Peanuts not likely at fault for spike in Salmonella -killed birds

first_img He said he has no suspicion that the rash of dead birds is related to the human outbreak. Keel said his lab tests birds that people find dead around their feeders and send in. The lab has tested “a couple hundred” since January—far more than the four or five that are sent in for testing in a typical year. To reduce the spread of Salmonella, the NWHC recommends cleaning feeders with a 10% solution of bleach in water, changing feeder locations regularly, and adding more feeders to reduce crowding. “We did do some strain typing, and our preliminary data indicate no relation” to the strain involved in the human outbreak, said Keel, who supervises the diagnostic service for the ongoing wildlife study. Burkmann Feeds recall news releasehttp://www.burkmannfeeds.com/index.php?tpl=recall Western Trade Group Inc. of Port Angeles, Wash., recalled roasted peanuts in February because they contained peanuts from Peanut Corp. of America, the firm blamed for the nationwide outbreak. The firm’s recall notice said the feed-grade peanuts had been sold to makers of livestock and bird feed in Iowa, Kentucky, Missouri, and North Dakota. Mar 18, 2009 (CIDRAP News) – Salmonella infections have been killing more wild birds than usual in the US Southeast this winter, but the increase does not seem related to the nationwide human disease outbreak tied to tainted peanut products, according to federal wildlife scientists. Western Trade Group Inc. recall noticehttp://www.fda.gov/oc/po/firmrecalls/westerntrade02_09.html “We don’t regularly get pine siskins; they’re typically a more northerly bird. Periodically they come down here. They move down in extremely dense flocks. It’s not uncommon to see Salmonella outbreaks among them,” he said. Like Keel, Ramsay said the reasons are unclear. “It seems like it’s a cyclical thing. Back in 1998 we had a large peak also, not only on the East Coast but also in the Midwest. It seems like every once in a while we get outbreaks that occur over a large area and in large numbers. We’re not exactly sure what causes that as yet.” M. Kevin Keel, DVM, PhD, of the Southeastern Cooperative Wildlife Disease Study at the University of Georgia in Athens said testing so far has shown that the birds have been dying of a different Salmonella strain than the one in the human outbreak. Pine siskins predominateKeel said most of the Salmonella-infected dead birds have been pine siskins and goldfinches, though some cardinals and other birds have died of salmonellosis as well. Salmonella is not uncommon in birds found dead around feeders. But this year it’s “really widespread,” and it’s not clear why, Keel said. In a Mar 11 press release about the recall, Wild Birds Unlimited said, “Initial tests have found no correlation between any bird deaths and the recalled food; a different strain of Salmonella was found in deceased birds in North Carolina than what we detected in the recalled food.”center_img “We really don’t know why this year has been much more extreme,” he said. “If it hadn’t occurred till the pine siskins arrived, we’d have thought it was them, but some cases occurred before they got here. They certainly are the dominant species affected now.” See also: “It seems from probably around Maryland down through Appalachia we’ve been seeing an increase in Salmonella,” he said. “It is Salmonella Typhimurium, and we see outbreaks of this type in birds every year, but usually not to this extent,” Keel told CIDRAP News. Salmonella Typhimurium is also the serotype involved in the human outbreak, but the bird strain does not match genetically with the human cases, he said. He said he was not aware of an unusual level of Salmonella-related bird deaths in regions other than the Southeast, with the possible exception of Washington state. A cyclical phenomenon?Nathan Ramsay of the US Geological Survey’s National Wildlife Health Center (NWHC) in Madison, Wis., said his center also has been seeing an increase in bird deaths related to Salmonella in the Southeast. Bird feed recallBurkmann Feeds, a Kentucky company, recently recalled 150 bags of bird feed after the North Carolina Department of Agriculture found Salmonella in one sample. In a statement, Burkmann said one of its peanut suppliers had sold the company some peanuts that were subject to a recall and had not informed the company. Ramsay, who is the lead necropsy technician at the NWHC, said the center has not run genetic tests on Salmonella isolates from birds this winter, but said “there doesn’t seem to be any connection” with the human outbreak. Salmonellosis is a common cause of death in birds at bird feeders, according to the NWHC. The pathogen can spread from bird to bird through direct contact or through food or water contaminated with feces from an infected bird or mammal. Infected birds may appear healthy but can shed the organism in their feces. Burkmann makes bird feed for Wild Birds Unlimited (WBU) franchise stores in the Southeast. The recalled peanuts were used in certain lots of Burkmann’s WBU Wildlife Blend and WBU Woodpecker Blend, the company said. The firm said it had recalled those lots and informed all the customers who bought the products. Mar 11 Wild Birds Unlimited recall news releasehttp://www.wbu.com/news/pressreleases/2009_0311_recall.pdf NWHC information on salmonellosis in birdshttp://www.nwhc.usgs.gov/disease_information/other_diseases/salmonellosis.jsplast_img read more

