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Global Medical Response of Trinidad & Tobago Limited is seeking compas-
sionate, driven individuals for the position of Emergency Medical Technician.
Qualified persons are invited to apply for our Paid Training Program.If
selected, you have the chance to participate in an 8-week EMT Training
Program, which will be paid for you.
• Minimum 3 "O" Level subjects or equivalent qualifications
• Must be 21 years or older
• Must have a Class 3 manual driver's permit for over 1 year & eligibility for a
Class 4 permit required; Class 4 / Heavy-T Driver's permit Preferred
• Experience / proficiency in driving, especially with a manual transmission
Job requirements include but are not limited to:
• Demonstrating care and compassion for the sick and injured
• Working nights, weekends & public holidays
• Must be physically fit and able to lift patients
• Ability to work responsibly without close supervision
Interested persons for any of the above should forward:
• A résumé and copies of academic certifications
• 2 Passport Sized Photos
• A valid Police Certificate of good character
• Medical Certificate of fitness
• Two (2) reference letters
No later than February 21st, 2014 to:
Emergency Medical Technician Vacancy
Director - Human Resources
P.O. Box 1649,
92A Wrightson Road,
A new-to-humans flu virus killed
a 73-year-old woman from the
Jiangxi province in China, on Decem-
At the time, the doctors knew it
was a H10N8 bird flu virus that killed
her. But, they ve just published new
findings about it---it has picked up
some new genes from the H9N2 flu
virus. And these genes could make it
more dangerous to humans.
"A second case of H10N8 was iden-
tified in Jiangxi Province on January
26," study author Mingbin Liu said in
the news release.
"This is of great concern because
it reveals that the H10N8 virus has
continued to circulate and may cause
more human infections in the future."
They published their results in the
journal The Lancet on February 5.
The death was the third in 2013
from a new strain of bird flu virus
that had never infected people. The
others were the new H7N9 virus and
and H6N1 virus.
A mysterious death
The woman in question had recently
visited a live poultry market, which
is probably where she got the virus.
She had been admitted to the hospital
on November 30 with severe pneu-
A second patient was reported in
January, but she is in stable condition
in the hospital, according to the WHO.
Luckily, none of the people either
patient had been in contact with were
sickened, suggesting the virus can t
spread easily between people yet.
When they sequenced the virus
from the first patient, they found that
it had several genes from a different
kind of flu virus, H9N2.
These genes are very similar to those
in the human-infecting versions of
H5N1 and H7N9, according to the
Center for Infectious Disease Research
and Policy, at the University of Min-
The virus also has a genetic muta-
tion that was previously linked with
increased virulence in mammals, the
These genetic changes make the
virus easier to track, because it s dif-
ferent from the virus that researchers
have previously found in live poultry
markets and wild birds.
An increase in new bird flu viruses
being detected in humans could be a
result of the Chinese government s
increased surveillance for avian flu
infections after the arrival of H7N9,
according to the Center for Infectious
Disease Research And Policy at the
University of Minnesota.
That means authorities are more
likely to test for and report infections
with these viruses.
We probably missed these infections
before, only realising a new virus had
jumped to humans when it reached
a larger scale.
Science journalist Alan Dove wrote
on Twitter back when the case first
broke: "People have probably been
dying of sporadic bird flu spillovers
for eons, but we only noticed the ones
that became pandemics."
Though it might result in some
scare-tactics from the media, watching
and monitoring these small outbreaks
isn t necessarily a bad thing. We can
now watch these infections before
they kill hundreds of people, and track
if they are getting worse.
A tale of three bird flus
In addition to H10N8, the bird flu
strain H6N1 also infected a human
for the first time in 2013.
That patient made a full recovery
after a stint in the hospital, and
doesn t seem to have infected others,
and no other people have shown up
infected with the virus.
A much bigger deal is the H7N9
bird flu that has been making a come-
back. It was also first found in humans
in April 2013. More than 250 patients
ended up in hospitals and more than
70 died. While there was a lull in
infections with the virus, it is again
on the rise.
The original bird flu virus, H5N1,
is also still circulating in China and
other areas of Asia, where it s sickened
many people in Cambodia and
Indonesia, according to the WHO.
Other viruses currently circulating in
Asia include the swine flu H1N1, the
"normal" human flu H2N3, and select
strains of Influenza B, a related virus.
Brand new hybrid
bird flu in China
A much bigger deal is the
H7N9 bird flu that has been
making a comeback. It was
also first found in humans in
April 2013. More than 250
patients ended up in
hospitals and more than 70
died. While there was a lull
in infections with the virus,
it is again on the rise.
An increase in new bird flu viruses is being detected in humans.
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