans by mosquitoes that have fed on infected birds, which are believed to be the main reservoir for the virus. The CDC says that infected crows and other birds have been found in 16 states so far this season. Other states that have reported cases to the CDC are California, Georgia, Indiana, Kansas, New Mexico, Ohio, and Texas. This year’s first case was reported in Kansas in May. Colorado leads the list with 7 cases, followed by South Dakota with 5 and Arizona with 3, according to an article in Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report. The single death occurred in Missouri. CDC’s West Nile virus sitehttp://www.cdc.gov/ncidod/dvbid/westnile/index.htm
KNOT Offshore Partners’ subsidiary KNOT Shuttle Tankers has acquired KNOT Shuttle Tankers 32, a company that owns and operates the shuttle tanker Brasil Knutsen.As informed, the 153,684 dwt ship was bought from Knutsen NYK Offshore Tankers for an aggregate price of USD 96 million, less USD 59 million of outstanding indebtedness under the secured credit facility related to the vessel, less approximately USD 35.2 million for a loan owed by KNOT 32 to Knutsen NYK, plus certain capitalized fees related to the financing of the Brasil Knutsen.Upon closing of the acquisition, KNOT 32 repaid the company liquidity loan in full, the company said.The purchase price was settled by way of a cash payment of approximately USD 3.1 million and will be subject to certain post-closing adjustments for working capital and interest and currency fluctuation on the company liquidity loan. The Brasil Facility is repayable in quarterly installments with a final balloon payment of USD 41 million due at maturity in July 2022 and bears interest at an annual rate equal to LIBOR plus a margin of 2.3%, according to KNOT Offshore Partners.Built at Samsung Heavy Industries shipyard in Korea in 2013, the DP2 Suezmax class shuttle tanker is operating in Brazil under a time charter with Galp Sinopec Brazil Services B.V., which will expire in the third quarter of 2022. The charterer has options to extend the charter for two three-year periods.Brasil Knutsen, previously named Brasil Voyager, was purchased by Knutsen NYK Offshore Tankers for USD 90 million in May this year, VesselsValue’s data shows.KNOT Offshore Partners owns, operates and acquires shuttle tankers under long-term charters in the deep-water offshore oil production regions of the North Sea and Brazil.
Asked Thursday to assess his fitness level out of 10, Nadal said: “I don’t know. I am not that good with numbers.“I started about two weeks ago and I am taking small steps forward. I am making sure I am moving forward and it’s not a step backwards. I know I have time to be ready for Melbourne at 100 per cent.”Nadal, who won his 17th Grand Slam at the French Open in June, said he was happy with his progress but “still wants to prove himself in competitions”.The Australian Open starts on January 14.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram Rafael Nadal is confident he can be fit for the Australian Open as he chases an 18th Grand Slam title.A right knee injury forced Nadal to retire from his US Open semi-final in early September – his last competitive match.The 32-year-old Spaniard then had ankle surgery at the start of November to tackle the issue.
Accra Hearts of Oak board member Frank Nelson has lauded coach Kenichi Yatsuhashi for his commitment to the club. The Japanese America on Wednesday posted on his twitter page that he is committed to seeing out his two year contract with the club despite talks that he was going to quit at the end of the season. According to Frank Nelson who doubles as a member of the strategy committee of the club, Kenichi has done the right thing,“That is the best thing for the coach to do because from the beginning he signed a two-year contract with us and from the contract I don’t think there have been any issue in terms of a breach from Hearts,” he told Joy Sports“We made sure we have stayed in line with all issues that have been raised and we have maintained stability that will make the contract a workable one.“I’m very happy he has come out to say he is ready to see of his contract and we will make sure we give him all he needs to ensure we do well because our club is what matters.” –Follow Joy Sports on Twitter: @JoySportsGH. Our hashtag is #JoySports