Cricket News Archer gets England cap as rain washes out first day of second Ashes Test

first_img For all the Latest Sports News News, Cricket News News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps. In 17 of the last 19 Ashes campaigns, the team that has led 1-0 has won the series. The exceptions were in 1997 when Australia lost at Edgbaston, but won the six-match series 3-2 and 2005 when England lost at Lord’s but won the five-Test series 2-1.World Cup-winner Archer is set to play after James Anderson, England’s all-time leading wicket-taker, was ruled out with a calf injury that meant he bowled just four overs at Edgbaston. Neither England nor Australia have yet named their teams. They are not required to do so until the toss takes place. London: Jofra Archer received his England Test cap but was still to make his debut as rain saw the first day of Wednesday’s second Ashes match against Australia abandoned without a ball bowled at a soaking wet Lord’s. Chris Jordan, a Sussex team-mate, presented Archer with the cap in England’s pre-match huddle ahead of a revised toss at 3:00pm local time (1400 GMT) — only for further rain to delay the start once again.With rain still lashing an increasingly gloomy ‘home of cricket’, umpires Aleem Dar and Chris Gaffaney finally abandoned play for the day after tea at 4:19 pm local time. When the match should have been getting underway at 11:00 am (1000 GMT), the square and pitch remained fully covered. Further rain then meant hopes of any play before lunch soon disappeared as well.Now officials will hope the weather relents sufficiently for the match to begin at the scheduled 1000 GMT start of Thursday’s second day. Ashes-holders Australia lead the five-match series 1-0 after their 251-run win in the first Test at Edgbaston last week. It is 18 years since Australia last won an Ashes series in England.last_img read more

