Cantaloupe Listeria outbreak grows: 18 states, 72 ill, 13 dead

first_img The Listeria monocytogenes outbreak is the deadliest one in the country in nearly a decade, because listeriosis is highly lethal in susceptible groups, he said. The CDC has said the outbreak involves four strains of Listeria, which typically causes invasive infection that can spread to the bloodstream or other body sites. The outbreak toll is expected to climb higher, because several other states and local health departments are investigating if their listeriosis cases are connected to the outbreak. CDC said it expects to receive reports of additional cases through October, because the incubation period for the disease is long, and patients can get sick with listeriosis up to 2 months after eating contaminated food. Sherri McGarry, MD, senior advisor in the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) office of foods, told reporters that a team of federal and state experts are at Jensen Farms conducting an environmental assessment to explore how contamination occurred and what opportunities the pathogen had for continued growth. She said they will be looking at the potential role of animal reservoirs. He advised people to check the labels before consuming cantaloupes, and advised them to dispose of the products if the source can’t be determined from the label or by asking suppliers. Frieden said that although the cantaloupes have been recalled and are nearing the end of their shelf life, federal officials worry that some of the affected products could still be in people’s refrigerators, where Listeria, unlike other foodborne pathogens, can flourish even in cold conditions. At a press briefing today, CDC director Tom Frieden, MD, said two of the sick patients are pregnant women, and so far the infections aren’t posing a serious threat to the women or their fetuses. Pregnant women are among those vulnerable to listeriosis infections, along with older people and those who have weakened immune systems. Barbara Mahon, MD, deputy branch chief with the CDC’s enteric disease branch, said it’s unusual to see four stains involved in an outbreak, and that they aren’t closely related, falling into two different serotypes. “The reasons for that are under investigation,” she said. Four more states—Florida, Kansas, Missouri, and North Dakota—reported their first outbreak-related Listeria infections, pushing the number of affected to states to 18, said the CDC. Meanwhile, Caroline Smith DeWaal, food safety director of the Center for Science in the Public Interest (CPSI), yesterday urged the FDA to rapidly release new guidelines and regulations for the production of safe produce, which are due for release in January 2012 and January 2013, respectively. In a statement, she called on Congress to fully fund the FDA Food Safety Modernization Act to prevent similar outbreaks. Sep 28, 2011 (CIDRAP News) – Seventeen more listeriosis infections, along with five more deaths, have been linked to a multistate outbreak tied to a Colorado farm’s tainted cantaloupes, pushing the total to 72 illnesses and 13 deaths, the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) said yesterday. Federal officials said today that the Listeria outbreak is the first of its kind in whole cantaloupes, though the fruit has been linked to 10 foodborne illness outbreaks in the past—seven that involved Salmonella and three linked to norovirus. The infectious dose for Listeria isn’t well understood and may vary by individual, based on underlying health status, she said. At least 25 states received shipments of the Rocky Ford region cantaloupes from Jensen Farms, which recalled its products on Sep 14 after testing revealed the outbreak strain on its cantaloupes and on equipment at its Granada. Colo., facility. That total is eight states more than in the CDC’s previous update on Sep 21. The products could have also been further distributed, the CDC said. See also: Sep 27 CSPI press release In other related developments, Kansas food processor Carol’s Cuts on Sep 23 recalled 594 pounds of fresh-cut cantaloupe due to possible Listeria contamination. The company’s action is related to the larger Jensen Farms cantaloupe recall, the FDA said in its recall notice. The Carol’s Cuts products were packaged in 5-pound trays and included in 8-ounce fruit medley that was distributed to institutions and restaurants in Kansas, Missouri, and Nebraska. Sep 23 FDA recall notice Sep 27 CDC outbreak updatelast_img read more

Hansom: Fantasia

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PM’s address at Lovely Professional University

