China cuts 2019/20 corn use forecast by 2 million tonnes due to African swine fever

China's agriculture ministry on Thursday said it was lowering its forecast for corn consumption in the 2019/20 crop year amid outbreaks of African swine fever across the country.
Source: Reuters: Health - Category: Consumer Health News Tags: healthNews Source Type: news

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Authors: Reinhart J, Willett M, Gibbs N Abstract Psoriasis is a common dermatologic condition with a variety of morphologic presentations. These variations include the less common hyperkeratotic form, psoriasis ostracea, defined as having pronounced adherent scales resembling an oyster shell. Of the ostraceous cases that have been reported in the literature, many occur as generalized outbreaks in patients with long-standing history of psoriasis. Rarely does this remarkable variant occur as a direct flare from a cutaneous insult. In these situations, when a pre-existing dermatosis appears in response to a traumatic ...
Source: Journal of Drugs in Dermatology - Category: Dermatology Tags: J Drugs Dermatol Source Type: research
This study aimed to assess, by molecular studies, the virulent nature of some Bacillus strains in live edible snails (Achatina achatina) sold in Nigerian markets and to ascertain the survival of bacilli during culinary preparation. Results showed that isolates with high virulence potentials were B. thuringiensis and two strains of B. cereus (GenBank accession numbers: MK530172, MK530171 and MK530202). The nheb gene was detected in all three isolates, while B. thuringiensis strain was found to possess hbla, nhea, nheb and cytk genes for enterotoxins often implicated in diarrhoea cases. Most isolates were resistant to chlora...
Source: Food Control - Category: Food Science Source Type: research
Publication date: Available online 12 August 2019Source: Food ControlAuthor(s): Jiayin Chen, Xiyang Wu, Gloria Sánchez, Walter RandazzoAbstractBerries have frequently been cited as causing gastroenteritis and acute hepatitis outbreaks due to enteric virus contamination, including human norovirus and hepatitis A virus (HAV). Model experiments were performed to evaluate the potential use of viability RT-qPCR to assess the thermal inactivation of norovirus genotype I (GI), GII, and HAV on raspberries, blueberries and strawberries. Initially, two viability markers, platinum chloride and propidium monoazide (PMAxx™...
Source: Food Control - Category: Food Science Source Type: research
Publication date: Available online 8 August 2019Source: Food ControlAuthor(s): Hossein Daryaei, Qian Sui, Hui Liu, André Rehkopf, Walter Peñaloza, Andreas Rytz, Yuqi Luo, Jason WanAbstractTwenty-two Shiga toxin-producing Escherichia coli (STEC) strains and six potential surrogates (E. coli strains K12 and P1, Listeria innocua, Lactobacillus plantarum, Bifidobacterium lactis, and Enterococcus faecium) were screened in wheat flour at two water content levels of 8 and 13% (0.25 and 0.55 water activities) for survival at 6°C and resistance to a heat treatment at 82°C for 5 min. The results showed that the...
Source: Food Control - Category: Food Science Source Type: research
CONCLUSION: The study showed poor level of preparedness for Lassa fever and recommended routine training of HCWs on emergency preparedness. PMID: 31422994 [PubMed - in process]
Source: Journal of Health Care for the Poor and Underserved - Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Tags: J Health Care Poor Underserved Source Type: research
Conclusion: The clinical presentation and risk factors of scabies change significantly with scabies outbreaks, and consequently so do the lines of treatment in Saudi Arabia. The present study highlights the importance of adopting strategies related to community infection control and prevention. PMID: 31423520 [PubMed - in process]
Source: Saudi Medical Journal - Category: Middle East Health Tags: Saudi Med J Source Type: research
Health workers inside a "CUBE" talk to an Ebola patient, while a nurse consults a chart outside. ALIMA Ebola Treatment Centre, Beni, Democratic Republic of the Congo. Two drugs have been found to successfully treat the Ebola virus. Aid agencies have welcomed the news saying it allows communities to access early treatment. Courtesy: World Health Organisation (WHO)By Issa Sikiti da SilvaCOTONOU, Benin, Aug 20 2019 (IPS) While people in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) are slowly being made aware that scientists have discovered two drugs that are effective in treating Ebola, letting go of the fear and anxiety ...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Tags: Africa Development & Aid Editors' Choice Featured Health Human Rights Humanitarian Emergencies Population Poverty & SDGs Regional Categories TerraViva United Nations Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) ebola Source Type: news
We describe a collaborative study to investigate the comparability of serologic assays for MERS-CoV and assess any benefit associated with the introduction of a standard reference reagent for MERS-CoV serology. Our study findings indicate that, when possible, laboratories should use a testing algorithm including>2 tests to ensure correct diagnosis of MERS-CoV. We also demonstrate that the use of a reference reagent greatly improves the agreement between assays, enabling more consistent and therefore more meaningful comparisons between results. PMID: 31423969 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher]
Source: Emerging Infectious Diseases - Category: Infectious Diseases Authors: Tags: Emerg Infect Dis Source Type: research
Candida auris is a multidrug resistant yeast, recognized as a cause of invasive infections and health care associated outbreaks around the world. C. auris is of great public health concern, due to its propensity for drug resistance, mode and pace of its transmission, and the possibility that biologic and epidemiologic factors could exacerbate worldwide emergence of C. auris infections. Currently, outbreak response is complicated by limited treatment options and inadequate disinfection strategies, as well as by issues (misidentification, long turnaround time) associated with application of commonly used diagnostic tools. Mi...
Source: Frontiers in Microbiology - Category: Microbiology Source Type: research
This study aimed to characterize the resistance to antimicrobials, plasmids and virulence, as well as the serotypes and phylogenetic groups inE. coli isolated from sheep in Brazil. A total of 57 isolates were obtained and showed different antimicrobial resistance profiles. Nineteen isolates presented acquired antimicrobial resistance genes (ARGs) (blaCTX-M-Gp9,qnrB, qnrS, oqxB, oqxA, tetA, tetB, tetC, sul1 andsul2) and plasmid families (F, FIA, FIB, I1, K, HI1 and ColE-like). Thestx1,stx2 andehxA virulence genes were detected by PCR, being 50 isolates (87.7%) classified as STEC. A great diversity of serotypes was detected,...
Source: World Journal of Microbiology and Biotechnology - Category: Microbiology Source Type: research
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