News Scan for Jan 26, 2017

first_imgH7N9 sickens 2 more in ChinaWith H7N9 cases in China in January already outpacing December’s sudden and steep rise, China reported at least two more cases today, according to the latest official reports.Hong Kong’s Center for Health Protection (CHP) today acknowledged two cases reported from Hubei province yesterday, a 65 year-old man and a 78 year-old woman from two different cities, both in critical condition.Also, the CHP reported a new case from Shandong province, involving a 59 year-old man. The second new case-patient is a 67 year-old man from Hunan province who is in critical condition after having contact with poultry, according to a report today from China’s state news agency Xinhua, which cited Hunan province’s health department.Jan 26 CHP statement Jan 26 Xinhua story H9N2 infects Chinese babyChina recently reported an H9N2 avian influenza infection, involving a 7-month-old girl from Guangdong province who had a mild illness, the World Health Organization (WHO) said in its latest monthly report on flu transmitted between animals and humans. The report covers cases reported between Dec 20 and Jan 16.The baby’s symptoms began on Dec 11, and she wasn’t hospitalized and has since recovered. Investigators found she had been exposed to a live poultry market before she got sick.The case is China’s first since last summer when it reported two H9N2 cases to the WHO. Unlike H7N9, many the of the H9N2 cases have been in children. H9N2 is endemic in Chinese poultry.Jan 16 WHO flu at the human-animal interface report Texas reports local Zika infection in a pregnant womanHealth officials in Texas yesterday announced that a pregnant woman who had been in Brownsville when other local cases were detected has tested positive for Zika virus.The Texas Department of State Health Services (TDSHS) said the woman from Bexar County had visited Brownsville in November around the time six residents contracted the virus from local mosquitoes. She had not traveled outside of Texas, wasn’t sick, and her infection was detected during routine prenatal care.The woman could have been exposed to the virus by a mosquito bite or through sexual contact with an infected partner, the TDSHS said.Jan 25 TDSHS statement Saudi Arabia reports new MERS caseThe Saudi Arabian Ministry of Health (MOH) reported one new case of MERS-CoV today in the city of Turbah.The 59-year-old Saudi man is in critical condition after presenting with symptoms of MERS-CoV (Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus). The man had direct contact with camels, a known risk factor for the disease.The new case raises Saudi Arabia’s MERS-CoV total to 1,546 infections, including 641 deaths. Nine people are still in treatment or monitoring.Today the World Health Organization (WHO) released details on nine cases of MERS-CoV reported by Saudi Arabia between Jan 2 and 7. The report details a small healthcare-related outbreak of five cases, including two deaths, in the city of Buraydah. Two hospitals were involved.There was one patient with exposure to camels, a 70-year-old Saudi man from Medina who reported drinking camel milk.Since September 2012, 1,888 laboratory-confirmed cases of infection with MERS-CoV, including at least 670 related deaths, have been reported to WHO.Jan 26 MOH report Jan 27 WHO report CDC details multistate 2016 E coli outbreak involving dessert pizza doughThirteen cases of Escherichia coli poisoning have been linked to contaminated dessert pizza dough, according to a new report published in this week’s Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (MMWR). The cases were reported early last winter.The cases appeared in Iowa, Illinois, Kansas, Minnesota, North Carolina, Nebraska, New Jersey, South Dakota, and Wisconsin. All states reported one case each, except Minnesota which reported five cases. The median age of patients was 17 years (range, 7 to 71 years) and 53% were female. Eight patients were hospitalized, but no deaths were reported.The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) interviewed 12 patients and all reported eating a dessert pizza from “restaurant A,” identified by the media last year as Pizza Ranch. Dry dough mix samples from restaurant A showed contaminated flour as the possible source of pathogen introduction.”Flour is usually not thought to be a food safety risk, but flour-based mixes are ubiquitous in restaurants and are often used for dusting of surfaces for transfer of pizzas,” the authors write. “This outbreak serves as a reminder that consumers, industry, and government should consider that flour, a raw agricultural product, might be contaminated with pathogens and, when consumed raw or undercooked, might pose a risk to human health.”Jan 26 MMWR studylast_img read more

