Friday, August 22 2014 8:13 AM EDT2014-08-22 12:13:32 GMT
Photo of armed robbery suspect (Source: University of South Carolina Division of Law Enforcement and Safety
A USC student was robbed at gunpoint early Thursday morning, according to the University of South Carolina Police Department. The student was walking through the USC Horseshow around 12:40 a.m. when heMore >>
A USC student was robbed at gunpoint early Thursday morning, according to the University of South Carolina Police Department.More >>
Friday, August 22 2014 12:42 PM EDT2014-08-22 16:42:01 GMT
Elgin police need help locating two men who they say broke into a car wash in the area and stole money from the control boxes. Investigators say the suspects broke into the Elgin Car Wash on Rose StreetMore >>
Elgin police need help locating two men who they say broke into a car wash in the area and stole money from the control boxes.More >>
The Global Virus Network has formed a special task force in response to the spread for chikungunya in the Americas.
Causing victims to suffer severe fever and pain, chikungunya virus has reached the Caribbean and South America – and is predicted to soon cause outbreaks in the United States. For many years the virus has remained primarily in Africa, the Indian subcontinent and Southeast Asia. In response to the arrival of the virus in the Western Hemisphere, the Global Virus Network (GVN) announced today the formation of the GVN Chikungunya Task Force, comprised of top virologists from around the world.
The announcement of the new task force coincides with World Health Day. Vector-borne diseases are the theme for World Health Day 2014 which is celebrated annually on April 7. Chikungunya is a vector-borne disease that is quickly spread by mosquitoes.
“Viruses are among the leading causes of death and disability in the world. Being able to quickly bring together the most knowledgeable researchers without regards to borders and political agendas to address viral threats such as chikungunya is paramount,” said Global Virus Network co-founder and scientific director Dr. Robert Gallo and director of the Institute of Human Virology at the University of Maryland School of Medicine.
The GVN Chikungunya Task Force is composed of 16 virologists representing nine countries, including the United States, the United Kingdom, France, Ireland, Sweden, Grenada, Estonia, South Africa, and Thailand. It is being led by Dr. Scott Weaver of the University of Texas Medical Branch (UTMB), Dr. John K. Fazakerley at the Pirbright Institute in the U.K., and Dr. Marc Lecuit at the Institut Pasteur in Paris. All of the participating members are affiliated with GVN Centers of Excellence. Much of the group’s effort will focus on issues related to more rapid identification of infections, improved treatment options and development of an effective vaccine.
“There is every expectation that chikungunya will continue its spread from the Caribbean into Central and South America, Mexico, and eventually the United States,” said Global Virus Network’s Chikungunya Task Force co-chair Dr. Scott Weaver. “As we gear up to address chikungunya in the Americas, we have much to learn from other countries where the virus has been endemic for many years. And, this new global collaboration will help all countries, particularly as we prepare for vaccine trials.”
Chikungunya was first described following an outbreak in southern Tanzania in 1952. Since then the virus has been identified in dozens of countries across Asia, Europe, Africa, and now the Americas. There is no specific antiviral drug treatment for chikungunya, which also presents as dengue another threatening mosquito-borne infection. Treatment of those infected with Chikungunya is directed primarily at relieving symptoms, which include a very high fever and joint pain. The joint pain is often very debilitating and, in some cases, persists for several months or years. Chikungunya does not cause death directly but in the presence of other comorbidities it may contribute to a fatal outcome.
A vaccine against chikungunya does not yet exist; however, it is a key focus of Dr. Weaver’s work at UTMB. In addition, as the range of the virus expands, new and rapid diagnostics will be needed to differentiate chikungunya infections from other viral illnesses, and to determine where best to deploy any future vaccines.
The Caribbean’s first cases of chikungunya occurred this past October. It is estimated that in those few months there have approximately 15,000 cases. With the area’s high level of tourism, the virus would have many opportunities to quickly spread to other locations. In addition, there is an indication that the type of mosquito connected to the Caribbean cases is common in the United States, Mexico and parts of South America.
“The GVN Chikungunya Task Force will help speed the process to creating vaccines and much-needed diagnostic tools,” said Global Virus Network’s president Dr. Sharon Hrynkow. “We look forward to working with public health agencies, including the Pan American Health Organization, to prevent the spread of chikungunya and mitigate human suffering.”
More information about the Global Virus Network’s Chikungunya Task Force is available by visiting gvn.org.
Thursday, August 21 2014 6:19 PM EDT2014-08-21 22:19:24 GMT
MYRTLE BEACH, SC (WMBF) – The Myrtle Beach Chapter for the NAACP is talking about the Memorial Day weekend violence, outside the Myrtle Beach City Hall Thursday at 10 a.m. Reporter Stephanie Robusto isMore >>
The Myrtle Beach Chapter for the NAACP is talking about the Memorial Day weekend violence, outside the Myrtle Beach City Hall Thursday at 10 a.m.More >>
- Four firefighters with the Campbellsville Fire Department were shocked -- one of them critically -- while helping the Campbellsville University marching band with an ALS ice bucket challenge, according to a spokesmanMore >>
Thursday, August 21 2014 2:48 PM EDT2014-08-21 18:48:33 GMT
In 2012 we introduced you to a little boy named Richard Culliver. At that time, he had just been diagnosed with a brain tumor and doctors didn't think he would make it much longer.This May, nearly a yearMore >>
In 2012 we introduced you to a little boy named Richard Culliver. At that time, he had just been diagnosed with a brain tumor and doctors didn't think he would make it much longer.More >>
Friday, August 22 2014 7:49 PM EDT2014-08-22 23:49:18 GMT
Columbia police are investigating a series of vehicle break-ins throughout the Greenview community. More than 20 break-ins have been reported, specifically during the evening and overnight hours, fromMore >>
Columbia police are investigating a series of vehicle break-ins throughout the Greenview community.More >>
Friday, August 22 2014 7:08 PM EDT2014-08-22 23:08:28 GMT
Gov. Nikki Haley and gubernatorial candidates Tom Irvin and state Senator Vincent Sheheen would all like to see independent ethics oversight and stricter penalties for violators. But they each think they'reMore >>
Gov. Nikki Haley and gubernatorial candidates Tom Ervin and state Senator Vincent Sheheen would all like to see independent ethics oversight and stricter penalties for violators. More >>
Friday, August 22 2014 4:42 PM EDT2014-08-22 20:42:10 GMT
In the latest salvo in the ongoing political battle of wills between West Columbia Mayor Joe Owens and Councilman Tem Miles, Owens claims a new campaign sign at Miles' house is racist. The sign, whichMore >>
In the latest salvo in the ongoing political battle of wills between West Columbia Mayor Joe Owens and Councilman Tem Miles, Owens claims a new campaign sign at Miles' house is racist.More >>
Friday, August 22 2014 4:38 PM EDT2014-08-22 20:38:02 GMT
Jacoby Latta, 3, was a huge superhero fan and is getting a loving tribute in a new Marvel comic. (Source: Sanford Green)
A Midlands boy who was a huge superhero fan and died suddenly is getting a loving tribute in a new Marvel comic. "Uncanny Avengers" issue #23 will be released next Wednesday and will be available at Columbia-areaMore >>
A Midlands boy who was a huge superhero fan and died suddenly is getting a loving tribute in a new Marvel comic. More >>