USDA confirms first pandemic H1N1 finding in US pigs

first_imgOct 19, 2009 (CIDRAP News) – The US Department of Agriculture (USDA) today confirmed the pandemic H1N1 flu virus in a sample from a Minnesota pig, marking the first detection of the virus in pigs in the United States.Suspected positive samples from pigs at the Minnesota State Fair were first reported by the USDA on Oct 16. The findings were confirmed by the USDA’s National Veterinary Services Laboratories in Ames, Iowa, according to today’s USDA press release. The release mentioned just one positive sample but said others were still being tested.Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack said the USDA has reminded its trading partners that several international organizations emphasize that there is no scientific basis to restrict the trade of pork and pork products. “People cannot get this flu from eating pork or pork products. Pork is safe to eat,” he said in the press release.The USDA said that an infection in a show pig doesn’t suggest that commercial herds are infected, because the two types of swine activities typically operate independently and don’t involve the same personnel or animal stock.The National Pork Producers Council (NPPC), in a statement today, reiterated that pork is safe to eat and handle and that the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has said flu viruses can’t be transmitted through food, including pork.The sample that tested positive was collected at the Minnesota State Fair in August in a research project conducted by the University of Iowa and the University of Minnesota. The 2-year-old project, supported by the CDC, was designed to document flu viruses where humans and pigs interact, such as fairs and other exhibitions. The pig barn at the fair is a popular attraction, partly because the state’s biggest pig is on display.Three of 103 samples from pigs at the fair had come up positive in preliminary tests by the university researchers, the Minnesota Department of Agriculture reported on Oct 16.Today’s USDA announcement adds to the growing list of countries that have detected the pandemic virus in pigs. In early May, the virus was found for the first time in pigs in Alberta, Canada. Though an infected worker was thought to have spread the virus to the pigs, the connection was never confirmed. Other countries—such as Australia, Ireland, and most recently Norway—have more definitively linked infections in pig herds to infected workers.The American Association of Swine Veterinarians (AASV) said on Oct 16 that several children who stayed in a Minnesota State Fair dormitory at the time the pigs were tested got sick with flulike illnesses and were went home, though there is no known link between the pigs and the children. A record number of people, about 1.8 million, attended the fair this year, though it is not known how many of them toured the swine barn.According to CDC influenza surveillance reports, flu activity in Minnesota increased from sporadic to regional during the last part of August and into the first days of September when the state fair took place.This summer some states announced extra measures to protect pigs from contracting the virus from sick fairgoers. For example, agriculture officials in North Carolina urged people to wash their hands before entering the fair exhibits to protect the pigs from the virus. They also asked sick people to avoid fairs and advised fair managers to add 6-foot barriers to separate animals from people.The AASV recommends that swine workers receive seasonal and novel H1N1 vaccines and that producers observe good on-farm biosecurity. It also advises that producers continue immunizing their pigs against influenza, support the USDA’s surveillance program, and submit samples when pigs show flu-like signs. It urges farmers not to ship sick animals to slaughter until clinical symptoms resolve.The NPPC also renewed its plea for pork producers to tighten their biosecurity protocols to protect pigs from the virus, including restricting public access to barns.See also:Oct 19 USDA press releaseOct 19 NPPC press releaseOct 16 AASV statementOct 16 Minnesota Department of Agriculture releasehttp://www.mda.state.mn.us/en/news/releases/2009/nr-2009-10-16-h1n1.aspxMinnesota State Fair Web sitehttp://www.mnstatefair.org/last_img read more

