Canada finds another new flu strain in farm workers

first_imgJul 8, 2009 (CIDRAP News) – Public health officials in Canada yesterday announced that they have detected a new influenza strain—one that contains human seasonal flu and a swine flu virus—in two workers on a Saskatchewan hog farm. Canada said it has notified the World Health Organization (WHO) about the new virus, as required under international health regulations. Douglas, the province’s chief veterinary officer, said in the statement, “It is important to remember that only healthy hogs go to slaughter and that pork is safe to eat. Influenza is not transmitted by eating pork products.” Initial testing on the pigs indicates they were infected with swine influenza A, common in swine herds, but not the new human strain found in the workers, the Public Health Agency said. Further surveillance will be conducted on Saskatchewan’s hog industry workers, and the Canadian Food Inspection Agency is providing the province with guidance on swine herd surveillance. Saskatchewan’s health agency said in a statement yesterday that additional responses include reinforcing biosecurity measures at the affected farm and vaccinating the hog farm’s workers. The workers had mild illness and have recovered, and authorities are investigating a third suspected case, the Public Health Agency of Canada said in statement yesterday. Dr Greg Douglas, Saskatchewan’s chief veterinary officer, told Reuters today that the new virus contains genes from the seasonal human H1N1 flu strain and a triple reassortant H3N2 strain that is common in swine populations. It added that in most cases, viruses such as the one found in the hog farm workers are not transmitted easily between humans. “To date, there is no evidence that this strain has transmitted between humans,” the agency said. However, the events highlight the need for ongoing surveillance in pig populations to monitor for changes, Bridges said.center_img Jul 7 Saskatchewan Health press release Canada’s health minister Leona Ablukkaq said federal officials are working with Saskatchewan to learn more about the new virus. “Preliminary results indicate the risk to public health is low and that Canadians who have been vaccinated against the regular, seasonal flu should have some immunity to this new flu strain,” she said in the statement. The virus detected in Canadian hog farm workers is not a pandemic flu threat because it contains external human virus proteins—the part the immune system recognizes, she said. “That’s what matters most, and the flu vaccine provides good coverage. A large proportion of the population has some preexisting immunity.” Sustained transmission of the new virus among humans is unlikely, she added. Dr Carolyn Bridges, associate director of epidemiologic science in the US Center for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC’s) influenza division, told CIDRAP News that the reassortment event in Canada isn’t surprising. “We know that humans pass influenza viruses to pigs on a regular basis,” she said, adding that the human seasonal H3N2 influenza virus first entered North American swine herds in 1998 and that multiple reassortment events have been detected since then. See also: “This is just another demonstration of how dynamic these viruses are,” Bridges said. Jul 7 Public Health Agency of Canada press releaselast_img read more

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Maurizio Sarri predicts Premier League title race after Chelsea’s defeat to Liverpool

first_img Maurizio Sarri speaks after Chelsea lose 2-0 to LiverpoolTo view this video please enable JavaScript, and consider upgrading to a web browser that supports HTML5 video Play VideoLoaded: 0%0:00Progress: 0%PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration Time 4:20FullscreenMaurizio Sarri speaks after Chelsea lose 2-0 to Liverpoolhttps://metro.co.uk/video/maurizio-sarri-speaks-chelsea-lose-2-0-liverpool-1905494/This is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.More: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man CityThe defeat at Anfield has left Chelsea fourth in the Premier League table but they could be overtaken by both Manchester United and Arsenal if they win all of their games in hand.Asked about Chelsea’s top-four chances, Sarri said: ‘It’s not easy of course but we have to fight to the end.‘It will be very hard for every team in the last month of the season.‘We can expect very strange results in last month because we are tiring like all the other teams.’More: Manchester United FCRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starNew Manchester United signing Facundo Pellistri responds to Edinson Cavani praiseEx-Man Utd coach blasts Ed Woodward for two key transfer errors Maurizio Sarri’s Chelsea were beaten by Liverpool at Anfield (Getty Images)Maurizio Sarri believes the Premier League title race is too close to call and feels the difference between Liverpool and Manchester City will be a maximum of two points.Pep Guardiola’s side briefly moved to the top of the Premier League with a 3-1 victory over Manchester City earlier on Sunday but Liverpool retook the lead with their 2-0 win against Chelsea at Anfield.Goals from Sadio Mane and Mohamed Salah were enough for Jurgen Klopp’s side to put the pressure back on City, who still have one game in hand over their rivals.Asked who he thinks will win the title after Chelsea’s defeat to Liverpool, Sarri replied: ‘It’s very difficult to say.ADVERTISEMENT Advertisement Mohamed Salah scored a stunning goal in Liverpool’s 2-0 win over Chelsea (Getty Images)‘Probably it will depend on a post in or a post out.AdvertisementAdvertisement‘It’s so close.‘The difference will be one or two points, no more.’ Commentcenter_img Metro Sport ReporterSunday 14 Apr 2019 7:33 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link573Shares Maurizio Sarri predicts Premier League title race after Chelsea’s defeat to Liverpool Advertisementlast_img read more

