Serogroup B implicated in Drexel U meningitis death

first_imgPennsylvania health officials have confirmed serogroup B in the bacterial meningitis death of a sophomore at Drexel University, the third college to report an infection from the serogroup that isn’t covered by meningococcal vaccines approved for use in the United States.Initial tests confirmed bacterial meningitis, the Associated Press (AP) reported today. Jeff Moran, spokesman for the Philadelphia Department of Public Health, told CIDRAP News that Pennsylvania’s public health lab determined that the isolate is serogroup B.Serogroup B has also been linked to outbreaks at Princeton University and the University of California at Santa Barbara (UCSB).The 19-year-old woman was found unresponsive in her room by her sorority housemates on Mar 10, and she died at Penn Presbyterian Medical Center the same day, according to a Mar 11 letter posted on Drexel’s Web site by its president, John Fry.Fry’s statement said the school was approaching the illness as a suspected meningitis case and had taken steps to protect students.Drexel’s student health service, in a notice on its Web portal, is recommending antibiotic prophylaxis for individuals who had close or intimate contact with the woman on or after Mar 3. It noted that all Drexel students living in campus housing are required by state law to be immunized with the quadrivalent meningococcal vaccine. However, the vaccine does not cover the serogroup B strain.Previous outbreaksA meningitis outbreak involving serogroup B at Princeton University prompted federal health officials in November to approve special use of an unlicensed serogroup B vaccine—Bexsero, made by Novartis—as part of Princeton’s response. In early February, health officials took the same steps to allow the vaccine to be used to curb UCSB’s outbreak.Princeton’s serogroup B meningococcal outbreak sickened eight students, and a similar event at UCSB sickened four, permanently disabling one of them. Health officials have said analysis of the strains shows that the Princeton and UCSB outbreaks aren’t related.Bexsero is already licensed for use in Europe, Canada, and Australia. Novartis has said it is in talks with the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to find a licensing pathway for the vaccine to fill unmet public health needs.The company has completed phase 1 and 2 clinical studies for Bexsero in the United States and is continuing to work with the FDA to advance a single vaccine to protect against the five most common meningitis serogroups (A, B, C, Y, and W).See also:Mar 13 AP storyMar 11 Drexel University letterDrexel University student health informationlast_img read more

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Six more cases reported in DRC Ebola outbreak

first_imgIn a snapshot of the latest patterns in the Democratic Republic of the Congo’s (DRC’s) Ebola outbreak yesterday, the World Health Organization (WHO) said conditions are “unforgiving,” with community resistance and conflict hampering the response and poor infection prevention and control practices in certain health facilities amplifying disease spread.Today the DRC’s health ministry reported six more cases, including three from Dec 12 in patients whose lab results were released late in the day.Intensifying activity in Butembo, KatwaThe WHO said the infection control problems are occurring at several private and public health centers. The agency underscored the fact that Ebola virus spread in the clinic doesn’t just affect patients, it’s a threat to health workers, as well. Over the past week, four new infections were reported in healthcare workers, raising the total to 51, including 17 deaths.The pace of new infections has averaged about 33 a week since the middle of October, and though there has been some decline in Beni—the main hot spot—the outbreak is intensifying in Butembo and Katwa, with new clusters popping up elsewhere. “At present, the situation remains concerning,” the WHO said, noting that affected health zones reflect a mix of densely populated urban areas and remote villages, resulting in different transmission patterns and response challenges.A high risk of further spread was exemplified this week when several contacts from Beni traveled to Kisangani and Goma, the provincial capital. The WHO said health officials quickly found the contacts, who returned to Beni to complete their 21-day follow-up. Also, several alerts for suspected cases came from Goma and locations between Goma and Butembo, and responders quickly isolated the patients, all of whom tested negative for the virus.Despite the tough challenges and conditions, the WHO said progress has been made on several fronts, with new tools such as vaccination and experimental treatments in use alongside proven tactics such as surveillance and rapid isolation.Latest case detailsThe six new cases push the overall outbreak total to 521 cases, 473 of them confirmed and 48 listed as probable. Three of the newly infected patients are from Komanda, two from Beni, and one from Kalunguta.Two more deaths were reported, one in Kalunguta and one in Komanda, and both occurred in the community, a factor that raises the risk of Ebola spread. The fatality count in the outbreak now stands at 306.In vaccination developments, health officials began immunizing frontline providers in Goma health zone, where the recent alerts were issued, the health ministry said.Also, a new vaccination ring opened in the South Mabanga district of Karisimbi health zone, located in Goma, targeting people identified as contacts of a group from Beni who had been identified as contacts but traveled to Goma.So far, 46,047 people have been vaccinated since the campaign with Merck’s experimental VSV-EBOV vaccine began on Aug 8.See also:Dec 13 WHO statementDec 14 DRC updatelast_img read more

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Luján Addresses Democrats At NM Pre-Primary Convention

