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12 deaths reported in Canadian Listeria outbreak

first_imgAug 26, 2008 (CIDRAP News) – A Listeria outbreak linked to a Maple Leaf Foods meat product plant in Toronto has expanded to 26 cases, and 12 people have died, though it was not yet clear how many of the deaths were directly due to the illness, Canadian officials announced yesterday.In a statement, the Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC) said 26 cases involving the outbreak strain of Listeria monocytogenes had been confirmed in Quebec, Ontario, Saskatchewan, and British Columbia.Of the 26 cases, “there are 12 deaths associated with the outbreak strain (11 in Ontario and one in B.C.),” the agency said. “Six of these deaths, reported from Ontario, have linked listeriosis as the underlying or contributing cause of death. In the remaining deaths, the role that listeriosis may have played remains under investigation.” The deaths occurred over the past several weeks.The agency said another 29 suspected cases were under investigation and predicted that the numbers of both suspected and confirmed cases would increase in the days ahead. All the suspected cases are known to be listeriosis, but test results were awaited to determine how many involve the outbreak strain, officials said. The agency has said the incubation period for listeriosis can be as long as 70 days.The outbreak prompted Maple Leaf Foods on Aug 20 to announce a recall of products made on two production lines at its Bartor Road plant in Toronto. On Aug 23 the company expanded the recall to include all products produced at the plant since January. Products made there carry the establishment number 97B on their labels. It was not immediately clear if any products from the facility are exported to the United States.The PHAC confirmed the connection between the outbreak and Maple Leaf products on Aug 23. Testing of three product samples showed that two were contaminated with the outbreak strain, while the third had contamination that differed slightly from that strain, the agency said, adding that it expected to learn more this week.L monocytogenes can grow on refrigerated meat and cause serious illness in pregnant women, elderly people, and others with weak immune systems. Largely because of the risk of listeriosis, the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) says these groups should not eat hot dogs or deli meats unless they are reheated, nor should they eat refrigerated meat spreads, refrigerated smoked seafood unless cooked, or products containing unpasteurized milk.Symptoms of the illness include fever, muscle aches, and sometimes nausea or diarrhea, according to the PHAC.According to a Reuters report published yesterday, a Maple Leaf official said the company was unlikely to be able to determine exactly how its meat was contaminated, because Listeria organisms are common and pervasive.The outbreak apparently is one of the larger ones in North America in recent years. Records indicate that the last high-profile Listeria outbreak in the United States occurred in the Northeast in the fall of 2002 and involved at least 53 cases and 8 deaths in nine states.See also: Maple Leaf statement on the outbreakhttp://www.mapleleaf.ca/Aug 23 Maple Leaf news release about expanded recallhttp://www.mapleleaffoods.com/news/maple-leaf-expands-product-recall-fro…Nov 21, 2002, CIDRAP News story “New Jersey firm expands Listeria-related recall to 4.2 million pounds”last_img read more

Korger: Best measure of UW comes this weekend

first_imgSometimes in sports, you find yourself on the wrong end of a play, cheated by chance or on the wrong end of amazing.Saturday night’s final play flashed me back to a similar scene I had witnessed years ago in my past, during my senior year of basketball in high school. When Michigan State hauled down the unthinkable win last weekend, like some sort of post-traumatic flashback, I suddenly found myself no longer standing up in utter shock in my living room. I was sitting on the bench of a basketball game in Oshkosh.We were up three with two seconds left against our bitter cross-town rivals (ironically, they were also named the Spartans). In my three previous years, our varsity team had never lost to them once on the court. It looked like, in front of a sell-out crowd, we were going to continue the trend. Up three with two seconds left, we had one of our guys shooting a double bonus with three seconds left.Clank went the first one. A collective groan from our fans. Clank went the second. With no timeouts remaining, one of the Spartan players seized the rebound and passed it to a guard, who heaved up a desperation shot from far beyond half court.Swish.Our bench deflated and the gym exploded. I remember watching that shot from the bench (where I spent the majority of my illustrious basketball career) and thinking there was no way the ball would find a way in. But somehow, the worst possible situation came true and that shot proved to be the turning point in the game, as we lost in double-overtime.That game and that shot created one of the lowest feelings I had and still have ever felt following any game. How could this game we were supposed to have won turned on us in such an unbelievable manner? I mean, what were the chances of some miracle shot like that going in? Losing was hard enough, but being on the wrong end of some desperation heave like that? The game of basketball had played a fast one on me. Which is how I came to my conviction. There’s no loss that’s harder to recover or rebound from than one that occurs in the last second.The locker room was dead silent. But words found their way to someone’s mouth. We couldn’t give up. We shouldn’t feel sorry for ourselves. We had fought our way back from being down throughout the game, we had shown what we were made of and we got bested by chance.We also understood that we had made mistakes as a team throughout the game that allowed that chance of a miracle defeat to even exist. Missed free throws, allowing second-chance points – there were many things that had to be done to never allow our opponents a chance to win like that again. We went on to beat our rival on a last second shot that same year in the playoffs to go to state. Looking back at the loss this past Saturday night, the Badgers had the Spartans by the throat with a 14-0 lead. Then some mistakes were made and the wheels fell off in the second quarter. The Badgers had to battle back. Faced with the largest amount of adversity they had seen all season, Russell Wilson led the offense back from the jaws of defeat. Down 14 in the fourth quarter, Wilson showed his true character, poise and heart in responding from an earlier interception to tie the game. If the Badgers had gotten the ball back, the momentum seemingly would’ve pointed to a Wisconsin win.But that didn’t happen, and the Badgers had to deal with that same sinking, crushing feeling that I had felt so long ago.What still rings true in my mind is the idea that in those kind of moments – moments that you are seemingly at your lowest and all may seem lost – that the true caliber of a player and a team is revealed.Will the team and its players shake off that feeling? Will the Badgers slip again on the road? Will they respond with renewed focus and energy to finish the season strong and make a run at the Rose Bowl like they did just a year ago? Who will step up to drag the Badgers away from that disappointed feeling of losing a chance at the BCS title?Only time can tell, but how the Badgers respond this Saturday will serve as the largest indication to date of what kind of team Wisconsin is this year.One of my favorite speeches in sports history is Tim Tebow’s promise to the Florida faithful after his team lost to Ole Miss 30-31 in 2008, destroying the Gators quest at an undefeated season and seemingly diminishing their chances at a BCS title.“To the fans and everybody in Gator Nation, I’m sorry,” Tebow said. “I’m extremely sorry. We were hoping for an undefeated season. That was my goal, something Florida has never done here. I promise you one thing, a lot of good will come out of this. You will never see another player in the entire country play as hard as I will play the rest of the season. You will never see someone push the rest of the team as hard as I will push everybody the rest of the season. You will never see a team play harder than we will the rest of the season. God bless.”Tebow ended up leading Florida to the national championship that year, forever immortalizing his speech and his legacy as a winner. And that’s why I’m so interested to see what will happen to the Badgers come Saturday night. Do the Badgers have the leadership and the heart to rebound from disappointment like Tebow and the Gators did?All I know is when it comes to sports, it’s never about the fall. It’s about how you get back up. Sure, people will remember Saturday’s Hail Mary finish for a long time. But the Badgers have the chance to make people remember something else – potentially how they came back from the shock of a last-second miracle play to finish the rest of the season undefeated and capture their first Rose Bowl win since 2000.The fact still remains that the Badgers has its fate resting in their hands. Wisconsin needs no outside help to win the Big Ten title. It just needs to win.I hope Michigan State does the same thing. I want to see them in Indianapolis come December. Bielema and his squad may preach taking it one game at a time, but for fans, everyone is already hungry for revenge.Nick is a senior majoring in history and english. Know who’s going to step up for Wisconsin against Ohio State? Give him your opinion at [email protected]last_img read more

