News Scan for Aug 28, 2015

first_imgSalmonella outbreak tied to pork grows to 152 cases as recall expandsA salmonellosis outbreak tied to pork products grew by 18 cases, to 152, as a slaughterhouse in Washington state expanded a prior recall to more than 500,000 pounds of pork products and whole hogs after environmental sampling revealed insufficient sanitary conditions.The new case numbers were posted in an update today from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The agency said that 24 people have been hospitalized because of their illness, an increase of 8 cases since the CDC’s previous update on Aug 14. Illness-onset dates range from Apr 25 to Aug 12.Meanwhile, Kapowsin Meats in Graham, Wash., recalled 523,380 pounds of pork products that may be contaminated with the outbreak strain, Salmonella I 4,[5],12:i:-, according to an update yesterday from the US Department of Agriculture’s (USDA’s) Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS).Products affected by the expanded recall include bagged or boxed Whole Hogs for Barbecue and bagged or boxed fabricated pork products including various pork offal products, pork blood, and pork trim. The original recall, announced on Aug 13, involved about 116,000 pounds of pork products.Recalled products have the mark “Est 1628″ in the USDA seal of inspection. Pork products were shipped to Alaska, Oregon, and Washington and may still be in freezers. Consumers and establishments should throw away or return any pork affected by the recall.FSIS found unsatisfactory sanitary conditions in the Kapowsin Meats facility after beginning environmental and pork sampling processes on Aug 13, and the slaughterhouse has voluntarily suspended operations.Aug 28 CDC update Aug 27 FSIS update Case of 28-year poliovirus shedding reported in UKA man living in the United Kingdom (UK) has been shedding highly evolved, vaccine-derived poliovirus (VDPV) serotype 2 for 28 years, according to a case report yesterday in PLoS Pathogens.Researchers at the UK National Institute for Biological Standards and Control analyzed more than 180 stool samples from the man from 1995 to this year. The man received a full course of childhood polio immunizations, including oral polio vaccine (OPV) administered in 1986, and was later diagnosed as having common variable immunodeficiency, which reduces the digestive tract’s ability to kill viruses.All stool samples were positive for a high titer of iVDPV (VDPV in an immunodeficient person) strains that had reverted to neurovirulent phenotypes capable of causing paralytic polio disease.The initial samples gathered in 1995 showed iVDPV strains had undergone antigenic drift of 9.9% to 11.3% from the Sabin serotype 2 poliovirus included in the live-attenuated OPV. By March 2015, strains drifted 17.7% from the Sabin 2 poliovirus.The iVDPV strains from the stool samples also contained a high proportion of nucleotide mutations that made them different from circulating VDPV type 2 strains and wild type 2 poliovirus. The samples did not show evidence of iVDPV derived from the Sabin types 1 or 3 poliovirus strains.All iVDPV isolates were capable of causing paralytic disease in transgenic mice with human poliovirus receptors. Although investigators said that most sites on the iVDPV strains did not react with monoclonal antibodies, an antibody reaction occurred at antigenic site 3b on all strains, suggesting that antibody activity at this site could be enough to neutralize the iVDPV strains in humans.The man represents the longest period of VDPV shedding currently known, and the only person identified as a chronic shedder of highly evolved VDPV, the authors said. Aug 27 PLoS Pathog case report Iowa reports H1N1v illness in person with swine contactA person in Iowa was infected with a variant H1N1 influenza strain (H1N1v), the CDC reported today in its weekly FluView update.The patient required hospitalization and reported close contact with swine in the week before he or she became ill. The agency said that no human-to-human transmission was associated with the case. No timetable or disease outcome was disclosed.”Early identification and investigation of human infections with novel influenza A viruses are critical so that risk of infection can be more fully appreciated and appropriate public health measures can be taken,” the agency said.The case is the third confirmed H1N1v infection this year. The first was reported in January in Minnesota, and the second was reported in May in Ohio and proved fatal. After the CDC confirmed more than 300 cases of variant H3N2 (H3N2v) in the summer of 2012, the annual number of variant influenza cases has dropped dramatically.Aug 28 CDC FluView report Mumps outbreaks reported on two Midwestern campusesHealth officials at the University of Illinois and the University of Iowa have reported mumps outbreaks on campuses as students return for the fall semester, according to local news reports.The University of Illinois has confirmed 101 cases of mumps, and ill students are still being tested, the Champaign-Urbana News Gazette reported on Aug 26. The university is offering free vaccination clinics for any students or staff who have not received two doses of the measles, mumps, and rubella (MMR) vaccine.The Iowa City Press-Citizen on Aug 14 reported that six students at the University of Iowa have been diagnosed as having mumps. The Johnson County Public Health Department confirmed the surge in mumps cases, saying that it has received 15 reports of mumps diagnoses in 2015, compared with no cases in 2014 and 1 case in 2013.The University of Iowa Student Health and Wellness division issued a mumps health advisory to students on Aug 7. The advisory warns that the virus is highly contagious and can spread through saliva and mucus, also asking that students or staff with mumps symptoms such as swollen salivary glands and muscle aches remain home and ensure they have received both doses of the MMR vaccine.Aug 26 Champaign-Urbana News Gazette story Aug 14 Iowa City Press-Citizen report Aug 7 University of Iowa health advisorylast_img read more

