Rare superbug outbreak in Wisconsin is blamed for 18 deaths

first_imgHealthRare superbug outbreak in Wisconsin is blamed for 18 deaths Megan Thielking Nathan Reading/Flickr By Megan Thielking March 3, 2016 Reprints A rare bacterial outbreak in Wisconsin, which is suspected in the deaths of 18 people, is now attracting the attention of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.The bacteria, Elizabethkingia anophelis, is resistant to some common antibiotics, and can cause fever, difficulty breathing, chills, and skin infection. The Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel reports that the bacterium has been identified in 44 cases of infection. Of those, 18 people have died since Dec. 29, though it has not been determined whether the infection directly led to their deaths.Most of the cases have cropped up in people over the age of 65, who can be particularly vulnerable to bacterial infections. It’s not yet clear how those people became infected with the bacteria.advertisement The bacterium has caused small hospital outbreaks in the past, leading experts to warn of its potential for hospital-acquired infections. It is named after American bacteriologist Elizabeth O. King, who discovered it in 1959. News Editor About the Author Reprints [email protected] Disease detectives from the CDC are on the ground to figure out what might be behind the bacteria’s spread, but so far answers are lacking.“CDC is assisting Wisconsin with testing samples from a variety of potential sources, including healthcare products, water sources and the environment, but to date, none of these have been found to be a source of the bacteria,” the agency said in a statement. “CDC currently has five disease detectives in Wisconsin assisting with the investigation, and anticipates sending additional staff in coming days. Several dozen epidemiologists and laboratory staff are also assisting from CDC headquarters in Atlanta.”advertisement @meggophonelast_img read more

RBC GAM launches BlueBay Global Convertible Bond Fund

Related news Keywords Fund launchesCompanies RBC Global Asset Management BMO to launch six new mutual funds Share this article and your comments with peers on social media Wealthsimple launches Sharia-compliant ETF “We have recently seen a lot of risk aversion in the market due to ongoing volatility. As a result, we are pleased to offer additional choice to investors seeking to combine the security of bonds with the upside potential of equities,” says Doug Coulter, president of RBC GAM. “Managed by Michael Reed, senior portfolio manager, and Alessandro Esposito, portfolio manager, the new fund draws on the depth of BlueBay’s fixed income expertise. The fund provides another way for Canadians to access the global convertible bond markets and diversify their portfolios,” he adds. The new fund invests primarily in global convertible bonds, which tend to have low correlations to other bonds in a rising rate environment and offers less volatility than equities. RBC GAM says the fund is appropriate for investors seeking a combination of current income and capital growth potential and who want exposure to a portfolio of global convertible bonds to diversify the fixed-income portion of their overall portfolio. Investors should have a long-term investment horizon and should be able to tolerate a medium level of investment risk. The new fund is available to individual investors through six low-fee options: Series A; Advisor Series; Series H; Series F and Series I (available via financial advisors); and Series D (available via direct-to-client platforms, PH&N Investment Services and RBC Direct Investing). The management fees for each fund series are as follows: Series A, 1.70%; Advisor, 1.70%, Series H, 1.45%; Series F, 0.95%; Series I, 0.70%; and Series D, 1.10%. Series H and Series I units are available for investors with a minimum investment of $200,000. The funds are also available to institutional investors through Series O. IE Staff RBC Global Asset Management Inc. (RBC GAM) Monday announced the launch of BlueBay Global Convertible Bond Fund, sub-advised by BlueBay Asset Management LLP, a specialist fixed income and alternative asset manager based in London, England. The fund is available to individual and institutional investors across Canada. Fidelity Investments unveils new climate-focused fund suite Facebook LinkedIn Twitter read more