News Scan for Sep 02, 2015

first_imgVietnam reports H5N1 outbreak in 1,000-bird village flockAfter reporting an H5N1 avian flu outbreak in poultry 2 days ago, Vietnam reported another one yesterday, this one affecting a village flock in Ninh Thuan province in the southern part of the country, according to a report filed by animal health authorities with the World Organization for Animal Health (OIE).The disease struck a village flock of 1,000 birds beginning on Aug 29, sickening 220 birds and killing 20. The surviving birds were culled to contain the outbreak.Officials announced control of poultry movement, disinfection, surveillance, and other outbreak response steps. The country has reported numerous H5N1 outbreaks since December.Sep 1 OIE report WHO confirms 2 polio cases in UkraineTwo polio cases involving circulating vaccine-derived poliovirus type 1 (cVDPV1) have been confirmed in Ukraine, which has low vaccination coverage, the World Health Organization (WHO) announced yesterday in a press release.The cases involved onset of paralysis on Jun 30 and Jul 7. Both patients are from the country’s Zakarpatskaya oblast (region) in southwestern Ukraine, which borders Romania, Hungary, Slovakia, and Poland. The patients are 4 years and 10 months old.Ukraine is at particular risk of cVDPV because of inadequate vaccination coverage. In 2014 only 50% of its children were fully immunized against polio and other vaccine-preventable diseases, the WHO said.National health officials are planning an urgent outbreak response. Such an effort would require at least three large-scale supplemental vaccination campaigns involving oral polio vaccine within 2 weeks, as spelled out by the World Health Assembly this May, the WHO said. Two million children younger than 5 years would be targeted.”Circulating VDPVs are rare but well-documented strains of poliovirus that can emerge in some populations which are inadequately immunized,” the WHO said in the release. “A robust outbreak response can rapidly stop such events. Given substantial vaccination coverage gaps across the country and subnational surveillance deficits, the risk of further spread of this strain within the country is deemed to be high.”The agency said the risk of international spread of the disease from Ukraine is low but noted the proximity of the four other countries to the outbreak region. “The emergence of cVDPV strains underscores the importance of maintaining high levels of routine vaccination coverage,” the WHO said.Sep 1 WHO press release Seven dead in Illinois veterans home Legionella outbreakAn outbreak of Legionnaires’ disease at a veterans home in Illinois has sickened 39 and killed 7 of them, the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) said yesterday in a news release.The outbreak involves residents at the Illinois Veterans’ Home-Quincy in Adams County. The seven residents who died all had underlying medical conditions, the IDPH said. Their average age was 86, the Associated Press (AP) reported today.”We continue to work diligently with our public health and Veterans’ Affairs partners to get immediate medical care to residents or staff at the Home who are experiencing respiratory illness,” said IDPH Director Nirav D. Shah, MD, JD, in the IDPH release. “Unfortunately, we expect to see additional cases and possibly additional deaths because the incubation period for Legionnaires’ disease can be up to 2 weeks, and because patients with underlying medical conditions are at increased risk of more severe illness.”The IDPH requested aid from the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) on Aug 30, and the next day four CDC specialists arrived at the home to work with state investigators.Most Legionnaires’ disease cases can be traced to plumbing systems where conditions are favorable for Legionella growth, such as hot water tanks and cooling towers. People contract the disease by inhaling contaminated water vapor and cannot pass the disease to others.Sep 1 IDPH news release Sep 2 AP story First World Hepatitis Summit to develop strategies, goalsThe WHO and the World Hepatitis Alliance convened the first World Hepatitis Summit today in hopes of raising awareness of the disease and eventually eliminating it, the WHO said in a news release today.Experts from 60 nations are meeting in Glasgow for 3 days in what the WHO calls the first high-level global meeting focused on hepatitis.”We know how to prevent viral hepatitis, we have a safe and effective vaccine for hepatitis B, and we now have medicines that can cure people with hepatitis C and control hepatitis B infection,” said Gottfried Hirnschall, MD, director of the WHO’s global hepatitis program. “Yet access to diagnosis and treatment is still lacking or inaccessible in many parts of the world. This summit is a wake-up call to build momentum to prevent, diagnose, treat—and eventually eliminate viral hepatitis as a public health problem.”The aim of the summit, which is designed to become an annual event, is to help countries with prevention and treatment measures. Attendees plan to declare that the elimination of viral hepatitis is possible and will urge governments to work with WHO to define and agree on global targets for prevention, diagnosis, and treatment. In addition, the WHO is launching a manual at the summit for developing and assessing national plans.Policymakers and other attendees will also discuss a draft of the WHO’s Global Health Sector Strategy on Viral Hepatitis, which sets targets for 2030, including a 90% reduction in cases, a 65% drop in deaths, and an 80% treatment goal for people who have chronic hepatitis B and C.About 400 million people globally live with viral hepatitis, the WHO said, and the disease kills an estimated 1.45 million people a year, making it a leading cause of death. Most people with chronic viral hepatitis are unaware of their infections.Sep 2 WHO news releaselast_img read more

