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NEWS SCAN: Avian flu, tainted Baxter samples, HHS secretary nomination, H5N1 vaccines, polio warning
Mar 2, 2009Egyptian toddler critical with H5N1 infectionEgypt’s health ministry yesterday reported that a 2-year-old boy from Fayoum governorate is hospitalized in critical condition with an H5N1 avian influenza infection, according to a report today from the World Health Organization (WHO). The boy got sick on Feb 28 and was admitted to the hospital 3 days later. The boy had close contact with sick and dead poultry before he became ill. The WHO lists the boy as Egypt’s 56th case-patient, of which 23 died. His illnesses raises the WHO’s global H5N1 case count to 409 cases, 256 of them fatal.[Mar 2 WHO statement]Baxter samples combined live H5N1 with H3N2The H5N1-contaminated virus samples that were sent from a Baxter facility in Orth-Donau, Austria, contained a live version of the H5N1 avian influenza virus mixed with human H3N2 seasonal influenza virus, according to a Feb 27 report from the Canadian Press (CP) that cited an official from Baxter. The company said it supplied the “experimental virus material” to an Austrian research company, which then shipped it to subcontractors in the Czech Republic, Germany, and Slovenia, the CP report said. A WHO official in Europe told the CP that authorities are trying to determine what went wrong at Baxter’s facility and that the public health risks from the incident are currently minimal.[Feb 27 CP story]Japan finds H7N6 at another quail farmJapanese officials said yesterday that laboratory studies have determined low-pathogenic H7N6 avian influenza was responsible for an outbreak at a quail farm in Aichi prefecture and that authorities have detected the virus on a second quail farm in the same area, Kyodo News reported today.Obama nominates Sebelius for HHS secretaryPresident Barack Obama today nominated Kansas governor Kathleen Sebelius as secretary of the US Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). She has been governor since 2003, and from 1994 to 2002 she was the state’s insurance commissioner. Obama’s first choice for HHS secretary was Tom Daschle, who withdrew his nomination on Feb 3 because of problems with back taxes. No information is available yet on confirmation hearing dates for Sebelius.[Mar 2 White House press release]H5N1 vaccine built on smallpox-vaccine backbone effective in miceLong-time flu researchers in Hong Kong and Japan and at the National Institutes of Health have successfully tested in mice an experimental vaccine against avian influenza H5N1. The researchers inserted flu-virus proteins and an immune system–regulating protein called IL-15 into vaccinia, the virus that is the basis of smallpox vaccine, and say the result could be manufactured cheaply around the world.[March Journal of Immunology abstract]VLP vaccine protected mice against H5N1An intranasal virus-like particle (VLP) vaccine provided strong protection against the H5N1 virus in mice, which bolsters support for studying the efficacy of VLP vaccines in other animal models that more closely resemble the human immune system, according to a study that appears today in Public Library of Science One (PLoS One). VLPs are engineered from baculoviruses, which infect only insects, and are grown in cell culture. They are noninfectious but trigger a strong immune response. Scientists hope the VLP technology can offer vaccine manufacturers a way to avoid handling live influenza viruses and a quicker method for producing vaccines, crucial in a pandemic setting.[Mar 2 PLoS One article][Feb 27 Emory University press release]Polio in Sudan prompts WHO warningA recent spread of a prolonged outbreak of wild poliovirus type 1 (WPV1) prompted a warning from the WHO today about a “very high” risk of international spread, along with a request that countries heighten their surveillance. The WHO said the outbreak had been contained to southern Sudan and western Ethiopia, but two cases had recently been detected in northern Sudan. Particularly worrisome is the detection of WPV1 in northern Sudan’s Port Sudan, which was a launching area for an outbreak that between 2004 and 2006 spread to several other countries, infecting at least 1,200 people and requiring an emergency response that cost about $150 million.[Mar 2 WHO statement]
