Thai botulism outbreak sickened 163

first_img By Apr 10, only 25 patients still remained in the hospital, 9 of them on respirators, the CDC noted. None of the 163 patients died. A study assessing the outcomes of some of the cases is ongoing, the agency noted. The bamboo shoots had been produced locally by a women’s group, the CDC wrote. They were processed in large containers that held roughly 26 pounds each. Most of the 53 cans made in September 2005 were sold locally. No other outbreaks have been recorded since those cans were produced. Thai health officials quickly traced the outbreak to a Mar 14 religious rite in Nawaimai Village, Pakaluang subdistrict, Baan Luang district of Nan Province, the report said. Investigators interviewed 145 of the 200 people who had attended the festival about their food intake. The only food in common was home-canned bamboo shoots, which are often eaten with chili and shrimp paste. The report said the outbreak occurred 8 years after a smaller botulism outbreak that also was associated with home-canned bamboo shoots. Following that episode, information on safe canning was disseminated throughout the country. Mar 22 CIDRAP News story on outbreakhttp://www.cidrap.umn.edu/cidrap/content/fs/food-disease/news/mar2206botu.html Antitoxin was not available in Thailand, so Thai officials sought help from several international partners. The United Kingdom (with support form the World Health Organization) sent 20 vials of heptavalent antitoxin; CDC sent 50 vials of bivalent antitoxin; and the National Institute of Infectious Diseases in Japan sent 23 vials of trivalent antitoxin. A Canadian company sold Thailand an additional 10 vials of bivalent antitoxin. Apr 18, 2006 (CIDRAP News) – The recent outbreak of botulism poisoning traced to bamboo shoots served at a religious festival in Thailand sickened 163 people, according to a report by the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). “This recurrence 8 years later indicates the importance of long-term follow up and continuous inspection and assurance of the quality of food canning,” the CDC said. CDC. Botulism from home-canned bamboo shoots—Nan Province, Thailand, March 2006. MMWR 2006: 55(14) 389-92 [Full text] Of that number, 141 patients had to be hospitalized, and 10 more were treated as outpatients. A majority experienced abdominal pain, dry mouth, and/or nausea. Forty-two of the hospitalized patients needed mechanical ventilation, the CDC said in the Apr 14 issue of Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report. See also: last_img read more

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‘Statistics important in gov’t planning, making decisions’

first_imgILOILO – “Statistics is important inour everyday lives as well as in government planning, in policy-making.” She urged decision-makers andpolicymakers to analyze data. She said they have started to usetablets or computers in their data collection processes. This year’s celebration theme is “DataInnovation: The Key to a Better Nation.” “Data is very crucial. Before we plan,we must have the correct information. This is important in coming up withbetter plans,” stressed Bacal yesterday. The 30th NSM celebration starts with amotorcade along the major thoroughfares of Iloilo City, to be followed by theopening of an exhibit at SM City Iloilo. She lamented that “the general publicdo not really appreciate statistics so we have to be very innovative,especially in the use of information technology.”/PN Apart from poster-making contest andboard games, other activities lined up for the celebration are regionalstatistical quiz, knowledge analysis contest, data board contest andinformation dissemination, among others. center_img “We need to validate information tomake informed decisions,” she said. NEDA Region 6 Director Ro-Ann Bacal “Once we collect, we have to processthat faster so that NEDA Region 6 can use the data we produce,” said Alviar. For her part, Marlene Alviar, officer-in-chargeof the PSA in Western Visayas, said there is a need to be innovative in termsof gathering data because of the growing demand for information. Bacal said the theme is meant torecognize “things that are happening in this world in terms of technology andinnovation and how this can help us in our data generation and data analysis.” This National Economic and DevelopmentAuthority (NEDA) Region 6 director Ro-Ann Bacal stressed as her office and thePhilippine Statistics Authority (PSA) in Western Visayas prepare to kick offthe 30th National Statistics Month (NSM) observance today.last_img read more

