Hard-to-identify E coli strain found in UK outbreak

first_img The cases in England occurred about the same time as the Scottish nursery outbreak. The English samples were received for testing between April 25 and May 4 in conjunction with cases of HUS. Typing showed the isolates to be the same, and the BBC reported that investigators from Scotland and England were working together to determine whether any common factors link the cases from the different regions. The outbreak strain grows on sorbitol-containing agar (SMAC) and does not grow on the selective media (CT-SMAC) usually used for Shiga toxin–producing E coli (STEC) O157. Thus, illness cases caused by this strain, called a sorbitol-fermenting strain, could be missed in laboratories unless other testing methods are used. Jun 8, 2006 (CIDRAP News) – An unusual strain of Escherichia coli O157 that standard laboratory culture methods cannot detect has been identified in a disease outbreak associated with a nursery in Scotland and in other cases in Scotland and England, according to recent news reports. In a BBC story, Dr Cowden said, “This unusual strain reacts differently in the laboratory from other types of E coli O157, and this is why we are interested in finding out more about it. It produces the same symptoms as other strains, and our advice to reduce the possibility of becoming infected with any type of E coli remains the same.” Four unrelated adult cases of infection with the same strain have been identified elsewhere in Scotland, as have four cases in Yorkshire and the Humber region in England, according to BBC News reports. Sorbitol-fermenting Vero cytotoxin-producing E coli O157 (VTEC O157). CDR Weekly 2006 May 25;16(21) [Full text of the issue] UK health authorities have issued revised guidelines to laboratories and specialists to address possible cases involving this strain, according to a report in the May 25 Communicable Disease Report Weekly, published by the UK Health Protection Agency. They recommend that when clinical symptoms suggest STEC, especially in children younger than 15 years and adults 65 or older, and presumptive sorbitol-nonfermenting E coli O157 colonies are not observed on SMAC or CT-SMAC, then sorbitol-fermenting colonies should be tested for agglutination with E coli O157 antiserum. Colonies that have positive agglutination tests should be identified as E coli and sent to the proper health laboratory for confirmation, phage typing, and detection of Shiga toxin genes. The disease outbreak began at a nursery in Dunfermline, Scotland, on May 9, and had involved 13 cases of gastrointestinal illness in children and adults by late May, according to BBC News reports. Four children were hospitalized for treatment for hemolytic uremic syndrome (HUS), physicians at the Royal Hospital for Sick Children in Glasgow told BBC News. Health Protection Scotland stated that the sorbitol-fermenting strain has been rare in the United Kingdom, the BBC reported. The strain had first been identified in Germany in 1988 and was thought to be restricted to continental Europe until 2002, when it was identified in Australia and the UK. See also: Dr John Cowden, a Health Protection Scotland consultant, said clinicians had been urged to ensure that this unusual strain of E coli was not missed when screening samples from patients suspected of having any type of E coli O157 infection.last_img read more

Ivory Coast records first coronavirus death: minister

first_imgPresident Alassane Ouattara declared a state of emergency last Monday to tackle the outbreak, imposing a curfew between 9:00 pm and 5:00 am, and shutting the country’s borders.He also banned movement in and out of the economic capital Abidjan, and closed bars, restaurants and schools.Neighboring Burkina Faso has recorded 222 cases of the virus and 12 deaths.Topics : Ivory Coast’s health minister announced the country’s first confirmed coronavirus death during a daily briefing Sunday on the outbreak there.Eugene Aka Aouele gave no details on the victim’s age or sex, but said the diagnosis had been made “post-mortem”.Aouele also announced another 25 cases of the virus had been recorded, bringing the official total in the country to 165.last_img

