HSE confirms 18 new cases of Mumps in North-West as illness spreads

first_imgThe HSE has reported a “sharp rise” in the number of cases of Mumps following an outbreak of the illness in the Nort-West including Donegal.A total of 18 cases of the contagious condition have been reported this week alone since Monday.This brings the total number of cases in the North West so far this year to 93. A spokesman for the HSE confirmed “These have been mainly in the South Donegal and Sligo town area, but we have also had a few cases from North Donegal.“All children and young adults should have two MMR doses, which protects against Mumps, Measles and Rubella. Protection for Rubella is important for women in the childbearing years.”There has also been a major outbreak of Measles in Co Donegal in recent weeks.Dr Anthony Breslin said “the recent cases of Measles and Mumps in the North West demonstrate what can happen when MMR vaccine rates fall”. Mumps is an acute viral infection that is spread from person to person. It is a potentially serious disease for children and young adults and is very common in young children who are not vaccinated against it.Mumps usually occurs in school-aged children, teenagers or young adults, although older people may also contract the disease.Symptoms of mumps include fever, headache, malaise and swollen, tender salivary glands (usually the parotid gland which is located just below the front of the ear).Mumps often gives the appearance of swollen cheeks or jaw. Symptoms of mumps typically begin to appear 14 to 25 days (usually 15-18 days) after exposure. Symptoms tend to decrease after one week and have usually resolved after 10 days. There is no specific treatment for mumps apart from relieving the symptoms.A HSE spokesperson added “Mumps is spread from person to person by coughing or sneezing and by direct contact with saliva or discharges from the nose and throat of infected individuals. People infected with mumps may spread the infection to others, even when they do not have any symptoms. People with mumps are most infectious from 2 days before to 5 days after onset of symptoms. “Complications of mumps include testicular inflammation, ovarian inflammation, meningitis, pancreatitis and rarely encephalitis (brain inflammation) or deafness. Although testicular inflammation occurs in up to 40% of postpubertal males, fortunately sterility is rare.”Anyone who develops mumps should stay at home for 5 days after disease onset to prevent spreading the infection to others. If your child develops the symptoms of mumps please contact your GP (please ring your GP first).HSE confirms 18 new cases of Mumps in North-West as illness spreads was last modified: April 1st, 2019 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:donegalHSEMeaslesMumpslast_img read more

Three Donegal restaurants scoop tasty Burger Awards

first_imgDelicious burgers are a-bun-dant in Donegal, as proved by three local venues who picked up National Burger Awards today. The best burgers of Ireland were announced by Kepak ahead of National Burger Day on Thursday 20th June.The overall winner of ‘Best Burger in Ireland’ was awarded to Handsome Burger in Galway. But Harvey’s Point, Johnny’s Ranch and Friar’s Rest all triumphed in the high-steaks contest.Harvey’s Point Hotel at Lough Eske won Best Hotel Burger in Ireland. The Best Independent Takeaway in Ulster was awarded to Johnny’s Ranch at Gamble Square Ramelton. Friar’s Rest in Letterkenny picked up the title of Best Independent Chain at today’s awards in Dublin.National Burger Day will be celebrated at a number of Donegal restaurants, where customers can get 2 for 1 burgers throughout the day.Check www.nationalburgerday.ie/map for the list of participating venues.  Three Donegal restaurants scoop tasty Burger Awards was last modified: June 19th, 2019 by Rachel McLaughlinShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more

How to Create a Preference for You and Your Offering

first_imgSales is a zero sum game. Someone wins, and someone loses. The person who wins does so because they create a preference. They create a bias, and that bias block competitors and competitive offerings.The way that you create a preference for you and your solution is by creating greater value. You want to drive a wedge between your customer and your competitors and create a strong bias for you and what you sell.Greater trust creates a preference. Your dream clients are worried about execution, and they worry about risk. Trust is the timeless and deep fundamental that alleviates the concerns that you will fail your client. It mitigates the concern that you might be self-oriented and that you are making decisions to create the greatest benefit for you.You also create a preference through developing a deeper understanding of your dream clients challenges. Understanding your client’s challenges proves that you cared enough to learn about them and their business. It also demonstrates that you have business acumen and situational knowledge, the keys to developing the right solutions and ensuring they fit.You create a bias by having ideas about what your client’s future will look like—or how it might look if they make the right decisions. This future-orientation positions you as something more than someone who sells a product or service. It establishes you as a trusted advisor, someone with the ability to help guide your client’s business into the future.Along these same lines, you create a preference when you take responsibility for a greater outcome. When you handle outcomes instead of products and services, you create a preference by taking on a higher level of accountability. Coupled with your deep understanding, this makes you a more strategic partner by allowing you to become an integrated part of how your client does business. You bring ideas.Economic value creates a preference. One of the most significant changes in sales over the last few decades has been the whittling away of sales relationships that were built only on a personal liking and friendship. Those things are still important, but they need to be coupled with economic value. Your solution needs to create results, and one of the measurements is going to be financial. You create a preference when your value creates a greater economic impact (and you can do this even when you have a higher price).What are you doing to create a preference and bias for working with you over all the other salespeople your dream client could choose to buy from?What are you doing to create a bias for your ideas about what the future is going to look and the decisions your clients should be taking now?How does what you are selling and how you are selling it create a greater level of strategic commitment and integrate you into your client’s organization?How do you become a category of one? Essential Reading! Get my 2nd book: The Lost Art of Closing “In The Lost Art of Closing, Anthony proves that the final commitment can actually be one of the easiest parts of the sales process—if you’ve set it up properly with other commitments that have to happen long before the close. The key is to lead customers through a series of necessary steps designed to prevent a purchase stall.” Buy Nowlast_img read more