Man United have been linked with a move for Mesut Ozil 1 Mesut Ozil is finally looking like the player every Arsenal fan had hoped he would become, according to Ian Wright.Good news for Gooners, right? Wrong, according to the fan favourite, who feels the reason for the playmaker’s recent good form is because he is angling for a move.“It is no coincidence that Ozil turns it on just as January is looming in the final year of his deal when he becomes free to talk to other clubs,” he wrote in The Sun.Ozil, 29, has been at the club since 2013, signing from Real Madrid in a £42.5m deal. However, in recent months he has been linked with a move to Man United and a reunion with his former manager, Jose Mourinho.THESE MAN UNITED FANS COULDN’T RESIST TALKING UP OZIL TRANSFER FOLLOWING GOAL AGAINST NEWCASTLEWright went on to explain he hopes he’s wrong, but added he would be ‘stunned’ if the player signs a new contract and remains in north London.
- Report: 395 mishaps at US labs risked releasing select agents
He said the CDC provides an annual report to Congress on select agent incidents, adding, “CDC is currently analyzing data on potential select agent releases reported by the regulated community using APHIS/CDC Form 3 (Report of Theft, Loss, or Release of Select Agents and Toxins). This data is planned to be published by spring of 2012 in a peer-reviewed journal.” May 2 CIDRAP News story about previous NRC report on the project The report does not identify any of the labs involved or detail which agents were potentially released in the various instances. In the new report, the NRC says the Army’s plan “fails to consider the full range of potential occupational exposures” to dangerous pathogens. It cites the CDC data on potential releases in support of this assertion. The potential select-agent releases are a sidelight in the NRC report, which deals with the Army’s risk-assessment plan for the Medical Countermeasures Test and Evaluation (MCMT&E) facility at Ft. Detrick. Researchers at the facility will work to develop new vaccines and drugs for Category A agents, such as Ebola virus and Bacillus anthracis. procedural issues, 30 needle stick or sharps injuries, 46 In response to a CIDRAP News query today, CDC spokesman Von Roebuck said he couldn’t give more details but said that the agency plans to publish a report next spring on potential select-agent releases. He said the CDC for security reasons does not identify labs involved in select-agent research. equipment mechanical failure, 23 animal bites and scratches, 11 cases Sep 28, 2011 (CIDRAP News) US government laboratories had 395 incidents that involved the potential release of select agents between 2003 and 2009, though only seven related infections were reported, according to a new National Research Council (NRC) report. “When a potential select agent release occurs, CDC works with the entity to investigate to understand how the incident occurred and make recommendations to prevent the incident from reoccurring,” Roebuck said via e-mail. “In some cases, the CDC investigation is provided to the HHS OIG [Department of Health and Human Services Office of Inspector General] for further action and possible penalties or fines.” The Army had asked the NRC to review its plans for a site-specific risk assessment (SSRA) for the facility. The general verdict of the NRC committee that reviewed the plans is that “the methodology of the SSRA is not sufficiently robust to assist the Army in designing a facility that will reduce the risk from potential hazards from the facility’s operations,” the report states. The report mentions seven types of problems that involved potential releases, the most common of which was “loss of containment,” with 196 cases. The second most frequent problem was spills. The others were: “Seven LAIs [laboratory-acquired infections] were reported to CDC; four infections involved Brucella melitensis, two involved Francisella tularensis, and one involved an unspecified Coccidioides species,” it continues. “CDC plans to publish an analysis of these events.” The report does not list the outcomes of the infections. F tularensis causes tularemia and is listed by the CDC as a Category A biological agent, meaning it can be easily disseminated or transmitted and can cause high mortality. Brucella species cause brucellosis and are classified as Category B agents, a less dangerous group. See also: personal protective equipment failure, 12 “The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports 395 cases of potential release events at national laboratories working with select agents,” the report says. The document is the second of two letter reports by the NRC on the Army’s risk assessment planning for the facility. In the first report, released in May, the council advised the Army to prepare a more comprehensive risk assessment than it was proposing. National Academies page with links to the NRC report on the risk assessment plan for the MCMT&E facility The accidents, including animal bites, needle sticks, and other mishaps, are mentioned briefly in an NRC report on the plans for a risk assessment for an Army biodefense lab to be built at Ft. Detrick in Frederick, Md.