Ole Miss’ Friday night game vs. Texas A&M postponed

first_imgOle Miss coach Mike Bianco.Ole Miss coach Mike Bianco.OXFORD – Ole Miss’ Friday night game against No. 8 Texas A&M has been postponed due to inclement weather.The Rebels (29-25) and Aggies (43-9) will play two seven-inning games on Saturday starting at 1:30 p.m. The second contest will start following a 40 minute break.The Aggies downed Ole Miss 4-0 in the series opener on Thursday night. Texas A&M starter Grayson Long pitched a gem, working seven scoreless innings and striking out 12. He allowed just two hits.After getting to 29 wins earlier in the week with a victory over Arkansas State, the Rebels likely can only help themselves this weekend. But the loss to the Aggies on Thursday mathematically eliminated them from earning a bye into the double-elimination round of the Southeastern Conference Tournament.Ole Miss is projected as a No. 2 seed in the Tallahassee regional in the NCAA Tournament, according to Texas A&M is still fighting to earn a national seed. Not looking very good— Riley Blevins (@Riley_Blevins) May 15, 2015Ole Miss sophomore Brady Bramlett is scheduled to start the first game on Saturday. Senior Scott Weathersby will likely go in the second.Bramlett has a 3.73 ERA and is 6-3 on the year. He’ll go against Texas A&M right-hander Ryan Hendrix, who owns a 3.48 ERA with a 4-1 record. Single-game tickets for Friday’s game will be valid for the full doubleheader on Saturday.last_img read more

Cliff Ellis, Coastal Carolina beats Bruce Pearl in return to Auburn

first_imgAUBURN — On a night when Auburn celebrated one of the few bright eras of its past, the present and future of the program failed to carry the torch.K.T. Harrell scored 23 points thanks to a career-high seven 3-pointers but was the only Auburn player in double-figures as the Tigers fell to former coach Cliff Ellis and Coastal Carolina, 58-54, before an announced crowd of 7.964 at Auburn Arena Friday night.It was the first truly bad loss of Bruce Pearl’s tenure, losing at home to a Big South program, which did win its conference tournament a year ago, blowing an 11-point lead and being outrebounded 41-32 in the process.“I think because we had the lead and because they beat us on the boards so badly, and we had control of the game it makes it a bad loss,” Pearl said. “It doesn’t make it a bad loss because it’s a Big South team, Coastal Carolina. … What makes it a difficult loss was the fact that we had the game won and we were in control of the game.”Five players contributed to a 16-4 run for Coastal Carolina, which erased an 11-point deficit (46-35) with 9:33 left and took a 51-50 lead with 3:17 remaining.Jordon Granger (nine points and seven rebounds) tied the game at 54 on a thunderous dunk with 1:21 to go, bringing what was a silent crowd most of the night to its feet.But Coastal Carolina (6-2) responded immediately with a bucket from Badou Diagne (seven points, nine rebounds) with 0:59 to go.“When it came to winning time, they’ve won more than we have,” Pearl said. “Their players have won more than our players and you could tell that down the stretch they made shots, they made plays and down the stretch we struggled.”Play VideoPlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration Time 0:00Loaded: 0%0:00Progress: 0%0:00 Progress: 0%Stream TypeLIVERemaining Time -0:00 Playback Rate1ChaptersChaptersdescriptions off, selectedDescriptionssubtitles off, selectedSubtitlescaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedCaptionsAudio TrackFullscreenThis is a modal window. 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Ross-Miller, Pearl elected not to foul the Chanticleers, who had the ball leading 56-54 with 0:44 to go, leaving less than 10 seconds between the game and shot clocks.“I thought we had time on the last possession, get a stop and we had plenty of time to score,” Pearl said. “We just needed a stop.”Warren Gillis’ jumper delivered the dagger and Ellis, the second-winningest coach in Auburn history during his 10-year tenure from 1994-2004, defeated his former program.“I know it’s bigger but I think to come on the road and win any game, for us, it’s just big,” Ellis said. “Right now the last two days have been a lot so I’m very tired, I’ve very thankful. I think it’ll sink in – how good this is – a day or two from now.”It was the fifth 20-point game of the season for Harrell, who went 7-for-8 from beyond the arc. The senior guard from Montgomery scored eight of Auburn’s 11 points during an early second half run to make it 40-28 with 13:40 to go but the Tigers were just 2-for-17 after that.“I think we got some good looks, shared the ball, just didn’t knock them down,” Harrell said. “The reason we lost – we just got outrebounded. They crashed the glass pretty hard and going in rebounding the ball with one hand, they were just more aggressive than us as far as rebounding.”Tahj Shamsid-Deen scored eight points and added a season-high five assists for Auburn (3-4), which dropped consecutive games for the first time this season.Cinmeon Bowers, the SEC’s leading rebounder, had yet another perplexing performance. The top junior college prospect in the country last year, who opened the season with four straight double-doubles, had just one point and five rebounds in his third straight game without 10 rebounds on a team lacking size.“This is three games in a row now that Cinmeon had played poorly,” Pearl said. “If I had the answer for it, if he had the answer for it, we would’ve had it fixed by now.“He was better at the beginning (of the season) than I thought he would be and I didn’t think it was possible for him to be so inconsistent. His preparation, his focus, has got to change.”Josh Cameron scored 22 points, Gillis had 15 and Shivaughn Wiggins added 11 for Coastal Carolina, which picked up its fourth win over an SEC school in 16 all-time games. Notes: Ellis received a standing ovation and kissed the court during pregame introductions. A private reunion featuring several of Ellis’ former players was held after the game.“I needed to come back, these (former players), myself, and everybody that was involved with my program, we’ve been kind of out of the picture for about 10 years. We’re here to help this thing get back; so it’s a healing. We’re going to do everything that we can to help Bruce do what he’s got to do to make this happen. We’re going to help him.”… Auburn women’s tennis doubles team Pleun Burgmans and Emily Flickinger were the celebrity letters. … It was the smallest crowd in three homes games this season, but the fourth-largest non-conference crowd in 41 games at Auburn Arena.last_img read more

