NEWS SCAN: Avian flu, food safety funding, XDR-TB combo therapy, bioterror countermeasures, Salmonella

first_imgFeb 27, 2009Vietnamese man dies from H5N1 infectionThe World Health Organization (WHO) today confirmed the death of a 32-year-old Vietnamese man from H5N1 avian influenza. The man, from Ninh Binh province, died on Feb 25. He was previously recorded as the country’s 109th case, and his death raises Vietnam’s H5N1 fatalities to 54. The WHO’s global H5N1 count now stands at 408 cases, 256 of them fatal.[Feb 27 WHO statement]Japan finds H7 at quail farm, UK tests reveal H6N1 from turkeysJapan today reported a low-pathogenic avian influenza outbreak at a quail farm in Aichi province, on the country’s southeastern coast, according to a report from the World Organization for Animal Health (OIE). Authorities detected the virus in 10 birds during routine surveillance, and 280,000 birds were culled to control disease spread. Results on the exact strain of the virus are pending, though the Japanese newspaper Asahi Shimbun reported today that testing has so far revealed an H7 strain. The findings signal Japan’s first H7 avian flu outbreak in 84 years, the report said. Elsewhere, the avian influenza strain that struck two small turkey-breeding farms in the United Kingdom was identified today as H6N1, and further tests are under way to determine if the strain is highly pathogenic, according to the Department of Environment Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA).[Feb 27 OIE report][Feb 27 DEFRA statement]Obama proposes $1 billion for FDA’s food safety effortsPresident Barack Obama’s proposed 2010 budget includes $1 billion to strengthen food safety oversight at the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), according to a Reuters report published yesterday. The money is for increasing and improving “inspections, domestic surveillance, laboratory capacity and domestic response to prevent and control foodborne illness,” the report said. Earlier this month, Obama called for a complete review of the FDA’s food safety program.Combination therapy shows promise against XDR-TBA combination of two older antibiotics that are already approved by the FDA for use against other diseases could have efficacy against extensively drug-resistant tuberculosis, according to a paper in Science. The drugs, meropenem and clavulanate, killed Mycobacterium tuberculosis in vitro and will be used in a planned clinical trial.[Feb 26 National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases press release][Feb 27 Science abstract]DOD funds vaccine to counter bacterial agentsThe US Department of Defense  has given University of Georgia researchers a 3-year, $1.1 million grant to develop vaccines for glanders and melioidosis, two related diseases caused by strains of the bacterium Burkholderia that are considered potential biological weapons. The research focuses on creating a vaccine to protect mice against airborne infection.[Feb 26 Atlanta Business Chronicle story]Salmonella Saintpaul sickens 14 Nebraska womenNebraska health officials are investigating a Salmonella Saintpaul outbreak that has sickened 14 women younger than age 50 since Feb 2 from four of the state’s counties, according to an online report today from Omaha television station KETV. Though the serotype is the same as last year’s outbreak that involved jalapeno and Serrano peppers, the genetic fingerprint is different, officials said, adding that they don’t believe the outbreak is connected to peanut butter.Water sources may yield Salmonella cluesInvestigation of Salmonella illnesses should consider untreated surface water as a possible contamination source, researchers from the University of Georgia reported today in the March issue of Applied and Environmental Microbiology. After testing rivers and streams in southern Georgia for 1 year, they found Salmonella in 79% of water samples, and levels were highest after a rainfall. The diversity of strains was greatest in areas where livestock and growing areas were in close proximity and when temperatures rose.[Feb 27 University of Georgia press release][March Appl Environ Microbiol abstract]last_img read more