ABP purchases €360m of Belgian green bonds

first_imgThe metal industry scheme PME invested €100m in the CI III fund from Copenhagen Infrastructure Partners, which backs large projects for wind and solar energy as well as heat generation from biomass and waste.According to Marcel Andringa, the scheme’s executive director for asset management, the investment fitted within PME’s goal to have at least 10% of its investment portfolio contributing to the UN’s sustainable development goals by 2020.The investment in CI III is part of PME’s €250m mandate to its asset manager MN to increase its impact investments.According to PME, CI III will report on returns, carbon reduction and job creation.Copenhagen Infrastructure Partners was established in 2012 by a team from Danish energy firm DONG, in co-operation with the €31bn pension fund PensionDanmark.At the moment, the company manages three investment funds with total assets of €5bn. The €409bn Dutch civil service scheme ABP has purchased €360m worth of green bonds issued by the Belgian government.Meanwhile, PME, the €47bn pension fund for the metal and electro-technical engineering industry, has taken a €100m stake in a Danish fund for sustainable energy projects in Europe and the US.ABP said its investment was part of its goal to double its stake in sustainable development to €58bn by 2020.The scheme added that it would announce its progress in its annual report for responsible and sustainable investment later this year. Belgium wants to use the proceeds of the 15-year green bonds for projects including the construction of wind farms and rail infrastructure in and around Brussels.ABP declined to be specific about expected returns, but said that it fitted “within the regular expectations” for this asset class.Last year, the scheme purchased more than €100m of green bonds from SNCF Réseau, the manager of the French rail network.After France, Belgium is the second country in the euro-zone to issue green bonds.Last year, the large Dutch asset managers APG – ABP’s asset manager – PGGM and MN signed up for €967m of 22-year French green government paper.At the time, APG said that returns would be 1.74%, attributing the modest surplus return, relative to regular government bonds, to France’s desire to make a success of the euro-zone’s first green bond issuance.PME increases investments in sustainable energylast_img read more

Hopper Dredger LESSE Passes Sea Trials

first_imgThe sea trials of the 2,300m³ trailing suction hopper dredger (TSHD) LESSE have been completed successfully, informs Royal IHC.According to the shipbuilder, during the trials, the vessel and its dredging equipment were thoroughly tested in all conditions.The LESSE was built by IHC’s partner yard MTG Dolphin BV in Varna, Bulgaria.She will be the newest addition to the fleet of Baggerbedrijf de Boer – Dutch Dredging fleet and is based on the success of IHC-built TSHDs ALBATROS and MAHURY (delivered in 2013 and 2015 respectively).The dredger is designed to maintain sea and inland waterways, as well as perform land reclamation.It is equipped with the latest electronic system to improve positioning, sounding and execution of dredging work.With a dredging depth of 30m below the waterline and a hopper capacity of 2,300m³, the LESSE is extremely efficient and can be deployed worldwide.last_img read more

Semi finals of Kubuli/Vita Malt 1st Division Basketball League off to an exciting start

