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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


Golf News Women’s British Open golf: Diksha Dagar all set for maiden appearance

first_img For all the Latest Sports News News, Golf News News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps. Woburn: Diksha Dagar will be the lone Indian in the fray at the 2019 AIG Women’s British Open, this year’s fifth and final Major, which begins here on Thursday.The Haryana golfer, who turns 19 in the second week of December, will be playing her second Major, after making a maiden appearance at the Evian Championships last week.It was a tough Major debut for Diksha who missed the cut with rounds of 77-78.”I think I played alright, but just did not score. Sometimes that happens in golf, but I enjoyed my maiden Major appearance,” said Diksha.However, she is even more excited about the British Open.”This is the major all of us love to follow, so to be able to play in that is indeed a honour. Winning the Women’s South African Open was a big step forward and it has got me here,” said Diksha, who will once again have her father Col Naren Dagar on the bag as the caddie at the Woburn Golf Club.”It has been raining and the course is soft. But it is a lovely course,” said the father-cum-caddie.  Diksha’s 2019 performances have ensured that she is currently ninth in the LET rankings and the Top-25 are exempt into the British Open.Aditi did not make the field directly this season and therefore she did try the qualifiers earlier in the week but could not make it.Last year, Aditi achieved her best result in a Major at Women’s British Open by finishing Tied-22nd. Two shots better would have seen her finish T-15 and earn a spot in the 2019 Open.Woburn’s own Charley Hull continues her quest for her first Major title at her home course. Hull also played unofficial host when the championship was last played at Woburn in 2016 when she finished T-17.She will play alongside major champions Hannah Green and Shanshan Feng, who has returned to form in the second half of the season. She picked up her first win in two years at the Thornberry Creek LPGA Classic in July and followed that with a runner-up finish at the Evian Championship. She has been in Top 10 last two years.So Yeon Ryu, a two-time Major champion, arrives at the final Major of the season in search of her first win of the year, while Ariya Jutanugarn, who won the championship in 2016, also remains in the hunt for her first win of 2019.Defending champion Georgia Hall looks to keep her success at the AIG Women’s British Open rolling. In addition to her victory in 2018, Hall finished T-3 the year before at Kingsbarns. She will play alongside fellow Major champion Brooke Henderson, who is already a two-time winner in 2019.Jin Young Ko will continue her chase for history as she looks to become the fifth woman to win three Majors in a single season. Ko captured the ANA Inspiration and Evian Championship.She is making just her third appearance at the AIG Women’s British Open where she missed the cut last season but finished second when the championship was played at Turnberry in 2015. last_img read more


North London Derby: Tottenham, Arsenal Battle for Top-Four Place

first_imgFollowing last weekend’s shock defeat to Burnley, Spurs boss Mauricio Pochettino claimed that it could be up to 10 years before his team are able to win the Premier League title.If that seems like a lengthy wait the past seven days will have felt almost as long, with Tottenham following that Burnley loss up with a 2-0 defeat at the hands of London rivals Chelsea on Wednesday.The only team Spurs dislike more than Chelsea is Arsenal, so the prospect of suffering three league defeats in a row for the first time since November 2012 at the hands of the Gunners – who were also responsible for the third defeat in that run, incidentally – will be a difficult one for them to stomach.It is more than just their pride which could be damaged this weekend, though, as Spurs are in serious danger of being dragged into a tightly-contested top-four battle when just seven days ago they were regarded as outsiders for the title.Victory over Burnley would have closed the gap to just two points at the top of the table, but Pochettino’s side are now nine adrift of the leaders and very much looking over their shoulders with only five points separating them from in-form Manchester United in fifth.Arsenal, United and Chelsea all gained three points on Tottenham in midweek and the big matches keep on coming for the Lilywhites with Borussia Dortmund to follow this derby next Tuesday.Pochettino can afford to push that match to the back of his mind for now, although if the current slump continues beyond the visit of Arsenal then even their 3-0 first-leg lead in that Champions League last-16 tie may not be safe.One of the more surprising elements of Tottenham’s two recent defeats is that they have both come away from home, where Spurs had the best record in Europe’s top five leagues beforehand. The return to Wembley may be a welcome one, then, despite having still picked up more points on the road than they have in front of their own fans.Tottenham have won their last four home games across all competitions, and another victory on Saturday would see them become the first team to beat Arsenal on three separate occasions at Wembley.Pochettino has also never lost a home Premier League game against the Gunners, and the pattern of home advantage proving important in this fixture continues in that only one of the last 16 league meetings have been won by the away team.There are still plenty of signs pointing towards a Tottenham win, then, but they may not be relishing the visit of their closest enemies quite as much as they were just a week or so ago.Unai Emery took over at Arsenal with top-four football as the number one objective, and as things stand he is on course to achieve it.There have been questions throughout the campaign, but realistically breaking into those Champions League places in his first season at the helm was a big ask considering they finished sixth last season and needed to adapt to the end of the Arsene Wenger era.The fact that Arsenal could move to within one point of a Spurs side that just a week ago were regarded as title challengers should be applauded, then, but there is plenty more work to be done.Manchester United’s form under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has left little margin for error in the top-four race, while Chelsea’s victory over Spurs has the feel of a turning point for the Blues and manager Maurizio Sarri too.It is in Arsenal’s hands at the moment, though, and it is up to them to keep clear of their rivals in a potentially season-defining run of fixtures which sees the Gunners face United in their next league game after this derby. Arsenal are certainly arriving into that decisive domestic double-header in the sort of form they require, having won five of their last six Premier League games – as many as they had managed in their previous 13.It is a different story when solely looking at away form, though; Arsenal have lost three of their last four outings on the road across all competitions and their only two away wins since November have come against League One Blackpool and Premier League basement club Huddersfield Town.Victory at Wembley would see Emery’s side record back-to-back away league wins for the first time since October, but they have lost as many top-flight games as they have won on their travels so far this term and would sit eighth in the table if only away form counted.Arsenal fans will be hoping that the old cliche of the formbook going out of the window for such matches is true to a certain extent this weekend, then, although they will also feel that this is a good time to be playing a stuttering Spurs off the back of their joint-biggest win under Emery.Emery believes the opportunity to inch close to within a point of Tottenham Hotspur in the Premier League will be a “big motivation” for his players ahead of today’s north London derby.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram With two successive loses in less than one week, Tottenham Hotspurs’ Premier League dream is now in ruin, therefore, hanging on to top-four position is now the ambition. That is why today’s encounter between the two North London rivals will be more than a derby as Arsenal are not prepared to lose their grip on the fourth positionWembley plays host to the 198th North London derby today lunchtime as Tottenham Hotspur take on Arsenal looking to arrest an alarming dip in form.Back-to-back defeats have threatened to drag Spurs into the top-four race, and their fiercest rivals could inflict more misery on them by moving to within one point with victory at the national stadium.last_img read more