November 18

NEWS SCAN: Multistate E coli outbreak, H9 flu case in Hong Kong, WHO pandemic guidance

first_imgNov 3, 2009E coli outbreak with 2 deaths linked to ground beefAn outbreak of 28 Escherichia coli cases in 16 states, with two deaths, has been linked to ground beef from a firm in New York, according to federal officials. The US Department of Agriculture reported Oct 31 that Fairbank Farms of Asheville, N.Y., was recalling 545,699 pounds of ground beef potentially contaminated with E coli. Yesterday the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) said isolates from seven patients genetically matched an isolate from an opened package of the firm’s ground beef from a Massachusetts patient’s home. Most of the patients fell ill between Sep 17 and Oct 10, the CDC reported. Sixteen were hospitalized, 3 suffered hemolytic uremic syndrome, a form of kidney failure, and 2 died, the agency said. States affected by the outbreak are California, Connecticut, Massachusetts, Maryland, Maine, Minnesota, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, South Dakota, and Vermont. Most of the recalled products list “Est. 492” on the USDA mark of inspection and carry the date “091509” or “091609.”Oct 31 USDA recall noticeNov 2 CDC statementChinese woman treated for H9 avian flu in Hong KongA woman from Guangdong province on the Chinese mainland is being treated in Hong Kong for a rare case of H9 avian influenza, Hong Kong government officials reported today. The woman fell ill with breathlessness and a cough Oct 26 and was admitted to a Hong Kong hospital 2 days later, the statement said. The woman, who has a preexisting medical condition that requires regular medication, is in stable condition in isolation. Five previous H9 infections have been identified in Hong, all involving children, in 1999, 2003, 2007, and 2008, officials said. They gave no information about the source of the infection.WHO issues pandemic guidance for non-health sectorThe World Health Organization (WHO) has released a set of guidelines—developed before the H1N1 influenza pandemic—on pandemic preparedness outside the health sector. The 18-page document includes sections on business continuity management, interdependencies among essential services, government’s role, and the role of other organizations. A foreword cautions that, because the guidance was developed before the H1N1 pandemic, some information and recommendations may not be relevant to the current situation.WHO document “Whole-of-Society Pandemic Readiness”last_img read more

September 21

Suarez bite leaves Bakkal speechless

first_imgOtman Bakkal, the PSV Eindhoven player bitten by Luis Suarez two years ago, was astonished to see the Liverpool striker repeat the offence. He added: “It happened once already. At first I thought maybe it was an accident but, apparently, he loses it sometimes. I don’t know what to say. “I thought he meant it when he said sorry. I think he wants to win so badly that he loses his mind sometimes but afterwards he comes to his senses. “I am a footballer as well and this affects all of us, but for me it’s more important to leave all this behind me. “It doesn’t belong on the pitch. It was the end of him in Holland. Now we just have to wait and see what the FA does – and then what his future will be in England.” Press Associationcenter_img The Uruguay international was fined by his club and charged by the Football Association for biting Chelsea defender Branislav Ivanovic in Sunday’s 2-2 draw at Anfield. Back in November 2010, Suarez was handed a seven-match ban by the Dutch FA and fined by his then club Ajax for biting midfielder Bakkal during an Eredivisie match. And Bakkal was amazed by the latest event, telling The Sun: “I saw it and it was unbelievable. It’s something you can never imagine happening on a pitch.” last_img read more

September 20

Bruce keeping feet on the ground

first_img Press Association Hull boss Steve Bruce warned his side not to get carried away despite a 1-0 win over Liverpool which moved them to the brink of Barclays Premier League safety. Bruce said: “You can’t bring them down and I didn’t want to but we will certainly remind them tomorrow that it’s not job done. “We’ve got to make sure that resilience which we’ve found stays with us for the next four games because 34 points is not usually enough. “Make no mistake – we’re in a better position than we were four days ago and we’re rightly pleased but now we’ve got to concentrate on Arsenal who are coming up on Monday night.” Despite many tipping the Tigers for the drop after a run of six games without a win dumped them in the bottom three, Bruce maintained he never doubted his side could claw their way towards safety. He added: “I never really doubted the character of the players. We’ve had a lot to put up with this year with injuries and conceding in the last minute, but we are desperate to stay in the Premier League and we have shown that in our last couple of performances.” Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers had no complaints after a lackadaisical performance for his side which effectively ends their slim chances of securing a Champions League qualification spot. But despite a dismal run of results including being knocked out of the FA Cup by Aston Villa at the semi-final stage, Rodgers is adamant he will not allow the season to peter out. Rodgers said: “I spoke to the players at the end and I told them that we have an obligation to fight right to the end of the season. Michael Dawson’s 36th-minute header sent the Tigers four points clear of the relegation zone with four games remaining – three of which are back at the KC Stadium. But despite a second straight win which looks to have turned his side’s season around, Bruce made it clear the survival mission is far from completed. “We wanted to be in that top four but it was always going to be difficult for us with the way our season mapped itself out. But we are looking to get momentum to take us through to next season. “We didn’t look like scoring – we had enough of the ball but we never really threatened and we were disappointed with the goal we conceded. “The players put great energy into the game and they worked very hard but their struggles tonight were the same as they have been for a great part of the season in terms of creativity and scoring goals.” Meanwhile, Rodgers jumped to the defence of beleaguered striker Mario Balotelli who was substituted midway through the second half after another ineffectual performance. Rodgers inisisted: “Mario is doing his best – he’s come off tonight with a foot injury. I think it’s clear over the course of the season, not just in this game, that he’s struggling. “But Mario has got a few years left on his contract and it is fair to say that every single player here is playing for his future.” last_img read more