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The Latest: NHL’s Chicago Blackhawks cancel fan convention

first_imgBoth NASCAR and Speedway Motorsports are hoping to restart the season May 24 with the Coca-Cola 600 at Charlotte Motor Speedway. ___Novak Djokovic has been praised by the director general of the local health authority in Bergamo for his donation to help control the coronavirus outbreak in Italy.Peter Assembergs says “we never expected to see on our bank account a donation from such a prestigious person.”Assembergs says “reading among the donators the name of the best tennis player in the world … made me emotional.” Juventus players and coach Maurizio Sarri agreed in March to forgo four months worth of salary.___With no NBA games to watch during the sports shutdown, the Dream Team’s historic romp through Barcelona will be rebroadcast in its entirety.The Olympic Channel will begin weekly streaming of the U.S. basketball team’s victories in the 1992 Olympics, when Michael Jordan, Magic Johnson and Larry Bird headlined the team.The 1992 Olympics were the first that featured NBA players, and the Americans stormed to the gold medal. They won by an average of 44 points per game and were credited with jump-starting basketball’s global growth. The team was inducted to the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame in 2010. Federation president Gabriele Gravina says “we are working without rushing, but without stopping so we will be ready when the relevant institutions give us the go-ahead.”___Speedway Motorsports, owner and operator of eight tracks that host NASCAR’s top Cup Series, has laid off 180 employees and furloughed 100 as part of a company restructuring during the sports shutdown.Speedway Motorsports owns the Atlanta, Bristol, Charlotte, Kentucky, Las Vegas, New Hampshire, Sonoma and Texas tracks. The coronavirus pandemic caused NASCAR to suspend the season just four events into a 36-race schedule. To date, Speedway Motorsports has had its races at Atlanta, Texas and Bristol postponed.Tracks receive a significant financial payout from NASCAR’s television contract, but that revenue has stopped without racing. The money will be used to help buy ventilators and other medical equipment.Djokovic, his wife and their foundation recently donated 1 million euros (about $1.1 million) to help hospitals in Serbia.___This year’s Tour de France will start on Aug. 29 and finish on Sept. 20 and will be followed by cycling’s two other major races.The International Cycling Union announced the new dates after consulting with race organizer Amaury Sport Organisation. The Tour could not start as scheduled on June 27 because of restrictions related to the coronavirus pandemic. The annual event was scheduled for July 24-26 at the Hilton Chicago. It gives fans autograph opportunities as well as an audience with management, coaches and players. The team says refunds for convention passes and hotel rooms will be processed automatically.___Parma has become the second club in Italy’s top soccer division to announce cost-cutting measures in response to the coronavirus pandemic.The club says its first-team players, coaching staff and the sporting director have unanimously agreed to take a salary cut amounting to a month’s wages. Associated Press The Latest: NHL’s Chicago Blackhawks cancel fan convention Full game replays will stream at Olympicchannel.com and its apps for mobile, Amazon Fire TV, Android TV, Apple TV and the Roku platform. First up is the Americans’ victory over Angola on Thursday night at 7 p.m. EDT.___Italian soccer will likely resume with the Serie A before the two lower divisions.The Italian soccer federation met with its medical commission and says it could consider a staggered start “with priority to Serie A.”The medical commission has also recommended that when clubs resume training they do so in training camps with limited access and with strict screening protocols. Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditThe Latest on the effects of the coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world:___The Chicago Blackhawks have canceled their fan convention due to the COVID-19 pandemic. April 15, 2020 The UCI also says the world championships will go ahead as planned from Sept. 20-27 and will be followed by the Giro d’Italia and the Spanish Vuelta. No official dates were given for those two major races.The UCI says prestigious one-day road classics such as Paris-Roubaix and Liège-Bastogne-Liège will be maintained at dates still to be defined.___More AP sports: https://apnews.com/apf-sports and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports,Tampa Bay Lightning advance to face Dallas Stars in Stanley Cup finals, beating New York Islanders 2-1 in OT in Game 6last_img read more