first_img 28 Views   no discussions Tweet NewsSports Semi finals of Kubuli/Vita Malt 1st Division Basketball League off to an exciting start by: – August 18, 2011 Share Sharing is caring!center_img Share Share The Semi-finals of the Kubuli/Vita Malt 1st Division got off to an exciting start last night at the Massacre Hard Court.Game 1 featured the upset minded Element Agencies Ole Skool vs. the defending champions, Wesley Raptors. Ole Skool came into this game with lots of confidence, having knocked out the 2010 runner-ups and Zone B Champs, Paix Bouche Snipers last weekend and were hoping to pull off another upset. However, the Raptors were up to the task, showing everyone why they were the champs last year, by jumping out to a 38 – 20 halftime lead. Sparked by their energetic guard, Curtis Akiel, who dazzled the fans with an array of 3 pointers and jump shots, Raptors were able to withstand a short run put together by Ole Skool in the 3rd quarter, and outscored Ole Skool by 11 points in the 4th quarter, eventually winning the game easily by the final score of 75 to 50. Top scorers for the Raptors were Curtis Akiel with a game high 21 points, Clem Telemaque with 16 points, Steve Hypolite with 13 points, and Devon Barton chipping in with 10 points while only Colbert Betrand with 14 points and Bert Benjamin with 10 points were able to score in double digits in a losing effort for Ole Skool.Raptors now lead this best of 3 semi-final series by 1 – 0, with the second game scheduled for 7pm on Friday, August 19th at the Lindo Park Hard Court.Game 2 featured the undefeated Goodwill Starz facing the most improved team of the year, Pichelin Pistons, who only lost 2 games in the regular season by a combined 5 points. In what turned out to be a very exciting game from start to finish, both teams came out ready to play and to put on a good display of basketball for their fans in attendance. After a relatively slow start, Starz took a narrow 14 – 13 lead at the end of the 1st quarter, but it was the Pistons who stole the show in the second quarter, with young Yannick Regis, showing why he is one of the Leagues leading scorers, slashing and driving to the basket, making an array of runners and off balance layups, giving his Pistons team a 32 – 26 lead at halftime. The Starz team, seeing who was doing most of the damage for the Pistons, made the necessary adjustments and started to defend the lane and to play pressure defense, frustrating Yannick into foul trouble and forcing the Pistons to turnover the ball, while converting their resulting fast breaks and making their open jump shots. Starz outscored the Pistons by 7 points in the 3rd quarter to take a narrow 1 point lead going into the 4th and final quarter, After Yannick fouled out early in the 4th quarter, it looked like the game was over for the Pistons with the Starz jumping out to a 13 point lead, but the Pistons showed much heart and determination to claw their way back into the game. And it was their other young star, Kijuan Thomas putting in work, driving to the basket and making two clutch 3 pointers to cut the lead to 4 in the final minutes of the game. Starz kept their poise, however, and were able to hold off the Pistons down the stretch and when the final whistle blew, it was the Starz who were victorious by the final score of 69 to 64. Top scorers for the Starz were Daynes Peters with 16 points, Kelsey Guye with 13 points, and Jason Samuel with 10 points, while Yannick Regis and Kijuan Thomas both had a game high of 23 points, with Kimael Registe helping out with 11 points for the Pistons in a losing effort. The Starz now lead this best of 3 semi-final series by 1 – 0, with the second game scheduled for 7pm on Saturday, August 20th at the Lindo Park Hard Court.Meanwhile, the Domlec Premier Division Playoffs begin this weekend with 2 knockout games being played. First off, at 9pm on Friday, August 19th, the No-Look team, with former NBA player Garth Joseph and perennial National Team player Bernard Mills, will take on the Dr. Mac T.R. Prowlers while at 9pm on Saturday, the United Insurance Sharks will face the 2011 Ball-a-rama Champs, the Dragon Stoute Pros. All games this weekend will be played at the Lindo Park Hard Court.By Damien SorhaindoDominica Amateur Basketball Associationlast_img read more

Chelsea boss lines up £60m bid for Alaba in massive January transfer swoop

first_imgChelsea are lining up £60million bid for Bayern Munich left-back David Alaba, according to reports. And at £60m for one of the best players in the world in his position, the Bayern star could even be considered a bargain. Alaba has been at Bayern since joining their youth ranks from Austria Wien in 2008 – and has gone on to play 361 times in all competitions. He has plenty of experience of winning trophies too, which could be invaluable for the young Blues squad, securing eight Bundesliga titles and the 2012-13 Champions League crown. Alaba is also handy in the centre of midfield, which could prove to be handy for Lampard. The Munich ace’s arrival could be fast-tracked too, with Emerson, 25, on the brink of heading to Italy to join Juventus. Read Also:Alaba: “I’m still benefitting from Pep Guardiola’s advice” Now the left-back could rekindle his relationship with Maurizio Sarri – his old boss at Chelsea – but has demanded first-team assurances after being left frustrated by his lack of action this term. Emerson’s dreadful season was summed up in last weekend’s win over Arsenal, when he was hauled off after just 35 minutes. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Loading… Promoted Content7 Ways To Understand Your Girlfriend BetterWhich Country Is The Most Romantic In The World?Pink Pineapples Exist – In Case You Didn’t Know18 Cities With Neverending Tourist-FlowCouples Who Celebrated Their Union In A Unique, Unforgettable Way6 Incredibly Strange Facts About Hurricanes11 Greatest Special Effects Movies Of All TimeBirds Enjoy Living In A Gallery Space Created For ThemWe’re Getting More Game Of Thrones: Enter House Of The Dragon!Some Impressive And Almost Shocking Robots That ExistWho Earns More Than Ronaldo?5 Of The World’s Most Unique Theme Parks The Blues are desperately short on the left side of defence, with Emerson Palmieri and Marcos Alonso struggling with form and injuries. Chelsea are lining up a £60m bid for David Alaba, according to reports Now boss Frank Lampard could turn to Austrian superstar Alaba, 27, in a bid to help strengthen Chelsea’s grip on the final top-four spot, say the Mirror. In his first season at the club, Lampard has been forced to play captain Cesar Azpilicueta on the left after being left less than impressed by Emerson or Alonso. Both natural left-backs are set to leave the club, either this month or in the summer. Lampard has been thrilled by the form of Reece James at right-back, with Tariq Lamptey yetanother encouraging youngster providing back-up. But a full-back tandem of James and Alaba would be the dream scenario.Advertisementlast_img read more

