Shanghai resumes live poultry sales, still urges people to buy frozen: Shanghaiist

(Mistake – influenza will come back again unless markets clean up big time – just adopt slaughter and keep cool for “fresh” sale.)

After a 3-month long live poultry ban due to H7N9 bird flu concerns, Shanghai has resumed live fowl sales – but only after strict inspections (we hope) of purveyors. Still, we’re not going to be rushing to the wet market to snuggle with any Silkie chickens anytime soon. In fact, the city still urges consumers to purchase pre-frozen specimens as a precaution.

via Shanghai resumes live poultry sales, still urges people to buy frozen: Shanghaiist.

Cintas chief takes up growth, race | www.journal-news.com

“Yes, a lot of progress has been made in Middletown and America, but … things come up like a pro basketball owner who makes very negative comments related to race, or a Texas rancher who wonders aloud if African Americans were better off as slaves, or we have a Treyvon Martin situation or we have voter suppression laws coming into play,” he said. “Any number of issues just remind us that, unfortunately, no we haven’t moved into this more idealistic, post-racial or racism phase.”

via Cintas chief takes up growth, race | www.journal-news.com.

WHO Calls Antibiotic Resistance ‘Serious, Worldwide Threat’

WHO Calls Antibiotic Resistance ‘Serious, Worldwide Threat’.

“Without urgent, coordinated action by many stakeholders, the world is headed for a post-antibiotic era, in which common infections and minor injuries which have been treatable for decades can once again kill,” says Dr Keiji Fukuda, WHO’s Assistant Director-General for Health Security. “Effective antibiotics have been one of the pillars allowing us to live longer, live healthier, and benefit from modern medicine. Unless we take significant actions to improve efforts to prevent infections and also change how we produce, prescribe and use antibiotics, the world will lose more and more of these global public health goods and the implications will be devastating.”

Egypt warns against travel to Saudi Arabia due to MERS virus | News , Middle East | THE DAILY STAR

Egypt warns against travel to Saudi Arabia due to MERS virus

May 02, 2014 03:46 PM

A Saudi man wears wears a mouth and nose mask as he walks in a street of the Red Sea coastal city of Jeddah on April 27, 2014. AFP PHOTO/STR

CAIRO: Egypt’s Health Ministry issued a warning on Friday against children, elderly people and anyone suffering from chronic heart and chest diseases travelling to Saudi Arabia due to an outbreak there of a deadly new virus.

Saudi Arabia said on Thursday the number of cases of Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS), an often fatal disease caused by a coronavirus, had nearly doubled in April, with 26 more infections reported on Tuesday and Wednesday.

Of the more than 370 people who caught the disease in Saudi Arabia, 107 have died since MERS first emerged two years ago.

via Egypt warns against travel to Saudi Arabia due to MERS virus | News , Middle East | THE DAILY STAR.

Gun battle at Benghazi police HQ – Issa and McCain not reported to be involved

Libyan soldiers and rival militiamen fought an hour-long battle in Benghazi on Friday. Military sources said the assailants tried to retake a vehicle loaded with weapons and ammunition that police had captured.

At least five Libyan soldiers were killed and 11 others were wounded when a special force unit intervened to push out the militiamen, according to military and medical sources.

Benghazi was the cradle of the 2011 uprising that ended the rule of the late Muammar Gadhafi, resulting in a patchwork of local militias and a fragile central government in Tripoli.

Foreign consulates and airlines have largely avoided Benghazi since September 2012 when a US ambassador and three other Americans were killed during an Islamist militant attack.

Friday’s violence came just days after a minibus packed with explosives detonated outside a Libyan army camp in Benghazi, killing two soldiers.

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Avian Flu Diary: Saudi MOH Announces 7 New MERS Cases

In Riyadh

​31 year old woman. She displayed respiratory symptoms and was admitted to a government hospital on 28/4/2014. Now, her condition is stable. She has been in contact with a confirmed case.

28 year old woman. She was admitted to a government hospital. She has been in contact with a confirmed case and has not displayed any symptoms.

28 year old man. He displayed respiratory symptoms and was admitted to a private hospital on 26/4/2014. Now, his condition is stable. He has been in contact with a confirmed case.

50 year old woman, suffering from diabetes. On 1/4/2014, she displayed respiratory symptoms. She was admitted to a government hospital on 22/4/2014.  Now, she is being treated in the ICU.

In Jeddah

​38 year old woman. On 19/4/2014, she displayed respiratory symptoms. She was admitted to a government hospital on 24/4/2014. Now, her condition is stable.

28 year old woman. She displayed respiratory symptoms on 24/4/2014. On 27/4/2014, she was admitted to a private hospital. Now, her condition is stable. She has been in contact with a confirmed case.

60 year old man. He displayed respiratory symptoms on 23/4/2014. He was admitted to a private hospital on 24/4/2014. Now, he is being treated in the ICU.

via Avian Flu Diary: Saudi MOH Announces 7 New MERS Cases.

LOL – pass a law against Russian Aggression? A bill to prevent further Russian aggression toward Ukraine and other sovereign states in Europe and Eurasia, and for other purposes. (S. 2277) – GovTrack.us

Corker

A bill to prevent further Russian aggression toward Ukraine and other sovereign states in Europe and Eurasia,

via A bill to prevent further Russian aggression toward Ukraine and other sovereign states in Europe and Eurasia, and for other purposes. (S. 2277) – GovTrack.us.

Number 3 zillion attempt to mess up healthcare reform! A bill to amend the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act so as to eliminate the authority of the Secretary of Health and Human Services to limit the ability of medical providers to conduct lawful business, and for other purposes. (S. 2278) – GovTrack.us

Coburn

S. 2278: A bill to amend the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act so as to eliminate the authority of the Secretary of Health and …

… Human Services to limit the ability of medical providers to conduct lawful business, and for other purposes.

via A bill to amend the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act so as to eliminate the authority of the Secretary of Health and Human Services to limit the ability of medical providers to conduct lawful business, and for other purposes. (S. 2278) – GovTrack.us.

Avian Flu Diary: Voting On MERS Transmission: Do The Eyes Have It?

Avian Flu Diary: Voting On MERS Transmission: Do The Eyes Have It?.

Viruses of many kinds are transmitted by contact with sweat, saliva, body excretions, body fluids. So how many times a day or hour do people touch or scratch their nose, eye, or ear with their hand? MERS like Ebola and SAMS, and two types of Avian Influenza have high enough kill ratios to justify – using as many precautions as possible.