first_imgAnd New Mexico delivered.  You elected Deb Haaland and Xochitl Torres Small – two of the fiercest members in the United States House. In 2018, we elected the most diverse, the youngest, and the most-female Congress in history.   Someday, you’ll tell your children about this moment in our country’s history. Let us also tell them about how you led our country onto a better path. We have to show up because our lives depend on it. Our rights depend on it. Our future depends on it. Don’t those sound like New Mexico values to you?  That the air we breathe be free of pollution and the water we drink free of chemicals. It’s with great honor that I stand before you today, the son of Ben and Carmen Lujan, the grandson of Luis and Cleotilde, and Celedon and Nestora, and of generations who held great pride in our shared histories, family and united cultures. It starts here, today, in this room with you showing up to make your voices heard. Can I count on you New Mexico?Are you ready to get to work? Are you ready to take back the Senate? Are you ready to take back the White House? Like so many of you, my family, mi familia, taught me early a love for this land – Esta Tierra Sagrada – that we call home. We win to restore the faith people have in our Democracy and the rule of law.  We win for New Mexico!Two years ago, I stood before you to say this election was the most important of our lifetimes.  That the right to health care, education, justice, and equality should not be reserved for the rich or for the few. When mom’s parents, Luis and Cleotilde, almost lost their lives in a car crash, aunts and uncles, mom and dad and all of the cousins cared for them.  Because that’s what families do. My family had pride in creating a life for us that, to this day, remains deeply connected to the land and the water. My dad was a union ironworker with local 495. My mom worked for the public schools, right here in Pojoaque.  Mom and Dad taught us that there was no job too big or too small.  From cleaning the Acequias or shoveling out the barn to preparing a meal for a stranger. We were raised to work with our hands and to follow our hearts, to take pride in the job. It’s the values we were raised with that shapes the ideals we fight for today. That the American Dream should be available to all regardless of their background, identities, skin color, gender, ethnicity, or religious beliefs. Senatorial candidate Ben Ray LujánPOLITICAL News:POJOAQUE – Today, Ben Ray Luján, New Mexico’s Democratic candidate for the U.S. Senate, addressed delegates at the statewide pre-primary nominating convention at Buffalo Thunder Resort.Below are his remarks, as prepared for delivery:Good morning New Mexico! When we work together, we win for families and children, for health care, and equality, for veterans and teachers, for organized labor and our environment. I come from a family of pioneers. Of survivors who braved the elements and embraced the challenges and the opportunities of building our home in New Mexico – before we were even a state.  Each of you has a story that explains why you are here today.  A story that connects to our shared values and principles, shaped by trials and tribulations, and intertwined with hopes and aspirations.  I’m proud to have you in this fight – because I know that when we work together, we win together. They taught me about service and caring for others. There was always a seat open at our table and a friend in need was never met with a closed door. These are the values that drive me. They are the reasons I serve New Mexicans in the U.S. House of Representatives and why I am running for the United States Senate.  In good times, we rallied together to share in the joy. In times of tragedy, we came together to mourn with one another. That students be able to attend school free from gun violence. My name is Ben Ray Luján, I humbly ask for your support and your vote to be New Mexico’s next United States. Senator.Thank you New Mexico, let’s get to work. It’s those stories that help others understand why we must rise together, to speak up for those without a voice, and stamp out hate and injustice.  We’ve broken barriers and have begun to change how Washington works. But we are just getting started. That people had to come together to save our Democracy and our country. Thank you for all that you do to fight for our state and protect our democracy. I learned the importance of treating others with respect and dignity. When I was young, my dad’s parents, Grandpa Celedon and Grandma Nestora, helped care for us. When they were older, we helped care for them.  Now I’m calling on you again. This moment has found us. It requires us to act. It’s those stories that drive us. That every veteran who served our nation should return home heroes, and that we must fulfill our commitments to these brave men and women. That Social Security and Medicare must always be preserved and protected. That children must not be separated from their families and put in cages. We can, but only if we unite and work together. Because when we work together we win together.  That every child living in our country should have equal opportunities — regardless of the zip code they are born in.last_img read more

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Exchange of fortunes

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MORNING AFTER: MAPIC Day 1

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HAM-LET introduces valves at ACHEMA

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British recycler ‘well placed’ after Covid

first_imgBritish waste management company, J&B Recycling, has spoken about how it has dealt with the challenges presented by the Covid-19 outbreak.#*#*Show Fullscreen*#*# J&B Recycling CEO Vikki Jackson-Smith said 95% of the company’s staff remained working through the lockdownThe company has operated throughout the Coronavirus, providing essential services to local authorities, care homes, schools, food retailers and distributors. During the first three months of the pandemic, the business suffered a 60% reduction in commercial tonnages.As a gesture of goodwill and understanding for its non-essential businesses, J&B Recycling allowed commercial collection customers to suspend services and raised credits for the months of closure during the enforced UK lockdown, reducing collections from businesses by nearly 70%.CEO Vikki Jackson-Smith, said: “We had to react quickly to review and implement our own contingency plans and we had ensure that we could support our customers, by putting their accounts on hold, whilst they dealt with their own issues. Everybody had to adjust and the last thing we wanted was to see our customers struggle.”J&B Recycling reacted and reorganised the company to ensure over 95% of staff remained working throughout the lockdown.The business implemented increased social distancing safety measures across all four sites, enforcing one-way systems in corridors, two metre social distancing markings at workstations and erecting plastic screens to protect staff in areas where this was not physically possible.“All our staff have been extraordinary in their team efforts during these exceptional times and it makes me very proud of the people working here at J&B Recycling. Through being flexible and adapting to new working arrangements, we continued to provide an excellent service to our customers,” said Vikki.last_img read more

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Noises off

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White Young Green: investors brace yourself

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Rhenus delivers for circular steam project

first_imgThe components were unloaded from SAL Heavy Lift’s vessel Regine at the port of Rotterdam.The two heaviest pieces, the largest of which weighed 290 tonnes, were offloaded using the ships own cranes directly onto SPMTs operated by Wagenborg.Rhenus Project logistics discharged the smaller items using its own mobile harbour crane; these cargoes were stored at the Rhenus Deep Sea Terminal, before being delivered to the project site 1. LyondellBasell and Covestro are investing approximately EUR150 million (USD168.3 million) at the circular steam project – a development where wastewater from chemical manufacturing will be turned into energy.www.projectcargorotterdam.comlast_img

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