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West Nile cases rise statewide

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORERose Parade grand marshal Rita Moreno talks New Year’s Day outfit and ‘West Side Story’ remake The number of cases in the county this year is down significantly from last year, which saw 309 people infected. Also, 12 people died last year and no one has died this year in the county. “What we’ve seen across the country is that places that have a very heavy year tend not to have a heavy year the next year,” said Dr. Jonathan E. Fielding, the county health officer. “Nobody really knows the answer why this happens, whether it’s a decline in the susceptible bird population, certainly the good job vector control does or education efforts. But I think there are factors beyond those we don’t understand yet.” Stephanie Heintz, spokeswoman for the Greater Los Angeles County Vector Control District, agreed the downward trend in the county involves several factors, including a warmer summer, more intensive education efforts and increased mosquito abatement efforts. “It could have been a little bit of everything,” Heintz said. “There is a theory that people gain an immunity to the virus. Maybe last year, there were a lot more cases than were reported and people gained an immunity. Maybe that’s why we didn’t have as many cases reported this year.” In the six years since the virus was first diagnosed in New York and spread across the country, the virus has demonstrated dramatic fluctuations in both the number of people infected and horses, birds, sentinel chickens and mosquito pools. Experts say these fluctuations are due to changing temperatures, rainfall and humidity, bird reservoirs, mosquito populations and efforts by mosquito abatement districts to kill mosquitoes. One reason for the drop in the number of infections in the county since last year could be decreases in local mosquito populations. And from March through May of this year, the season was much cooler compared with last year. As a result, mosquito increases normally seen in late spring were delayed. Also, record rainfall this year created larger-than-normal bodies of water and diluted nutrients, which could have slowed mosquito development. Another possible explanation is the large numbers of crows that died last year from the virus. The virus is transmitted to people and animals through mosquito bites. About 80 percent of those who are infected have no symptoms, but in some cases people can suffer paralysis and encephalitis. The elderly and those with weakened immune systems are at greatest risk for the illness. — Troy Anderson, (213) 974-8985 [email protected] local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Although the third season of the West Nile virus was supposed to be milder, California saw cases rise to 910, one-third of the 2,733 cases diagnosed nationally, health officials said Thursday. A total of 18 Californians died this year, compared with 27 last year, according to a report released by Los Angeles County. But the number of people infected increased from from 779 last year, which was widely expected to be the state’s worst year. Most of those cases were in Southern California. Although the vast majority of people infected this year were in the Northern and Central parts of the state, Los Angeles County did have 43 cases, including 18 in the San Fernando Valley. That was followed by 16 cases in the San Gabriel Valley and eastern part of the county and six in the South Bay.last_img read more

Express Logic to obtain Common Criteria EAL4+ Security Certification for X-Ware IoT Platform SC

first_imgExpress Logic has partnered with Brightsight, the world’s leading security lab, to perform the deeply embedded industry’s first EAL4+ security certification for cloud connectivity. The Norwegian National Security Authority (SERTIT) is the certification authority for this effort. Express Logic’s new EAL4+ security certification effort represents another significant step forward by focusing squarely on IoT security needs of the embedded industry, making what is already the most safe IoT platform also the most secure.X-Ware IoT Platform SC is the subset of X-Ware IoT Platform that pertains to cloud connectivity. It includes the popular ThreadX RTOS, NetX Duo embedded IPv4 & IPv6 TCP/IP stack, NetX Secure TLS, and NetX MQTT. These are the necessary components for connectivity with most of the world’s most popular cloud providers and they are also the subject of this EAL4+ security certification effort. Furthermore, this EAL4+ certification effort is designed to be generic — not based on any particular microprocessor or cloud provider and therefore portable to virtually any device based on X-Ware IoT Platform SC.Like all Express Logic products, the X-Ware IoT Platform SC is 100 percent created in-house, meaning that it includes no open-source code and is professionally supported. X-Ware IoT Platform provides high performance while maintaining a very small footprint, making it ideal for even the smallest of IoT devices. For example, X-Ware IoT Platform SC support for an embedded sensor typically requires less than 32KB of flash memory. Using X-Ware IoT Platform, embedded developers have plenty of room for their own application code, even on the smallest of devices.In addition to the performance and size advantages of the X-Ware IoT Platform, ThreadX and NetX Duo have attained the highest level of safety certifications, including IEC 61508 SIL 4 (the highest, most dependable level as determined by IEC), IEC 62304 Class C, ISO 26262 ASIL D, EN 50128 SW-SIL 4, UL 60730-1 Annex H, CSA E60730-1 Annex H, IEC 60730-1 Annex H, IEC 60335-1 Annex R, and IEC 60335-1 Annex R, 1998.X-Ware IoT Platform SC is more than just an RTOS with connectivity capabilities. In addition to the ThreadX RTOS and NetX Duo included in X-Ware IoT Platform SC, the safety-certified FileX embedded FAT-32/exFAT file system, GUIX GUI development and embedded runtime framework, and USBX embedded host/device USB stack are also available for use. Hence, embedded developers can leverage the entire X-Ware IoT Platform solution to create real IoT applications — ones that must do more than just communicate with the cloud.Share this:TwitterFacebookLinkedInMoreRedditTumblrPinterestWhatsAppSkypePocketTelegram Tags: Tools & Software Continue Reading Previous New IoT standards, products and small form factors at embedded worldNext QA Systems announce major new version of Cantata unit test toollast_img read more

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