Supreme Court revamps divisions under CJ Peralta

first_imgThe temporary members in each of theSC’s three divisions were named since there are presently three vacancies inthe tribunal following the promotion of Peralta as Chief Justice, and theretirement of Associate Justice Francis Jardeleza on Sept. 26. MANILA – The Supreme Court (SC) has reorganized the membership in itsthree divisions following the assumption of Chief Justice Diosdado Peralta asthe 26th head of the Judiciary. The SC is now on its recess and willresume sessions on Nov. 4. Associate Justice Marvic Mario Victor Leonenis chairman of the third division with Associate Justices Alexander Gesmundo,Rosmari Carandang, and Zalameda as members. Javier is the temporary member. The second division is headed byAssociate Justice Estela Perlas Bernabe as chairperson with Associate JusticesAndres Reyes Jr., Ramon Paul Hernando, and Inting as members. Associate JusticeRodil Zalameda acts as a temporary member.center_img The High Court’s first division is nowcomposed of Peralta as chairperson, Associate Justice Alfredo Benjamin Caguioaas working chairperson, and Associate Justices Jose Reyes Jr. and Amy LazaroJavier as members. Associate Justice Henri Jean Paul Inting was named temporarymember. Meanwhile, Senior Associate JusticeAntonio Carpio retired from the service on Friday. The en banc or full-court rafflecommittee is now headed by Bernabe with Caguioa and Gesmundo as members and thedivision raffle committee is headed by Leonen with Andres Reyes Jr. and JoseReyes Jr. as members. (With a report fromPNA/PN)last_img read more

Estol A. Howlett

first_imgEstol A. Howlett, 87, of Aurora, Indiana, passed away Tuesday November 27, 2018 in Lawrenceburg, Indiana.He was born February 7, 1931 in Ripley County, Indiana, son of the late Fred Howlett and Anna (Sheriff) Howlett.Estol worked as a laborer for the Aurora Casket Company for many years.He enjoyed hunting and he loved to whittle; he made turkey calls as well as many other things. He also raised gourds and made bird houses. Estol raised cattle and farmed for many years. He enjoyed reading and gardening, but loved spending time with his loving wife and family.Estol is survived by his daughters, Karen (Cliff) Jackson of Aurora, IN, Tina Howlett (Walt Tinsley) of Lawrenceburg, IN; siblings, Fred Howlett of Rising Sun, IN., Ruth Matthews of West Harrison, IN,; grandchildren, Cody Jackson (Dahi Hale) of Cincinnati, OH. and Will (Becca) Jackson of Bright, IN; great grandson’s Charlie Estol, Henry Dean and Lewis Raymond Jackson.He was preceded in death by his parents; loving wife, Marlene A Howlett, a brother, Pete Howlett and a sister Lorna Ray Wesling.Friends will be received Friday, November 30, 2018, 12:00 pm – 2:00 pm at the Rullman Hunger Funeral Home, 219 Mechanic Street, Aurora, Indiana.Services will be held at the Funeral Home, at 2:00 pm with Pastor Tommy Beatly officiating.Interment will follow in the River View Cemetery, Aurora, Indiana.Contributions may be made to the Shriner’s Children Hospital. If unable to attend services, please call the funeral home office at (812) 926-1450 and we will notify the family of your donation with a card.Visit: www.rullmans.comlast_img read more

