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

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

Former New Orleans Saints Dempsey dies of COVID-19

first_img(Reuters) – Former New Orleans Saints kicker, Tom Dempsey, has died at the age of 73 after contracting COVID-19, the NFL team said on Sunday.Dempsey, who was born without toes on his right foot, joined the Saints out of college in 1969 and in November 1970, set a record for the longest field goal with a game-winning 63-yard kick against the Detroit Lions.His record was equalled three times before being broken in December, 2013 when Denver Broncos kicker, Matt Prater, converted a 64-yard effort against the Tennessee Titans.“The New Orleans Saints family is deeply saddened and heartbroken at this most difficult time,” Saints owner Gayle Benson said in a statement.“Tom’s life spoke directly to the power of the human spirit and exemplified his resolute determination to not allow setbacks to impede following his dreams and aspirations.”The custom-made shoe that Dempsey wore to kick with is on display in the Pro Football Hall of Fame.He also played for the Philadelphia Eagles, Los Angeles Rams, Houston Oilers and Buffalo Bills before retiring in 1979.Dempsey was diagnosed with COVID-19, the disease caused by the novel coronavirus, on March 25.last_img read more