NEWS SCAN: E coli strain in outbreak named, foot-and-mouth battle in South Korea, H5N1 in Indonesia

first_imgMay 3, 2010E coli strain in three-state outbreak identified, source notThe strain of non-O157 Escherichia coli that has caused recent illnesses in Ohio, Michigan, and New York has been identified, but the food source remains unknown, according to health officials. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has identified the strain as O145, which, like O157, produces Shiga toxin, according to Jennifer House, spokeswoman for the Ohio Department of Health. A CDC team arrived in Ohio yesterday to assist in the investigation, House told CIDRAP News. About 15 cases have been confirmed in the outbreak so far. House said Ohio has 6 confirmed, 2 probable, and 5 suspected cases, all in the Columbus area. In Ann Arbor, Mich., Washtenaw County Public Health has reported 8 confirmed cases, with 13 more awaiting confirmation. One case has been reported in New York. College students, including some from Ohio State and the University of Michigan, have been among the patients in all three states, according to press reports.South Korea battles foot-and-mouth diseaseSouth Korea is stepping up quarantine efforts after foot-and-mouth disease (FMD) struck a state livestock research institute and forced the culling of all the animals there, Agence France-Presse reported today. The highly contagious disease hit the Livestock and Veterinary Science Institute, 96 miles south of Seoul, leading to the destruction of 1,549 beef cattle and hogs. The outbreak there—the 10th FMD eruption in South Korea since Apr 9—prompted the establishment of more roadblocks and quarantine posts, the report said. The institute is close to areas that have major cattle farms. On a visit to the institute yesterday, Agriculture Minister Chang Tae-Pyong called for “all-out efforts” to contain the outbreak. About 49,000 animals have already been killed to contain the disease, and the government has paid farmers about $49 million in compensation so far this year. In 2001 a major FMD outbreak in Britain led to the destruction of 7 million cattle, crippling the nation’s livestock industry.Indonesian girl dies of H5N1 infectionA hospital official said a 4-year-old Indonesian girl has died from an H5N1 avian influenza infection, Reuters reported today. The girl, from Pekanbaru, Sumatra, died on Apr 28, Azizman Saad, head of the avian flu unit at Pekanbaru’s Arifin Achmad Hospital, told Reuters. If her illness is confirmed by the World Health Organization, she will be listed as Indonesia’s 164th H5N1 case-patient and 136th fatality. Saad said three other people from an area northeast of Pekanbaru have been hospitalized with suspected H5N1 infections. The patients did not have contact with the girl who died, but came down with high fevers after they touched dead chickens. He said mass poultry deaths had been reported in the area. The suspected cases are in a mother, her 7-year-old child, and a 5-year-old girl from the same district. They were hospitalized on Apr 30, and hospital officials are awaiting the results of H5N1 tests, Saad said.last_img read more

Heinrich Votes For $484 Billion Interim COVID-19 Emergency Relief Package For Small Businesses And Hospitals

first_imgU.S. Sen. Martin HeinrichWASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) issued the following statement this afternoon after voting for the interim COVID-19 emergency relief package, which passed the Senate today. A summary of the legislation is available here.“This stopgap legislation is designed to quickly shore up the economic relief programs targeted for small businesses, provide more funding to our health care providers, and set the foundation for a much larger, national testing infrastructure that is absolutely critical to restoring confidence and reopening our economy. Resuming normal life relies on making COVID-19 testing readily available in every single community in every corner of the country, and ensuring that data is accessible and transparent.“It was clearly urgent to get more funds into programs like the Paycheck Protection Program and Economic Injury Disaster Loans that can serve as critical lifelines for small businesses and nonprofits. I am disappointed and deeply frustrated with the shortcomings in the delivery of these programs by the Trump administration. I hope the additional funding and key fixes to these programs in this legislation will allow the small businesses who need help–not just those who are well-connected–to finally receive it.“We still need to do so much more to invest in a broader public health response that’s rooted in science, and a strong long-term economic recovery in the aftermath of the pandemic. I am not done fighting for New Mexico’s priorities as the negotiations continue between the Senate, the House of Representatives, and the White House on the next major bill to protect our health and rebuild our country.”last_img read more

Can this man fix housing?

