China’s pig disease continues to spread and confound

first_img BBC News reports that Chinese authorities knew of the S suis cases about a month ago but did not release that information until Jul 25. Local reporters have been banned from visiting areas where cases have occurred, with orders to newspapers to use dispatches from Xinhau, the state news agency, according to an MSNBC story. The Western Pacific office of the World Health Organization (WHO) put the number of cases as of today at 181 with 34 deaths, but New Scientist reported 198 cases with 36 deaths. The disease is concentrated in the Sichuan province in the southwest, but a case was reported Saturday in the southern province of Guangdong, says an Associated Press (AP) story. The lethality of the current cases and the symptom variations have called into question the S suis diagnosis. Robert Dietz of Asia-Pacific WHO is reported to have said that his organization is not convinced. Samson Wong, a microbiologist at the University of Hong Kong, told Reuters, “It could be another disease altogether, it need not be Streptococcus suis because the presentation is so atypical.” Chinese authorities have not allowed any independent analysis of the cases to date. S suis has just been declared by the Chinese government as a notifiable infectious disease, according to the Chinese business newspaper The Standard. The decision was made because of the vast scale of the infection and the high associated mortality. Extensive control measures have been undertaken quickly in China, according to WHO, focusing on accurate identification of infected pigs, educational efforts informing people not to butcher or eat infected swine, and identification and treatment of human cases. Officials in Sichuan claim to have distributed more than 2 million posters to farmers and to have sent 50,000 heath workers and officials to 1.4 million hourseholds to register every pig in the region, according to a United Press International story. Chinese experts have completed genetic sequencing of S suis, a Jul 28 Xinhua story reported. Scientists at the Chinese Center for Disease Control are studying how closely the pig and human bacteria are genetically correlated to investigate how the disease spreads from animals to humans. Eleven cases have been reported in Hong Kong since May 2004, according to MSNBC. Two of them coincide with the Sichuan outbreak, but whether they are related has not been determined. The disease has been identified by the Chinese Ministry of Health as being caused by Streptococcus suis, a bacterium not uncommon in pigs. Human cases have been very rare, however, with mortality rates of less than 10%. Symptoms usually include high fever, vomiting, and hearing loss resulting from inflammation of the brain. Current cases are showing hemorrhaging under the skin, a very rare manifestation; only isolated hearing loss; and a mortality rate of 20%, according to various reports. Aug 1, 2005 (CIDRAP News) – Reports on the mysterious pig-borne disease spreading among humans in China are numerous, with the number of cases closing in on 200 and fatalities standing at 34. Several sources today said the Yongshun pharmaceutical company in Guangdong shipped enough vaccine to Chengdu, capital of the Sichuan province, on Sunday to treat 350,000 pigs. The company claims they will be producing and shipping vaccine for another 10 million pigs shortly, according to a China Daily story today. To acquire immunity, pigs must be given two doses within a 15-day period; protection will last for more than 4 months. China is the largest pork producer in the world, with production concentrated in the Sichuan province. About 80% of China’s pork comes from small backyard farms, according to the Pacific News Service. Most of the current cases have occurred in farmers and butchers who have slaughtered or had contact with infected pigs.last_img read more

If BCCI wants T20 WC’s slot for IPL they’ll get it, feels Chappell

first_imgMelbourne: Former Australia captain Ian Chappell believes players have an obligation towards their country and they should skip the Indian Premier League (IPL) if it clashes with Australia’s domestic season. Chappell’s comments comes just a day after Aussie speedster Pat Cummins expressed his desire to play in the 13th edition of the cash-rich league, which currently stands suspended due to coronavirus pandemic. Chappell feels top Australian cricketers are looked after financially really well by Cricket Australia (CA) these days so they must choose Sheffield Shield over IPL if the dates of the two were to clash this season. “Well this is coming from someone who’s never been a fan of the board, but the top players are looked after very well by Cricket Australia these days, so I think there’s an obligation there,” Chappell was quoted as saying by Wide World of Sports. “It’s also a chance to stand up and say the cricket world isn’t going to be pushed around by India. “I could mount a case more for a peripheral player who doesn’t earn a lot of money in Australia; if the bulk of his income is going to come from the IPL, well that’s something I would have some sympathy for if I was a CA board member. But the top players are well paid, and that argument doesn’t hold any water. Their obligation should be to Australia.” The BCCI is currently looking at a October-November window to host the glitzy tournament as dark clouds continue to circle over the fate of the T20 World Cup, currently scheduled to be played Down Under in October. Despite CA chief executive Kevin Roberts saying it’s ICC’s call to make, Chappell stated there is no chance of hosting a tournament of such magnitude this year. So according to him, if BCCI wants to use that window to host the IPL, they will ‘get their way’. “The first thing you know is that the BCCI will win,” he said. “They’ll get their way if they want to play in October. At this point it appears to me that the chances of the T20 World Cup going ahead are somewhere between Buckley’s and none. “With so many countries, I just think it would be logistically way too difficult, but that’s purely a cricketer talking, not a medical person or someone with experience running a tournament like that. “But it seems to me with 16 teams to worry about it’s probably going to be too hard, and if the BCCI want the IPL to take that slot they’ll probably get their way.” IANS Also watch: Minister for Rural Development & Panchayati Raj, Naba Doley briefinglast_img read more

Tottenham’s Aurier and Sissoko apologise for training together

first_img(BBC) – TOTTENHAM’S Serge Aurier and Moussa Sissoko have apologised for training together despite the coronavirus restrictions.Right-back Aurier posted a video on social media – since deleted – of him wearing a mask while running shuttles and sitting next to midfielder Sissoko.UK government guidelines say you can only exercise on your own or with people you live with.“We wish to apologise for not setting the right example here,” they said.“We recognise that as professional footballers we have a responsibility to be role models, particularly during this uncertain period that everyone around the world is facing.”In a joint statement, they added: “We must all respect the government advice to minimise the number of lives lost during this pandemic.“We cannot thank NHS staff enough for their tireless work at this time and we shall both be making a financial donation to show our support for their efforts.”It is the third time Spurs staff have been caught doing something similar.Manager Jose Mourinho was pictured holding a one-on-one training session in a park with midfielder Tanguy Ndombele.Team-mates Ryan Sessegnon and Davinson Sanchez have also been filmed running side-by-side.last_img read more