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UWF Men’s Soccer Game Notes: Week 4

first_imgUWF Men’s Soccer Game Notes: Week 4 PENSACOLA, Fla. — The No. 22 University of West Florida men’s soccer team will take on No. 1 Tampa in a heated Top 25 in-region matchup this Friday, September 18th at 7:30pm CT at the UWF Soccer Complex. The Argos are coming off a dominant 6-1 over Florida Southern last week and look to build momentum heading into next week’s tough schedule. COMPLETE GAME NOTES.Notes & Programs PagePrint Friendly Version Sharecenter_img Photo courtesy of Ron Besser last_img read more

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Wrestling: Airline dominates Byrd and Evangel in tri-meet

first_imgThe Airline Vikings defeated Evangel Christian Academy 72-9 and Byrd 72-12 in a tri-meet last night.The Vikings won all but two matches against Byrd.Winners were Tucker Almond (113), Thomas Barringer (120), JuJu Jones (126), Kyler Barringer (138), Tony Lococo (145), Jaydan Juneau (152), Christian Walden (160), Darrell Evans (170), Keegan Gilligan (182), Alex Davila (195), Cameron Davis (220) and Pierce Peairs (285).Byrd winners were Clay Celli (106) and Alex Williams (132).The Vikings also won all but two matches against Evangel.Winners were Dakota Brice (106), Thomas Barringer, Jones, Joshua Partin (132), Kyler Barringer, Lococo, Juneau, Walden, Evans, Gilligan, Davila and Davis.Evangel winners were Richard Mack III (106) and Joseph Presley (285). — Russell Hedges, [email protected] Expat InsuranceExpat Living in Hong Kong without Health Insurance?Top Expat Insurance|SponsoredSponsoredUndoNews gadgetThis watch takes the whole country by storm! it’s price? Ridiculous!News gadget|SponsoredSponsoredUndoTheTopFiveVPNThe Secret Netflix Doesn’t Want You To Know To Unblock RestrictionsTheTopFiveVPN|SponsoredSponsoredUndoPerfect-Dating.comAre You Ready to Meet Cool Guys in Tung Chung?Perfect-Dating.com|SponsoredSponsoredUndoTheTopFiveVPNThe Trick Netflix Doesn’t Want You To Know To Unlock RestrictionsTheTopFiveVPN|SponsoredSponsoredUndoCelebsland.com9 Celebrity Before-And-After Plastic Surgery DisastersCelebsland.com|SponsoredSponsoredUndolast_img read more

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China takes charge of men’s gymnastics and its citizens

