Another UK patient might have caught vCJD from blood

first_img Health Secretary John Reid stated, “I would emphasise again that the exclusion criteria are being tightened because of a small but unquantifiable risk. People should continue to have a blood transfusion when it is really necessary. Any slight risk associated with receiving blood must be balanced against the significant risk of not receiving that blood when it is most needed.” The official statement provided no details about the patient who received the blood transfusion. When the first possible transfusion-linked case was reported, officials said the patient had received blood in 1996 from a donor who became ill with vCJD in 1999. The recipient had died of the disease shortly before the suspected case was announced. But officials said the recipient might have acquired vCJD in the usual way: by eating meat products from cattle infected with bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE), or mad cow disease. BSE spread through British cattle herds in the 1980s and 1990s. The department said it had expected to see further cases after the first case of possible transmission via donated blood was reported in the UK in December 2003. The second case is “of particular scientific interest” because the patient had a different genetic type from that of other vCJD patients so far, the announcement said. A detailed report of the case will be published in The Lancet. The UK Department of Health announced, “A patient in the UK received a blood transfusion in 1999 from a donor who later went on to develop vCJD. The patient died of causes unrelated to vCJD but a post mortem revealed the presence of the vCJD agent in the patient’s spleen.” This group was not excluded in April because the government wanted to assess the impact of the new restrictions on the blood supply, officials said. Now it appears that the impact is small, so the committee that oversees blood safety recommended adding the new restriction. Jul 22, 2004 (CIDRAP News) – A second possible case of transmission of variant Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease (vCJD) via blood transfusion has been reported in the United Kingdom, triggering new restrictions on who can give blood. See also: The UK uses several other precautions to protect the blood supply from vCJD infectivity, the Department of Health noted. Since 1997, new cases of vCJD have triggered a search for and destruction of any blood donated by the patient. Since 1998 the UK has used blood plasma from the United States to produce all plasma derivatives. And since October 1999, white blood cells, which may pose the greatest risk of transmitting vCJD, have been removed from blood used for transfusions. As a result of the first possible transfusion-related vCJD case, the UK in April stopped taking blood donations from anyone who had received a blood transfusion since January 1980. Starting Aug 2, the department said, donations will not be accepted from people who are unsure if they have had a transfusion since January 1980. This includes apheresis donors—those who frequently give blood and have it retransfused after the removal of certain components. Dec 19, 2003, CIDRAP News story, “Blood transmission of vCJD suspected in Britain”last_img read more

UW track team looks to defend home turf

first_imgIn its third indoor meet of the season, the University of Wisconsin track team will look to repeat its performance from earlier this month when it took first place at the Badger Track Classic.Hosting the Wisconsin Elite Invite, the Badgers will compete against two teams they have already seen this season. UW-Milwaukee competed against the Badgers at the Badger Track Classic and Marquette has competed against the team at the Notre Dame Invitational in addition to the Classic.According to men’s track and field coach Ed Nuttycombe, the familiar competition will add to the excitement of the meet.“All the key running events will have Marquette, UW-Milwaukee, Illinois State and Wisconsin,” Nuttycombe said. “It should be a very good meet, and we’re looking forward to it.”So far this year, the Badgers have fared well against the Golden Eagles. In their first meeting at the Badger Track Classic, Wisconsin won nine events en route to a first place finish.Larkin and Beth improving with each competitionIn his first meet of the season, junior Nate Larkin won the 60-meter hurdles with a time of 8.04 seconds.“He’s one of those athletes that has responded well to what, you know, what you ask him to do and has gotten better and better and better each year,” Nuttycombe said. “I have no doubt there’s more coming.”At the Notre Dame Invitational, Larkin’s 60-meter hurdle time was clocked in just below eight seconds, setting a personal record for Larkin and making the Badgers a favorite to win the event.In addition to Larkin, sophomore Zach Beth also appears to be in top shape heading into the invite. Beth won the mile run by over nine seconds at Wisconsin’s first home meet and showed his versatility by winning the 800-meter run in South Bend.Lack of seniors no problem for NuttycombeDespite the stellar performances by Beth and Larkin, a win at the Wisconsin Elite Invite is no guarantee. The Badgers only took third place in the four-team invitational at Notre Dame, and this year’s roster includes only four seniors.“You hate to use the word rebuilding, reloading,” Nuttycombe said. “I haven’t had a whole lot of experience with that in the last number of years, but this may be one of those.”Aiding the Badgers, however, are the struggles of Marquette’s men’s track team, which has not won an event this year against the Badgers.Women’s track experiencing similar successJoining the men at the Wisconsin Elite Invite will be the women’s track and field team, whose performance this year has paralleled the men’s team. After a solid showing in their first meet of the season, the women’s team also took third place at the Notre Dame Invitational.The roster of the women’s track and field team, however, is the opposite of the men’s this year. The Badgers have 10 seniors on their roster including All-American Gwen Jorgensen. Jorgensen, who is a fifth-year senior, qualified for the NCAA Indoor Championships with her performance in the mile run last week. Her time of 4 minutes, 46.09 seconds was good for first place over Lisa Senakiewich of Michigan State.In addition to Jorgensen, junior Amanda Donath and senior Nicole Slaby will also look to provide leadership for the Badgers. The Badgers 4 X 400 team featuring Donath and Slaby also took first place at the Notre Dame Invitational.Although the meet does not have a large impact on the post-season races, Nuttycombe views the invite as a key indicator of how successful the track team will be this year.“We’ll have a lot better idea after this weekend because, for the first time, we will kind of compete as a team,” Nuttycome said. “We do have a very, very good group of young talent, and it’s just a matter of how quickly they step up.”last_img read more

GHPL: Karela appoint Evans Adotey as new head coach

first_imgKarela United FC have announced the appointment of Evans Augustine Adotey as the team’s new head coach. The club made the announcement on Monday via a statement after successful negotiations with Adotey.Adotey comes into the job as the successor to Enos Adepa who parted ways with the club via mutual agreement in March.Adotey comes into the club with experience from his working days with Medeama and the national female U-17 team, the Black Maidens.He will be assisted by Malam Yahaya who is the former head coach of Nzema Kotoko and New Edubiase.Adotey’s task is to push Karela out of the relegation zone of the Ghana Premier League should it return.Before the league was suspended due to the Coronavirus pandemic, they were 17th on the league table on 11 points after a 15-game run that saw them win only two league matches while losing 7 and drawing 4.Below is the full statement from Karela:Karela United Football Club is pleased to announce the appointment of Mr. Evans Augustine Adotey as it’s head coach.Coach Adotey is a former Technical Director of Medeama FC, the National Under 17 Female national team, the Black Maidens and currently works as the assistant coach of the NationalUnder 20 male football team.The club has also appointed former Ghanaian international and former coach of Nzema Kotoko and New Edubiase United Malam Yahaya as deputy to coach Evans Adotey.Commenting on the appointments, Mr. Elloeny Amande, CEO of the club said:“The club settled on the two coaches based on their in-depth knowledge of the game and the wealth of experience they possess. We are excited to have them in our fold and we are ready to give them all the necessary support”.Coach Evans Adotey on his part thanked the board and management of club for giving them the opportunity to work and called for greater collaboration from all stakeholders.“I thank the board and the management on my behalf and that of my assistant for the opportunity and also call on all stakeholders of the club to rally behind us so together we can turn the fortunes of the club around”.last_img read more