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

Pope to visit US in September

first_img Share Share FaithLifestyle Pope to visit US in September by: BBC News – November 17, 2014 Tweet Sharing is caring!center_img Pope Francis announced his plans at a meeting of Protestant, Muslim and Jewish religious leadersThe Pope has announced plans to visit the US next September, his first trip there since his election last year.Pope Francis said he would attend an international Catholic conference on marriage in Philadelphia.He is also expected to address the UN General Assembly in New York and meet President Barack Obama in Washington.The announcement, at an interreligious conference on family values in the Vatican, was eagerly awaited after months of speculation.Speaking at the Vatican on Monday, the pontiff said he would travel to Philadelphia for the “World Meeting of Families”, a gathering sponsored by the Roman Catholic Church which takes place every three years.The website of the conference said in a statement that Pope Francis would most likely travel there from 25 to 27 September, although dates are yet to be finalised.Philadelphia Archbishop Charles Chaput, who had personally invited the Pope, said he was “overjoyed” by the announcement, adding: “A hallmark of his papacy has been a keen focus on the many challenges that families face today globally.“His charisma, presence and voice will electrify the gathering.”Pope Francis will become the fourth pope to visit the US, in a visit that Catholic officials say could draw up to a million people.According to AP news agency, he had received invitations from President Obama, UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon and Congress, as well as letters from more than 10,000 school children in Philadelphia, encouraging him to make the trip. Share 446 Views   no discussionslast_img read more

African Tour: Torgah Surges to FCT Classic Victory

first_imgVincent Torgah From Olawale Ajimotokan in AbujaVincent Torgah over the weekend maintained his commanding domination of the African Tour following a seven-stroke victory at the FCT Classic.Torgah played a final round of one over par 73 to win at the IBB International Golf and Country Club, Abuja. The Ghanaian left no one in doubt with his overall 10 under par 278 tally that left Gift Willy in second place seven shots off the pace.Torgha has been a massive influence on the African Tour this season after winning all three tournaments on the roster since the seasonHe has already secured victories at Eko Challenge Cup in Lakowe Lakes, Lagos and the Memorare over Arsenal Golf Club, Owerri, Imo State.Willy finished the tournament at three under par 285, three strokes over Mohammed Liman and Sunday Olapade, who tied for third at even par 288.Olapade, who has been searching for a victory on the tour since he won the Tour Championship in Abuja in December last year, shared the spotlight with Liman, as the only players to finish their rounds under par.Ageless Emos Korblah, who headed into the final round with a share of the third, ended in fifth after carding one over par 291 for the tournament.The next tournament on the African Tour is the Port Harcourt Classic and it is billed for Port Harcourt Golf Club from May 15-18.RESULTS & FIXTURESTottenham 4 – 0 HuddersfieldBrighton 0 – 5 BournemouthBurnley 2 – 0 CardiffFulham 2 – 0 EvertonSouthampton 3 – 1 WolvesMan United 2 – 1 West HamCrystal Palace v Man City 2:05pmLiverpool v Chelsea 4:30pmShare this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

Roger Taillibert designer of Montreals Olympic Stadium dead at 93

first_imgMONTREAL — Roger Taillibert, the architect who designed Montreal’s Olympic Stadium, has died at the age of 93.The renowned French architect also created the Parc des Princes stadium in Paris and the Khalifa Stadium in Qatar.Taillibert’s success in France in the 1960s and early 1970s attracted the attention of then-Montreal mayor Jean Drapeau, who asked him to design a stadium to house the 1976 Olympics and later the Montreal Expos baseball team.Taillibert’s vision for the Olympic Stadium included a massive concrete dome with a retractable roof, held up by cables suspended from the world’s largest inclined tower, at 165 metres high.He remained proud of the design and continued to defend his creation over the years, despite criticism over its malfunctioning roof and an original price tag that ballooned to several times its original estimate.Montreal Mayor Valerie Plante writes on Twitter today that Taillibert has left the city a great legacy, noting that his stadium is known around the world.This report by The Canadian Press was first published on Oct. 3, 2019.The Canadian Presslast_img read more

Kevin Bacon CoChairs Woodcraft Rangers 90th Anniversary Dinner

first_imgWoodcraft Rangers, the leader in after-school programs for Los Angeles at-risk youth, proudly celebrates their 90th Anniversary with a dinner, silent auction and entertainment on Wednesday, May 8, 2013, at La Plaza de Cultura y Artes in downtown Los Angeles. Kyra Sedgwick and Kevin Bacon serve as Honorary Co-Chairs.Actor, producer and director Dennis Haysbert will be an award presenter. One of the awards will be presented to Academy Award nominee for Best Actress for her role in the 2009 movie Precious, Gabourey Sidibe, for being an inspiration to today’s teens. Musical guests included a special performance by Scott Shriner from the hit band Weezer.“I’m really proud to be honored by Woodcraft Rangers,” said Sidibe. “Being able to inspire teens is really important to me. I’m excited to be a part of this great evening. Kids are my jam!”“Woodcraft Rangers gives youth the amazing chance to express themselves through music — this is a priceless gift,” said Shriner. “I’m thrilled to be performing with one of the talented kids who has benefitted from this great program. The 90th Anniversary celebration is a great way for people to get involved and have a blast.”“Woodcraft Rangers is literally shaping the lives of over 6,000 students every day,” said Sedgwick. “This organization provides an outlet for otherwise at-risk youth to follow their passions, everything from technology to music and from dance to the arts.”“We are very excited about our fundraising event this year,” said Woodcraft Rangers CEO Chris Johnson. “We have so much enthusiasm, passion and commitment this year from a lot of people who believe in our mission. All the funds raised at the dinner and auction will go to our Nvision program, which is one the most successful after-school programs in Los Angeles.”Since 1922, Woodcraft Rangers has provided innovative after-school programs to underserved youth in the greater Los Angeles area. These programs operate on 60 public school campuses and reach over 15,000 students annually by helping children, across all grade levels, mature into healthy, productive adults through positive experiences and age-appropriate challenges. Woodcraft Rangers serves at-risk youth in neighborhoods where access to positive, structured activities is limited and kids are left with little or no adult supervision during non-school hours. Woodcraft Rangers offers a positive alternative to the boredom and negative peer pressures that can lead to juvenile delinquency.The organization promotes self-discovery and supports academic achievement by involving youth in experiences that engage the imagination, stimulate thinking, uncover talents and reveal potential. WR’s signature after-school program is Nvision. Nvision consists of school-based afterschool club for youth designed to promote academic, social, and physical development with activities that include cooking, etiquette, jewelry making, drawing and painting, and computer skills.Within Nvision program is the youth in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) education component that was singled out by Senator Barbara Boxer, the Afterschool Caucus Chair, in a speech on the Senate Floor recently stating, “Woodcraft Rangers exposes middle school students to cutting-edge STEM activities, including robotics. This highly engaging program allows students to configure high-tech robotics, enhancing their STEM skills, unlocking their imaginations, and exposing them to real-world problem- solving situations.”Recognition events, to which parents, faculty, and other youth are invited to celebrate participants’ accomplishments, are held at regularly. These events may include an exhibit, team competition, performance, or awards ceremony. WR also provides field trips to educational, cultural, and recreational venues. For more information on Woodcraft Rangers, click here.The event starts at 6:00 pm on Wednesday, May 8, 2013, La Plaza de Cultura y Artes at 501 N. Main Street, Downtown Los Angeles. For more details about the event and to purchase tickets, click here.last_img read more