first_imgFrom news services China finished with 374.275 points in dominating qualifying for the men’s gymnastics world championships team competition Monday in Stuttgart, Germany. That put the Chinese a whopping 3.550 points ahead of the closest thing it has to competition, Olympic champion Japan. They have 12.1 points on injury-plagued Russia, a gap so big, the defending silver medalists would need to throw in an extra routine to catch up. Defending world champion Yang Wei edged Hiroyuki Tomita for the highest individual score, a repeat of last year’s all-around final. China also had the highest scores on floor, still rings and parallel bars. Members of the public are being encouraged to report officers they see smoking, eating or chatting on duty – all of which are regarded as “harmful to the image of the police,” the newspaper said. ETC.: Panasonic extended its global Olympic sponsorship through 2016. The eight-year deal was signed in London by Panasonic president Fumio Ohtsubo and International Olympic Committee president Jacques Rogge. Terms weren’t announced, but a four-year sponsorship sells for $70 million or more. Cycling Italian cyclist Paolo Bettini won the third stage of the Spanish Vuelta in Luarca, and Oscar Freire held on to the overall leader’s gold jersey. The Quick Step-Innergetic team worked hard over the final quarter of the 95-mile course to lead the pack before the world champion sprinted to the finish, crossing in 4 hours, 8 minutes, 42 seconds. ETC.: Riding the grueling Tour de France bike race takes strength, stamina – and perhaps a heart nearly 40 percent bigger than normal. Researchers who examined the hearts of former Tour bikers found that the athletes’ hearts were from 20 to 40 percent larger than average, said Dr. Francois Carre of the Centre Hospitalier Universitaire de Rennes, France, speaking at a meeting of the European Society of Cardiology. The difference is attributable largely to rigorous training that expands the cyclists’ hearts. But researchers have not yet determined whether the athletes’ hearts were larger to begin with. Soccer The Galaxy’s Landon Donovan, DaMarcus Beasley and Clint Dempsey lead a full-strength roster picked by U.S. coach Bob Bradley for Sunday’s exhibition game against Brazil at Soldier Field in Chicago. Ten of the 11 players who started in the Americans’ 1-0 loss at Sweden on Aug. 22 were selected, with Chivas USA defender Jonathan Bornstein the lone player dropped from the 19-man roster. ETC.: The Glazer family said it will not sell Manchester United, despite reports of potential billion-dollar takeover bids from China and United Arab Emirates. “United is not for sale,” the family’s spokesman said. “The Glazer family is 100 percent committed to long-term investment and ownership in the club … demonstrated by the expenditure during the transfer window.The position has not changed, nor will it.” … Thierry Henry, one of European soccer’s best players, and former model Claire Merry divorced after four years of marriage. Basketball Dirk Nowitzki had 35 points and 11 rebounds in Germany’s 83-78 overtime victory against the Czech Republic on the opening day of the European basketball championships in Madrid, Spain. In Alicante, Tony Parker scored 16 points and France held off Poland, 74-66. A buzzer-beating 3-pointer by Jaka Lakovic lifted Slovenia past Olympic runner-up Italy, 69-68, in Group D. Defending champion Greece opened with a 76-66 win over Israel in a Group A match in Granada, and Andrei Kirilenko’s 24 points and 12 rebounds led Russia over Serbia, 73-65. NBA All-Star forward Pau Gasol scored 19 and Spain routed Portugal, 82-56, in Seville, to begin its campaign to become the third country to lift the European trophy while holding the world title. Latvia surprised Croatia, 85-77, in the other Group B match. Horse racing Edgar Prado, who rode Barbaro to a Kentucky Derby victory in 2006, will be sidelined at least six weeks after breaking his right ankle at Saratoga Race Course. Prado was hurt Saturday when his mount, Admiral Bird, stumbled after running the seventh race. The jockey fell to the turf course and remained there several minutes while being treated by paramedics. ETC.: Heavily favored Heartswideopen, breaking from the outside post, drifted toward the inside rail but recovered to edge SF Royal Bank by a nose in the $1.9 million All American Futurity at Ruidoso Downs, N.M. The Texas-bred Heartswideopen, with Oscar Hernandez aboard, put 68-year-old trainer Carl Draper back in the winner’s circle in the richest event in quarter horse racing. Draper also won in 2004 with hard-charging DM Shicago. … Timber Reserve swept past the leaders on the far turn, fought off a tough challenge from Xchanger and won the $1 million Pennsylvania Derby at Philadelphia Park. The 3-year-old horse won in his first race of the year. Cable Boy, the pacesetter in the Haskell Invitational last month at Monmouth Park, grabbed the lead out of the gate. Timber Reserve and jockey Javier Castellano took charge of the 11/8-mile race around the far turn. Motorsports Defending Top Fuel champion Tony Schumacher took the NHRA playoff lead in Dermont, Ind., with his sixth U.S. Nationals victory in eight years. Schumacher drove away from Larry Dixon in the final, finishing in 4.575 seconds at 331.94 mph, to earn a spot in the winner’s circle with Funny Car victor Mike Ashley, Pro Stock points leader Dave Connolly, and Pro Stock Motorcycle winner Craig Treble. The three-time defending world champion leads the points standings for the first time this season. He’s 31 points ahead of second-place Dixon and 102 in front of fifth-place Bob Vandergriff, with the top four drivers after the four-race playoff advancing to the championship round. Quotable Hank Biesiot, who thought Dickinson State would be just one stop in his college football coaching career, but more than three decades later, he finds himself still there at 62: “When I came here as an assistant, I thought I’d be here two to four years. Then my wife wouldn’t leave town after four years. … You come to a time where you say it’s time to quit, but there’s always the next game. I’m not in this to accomplish anything. Just be at the next game, that’s all I ever wanted to accomplish.”160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! The United States goes today. It has no designs on catching China, only trying to get there next year for the Olympics. To do that, it must move up at least one spot from last year’s 13th-place finish. Olympics Ahead of the Beijing Olympics, Chinese have been told to line up, use proper English and stop spitting. Now police are being told that slack behavior such as shooting the breeze or smoking could get them in trouble. China is conducting a wide-ranging experiment in social re-engineering in the run-up to the 2008 Beijing Summer Games. The thinking is that anything less than upstanding behavior by officials and the public could reflect badly on the country as a whole. “We will spare no effort to do a great job for the Games and beyond,” Beijing traffic officer Zeng Qinghui was quoted as saying by the official China Daily newspaper. last_img read more

