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CDC reports vaccinia infections in lab workers

first_img The Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices recommends vaccinia immunization at least every 10 years for lab workers who handle cultures or animals infected with non–highly attenuated orthopoxviruses, the CDC reported. Because some lab workers fear that vaccinia immunization will cause side effects, lab directors should provide information about the risks and potential benefits of vaccination, including preventing severe complications of infection, the agency said. The article says it is not possible to estimate the incidence of lab-related vaccinia infections, because the number of labs that handle the virus is unknown. The CDC receives fewer than five reports of such cases per year. Lab-related exposure to vaccinia virus can result in severe or atypical infections, particularly if the dose of virus is large or the exposure involves the eyes, the report says. In addition, recombinant strains of vaccinia commonly carry genes for foreign proteins, which could increase the viruses’ pathogenicity for humans. One of the workers had received a vaccinia shot 10 years before the incident, and a second had been vaccinated but had no lesion indicating an immune response. The rest had never been vaccinated. For workers who have not been vaccinated, vaccination shortly after exposure may reduce the effects of infection, the report says. The five cases, four of which occurred in academic labs and the other in a government lab, all involved needlestick injuries. Two of the workers were hospitalized briefly, but all recovered. Three patients had a fever along with a lesion at the injury site, while one had only a lesion. CDC. Laboratory-acquired vaccinia exposures and infections—United States, 2005-2007. MMWR 2008 Apr 18;57(5):401-3 [Full text] From 2005 through 2007, the CDC learned of five vaccinia infections in lab workers, three of whom had never received vaccinia immunizations, according to an article in the Apr 18 Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (MMWR). The cases were reported informally, since there is no national system for tracking lab-related vaccinia infections. Vaccinia is a close relative of the smallpox virus and is the active ingredient in smallpox vaccine. Labs use it in research on orthopoxviruses (the group that includes smallpox and vaccinia) and as a tool to induce cells to make foreign proteins, the CDC said. Apr 21, 2008 (CIDRAP News) – An ongoing trickle of vaccinia virus infections in laboratory workers who handle the virus points up the need for them to be immunized, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) said last week. When the worker who had been vaccinated unsuccessfully had the needlestick accident, he or she bathed the finger immediately in a disinfectant solution. On the same day, he or she also sought and received a vaccinia revaccination, which resulted in a lesion. The worker escaped with no signs of infection from the accident.last_img read more

Freedom 40 win worth $1,000 to Wood

first_imgBy David Smith Jr.MEEKER, Okla. (July 14) – After surviving a mid-race battle for the lead, Joe Wood Jr. worked lapped traffic to perfection in the latter portion of the race to claim the Freedom 40 Sprint Series of Oklahoma feature at Red Dirt Raceway.Jake Martens opened a five-car length lead with 15 laps to go. Two laps later, Wood got a run coming out of turn four to take the front spot away on lap 27.Not even encountering slower cars on lap 32 could slow Wood’s pace as he went on to claim the half-stretch $1,000 victory, his second on the season and third career with the Smiley’s Racing Products-presented series.Martens held off Andy Shouse for the runner-up position while rookie Steven Shebester had his best performance of the season in fourth. Blake Dacus was fifth.Sheldon Barksdale led the first nine circuits and ended in sixth. Wood was scored first on a cou­ple laps at midway before Martens regained the lead, then returned the favor for the $1,000 pay­day.Feature results – 1. Joe Wood Jr.; 2. Jake Martens; 3. Andy Shouse; 4. Steven Shebester; 5. Blake Dacus; 6. Sheldon Barksdale; 7. Gary Owens; 8. Tristan Oakes; 9. Chris Kelly; 10. Chas Koch; 11. Dillon Laden; 12. Loyd Clevenger; 13. Michael Gossman; 14. Justin Fisk; 15. Warren Fields; 16. Blake Scott; 17. Josh Toho; 18. Mike Scott; 19. Tanner Conn; 20. Blake Anderson.last_img read more