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The Latest: Louisville furloughs 45 athletic staffers

first_imgThe head of the NFL Players Association says the new collective bargaining agreement does not have a similar clause to one that allows the NBA to start cutting players’ pay in mid-May.Executive Director DeMaurice Smith said Wednesday on a call with reporters that the CBA with the NFL does not have a “force majeure” provision, which would prevent someone from fulfilling a contract because of unforeseeable circumstances. The NBA is using that clause to begin taking a 25% chunk out of players’ checks starting May 15 for a league that shut down March 11 because of the coronavirus pandemic.The NFL began its new business year March 18 and allowed teams to begin virtual offseason programs Monday. The draft begins Thursday night, with the 2020 schedule expected to be released in early May.Smith says it’s clear under the new CBA what happens if NFL games are canceled, and the union will follow that labor deal depending on developments.“We’re bound by a contract that we call the collective bargaining agreement,” Smith said. “And certainly it has provisions in it that are different than other sports.” April 22, 2020 The Latest: Louisville furloughs 45 athletic staffers Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditThe Latest on the effects of the coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world:___Louisville has furloughed 45 athletic department staffers for at least 60 days and eliminated 40 other support positions in the latest budget moves resulting from shutdowns caused by the coronavirus pandemic. It will be shortened to five days instead of seven, which was the original plan for this year. Selection and nomination policies for the team chosen from the trials will be developed with the Canadian Olympic Committee.The date change is a result of the Tokyo Games being rescheduled for July 23-Aug. 8, 2021, because of the coronavirus. Swimming Canada will hold its open water trials April 17-18, 2021, in the Cayman Islands. Swimming Canada high performance director John Atkinson says that while swimmers are unable to train now, he’s hoping they will resume in this fall.___ The Olympic-style competition for sports and events that are not on the Summer Games program will now be known as The World Games 2022.The event was initially scheduled for July 2021, but it will now be held in July 2022 to accommodate the one-year postponement of the 2020 Summer Olympics.While those games will continue to be known as “Tokyo 2020,” the World Games decided to go with a more accurate moniker.The organizing committee also unveiled a new website.___ Organizers say they will take time to “engage with the consequences of the authorities blocking our events, agree on further steps and then inform you.”There was no mention of any plan to restrict the race to elite runners only. That was the solution used by the Tokyo Marathon on March 1.The Berlin Marathon is typically one of the fastest in the world. The current men’s world record was set in Berlin by Eliud Kipchoge in 2018.___More AP sports: https://apnews.com/apf-sports and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports,Tampa Bay Lightning advance to face Dallas Stars in Stanley Cup finals, beating New York Islanders 2-1 in OT in Game 6 The group that runs the U.S. Open went on to add: “If you do play doubles, avoid all incidental contact, no Bryan Brothers chest bumps and no whispering to each other from a close distance to strategize.”American twins Bob and Mike Bryan have won 16 Grand Slam titles in men’s doubles together and celebrate wins by jumping simultaneously and bumping chests.All professional tennis has been suspended at least until mid-July. The U.S. Open is still scheduled to begin main-draw play in New York on Aug. 31.___The World Games in Birmingham, Alabama has unveiled an updated logo and title after being delayed a year because of the coronavirus pandemic. Associated Press The spring prep sports season is officially over in South Carolina.Gov. Henry McMaster and state education superintendent Molly Spearman announced Wednesday that schools across the state would remain closed through the end of the academic year in early June. That means any chance of high school athletes continuing to play spring sports such as baseball, softball and lacrosse ended with the decision.Schools have been shut down since March 16 due to the coronavirus pandemic. Prep coaches and athletes held out hope that if schools were opened, they could continue playing. Instead, all competitions, including spring football workouts, were called off.