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Section of SR 229 closed Monday for culvert repair

first_imgBallstown, IN—INDOT maintenance crews will close S.R. 229 just south of C.R. 50 E. in Ripley County on Monday, September 23, weather permitting, to replace a culvert.The road will be closed from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. while crews complete the replacement. The official detour for the closure is S.R. 48 to S.R. 129.last_img

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Mobile Clinic provides care to homeless

first_imgSamuel Cohen, a senior majoring in health promotion and disease prevention, wanted to go beyond learning in classrooms by gaining work experience in Los Angeles. With aspirations of becoming a pediatric orthopaedic surgeon, he joined the Mobile Clinic at USC student organization as a sophomore to supplement his college education by giving back to the community. Photo courtesy of Samuel Cohen.“At USC, we’re in a location where we have such an opportunity to really make a difference within the community and so that’s why this was a way for me to get clinical experience,” Cohen said. “As much as learning in a textbook, to me, one of the best parts about USC was being able to go out and do meaningful work in the community.”USC Mobile Clinic is a student organization where undergraduates work alongside USC medical students, physicians, pharmacists, occupational therapists and other health professionals to deliver medical care and provide for the needs of Los Angeles’ homeless population. Since the organization’s launch in Spring 2016, mobile clinics have been set up at different homeless shelters where patients can go to receive primary care check-ups. According to USC Mobile Clinic Vice President Courtney Cho, many patients within the homeless population in particular  do not have access to primary care doctors.“Being at the shelters, especially exposed to various illnesses and because a lot of them spend their days at the shelter or wander around looking for jobs, the population itself is more prone to contracting diseases,” said Cho, a junior majoring in human biology. “Having a primary care doctor is important to ensure they have good health.”According to Cohen, patients are seen by an occupational therapist during their primary check-up. During this appointment, they are evaluated for possible approaches and treatments. The medical students help the attending physicians with determining the situation and if the patient should be referred to a specialized medic for a follow-up appointment. Cohen said that because patients have access to these appointments from the shelters, the follow-up attendance rate was about 15 percent. In order to help increase attendance by making transportation for patients more convenient, Cohen created the Advocate Care Program within the USC Mobile Clinic in Spring 2017. According to Cohen, since the program was started, the patient attendance rate has increased to 95 percent.“So I started this program where we, as undergraduates, help get these patients to their doctor’s appointment,” Cohen said. “We would take public transportation, go to the shelter, pick up the patient, bring them to their doctor’s appointment, check them in, and then set them up with transportation to go back home.” Although the organization used this model for a while, the system became inefficient due to the unreliability of public transportation and student volunteers’ conflicting class schedules.Last week, Uber made a deal with the organization to provide free transportation for patients and volunteers to and from the clinics. In addition to the Advocate Care Program, USC Mobile Clinic also runs the Shelter Days program, where students bring in board games and hygiene kits — including toiletries such as shampoo, deodorant and feminine products — to shelters.“We go in and we play games with our patients and get to build relationships and a sense of camaraderie with them,” said Joshrick Sablan, a sophomore majoring in human biology who is a member of the organization. “That way, they’re a lot more comfortable with us when we provide our health care clinics.”Sablan said he hopes that USC Mobile Clinic will grow in the future and expand its outreach to the homeless community in the Greater Los Angeles area. “As undergraduates, we don’t yet have the medical expertise to provide medical care, but we can do the next best thing by ensuring that patients can actually go to the doctors who have the training to treat them and thereby ensure the continuity of care that they deserve,” Cohen said.last_img read more