ENGLAND 1st innings 297 (G. Ballance 70, M. Ali 63; S. Khan 5-96)Pakistan 1st innings 400 (A. Ali 139, S. Aslam 82, Misbah-ul-Haq 56)England 2nd innings 445 for 6 decl (M. Ali 86no, J. Bairstow 83, A. Cook 66, J. Root 62, A. Hales 54)Pakistan 2nd innings (Overnight: 148-7; Target: 343 runs)M. Hafeez c Woakes b Broad 2S. Aslam b Finn 70Az. Ali c Cook b Ali 38Y. Khan c Bairstow b Anderson 4Misbah-ul-Haq c Bairstow b Finn 10A. Shafiq lbw b Woakes 0S. Ahmed c Root b Woakes 0Y. Shah c Hales b Anderson 7M. Amir c Woakes b Broad 16So. Khan c&b Ali 36R. Ali not out 15Extras (lb-2 nb-1) 3Total (all out, 70.5 overs) 201Fall of wickets: 1-6 M. Hafeez,2-79 Az. Ali,3-92 Y. Khan,4-124 Misbah-ul-Haq,5-125 A. Shafiq,6-125 S. Ahmed,7-125 S. Aslam,8-149 Y. Shah,9-151 M. Amir,10-201 So. KhanBowling: J. Anderson 13 – 3 – 31 – 2, S. Broad 15 – 7 – 24 – 2(nb-1),C. Woakes 11 – 2 – 53 – 2, S. Finn 13 – 5 – 38 – 2,M. Ali 17.5 – 4 – 49 – 2, J. Root 1 – 0 – 4 – 0. (REUTERS)-Superb pace bowling, immaculate catching and astute captaincy combined to forge a thrilling final-day victory for England, who dismissed Pakistan for 201 to win the third Test by 141 runs and go 2-1 up in the series.England refused to be cowed by a 103-run first-innings deficit, building a 343-run lead when they batted again and then destroying the tourists with an immaculate performance in the field that saw six wickets tumble between lunch and tea.Pakistan’s most determined resistance came in the final session when a last-wicket stand of 50 between Sohail Khan and Rahat Ali frustrated England as the overs ticked down and play entered the final hour.But, on 36, Sohail drove a flighted delivery from Moeen Ali straight back at the bowler, who safely clung on to a catch that sparked wild celebrations among Alastair Cook’s side.With a rare sense of symmetry, each of England’s five bowlers took two wickets although it required a devastating spell by Steve Finn and Chris Woakes, which yielded four wickets for just one run, to open up the innings.Finn, who has faced criticism for his performances this summer, led the way by taking the vital wickets of Misbah-ul-Haq — his first wicket in 414 balls this series — and Sami Aslam. The opener had led the fight with a determined 70, his second half-century of the game.At the other end, Woakes proved equally lethal, trapping Asad Shafiq without scoring and then having Sarfraz Ahmed well caught by Joe Root in the slips for another duck. That wicket was Woakes’ 23rd of a prolific series.Earlier, Stuart Broad struck the first blow, removing opener Mohammad Hafeez for two while Moeen accounted for first-innings centurion Azhar Ali for 38 with a deceptive delivery that was edged to Cook at slip.Jimmy Anderson also weighed in, having Younus Khan caught behind on four and then removing Yasir Shah for seven just after tea.The result vindicated Cook’s strategy of batting on in the morning when England extended their second innings to 445 for six.The final Test in the four-match series is at the Oval on Aug. 12.
Pittsburgh’s 12-4 loss to Arizona on Monday wasn’t even the worst part of the Bucs’ night.Pirates pitcher Nick Burdi exited the game in the eighth inning while clutching his right biceps and elbow in obvious pain after tossing a 96-mph fastball to Diamondbacks outfielder Jarrod Dyson. After releasing the ball, Burdi bent over, dropped to his knees and collapsed on the mound in tears in an emotional scene.We wish a speedy recovery to Nick Burdi 🙏 Tonight he sustained an arm injury and fell to the ground in pain. He fought all the way back from Tommy John surgery in 2017, and he is currently being evaluated. pic.twitter.com/qNTAQZt5KB— The Dugout (@dugoutonline) April 23, 2019MORE: Watch ‘ChangeUp,’ a new MLB live whiparound show on DAZNDespite how much pain Burdi appeared to be in, ESPN reported Tuesday afternoon that a preliminary exam was “promising”: Nothing is fully torn or broken, ESPN reported, citing unidentified sources. An MRI exam revealed a strained biceps tendon and flexor mass that will sideline him indefinitely, but the early diagnosis would mean no surgery.Burdi previously underwent Tommy John surgery in 2017.Burdi, 26, entered Monday’s game in the seventh inning but surrendered a home run to Christian Walker before retiring Wilmer Flores. In the eighth, Burdi gave up three straight singles before Dyson came up to bat. Through his first 10 games this season, Burdi had faced 34 batters, striking out 17 and walking two.The 26-year-old was a second-round pick by the Twins in 2014 and fought tooth and nail to get to MLB battling command issues as well as injury problems. He made his major league debut in 2018 pitching in two games toward the end of the year.This season marked the first opening day roster he had made.