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Pandemic flu virus from 1957 mistakenly sent to labs

first_imgApr 13, 2005 (CIDRAP News) – The revelation that samples of the influenza virus that caused the flu pandemic of 1957-58 were inadvertently sent to thousands of laboratories has raised fears of a new pandemic and triggered an urgent effort to destroy the samples.Samples of the influenza A(H2N2) virus were sent to 3,747 labs, the vast majority of them in the United States, the World Health Organization (WHO) said in a statement last night. The WHO recommended that all the samples, which were sent for use in lab proficiency testing, be destroyed immediately.The H2N2 virus triggered the “Asian flu” pandemic of 1957-58, which killed an estimated 1 million to 4 million people worldwide, including 70,000 in the United States. The virus continued to circulate and cause annual epidemics until 1968, when the H3N2 virus emerged and sparked a new pandemic, the WHO said. Because the H2N2 virus has not circulated since then and is not used in current vaccines, “persons born after 1968 are expected to have no or only limited immunity to H2N2,” the WHO said.”The risk is relatively low that a lab worker will get sick, but a large number of labs got it and if someone does get infected, the risk of illness is high and this virus has shown to be fully transmissible,” said Klaus Stohr, chief of the WHO’s global influenza program, as reported by the Associated Press (AP). He called the sending of the samples “unwise” and “unfortunate.”The virus samples were sent to labs by the College of American Pathologists (CAP), the WHO reported. Labs use such samples to test their ability to identify viruses. The CAP paid a private company, Meridian Bioscience Inc. of Cincinnati, to prepare and send the samples, according to an AP report.The WHO said samples of the H2N2 virus were sent to 3,747 labs in 18 countries, but only 61 of those were outside the United States and Canada. The AP report said 14 Canadian labs received the samples.Another 2,750 labs in the United States also received samples of the virus as part of other certification processes and were asked to destroy them, according to a Washington Post report based on information from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).The WHO said US health officials reported that three other organizations besides the CAP sent test kits containing the H2N2 virus to labs in the United States. In the AP report, Schwartz listed those as Medical Lab Evaluators, the American Association of Bioanalysts, and the American Association of Family Practitioners.Neither the CAP nor Meridian Bioscience knew that the virus samples sent to labs included H2N2, according to a Washington Post report that quoted CAP spokesman Jared Schwartz. The CAP asked Meridian to send an influenza A virus, and the company’s paperwork indicated that the strain was benign, Schwartz told the paper. He said he didn’t know why the labeling was wrong.The problem first came to light when workers at Canada’s National Microbiology Laboratory in Winnipeg identified the virus on Mar 25 or 26, according to news services. The Public Health Agency of Canada investigated and determined that the virus came from test kits the lab had received from the CAP in February, according to the WHO.The CAP started sending samples of the virus in October 2004, the agency said. Normally the test kits contain currently circulating influenza A viruses such as H3N2 or H1N1, officials said.After a request by the US government, the CAP on Apr 8 asked all the labs that participate in proficiency testing to destroy samples containing the H2N2 virus, according to the WHO. Yesterday the CAP asked the labs to confirm the destruction of the samples and investigate any respiratory illness among staff members and report those cases to national authorities, the agency said.The WHO statement added, “As of today, there have been no reports of H2N2 infections in laboratory workers associated with the distribution of the H2N2 samples from CAP. The proper use of biological safety cabinets, along with the use of recommended personal protective equipment, greatly reduces the risk of laboratory-acquired influenza infections.”While a few H2N2 laboratory-acquired infections have been documented in the past, the likelihood of laboratory-acquired influenza infection is considered low when proper biosafety precautions are followed. The risk for the general population is also considered low.”The WHO called for a review of biosafety procedures for use on influenza viruses that have not circulated recently and to which most people lack immunity.Besides the United States and Canada, the WHO said countries and regions with labs that received the virus samples include Bermuda, Belgium, Brazil, Chile, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Israel, Italy, Japan, Lebanon, Mexico, South Korea, Saudi Arabia, Singapore, and Taiwan.last_img read more

