Two deaths probed as E coli cases reach 166

first_img CDC update A sample from a Maryland woman and some of the spinach she ate before she got sick are being tested at a Maryland state lab, and results may not be known for several days, Washington County Health Department spokesman Rod MacRae told the Associated Press (AP) today. Once investigators pinpoint the cause of the outbreak, federal officials will evaluate what went wrong, David Acheson, MD, chief medical officer for the FDA’s Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition, said at a news conference yesterday. Officials will first determine if food safety rules were followed properly, he said. If spinach contamination occurred despite good compliance by farmers and producers, the FDA will consider issuing additional mandates, Acheson said. See also: The CDC said the woman died Sep 13 and had recently consumed fresh spinach. E coli O157:H7 was cultured from her stool, but DNA fingerprinting to determine if it is the outbreak strain has not been possible, the agency said. The CDC said today that 31% of children under 18 in the outbreak suffered HUS. For adults aged 18 to 59, the HUS rate was 7%, and for those 60 and older the rate was 16%. Teams from the Food and Drugs Administration (FDA) and the state of California have narrowed their investigation of the outbreak to nine farms in California’s greater Salinas Valley area, on the basis of information from spinach bags found in the homes of some patients and records from three companies that recalled fresh spinach products. “This is a very suspicious association at this point, there’s no question about it,” MacRae said. He said the woman was a Washington County resident in her 80s. A 2-year-old Idaho boy with HUS died Sep 20, but E coli O157:H7 has not been detected in his samples, the CDC said. Christine Hahn, MD, an epidemiologist at the Idaho Department of Health, told the AP that the boy had bloody diarrhea and that family members said he had eaten packaged spinach. At an FDA press briefing yesterday, Acheson said one possibility would be labeling spinach with the place of origin.center_img Sep 22, 2006 (CIDRAP News) – Nine more cases were found in a nationwide outbreak of Escherichia coli O157:H7 infections linked to fresh spinach, raising the total to 166, and two more deaths are suspected to be part of the outbreak, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said today. Food growers have held meetings this week on how to strengthen their food safety processes. After a meeting yesterday between regulators and 200 industry members, Tom Nassif, president and chief executive officer of the Western Growers Association, told reporters that regulators said investigation findings and new industry-produced food safety guidelines are needed before the FDA will lift its warning against eating raw spinach. Nassif was quoted in the Monterey County (Calif.) Herald. Michael Doyle, director of the University of Georgia’s Center for Food Safety, told the Washington Post, “I liken this to Jack in the Box all over again.” He referred to a 1993 E coli outbreak linked to the chain’s hamburgers, which sickened 700 people and killed four children. The outbreak prompted the US Department of Agriculture (USDA) to issue tougher processing standards. An article in the Los Angeles Times said today that regulatory oversight for fresh produce isn’t as rigorous as it is for beef, poultry, and seafood. Safety guidelines for the handling of fresh produce are voluntary, and the number of inspections of processing facilities has been declining for years, the article said. State health officials in Maryland and Idaho are awaiting test results to determine if two patients who died from known or suspected E coli infections this week have the same strain implicated in the outbreak. The outbreak has now affected people in 25 states, two more than yesterday, the CDC said. Eighty-eight people (53%) were hospitalized. Cases of hemolytic uremic syndrome (HUS), a serious complication of the illness, remain at 27. One death was previously confirmed to be linked to the outbreak. The FDA issued its fresh spinach alert on Sep 14 after the CDC announced that 50 patients in eight states had been diagnosed with E coli infections and that fresh or raw spinach was the food most of them had in common. “We know that if he had that kidney disease, it makes it very probable that he had E coli,” Hahn said. She added that test results would likely be available next week.last_img read more


Sanjin Pehlivanovic became European Junior Champion in Billiard for Eighth Time

first_imgThe best player of billiard in Bosnia and Herzegovina (BiH) Sanjin Pehlivanovic became the junior champion of Europe for the eighth time after being the best at the Dynamic Billard Youth Championship in Veldhoven, Netherlands.Pehlivanovic was the best in the “10” discipline and defeated Scotland’s Jonas Sout in the final. A fierce fight was expected in the race for gold, but the match went in one direction, so the phenomenal Pehlivanovic scored a new success in the 7: 3 triumph.Yesterday was also successful for Ajdin Piknjac who brought bronze medal to Bosnia and Herzegovina in cadets competition, which he previously won in the “14” (straight pool) discipline, news portal reports.last_img


