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Germany finds H5N1 in frozen duck meat

first_imgSep 10, 2007 (CIDRAP News) – A government official in Bavaria said today there was a chance that some frozen duck meat contaminated with the H5N1 avian influenza virus made its way to consumers’ tables, according to a German news agency.The virus was found in 18 frozen ducks from a batch sample at a poultry company slaughterhouse, Deutsche Presse-Agentur (DPA) reported today.The DPA article says the birds are from a processor in the town of Wachenroth, which is the location of Germany’s most recent H5N1 poultry outbreak, according to a report from the World Organization for Animal Health (OIE).After the disease struck 4,000 birds at Wachenroth, animal health officials culled more than 129,000 birds, the OIE report said.Meanwhile, German officials culled more than 205,000 birds at two nearby farms in Trumling and Hofing because the two facilities have business ties to the affected Wachenroth site, Reuters reported on Sep 8. Frank Pfeffer, a Bavarian government spokesman, said the birds didn’t appear sick but were destroyed as a precaution, because blood tests showed they had antibodies to the H5N1 virus.Roland Eichhorn, a Bavarian consumer affairs minister, said that at the first sign of the outbreak, authorities impounded all meat produced on the farms on or after July 30, DPA reported. He said animal-health officials believe the outbreak began Aug 1.However, Eichorn told DPA that he couldn’t rule out the possibility that some of the infected meat reached food stores and was sold to consumers. But if it was, the health risk would be low, he asserted.”This type of duck is casseroled, and then the meat poses no danger to the consumer,” he told DPA.According to the World Health Organization (WHO), cooking poultry to 70°C (158°F) kills the H5N1 virus, and so far humans have not gotten sick from eating properly cooked poultry, even if the meat contained the virus before it was cooked. (The US Department of Agriculture recommends cooking meat to 165°F to kill foodborne pathogens, including avian influenza.)Several human H5N1 cases have resulted from eating improperly cooked poultry products. Also, unsafe food-handling practices could allow the virus to spread from raw poultry to other foods to be eaten raw, leading to infection.During the H5N1 outbreak at a British turkey farm last February, officials were concerned that turkey meat imported from restricted avian flu zones in Hungary might enter the UK food chain. However, an investigation by the UK Food Standards Agency (FSA) found no evidence of illegally imported turkey meat and concluded no H5N1-infected meat reached food stores.See also:OIE reports on Germany outbreakAug 25 CIDRAP News story “Germany, Vietnam battle H5N1 in poultry”CIDRAP avian influenza overviewFeb 16 UK Food Standards Agency statementlast_img read more