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Saudi Prince wants to complete Manchester United takeover by the start of next season

first_img Video Settings Comment Metro Sport ReporterSaturday 16 Feb 2019 5:13 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link52Shares 1 min. story Top articles Advertisement Manchester United captain Harry Maguire 1/1 The Sun, however, claims that a bid in the region of £4bn would likely be too good to turn down, but a bid in that region would hinge on United securing Champions League qualification.AdvertisementAdvertisementMore: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man City Advertisement by Metro Read More Full Screen Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman of Saudi Arabia is ready to launch a Man Utd takeover bid (Picture: Getty)Saudi Prince Mohammad bin Salman hopes to complete a £3.8billion takeover of Manchester United by the start of next season.The club’s current owners, the Glazer family, assumed control back in 2005 after purchasing the Premier League giants for £790m.Although United’s value has rocketed since then, the Glazer’s have lumbered the club with debt and have, until now, refused to entertain long-standing Saudi interest.ADVERTISEMENT SPONSORED About Connatix V67539 Read More PLAY Skip Avram Glazer attended last weekend’s 3-0 win over Manchester United (Picture: Getty)Following a run of nine wins from 10 matches since Ole Gunnar Solskjaer was appointed as Jose Mourinho’s interim replacement United have climbed into fourth place, leading Chelsea and Arsenal by a solitary point.Avram Glazer, meanwhile, attended last weekend’s 3-0 victory over Fulham at Craven Cottage and spoke with Solskjaer and executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward but will not make a decision on Mourinho’s permanent successor until the end of the season.‘We speak almost daily,’ Solskjaer said of his chats with Woodward ahead of Monday’s FA Cup fifth round tie against Chelsea.‘If we don’t speak we keep in touch by all these gadgets nowadays! It’s nice to hear those words but now it’s onto the next game.’More: Manchester United FCRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starNew Manchester United signing Facundo Pellistri responds to Edinson Cavani praiseEx-Man Utd coach blasts Ed Woodward for two key transfer errors Read More Read More Read More Coming Next Skip Ad Saudi Prince wants to complete Manchester United takeover by the start of next season / Visit Advertiser website GO TO PAGE Rio Ferdinand tells Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop struggling last_img read more

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European Parliament passes PRIPs with minor changes

first_imgA previous draft of the regulation said it would capture pension products “where the employer or employee has no choice as to the pension product or provider”.The revised draft has seen the words “employer” and “pension product” removed.Klaus Stiefermann, managing director at aba, told IPE: “There has not been a genuine improvement for us.”The regulation will now be the subject of trialogue discussions together with the European Council and the Commission.Since the aba first raised its concerns, debates have been ongoing as to how to read the new regulation correctly.Some had argued occupational pensions would be excluded, with only third-pillar pensions forced to meet the above-mentioned requirements.European Insurance and Occupational Pensions Authority chairman Gabriel Bernardino recently told IPE he strongly recommended an obligation for pension funds, especially DC plans, to hand out a KID to their members.He added that whether further information disclosure requirements for pensions were introduced “in one or the other piece of legislation” was not his concern. A European regulation aiming for increased transparency for investment products has been passed by the European Parliament, but its passage has not allayed fears it could still be applied to some second-pillar pension funds.German pension fund association aba previously raised concerns over a revised draft for the Packaged Retail Investment Products (PRIPs) regulation, which could have required second-pillar pension vehicles to issue a Key Investment Document (KID).The passed regulation saw only one minor change incorporated into the draft, within the paragraph specifying the criteria allowing for pension product exclusion.The regulation now only applies to pension provision if the employee has no choice as to the provider.last_img read more

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Vote for your favorite donut shops, lakes, and unique sleeps in the state

first_imgStatewide — Voting is open for Visit Indiana’s 2020 Best of Indiana people’s choice campaign, which this year will coincide with The 20 IN 20. Voters can select their favorite Lakes, Donut Shops, and Unique Sleeps around the state. There are 20 places to choose from in each category, announced today in the latest The 20 IN 20 lists.Southeastern Indiana has made the list in all three categories.Donuts:Schmidt Bakery, BatesvilleSchmidt Bakery opened in 1963, initially selling both pizza and donuts. Now a full line bakery that no longer offers pizza, its donuts still steal the show. During select happy hour days, its delicious donuts are only 50 cents! Schmidt Bakery also whips up Cherry Thing-a-Lings once a year in February as a treat to its guests.Click here to vote on the best donut shops in the state.  Lakes:Brookville Lake, BrookvilleBrookville Lake is home to both Mounds SRA and Quakertown SRA and sits next to Whitewater Memorial State Park. Beyond its great boating opportunities and nationally known recreational and sport fishing, two great beaches make Brookville Lake an ideal family vacation spot. Check out Thistlethwaite Falls 20 miles to the north for some fossil hunting.Click here to vote on the best lake in the state.  Unique Sleeps:The Sherman, BatesvilleOne of the oldest buildings in Indiana, The Sherman (formerly the Sherman House) has been a unique dining and lodging destination since 1852. The recent renovations strengthened the historic charm of this German Tudor-style building. Updates also brought the additions of the Black Forest Bar and Sherman Biergarten, both eclectic in style. Schenck Mansion Bed & Breakfast, VevayIn the beautiful old river town of Vevay, there’s a haunted mansion with a lot of history. In fact, you can actually spend a night in this spooky (and awesome) Bed & Breakfast! Built in 1874, Schenck Mansion Bed & Breakfast rises gloriously over the city with its Italianate and Second Empire architectural styles. It sat empty in the early decades of the 20th century but opened to the public in 2000. Schenck Mansion has five romantic guest rooms, including a 3-room suite, that are each furnished with antique and reproduction furniture.Story Inn, NashvilleHave you heard about the tiny town in Brown County? That would be Story! The community dates back to 1851 as a lumber town founded by George Story with a church, grain mill, blacksmith shop, two general stores, a post office, butcher shop, and some homes. The entire town was purchased by Rick Hofstetter in 1999. Today, the centerpiece of Story is certainly the beautiful Story Inn. There are now 18 original rooms or cottages that were once homes or working facilities for Story’s original residents. Each is decorated with Victorian-era furniture, photos, and other antiques. Find the perfect room for you here.Click here to vote on the best unique sleeps in the state.last_img read more