Quality Striker Search: Milan Meet ‘Super Agent’ Mendes

first_imgRelated The search for a quality striker continues for Italian giants AC Milan and that prompted a meeting with ‘Super Agent’ Jorge Mendes on Tuesday eveningMilan officials and Mendes met to discuss potential transfers for the trio of Diego Costa, Radamel Falcao and Renato Sanches.Sky Sport Italia photographed directors Massimiliano Mirabelli and Marco Fassone in Porto Cervo, Sardinia, which was where they met.The Italian club’s interest in Portuguese youngster Renato Sanches is an open secret with the midfielder confirming that AC Milan was “an interesting option.” but they are yet to agree any deal with his German Club (Bayern Munich).AC Milan’s search for a leading marksman continue to gather pace with Diego Costa and Radamel Falcao possible target. Jorge Mendes represents both players.Brazilian-born Spanish striker Diego Costa is on his way out of Chelsea due to his poor relationship with manager Antonio Conte. His preferred destination is Atletico Madrid but he might have to wait till January to secure a move as a result of the Spanish club’s transfer ban.Costa could move to another club, AC Milan inclusive, this summer before joining Atletico in 2018.Colombian striker Radamel Falcao is another striking option but he only signed a new deal with his French club AS Monaco last month. The 31-year old recovered from injury and loss of form to lead his club to the Ligue 1 title and Champions League semi-finals.Torino star Andrea Belotti and Borussia Dortmund forward Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang also remain targets but they will have to pay a lot of money to secure any transfer.last_img read more

GOSSIP: Everton plot £32m signing, Man United to hijack ANOTHER Chelsea deal bring you all the latest headlines and top transfer-related stories in Monday’s newspapers…Everton are set to make an improved offer of £32million for Swansea midfielder Gylfi Sigurdsson. (Daily Mail)Having already hijacked Chelsea’s attempts to sign Romelu Lukaku, Manchester United are looking to repeat the trick with Monaco midfielder Tiemoue Bakayoko and have agreed a £35m fee for the Blues target. (Daily Star)Zlatan Ibrahimovic could be handed a new contract by Man United when he recovers from a knee injury. (Sunday Mirror)Arsenal are set to return with a THIRD bid for Monaco winger Thomas Lemar. The Gunners have already seen bids of £30m and £40m rejected by the French side but Arsene Wenger is now prepared make an increased bid of £45m. (Daily Mirror)Manchester City flop Wilfried Bony is wanted by a number of Chinese Super League sides. (The Sun)Liverpool have been offered the chance to sign Real Madrid star James Rodriguez, but the Merseyside club are not willing to pay the full £66m asking price for the 25-year-old Colombian attacker. (Sport)Young Reds winger Sheyi Ojo, 20, is wanted by both Newcastle and Middlesbrough on loan this season. (The Times)Newcastle are closing in on the £8million signing of Norwich midfielder Jacob Murphy, but will have to fight off late interest from Premier League rivals Southampton and Crystal Palace, who are also keen. (Daily Mirror)West Brom are keen on Bournemouth’s versatile defender Marc Wilson. Wilson has not travelled with the Cherries for their pre-season training camp in Marbella as talks continue over a £1m move to the Hawthorns. (Birmingham Mail)Manchester United have agreed to send 24-year-old goalkeeper Sam Johnstone on loan to Aston Villa. (Daily Star)Arsenal goalkeeper Wojciech Szczesny has been linked with a permanent switch to Juventus, having spent the last two seasons on loan at Roma. (The Sun)Here are the latest headlines:IN CASE YOU MISSED IT: CONFIRMED! Wayne Rooney returns to boyhood club Everton from Manchester UnitedBack with a bang! The players who returned to their club and were still brilliantEverton v Liverpool: Comparing the Merseyside rivals’ squads for next seasonRomelu Lukaku admits he will have to ‘work harder than ever before’ at Manchester United under Jose MourinhoRomelu Lukaku is the biggest prospect in the Premier League, but Harry Kane is still betterChelsea FC transfer news: Five Romelu Lukaku alternatives as Belgium striker agrees Manchester United moveAlexis Sanchez will NOT ‘down tools’ at Arsenal, insists Gunners legend Martin KeownChelsea FC transfer news: Predicted Blues line up featuring Antonio Rudiger, Alvaro Morata and more new signingsVIDEO: The most absolutely BRUTAL tackles from the Argentine Primera Division last seasonlast_img read more