Cause still sought in 42-state Salmonella outbreak

first_img Media reports have mentioned 51 cases in California, 50 in Ohio, and 20 in Michigan. “We’re not in emergency status with this,” Russell said. As for the source, she added, “We don’t know what it is yet. It would be very premature to indicate that it’s chicken or anything else.” Jan 8, 2009 (CIDRAP News) – A Salmonella outbreak that was first publicized this week has expanded to 388 cases in 42 states, but the cause remains unknown, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) said today. Of 30 cases identified in Minnesota, 11 patients were hospitalized, and 10 patients were in nursing homes, said Doug Schultz, a spokesman for the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) in St. Paul. The CDC said it is collaborating with health officials from many states, the US Department of Agriculture, and the Food and Drug Administration to investigate the outbreak. See also: “We had one death that may be associated with the outbreak,” Schultz added. The patient was a woman in her 70s who had “many other health conditions, so we don’t know to what extent the Salmonella infection contributed” to her death, he said. An online newspaper report yesterday that said the CDC had activated its emergency network to investigate the outbreak was incorrect, CDC spokeswoman Lola Russell told CIDRAP News today. She also said a report that chicken was suspected as the source of the outbreak was wrong. Most people infected with Salmonella start experiencing diarrhea, fever, and cramps between 12 and 72 hours afterward and remain sick for 4 to 7 days, according to the CDC. Most recover without treatment, but severe cases can occur in infants, the elderly, and people with weakened immunity. News reports yesterday put the outbreak, involving Salmonella enterica serotype Typhimurium, at 336 cases in 34 states. The outbreak appears to be the largest Salmonella eruption since the Salmonella Saintpaul episode of last spring and summer, which involved more than 1,400 cases in 43 states. Tomatoes were initially suspected as the cause, but investigators eventually determined that hot peppers from Mexico were to blame. In an online statement posted this afternoon, the CDC said that, on the basis of 372 patients with available information, illnesses began between Sep 3 and Dec 29, with most of them starting after Oct 1. Patients range in age from younger than 1 year to 103 years. Of patients for whom information was available, 18% were hospitalized. The CDC did not give a list of affected states. CDC outbreak update read more

Regan: We respect the rules

first_img He said: “The Scotland fans are some of the best fans in the world. Wherever they go they find themselves in different parts of the ground, they join in in good humour, they sing and get on – there is never any trouble. “Back in November when we played Ireland the words, ‘tension’ and ‘safety’ were used [by Delaney]. That was a bit disappointing at the time and as we fully expected there was no issues at Celtic Park. “We’ve got around 3,500 tickets for the game in Dublin. I’m sure there will be a lot more fans in the stadium than that, I’m sure they will get on perfectly well with their Irish colleagues and I’m sure they’ll have a great night.” And Regan also downplayed claims by Irish Football Association president Jim Shaw that the power vacuum left by Sepp Blatter’s resignation as FIFA chief would put the independent status of the Home Nations at risk. The Northern Irish FA boss was quoted saying: “Any change has always got that potential, even if at the moment there is no evidence of a threat.” But Regan – who has urged England’s David Gill to take up Britain’s vice-presidency at FIFA – said: “It’s very early days in terms of what has happened with FIFA. “It’s literally just over a week and if you think about what has happened in this past week it is phenomenal to think of all of the changes that have taken place, culminating in Sepp Blatter deciding to resign. “There is a lot of thought to be had over the next few months and discussions to take place – not least about who the candidates are who are going to come forward and potentially replace Sepp Blatter. “But also, as a group of British associations there will be time to reflect, consider the role of FIFA’s British vice-president and discuss our own strategy going forward. “It’s very early to be even considering anything like [a plan to deal with a threat to the four Home Nations’ independence]. There is no indication at the moment of any threat to the British nations. “That said, we have to constantly keep that issue in the back of our minds but certainly in my opinion, there is no immediate threat.” The FAI was handed the sum by the world governing body after agreeing to drop legal action over the Thierry Henry handball incident which saw France qualify for the 2010 World Cup in place of Ireland. But Regan insists the Scottish FA would never have threatened to take FIFA to court if it had been on the end of a similar wrong call. Press Association Scottish Football Association chief executive Stewart Regan has aimed a thinly-veiled dig at his Football Association of Ireland counterpart John Delaney following the row over a controversial 5million euro payment from FIFA. Asked for his reaction to the payment revaluations, the Hampden boss – who will be in Dublin on Saturday to see the Scots face the Republic of Ireland in a crucial Euro 2016 qualifier – said: “I’ve always worked on the assumption that if you haven’t got anything positive to say, you keep your mouth shut. “The issue is one for the FAI. It’s not one I want to comment on. We’re managing our qualification process, we’ve got a big game against Ireland on Saturday night and I think they will be reflecting long and hard on the events of the last week. “As far as the Scottish FA is concerned we respect the laws of the game, we respect the rules that govern UEFA and FIFA and if we qualify we’ll be overjoyed and look forward to trying to do that in France in 2016. “If every team who had a concern over a decision tried to make a claim on the back of it, there would be a queue down the steps from Hampden to Aitkenhead Road. “As far as we are concerned we are going to abide by the rules, the laws of the game and the statutes of FIFA and UEFA and if we qualify we’ll do it because we’ve won a match and qualified from our group.” This is not the first time that the SFA and FAI bosses have had a difference of opinion. Delaney claimed the decision to hand his country’s travelling support just over 3,200 tickets for last November’s clash with Scotland at Celtic Park could have sparked crowd trouble if Irish supporters ended up in amongst sections housing home fans. Ireland responded by handing Scotland a similar allocation for this weekend’s Aviva Stadium fixture but Regan has no worries about the Tartan Army’s behaviour. last_img read more