first_imgLocalNewsPolitics PM’s address at Lovely Professional University by: – February 23, 2016 287 Views   3 comments Share Tweet Sharecenter_img The Lovely Professional University in India conferred a Doctor of Literature, Honoris Causa on Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit on Tuesday 23 February 2016. Mr Skerrit was the Chief Guest and Featured Speaker at the University’s 6th Convocation Ceremony.The following is the text format of the Convocation Address presented by Prime Minister Skerrit at Lovely Professional University’s 6th Convocation Ceremony in India on Tuesday 23 February 2016.“Convocation Speech to Lovely UniversityJalandhar, Punjab, India10h00, 23 February 2016Now is the time for resourcefulness and resilienceChancellor, Vice-chancellor, members of the faculty, fellow graduates, friends… Good morningI am flattered and humbled by the enormous outpouring of love and respect I have been accorded here at Lovely Professional University, and in India as a whole, since my arrival yesterday afternoon.It is a great honour to stand before you today as the recipient of this Honorary Doctorate from an institution that is not only the largest University in India, but also one of the most progressive universities in the world.My countrymen and women are delighted that you would have selected their servant leader, to be the recipient of this award, and to serve as Chief Guest of this Convocation Ceremony.I dedicate this prestigious and most humbling conferral of Doctor of Literature, Honoris Causa, to the outstanding young men and women, who were celebrated earlier in the program, for their diligence and hard work, in the pursuit of knowledge. And, to the dedicated young men and women back home, in the Commonwealth of Dominica, who share the same hopes and dreams as you share here today.To members of the graduating class, I say to you that the futures of Punjab, India, the Continent of Asia and the world as a whole, are brighter and more assured this morning, as a consequence of your acquired skills and the positive attitudes you are bringing to your respective fields of professional endeavor.I congratulate each of you for staying the course, in a world today, where the popular action of choice, is that of quitting, when the going gets tough.Distinguished Ladies and Gentlemen, I also salute Chancellor Ashok Mittal, the Governing Body, the outstanding faculty, and the staff of Lovely Professional University for their dedication to you, the aspiring student.It is a great honour to receive this tribute from an institution that has been instrumental in shaping the minds of India. Chancellor Mittal, you and your team have been an integral part in nurturing, harnessing and shaping these young people to be the future leaders of our world.Indeed, from what I have researched, witnessed here this morning and gleaned from my interactions with Chancellor Mittal and members of the faculty, I hope you would not find it presumptuous of me to propose an addition to the motto of this institution, so that it would read – Transforming Education, Transforming India, Transforming The World! …For I do believe that Lovely Professional University is now poised to enter the global arena, as a major international force in adult education and training!Graduates, you are about to step out and to face the real test – the world out there! A place without course lists and recommended readings.This will be both daunting and exciting, but more than anything, you must ensure that the next stage of this journey counts.Let your dreams drive your way forward – and remind yourself, from time to time, that you too can become Prime Minister, CEO or Professor of your world.Some may ask, ‘But how can this be done’?As Prime Minister of the Commonwealth of Dominica, I consider myself duly qualified to proffer an answer.Dominica, though physically small in comparison to India, and with a population of just 71,000, is a nation geared to develop and empower our youth to be leaders. We seek to achieve this by diversifying our sectors, by teaching our children to become multicultural individuals, and to develop a belief in themselves so that they can navigate their way in the world.Dominica, one of the lesser-known Caribbean islands, is full of potential for growth. Dominica is now establishing itself as an international business hub for interesting investment opportunities.We are the country of choice for thousands of entrepreneurs, professionals, billionaires and international families from around the world.Dominica, is also home to one of the most celebrated offshore medical schools in the world today.Thirty-eight (38) years ago, the founders of Ross University did their research and chose Dominica, over hundreds of other possible destinations, as the site for its medical campus. Student enrollment then was seven. Today, student enrollment is One Thousand, Three Hundred and Thirty-eight…….and the expansion continues.Ross University has since been incorporated into the DeVry family of educational institutions, spanning some Fifty-five 55 campuses internationally.That is the story of Ross University today. In a decade from now, it could also be the story of Lovely Professional University of Punjab, India.Incidentally, a significant component of both the faculty and campus population at Ross University in Dominica, travel to our beautiful island direct from India. There are also students of Indian descent who journey from Canada, the United States and parts of Europe….and who have found Dominica a most hospitable place to reside.Many persons I met and with whom I spoke yesterday and this morning, alluded to the fact that they had friends and relatives who had visited or who were educated on Dominica. So in an amazing way, Ladies and Gentlemen, there is already a level of collaboration between the young people of India and residents of Dominica.Indeed, as I speak to you at this hour, there are hundreds of Dominicans viewing this Convocation Ceremony live via Internet stream, and you would be amazed to know that it is approximately two o’clock in the morning back at home. Many Dominicans, at home and in the Diaspora, set their alarm clocks and arose from their slumber, to be a part of this special occasion. So the love is there, my Brothers and Sisters!I invite the Chancellor and Board of Governors of this vaulted institution of higher learning, to explore and consider the tremendous scope that exists, for broadening and introducing the Lovely Professional University experience, to the western world. You have an in-demand, global product to sell, and it should be sold globally!In the faith of strengthening ties, the Commonwealth of Dominica, would be delighted to partner with you in this endeavor.I take this opportunity to invite those interested in travel or geo-thermal energy or water resources, to come to Dominica.I invite the Lovely University to engage in a cultural exchange with the students of Dominica. I believe that the two strong cultures have – a shared sense of community, a common thirst for knowledge and a resourcefulness that creates leaders.Graduates, you now live in a world that presents an expanding universe of travel, mobility, and freedom. You can look to the entire globe for inspiration, for encouragement, and for motivation.I hope you will remember your friendships and cherish the moments you spent with the person seated next to you today. But I urge you to use this unique exposure to a diverse community, to explore the world, and to set your sights on global targets.Reach out to the world, and do not let geographical boundaries stop you.It is communities that build nations, it is the communities that grow leaders. It is what has made countries like Dominica and India successful – even in a world of internet and individualism, it is what binds us. We are only stronger, together.I urge graduates today to set your sights on Global targets. The education and other professional grounding you received at Lovely Professional University, have given you immeasurable scope and opportunity to excel and reach the very top. Strive for leadership. Be pioneers! Be the Inventor! Be the owner! Be the Founder! Be at the apex of your professional endeavor.For you, geographical boundaries should now be non-existent. As a graduate of this renowned institution of higher learning,you may go forward, knowing that you are prepared for life and its varied challenges.Chancellor Ashok Mittal, I am delighted to be in attendance at this Convocation. I am humbled by the Honor you have bestowed on me. I share and present this salutation, as a symbol of motivation and encouragement to the hundreds of young Dominicans studying at home and across the Globe, in pursuit of knowledge, and in preparation for the challenges of a new, globalized world order.To members of the Graduating Class I say believe in yourself. Believe in your country. Believe in The Creator!May you be Blessed in your future endeavors…and may they redound to the Honor and benefit of the remarkable country of India and the wider world.To God be the glory…Great things he hath done!I thank you.”Click here to listen to Mr Skerrit presenting the speech: Audio Player Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume. Sharing is caring! Sharelast_img read more

