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  • British blame leaky drain for foot-and-mouth outbreak

    first_img The existing drain has been relined and manhole covers have been sealed, pending the construction of a new drainage system for the laboratories, DEFRA reported. In an epidemiologic report that accompanied the findings, DEFRA officials wrote that a surge of rainfall on July 20 and two of the following days could have compromised the drainage system. “This effluent might have contained ‘packets’ of virus contained in the cellular debris, which was discharged from the vaccine production containment facility,” the report states. DEFRA officials had previously linked the outbreaks to a leak from FMD laboratories near Pirbright where a commercial vaccine producer and a government-funded research institute share a facility. The reports released today were produced by the government’s Health and Safety Executive (HSE) and independent consultant Brian Spratt, a professor of molecular microbiology at Imperial College in London. DEFRA today also published its response to the reports, outlining several steps it will take to remedy problems at the Pirbright facility and prevent similar problems at other facilities that work with pathogens. DEFRA epidemiological report “Even in these extraordinary circumstances, this should not have happened and must not happen again,” Benn said. “That is why we are taking every possible precaution to prevent this from happening again.” Final HSE report on FMD outbreakhttp://www.hse.gov.uk/news/archive/07aug/finalreport.pdf The United Kingdom’s Department for Environment, Food, and Rural Affairs (DEFRA) today released two final investigative reports on FMD outbreaks in late July at two farms in Surrey, which led to the slaughter of 570 animals. The outbreaks were the first in Britain since 2001, when widespread FMD outbreaks devastated the country’s cattle industry. Debby Reynolds, the UK’s chief veterinary officer, said in the press release that she was satisfied that FMD had been eradicated from Surrey and that the 10-km surveillance zone and other remaining restrictions would be lifted at noon tomorrow. Sep 7 HSE press release on final FMD reporthttp://www.hse.gov.uk/press/2007/e07032.htm Aug 7 CIDRAP News story “Report: Lab leak likely caused UK foot-and-mouth outbreak”center_img However, DEFRA said in the press release that it would go beyond the HSE recommendation and require the laboratories to use additional heat treatment systems and other preventive measures to sterilize the waste within a high-containment area. The department said it would not remove licensing restrictions from the labs until such systems are in place. See also: DEFRA also announced it ordered a review the government’s regulatory framework for animal pathogens and advised other laboratories to ensure they are following procedures already in place to avoid similar pathogen leaks. Construction trucks at the Pirbright site, which were not washed or disinfected before leaving the area, could have picked up contaminated soil on their tires and wheel wells and transferred the FMD virus to roads near the first farm that reported FMD cases, the report said. Sep 7, 2007 (CIDRAP News) – Britain’s recent outbreaks of foot-and-mouth disease (FMD) were likely caused by faulty wastewater drains at a laboratory facility, which contaminated soil that was then spread by trucks to a nearby cattle farm, British authorities announced today. Hilary Benn, secretary of state for Environment, Food, and Rural Affairs, said in a press release today that the reports reveal that experts aren’t absolutely certain about how the outbreak occurred and haven’t identified a single cause. Genetic sequencing tests on virus samples from both of the affected farms suggested that the infection at the second farm came from the first farm, the investigators found. Though officials said faulty drain pipes were probably to blame for the FMD virus leak, investigators also found other problems at the Pirbright facilities, including several biosecurity breaches, such as inadequately monitored worker and vehicle movement and incomplete recordkeeping. The HSE report recommended that DEFRA review the practice of using chemical treatments to sterilize liquid waste containing high-risk pathogens. Investigators reported that when the Pirbright lab workers dispose of liquid waste, they flush it into a discard tank with citric acid wash, then pump the fluid into an effluent tank where it is mixed with sodium hydroxide to kill the virus.last_img read more

  • Tammy Abraham to pen Chelsea bumper deal

    first_imgRelatedPosts Lampard: I still have confidence in Tomori Runarsson joins Arsenal on four-year deal Arsenal, Wolves want Michael Olise Chelsea will offer academy product Tammy Abraham new bumper contract in the new year. Abraham, who scored the winner against Arsenal on Sunday, has been prolific this season leading the line for Frank Lampard’s Blues. Abraham has two-and-a-half years remaining but his value would have skyrocketed off the back of his 14 goals and five assists this season. Abraham is believed to be holding out for a similar pay packet, although he has longer remaining on his deal than Callum Hudson-Odoi did when he signed his contract. Chelsea fans were ecstatic after Abraham copied club legend Didier Drogba’s goal celebration after he stroke the late winner against the Gunners at the Emirates. The former Blue has now responded by praising the England international on Twitter. “I get goosebumps replaying this goal and the celebration after Tammy Abraham. Chelsea, what a win at the Emirates come on you Blues!” Frank Lampard was full of praise for Abraham after the victory, as his No.1 striker took his goal tally for the season to 14. “It will help him for sure. Tottenham last week he showed everything apart from the goals,” he said. “I get the big six thing from the outside. As he develops he’ll do that even more. That’s the beauty of Tammy, he will never hide and constantly be in the box and get hungrier.”Tags: ArsenalCallum Hudson-OdoiChelseaDidier DrogbaFrank LampardgunnersTammy Abrahamlast_img read more