Two face felony drug charges after motel search warrant

first_imgMichael BowlingSeymour, In. — Thursday evening around 10 p.m. members of the Indiana State Police-Versailles All Crimes Policing Team served a search warrant at a Seymour hotel room which led to the seizure of suspected methamphetamine and the arrest of two men.The investigation began when troopers received information that drug activity was taking place at a room at the Allstate Inn.  The information led to troopers applying for and receiving a search warrant from the Jackson County Circuit Court.Upon arriving at the scene, a male, later identified as Michael W. Bowling, 39, fled from the troopers on foot.  While fleeing, Bowling allegedly tore open a baggy containing suspected methamphetamine and attempted to destroy it.  He was soon apprehended nearby.Christopher M. Dubois IIUpon searching the room at the Allstate Inn, troopers located a second man, identified as Christopher M. Dubois II, 35.  Dubois was found to be in possession of numerous hypodermic syringes and drug paraphernalia.  Additional suspected methamphetamine, syringes, and drug paraphernalia were located in the hotel room.During the investigation, troopers located and seized approximately an ounce of suspected methamphetamine, syringes, and drug paraphernalia.  Both Bowling and Dubois were arrested at the scene and incarcerated at the Jackson County Jail.Bowling was arrested on charges of dealing methamphetamine over 10 grams, possession of methamphetamine, possession of hypodermic syringe, obstruction of justice, maintaining a common nuisance, resisting law enforcement, and possession of drug paraphernalia.Dubois was arrested on charges of dealing methamphetamine, possession of methamphetamine, possession of hypodermic syringe, and visiting a common nuisance.The case is still under investigation.  More charges may be possible.last_img read more

FA set to look at Suarez incident

first_imgLiverpool striker Luis Suarez looks set to face a Football Association investigation after manager Brendan Rodgers labelled his biting of Chelsea’s Branislav Ivanovic “unacceptable”. “Having reviewed the video footage and spoken to Luis, his behaviour is unacceptable and I have made him aware of this,” said Rodgers. The player issued his own apology – something he failed to do adequately when found guilty of racially abusing Manchester United’s Patrice Evra last season, for which he was banned for eight matches – first on Twitter and then via an official club statement. “I am deeply sorry for my inexcusable behaviour earlier today during our match against Chelsea,” he said. “I have issued an apology and have tried to contact Branislav Ivanovic to speak to him personally. I apologise also to my manager, playing colleagues and everyone at Liverpool Football Club for letting them down.” Later in the evening, Suarez returned to Twitter to say he had spoken personally to Ivanovic. “I’ve just spoken to Ivanovic on the phone and I could apologise directly to him. Thanks for accepting,” he wrote. Ayre, having been one of many criticised for a lack of leadership during the Evra affair, took personal charge of the situation and held a meeting with Rodgers after the match in which they reviewed footage and formulated their response. “Luis has made an unreserved apology for his actions,” said Ayre. “His behaviour is not befitting of any player wearing a Liverpool shirt and Luis is aware that he has let himself and everyone associated with the club down. We will deal with the matter internally and await any action from the FA.” Press Associationcenter_img The Uruguay international’s equaliser in the seventh minute of added time to secure a 2-2 draw was lost in yet more controversy to engulf the 26-year-old. Managing director Ian Ayre cancelled a scheduled flight to Australia, where he was due to promote the club’s pre-season tour, to deal swiftly with the fall-out having learned lessons from previous public relations disasters. He described Suarez’s behaviour as “not befitting of any player wearing a Liverpool shirt” and said he would be dealt with internally – most likely by way of a heavy fine. Liverpool stopped short of imposing their own ban on the striker but he is likely to be ruled out for the remainder of the season once the FA’s disciplinary process kicks in. last_img read more