September 20

MDI boys’ soccer tops Ellsworth for season sweep

first_img Latest posts by Mike Mandell (see all) Ellsworth runners compete in virtual Boston Marathon – September 16, 2020 MPA approves golf, XC, field hockey, soccer; football, volleyball moved to spring – September 10, 2020 Hospice volunteers help families navigate grief and find hope – September 12, 2020 Latest Postscenter_img BAR HARBOR — The first battle between the Ellsworth and Mount Desert Island boys’ soccer teams this year took nearly the full 80 minutes to decide. This time around, the goals came earlier and more often — but only for one team.MDI defeated Ellsworth 4-0 in a battle of Hancock County’s Class B teams Monday night. The win helped the Trojans clinch 13th place and extended the Eagles’ winless streak to three games as both teams prepare for playoff season.The game started off slowly with both teams playing tight defense, but that changed midway through the first half. Zach Harris nearly gave the Eagles the lead with 19 minutes, 28 seconds left in the half before missing to the right, and Ellsworth goalkeeper Hunter Fernald was forced to make a leaping save moments later to keep the game scoreless in the early going.Ellsworth’s Peyton Cole looks to make a pass upfield as Mount Desert Island’s September Murray defends during a high school boys’ soccer game Oct. 16 in Bar Harbor. ELLSWORTH AMERICAN PHOTO BY MIKE MANDELLAfter MDI’s Nate Philbrook made a key save with 11 minutes left in the half, the Trojans took the lead 9:08 before halftime. Griffin Maristany scored the goal for MDI (4-10) when he pounced on a ball Ellsworth’s defense failed to clear and poked it into an empty net.This is placeholder textThis is placeholder textMDI put the ball in the net a second time 50 seconds later, but the goal was waived off after the referee ruled the Trojans had committed a foul on the play. Yet MDI bounced back and scored again when Trevor Morrison fired a volley into the top-right corner off a corner kick with 2:50 left in the half.The Trojans increased their lead to 3-0 when Owen Mild scored with 32:18 to play in the game. The senior dribbled past the entire Ellsworth defense and put the ball in from close range to send the home fans wild.“There were kids coming at me, but I saw an open lane and thought I had enough room,” Mild said. “I was feeling it, and I was ready to put it away.”The Trojans rode the momentum from Mild’s goal by producing numerous opportunities and controlling the ball the rest of the game. The team got its reward with the game’s final goal when Jose Chumbe caught Ellsworth (5-7-2) out of position and rolled the ball into the net with 10:57 to play.Ellsworth’s Pedro Little-Siebold rushes on to defend against MDI’s Jose Chumbe during the first half. Chumbe scored the last goal of MDI’s 4-0 win. ELLSWORTH AMERICAN PHOTO BY MIKE MANDELLThe win marked MDI’s third in a row over Ellsworth. The Eagles must now win three playoff games in a row to avoid their first losing season since at least 1974, when Brian Higgins took over as the team’s head coach.“Ellsworth has been a great program over the years, and we had been under their umbrella for quite some time in the past,” MDI coach Tyler Frank said. “We’ve had some more success against them the past two years, and that’s shown a big step forward for our program.”Despite the loss, Ellsworth’s seventh-place finish in Class B North was enough to earn the team a home playoff game in the preliminary round. The Eagles will host Old Town or John Bapst Friday, Oct. 20, or Saturday, Oct. 21.MDI, which secured the No. 13 seed, will play the region’s fourth-seeded team on the road in the prelims. Mike MandellMike Mandell is the sports editor at The Ellsworth American and Mount Desert Islander. He began working for The American in August 2016. You can reach him via email at mmandell@ellsworthamerican.com. Biolast_img read more