Wild boar, water cited in E coli outbreak

first_img The ranch where all the matching samples have been found consists of a pasture where cattle graze and a spinach growing area that is fenced off from the pasture. Investigators found areas where the fence was broached, with animal tracks leading from the pasture onto the spinach fields. He said all the positive samples were from the pasture area, located within a half-mile of the spinach field. Oct 27, 2006 (CIDRAP News) – Six more samples of the Escherichia coli O157:H7 strain that killed 3 people and sickened more than 200 who ate raw spinach have been found on a ranch in California’s Salinas Valley area, state and federal officials announced yesterday. “That’s where the investigation is centered right now: how it moved from the pasture and onto the [spinach] field,” Reilly said. “There’s evidence that the [wild] pigs could be one of the means, but we’re still investigating.” Food and Drug Administration (FDA) officials had previously traced the tainted spinach to one infected lot that contained spinach from four different farms in Monterey and San Benito counties. Reilly said sampling from the other three ranches has turned up E coli O157:H7, but it is not the strain linked to the nationwide outbreak. Reilly said E coli O157:H7 is not an unusual finding around cattle and other ruminant species such as deer. A total of 750 environmental samples have been taken so far from the four farms, he said. According to the most recent FDA tally, the outbreak sickened 204 people, killed 3, and spanned 26 states and one Canadian province. Thirty-one patients developed hemolytic uremic syndrome, a serious kidney condition, and 104 were hospitalized. In a press conference, Kevin Reilly, deputy director of prevention services for the California Department of Health Services, said the newly identified matching samples are from creek water, a wild boar, and four pieces of cow manure. All samples are from the same farm where investigators had already found three manure samples with E coli that matched the outbreak strain, bringing the total to nine. Reilly said that the close proximity of cattle operations to growing areas is not unusual in the area where the four ranches are located. Reilly said all evidence indicates that the outbreak is over, though some illness cases are still under investigation. The wild boar sample that tested positive for the outbreak strain was taken from the gut of a boar that had been killed on the property, he said, adding that pigs can be colonized with O157:H7, but researchers don’t fully understand the ecology of the organism in pigs. In related developments, the FDA in an Oct 20 update said it was reviewing a petition to permit the irradiation of multi-ingredient foods, including prepackaged fresh produce such as fresh spinach, to control contamination. The agency said the food industry must examine the suitability and efficacy of irradiation on a product-by-product basis. The stream that the positive water sample came from is within a mile of wells used for irrigation, Reilly said. Investigators are trying to determine if the O157:H7 in the stream contaminated the aquifer that supplies irrigation water.last_img read more

Frozen pizza suspected in 10-state E coli outbreak

first_img See also: Nov 1 CDC press release The recall was prompted by an investigation by the Tennessee Department of Health and the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) into a multistate cluster of E coli O157:H7 illnesses, the USDA. Nov 1 FSIS press release A case-control study suggested that Totino’s and Jeno’s brands of pizza that contained pepperoni were the likely source of the illness, the CDC said today in a press release. However, the CDC said the source of contamination has not been confirmed. The recalled products are Totino’s and Jeno’s pizzas that contain pepperoni topping, which could be contaminated with E coli O157:H7, General Mills, based in Minneapolis, said in a press release today. The frozen pizzas are produced at the company’s Wellston, Ohio, plant. The CDC said that of the 21 patients whose isolates match the outbreak strain, 8 are from Tennessee, 3 are from Kentucky, and the rest are from Missouri, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, South Dakota, Illinois, Wisconsin, and Virginia. Eight have been hospitalized, and four have been treated for hemolytic uremic syndrome (HUS), a potentially deadly kidney condition. The CDC said consumers should not eat the recalled products, and those who experienced diarrhea within a week after eating them should notify their medical provider and seek care. E coli O157:H7 outbreaks are most often associated with ground beef, though some have been linked to fresh produce in recent years. The strain produces a toxin that causes diarrhea—often bloody—and abdominal cramps but typically no fever. The illness usually resolves in 5 to 10 days, but it can cause HUS in 2% to 7% of patients. The recalled package numbers bear the establishment number “EST. 7750” inside the USDA (US Department of Agriculture) inspection mark and have a “best if used by” date of Apr 8, 2008, according to a press release today from the USDA’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS). The products were produced on or before Oct 30 and were distributed to retail outlets nationwide. General Mills said the earliest case reported to health officials occurred on Jul 20 and the latest case on Oct 10. The company said it has distributed more than 120 million pizzas since Jul 1. Nov 1 General Mills press release Nov 1, 2007 (CIDRAP News) – General Mills recalled about 414,000 cases of frozen pizza today after health officials said it could be linked to an Escherichia coli outbreak that has sickened 21 people in 10 states.last_img read more

