November 19, 2020

USDA reports second inconclusive BSE test

first_img The second inconclusive test came 4 days after the first one was announced Jun 25. A USDA laboratory in Ames, Iowa, is now doing confirmatory testing of tissue samples from both cattle. Because the additional tests could rule out BSE, the agency has not disclosed where the cattle came from, where the screening tests were done, or any other details. Jun 30, 2004 (CIDRAP News) – Another inconclusive result on a rapid screening test for bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE) was announced late yesterday afternoon by the US Department of Agriculture (USDA). “The inconclusive result does not mean that we have found another case of BSE in this country,” said Dr. John Clifford, deputy administrator of the USDA’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS), in a prepared statement. Repeating comments he made in announcing the previous inconclusive test, he added that screening tests are designed to be extremely sensitive and some inconclusive results are expected. “USDA remains confident in the safety of the US beef supply,” Clifford said. He said the exclusion of specified risk materials—tissues most likely to contain the BSE agent in an infected cow—from the food supply would protect the public if more cases of BSE were found. “The carcass has been accounted for and is not in the food supply,” Clifford said. The USDA’s National Veterinary Services Laboratory in Ames is conducting the confirmatory tests, and results in the second case are expected in 4 to 7 days, Clifford said. He promised to provide more information about the animal and its origin if the test comes back positive. Clifford said the USDA would hold a technical briefing on the BSE testing program later today. The use of rapid screening tests began with the expansion of USDA’s BSE surveillance Jun 1 as a result of the discovery of a single case of BSE in Washington state last December. The agency plans to screen more than 200,000 cattle over the next 12 to 18 months to assess the existence or prevalence of BSE in US herds. BSE screening tests were conducted on 8,585 cattle in the first 4 weeks of the expanded surveillance program, according to APHIS figures.last_img read more

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Lakers’ LeBron James talks conditioning, potentially playing without fans on podcast

first_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error It would have been a homecoming for LeBron James – and although he’s played in Cleveland many times as both a Cavalier and an opponent, that’s not something he takes lightly.Instead, James was at home on Thursday, like most everyone else in California and so many people throughout the world during the COVID-19 outbreak that has shut down the NBA for the foreseeable future. It left James thinking about what work would have been like if he and the Lakers had been able to visit for their scheduled road game in Cleveland, and how he would have been able to see the 2016 championship banner he won there and been able to play in front of his friends and family.“That would have been so cool,” he said. “Kind of bummed out about that.”The NBA’s foremost figure has found himself entertaining the same kind of melancholy wishes that are shared around the country and world as millions have withdrawn from their daily routines to slow the spread of the virus. The Lakers are no exception: Players are in the midst of a two-week quarantine (two unnamed players have tested positive for the virus). The NBA has kept relatively tight-lipped about any strategies to return to play and shorten its postseason, but many theories have been proposed. James said he wished for at least a week-and-a-half of training camp and between five and 10 regular-season games before the playoffs begin.“One thing you can’t do is go straight into the playoffs,” he said.Almost all of the available strategies likely include a return to play without fans, something James initially spoke dismissively of at the outset of the coronavirus threat before changing his position and saying he would do it. But in the podcast, he also made clear that playing without fans would not be his preference. He suggested (perhaps tongue-in-cheek) that if the NBA plays without fans, games could be held in team practice facilities and live-streamed.“What is the word ‘sport’ without ‘fan’?” he said. “There’s no excitement. There’s no crying. There’s no joy. There’s no back-and-forth. There’s no rhyme or reason. You want to go on the road and dethrone the home team because of their fans, and vice versa. And that’s what also brings out the competitive side of the players, to know that you’re going out on the road in a hostile environment, and yes, you’re playing against the opponent in front of you, but you really want to kick the fans’ (butts) too.”The players have stayed in touch with the Lakers franchise through conference calls, and James said the team maintains a text message thread in which they keep in contact with one another. In the meantime, he’s tried to enjoy more time with his family, which he admitted is hard to do during the season.“When I’m away on the road, and we can indulge in trying to chase that championship quest,” he said. “(Quarantine has) given me an opportunity to kind of take advantage of being with my kids every day because they don’t have school. Being with my wife all the time. Being with my family. We’re just here every day, doing TikTok videos. Watching shows, doing movies, playing card games, doing Uno, doing all type of stuff. It’s been fun.”James has also stayed in touch with other projects: For “Taco Tuesday,” James’ I Promise School delivered tacos to 343 families in Akron, and he expects to do it again next week.James also said his sequel to “Space Jam” is coming along as well, slated for a June 2021 release. Most of the filming is done, and the animation work can be completed from home.“Being indoors is actually great for us,” he said. “We’re still on target. I’m looking forward to it. During this time right now, I wish we could release it right now.”center_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREUCLA alum Kenny Clark signs four-year contract extension with PackersJames has holed up with his family in his Brentwood home, where he broadcasted on the “Road Trippin’” podcast on his Uninterrupted media platform with Richard Jefferson, Channing Frye and Spectrum’s Allie Clifton.While quarantine could be seen as rest from the grind of 63 regular-season games in which James has led the NBA in assists per game, he disagreed with that notion – suggesting that the abrupt suspension of the season could be difficult to come back from given his age.“My body was like, ‘Hey man, what the hell is going on. It’s March 13, you’re getting ready for the playoffs, why are you shutting down right now?’” he said. “And I was right there turning the corner, I felt like I was rounding third base and getting ready for the postseason. So the rest factor, I think it’s a little bit overly blown, especially when you’re in the full swing of things.”James has been giving regular public updates on social media platforms, including Instagram, Twitter and TikTok (where videos of him and his family dancing are regular fixtures). But James also said he’s training five times a week: He has home access to a gym and a hoop, an advantage over many players who typically rely on offsite conditioning at gyms and team facilities (the Lakers’ team facility in El Segundo has been closed since last week).James said he’s expecting to be able to return to work with Mike Mancias, his longtime trainer, by Monday. While he acknowledged he expects some players to return out of shape if the NBA is able to resume this season, he himself has sometimes done two workouts in a day out of restlessness: “It’s like I Am Legend right now.”last_img read more

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