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

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first_imgThe exterior and cab front design produced by Design Triangle for Hong Kong’s Airport Express and Tung Chung line trainsets is to be adopted for the refurbishment of MTRC’s existing fleet. Involving 759 EMU cars, the programme is scheduled for completion in 2001 (RG 12.96 p786).SNCF’s blue and grey TER livery introduced with the prototype regional diesel trainset (RG 5.97 p288) was developed by MBD Design, following the award of a contract by competitive tender and MBD’s earlier work on the train design. The logo of the région which has purchased the rolling stock will be incorporated, displayed beside the entrance doors.Victoria Public Transport Corp has awarded a two-year EMU refurbishment contract valued at over A$6m to Goninan. At least 10 three-car units are to be refurbished each year at Bendigo workshops north of Melbourne, operated by Goninan since February 1996. Reader Enquiry Numbers:Design Triangle 104MBD Design 105Goninan 106last_img read more

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

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

Newlin, Reigle race to PASS wins at BAPS Motor Speedway

first_imgThe scheduled feature saw Ganoe follow Newlin across the finish line, with John Walp, Ken Duke Jr. and Landon Price completing the top five.  Newlin led all the way to win the regularly scheduled 20-lap IMCA RaceSaver Sprint Car feature after Reigle led all 19 laps of the evening’s first race, which completed a feature rained out two weeks earlier with one lap run. The first feature was stopped following an early flip by Jake Frye but from that point Reigle sailed in front of the field while Ney, Larry McVey and Newlin dueled behind him.  Duke had won all three previous PASS features this year.  Next weekend, PASS drivers will join their Laurel Highlands counterparts for a co-sanctioned event Friday at Clinton County Speedway, then return to Port Royal Speedway on Saturday. Scheduled feature – 1. Newlin; 2. Ganoe; 3. Walp; 4. Duke; 5. Price; 6. Sweigart; 7. Dave Brown Jr.; 8. Hanson; 9. Ney; 10. Grube; 11. Adams; 12. Prutzman; 13. Reigle; 14. Dodson; 15. Scar­borough; 16. John Fiore; 17. Jared Zionkowski; 18. Kyle Keen; 19. Stallings; 20. McVey; 21. Johnny Yanek; 22. Marie McVay; 23. Frye; 24. Stief. YORK HAVEN, Pa. (April 20) – Defending Pennsylvania Sprint Series champion Zach Newlin joined Cale Reigle in visiting victory lane for the first time this season Saturday at BAPS Motor Speedway. center_img In the make-up feature, Devin Adams, Billy Ney, Newlin and Ken Duke Jr. followed Reigle across the finish line. Hoosier Tire Mid-Atlantic awards a Burnin’ Rubber award, a new right rear tire, to the driver accumulat­ing the most feature positions advanced, and for this night, both features counted. Ney advanced 15 spots between the two races to claim the prize. Newlin used a high line and grabbed the lead from fellow front-row starter Walp. Duke quickly began to move up, but in this race he would not be unable to advance past fourth again, despite three cautions during the middle laps providing restart opportunities.  Make-up feature – 1. Cale Reigle; 2. Devin Adams; 3. Billy Ney; 4. Zach Newlin; 5. Ken Duke Jr.; 6. Nick Sweigart; 7. Larry McVey; 8. Kyle Ganoe; 9. Jaremi Hanson; 10. Doug Dodson; 11. Tim Stallings; 12. David Grube II; 13. Landon Price; 14. John Walp; 15. Erin Statler; 16. Rick Stief; 17. Keith Prutzman; 18. Alex Potosky; 19. Austin Graby; 20. Johnny Scarborough; 21. Jay Krout; 22. Jake Frye; 23. Scott Lutz; 24. Kassidy Kreitz. Duke put on the evening’s charge, coming from 11th to fourth over the final seven laps. Ney sur­prised regular fans by racing low, the opposite of his norm. last_img read more

Dutee hogs limelight, 2 national records shattered in Fed Cup

first_imgBy Philem Dipak Singh New Delhi, Apr 28 (PTI) Two national records were shattered with 100m sprinter Dutee Chand hogging the limelight on the opening day of the Federation Cup National Athletics Championships here today. Odisha athlete Dutee clocked 11.33secs in womens 100m dash to win the gold and erase Rachita Mistrys 16-year-old earlier national record of 11.38 secs. Another Odisha athlete Amiya Kumar Mallick also broke the national record in mens 100m sprint by clocking 11.26secs in the semifinals, thereby bettering the earlier national mark of 10:30secs set by Abdul Najeeb Qureshi in 2010. Mallick, however, failed to finish at the podium in the mens 100m race finals due to left hamstring pull. None of the athletes, however, could qualify for the Rio Olympics on the first day of the meet. The three-day championships, the first major event of the season, also served as the qualifying event for the Rio Games. 20-year-old Dutee, who won a landmark gender case at the Court of Arbitration for Sports against the world athletics governing body IAAF in July last year, however, missed the Rio Olympics qualification norm of 11.32secs by one-hundredth of a second. Her Odisha state-mate Srabani Nanda was second in 11.45secs while HM Jyothi, representing Canara Bank, was third in 11.46secs in the finals at the Jawaharlal Nehru tracks here. Dutee was banned from competitions in 2014 under IAAFs policy on hyperandrogenism and she filed an appeal at the Court of Arbitration for Sports in Lausanne which she won last year to clear the decks for her return to athletics. An elated Dutee said that all her hard work and focus despite the distractions and disappointments in the last few years have given her rich dividends. “I could not qualify for Rio Olympics but I am not disappointed by that. I am extremely happy, the national record is mine now. It is very early in the season, its the first meet and I have three more months to qualify for the Rio Olympics,” Dutee said after winning the race. “I have gotten over all those disappointments related to my case (relating to IAAFs hyperandrogenism policy). After winning the case at the CAS, I have been focussing on my running and with the help of my personal coach (N Ramesh) and my well wishers, I could achieve this,” said Dutee who trains at the Puellela Gopichand Academy in Hyderabad. PTI PDS CM CMadvertisementlast_img read more

DACA recipients in Clark County react to plan to eliminate program

first_imgJavier Morales-Hernandez is scrambling for answers.What’s next for his education, the 24-year-old Vancouver man wonders out loud. What about his work permit? And what about family?Morales-Hernandez, an administrative assistant for the Washington State Department of Transportation, is a Dreamer — one of the 800,000 people admitted to the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, an Obama-era program that granted work permits and two-years of protection from deportation for children who entered the United States illegally.The Trump administration announced Tuesday that it would eliminate the program in six months. The Department of Homeland Security will not process new applications for the program, and will consider renewal requests accepted by Oct. 5.“This is my first time having (DACA), and now they take it away,” said Morales-Hernandez, who first received the protection two years ago. He’s now been in the United States for 12 years. “I’ve stayed out of trouble. I’m helping people. I’m trying to help the community. Now I’m having to deal with this again.”The reaction in the state of Washington, where U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services estimates there are roughly 17,000 Dreamers, was swift. Attorney General Bob Ferguson said he’ll sue the Trump administration over the decision to end DACA, an act he said was “a dark time for our country.”Ferguson, who earlier this year sued Trump over the travel ban affecting several Muslim-majority nations, said at a news conference he would file a lawsuit “very soon.” The attorneys general from New York and California made similar announcements signaling their plans to sue.last_img read more