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NEWS SCAN: E coli in raw milk, emerging E coli strains, possible weapon against tularemia, plague

first_imgMay 27, 2010Minnesota reports E coli cases linked to raw milkMinnesota health officials have confirmed three Escherichia coli infections from consumption of raw (unpasteurized) milk bought from a dairy farm near Gibbon, Minn. The Minnesota Department of Health is urging anyone who bought milk or other dairy products from the Hartmann Dairy Farm, also known as MOMs (Minnesota Organic Milk), to discard the products. The milk may be labeled as organic, so consumers may be unaware the milk has not been pasteurized, the MDH said in a press release yesterday. An article today from the Minneapolis Star Tribune listed four cases (three confirmed as linked to the farm), in an elderly man, two schoolchildren, and a 2-year-old. The 2-year-old has developed hemolytic uremic syndrome, the story said, a complication of E coli infection that can cause kidney failure or even death. From 1998 through May 2005, nationwide 45 raw-milk-associated disease outbreaks were reported to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), accounting for 1,007 illnesses, 104 hospitalizations, and 2 deaths.May 26 MDH press releaseSix E coli strains emerge as food safety threatAlthough much attention has focused on E coli O157:H7 as a leading cause of foodborne illness, other less common strains are emerging as threats, according to a New York Times story. One of these strains on romaine lettuce, O145, has sickened at least 26 people in five states, according to the CDC. Few food companies test for the six non-O157 strains, they are low on physicians’ radar, and only about 5% of medical labs are equipped to detect their presence in patients, partly because testing for them is more difficult and time-consuming than for O157:H7. “This is something that we really have to look at,” said Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, D-N.Y., who intends to introduce a bill that would define a broad range of disease-causing E coli strains to be illegal in ground beef and require the meat industry to test for them. The US Department of Agriculture (USDA) has been considering this move for 3 years, but the meat industry has resisted, saying the strains have not been a problem in beef and that current safety steps suffice to keep all strains at bay. The USDA has been reluctant to ban the additional strains of E coli in beef until it has tests that can rapidly detect them, which should be in place by the end of next year.May 26 New York Times reportNovel treatment may protect against tularemia, plague, other pathogensScientists have developed a novel treatment that may protect against tularemia, plague, and other bacteria, according to a study in mice, reported today in PLoS Pathogens. The study was a collaboration among researchers from the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases’s (NIAID’s) Rocky Mountain Laboratories in Hamilton, Mont., Colorado State University in Fort Collins, and Juvaris Biotherapeutics of Burlingame, Calif. Researchers combined components isolated from the membrane of a weakened strain of Francisella tularensis, the tularemia pathogen, with the Juvaris product CLDC (cationic liposome DNA complexes). The combination stimulates a natural immune mechanism that kills invading bacteria and prevents their replication and spread, according to an NIAID release. Of mice that were treated with the therapeutic agent and then given a usually lethal pulmonary dose of F tularensis 3 days later, 60% survived. No mice survived when given the CLDC alone. The treatment also protected human immune cells against plague, brucellosis, and melioidosis, as well as tularemia. “A therapeutic that protects against a wide array of bacterial pathogens would have enormous medical and public health implications for naturally occurring infections and potential agents of bioterrorism,” NIAID Director Anthony S. Fauci, MD, said in the news release.May 27 PLoS Pathog studylast_img read more