NEWS SCAN: Home antiviral stockpiling, avian flu outbreaks, anthrax vaccine study, ASM meeting, flu shots in pregnant women

first_img Researchers suggest unique H5N1 virus sparked 2007 India outbreakAn H5N1 avian influenza isolate found in an outbreak in India’s Manipur state in 2005 might have been independently introduced to the area, perhaps through wild waterfowl, according to a report that appeared yesterday in Virology Journal. Investigation of the genome found that the virus belonged to clade 2.2 but was distinct from earlier Indian isolates. It more closely resembled isolates from waterfowl in Russia, China, and Mongolia.[Feb 24 Virology Journal abstract] Tactics for discouraging personal antiviral stockpilingEducational campaigns may not be enough to curtail personal stockpiling of oseltamivir (Tamiflu) during infectious disease outbreaks, but promoting appropriate prescribing practices might help, according to a study published in the Feb 23 issue of Infection Control and Hospital Epidemiology. The researchers surveyed 109 patients who received prescriptions for oseltamivir in the fall of 2005 and compared their responses with those of 825 matched controls. Of the two-thirds who probably obtained oseltamivir for stockpiling, only two patients reported that they took the drug. Survey responses between the medication group and controls varied little, except regarding worries about avian flu.[Feb 23 Infect Control Hosp Epidemiol abstract] H5N1 detected in India, H7 strain found in Czech waterfowlOfficials in India’s West Bengal state today confirmed an H5N1 avian influenza outbreak in poultry near the town of Siliguri and said they planned to cull 5,000 birds to stop the outbreak, according to a report from the Press Trust of India. Elsewhere, veterinary authorities in the Czech Republic said yesterday that they found low-pathogenic H7 avian influenza in geese at a pond in the Hodonin region in the country’s southeast, the Czech News Agency (CAN) reported. The virus was found in 9 of 60 randomly selected geese. Animal health workers will cull about 3,000 geese and 350 ducks to stem the virus.[Feb 25 Press Trust of India story] Gates funds study of flu immunization in rural pregnant womenCincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center said it has received a $6.7 million Gates Foundation grant to study influenza vaccination in pregnant women in rural areas with limited resources. The study, to be conducted in Bangladesh or Nepal, expands on a recent randomized trial that showed that flu immunization in pregnant women protects both the women and their infants. The study will involve 1,500 women and take 5 years, the hospital said yesterday. PharmAthene gives some phase 2 results for anthrax vaccinePharmAthene Inc. reported that its second-generation anthrax vaccine, Sparvax, was safe, well-tolerated, and immunogenic in a phase 2 trial involving 415 volunteers. Antibody concentrations in the volunteers were higher with one of two dosing schedules tested but did not differ according to dose levels. The company said the findings indicate that SparVax “may be a promising second generation rPA [recombinant protective antigen] vaccine candidate” for use in civilians. The firm issued a news release following a poster presentation yesterday at the American Society for Microbiology’s (ASM’s) Biodefense and Emerging Diseases Research Meeting in Baltimore.[Feb 24 PharmAthene news release] Feb 25, 2009 ASM offers glimpses from biodefense meetingIn a news release from the Biodefense and Emerging Diseases Research Meeting, the ASM provided some highlights from lectures and poster presentations on pandemic flu, the 1918 flu virus, and the anthrax letter investigation. Bruce Levin of Emory University lectured on whether the current worries about the risk of an H5N1 flu pandemic are justified, and scientists described a vaccine that protected mice and ferrets from the 1918 flu virus, ASM reported. The release also gives an overview of a presentation by several speakers on the science behind the anthrax investigation.[Feb 24 EurekAlert press release]last_img read more

What is the future of hotel concierge?