___Canada has rescheduled its Olympic swimming trials for April 7-11, 2021, in Toronto. ___Charlotte Hornets coach James Borrego says he thinks some players could need “multiple weeks” to get back into true basketball shape if the NBA decides to return to action this season. The league hasn’t played games in nearly six weeks due to the coronavirus pandemic.Borrego says unlike when there was a lockout — and players gathered routinely for five-on-five pickup games in gyms — he knows some players who don’t have access to a court to work on basketball-specific drills. The Hornets staff is monitoring players and helping them with their conditioning remotely during the lockdown, but Borrego cautions the league needs to be “very careful” not to rush back too soon because “nobody wants to get hurt or injured in this time.”Borrego says when players return to practice, they’ll be monitored individually by the training staff to determine their physical condition.___ A 99-year-old World War II veteran who has raised more than 28 million pounds ($34.5 million) for Britain’s health service during the coronavirus pandemic has been invited to perform one of British sport’s quaintest traditions once the crisis is over.Tom Moore will get the chance to ring the famous bell at Lord’s cricket ground, signalling the start of a day’s play, as a reward for his fundraising efforts that have become a national rallying point. The job is typically given to former cricketers or figures in the sport.The offer was made to Moore, a cricket fan, by England captain Joe Root – a fellow Yorkshireman.“I’d love you to give us a team talk at some point as well,” Root said in a video conversation with Moore, “and get all the lads in the right frame of mind.”The Twitter account of Lord’s posted a message to Moore, saying he is “an inspiration to us all.” The cancellation follows Tuesday’s announcement by the government that its ban on all large-scale events was being extended until Sept. 1.The KNVB says it also plans to cancel the rest of the men’s season but will discuss the issue with UEFA before making the final decision.___The French rugby league has canceled the semifinals of its Top 14 league because of the coronavirus pandemic.The LNR’s executive committee abandoned hosting the semifinals on June 19 and 20 and the final in mid-July in the southern city of Nice but says they could potentially be played before the end of summer if health conditions allow. ___The U.S. Tennis Association is warning folks: “No Bryan Brothers chest bumps.”That was among the suggestions from the USTA on Wednesday, when it offered return-to-play guidelines to help players and people running tennis facilities know when — and how — the sport should resume at the amateur level as coronavirus lockdown restrictions ease.The USTA thinks it will be safe to again play tennis “in some cities and states sooner than in others.”One of the recommendations is to maintain social distancing by staying 6 feet apart from other people — and, therefore, to avoiding playing doubles, because it “could lead to incidental contact and unwanted proximity.” With the aid of a walking frame, Moore walked 100 laps of his garden in eastern England to support workers in Britain’s National Health Service. He wanted to complete the mission before his 100th birthday on April 30, and his family initially set a target of raising 1,000 pounds.___The Dutch soccer association has canceled the remainder of the women’s league season and cup tournament following a discussion with the clubs.The KNVB says the consequences of the cancellation will be clarified on Friday when soccer authorities talk with the clubs.PSV Eindhoven currently leads the women’s league. The LNR says it is waiting to see what rules the government sets out following the end of lockdown before definitively deciding if a resumption is possible.France is under lockdown until May 11.___The Berlin Marathon says the race cannot be held as planned in September because of new restrictions in the city related to the coronavirus pandemic.City authorities have extended a ban on major events with more than 5,000 people until October 24. More than 62,000 people took part in the marathon last year. Athletic director Vince Tyra also announced 4% pay cuts for staffers earning more than $100,000 in the next year, with those earning below that figure taking 2% salary cuts. The newest salary cuts do not include head coaches, senior staff or the AD, whose salaries were reduced 10% earlier this month. Tyra will also forgo $300,000 in bonuses as the department tries to trim $15 million from next year’s budget. Wednesday’s moves will save $1.5 million, but the furloughs, reductions and pay cuts do not include coaching staffs. “We have around 325 employees including all the coaching staff, so this is more impactful to the non-coaching staff,” Tyra said in a teleconference. “We had some really long-term employees that were impacted by today’s decision, so it’s a heart-felt process.” Louisville will honor the contracts of eliminated staffers through June 30, allowing them to file for unemployment. Several vacancies won’t be filled because of a hiring freeze while another staffer is retiring. The furloughs take effect in 30 days, and Tyra said the 60-day window allows the option to bring some staffers back early or extend others.Tyra warned of the staff moves Monday as the department announced 15% cuts in sports budgets.last_img read more

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