Raphoe Family Resource Centre host ‘Tea Break’ in aid of mental health awareness

first_imgRAPHOE NOTES:Raphoe Family Resource Centre:Suicide or Survive “National Tea Break” On Thursday 29th September from 11am-1pm The Family Resource Centre will be hosting a ‘Tea Break’ in the Volt House Hall as part of Suicide or Survive’s “National Tea Break” which is taking place throughout the month of September. The aim of “National Tea Break” is to take on the challenge of breaking down the stigma linked to mental health, and to help raise vital funds for the Suicide or Survive organisation. SOS endeavours to challenge the stigma attached to mental illness and provide a range of educational and therapeutic programmes that increase understanding of suicide and play an active role in its prevention in Ireland. SOS delivered its very successful one-day Wellness Workshop in Raphoe away back in April, receiving very positive feedback from participants. The Family Resource Centre would extend an invitation to the whole community to take time out for a cuppa and join with us on 29th September.Jigsaw DonegalThis year for Mental Health Week, commencing on Monday 10th October, the Jigsaw Advisory Panel and Donegal Youth Council have teamed up to create their own campaign to help promote the ‘FIVE-A-DAY’ for Mental Health. The campaign is called #MyWee5 and its aim is to promote positive mental health by showing everyone some simple things they can do to help improve their mental wellbeing through the FIVE-A-DAY. They include CONNECT, BE ACTIVE, TAKE NOTICE, GET INVOLVED and GIVE. The Family Resource Centre is participating in the campaign by uploading photos with the #MyWee5 poster on our Facebook page. For more information on the campaign please contact Karen Duggan, Youth and Community Engagement Worker, Jigsaw Donegal on 074-9726920.Afterschool Programme The afterschool programme includes: Tuesday: 3-4.30pm: Homework for 3rd & 4th Classes; 5.15-6.15pm: Young Boys Group; Wednesday: 2-3pm: Activity Club for Junior & Senior Infants; 3-4pm: Homework Club for 1st & 2nd Classes; 4-5pm: Homework Support for 1st Year Secondary School; 5.15-6.15pm: Young Girls Group; 7-9pm: Youth Café Secondary School; Thursday: 2-3pm: Activity Club for Junior & Senior Infants; 3-4pm: Activity Club for 1st & 2nd Classes. It is hoped in the next few weeks to introduce further programmes so please look out for more information on those.The Learning Support Groups with Lisa and Louise have also started back on Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays and for more information on these please contact Melanie on 074-9145796/087-3641503.Women’s GroupThe Women’s Group meets on a fortnightly basis and it take place on Mondays from 8pm here in the Family Resource Centre.  The Women’s Group will start back on Monday 3rd October 2016. The group has been together for many years. We chat; we help each other out, make crafts, have cooking demonstrations, plan activities for International Women’s Day and have many social outings throughout the year.  If you would like to be a part of this group, please don’t hesitate to come along.  We are really interested in your ideas.  If you would like any more information please contact Melanie on 074 9145796 / 0873641503.50-50 Bonus Ball The winner of this week’s Bonus Ball was Joan Mc Daid. Winning number was 40.To enter the next Bonus Ball Draw please call into the Family Resource Centre in The Volt House before Saturday of each week. Good luck!Raphoe Boxing ClubThe Raphoe club is back in full swing after the summer break and Raphoe’s Head Coach, Gary McCullagh along with Gerard Keavney, Paul O’Donnell, John Sweeney and Tommy Stewart are on hand three nights every week from 6pm – 7pm.  Monday and Wednesday for underage boxers and Monday, Wednesday and Friday night from 7pm-9pm for all boxers over 11years of age and all new and former boxers.  Boys and girls are very welcome to come along. The first action of the new season for Raphoe boxers will be the Donegal Novice Championships taking place in Letterkenny on Sunday 9th October.  The Raphoe club will have five boxers entered for these championships.A very special thanks goes to Tony Mc Daid at Raphoe Family Resource Centre and all his friendly and hardworking staff for all the work they do for the boxing club behind the scenes.  It is greatly appreciated.The new extension to the clubhouse is nearing completion and a very sincere thanks goes to local contractor Mike Kelly and all his tradesmen to County Councillors Frank McBrearty, Liam Doherty and Gerry Crawford for all their invaluable help.  It is greatly appreciated by all at the Raphoe Boxing Club.Raphoe Friday ClubThe Friday Club meets every Friday morning in the Volt House Hall from 10.30am-12.30. We would like more in our community to come along and be a part of the Group. There will be events organised over the summer so come along and join in the craic! Refreshments are also provided. Transport is available on Friday mornings and if you require this please phone 0749145462 and arrange.Job Vacancies with Raphoe Tidy Towns:Raphoe Tidy Towns will have vacancies for 5 General operatives on their new Community Employment Project due to start on 26th September. For an application form and further details please contact the Supervisor on 074 9145692 or 0879473527. Please note Dept. of Social Protection criteria for Community Employment applies for all the above posts. Thank You. Congratulations and well done to all local students who received examination results this week here in Raphoe. If you are going on to further studies or in to the world of work we wish you all every success and good luck for the future.Raphoe Family Resource Centre host ‘Tea Break’ in aid of mental health awareness was last modified: September 23rd, 2016 by Mark ForkerShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:CommunityFeaturesnewsRaphoelast_img read more