Holt: Future bodes well for former Badgers

first_imgTurns out the kids are all right.Seven seniors and four underclassmen left the Wisconsin men’s hockey team in the 2010 offseason. Included in that group was UW’s first ever Hobey Baker Award winner in Blake Geoffrion and the team’s leading scorer, sophomore Derek Stepan. Three of those guys are in the National Hockey League, and two of them have hat tricks. Another three were named to all-star teams in the minor leagues.There’s certainly no shortage of Badgers in the NHL, as Dany Heatley, Joe Pavelski and Brian Rafalski are all household names among hockey fans. Twenty former Badgers played in an NHL game this season.But overall, the guys from that 2009-2010 team could end up being one of the most successful collections of NHL pros to come from one squad in quite a while. It’s very possible 10 of the Badgers who fell to Boston College in Detroit will be playing in the bigs within the next few years. What else would you expect from – as UW hockey blogger Chuck Schwartz has dubbed it – NHL University?Stepan surprised everyone – his head coach included – by signing with the New York Rangers last summer. The 20-year-old made the team out of training camp and got a dream of a first game, becoming only the fourth rookie in NHL history to score a hat trick in his first NHL game. Stepan finished the regular season fifth in scoring among rookies with 21 goals and 24 assists for 45 points.Not to be outdone, Geoffrion tore up the American Hockey League in early 2011, winning consecutive AHL player of the week awards as a member of the Milwaukee Admirals. Once called up to his hometown Nashville Predators, he notched a hat trick of his own against Buffalo.Defenseman Ryan McDonagh looks like he’ll be a staple on the blueline for the Rangers for years after getting called up in January. A hard-skating, physical defenseman, McDonagh is getting around 20 minutes of ice time a game, and his first NHL goal was a game-winner that helped the Rangers make the playoffs.As UW head coach Mike Eaves put it, McDongah looks like he belongs.“The pro game is made for Ryan in terms of his physical strengths and his ability to move from point A to point B. But the way he plays, it’s simple, it’s clean, it’s effective,” Eaves said. “That’s why he’s getting the ice time that he has, because he’s very effective in those areas.”So far, those three are the only former Badgers from that team to get NHL time. But they’re not the only ones to enjoy success.2010 WCHA Defensive Player of the Year Brendan Smith joined the Grand Rapids Griffins, the Detroit Red Wings’ AHL affiliate, and made an instant impact. Smith was the first Griffins rookie to be named to the AHL All-Star Game and was also named to the AHL all-rookie team.Forward Ben Street has proved to be a valuable free-agent signing, getting named the ECHL Rookie of the Year as a member of the Wheeling Nailers. Street scored 24-27-51 in just 38 games and was eventually called up to the Wilkes-Barre/ Scranton Penguins of the AHL, where he went 12-11-23 in 36 games.Forward Andy Bohmbach led all East Coast Hockey League rookies in scoring, with a 25-43-68 line, and was named to the ECHL all-rookie team. Aaron Bendickson was named an ECHL all-star at midseason but left to finish his college degree. John Mitchell played most of his season in the AHL for Syracuse and has the size (6-foot-5, 216) to possibly make an NHL roster someday. It won’t be surprising to see defenseman Cody Goloubef make his NHL debut next year for Columbus, either.That’s not even counting four guys from that Badgers team that still have their professional careers ahead of them.Defenseman Jake Gardiner left after this season ended, getting a taste of the AHL with a 10-game stint with the Toronto Marlies. Gardiner flashed his defensive prowess with McDonagh as a sophomore, forming one of the nation’s best shutdown defensive pairings. As a junior, he was counted on to produce points and responded by posting a 10-31-41 line that was second in the nation among defensemen.Ahead of Gardiner in blueline scoring was Justin Schultz, who has said he’s staying for his junior year. Schultz was named WCHA Defensive Player of the Year and had 18 goals – most for a defenseman since 2002.Craig Smith, a fourth-round pick of Nashville, is also staying for at least one more year, giving him time to work on his consistency. When he’s on, the center looks like the best player on the ice. But he’s not always on, despite a very successful 19-goal, 43-point sophomore campaign.And then there’s John Ramage, a fourth-round pick last summer, whose game is very well-suited for the smaller rinks of the NHL.Not a bad bunch, eh?“That speaks loudly for Mike Eaves and his ability to coach and teach,” Geoffrion said in a phone interview.Look at the guys from the 2006 title-winning team. Eight of those Badgers have played in the NHL since leaving Wisconsin, guys like Adam Burish, Jake Dowell and Tom Gilbert. The more recent group didn’t even win the championship and could surpass the ’06 team in NHL-ers.Five years from now, chances are good 10 members of that 2009-2010 UW team are playing in the NHL regularly. Another two or three have outside chances of making a roster someday. Give credit to Eaves and his staff for helping develop what might end up being one of the most successful groups of Badgers in UW history.Adam is a senior majoring in journalism. Been following any former Badgers in the pros? Email him at aholt@badgerherald.com or Tweet @AdamJSHolt.last_img read more