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Sexual abuse: French investigation exposes skating coaches

first_img Associated Press Television News Written By More than 20 coaches working with the French ice skating federation or its clubs have been identified following an investigation into accusations of sexual assault, harassment or violence, the French ministry of sports said on Tuesday.The fact-finding probe was launched in February at the request of the sports ministry after 10-time French champion Sarah Abitbol said in a book she was raped by skating coach Gilles Beyer from 1990-92, when she was a teen. Her revelations led to the resignation of the long-serving head of France’s skating federation, Didier Gailhaguet, who denied protecting the coach.In the wake of Abitbol’s accusations, more skaters spoke out to denounce alleged sexual violence from coaches over a 30-year period.After conducting hearings and analyzing athletes’ testimonies on a dedicated platform set up by the ministry, the probe found out 12 coaches have been accused of harassment or sexual assault, including three who were sentenced to prison terms. In addition, seven cases of physical or verbal violence were reported, while two other cases related to trainers who died before the end of judicial proceedings.“The volume of cases identified is indicative of practices and behaviours that have been replicated through generations of coaches,” the ministry said. “It is unparalleled internationally.”The investigation also pointed out a “real alcohol problem” among some skating coaches.Paris prosecutors opened a criminal investigation after Abitbol accused Beyer. According to the sports ministry, one coach was placed in detention in February while five others were banned in April from coaching. All of the administrative investigations that had stopped because of the coronavirus lockdown in France have resumed.The Associated Press does not normally name sexual assault victims but Abitbol accused Beyer in a book published last week and has also spoken about her personal experience on television.(Image Credit Pixabay) COMMENT First Published: 4th August, 2020 18:01 IST SUBSCRIBE TO UScenter_img Last Updated: 4th August, 2020 18:01 IST Sexual Abuse: French Investigation Exposes Skating Coaches More than 20 coaches working with the French ice skating federation or its clubs have been identified following an investigation into accusations of sexual assault, harassment or violence, the French ministry of sports said on Tuesday. WATCH US LIVE LIVE TV FOLLOW USlast_img read more

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Crystal Palace 2-1 Man City: Citizens’ title quest all but over now

first_imgCrystal Palace more or less confirmed their Premier League status for next season, and more or less confirmed Chelsea as Premier League champions for this season, thanks to a skilful and disciplined performance.Manchester City’s grip on the Premier League title was loosened further after a controversial Glenn Murray goal put Crystal Palace on the way to a 2-1 victory.Murray fired Palace ahead in the first half, despite both he and Scott Dann appearing to be offside, and Jason Puncheon crashed in a superb second to deal what looks to be a fatal blow to City’s already slim hopes of retaining their crown.The fading champions pulled one back through Yaya Toure but are now nine points adrift of leaders Chelsea, having slipped to fourth place following wins for Arsenal and Manchester United over Easter.So poor is their current form — three defeats in five matches — that City have suddenly found themselves as the team Liverpool and Tottenham will be eyeing up as they attempt to steal fourth spot and, unthinkably, deny them a Champions League place.By contrast it was another big scalp and a memorable night for Palace, whose revival under manager Alan Pardew shows no sign of letting up. –last_img read more

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Olympia Fall Arts Walk Features New Event Shuttle

first_imgFacebook7Tweet0Pin0Submitted by City of OlympiaOlympia Fall Arts Walk takes place Friday, October 5 (5:00 p.m. ‐ 10:00 p.m.) and Saturday, October 6 (12:00 p.m. ‐ 5:00 p.m.). This year introduces a new shuttle to connect downtown locations and increase event accessibility. An event mini-bus will loop the downtown area on both Friday and Saturday during regular event times. Pick up locations will be at The Olympia Center, near the LOTT’s Wet Science Center, Artesian Well, Arts Walk Core, and near Columbia St & 5th Avenue. The shuttle is free and wheelchair accessible. The exact route can be found in both the online interactive map and the printed event maps, available now at participating downtown business, The Olympia Center and Olympia City Hall.To download an Arts Walk map, and for event previews & highlights visit: www.olympiawa.gov/artswalkTo access our online interactive map visit: www.olympiawa.gov/artswalkmapFollow the event on the City of Olympia Facebook page at: https://www.facebook.com/cityofolympiaAbout Arts WalkOlympia Arts Walk is a semi-annual community event celebrating the arts both regionally and nationally. Since October 1990, thousands gather in downtown Olympia in both the fall and spring for a festive arts experience that uses creativity to connect and engage people. Many of our unique downtown businesses and organizations transform their spaces into creative hubs filled with art, demonstrations, and performances. In the streets and sidewalks you will find pop up performances and places to connect around almost every corner.Attendees are encouraged to carpool or take public transportation to and from the event. Please be aware of event related street closures and tow zones.Arts Walk is presented by the City of Olympia Parks, Arts & Recreation Department and Olympia Arts Commission, with support from Art House Designs, Capitol City Press, Capitol Heating & Cooling, Timberland Bank, MIXX 96fm and Oly Arts.last_img read more

