Press release: UK Public Health Rapid Support Team deploys to Nigeria

first_img Email [email protected] The Lassa fever situation in Nigeria has been worsening and now requires an escalated level of response in order to help the Nigerian government slow transmission and save lives. We are proud to be assisting the government of Nigeria by offering specialist support that will benefit the country both in the immediate and long term. Out of hours 020 8200 4400 Public Health Minister Steve Brine MP, said: Viruses like Lassa fever do not respect borders – and it is only right that we share our expertise with countries facing serious outbreaks around the world. Our invaluable Rapid Support Team will provide help on the ground in Nigeria to manage the spread of the virus, and grow the country’s ability to protect itself from other dangerous diseases. The UK-PHRST consortium of research institutions includes the University of Oxford and King’s College London as academic partners.Public Health EnglandPublic Health England exists to protect and improve the nation’s health and wellbeing, and reduce health inequalities. We do this through world-leading science, knowledge and intelligence, advocacy, partnerships and providing specialist public health services. We are an executive agency of the Department of Health and Social Care, and a distinct organisation with operational autonomy. We provide government, local government, the NHS, Parliament, industry and the public with evidence-based professional, scientific expertise and support. Follow us on Twitter: @PHE_uk and Facebook: www.facebook.com/PublicHealthEngland.London School of Hygiene & Tropical MedicineThe London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine is a world-leading centre for research and postgraduate education in public and global health, with more than 4,000 students and 1,000 staff working in over 100 countries. The school is one of the highest-rated research institutions in the UK, is among the world’s leading schools in public and global health, and was named University of the Year in the Times Higher Education Awards 2016. Our mission is to improve health and health equity in the UK and worldwide; working in partnership to achieve excellence in public and global health research, education and translation of knowledge into policy and practice. The UK Public Health Rapid Support Team (UK-PHRST), a joint run effort of Public Health England and the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine, is deploying to Nigeria to help control an outbreak of Lassa fever.Nigeria is currently experiencing an unusually severe epidemic of Lassa fever – a viral haemorrhagic illness that is normally present in the country but on a lower scale. The outbreak is most prevalent in the southern Nigerian states of Edo, Ondo and Ebonyi.Given the size of the current outbreak and the risk of further spread locally, the government of Nigeria has requested support from the UK-PHRST team.The UK-PHRST team deployment includes an expert in patient management, 2 epidemiologists (experts in tracking outbreaks) and a logistician.The UK-PHRST will provide technical and analytical support for the public health response to control this outbreak, and will also assist with important research on Lassa fever that can provide insight for controlling the disease in the future.The team will be working alongside the Nigerian Centre for Disease Control, the World Health Organisation (WHO), and other experts in outbreak control to support the Nigerian government’s response.Professor Daniel Bausch, Director of the UK-PHRST said:center_img Public Health England press office epidemiologists (experts in tracking and understanding disease transmission) microbiologists (diagnosing the cause of an outbreak) clinical researchers (developing the best patient management practices) social scientists (community engagement during outbreaks) data scientists (managing data and modelling outbreak trajectories) infection prevention and control experts (advising on preventing transmission) logisticians Wellington House 133-155 Waterloo RoadLondonSE1 8UG Telephone 020 7654 8400 Humans usually become infected with Lassa virus from exposure to urine or faeces of infected rodents that are unique to Africa. The virus may also be spread between humans through direct contact with the blood, urine, faeces, or other bodily secretions of an infected person, though this tends to be less common. Typical symptoms include fever, sore throat, headache, abdominal pain and diarrhoea, with bleeding and shock in severe cases. The public health risk to the UK is low.The UK-PHRST is funded by the UK government. It continually monitors infectious diseases and other hazards globally, identifying situations where the deployment of specialist expertise could prevent these threats from turning into a global outbreak. It also conducts outbreak-related research and focuses on building in-country capacity to prevent outbreaks with overseas partners.BackgroundFor latest case numbers of Lassa fever in Nigeria, please refer to the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control’s weekly reports.UK-PHRSTUK-PHRST consists of public health experts, scientists, academics and clinicians ready to respond to urgent requests from countries around the world within 48 hours to support them in preventing local disease outbreaks from becoming global epidemics.Informed by surveillance data, the UK-PHRST deploys on behalf of UK government in response to requests from low- and middle-income countries, as well as with the WHO and the Global Outbreak Alert and Response Network (GOARN).The UK-PHRST has previously deployed members to Ethiopia (outbreak of acute watery diarrhoea), Nigeria (meningitis outbreak), Sierra Leone (water-borne disease/cholera risk), Madagascar (plague outbreak) and Bangladesh (diphtheria outbreak).The core team consists of:last_img read more

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Mortgage Rates Higher for the Holidays

first_img Share in Daily Dose, Data, Headlines, News One week after experiencing their largest increase in three-and-a-half years, mortgage rates moved even higher, and surpassed 4 percent for the first time in more than a year, according to Freddie Mac’s Primary Mortgage Market Survey (PMMS) for the week ending November 23, 2016.The average 30-year FRM climbed by 39 basis points for the week ending November 16, the largest weekly increase since June 2013 (the spike was dubbed the “Trump Tantrum” by some in the industry, a play on the “Taper Tantrum” from 2013). The increase of 9 basis points this week pushed the average 30-year FRM up to 4.03 percent—8 basis points higher than the same week a year ago, according to Freddie Mac. The average 15-year FRM climbed by 11 basis points up to 3.25 percent, an increase of 7 basis points from the same week last year.”In a short week leading up to the Thanksgiving holiday, the 10-year Treasury yield rose 8 basis points,” Freddie Mac Chief Economist Sean Becketti said. “The 30-year mortgage rate followed suit, rising 9 basis points to 4.03 percent. This increase marks the first week since 2015 that mortgage rates have risen above 4 percent.”While some are speculating that President-elect Donald Trump will not have a direct effect on the mortgage industry once he takes office in January, his election seems to already be affecting mortgage rates.“The recent rise in mortgage rates is largely attributed to Wall Street optimism regarding Trump’s proposals for increased infrastructure spending and tax cuts,” Redfin Chief Economist Nela Richardson said. “In short, Wall Street is now anticipating higher economic growth and inflation in 2017.”The increase in mortgage rates above the 4 percent level apparently did not keep the homebuyers away—the MBA reported an increase of 5.5 percent in purchase application volume this week after reporting a decline of 9 percent last week—the week that rates spiked by 39 basis points. It was the largest weekly decline for mortgage applications in three years. This week, the higher mortgage rates did not discourage homebuyers.“We expect rates will be higher in 2017 than the rock bottom rates of 2016,” Richardson said. “However, we don’t expect that the rise in rates will be high enough to significantly affect consumers’ plans to buy or sell. There are a host of reasons why a family chooses to purchase a home. Rates are just one of them. In that sense, it’s the economic basics of everyday life—job relocation, family changes, lifestyle preferences, desire for more highly ranked schools and shorter commutes—that continue to be the key drivers of a family’s decision to buy or sell, regardless of who resides in the White House.” November 24, 2016 904 Views last_img read more

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