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Planning reforms disappoint

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Pre-Qualification for LNG Purchase for Samsoe Ferry Launched

first_imgSamsø Kommune, the local authorities of the island of Samsø, Denmark, invited companies to be prequalified to participate in a tender for a “turn-key” LNG supply solution for ferry operation. The new ferry which will be operating between Samsø and Hou in Jutland will be the first Danish ferry to be powered by LNG.The preliminary main particulars of the turn-key solution are as follows:Consumables: Supply and delivery of LNG to the ferry operation. Minimum quality as required for the engine type Wartsila 6L20DF – i.e. min. LHV 28 MJ/Nm3 – min. Methane number 80.Installation: Supply and delivery of necessary installation (pumps, tanks, trucks etc) as may be required for the daily bunkering of LNG to the ferry. An estimated 10-12 cum LNG shall be bunkered daily – in only one procedure. Minimum bunkering time is essential to the operation.Training: Necessary training of dedicated Vessel Crew, allowing for the Vessel Crew to carry out the daily bunkering procedures.The deadline for submitting documentation is no later than 17th of February.You can find more information on this link.[mappress]LNG World News Staff, January 31, 2014last_img read more

HMCTS reveals details of extended court hours scheme

first_imgDetailed plans for the flexible operating hours scheme have been published, as the government ploughs on with plans to change how courts work in England and Wales.The pilot scheme, which will be held in 11 courtrooms in England and Wales, is intended to create a system where people work different – but not extended – hours.HM Courts and Tribunals Service today tendered for an independent organisation to evaluate the pilots, with the brief to test whether flexible operating hours can support a more efficient and effective justice system.An accompanying paper aims to ‘demystify’ the pilots for sceptical lawyers and asks for feedback on the proposals as they stand.Officials will undertake a series of roadshows over the coming months to engage with the legal profession and others on the wider reform programme.It is expected a full evaluation of the scheme, along with recommendations for the future, will be published in late 2018.Susan Acland-Hood, HMCTS chief executive, said: ‘The prospectus reflects our desire to continue engaging with all those who use and work in our courts, and to seek further ideas for how we might make the system work effectively for all, including looking further at wider court listing and scheduling issues.’HMCTS says it will not expect any individual, to work for more hours in a day than they currently do. Flexible operating hours are unlikely to apply for long, complex trials and will be used only where the circumstances of the case – in particular the nature of people involved – ‘explicitly’ suit different hours.The proposal in the Crown court is to pilot two four-hour hearing sessions, with a short break in between. The sessions, from 9.30am to 1.30pm and from 2pm to 6pm, would involve different cases, judges and parties and ensure a 60% increase on the current five hours of hearing time.The Crown court tests will be held in Newcastle and Blackfriars, London (which will also host a trial of the scheme in the magistrates’ court).At Highbury Corner Magistrates’ Court, the pilot will start at 10am, with the court sitting over three, three-hour sessions and finishing at 8.30pm.At Sheffield Magistrates’ Court, proceedings will start at 8am and finish at 6.30pm, again spread over three, three-hour sessions.At Brentford County Court, the proposal is to run an additional half-day either before or after the current court day. Listings vary over the 12-week period but will start on some days at 8am and finish on others at 8pm. Early sessions are limited to warrant suspensions, civil applications of less than 30 minutes, and adjourned possession work. Later sessions involve small claims, telephone case management hearings and civil applications lasting less than an hour.The fifth pilot, at Manchester Civil Justice Centre, is a variation of the Brentford model except with a wider range of hearings. There will be more ability to opt out of the scheme at Manchester than for other courts.The pilot is expected to last from February until August 2018 before officials take until October 2018 to evaluate the pilots and make a final data collection.last_img read more

More courts reopen this week for socially-distanced business

first_imgHM Courts & Tribunals Service is reopening another 16 courts this week after they were assessed to be suitable to holding socially-distanced hearings. Lord chancellor Robert Buckland QC said the latest development will give people confidence justice can continue to be done safely.Around 159 courts have remained open during the Covid-19 pandemic. A further nine opened in the last few weeks. Today, HMCTS said each building at the 16 sites reopening this week has been individually assessed and will follow strict public health guidance.The 16 courts are: Romford Magistrates’ Court, Barnet Civil and Family Centre, Derby Combined Court, Chesterfield Justice Centre, Mansfield Magistrates and County Court, Bolton Combined Court (Crown only), Southend County Court, Horsham Law Courts, Canterbury Combined Court, Aylesbury Crown Court, Portsmouth Magistrates’ Court, Salisbury Law Courts, Swindon Magistrates’ Court, Newport Crown Court, Merthyr Tydfil Combined Court, and Llandudno Magistrates’ Court.Buckland said: ‘Throughout the coronavirus outbreak, court staff and the judiciary have worked tirelessly to make sure justice has not stood still and I’m pleased that we are now in a position to reopen more of our buildings. A functioning justice system is one of the hallmarks of a healthy democracy and today’s update will give confidence to people up and down the country that justice can continue to be done in a way that is safe for all court users.’The lord chief justice, Lord Burnett of Maldon, said a remarkable volume of work has continued through lockdown, much of it being conducted by judges from home. ‘Reopening all of the court estate, using additional accommodation and continuing to use technology imaginatively will enable us to return to and surpass pre-lockdown volumes, helping manage the growing caseload,’ he said.A working group made up of government officials, judges, legal bodies and victims’ groups, is working on identifying so-called ‘nightingale’ courts, which would be based in public spaces such as civic centres or university moot courts, to allow traditional court buildings to safely manage more work.Jury trials, which were paused at the start of lockdown, have returned at seven Crown courts. *The Law Society is keeping the coronavirus situation under review and monitoring the advice it receives from the Foreign & Commonwealth Office and Public Health England. Please see the Gazette’s dedicated coronavirus page here >>center_img Find advice and updates here.last_img read more