Herrera adds to United injury woes

first_img The club say his progress will be monitored over the next few weeks but it is not known exactly how long the injury will keep him out for in total. The news comes as another blow to Van Gaal, who also has captain Wayne Rooney suspended for all United’s matches in October after his sending off against West Ham for kicking out at Stewart Downing. Nine other players were missing from Saturday’s match due to injury United’s next game is at home to Everton on Sunday, but Van Gaal will at least have defender Tyler Blackett back from suspension. Herrera has scored two goals in his four matches at United, whose official website stated: “Ander Herrera sustained a fractured rib during the match against West Ham United on Saturday. The club will continue to monitor his progress over the next few weeks. Herrera had hoped the injury would not prove to be serious but said he was not feeling sorry for himself. The midfielder said on Twitter: “A real shame this injury, but now’s not the time to feel sorry for myself. I’m already working to be back as soon as possible!” The 25-year-old Spaniard, a £28.8million signing in the summer from Athletic Bilbao, has been an important member of Van Gaal’s side and becomes the 10th player in the United squad to be injured. Herrera, who is facing several weeks on the sidelines, was substituted in the 74th minute of the 2-1 win against the Hammers after suffering the injury. Press Associationcenter_img Manchester United boss Louis van Gaal has been dealt another injury blow after a scan revealed midfielder Ander Herrera sustained a fractured rib against West Ham at the weekend. last_img read more

“Drawing with AshGold was a bad result for us”- Hearts coach Edward Odoom

first_imgInterim head coach of Accra Hearts of Oak, Edward Odoom, was very disappointed with the goalless draw that Hearts played out with AshGold in Thursday;s Week 8 tie in the Ghana Premier League at the Accra Sports Stadium.The Phobians were hopeful of getting a good result after the 1-0 win at Dreams in Week 7 but they failed to find anything on the day.The result placed Hearts 9th on the table on 11 points and after the match, Odoom stated in the post-match press conference he was very displeased with the outcome of the match.“It was not a good result for us at all because we did everything to win the match. However, no knows what will happen next. I think that in football, one can win, draw or lose so we have to move on from the result and look ahead.”Since Hearts of Oak beat Dwarfs 2-1 in Week 3, they have not won a match at home this season. They have recorded a loss to Kotoko and a draw with AshGold and the trend was over a major concern to Odoom.“The home results are not good at all for us. If we are winning away from home and we cannot do same at home, then it is big worry for me. I cannot place a finger on what is going on but I assure you that we will solve the challenge.”Hearts head to Aduana Stars in Week 9 of the Ghana Premier League.last_img read more