Some States Receiving Rotted, Broken Medical Supplies from National Stockpile

first_imgSome states and cities across the country that have received shipments of masks, gloves, ventilators and other equipment from the nation’s medical stockpile to fight say the materials are unusable.For example, about 6,000 medical masks that were sent to Alabama had dry rot and a 2010 expiration date.In addition, more than 150 ventilators shipped to Los Angeles were broken and had to be repaired.Meanwhile, in Oregon, some masks came with faulty elastic that could cause the straps to snap.“Several of the shipments we have received from the strategic national stockpile contained (personal protective equipment) well past expiration dates and, while we are being told much of the expired equipment is capable of being used for COVID-19 response, they would not be suitable for use in surgical settings,” Charles Boyle, a spokesman for Oregon Gov. Kate Brown, said in an email.He added that some of the equipment had been purchased during the H1N1 outbreak more than a decade ago and that the masks were among products that had previously recalled by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).The cloth face coverings recommended to slow spread of #COVID19 are not surgical masks or N-95 respirators. Those critical supplies must continue to be reserved for healthcare workers and other medical first responders, as recommended by current CDC guidance.— CDC (@CDCgov) April 3, 2020 “It’s really alarming because those masks are desperately needed,” explains U.S. Sen. Doug Jones of Alabama. “When our national stockpile is not monitored enough to know that you’ve got expired masks and rotted masks out there and not replenished, that is a real problem.”Sen. Cory Gardner of Colorado on Friday requested an investigation into the management of the supply and distribution of ventilators from the national stockpile. Among other issues, he cited reports that maintenance failures were contributing to the lack of working ventilators “at a time our country desperately needs them.”The CDC has acknowledged that some of the items in the U.S. stockpile have exceeded their manufacturer-designated shelf life but are continuing to be distributed due to the urgent demand.  Dr. Don Williamson, president of the Alabama Hospital Association and the former top public health official in that state, says he has received multiple emails from hospitals about stockpile shipments of N95 masks in which the rubber bands that hold the mask tight around the user’s face had dry rot.center_img A shortage of protective gear has challenged doctors, nurses and other medical workers. In particular, ventilators have been in short supply as more states experience COVID-19 outbreaks.last_img read more

Rape suspect remains at large

first_imgA Santa Ana man who allegedly posed as a police officer to overpower a Whittier woman after she left a Fullerton bar then attempted to rape her in a secluded canyon area remained at large Tuesday, police said. Anthony Ray Willis, 35, who also goes by three aliases, allegedly convinced the victim to get out of her car after leaving the bar about 1:30 a.m. Saturday by leading her to believe he was a law enforcement officer, said Fullerton police Sgt. Linda King. The Whittier resident left the bar with her boyfriend, then got into her own car and was about to pull out of the lot in the 100 block of Commonwealth Avenue, east of Harbor Boulevard, when a man rapped on her car window, King said. He identified himself as an officer and said he was going to arrest her for drunken driving, the King said. When the woman got out of her car, she noticed that the man did not have a badge and was not wearing a uniform, so she called to her boyfriend for help. But the suspect grabbed her and dragged her to his nearby van and drove off, King said. He drove about 33 miles to Cook’s Corner near Trabuco Canyon and attempted to rape the woman, but a passing motorist spotted the then- nude victim and stopped to see if she needed help, King said. She told the motorist she was being attacked and ran into some bushes, while the suspect ran in the opposite direction, abandoning his vehicle in the canyon, King said. A sheriff’s search-and-rescue team located the woman, but detectives believe the suspect managed to convince someone to give him a ride, King said. Willis, who also goes by the names Harley Willis, Anthony Ray Garcia and Richard J. Peterson, is 5 feet 11 inches tall and weighs 230 pounds, with brown eyes and closely cropped brown hair, King said. Anyone who knows Willis’ whereabouts, who may have given him a ride, or who has any other information was asked to call the Fullerton Police Department at (714) 738-6715 or Detective Kendrick at (714) 981-3023. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGift Box shows no rust in San Antonio Stakes win at Santa Anita160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more