B&H Team Among the Five most Potential Representations in the World

first_imgThe football players of the coach Safet Sušić are found in the list of five most potential representations in the world. Apart from B&H, the portal Soccer Lens putted in the list also Russia, Senegal, Japan and Belgium.In the last five years, several international football teams have had an amazing progress as all as on FIFA’s classifications. Among them is the B&H team, writes the specified portal.B&H team was close to the World Cup 2010, but they were defeated by the barrage with Portugal. From the same opponent they lost even in 2012 at the same stage of the competition. This time, our team will make sure that situation to not happen again.Currently, they are in first place of Group G, in six games they have recorded five wins and one draw, what provided to them 16 points, three more than second-placed Greece. In the next four games will be enough three wins before they definitely book their tickets to Brazil.In addition to qualifying for the group stage Mundial, the representation team records and amazing success when it comes to FIFA ranking.They are in 13th place, which is a historical success. Behind them, they left selections of the world football greats, such as England, Russia, France, Sweden …Manchester City‘s player, Edin Džeko leads the charge of the national team, which is in the first four games of qualifying for the World Cup achieved 15 goals.But Džeko is not the only star of the team, there are the goal keeper Asmir Begović, captain Emir Spahić, who plays for Bayer from Leverkusen, Miralem Pjanić from Roma, Vedad Ibisević from Stuttgart … If they continue with this rhythm, B&H will fight for the first place, leaving behind the Greeks.As a team that will compete for the first time at the World Cup, will be a hard opponent for some teams that are already standard in major competitions.If they succeed in their goal, it is expected that B&H will have no fear from anyone, writes Soccer Lens. (Source: klix.ba)last_img read more

UCF Announces Lazy River Next to Stadium, As Team Drops Game to Pitt

first_imgA slow start, combined with penalties and mistakes, sealed Number 15 UCF’s fate for the game. Pittsburgh quarterback Kenny Pickett caught a 3-yard touchdown pass during a trick play called the “Pitt Special,” with just 56 seconds left in the game, causing UCF to drop the game to the Panthers (2-2), 35-34. UCF is now 3-1 on the season. The University of Central Florida is planning to take tailgating to a new level in time for next year’s football season, with the introduction of a lazy river to be located outside the school’s stadium.Officials say they will be offering 250 memberships to what will be called McNamara Cove for $2,500 each. The all-inclusive package will cover “covegating” leading up to all regular-season home games.Guests will be able to enjoy the lazy river, in addition to a pool, sand volleyball courts, lounge chairs, a bocce ball green, and a service cabana.Outside of game days, McNamara Cove will be open to student-athletes, as part of the university’s $30 million Kenneth G. Dixon Athletics Village.The lazy river is named for Tom and Stacey McNamara, who made a naming gift commitment of $1 million last year.Meanwhile, the national champion UCF Knights’ winning streak came to an end on Saturday against Pittsburgh.last_img read more

16th annual hoops for a cure

first_imgOne of the longest running rivalries will continue as the Chartiers Valley High School faculty and alumni will take to the hardwoods to take on the Pittsburgh Steelers in the 16th annual “Hoops For A Cure” doubleheader on April 15 at Chartiers Valley High School. With more than $1 million raised for pancreatic cancer research, the popular “HOOPS FOR A CURE” charity event will benefit the Nathan S. Arenson Fund for Pancreatic Cancer Research, which is overseen by Dr. Olivera Finn, professor and chair at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine.The “HOOPS FOR A CURE” charity doubleheader will find the Steelers and the Chartiers Valley Faculty and Alumni tangling in the 8 p.m. finale. Prior to the main event, the evening will begin with the AAAA Section 4 All-Stars taking on the WPIAL All-Stars beginning at 6:30 p.m.The event has raised more than $1 million in the past 15 years for the Nathan S. Arenson Fund for Pancreatic Cancer Research at the University of Pittsburgh Cancer Institute.Pancreatic cancer is the fifth leading cause of cancer death in the United States. Not only is this disease common, but it also is extremely difficult to diagnose and treat.(For more information or to purchase an admission or raffle ticket in advance of the event, contact Adrienne Arenson at (412) 279-1935. If you cannot attend the event but wish to make a charitable donation, please send a check payable to “UPCI/Arenson Fund” c/o Jeff Hilty, 633 Gregg St., Bridgeville, PA 15017.)last_img read more