- CDC’s Redfield addresses school reopening, citing promising study
After reopening 666 childcare centers this summer, Rhode Island reported limited transmission of COVID-19 among children and staff, offering the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) more evidence on how to safely reopen schools for in-person learning this fall.A report on the measures Rhode Island childcare centers took to prevent spread of the novel coronavirus is published today in Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report, and CDC Director Robert Redfield, MD, gave a telebriefing today on the findings.”I wanted to highlight this report on the limit of spread of COVID and childcare program requirements,” said Redfield. “This is, like other instances, a testimony to the important role everyone can play in slowing spread in community.”Rhode Island’s 891 childcare and daycare centers were closed for almost 3 months during the state’s initial response to the pandemic. On Jun 1, 666 centers were allowed to reopen when they proved to health department officials the following: children would be grouped in cohorts of 12, adults would wear masks, daily symptom screening would be conducted in kids and adults, and facilities would engage in enhanced cleaning. On Jun 29, the size of classrooms expanded to 20 children.From Jun 1 to Jul 31, the Rhode Island Department of Health tracked a total of 101 possible childcare-associated COVID-19 cases, resulting in 33 confirmed cases, and 19 probable cases. Among the 52 confirmed and probable cases, 30 (58%) were among children (median age of 5 years), and 22 (42%) were among adults (20 teachers and two parents [median age of 30 years]).Twenty-nine childcare programs had confirmed cases, and 20 of those programs reported a single case with no secondary cases. Five centers had 2 to 5 cases, but secondary transmission was excluded. Only 4 programs had possible secondary spread.”Rhode Island reopened child care programs in the context of low SARS-CoV-2 transmission relative to other U.S. states. Possible secondary transmission was identified in four of the 666 programs that had been allowed to reopen, all in the last 2 weeks of July, when community transmission in Rhode Island increased,” the report concluded.Schools not ‘islands’Redfield said that as schools reopen, it’s imperative to remember that, “Schools are not islands into themselves, they are connected to the communities around them.” In that light, he called for more than 90% of Americans to adhere to mask wearing, social distancing guidelines, and hand hygiene to ensure schools can open safely.”It’s in our hands, within our grasp,” he said. “But it is going to require all of us to embrace these mitigation steps. And we’re going to need to do that 4, 6, 8, 10, 12 weeks and then we will see this outbreak under control.”Redfield also said the CDC had bought an addition 2 million doses of pediatric influenza vaccine and 9.3 million doses of adult vaccine for the upcoming flu season, and once again urged all to get the seasonal flu shot.Former FDA head warns of ‘third act’ The US recorded 44,023 new COVID-19 cases yesterday, and 1,078 deaths, according to the Johns Hopkins COVID-19 dashboard, bringing the national total to 5,600,107 cases and 174,761 deaths. The cases represent an 11% drop in the 7-day average of daily new cases compared to last week.In an interview yesterday with JAMA, Redfield said the country is seeing cases decline as outbreaks in the Sunbelt get under control. Redfield said he wants the country recording below 10,000 cases per day, and under 250 deaths per day. Deaths have averaged 1,000 per day in August.Former Food and Drug Administration head Scott Gottlieb, MD, warned on CNBC this morning the US could see a “third act” of the virus as temperatures drop this fall, and the virus moves into rural areas previously untouched by the virus.In related news, health experts in New York are preparing for an uptick in virus activity as schools reopen in the coming weeks, and social distancing in the city is relaxed.Yesterday New York Governor Andrew Cuomo said he felt opening schools was risky for his state, which went from an average of 5,000 new cases per day in April to under 200 per day in August.”You put the flu season on top of COVID,” Cuomo said. “This is a very difficult situation to deal with, and that’s going to be the second wave.”