Japan lifts evacuation order for part of disaster-hit Fukushima town

first_img Written By “In addition to building excitement across the country ahead of the Tokyo 2020 Games and promoting the Olympic values, the Olympic Torch Relay aims to demonstrate solidarity with the regions still recovering from the 2011 earthquake and tsunami,” the organisers said last month. Last Updated: 4th March, 2020 11:21 IST Japan Lifts Evacuation Order For Part Of Disaster-hit Fukushima Town Japan on Wednesday lifted an evacuation order for parts of Futaba, 1 of 2 towns where the crippled Fukushima nuclear plant is located, ahead of an Olympic relay SUBSCRIBE TO US COMMENT Press Trust Of India First Published: 4th March, 2020 11:21 ISTcenter_img The Japanese government is keen to use the Olympics to showcase Fukushima’s recovery from the disaster. It intends to use the J-Village — a sport complex located about 20 kilometres (12 miles) from the nuclear plant damaged in the 2011 tsunami — as the starting point for the Japan leg of the torch relay. The Fukushima crisis itself did not directly kill anyone, but some 470,000 people were estimated to have fled their home to seek shelter in the first days of the triple earthquake-tsunami-meltdown disaster. In all, 15,899 people died and 2,529 people remain missing after the quake and tsunami.Image credits: AP Japan on Wednesday lifted an evacuation order for parts of Futaba, one of two towns where the crippled Fukushima nuclear plant is located, ahead of an Olympic torch relay in the region. The whole of Futaba, formerly home to some 7,000 people, was designated a mandatory evacuation zone after a massive quake-triggered tsunami in 2011 hit the Fukushima Daiichi plant, damaging the power supply and cooling system and eventually causing a meltdown. With the lifting of the mandatory evacuation order in a northern part of the town, workers will be able to stay in the area near the main railway station.Japan lifts evacuation order But residents will not be able to return to the town immediately because of a shortage of running water and other infrastructure, a town official told AFP. “We are aiming to have the return of residents starting in the spring of 2022,” she said. The move comes after organisers of the Tokyo 2020 Olympics said Futaba has been added to the route for the Olympic torch relay, which begins on March 26. WATCH US LIVE LIVE TV FOLLOW USlast_img read more