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Tropical Storm Fay strengthened to a Category
1 hurricane in the Atlantic but was expected to
weaken, the National Hurricane Center said.
Fay had top sustained winds of 75 mph, and
was about 290 miles northeast of Bermuda moving
toward the east-northeast, the Miami-based hur-
ricane center said yesterday.
The storm earlier swept past Bermuda, lashing
the island with heavy rain and gusting winds,
knocking out power for more than 27,000 cus-
tomers of the Bermuda Electric Light Company.
The utility is the sole supplier of electricity for
the territory of roughly 65,000 inhabitants.
Fay downed trees and utility poles and several
roads were blocked across the tiny archipelago,
which has one of the highest per capita incomes
in the world and enforces strict building codes to
ensure that homes can withstand intense weather.
Bermuda authorities urged residents not to venture
out on the roads.
"The safest thing is for people to remain at
home and allow the important work that follows
this kind of storm to be done safely," Acting
Premier Trevor Moniz said.
Fay weakened and moved east-northeast of
But new warnings and watches were issued for
the Caribbean as Tropical Storm Gonzalo formed
east of the Leeward Islands and threatened the
Up to yesterday afternoon, Gonzalo s centre
was located about 200 miles east of Guadeloupe
and about 230 miles east-southeast of Antigua,
moving toward the west near 10 mph. Gonzalo
was expected to move through the Leeward Islands
early this morning. Maximum sustained winds
were near 40 mph, but were expected to strengthen
over 48 hours.
Tropical storm warnings and watches are in
effect for most of the region, as a result.
Tropical Storm Gonzalo is expected to produce
total rainfall accumulations of 4 to 8 inches across
the Leeward Islands, British and US Virgin Islands
and eastern Puerto Rico.---Caribbean News Now
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for 11TH OCTOBER, 2014
Health Minister Fuad Khan is concerned
that the Ebola virus may have found a new
way to spread.
Khan was reacting to news that broke
yesterday of a US healthcare worker tested
positive for the virus, becoming that coun-
try s first case of the disease being contracted
or transmitted locally.
The female victim was part of the Texas
Health Presbyterian Hospital medical team
that cared for Thomas Eric Duncan, a patient
who later died from Ebola. This, although
she wore full protective gear.
Speaking yesterday, Health Minister Dr
Fuad Khan said the development "was more
cause for concern" for local authorities. He
said the situation raised some critical, as
the healthcare worker had worn a mask,
gloves, gown and shield when attending to
"She had the proper suit, yet still she
became infected. We now have to look at
another component of infectivity. Is there
another way to become infected?" he said.
"We don t have Ebola here," Khan said,
adding that there was a serious need to
reinforce monitoring of people coming into
"We must seriously look at guarding our
borders," he said, adding that a team was
already working on early detection of trav-
ellers arriving at ports of entry with symp-
"It may very well come down to having
to quarantine people coming from West
Africa and those interacting with them," he
He said revised travel health forms should
be ready to be introduced as early as next
The forms are designed to secure a pas-
senger s detailed history as to their travel
within the last six weeks, the reasons for
their visit, places visited, and their inter-
actions with those abroad.
Urging citizens to take their own precau-
tions, Khan said, "This could mean that
people may even stop shaking hands---no
acknowledgment, kissing or even touch-
Closer screening needed for
Ebola and Mers, says Fuad
Asked about the additional threat
posed by the Middle East Respiratory
Syndrome (Mers), as T&T muslims
travel to that region to make hajj, Khan
said the same monitoring systems will
Mersviral is a respiratory illness first
reported in Saudi Arabia in 2012.
Its symptoms include fever, cough,
and shortness of breath.
It is spread through close contact. So
far, all cases have been linked to
countries in and near the Arabian
More than 4,000 people have died in
the ongoing Ebola epidemic centered in
According to World Health
Organisation (WHO) figures published
last week, almost all of those deaths
have been in the three worst-affected
countries of Liberia, Sierra Leone and
Ebola symptoms include severe
fever, weakness, severe muscle pains,
severe headaches, sore throat, profuse
vomiting and diarrhoea, and a skin rash.
The virus may incubate the body for
21 days before the symptoms appear,
and a blood test only becomes positive
after three days of symptoms
Ebola spreads through close contact
with a symptomatic person's bodily
fluids such as blood, sweat, vomit,
feces, urine, saliva and semen.
The WHO says blood, feces and
vomit are the most infectious fluids.
OVER 4,000 DEAD
Duncan arrived in the US from
Liberia to visit family on Sept 20, and
first sought medical care for fever and
abdominal pain on Sept 25.
He reportedly told a nurse he had
traveled from Africa, but was sent
home. He returned on Sept 28 and was
placed in isolation because of
suspected Ebola. He died on October 1.
LIGHTING UP CUNUPIA
Hurricane Fay, the sixth named system of the
2014 Atlantic hurricane season. PHOTO COURTESY:
Minister Dr Tim
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