first_imgIf business travelers need to book a table at a restaurant, they can use websites or mobile apps. If they want to find a nearby museum, Google search will probably be their first stop. And if they want transportation to the city, they can easily request an Uber. Given the digitization and the fact that so many services are available with just one click, is there more need for a hotel concierge more?More and more hoteliers, at least in America, think not, he says The Economist. The share of US concierge hotels fell from 27% in 2010 to 20% last year, the report said. American Hotel and Lodging Association.  Since 2014, the number of luxury hotels employing concierge has been reduced by 20%. As there is no official translation in Croatian for the hotel concierge, the best translation is that it is a hotel assistant who solves all requests as well as problems of guests.Although the hotel Concierge is not yet completely extinct, because they still tend to work in top hotels, so in America 82% of luxury hotels employ hotel Concierge, as well as 76% of high category hotels. While in four-star hotels, ie “upscale” hotels, this percentage is much lower, of 16 percent, and in three-star hotels, ie “midscale” hotels, this figure is now only 3%.One of the reasons travelers prefer technology is that it can take advantage of the wisdom of the crowd, writes The Economics. Several hoteliers said it was pointless to rely on one person’s advice when thousands of people’s recommendations were just a few clicks away. Another reason is that many people would rather communicate with their smartphones than hotel staff. In July, the same survey found that half of business travelers say they prefer to avoid human contact when on the road. However, this trend has been recognized by the conciergei themselves, because they claim that people still like human contact and regardless of the technology, some specific requirements and problems cannot be solved via the Internet. Also, some concierges have embraced the technology, and with a tablet in hand, approach guests, offering to guide them through their online research to guide them as best they can.Photo: http://hospitalitystudy.eu/Either way, tourism has always been at the forefront when we talk about the arrival of new technologies and trends, but I personally think that we are going a little too far into digitalization and that human contact is being lost.We should find the best balance between the introduction of new technologies. There are even hotels in Japan with no staff at the front desk, but the question is how guests will accept it. For now, it is too early to talk about it, but I wonder if we should work in hotels in the future as waiters, receptionists, etc ..? I think this is not the right way, regardless of the fact that the hotel industry is prone to it, of course because of the lower costs, ie to increase revenues.But is this the future of tourism? I sincerely hope not.Personally, I consider concierge to be an extremely important person of a hotel, especially in the context of hotel branding, and even an additional motive for coming and a competitive advantage if we are talking about the same tourist destination. These are people who must know everything about the destination, be at the source of information, and be able to meet the “impossible” requirements of guests at first. No matter what opportunities the internet provides today, today we have a problem with the noise in communication as well as the fact that it is increasingly difficult to find what we are looking for, and here again we are talking about such valuable time because time is money. Again, regardless of all the possibilities of the Internet, the golden unwritten rule to ask the locals where to eat best in the destination is still valid because they know best, etc.…Yet we are human beings and by nature we are social and interactive beings. It’s no coincidence, solitary confinement in prisons is the worst punishment hehe and yet we all know that man is the key to success in tourism. Not definitely robots. Technology is there to help us and we need to embrace it, but it certainly doesn’t replace every aspect of life. On the contrary, today the trend is developing in tourism without mobile phones and technology, going to nature, out of crowds and stress.We will see in which direction the whole story will go soon, and the main word will certainly be consumers, ie guests who dictate the direction of development.last_img read more

Public call for expression of interest for the use of the “Lika Quality” Label published