All you need to know about abscess

first_imgWhen the inside of your mouth gets hurt or irritated, bacteria may enter and cause an infection, creating what is know as a abscess. Seen as painful swelling filled with pus, an abscess forms a barrier around the infection, as one way your body tries to keep bacteria from spreading.But left untreated, the infection can damage surrounding bone and teeth. Sometimes a fistula, or hollow tunnel, forms through the bone and skin to allow pus to drain. You might see or feel this opening inside your mouth, or a strange taste in your mouth. Building pressure can also make abscesses painful. Draining the abscess through a fistula reduces the pain, but the infection still needs to be treated.CausesA gum abscess (also called a periodontal abscess) is usually caused by an infection in the space between the tooth and gum. The infection may occur after food gets trapped between the gum and tooth. In people with severe periodontal disease, bacteria can build up under the gum and in the bone.A tooth-related abscess (also called a periapical abscess) occurs inside the tooth when bacteria invades the dental pulp — the innermost part of the tooth that contains blood vessels, nerves and connective tissue. This happens when the tooth’s nerve is dead or dying. This type of abscess shows up at the tip of the tooth’s root, and spreads to the surrounding bone.SymptomsPain will occur in the affected area when biting, and touching the area may be painful. There would be increased sensitivity to cold or hot food and liquids, as well as a foul taste. Patients may experience fever, Dysphagia (swallowing difficulties) and InsomniaRisk FactorsNot taking proper care of your teeth and gums — such as not brushing your teeth twice a day and not flossing — can increase your risk of tooth decay, gum disease, tooth abscess, and other dental and mouth complications. Also, frequently eating and drinking foods rich in sugar, such as sweets and sodas, can contribute to dental cavities and turn into a tooth abscess.TreatmentAbscesses are always serious because the infection may spread to other parts of the body. Call your dentist for an appointment.If you can see or feel a pimple-like swelling on your gum, rinse your mouth several times a day with a mild salt-water solution. Use 1/2 teaspoon of salt in 8 ounces of water. This may help draw the pus out and relieve pressure. Even if the rinse seems to help, you still need to see your dentist as soon as possible.What your Dentist will do Most gum abscesses will heal quickly after the area is cleaned thoroughly, the trapped pus is allowed to escape and the infection is treated. The abscess needs to be cut out (incised) and the pus, which contains bacteria, drained away. The patient will be given a local anesthetic.Treating a periapical abscess: Root canal treatment will be used to remove the abscess. A drill is used to bore a hole into the dead tooth, so that the pus can come out. Any damaged tissue will be removed from the pulp. A root filling is then inserted into the space to prevent subsequent infections.Treating a periodontal abscess: The abscess will be drained and the periodontal pocket cleaned. The surfaces of the tooth’s root will then be smoothed out by scaling and smoothing (planning) below the gum line. This helps the tooth heal and prevents further infections from occurring.Dr Sharon Robinson DDS may be reached at The Dental Place, located at 6738 W Sunrise Blvd, Suite #105, Plantation, Fl. 33313. Dr Robinson may be contacted at 954-792-1857 or visit the website read more

Fears grow as ‘gentrification’ nears

first_imgFears grow as ‘gentrification’ nearsZillow has released its study of the “Hottest Housing Markets for 2017” breaking down the five housing markets in Miami-Dade and Fort-Lauderdale metro areas expected to gain the most value in 2017. According to their report, Little Haiti is expected to outgrow every other neighborhood from Homestead to Fort Lauderdale with a projected 4.6 percent increase in property values. According to, the median home sale price in Little Haiti at the moment is $180,000, which is slightly down from last year.The 441 corridor in Miami’s Liberty City, among others round out the top five. Given Zillow’s incoming forecast and the recent development proposed for the Wynwood area, 2017 is expected to be the year Little Haiti’s anti-gentrification activists lose their battle against the slew of wealthy developers.In November, developer Tony Cho announced plans to turn his newly opened music venue Magic City Studios into a block-sized “innovation district,” which will turn 45,000 square feet of space on NE Second Avenue between 60th and 64th Streets into restaurants, shops, and music venue.SPV Realty, the New York-based company that owns the Design Place apartment complex on 50th Street, has filed plans to replace it with a complex featuring 2,798 apartments, 418 hotel rooms, 283,798 square feet of retail space, 97,103 square feet of office space, and more than 4,600 parking spaces in an area just south of Churchill’s Pub and Sweat Records on NE Second Avenue. Plans show the complex to include towers as tall as 28 stories.After protesters showed up to Miami’s Urban Development Review Board’s last meeting in December, the board delayed voting on the project. The project will come up for a vote again this month.last_img read more