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Two deaths probed as E coli cases reach 166

first_img CDC updatehttp://www.cdc.gov/ecoli/2006/september/updates/092206.htm 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

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Inroom auction event has two homes sold under the hammer

first_imgThe crowd gathered at Ray White Julie Mahoney on auction night.Five properties went under the hammer on Tuesday night, March 12, 2019, as part of Ray White Julie Mahoney’s inroom auction event. Golden oldie lands suburb’s biggest 2019 sale First off the block was 32 Hooper St, Belgian Gardens, a four-bedroom, two bathroom home on 1012sq m, which sold under the hammer.“We are thrilled with the results of the campaign for 32 Hooper St,” Ms Mahoney said.“It was a short, two-week call to auction but it had staggering results.“Five open homes held over the two weeks saw 72 groups attend and resulted in multiple bidders registered.”The MORE: second property, 18 Sixth St, South Townsville, a five-bedrooms, two-bathroom restored Queenslander, also sold under the gavel.Lots three and four were passed in and are now listed for sale.Lot three, 6 Barboutis St, Belgian Gardens is a two bedroom, one bathroom home on a 809sq m corner block. It is now for sale for $415,000. The complex at 46 Victoria St, Townsville City failed to sell on auction night and is now available to purchase by private treaty.Features include panoramic island and ocean views, three car accommodation with additional storage, new carpet and paint and polished timber floors. No. 1 is listed for $665,000 and 2 is listed for $495,000.Ms Mahoney said there was a bid on the final property on the night lot 5, a classic cottage at 24 Hubert St, South Townsville.“We are now in the process of negotiating with both the buyers and the sellers,” she said.It will be a quiet weekend for auctions this week, with only three properties lined up for the gavel on Saturday and Sunday.Helen Munro Property agent Brett Shann will present 35 Pegnall St, Currajong to auction on Saturday, March 16 at 11am. The three bedroom, one bathroom home is on a 350sq m block and was built in 2004.Ray White Geaney Property Group agent Ella Geaney’s listing at 7 Epping Way, Mount Low will go under the gavel on Sunday, March 17 at 11am. >>FOLLOW EMILY BLACK ON FACEBOOK<< The two bedroom home at 6 Barboutis St, Belgian Gardens is now listed for $451,000.More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus13 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market13 hours agoThe realestate.com.au listing said it was walking distance from Rowes Bay and Soroptimist Park.Features include a new kitchen and split system airconditioning throughout. Australia’s cheapest suburb by the beach RELATED: Lot four, 1 and 2/46 Victoria St, Townsville City, is classified as a block of units, and the realestate.com.au listing said it comprises two residences ideal for one to live in and rent out the other arrangement. Bargain price for home coated in poo The four-bedroom, two-bathroom home is on a 564sq m block within Sanctum Estate.The agency’s Sally Ireland will then present 152 Francis St, West End at 3pm.The three-bedroom, one bathroom Queenslander was recently renovated.It occupies a 620sq m, fully fenced block.last_img read more

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Austin Rivers decides against rest before Clippers’ loss

first_imgFor whatever reason, no one got Sunday night off to rest before a 111-102 loss to the Pacers.“Everybody’s good,” Clippers coach Doc Rivers said pregame.Whether they are or not, it might be hard to get an honest self-evaluation from Clipper players.Paul and Crawford were both asked Friday how they’d react if they were next to sit, and neither player seemed thrilled with the idea. Still, the Clippers have invested in the biomedical department, and Crawford said he understood why the team would want to utilize the technologies. “We hired a lot of people this summer. And, you know, from a coaching point you just got to trust them,” Rivers said. “They clearly know more than me. A lot of teams are doing it, a lot of teams have raved about him. Honestly, some teams and some of the players on other teams have not liked it. But it’s done for the good of the player and obviously the team, so you just got to trust the process.”Griffin and Redick both had discussions with the Clippers’ player performance staff before ultimately accepting the decision.“You want pushback,” Rivers said.It just probably won’t matter.“No, I can’t be convinced,” he said. “I can be convinced if both sides are willing to negotiate. But I can’t be convinced if the scientists say no. Then that’s no. That’s a fact, and that won’t change.”Pierce playing for defensive purposesThe Clippers’ five-man unit of Austin Rivers, Crawford, Marreese Speights, Raymond Felton and Wesley Johnson, statistically, is the second best defensive group in the NBA. Opponents have scored only 91.1 points per 100 possessions against that lineup – second among 5-man groups that have played at least 100 minutes this season. So, it stands to reason that Rivers has decided to use veteran Paul Pierce instead of Johnson for an offensive boost, right?“And that’s where you’re wrong actually,” Rivers said. “Because actually I think Paul probably knows the positioning better than anyone. Like the Cleveland game, he had two plays where he was in the right spot defensively. “That was more of a defensive decision.”The 5-man lineup with Pierce, Rivers, Crawford, Speights and Felton is allowing 109.6 points per 100 possessions in 31 minutes prior to Sunday’s game. Johnson replaced Pierce in the rotation in the second half after another poor defensive stretch for the bench in the second quarter. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorcenter_img LOS ANGELES >> Playing for the 22nd time in just 36 days, Sunday night against Indiana might’ve been the night to tap Chris Paul or Jamal Crawford on the shoulder and tell them it’s time.J.J. Redick had to do it on Friday in New Orleans. Blake Griffin had to do it in Brooklyn.And soon, it’ll be someone else’s turn.Maybe it’s because the Clippers get two days off before the game. Maybe it’s because the workload for Paul and DeAndre Jordan has been a little lighter.last_img read more

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F1 Austin Grand Prix could be wiped out by COVID-19 surge in U.S.

first_imgCircuit of the Americas, which hosts the Austin Grand Prix, is in “serious jeopardy” of losing its top event, according to an email from track chairman Bobby Epstein to the Austin American-Statesman. The Austin Grand Prix is scheduled for Oct. 25. The successful return of Formula One action in Europe doesn’t necessarily mean F1 racing will come back to the U.S. anytime soon.Daily COVID-19 cases are hitting record highs in North America, and organizers of the annual Austin Grand Prix are concerned the surge will eliminate their event this year. Texas has been a hotspot for the coronavirus in recent weeks. MORE: F1 drivers split over anthem kneelingF1 kicked off its campaign last weekend in Austria with the Austrian Grand Prix. Valtteri Bottas finished first in the competition, followed by Charles Leclerc and Lando Norris.The next F1 race, slated for Sunday, is the Styrian Grand Prix and will also take place in Austria.last_img read more