China reports H5N6 in poultry; study finds high H5N1 seroprevalence

first_imgChinese officials yesterday reported two outbreaks of highly pathogenic H5N6 avian flu, while a study out of Indonesia reports that 84% of Indonesian poultry workers have evidence of previous infection with H5N1 avian flu in their bloodstream.Elsewhere, the World Health Organization (WHO) confirmed two recent H5N1 human cases in Egypt.H5N6 in ChinaThe two H5N6 outbreaks are in separate provinces and have affected more than 100,000 poultry, Chinese officials reported in a World Organization for Animal Health (OIE) report.The largest outbreak, near Jinchang City in Gansu province, struck a farm of 95,172 birds on Oct 2. The virus caused 30,000 avian flu infections and 18,000 deaths.The second outbreak, near Xiaogan City in Hubei province, involved a farm of 6,100 birds, of which 4,338 poultry were sickened and 3,924 died. That outbreak also began on Oct 2.All told, 101,272 birds either died from the disease or were culled to prevent disease spread. Tests from both farms came back positive 2 days ago for highly pathogenic H5N6 avian flu. Response steps have been activated at both farms.Gansu province is in the north-central part of China, south of Mongolia. Hubei province lies southeast of that, in the east-central part of the country. Xiaogan City is about 800 miles west of Shanghai.China has reported 15 H5N6 cases in humans, which is the global total. Nine of them have been confirmed this year, the most recent on May 31.Evidence in blood of H5N1The report from Indonesia involved 101 workers at a live-poultry market in East Java whose blood was tested in early 2014, according to a Journal of Infectious Diseases study.Using the hemagglutination inhibition (HI) assay, the researchers found that 84% of the sera tested positive for antibodies to H5N1 avian flu virus. The team also noted that the average HI titer among the samples was about three times higher than in 2012 and that seroconversion occurred in 44% of paired sera (11 of 25) from 2012 to 2014.None of the poultry workers indicated on a questionnaire that they had had severe acute respiratory illness.H5N1 cases in EgyptThe Egyptian H5N1 cases were noted in a brief update yesterday from the WHO Regional Office for the Eastern Mediterranean. The agency simply noted 2 additional cases since its previous update in July, bringing the country’s 2016 total to 10. No details on the new cases, the most recent of which occurred on Jul 28, were provided.The WHO regional office said that Egyptian officials have confirmed 183 cases since Jan 2, 2014, the vast majority in late 2014 and early 2015—the most active period of human H5N1 cases ever in any country. Of the 183 cases, 60% were in female patients, with children under 5 (30%) and those 30 to 45 years old (31%) especially affected. Young children, however, had the lowest case-fatality rate (CFR), which increased with age.Since the disease was first reported in Egypt in 2006, officials have confirmed 356 H5N1 cases, including 121 deaths, for a CFR of 34%. The WHO also reported that those who received antiviral drugs within 48 hours of symptom onset had a CFR of 17%, compared with 34% in those who didn’t.See also:Oct 9 OIE reportOct 7 J Infect Dis studyOct 9 WHO reportlast_img read more

ONE Wins Lloyd’s List “Excellence in Container Shipping” Asia Pacific Award

first_img“Only 18 months since our original “go-live” start-up, it is both humbling and an honour for ONE to be selected as the winner of the Lloyd’s List “Excellence in Container Shipping” award for Asia-Pacific. As a new company we had our initial start-up challenges back in 2018, but with the great efforts of our staff, customers and business partners we quickly overcame these and stabilised our global operations. We have since moved on to restoring service delivery to the previous high quality and exacting standards of our 3J legacy companies and are now fully focused on moving ONE to the next level of operational excellence,” said Jeremy Nixon, Chief Executive Officer, Ocean Network Express. “Thank you to all our staff and management for their great efforts, and we can all take great pride and encouragement from this prestigious award’s recognition.” Lloyd’s List Asia Pacific Awards This award recognises the containership owner or operator that has best responded to the changing commercial and regulatory landscape through new ocean shipping configurations and port pairings, simplified booking and documentation processes, action to reduce ship pollution and other innovations that have made the supply chain more efficient. Entrants must demonstrate profitability, leadership and excellence in the sector and provide examples of exceptional performance in operational matters such as safety, reliability, efficiency and new business processes. Sea News, October 21center_img Ocean Network Express (ONE) announced that on 17 October 2019, ONE emerged as winner of the prestigious Lloyd’s List “Excellence in Container Shipping” Asia Pacific award. A total of five major container shipping companies were shortlisted as finalists for the award. Author: Baibhav Mishralast_img read more