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Linebacker Adam Giordano reportedly won’t attend Syracuse

first_img Published on August 11, 2015 at 10:08 am Contact Paul: [email protected] | @pschweds Freshman linebacker Adam Giordano won’t attend Syracuse, according to Stephen Bailey of Syracuse.com.Giordano worked out with the team throughout the summer as a walk-on and was expected to receive a scholarship for this fall, according to the report. The 6-foot-4, 203 pound linebacker attended Milford (New York) Academy last year and was a late addition to SU’s 2015 recruiting class.Giordano was working with the strong-side linebackers, a group that includes sophomore Parris Bennett, sophomore Jonathan Thomas, senior Oliver Vigille, junior Ted Taylor and sophomore Terrell Drayton.Giordano is still listed in SU’s student directory. Comments AdvertisementThis is placeholder text Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

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Lottstift warns Norwegian media on advertising responsibilities

first_img Submit StumbleUpon Related Articles Lotteritilsynet raises NOK 30m for Norway’s distressed non-profits August 6, 2020 Norway’s Ministry of Culture seeks to end gambling’s triple guardianship  June 30, 2020 Norway’s gambling authority Lottstift has written to national media operators, warning incumbents that it will not tolerate the publishing of betting odds or promotion of online betting brands towards the general public.Writing to national media stakeholders, Lottstift emphasises news publishing as a specific concern which it seeks to address, stating that publishers have allowed newspapers to print odds in articles referencing unlicensed bookmaker odds and markets.Lottstift Regulatory Director Henrik Nordal reaffirms that Norwegian media owners whether knowingly or not are breaking the law if they continue to reference unlicensed bookmakers.“Getting Norwegian newspapers to write about their gaming offers is one of the methods illegal gambling companies use to gain publicity and create a brand,” said Nordal. “We will not intervene in editorial decisions, but we will urge Norwegian editors to be aware of this, and critical when they write cases that deal with illegal gambling companies.”Lottstift’s spring statement saw Director-General Gunn Merete Paulsen address Norwegian banks and internet service providers, underlining that it would demand them to enact tougher enforcement on its behalf, ensuring that the government’s ‘toughest stance on unlicensed gambling actors’ is undertaken.With regards to media, Paulsen has stated that Lottstift will help redraft Norway’s advertising codes, moving to end the promotion of betting advertising by both national and international media owners.Lottstift governance has issued warnings to TV3, ViaSat, MAX, VOX and Eurosport, warning the international media operators to cease broadcasting ‘cross border’ advertising featuring betting adverts deemed to be targeting Norweigian audiences.It said: “When the media writes these cases, they help to legitimise illegal gambling companies their illegal activity aimed at Norwegians. The company is mentioned without the reader being informed that they are illegal players in Norway, and it is already true that 6 out of 10 Norwegians do not know or are unsure of who can offer money games in Norway and not.” Share Norsk charities launch study on ‘sensitive area’ of market models May 11, 2020 Sharelast_img read more