Like father, like son: Zac Blair follows in dad’s footsteps with State Am win

first_imgLAYTON — Ever since he can remember, Zac Blair has had a golf club in his hands. That’s was happens when your father is one of the best golfers ever to come out of Utah and owns the golf course across the street from where you live.Even when Zac was 3 years old, his father, Jimmy, used to take him to big tournaments he was playing in and let him ride on the back of the cart as long as he kept quiet.”It was awesome to grow up around the golf course and get those vibes,” Zac said.Sunday afternoon at Valley View Golf Course at 1:58 p.m., in perhaps the earliest State Am finish ever, those vibes paid off for Zac, who joined his father as a winner of the oldest continuous golf tournament in the world, the Utah State Amateur Championship. The 18-year-old Blair knocked off another 18-year-old, Alex Sutton, in a match featuring the youngest finalists in history. The 5 and 3 victory put Blair’s name on the same trophy that bears the name of his dad, who had won the State Am 36 years earlier, also at the age of 18.”It’s great, it feels awesome,” said Blair, who turns 19 next month but could pass for a couple of years younger because of his boyish face and diminutive 5-foot-6, 120-pound frame. The Ogden native will attend BYU starting next month.When he met the press, Blair hadn’t called his father yet but had talked to him between 18-hole rounds when his dad urged him to “keep it going.”While Zac’s mom, Cindy, and his sister, Becky, watched his victory Sunday, Jimmy was 500 miles away playing in the Wyoming Open in Cheyenne. It’s not that Zac wouldn’t have loved to have had his dad there to see his victory, but he acknowledges he usually plays better when his dad isn’t close by.”I’m a little looser when he’s not here” Blair said. “It’s not his fault, but sometimes I try a little harder and sometimes it gets me in trouble.”Blair was rarely in trouble Sunday and when he was, he quickly recovered and never let Sutton take control of the match as he had throughout his run to the finals.All week, Blair hit his drives straight and long and his irons close and only occasionally had to rely on a putter that was a bit off most of the tournament.In the morning, Sutton took his only lead of the day by making birdie at the first hole. Back-to-back birdies by Blair and a bogey by Sutton gave Blair a 2 up lead and he extended it to 3 up before Sutton birdied 17 to cut the margin to two.Perhaps the turning point of the match came at the 21st and 22nd holes, Nos. 3 and 4 in the afternoon round just after Blair has taken a 3 up lead.Sutton made birdies at both holes — his only two of the afternoon — but in both cases, Blair made birdies on top of his, with a 25-footer at 3 and a 12-footer on No. 4 after Sutton had hit it to gimme range.”When I made that birdie on top of him at 3, that was really huge and then I did it again at 4,” Blair said. “I feel like I kept the momentum, rather than letting him get it back.” Sutton agreed that those two birdies by Blair were deflating.”On 3, I made a great putt down the hill and he matched that and on the 4th, I about knocked it in and he made another birdie right on top of me. There’s nothing you can do there, when you’re making birdies and he’s making birdies.”Sutton never got closer that two holes the rest of the day and the match ended at No. 15 when Sutton missed a 12-foot birdie try and gave Blair his 8-footer.”I didn’t hit it that bad, I just didn’t make any putts,” said Sutton, who lives near Valley View and will be a sophomore on the Weber State golf team this fall. “I don’t think it was a confidence issue, they just weren’t falling for me. He just played really well.”The extra early finish was due mostly to the speed at which the two youngsters played.Blair is the poster child for ready golf, as he takes only a couple of seconds to decide on his shot before stepping up and hitting. “I don’t think you need to take a lot of time,” he said. “Just go up, find the yardage and hit it.”Even though Sutton never took a cart the whole week and walked some 140 holes, he doesn’t waste time once he gets to his shot either, often hitting his shots before photographers can get in position. Sutton said he was disappointed not to win, but acknowledged he never expected to win the tournament at the start of the week. As the No. 8 seed, he had beaten Jed Wright and Jeff Evans before upsetting defending champion Dan Horner in the quarterfinals. Then he knocked off Andrew Barton in Saturday’s semifinals.After shooting rounds of 72 and 69 in the qualifying and getting the No., 7 seed, Blair beat Conner Jones in the first round and 16-year-old Devon Purser in the second round.Then he faced Robbie Fillmore, the co-medalist and one of the pre-tournament favorites in the quarterfinals, where he put nine birdies on the board to beat his future BYU teammate 2 and 1. In Saturday’s semifinals, Blair faced a four-hole deficit after nine holes, but came storming back with six birdies on the back nine to win 1 up over Todd Francis.Blair was supposed to be in Norman, Oklahoma Sunday playing a practice round for the U.S. Public Links Tournament. Instead he had to fly out late Sunday for his 11:52 p.m. (MDT) first-round tee time today.”I didn’t get a practice round, but winning the State Am is better than a practice round, right?” Blair mused.Right.e-mail: [email protected]last_img read more