Clippers beat Pistons to end up-and-down stretch, but Paul George leaves early

first_img What the Clippers are saying the day after Luka Doncic’s game-winner tied series, 2-2 Clippers’ Paul George: ‘If I make shots, this series could be a little different’ “We’re a work in progress,” Clippers guard Lou Williams said in his walk-off interview. “I think we’ll get sharper and sharper as time goes on.”Down six players, Detroit started 19-year-old power forward Sekou Doumbouya, who’d played only 24 minutes all season and Thursday drew the tough task of guarding Leonard, who finished with 18 points, six rebounds and five assists – for his career-best fifth consecutive game with at least 15 points and five assists.The Moreno Valley native – facing his former Riverside King teammate Tony Snell (14 points) – was one of six Clippers to score in double figures, including Moe Harkless, whose team improved to 7-0 when he scores 10 points or more.Harkless had 12 on 6-for-7 shooting on Thursday, when Montrezl Harrell led the team with 23 points, and Williams – who shot just 13 for 40 in his previous three outings – added 22 on a 7-for-16 effort from the floor. JaMychal Green also finished with 12 points.Clippers center Ivica Zubac effectively battled Detroit big man Andre Drumond, who finished with 10 points and 12 rebounds in 27 minutes. Zubac finished with eight points, five rebounds and four blocked shots. For Lakers’ LeBron James, Jacob Blake’s shooting is bigger issue than a big Game 4 victory George played 16 productive minutes before his departure, and he appeared to be shaking off a string of sub-par shooting performances: He was 5 for 10 overall and 2 for 5 from 3-point range, to go with three rebounds and three assists.“Nothing happened, he just felt tightness,” Rivers said of George’s hamstring. “We just decided not to bring him back. He’s gonna be evaluated, clearly, I think it’s the back more than the legs.”Williams’ fadeaway with 3:34 made it 58-58, and the Clippers scored the next 10 points to go ahead 68-58. They finished a back-and-forth first half that featured 15 lead changes and 12 ties leading 69-63 – but without George, who started the game 3 for 5.“I thought we just picked up our energy,” Williams said. “And tried to shake the new year off.”More to come on this story.Related Articles Clippers hope they can play to their capabilities, quell Mavericks’ momentum Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error PreviousMembers of the Los Angeles Clippers stand duringa a moment of silence Thursday, Jan. 2, 2020, in Los Angeles, prior to a basketball game against the Detroit Pistons, for former NBA Commissioner David Stern, who died Wednesday as a result of the brain hemorrhage. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)Clippers forward Montrezl Harrell dunks for two of his team-high 23 points as Pistons guard Bruce Brown watches during the first half of Thursday’s game at Staples Center. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)Detroit Pistons guard Sviatoslav Mykhailiuk, right, shoots as Los Angeles Clippers center Ivica Zubac defends during the first half of an NBA basketball game Thursday, Jan. 2, 2020, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill) SoundThe gallery will resume insecondsLos Angeles Clippers forward Paul George, right, shoots as Detroit Pistons forward Sekou Doumbouya defends during the first half of an NBA basketball game Thursday, Jan. 2, 2020, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)Detroit Pistons guard Bruce Brown, center, shoots as Los Angeles Clippers forward Montrezl Harrell, second from left, and guard Derrick Walton Jr., right, defend during the first half of an NBA basketball game Thursday, Jan. 2, 2020, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)Los Angeles Clippers guard Lou Williams, left, shoots as Detroit Pistons forward Christian Wood defends during the first half of an NBA basketball game Thursday, Jan. 2, 2020, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)Detroit Pistons guard Derrick Rose, second from left, shoots as Los Angeles Clippers forward JaMychal Green, left, guard Rodney McGruder, right, and forward Montrezl Harrell defend during the first half of an NBA basketball game Thursday, Jan. 2, 2020, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)Los Angeles Clippers forward Paul George, right, tries to drive past Detroit Pistons guard Tony Snell during the first half of an NBA basketball game Thursday, Jan. 2, 2020, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)Detroit Pistons guard Bruce Brown, left, shoots as Los Angeles Clippers forward JaMychal Green defends during the first half of an NBA basketball game Thursday, Jan. 2, 2020, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)Los Angeles Clippers forward Kawhi Leonard, right, shoots as Detroit Pistons forward Sekou Doumbouya defends during the first half of an NBA basketball game Thursday, Jan. 2, 2020, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)Detroit Pistons guard Bruce Brown, left, celebrates after scoring and drawing a foul as forward Christian Wood stands by during the first half of an NBA basketball game against the Los Angeles Clippers Thursday, Jan. 2, 2020, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)Members of the Los Angeles Clippers stand duringa a moment of silence Thursday, Jan. 2, 2020, in Los Angeles, prior to a basketball game against the Detroit Pistons, for former NBA Commissioner David Stern, who died Wednesday as a result of the brain hemorrhage. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)Clippers forward Montrezl Harrell dunks for two of his team-high 23 points as Pistons guard Bruce Brown watches during the first half of Thursday’s game at Staples Center. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)NextShow Caption1 of 11Clippers forward Montrezl Harrell dunks for two of his team-high 23 points as Pistons guard Bruce Brown watches during the first half of Thursday’s game at Staples Center. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)ExpandLOS ANGELES — Clippers fans who hoped to watch one of their Lob City heroes back in action at Staples Center on Thursday were out of luck; Blake Griffin missed his second consecutive game with a sore left knee.Those fans didn’t get to see much of their team’s new star Paul George in action, either. He left the game late in the second quarter with left hamstring tightness and didn’t return, though Coach Doc Rivers said after the game it was more precautionary move.But the 19,068 in the crowd did get to see the Clippers handle business without him, starting a four-games-in-nine-days homestand with a 126-112 victory over the struggling, short-handed Detroit Pistons (12-23) and winning consecutive games for the first time since Dec. 13.The Clippers (25-11), who had alternated wins and losses for nearly three weeks, gathered momentum going into halftime and then proceeded to wear down – and then hold off – the depleted Pistons, who lost their fourth consecutive game and eighth in their past nine despite a respectable effort in the fourth quarter, when they outscored the home team 33-20. Game 4 photos: Luka Doncic, Mavs shock Clippers in overtime last_img read more