Lakers’ D’Angelo Russell out 1-2 weeks with injured right knee

first_imgEL SEGUNDO >> Lakers second-year guard D’Angelo Russell will stay sidelined between one to two weeks after an MRI taken on Saturday showed a mild MCL sprain, strained right calf and a bone bruise.The Lakers had already ruled him out for Sunday’s road game against the Dallas Mavericks and also did not travel with the team. Though Russell underwent an MRI on Saturday morning, the results did not become available until later in the evening.The Lakers’ initial timetable has Russell missing anywhere between the next three to six games, though they plan to reevaluate him in a week.The injuries were suffered in the opening moments of Friday’s 108-96 victory. Russell attempted to maneuver around a screen set by Julius Randle and tripped over Randle’s foot. He was sent sprawling to the court before walking off under his own power. “It gets harder and harder the more you get hurt, especially when it’s in the same season type of thing,” Walton said. “He handled the first one well. Hopefully he handles this one that well, too. But if not, we’ll keep a close eye on it and do what we have to (do) to keep him up.”Russell has averaged 14.3 points, 3.7 rebounds and 4.4 assists in 34 appearances this season.Maybe next yearFor the second straight season, one of the NBA’s best dunkers expects to be on the outside looking in during the dunk contest at All-Star weekend, and another injury is to blame.Nance, whose father, Larry Sr., won the inaugural dunk contest in 1984, has been itching to make an appearance. However, he is expected to play Sunday for the first time since Dec. 20 after missing 16 games with a bone bruise in his left knee. Last season, he missed 10 games in January and February with a sore right knee.“The timing of it is obviously not ideal,” Nance said. “The same thing kind of happened last year, I don’t even know if I have that much time to prepare, I don’t even know if the other guys have accepted. But I’m kind of sitting, waiting on it, but I think this year might be out of the cards.”According to multiple reports, San Antonio’s Jonathan Simmons and Boston Celtics rookie Jaylen Brown have been invited to round out a field that will presumably also include two-time defending champion Zach LaVine (Minnesota) and Orlando’s Aaron Gordon — whose battle a year ago made for one of the best dunk contests in years.With three weeks until All-Star Weekend in New Orleans, Nance said he could throw together some plans if he were invited to participate but he’d prefer to be at full strength.“That’s not what I want to give myself,” he said. “That’s not what I want to give the fans. I don’t think it’s fair to them, or fair to myself that I don’t give myself enough time to prepare. Unfortunately, two injuries this year and last year have prevented that.”Instead, he’ll focus on the performances that impact the standings. Walton said it “will be nice to have him back on the court” against Dallas, although he doesn’t anticipate leaving the second-year forward on the court for more than 4-6 minutes at a time.“I think that’s when you’re more likely to re-hurt yourself,” Walton said, “is when you fatigue from playing consecutive minutes. I’ll sit down with (trainer Marco Nunez) and I’m sure they’ll have some total limit on that as well.”If there’s one advantage to getting back on the court, other than fighting boredom, Nance said it was being able to be looser with his diet now that he’s back to being active.“Now that I can go run it off,” he said, “I’m back to Popeye’s, In-N-Out, all the good stuff.”As for the dunk contest, Nance is only looking to the future.“I’ll do it,” he said. “I got a long time before old age hits.”Name that coachWalton walked off the court following Friday’s win with his Hall of Fame college coach, Lute Olson. The former Arizona coach had seen what everyone else saw, a 19-year-old rookie dominate most of the game in every facet.“The first thing (Olson) told me was, ‘Wow, that Brandon Ingram is going to be really special,’” Walton said. “And Coach Olson has coached a lot of really special players.”It’s a huge endorsement for Ingram.Only one problem: He had never heard of Olson.“I haven’t even heard of the name before,” Ingram told reporters Friday night, “but I will do my research.”Olson, who retired in 2008 after 25 years as the head coach at Arizona, was in town to watch the Wildcats play games at USC and UCLA. He coached Walton with the Wildcats from 1999-03, won a national championship in 1997 and was inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame in 2002.Of course, Ingram knew none of this when, on his way out of the locker room, Walton asked him into his office to meet the gentleman with snow-white hair.“When he came in my gut told me he didn’t know who he was,” Walton said, laughing. “He probably thought he was some uncle or something like that. … So I thought it would be good for Brandon to hear (what Olson had said about him). I guess it wasn’t, because (to) Brandon it might have just been some crazy old man saying he’s going to be good at basketball.”Against the Pacers, Ingram scored 15 points on 6-of-14 shooting to go with seven rebounds and three steals. Over his last nine games, he is averaging 12.6 points while shooting 47.5 percent from the field and making nearly half of his 3-point attempts.Walton was elated by Ingram’s performance Friday night, and added more praise Saturday morning.“Watching the tape when I went home last night,” Walton said, “he was even better than I thought when I left the gym. He made a lot of really winning-style plays for us.”Staff writer Mark Medina contributed to this report After the game, Walton speculated that the injury didn’t seem as bad as he initially feared.The second-year point guard missed 12 games in November and December because of a sore left knee, at one point receiving a platelet-rich plasma injection to speed the healing.On Saturday morning, before the Lakers flew to Dallas for Sunday’s game against the Mavericks, Walton said he worried a second injury so soon after the first could get Russell “emotionally down.”“I’ve had that experience before, and it can weigh heavy on you,” Walton said.Russell handled his earlier stint on the injury report pretty well, Walton said, staying vocal on the bench and during practices.center_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more