FDA approves West Nile test to screen blood

first_imgDec 2, 2005 (CIDRAP News) – A test to screen blood and organ donors for West Nile virus (WNV) has won approval by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) after 2 years of trial use.The FDA yesterday announced approval of the Procleix West Nile virus assay, developed by Gen-Probe Inc., San Diego, and marketed by Chiron Corp., Emeryville, Calif. The test detects West Nile RNA in blood.The test has been used to screen more than 29 million units of donated blood since June 2003 and has detected the virus in more than 1,500 cases, preventing transfusion of contaminated blood into as many as 4,500 people, Gen-Probe officials said in a news release.The test is intended to help protect recipients of donated blood and organs from the virus. The FDA said there have been 30 cases in which people probably acquired WNV from a blood transfusion, and nine of the patients died.”This approval is the result of a tremendous cooperative effort among FDA, other public health agencies, the test kit manufacturers and the blood industry,” Jesse Goodman, MD, MPH, director of the FDA’s Center for Biologics Evaluation and Research, said in a news release.”To develop an investigational test to screen blood, tissue and organ donors, and to get this test in blood banks throughout the country, and then licensed this quickly is a remarkable achievement for public health and patient safety,” Goodman added.Another blood test is available to help doctors diagnose WNV, but it must be used in tandem with other laboratory tests, according to a Reuters report published yesterday. Procleix is the first approved test that stands alone, making it suitable for use by blood banks, the story said.Another WNV blood test, developed by Roche Molecular Systems, Inc., is still being used experimentally, Reuters reported. An FDA official said the agency is allowing Roche to use the test on a trial basis until it has enough data to apply for approval, the story said.Efforts to develop a WNV blood test began in 2002 when it was discovered that the virus could be transmitted in blood, the FDA said. With help from the FDA and other federal health agencies, biotechnology firms developed investigational tests that were quickly adopted on a trial basis. A total of about 1,600 infected donations were detected by the investigational tests, the FDA said.Close to 20,000 cases of WNV illness, with 762 deaths, have occurred in the United States since the virus first arrived in 1999, the FDA said.See also:FDA news release about WNV blood testhttp://www.fda.gov/NewsEvents/Newsroom/PressAnnouncements/2005/ucm108523.htmApr 8, 2004, CIDRAP News story “Six West Nile cases in 2003 linked to donated blood”last_img read more

The country home with divine history

first_img1220 Gore Highway WestbrookFROM a distance the home at 1220 Gore Highway might look like any other regional Queensland home.It sits on a highway just outside of Toowoomba on the way to Goondiwindi on a 4047 sqm block of land.Although it has been a residential home for several years, before 1995 it was owned by the Presbyterian Church of Queensland.More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus21 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market21 hours agoThe home has high ceilings.The cross might be long gone, but the charm and character of the former country church still remains throughout the home. Where the church pews once sat is now an expansive rumpus room. Polished hardwood floors throughout.Agent Peter Cooke was unsure of the history of the property, which he said was about a 10 minute drive outside of Toowoomba. A study nook.The home will be auctioned next month on Sunday, March 4 at 11am. Former churches are not that unusual in south east Queensland. Take a look at these ones that are on the market in Toowoomba and Esk.last_img read more

New Course Record Expected at 4th Okpekpe Race

first_imgOrganisers of the Okpekpe International 10km Road Race have predicted new men and women’s course records next month when the fourth edition of the IAAF Bronze Label race holds in Okpekpe Edo State.In 2014 Kenya’s Teshome Mekonnen and Ethiopia’s Wude Ayalew ran 28:35 and 32:41 respectively to smash the course and the Nigerian all-comers record of 29:39 and 33:01 set a year earlier at the inaugural edition of the race.“Last year at the third edition of the race the Kenyan duo of Korio Alex Olotptip (29.20) and Tanui Anfele (33.34) failed to race past Mekonnen and Ayalew’s records but all that will change this year,” said spokesman for the race, Dare Esan.“The quality of the elite athletes confirmed for this year’s race is such that we cannot even rule out a new world lead come May 7. Many of the gold and silver level running athletes confirmed for the race have ran faster than the course records set by Mekonnen and Ayalew in 2014. “Edwin Kiprop Kiptoo of Kenya, a gold level running athlete holds a personal best of 27:44 set in 2014 in Nairobi while his compatriot Morris Munene Gachaga is even younger and faster with 27:27 achieved in Casablanca, Morocco.“For the women’s, Buzunesh Gudeta’s 31.27 also set in Casablanca will guarantee a new course record and places in the top 10 of the IAAF top list of performers for the year,” added Esan who further revealed that one of the female athletes confirmed for the race, Edith Chelimo of Kenya is the third fastest woman over the distance so far this year.“Chelimo is actually the woman athlete to beat because of her form ran over a 10km race. She is number three on the IAAF top list of performers for 2016 with her 31.07 run in Brunssum in the Netherlands early this month.“Apart from the course record, the target before the athletes will also be the 27:42 men’s world lead set by Bedan Karoki Muchiri of Kenya last February in San Juan, Puerto Rico at the IAAF Gold Label World’s Best 10km race and the women’s 30:29 set by Violah Jepchumba also of Kenya early this month in Praha, Czech Republic,” said Esan.With the first-of-its-kind deal signed with MYLAPS Sports Timing, a Netherlands-based internationally recognised automatic sports timing company to provide the race with an easy to use, accurate and reliable timing system, all participants are ensured of flawless timing at the race.“This will give the race more credibility and reconfirm its status as an IAAF label race, the only Bronze label race in Africa in 2016 and one of only two IAAF labeled races in Africa this year after the Cape Town Marathon in the fourth quarter of this year,” Esan concluded.The Okpekpe International 10km Road Race is organised by Pamodzi Sports Marketing, a leader in sports marketing, sponsorship, hospitality and rights acquisition business with operations in Nigeria.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

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