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This Bomber team soars to Mount Sentinel Junior Girl’s title

first_imgThe L.V. Rogers Bombers junior girls volleyball team strung together an undefeated streak to capture the Mount Sentinel Junior Girls Invitational tournament on Saturday afternoon.The Bombers needed a come-from-behind effort over J.L Crowe in the tournament final to clinch the title.In a spirited opening game of the match, the LVR team fell behind early and despite a strong comeback late in the game fell short 25-23 in the best-of-three. A back and forth second game saw LVR setter Hanna Quinn serve for the game which went to the Bombers 27-25. “The girls seemed to struggle with focus in this match,” said Bombers coach Jennifer Kidd.“After beating J.L. Crowe twice in two sets in the round robin, I think they were a little over confident. Then when they were down by quite a few points they became nervous and started to scramble. They needed to be aggressive and trust each other.”The Bombers found the groove that helped the team win the round robin of the tournament in the third game. The LVR juniors came out with a 15-8 win when middle Bailey Stefani put away the match with a solid hit. “What an amazing finish to the weekend,” said Kidd.“The girls came together and worked as a team, not an easy task when you’re down a few points. They listened to us and to each other, they trusted each other and dug in to fight for each and every point to finish the match.”[Assistant coach] Megan [Rushton] and I are so proud of the determination shown by each of the girls.”The Junior Bombers will now travel to Nakusp on Thursday for a play day.last_img read more

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The president of Inter Porto Alegre, positive for coronavirus

first_imgIn fact, Medeiros has been in quarantine since last Monday the test was carried out to find out whether he was a carrier of the coronavirus or not, which in Brazil has already caused seven deaths and infected about 650 people. “I appreciate the hundreds of messages I have received in recent days, not only from the Colorado nation, but also from people throughout Brazil. With serenity and collaboration, we are going to face that challenge together!” He said. The International has halted its activities indefinitely since last Tuesday. The main regional tournaments of Brazilian football, including the Gaúcho, in which Inter participates, have been suspended and the start of the League, scheduled for the first days of May, is in the air.Last week, the vice president of Flamengo, Mauricio Gomes de Mattos, also tested positive for coronavirus, which forced the entire staff of the Rio de Janeiro team, champion of the League and the Copa Libertadores in 2019, to undergo medical examinations. The coach of the black-red team, the Portuguese Jorge Jesus, came to be considered a suspicious case, although after three tests, the result was negative. The president of the International, Marcelo Medeiros, announced this Friday that he tested positive for a coronavirus test that he underwent last Monday, although he no longer has symptoms of the disease. “Following the protocols indicated by the health organs, I will continue in isolation for the next 14 days. All preventive measures have already been taken with family, friends and other members of the club,” Medeiros said in his social media accounts. The Porto Alegre club also reported that the 59-year-old manager no longer has symptoms after feeling fever and headache at the beginning of the week.last_img read more

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2nd Cecil Lake Fire Update

first_imgThe latest report on the size of the wildfire northeast of Fort St. John, near the Osborne River, indicates it remains about 340 hectares. Spokesperson Jillian Chimko has also indicated, that 80 fire fighters have been given a big assist, by the overnight rainfall in the area. Also assisted by four helicopters and five pieces of heavy equipment, they’ve succeeded in halting the spreadof the fireand, at last wordit was moving into a previously burnt area. The ligthning started blaze is not near any commercial or residential property but, it has been responsible for a lot of smoke in the Fort St. John area. However, authorities say it does not, and never did, represent a health danger.- Advertisement –last_img read more

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