  • Wenger fumes at Sidwell challenge

    first_img Press Association Sidwell will miss Fulham’s last four games of the season after he saw red for the second time in two appearances. The former Arsenal midfielder, who was given a straight red for a dangerous tackle on QPR defender Armand Traore three weeks ago, caught Mikel Arteta on his standing foot with a two-footed lunge just 12 minutes in the London derby. “I think the referee could only give a red card (to Sidwell),” the Arsenal manager said. “We will see (if Arteta is Okay). He played the second-half. I don’t know how much damage is done. It is a kick, a bad kick.” Arsene Wenger hit out at Fulham’s Steve Sidwell for the reckless tackle which earned him a red card in Arsenal’s vital 1-0 victory at Craven Cottage.center_img He added: “I don’t know if he has twisted his ankle or not. In these kind of things it is a question of a fraction of a second. If you are fully on your foot at the moment you get it you break your leg. If you ease a bit off maybe that is why he got away with it.” Wenger also ended the game with 10 men after Olivier Giroud caught Stanislav Manolev with a last-minute lunge. Sidwell’s tackle on Traore – a long sliding lunge while the Frenchman was at full pace – drew widespread condemnation, and the former Chelsea man can have no complaints about his dismissal here. Fulham boss Martin Jol admitted the 30-year-old, who has also been booked eight times this season, deserved to go. “I can’t defend him because that would only sound ridiculous,” Jol said. “I was annoyed with him, but he says it is not intentional. He will regret that tackle. It was the first foul that spoilt the game “I know it was not intentional because he wanted to play. He has just come back from a three-match suspension and now he is out for another four matches again so it was not only disappointing him, but also for us because we had to play with 10 men for a long time so that was more disappointing.” Despite the setback of losing Sidwell so early in the game, Fulham coped admirably, continuing to probe the Arsenal back four thanks to impressive performances from Urby Emanuelson, Eyong Enoh and Alex Kacaniklic. They were left exposed at the back, however, and Per Mertesacker took advantage of some slack defending from a free-kick to lash home just before half-time. last_img read more

  • Silva doubtful for Baggies clash

    first_img Press Association City go into Monday’s contest off the back of a 2-2 home draw with rock-bottom Sunderland, which followed a 3-2 loss at league leaders Liverpool, now nine points clear of City, albeit with the Reds having only three more games to go and Pellegrini’s men five. Reflecting on the shock Sunderland result, Pellegrini has reiterated that relegation-threatened clubs like the Wearside outfit and 16th-placed West Brom make for particularly tricky opponents. Baggies boss Pepe Mel, meanwhile, has made it clear he and his players have taken great encouragement from the Black Cats’ exploits at the Etihad Stadium ahead of their own trip to the ground. But Pellegrini has also stressed that each assignment in the Premier League is different, and is eager to see his side bounce back from the disappointment of that previous outing. He said: “I think all the games are different. “It would be very easy to just focus on what has happened in other games. “The performance in every game is very important and I hope we are going to improve our performance against West Brom.” West Brom defender Jonas Olsson and midfielder James Morrison are doubtful for the clash. Olsson, who came off in Saturday’s 3-3 draw with Tottenham because of an Achilles problem, and Morrison, absent from that game due to an ankle complaint, have both missed training this week and will be assessed over the weekend. On-loan winger Scott Sinclair will definitely sit the match out as it is against his parent club. The Baggies are currently three points clear of the relegation zone in 16th place with five games left to play, two more matches than each of the three sides directly below them. When asked ahead of the City encounter if he was one for scrutinising the standings and trying to work out various permutations, boss Mel said: “Yes. “And I imagine another 10 or 12 managers are possibly doing the same – both those at the top and the bottom of the league. “But what we really need to worry about most is ourselves.” West Brom head into the contest in fairly decent form, having won twice and lost only once in their last five games. They have 33 points from their 33 matches and while a shock victory at City would certainly represent a major step towards survival for the midlands club, Mel would not be ready to relax. Asked if he felt one more win would be enough to guarantee West Brom’s safety, the Spaniard – who has been in charge since January – said: “No, I don’t think so. “I really do like the Premier League – because every week things change.” Manchester City playmaker David Silva is a doubt for the Barclays Premier League clash with West Brom due to an ankle problem. Manager Manuel Pellegrini has revealed winger Jesus Navas – who, like Silva, missed Wednesday’s 2-2 draw with Sunderland – has also been struggling with an ankle issue, and Monday’s game will come too soon for midfielder Yaya Toure to return after his leg injury. Defender Matija Nastasic, out of action since February because of a knee complaint, remains unavailable. last_img read more

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