West Florida volleyball takes part in Game Changer initiative

first_img PENSACOLA, Fla. – The University of West Florida volleyball team added a new member to the roster last week, a midseason move not seen regularly in intercollegiate athletics. While Pensacola local Rachel Parker’s name didn’t show up in the box score that night, her presence was felt and had an impact on the Argonauts dominating win.Rachel is a part of a program called the Game Changer initiative, a state program through the Agency for Persons with Disabilities. The program’s intention is to empower individuals who have disabilities and to increase the participation of individuals with disabilities at community events. Rachel is developmentally challenged and has difficulties meeting people and being in public.“The Game Changer initiative is a great program and we were happy to help out,” head coach Melissa Wolter said. “Allowing an individual with a disability to be part of a team and be alongside teammates is a really cool idea. We felt like Rachel was a part of the team that night. She is such a sweet person and our student-athletes loved being around her.”Before the match Rachel met with Wolter and her coaching staff before being introduced to the West Florida volleyball team. Rachel watched the match from a special courtside couch and sat in with the team for the post-game locker room speech. While Rachel does not like being in the public eye, she enjoyed the opportunity to be around the UWF volleyball team that night.“I really liked the night,” Rachel said. “I like playing volleyball and I liked being in the locker room with the volleyball players.”For information on all UWF athletics, visit Friendly Version Share West Florida volleyball student-athletes and staff take part in Game Changer initiative. (Photo by UWF Athletic Communications) center_img West Florida volleyball takes part in Game Changer initiativelast_img read more

Danny Trejo rescues special needs child from overturned car after L.A. car accident

first_imgDisney Channel/Image Group LA(LOS ANGELES) —  While he spent his career playing tough guys on the big and small screen, Machete series star Danny Trejo showed his tender side Wednesday, when he crawled into a flipped-over car, and helped rescue a special needs child who was trapped inside. KABC-TV reports that Trejo, 75, happened to be in the area when two cars collided in Los Angeles Wednesday afternoon, after one car ran a red light and smashed into the one the child’s grandmother was driving, which rolled over from the impact. Trejo crawled into the overturned wreckage from one side, but couldn’t unfasten the kid’s car set, which the actor said undoubtedly saved the boy’s life. Another good Samaritan crawled in from the other side and unlocked the buckles, allowing Trejo to pull the child to safety. Meanwhile, firefighters had to use equipment to free the boy’s grandmother. Trejo, who works with special needs children, said he kept the child distracted while the rescuers did their work. “I kept facing him away from the accident,” the actor and entrepreneur noted.“He was panicked,” Trejo said, explaining how he got the boy out of the wreckage. “I said, ‘OK we have to use our superpowers.’ So he screamed ‘superpowers’ and we started yelling ‘superpowers.’ I said, ‘Do this, with the muscles.’ He said ‘muscles.’”Neither occupants were seriously hurt.Trejo summed up his actions to the ABC News affiliate, “Everything good that has happened to me has happened as a direct result of helping someone else. Everything. It’s how I live my life.”Copyright © 2019, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.last_img read more