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A New Killer Virus in China

In June 2012, three men removing slag from a derelict copper mine in southwestern China fell ill with severe pneumonia and died. Six months later, researchers went spelunking in the mine—an artificial cave hewn from a hillside—in search of pathogens. After taking anal swabs from bats, rats, and musk shrews living in the cave, the team has discovered what it says is a new virus that may have felled the workers.The presumed pathogen resembles a genus of viruses known as henipaviruses, two of which are deadly: Hendra virus, discovered 20 years ago in Australia when it started killing horses—since then, four people who came in contact with infected horses have died—and Nipah virus, the cause of periodic outbreaks in people in Southeast Asia since 1998. The third confirmed henipavirus, Cedar virus, was first reported in Australia in 2012; it does not appear to infect humans. For all three species, the animals that harbor the virus in the wild—the natural reservoir—appear to be fruit-eating bats called flying foxes.The new virus, named Mojiang paramyxovirus (MojV) after the county in Yunnan province where it was found, joins a growing list of species that share genetic similarities with henipaviruses and members of the Paramyxoviridae family that includes henipaviruses. The bats and shrews in the Yunnan cave tested negative for the new henipa-like virus; three of nine rats were infected. “It is not totally surprising to find henipa-like sequences in rodents,” as rats are the natural reservoir for some paramyxoviruses, says Lin-Fa Wang of the Australian Animal Health Laboratory in Geelong, who was not involved in the Mojiang study. MojV “could be a ‘bridging’ virus between those in bats and rodents,” says Wang, one of the leaders of the team that discovered Cedar virus. 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Required fields are indicated by an asterisk (*) Email The three victims in Yunnan succumbed long before scientists arrived on the scene, so “we have not established a direct relationship between human infection and MojV,” says Qi Jin, director of the State Key Laboratory for Molecular Virology and Genetic Engineering in Beijing, and leader of the new work, reported in the June issue of Emerging Infectious Diseases. The new virus and any relatives, if they exist, are keeping a low profile. Jin’s team sampled bats from the cave in Mojiang a second time and again came up empty. More recently, he says, a “systemic viral survey” in 38 bat species across China conducted by his team failed to turn up any henipaviruses. He believes rodents should be further investigated as potential wildlife reservoirs of henipavirus. But for the time being, Jin says, MojV is “more likely a curiosity.”*Correction, 21 March, 11:28 a.m.: The original version of this article did not contain a link to the research paper. We have corrected this. Sign up for our daily newsletter Get more great content like this delivered right to you! Country read more

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