first_imgThe Lika Destination Cluster, in cooperation with the Lika Local Action Group (LAG LIKA), is announcing a second Public call for expression of interest for the use of the “Lika Quality” Label for the application of products which, if they meet all the conditions, will be marked with the Lika Quality Mark.The Lika Quality Regional System is part of a five-year project of integrated economic development of Lika and the sub-Velebit coast and sustainable development called INTEGRA LIKA 2020, implemented by LAG LIKA. The project covers agriculture, identity creation, tourism, self-sustainability of economies and ecology. The Lika Quality mark is protected in the State Intellectual Property Office as a guarantee trademark, the holder of the Lika Quality Mark is LAG LIKA, and the Lika Quality project is implemented by the Lika Destination Cluster.The activities of the cluster are aimed at promoting the destination of Lika and the sub-Velebit coast as a globally desirable tourist destination based on natural, cultural, historical, gastronomic and health features and the creation of identity in the domestic and foreign markets. The destination is not limited by territorial – administrative borders and in addition to the continental part of Lika-Senj County, it also includes parts of Karlovac and Zadar County and thus forms a complete natural whole.The first 39 products, which have undergone a strict selection of systems, have been labeled Lika Quality since June last year, and high-quality products produced in the Lika destination area are thus classified in the so-called premium category. ”With a developed marketing approach, the Lika Quality brand is the beginning of the story of branding a gastro-destination. Given the joint promotion of the area, local caterers who enter the quality system will also benefit. In the second phase, the label will be awarded to catering facilities that offer dishes prepared from foods with the Lika Quality label. In this way, a greater representation of local foods in the catering offer will be enabled “, point out the Lika LAGThe public call for expressions of interest for the use of the Lika Quality Label for products is open until March 05, 2018, and you can see all the details about the application hereRelated news:LAG LIKA AS AN EXCELLENT EXAMPLE OF STRATEGIC DEVELOPMENT AND BRANDING OF LIKA AS AN INDIGENOUS TOURIST DESTINATIONlast_img read more

List of tourist services for active and adventure tourism published

first_imgAccording to the definition in the Act on the Provision of Services in Tourism, which entered into force on 1 January 1 (OG 2018/130) tourist services of active and adventure tourism are activities on land, water and air, in open or unorganized natural environment or in specially arranged and equipped places which due to their specifics pose a risk of injuries and their consequences for users. Pursuant to paragraph 3, Article 92 of the same Act, the list of activities considered to be active and adventure tourism services within the meaning of the Tourism Services Act is determined by the Croatian Chamber of Commerce within the Adventure Tourism Community and published on its website.Thus, the Adventure Tourism Association of the Croatian Chamber of Commerce has adopted an initial list of activities considered to be active and adventure tourism services, which will be further supplemented as necessary in accordance with paragraph 4, Article 92 of the Act.Tourist services of adventure and active tourism are:Canoeing (canoeing)Caving (caving)Free climbing (sports routes, multi – length and Deep water solo: climbing above the sea)BicyclingMountain climbing (walking, hiking, trekking, ferrata) *RidingKayaking on the riversKayaking on the seaWindsurfing (Stand up paddling)Rafting and INLineRaft *Canyoning (canyoning)Zipline *Activities within the adrenaline parksParagliding / paragliding (Paragliding / parasailing)Kitesurfing / kiteboardingRope Jumping (Bungee jumping)You can find the part of the Law on the provision of services in tourism that refers to tourist services of active and adventure tourism HERE.</p>
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This year, Sport Fest from Zagreb is moving to Poreč

first_imgLast year, Sport Fest was held in Zagreb and gathered more than 5000 visitors, participants, exhibitors and lecturers. There were about 120 exhibitors at the fair at 5000 m2 with about 60 sports represented, we can freely say that the event was the largest sports-industrial event in this area.This year, Sport Fest is moving to Poreč, with Valamar as the new main partner, as well as the support of the city of Poreč. The “tourist-congress” takeover could be said, but it only shows the proactivity and desire for the development of Poreč and Valamar in the pre-season, because they are aware that in order to extend the tourist season, quality content is needed. The motive for coming is not accommodation, but just diverse, quality and authentic content.The fair will be held with all the accompanying events and contents (a two-day conference with 20 speakers, an entertainment zone with the possibility of trying out more than 60 sports and entertainment with socializing) on ​​October 12-14 in the Žatika hall.The executive director of the project, Alan Balen, presented the unique concept of Sport Fest with an emphasis on three main components – entertainment, fair and conference. This year’s sports activities will be occupied by the ground floor of the Žatika sports center, while adventure sports will be presented around the hall. “I believe that Sport Fest 2018 will skip the bar of the organization’s highly set standards from last year. By changing the location, we want to spread our sports story, and our well-coordinated team will invest their great energy this year as well, so that this year’s event will be at the highest possible level.. ” Balen pointed out.In the meantime, there is no need to worry about it. ”In addition to the new quality content in the off-season, ie in the month of October, the city of Poreč uses the capacity of the Žatika hall where various fairs are held, from Vinistra, Promohotel and many others.In addition to the presentation part, the organizers announced a two-day sports conference with an emphasis on sports management. The conference will bring together 20 speakers with rich experience from various sports.  “Sport and an active lifestyle are important strategic directions for the development of Valamar Riviera. We are extremely pleased to be a part of this great event and we will always be happy to support events that directly contribute to the extension of the season. Poreč has excellent preconditions for further development as a top sports destination, and Sport Fest will certainly contribute to even stronger branding of the destination in that direction.”, said Toni Hrvatin, destination product development manager at Valamar Riviera.last_img read more