Baseball needs to rethink Hall of Fame voting

first_img KEYWORDS Thirteen catchers are currently enshrined in the Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, New York. Mike Piazza is NOT one of them.Word is, the Baseball Writers’ Association of America — which votes new members in — is punishing Piazza and others for not being whistle-blowers during the steroid era.What’s wrong with this picture? MAS knows.For starters, the wrong people are doing the selecting.Secondly, the admission process is lacking of late. The writers are becoming much too selective — it’s now almost impossible for many deserving players to get the 75 percent of votes needed for Hall entry (none were chosen this year for the first time since 1950).Let’s first address the matter of improper selectors.With all due respect to my fellow carpal tunnel syndrome-afflicted wretches of the keyboard, baseball writers have no business being judge and jury as to who is worthy of induction into such a hallowed place.Simply put, we are mere journalists and not informed enough to make such lofty, not to mention subjective, decisions. We just think we are. There are others much more qualified to pick and choose for baseball’s highest honor (suggestions will follow).Our knowledge of the game is most often only what we can glean from the ballplayers, managers and front office types whose brains we pick.So, who made journalists God in this situation anyway? Someone way back when, for the sake of expediency — that’s who. This outdated notion needs changing.I am living proof. Let me explain.MAS was a .300-plus hitter in high school, college and semi-pro ball and was scouted by MLB teams. Alas, he was deemed to not have enough foot speed or plate power to be successful at the next level (possessing three of the five “tools” needed — hitting for average, fielding and throwing — was not enough).Lacking as MAS was in the ability department, however, he is still — conservatively — in the 90th percentile among all sportswriters as far as actual achievement playing the national pastime.Because of his fairly extensive baseball background, though, MAS always considered himself to be pretty darn knowledgeable about the game . . . until he began interviewing pro players and managers.When MAS started to talk with the likes of Bobby Valentine and Joe Torre, Holy Schmoley! His head was spinning.I discovered that baseball knowledge is a like a pyramid of learning: you start at the top (with Little League — the tip of the iceberg) and the farther down you move toward the base (MLB), the more vast and complicated that body of learning becomes.There is much more beneath the surface than there appears (just ask the Titanic). MAS truly learned the meaning of the saying: “A little learning is a dangerous thing.”Thing is, we ALL have a tendency to pick up a little bit about a certain subject and begin to think we know much more about it than we actually do.And this is the case with baseball writers — and the reason they should NOT be the sole selectors of Hall members. For them to judge big league abilities based mostly on vicarious experience is just not fair to the players.They can be part of the process but judge and jury — no way!What MAS would propose is that the voters come from different areas of baseball life.First, Hall enshrinees should be able to vote. Then, all players who were at one time a member of the players union could elect representatives who would vote on their behalf.As things stand, ballplayers respect the Hall honor but not the selection process. Players know best who was best — and they are fair.The ballclubs would also have voting rights via elected representation, as would the writers. And, finally, even the fans should have a say based on a closely monitored polling method.However, the latter three groups would carry much less voting weight.These five components — Hall of Famers, players, teams, writers and fans — would be charged with constructing a Hall of Fame Constitution that would include entrance requirements and grounds for exclusion (regarding Pete Rose, Mark McGwire, et al.).In the Hall’s Bill of Rights, the percentage for induction would be lowered to 51 percent. If that’s enough to elect a US president, it’s plenty for Cooperstown entry. This would correct the far too stringent 75 percent policy mentioned earlier.By establishing this more democratic methodology, rather than one employing autocratic writers, the Hall of Fame would be something we could ALL feel good about — instead of the mess it now is.Were these changes to come about, the first group of inductees would surely include Mike Piazza.Contact Man About Sports at: [email protected] GET THE BEST OF THE JAPAN TIMES Dave Wiggins, Mike Piazza center_img VERO BEACH, FLORIDA – Mike Piazza, the former Los Angeles Dodger and New York Met great, hit more home runs (427) than any other catcher in MLB history.Piazza’s .308 career batting average is third among catchers all-time; his 1,335 RBIs are third-best for any backstop. And Mike was an All-Star 12 times. IN FIVE EASY PIECES WITH TAKE 5last_img read more

Club sending midfielder back to Fulham in the summer, not using…

first_imgCameroonian midfielder André Zambo Aguissa should be returning to Fulham at the end of the season, according to claims from Spain today. The 24-year-old has been spending a loan spell at Villarreal, where he’s made 28 appearances so far.The La Liga side have an option to buy the player for a fixed amount in the summer, but as reported by the Spanish press, this isn’t happening.Super Deporte says Villarreal have already taken a decision and are really sending him back to London at the end of the spell.Embed from Getty ImagesAnguissa has a decent number of appearances this season, but the problem is said to be the lack of impact.The 24-year-old had been a starter at the beginning of the season, but slowly lost his place in the team and now is no longer in the manager’s plans.Back at Fulham, Anguissa has a contract with the Craven Cottage side until 2023.by Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksTrending TodayForge of Empires – Free Online GameIf You Like to Play, this City-Building Game is a Must-Have. No Install.Forge of Empires – Free Online GameUndo聽多多 Hearmore.asia1969年前出生的香港居民現可免費試戴頂尖的歐洲助聽器聽多多 Hearmore.asiaUndoRaid: Shadow Legends | Free DownloadEven Non-Gamers Are Obsessed With This RPG Game (It’s Worth Installing!)Raid: Shadow Legends | Free DownloadUndoHero WarsGetting this Treasure is impossible! Prove us wrong!Hero WarsUndo熱門話題小心會長過頭…網友推爆:「真的長得超誇張!」熱門話題UndoCNN with DBS BankWhat Banks Did To Help Corporations Mitigate Future CrisesCNN with DBS BankUndoGrepolis – Online Free GameGamers Around the World Have Been Waiting for this Game! Already 35 Million PlayersGrepolis – Online Free GameUndoLoans | Search AdsNeed a loan? Search hereLoans | Search AdsUndoKeto减肥1個簡單的妙招一夜「融化」腹部贅肉(今晚試試)Keto减肥Undolast_img read more