Syracuse kills 5-on-3 Princeton power play late to preserve 1-1 tie

first_img Comments With 5:31 left in regulation time and the game tied at one goal apiece, Princeton was gifted the best chance of the afternoon to pull ahead. Two hooking penalties on the same play by Emma Polaski and Victoria Klimek meant Syracuse would have to kill a full two-minute 5-on-3 power play to keep the score even.Orange head coach Paul Flanagan turned to his veterans to start the penalty kill – captains Allie Munroe, Brooke Avery and Lindsay Eastwood. Although Avery lost two faceoffs in the ensuing 30 seconds, the trio gave up only one shot that got through to goaltender Maddi Welch, and they blocked two others.Flanagan showed his trust in his younger players by putting out freshmen Lauren Bellefontaine and Shelby Calof alongside sophomore Jessica DiGirolamo to give his opening three a rest. Again, Princeton was able to work the puck around the outside, but it couldn’t find any clean looks at the net.For the final 40 seconds of the power play, following a Syracuse timeout, Flanagan went back to his trusted veterans, and they were able to see out the rest of the man advantage.“At this point, it’s not opening night, so we don’t look at them as freshmen or seniors or whatever,” Flanagan said. “The kids that can make the plays will be out there.”AdvertisementThis is placeholder textThat successful penalty kill was crucial for Syracuse (4-6-1, 4-2-0 Conference Hockey America) as they tied Princeton (3-2-2, 3-0-1 Eastern College Athletics Conference), 1-1, Saturday afternoon at the Tennity Ice Pavilion. The Tigers’ power play, tied for No. 3 in the nation at 25 percent, struggled all night, going 0-for-3 with just one shot on net.Although the penalty kill stifled Princeton, the Orange power play was unable to generate any offense to complement them. Coming into the game with the fifth-most power play goals in the nation, Syracuse went 0-for-5 against the Tigers with six shots. The Orange had two chances with the man advantage in the third period to take the lead but came up short both times. That meant the final penalty kill was crucial.Before the start of the final Princeton power play, there was a lengthy pause in action as the referees sorted out the penalty calls with the scorekeepers. The pause allowed the Princeton players to gather and discuss what they would do on the ensuing power play, and Flanagan said it was detrimental for the Orange. Had the break come part way through the power play, Flanagan said, it may have been beneficial for Syracuse.“Typically, when you’re killing, you’re ready to kill,” he said. “There’s not a lot to talk about.”The Orange did get a much-needed break with about 40 seconds left to kill when Flanagan called a timeout. He felt his team had done a good job whittling down the man advantage but could see they were gassed.Coming out of the timeout, Eastwood was able to snag the puck even after a lost faceoff and dump it down to the Princeton end, which gave Syracuse another short break to rest.“They had that familiarity, especially in lines with what Princeton was trying to do,” Flanagan said. “I thought they reacted pretty well.” Published on November 10, 2018 at 6:10 pm Contact Arabdho: [email protected] | @aromajumder center_img Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more