The author of the blog Zagreb Honestly Andrea Pisac presented the rich gastronomy of Zagreb County through two episodes of roles

first_imgAward-winning travel journalist, writer and anthropologist, and blog author Zagreb Honestly , Andrea Pisac joined forces with the Zagreb County Tourist Board to reveal to foreign visitors the charms of the indigenous food of the Zagreb Green Ring through two episodes of roles.Two episodes of the role “In Zagreb County with Andrea Pisac: gourmet weekend” conjure up local gastronomic trump cards in a fast, playful and witty way. From indigenous dishes and wines through the cultural and historical milieu from which they originated to unusual and lesser-known heels. 10 locations shown on the application are part of the already existing project “Tastes of the Zagreb region”. Also, branded facilities within the national project “Tastes of Croatian tradition” offer at least six dishes throughout the year, of which at least two main dishes from the list of gastronomic heritage of Zagreb County created in two seasonal menus (spring / summer and autumn / winter) , and six drinks from local producers, of which at least four are wine labels.As in her entire tourist work, in this role Andrea Pisac addresses foreign visitors in English. Her commitment to promoting Croatia in the world is best seen on the Zagreb Honestly blog, which she launched in 2014 and which has since grown into one of the world’s most popular travel blogs about Croatia.As an anthropologist, Andrea is especially committed to the promotion of cultural heritage and for her exceptional contribution to the culture and tourism of the city of Zagreb, this year she received the City of Zagreb Award. The first episodeIn the meantime, there is no need to worry about it. ”Second episodeIn the meantime, there is no need to worry about it. ”last_img read more

The first Spatial Plan of the area of ​​special features in the Republic of Croatia was adopted for the Žut-Sit island group

first_imgWith the change of traditional patterns of use of the Žutsko-sitska archipelago, ie the emergence of tourist use of the coastal area, the abandonment of livestock, which largely shaped the mainland landscape of the islands and the loss of organic connection between buildings along the coast and the associated agricultural property. makes the space exceptional. Therefore, the Spatial Plan prescribes the obligation to develop a spatial plan of areas of special features, with the aim of resolving the basic development dilemma – how to protect the quality of space from devastation by excessive or inappropriate construction, but also enable and improve its traditional economic use by integrating tourist visits as important economic activities today. Photo: Šibenik-Knin County The backbone of the planning idea is the Kornati agricultural estate, ie the condition that for all new construction and extensive reconstruction it is necessary to have a registered agricultural holding and proven ownership of economically significant area of ​​agricultural land on the archipelago. In the rest of the archipelago, it is possible to keep legalized buildings. All new construction should be built, and the older one should be gradually repurposed for economic purposes, with the existing combined use in tourism and agriculture being considered a good practice. Existing catering facilities are allowed to maintain the categorized capacity, while other properties are allowed to form small catering facilities with a capacity of up to 20 guests. A major problem in conceiving the plan was the legal framework that did not recognize the specifics and tradition of using this space. The documentation shows that an extensive analysis was made for the needs of the Plan and that an attempt was made to find the best way to respond to new challenges and ways of using this space, while maintaining its originality and beauty as a lasting value. The County Assembly of Šibenik-Knin County adopted the Spatial Plan of the area of ​​special features of the significant landscape of the Žut-Sit Island Group (Gornji Kurnat), part of a unique archipelago which, unlike the Kornati National Park, is protected in the category of significant landscape. This is the first Spatial Plan in the Republic of Croatia that exclusively regulates the area of ​​a significant landscape in the island area. The plan was prepared by the Public Institution Institute for Physical Planning of Šibenik-Knin County in cooperation with the company Urbing, and the process of development was led by the Administrative Department for Environmental Protection and Communal Affairs of Šibenik-Knin County.last_img read more