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Arsenal fight back to claim Europa League last 32 spot

first_imgParis, France | AFP | Arsenal came back from 2-0 down to draw 2-2 at Standard Liege and make sure of a place in the Europa League last 32 as Group F winners on Thursday.Alexandre Lacazette and Bukayo Saka were on target in the space of three second-half minutes.The Gunners, runners-up to Chelsea last season, finished the group stage with 11 points and a relatively easier draw in the knockout rounds.They lived on their nerves as Eintracht Frankfurt were poised to knock them off top spot when the Germans led Guimaraes 2-1.However, the Portuguese side, already eliminated, scored twice in the last five minutes to claim a 3-2 win.Arsenal had beaten Liege 4-0 in the first meeting between the two sides and with a place in the knockout round already virtually certain, caretaker coach Freddie Ljungberg made nine changes to his starting line-up in Belgium.The home side took the lead just after half-time when a speculative Samuel Bastien shot took a huge deflection which left Gunners goalkeeper Emiliano Martinez wrong-footed.The goal meant Arsenal had failed to keep a clean sheet in their last 13 matches in all competitions, equalling their worst ever run under Arsene Wenger in 2004.It got worse after 69 minutes when Selim Amallah made it 2-0 off another deflection as Liege looked for the unlikely scoreline of 5-0 which would put them through and Arsenal out.However, Lacazette calmed Arsenal nerves after 78 minutes when he headed in a cross from Saka. Three minutes later, the impressive Saka levelled the scores with a fine finish from the edge of the box.Frankfurt had beaten Arsenal in London last time out with a win which hastened the departure of Gunners coach Unai Emery.They were on course to finish top of the group after Danny Da Costa and Daichi Kamada gave them a 2-1 lead over Guimaraes.However, Libyan midfielder Ali Al Musrati and English winger Marcus Edwards scored in the 85th and 87th minutes to leave Frankfurt in the runners-up spot.Elsewhere, Celtic, fresh from winning the Scottish League Cup last weekend and already assured of making the last 32, lost 2-0 at Cluj who went through as Group E runners-up behind the Scots.Italian giants Lazio, third in Serie A, were knocked out after a 2-0 loss at Rennes in the same group.Later Thursday, Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer made nine changes to the side that beat Manchester City at the Etihad last Saturday for the home tie with Alkmaar.Both United and their Dutch visitors were already assured of making the last 32 although with just a point between them, top spot was at stake in Group L.Twice former European champions Porto, Roma and Bundesliga leaders Borussia Moenchengladbach were also later bidding to nail down a qualifying spot.Share on: WhatsApplast_img read more

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Jupiter Police Still Searching for Teen Suspected of Fleeing a Traffic Stop

first_imgJupiter police are searching every vehicle leaving Jupiter Island along North Beach Road in attempt to locate a suspect, 18-year-old Ivann Powell, involved in a car chase Sunday morning.At approximately 10 a.m., Jupiter police attempted to make a traffic stop on a suspected intoxicated/wreckless driver.The vehicle came to a stop and an officer made contact with the driver, who didn’t want to give up his license or insurance information.When the officer turned around, the vehicle sped off.At one point, he let a 17 year-old female passenger out of the car.Police chased him and claim he attempted to ram a Tequesta Police officer’s vehicle.Then the car crashed and Powell fled on foot.Police are still trying to find him.There were no reported injuries, according to police. The only charges currently against Powell are traffic-related.last_img read more

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Florida Woman First To Test Cancer Vaccine

first_imgA vaccine is being tested at the Mayo Clinic that researchers say has removed cancer cells from a breast cancer patient in Florida. Lee Mercker was the first to participate in the clinical trial. In March, she was shocked to learn she had breast cancer.“I’m an exercise fanatic, I eat right,” she told First Coast News. “But it just can knock on anybody’s door.”Mercker said she was told she had “DCIS stage zero” breast cancer, which meant the cancer cells in the ducts of her breasts had not yet spread.That left her with three options — the traditional route of surgically removing the cancer cells, surgery to remove her breasts or join a clinical trial for a vaccine that could prevent the cancer cells from coming back.“I signed on the dotted line that day,” Mercker said.Dr Saranya Chumsri, an oncologist at the clinic says that the vaccine is, “supposed to stimulate a patient’s own immune response so that the immune cells like t-cells would go in and attack the cancer.” A Florida woman in the early stages of breast cancer is the first person to participate in the testing of the vaccine and doctors say her cancer cells are gone.Dr. Chumsri says other patients in the clinical trial are also showing positive results after getting the treatment.last_img read more

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Renovations almost complete at Queen Elizabeth Park

first_imgThe finishing touches were being applied to renovations at Queen Elizabeth Park in Nelson Sunday afternoon as baseball players, volunteers and parents filled the base paths with crush shale from Cache Creek.The crush shale is part of the $20,000 renovations to the Nelson and District Baseball Association home park that will be completed in time for the 2015 season.The complete overhaul of the diamond, located in Fairview, includes new sod and shale along with a proposed 25-foot high fence in right field to stop balls from getting caught up in the tall grass.last_img

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