Super Bowl 53 TV Review: Boredom Bowl brings big drop in ratings

first_imgThe Patriots’ 13-3 win over the Rams was bad television. In a league built for explosive offense, this was the dullest big-game telecast since some of the grind-it-out snoozefests of the 1970s.MORE: Chiefs open as favorites to win Super Bowl 54When the announcers for the Super Bowl are joking about how boring the game is, you know you’re in trouble. It showed in the ratings. Patriots-Rams drew a 44.9 overnight rating for CBS, down 5.2 percent from the 47.4 overnight for Patriots-Eagles on NBC last year, reported Austin Karp of SportsBusiness Daily.It’s the lowest overnight for the Super Bowl since Steelers-Cardinals drew a 42.1 in 2009, Karp said.The CBS Sports announce team of Romo, play-by-play announcer Jim Nantz and sideline reporters Tracy Wolfson and Evan Washburn did what they could. But this was like putting a silk hat on a pig. The power of TV is great. But no network can turn a bad NFL contest into a good telecast. This was like a preseason game in August. Everything and everybody felt out of sync. Brady got intercepted on his first pass. Pats kicker Stephen Gostkowski missed a field goal. Rams quarterback Jared Goff looked like a scared kid. After pitching a perfect game in the AFC Championship two weeks ago, CBS had an up-and-down night. Romo and Nantz opened the game perfectly, joking about Romo’s failure to make it to the Big Game as Cowboys quarterback.”Welcome to the Super Bowl,” declared Nantz.”I’ve been waiting to hear ‘Welcome to the Super Bowl’ my whole life,” Romo replied with a big smile.Then the game began. Calling his first Super Bowl, Romo seemed nervous at first. His microphone went out in the first quarter, leaving Nantz to fill the dead air. “Well, my mic works again so I can talk. … I was saying such good stuff on that play earlier Jim. It was fantastic,” Romo said.But then Romo loosened up, injecting some needed levity into the broadcast.Romo’s best moment came when he kidded Nantz about jinxiing Gostkowski by noting field goal kickers were 31-31 during Falcons games at Mercedes-Benz Stadium this season.Sure enough, Gostkowski missed left.”Was that one of your predictions,” wondered Nantz.Nantz had a funny line when Rams running back CJ Anderson was clotheslined by Deatrich Wise Jr. of the Pats.”Greatest (clothesline) since ‘The Longest Yard,'” quipped Nantz.The announcers are making fun of how boring the game is. I don’t recall that ever happening before in the #SuperBowl. And it’s hard to blame them.— Mike Greenberg (@Espngreeny) February 4, 2019Still, there were areas for improvement by CBS.After telling us in the beginning that Rams back Todd Gurley was going to get a lot of touches, CBS was a day late and a dollar short when it came to answering the biggest question from the game: Why was Gurley MIA for most of the game? Was he hurt? Was he benched by coach Sean McVay? We never really got an answer for Gurley’s disappearing act.I also would have liked to see more analysis of how the Pats defense so thoroughly throttled the explosive Rams offense. Washburn had a good moment here when he noted how the loud, pro Patriots crowd was hurting the Rams.By the time this barn burner reached the third quarter, Nantz noted the score was still only 3-0 “if you can believe it.” Both Romo and Nantz kept reminding viewers (and themselves) that one possession, one play, could turn the game around. But it didnt feel like it.MORE: The best commercials from Super Bowl 53When the Rams kicked a field goal to make it 3-3, Romo joked: “I cant believe it. We got points. I feel like we have a scoring spree going on.”Noted Nantz: “Through three quarters, not a single touchdown to be found. 3-3.”When Nantz threw it to Wolfson for her post-game interview with Brady, she was swallowed by a crowd of shoving, groaning and cursing photographers.Poor Wolfson was practically trampled. But she gamely hung in there and waited for Brady to finish hugging it out with MVP Julian Edelman, coach Bill Belichick and Pats owner Robert Kraft.The chaotic post-game scrum almost ruined Tom Brady’s interview with CBS sideline reporter Tracy Wolfson:— USA TODAY (@USATODAY) February 4, 2019Rather than cutting to commercial, CBS stayed with Wolfson and the strange, chaotic scene. Finally, she corralled Brady. The sideline reporter’s doggedness made her a hero on social media.”Tracy Wolfson put up more of a fight for that interview than the Rams offense did to win the game,” wrote one admirer on Twitter.Tweeted another: “Waiting to see if Tracy Wolfson will ever get this interview has been the most riveting moment of the night.”Bottom line: There were almost no memorable plays Sunday night, the kind that make the all-time Super Bowl reel. About the only one was Brady’s seam pass to Rob Gronkowski to set up the game’s only touchdown by Sony Michel.I was almost hoping for a power blackout like the one in Super Bowl XLVII between the Ravens and 49ers. At least it might have jump-started the sleeping Rams offense.Even the Pepsi Halftime Show with Maroon 5 was a snore. The NFL had to use its tape-delay button multiple times to bleep singer Travis Scott’s language. But nobody seemed to care.CBS’ Bill Cowher summed it up well at the end. On a day when almost everything went wrong for both teams, Super Bowl 53 all came down, again, to Brady making one final TD drive.  The highlight of the telecast for me was the NFL’s incredible two-minute commercial with Odell Beckham Jr., Peyton Manning, Franco Harris, Terry Bradshaw, Jim Brown and other stars celebrating the league’s 100th anniversary.There was more action in that commercial than during the game. That’s a sad commentary for a Super Bowl. But there’s always next year. Tony Romo can see the future on the football field. But even Romostradamus couldn’t predict the NFL’s halftime TV commercial would be more entertaining than Super Bowl 53 itself.There’s no getting around it: This was the Boredom Bowl. last_img read more

Despite Serious Safety Issues Hospital Watchdog Didnt Change Its Rating Of Facility