College football Week 8 bowl projections: Baylor surges into New Year’s Day 6

first_imgMORE: Week 8 Playoff pictureThe 2019 college postseason schedule features 40 bowl games between FBS teams, with the finale at the national title game on Jan. 13 at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome. This year’s semifinal games will be on Dec. 28. The first College Football Playoff Rankings will be released on Nov. 5. Sporting News has projections for all 40 bowl games here, and they will be updated each week during the college football season. Our projections heading into Week 8 of the college football season:Week 8 college football bowl projectionsDateBowlMatchupDec. 20Makers Wanted Bahamas BowlToledo vs. Southern MissDec. 20DXL Frisco BowlWestern Michigan vs. CincinnatiDec. 21Gildan New Mexico BowlLouisiana Tech vs. NevadaDec. 21AutoNation Cure BowlGeorgia State vs. UCFDec. 21Cheribundi Tart Cherry Boca Raton BowlFAU vs. TempleDec. 21Raycom Media Camellia BowlCentral Michigan vs. TroyDec. 21Mitsubishi Motors Las Vegas BowlSan Diego State vs. USCDec. 21R&L Carriers New Orleans BowlWestern Kentucky vs. Appalachian StateDec. 23Bad Boy Mowers Gasparilla BowlUAB vs. TulaneDec. 24SoFi Hawai’i BowlBYU vs. HawaiiDec. 26Walk-On’s Independence BowlCal* vs. MiamiDec. 26Quick Lane BowlIndiana vs. PittDec. 27Military Bowl Presented by Northrop GrummanArmy* vs. MemphisDec. 27New Era Pinstripe BowlMichigan State vs. LouisvilleDec. 27Academy Sports and Outdoors Texas BowlWest Virginia vs. Mississippi StateDec. 27SDCU Holiday BowlArizona vs. IowaDec. 27Cheez-It BowlWashington State vs. Kansas StateDec. 28Camping World BowlIowa State vs. Virginia TechDec. 30SERVPRO First Responders BowlTCU vs. Duke*Dec. 30Franklin American Mortgage Music City BowlStanford* vs. VirginiaDec. 30Redbox BowlArizona State vs. NebraskaDec. 31Belk BowlOle Miss vs. Florida StateDec. 31Hyundai Sun BowlWashington vs. Wake ForestDec. 31AutoZone Liberty BowlOklahoma State vs. South CarolinaDec. 31Valero Alamo BowlUtah vs. TexasDec. 31NOVA Home Loans Arizona BowlLouisiana vs. Air ForceJan. 1Outback BowlAuburn vs. MinnesotaJan. 1Buffalo Wild Wings Citrus BowlFlorida vs. Penn StateJan. 2Birmingham BowlSMU vs. Liberty*Jan. 2TaxSlayer BowlTexas A&M vs. MichiganJan. 3Famous Idaho Potato BowlMiami (Ohio) vs. Utah StateJan. 4Lockheed Martin Armed Forces BowlTexas Tech vs. NavyJan. 6Mobile Alabama BowlKent State vs. UL-Monroe*No conference tie-in to bowlMORE: LSU surging, Big Ten reckoningsCollege Football Playoff/New Year’s Day Six projectionsDec. 28Goodyear Cotton BowlNotre Dame vs. Boise StateDec. 30Capital One Orange BowlNorth Carolina vs. LSUJan. 1Rose BowlOregon vs. WisconsinJan. 1Allstate Sugar BowlGeorgia vs. BaylorDec. 28PlayStation Fiesta Bowl (semifinal)Clemson vs. Ohio StateDec. 28Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl (semifinal)Alabama vs. OklahomaCollege Football Playoff championship projectionJan. 13College Football Playoff championshipClemson vs. Alabama Sporting News’ Week 8 bowl projections are here, and there are a few newcomers in the New Year’s Day 6.Baylor and North Carolina are in. Texas and Virginia are out (for now). The undefeated Bears join the New Year’s Day 6 after another victory against Texas Tech, and right now the Tar Heels are our best guess to win the ACC Coastal and slip into the Orange Bowl. Our playoff picks of Alabama, Clemson, Ohio State and Oklahoma remain intact.last_img read more