News Scan for Jul 12, 2016

first_imgResearchers find Zika persists in female genital tractA French research team yesterday reported the first known detection of Zika virus in the genital tract of an infected woman, along with signs that it persists there after it clears from blood and urine. The team, from Guadeloupe and Toulouse, reported its findings in a letter to The Lancet Infectious Diseases.The 27-year-old woman was sick in May, and a rapid blood test was positive for Zika virus. She was being monitored for oocyte preservation as part of Guadeloupe’s protocol for women with infertility in the Zika setting, but the stimulation process was halted, based in her illness, and she was advised to practice safe sex and regularly use condoms.Her genital swab, endocervical swab, and cervical mucus sample were all positive for Zika virus RNA on day 3 of her illness. However, on day 11 when blood and urine tests were negative, her cervical mucus sample was still positive for Zika RNA.The researchers said though it’s not known if infectious virus was present, the findings have implications for sexual transmission from women to men and vertical transmission from a mother to her fetus.Jul 11 Lancet Infect Dis letter USDA to share food safety data regularly on data.govThe US Department of Agriculture’s (USDA’s) Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) announced yesterday plans to share huge amounts of food safety information on the government Web site, Data.gov. The information will be updated quarterly and is meant to increase both agency transparency and consumer information.”Consumers want more information about the foods they are purchasing, and sharing these details can give them better insight into food production and inspection, and help them make informed purchasing decisions,” said USDA Deputy Under Secretary for Food Safety Al Almanza in a Jul 11 press release.FSIS said it has worked on developing a web platform for sharing the data points for more than 6,000 meat, poultry, and egg facilities for 7 years in response to President Obama’s “Open Government Plan.” This is the first time the agency will be routinely sharing establishment-specific data with the public.The data sets will show results from chemical residue testing, advocated meat recovery testing, results from Salmonella and Campylobacter testing in poultry, and results for Shiga toxin–producing Escherichia coli and Salmonella in meat. FSIS will also release test results for Listeria and Salmonella in ready-to-eat products and processed egg products.Jul 11 USDA news release China notes new H7N9 avian flu case, 3 new deaths; outbreak hits 800China’s National Health and Family Planning Commission (HFPC) today reported a new H7N9 avian flu case in June, bringing the country’s total for that month to seven cases. Officials added that three previously reported patients have died, according to an HFPC report translated by FluTrackers, an infectious disease message board.The newly reported infection expands the outbreak to 800 cases since the first case was confirmed in China in 2013, according to a list maintained by FluTrackers.The agency did not specify which province the newly reported case was in, nor did it provide details on the patient. The HFPC report simply listed 7 cases, including 7 that were fatal. FluTrackers had earlier already noted 6 of the cases, 3 in Hebei province and 1 each in Jiangsu, Liaoning, and Zhejiang.The HFPC noted that 5 of the 7 cases proved fatal, whereas earlier reports listed only 2 fatalities among the 6 that FluTrackers had noted.Jul 12 FluTrackers post FluTrackers H7N9 case listlast_img read more

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first_imgMontauk Brew Co. Hoodie, $50Montauk Brew Co. x Curated Gift Shop “Come as You Are” Bracelet, $35Logo Can Glass, $8Growler Wetsuit, $16Montauk Brew Co. Hoodie, $50Montauk Brew Co. x Curated Gift Shop “Come as You Are” Bracelet, $35[click to enlarge products]There are few places in the world like Montauk Brewing Company. A visit to their headquarters means being welcomed with a smile from all three of the company’s founders — Vaughan Cutillo, Eric Moss, and Joe Sullivan — along with a pint of one of their finest beers, which run the gamut from Summer Ale to Session IPA.Here we’ve selected some of the best merch on offer for super fans of the Montauk Brewing Company lifestyle, including one all-important growler wetsuit, for when you need to take your libation with you for a day at the beach. Sharelast_img read more

Kootman back to defend

first_img Born to Run race title Event now in 19th year After finishing second to South River’s Dave DeMonico twice, Lincroft’s Matt Kootman turned the tables on the five-time Born to Run champion last year. Kootman, a Middletown South High School graduate who was running for Boston College, followed the M.O. that made DeMonico the biggest winner in the event’s history — by taking the lead from the outset and controlling the pace from the front. Kootman had done it before only to have DeMonico out-last him. Last year was the charm for the ex-Eagle, as he won the 5-mile Born to Run race through the streets of Freehold Borough in 25:26. This time, he was able hold off DeMonico for the entire five miles. Kootman will return to the streets of Freehold Borough on Friday to pick up where he left off with the 19th running of the Born to Run, which is run in cooperation with the Freehold Area Running Club. Kootman will face a different challenge in the defense of his title. Injury will keep DeMonico on the sidelines this year, but Rob DeFillippis of Tinton Falls, who finished third last year just behind DeMonico, will be back to chase Kootman. Former Freehold Borough track star Cynthia Savino was the 2002 women’s champion in her debut, running 32:03. She recently ran a marathon personal best at New York City, and will not be running the race this year because of a hamstring injury. Veteran roadrunner Maggie Freeman, third last year, will be looking to move up. Freeman is a police officer in Manalapan. The Born to Run race starts and finishes on Court Street. The course takes runners through the backstreets of the borough, including an excursion through Lake Topanemus. When the runners exit Topanemus onto Pond Road, they hit the rolling hills that race director Hank Bailey refers to as “Heartbreak Hill.” Coming in the final mile of the race, the hills have often been decisive in determining the winner. There is a separate racewalking division for the race. Last year, Jack Leach of Marlboro won in 46:39, and the women’s winner was Joan Venslavsky of Robbinsville (54:57). This race has earned a reputation over the years as one of the most racer-friendly on the road-racing calendar, and is one of the reasons that, every year, several hundred runners line up to run off their Thanksgiving Day dinners. This event is also a fund-raiser that supports the Monmouth County Child Abuse Task Force. The borough streets will be the safest in nation with a detachment of Marine Corps League controlling traffic and guarding the streets. Race day registration is $20 (with shirt not guaranteed). Post-registration without a shirt is $10. Race day registration will be held at the Freehold Fire House starting at 9 a.m. For more information on the race, call (732) 780-5959 or (800) 300-8184. Born to Run race titleEvent nowin 19th year last_img read more