The agency had reported 337 cases, including 311 deaths, on May 18. About 200 traditional healers recently were trained in ways to reduce the risk of disease for themselves and their clients and were given masks and gloves, the WHO reported. Marburg spreads through contact with bodily fluids of patients. The epidemic is still concentrated in the northern province of Uige, which accounts for 388 cases and 324 deaths, the WHO reported. The Angolan outbreak, which was identified as Marburg on Mar 22, is the largest on record. First recognized in 1967, the disease can cause bleeding from multiple body sites and result in death within a week. Efforts to trace contacts of Marburg patients are becoming more efficient, but cases without known links to previous cases are continuing to turn up, the agency reported. This suggests that the surveillance system has not yet “reached the efficiency needed to interrupt chains of transmission,” the statement said. Educational campaigns focusing on the hazards of home treatment with injections have resulted in the collection and safe disposal of large numbers of syringes, the agency said. But it is unclear whether the use of home injections has been eliminated in the province. Four new suspected cases, including three deaths, were reported yesterday in Bungo municipality, marking the first cases there since early April. An urgent investigation has been launched to determine if those cases can be linked to the city of Uige, where transmission is ongoing. Bungo is in Uige province, but “Another focus of transmission would be a disturbing development for outbreak control,” the statement said. See also: May 27, 2005 (CIDRAP News) Angola’s epidemic of Marburg hemorrhagic fever reached 399 cases with 335 deaths yesterday, an increase of 62 cases and 24 deaths in the preceding 8 days, according to a new World Health Organization (WHO) statement. May 27 WHO statementhttp://www.who.int/csr/don/2005_05_27a/en/index.html Editor’s note: As originally published, the story below incorrectly listed the number of deaths in the Marburg epidemic as 337. The correct number, 335, was substituted on Jun 8, 2005.
First-time homebuyers are poise to make a comeback with the potential for Millennials to flee the nest and enter the housing market on their own. According to Diane Swonk, chief economist at Mesirow Financial, “the Great Recession delayed, but did not destroy, dreams of home ownership.” Now, increased job growth, a return of non-bank lenders to the mortgage market, and the expansion of low down payment options should prompt more buyers to enter the market, according to Swonk.According to the report, housing starts are expected to rise at a double-digit pace to 1.14 million, the first year above the 1 million unit mark since 2007. Single family starts are expected to show new signs of life. Home sales are expected to rise a moderate 3 percent to 5.7 million.“We are still digging ourselves out of a hole we fell into in the wake of the ‘taper tandrum’ in 2013,” Swonk said in the report. “We could also expect to see many would-be sellers reluctant to list, which will constrain the supply of home sales.”Home prices are expected to rise between 6.5 percent and 7.5 percent depending on the measure. This marks acceleration over the pace of appreciation in 2014 and reflects the tight inventories, says Swonk. Tight inventories and a pickup in demand suggest home values will rise faster in 2015.The housing market is beginning to pick up because of several factors. Entry level pay for new college graduates is expected to rise, mortgage rates are remaining low, and confidence in the economy has surged. Not to mention, credit conditions are expected to ease, with non-bank mortgage lenders trying to target first-time homebuyers by providing them with low down payment options.However, student loan debt continues to weigh down young borrowers. Those who have defaulted outright are locked out of the housing market, while those who reconstruct their student loans are doing better. Swock says she knew of one young woman who qualified for a $300,000 loan after restructuring her school debt.“The pool of prospective first-time buyers is limited. Very few Millennials have reached their early 30’s, while Generation Y is considerably smaller,” she said. “That said, we only need a few of those prospective buyers to reenter the market to see a rise in first-time buyer demand.” March 13, 2015 538 Views First-Time Homebuyers to Make a Comeback Share in Daily Dose, Featured, Market Studies, Origination Diane Swonk First-Time Homebuyers Mesirow Financial 2015-03-13 Samantha Guzman