Jan 6, 2005 (CIDRAP News) – A 3-year-old Colorado boy fell ill with tularemia after a bite from a pet hamster last year in the first documented case of its kind in the United States, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reported today.”Tularemia has not been associated previously with pet hamsters,” the CDC says in the Jan 7 issue of Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report, published online today. “Clinicians and public health officials should be aware that pet hamsters might be a potential source of tularemia.”Tularemia in the United States is usually linked to insect bites or handling carcasses of small animals, particularly rabbits. The disease is caused by the bacterium Francisella tularensis, one of the six biological agents deemed most likely to be used by terrorists.The Colorado boy’s family had bought six hamsters from a Denver pet store in January or February 2004, according to the CDC report. All the hamsters died of a diarrheal disease within a week after they were bought, but one of them bit the boy on a finger before it died. A week later the boy had fever and swollen axillary lymph nodes. His symptoms persisted despite treatment with amoxicillin clavulanate.Seven weeks after the onset of the boy’s symptoms, an axillary biopsy and subsequent laboratory tests led to the detection of F tularensis. The boy had had no other risk factors for exposure to tularemia, such as tick or mosquito bites or contact with game meat. He improved after treatment with ciprofloxacin, the article says.Investigation revealed that many hamsters kept at or recently bought from the Denver pet store had died around the time of the boy’s illness, the report says. But because no carcasses were available for testing, officials couldn’t confirm that the hamster was the source of the infection. However, a pet cat that lived at the store had a positive serologic test for tularemia, though it was not sick. In view of the circumstantial evidence and the lack of other possible risk factors, the hamster was the most likely cause of the boy’s illness, investigators concluded.The CDC speculates that wild rodents carrying tularemia might have “infested the pet store and spread the infection to hamsters by urinating and defecating through metal screens covering hamster cages.” A similar scenario led to a tularemia outbreak among monkeys in a zoo once before, the report says.Tularemia has been associated with “hamster hunting” in Russia but has not been previously linked with pet hamsters in the United States, the CDC says. No further cases were found after the pet-store owner was advised to set traps to control wild rodents, the article concludes.CDC. Tularemia associated with a hamster bite—Colorado, 2004. MMWR 2005 Jan 7;53(51 & 52):1202-3See also:CIDRAP overview of tularemia
Niger Tornadoes striker Ismaila Gata is the leading scorer in the Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) after he netted a brace in his team’s 2-0 win over strugglers Ikorodu United in a Week 12 game yesterday. Gata has now scored seven goals.He is closely followed by Lobi Stars Tony Okpotu, Ibrahim Mustapha (Wikki Tourists) and Chisom Egbuchulam from Enugu Rangers.Gata opened the scoring in the seventh minute, when he converted a spot kick after an Ikorodu United defender handled the ball in the vital area.He completed a brace after half an hour of action.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram
“Hasn’t been much movement at all,” Rivers said when asked for an update on Crawford. “I don’t think he has improved at all, I can tell you that. So that’s obviously not good news.”Rivers was queried as to whether he believes Crawford will be back in time for the playoffs, which begin in about a month.“I really don’t know,” he said.Crawford missed 13 games in 2013-14 with an injury to his left calf. He was seen Sunday morning being driven to the Clippers’ locker room on a cart. He got off and was noticeably limping.Griffin went through pregame drills with his team, but Rivers said the decision for him to return had all but been made on Saturday. “The trainers, yesterday they called and said he can go, he’s been cleared,” Rivers said.What to expectSince the Clippers (42-25) probably did better than expected without Griffin, one inquiring reporter wanted to know how the team will be affected with the reintegration of Griffin.“Basketball-wise, I don’t think there will be any (difference),” Rivers said. “It will just be more of his play and his timing. Timing is timing. You lose it when you don’t play an NBA game. And sometimes you come back and you play great the first game and then you lose your timing. … As far as the way we play, that won’t be hard at all.”After Sunday’s game, the Clippers have just 15 regular-season games remaining.Quality victoriesOf the nine victories the Clippers had without Griffin, six of them came against teams that are either a virtual lock to make the post-season, or close. They beat Dallas, Houston, San Antonio, Memphis, Chicago and Oklahoma City.“We did a good job,” Rivers said. “It was a difficult task for us because of the teams (the Clippers played). … I was really happy with our guys. They did a good job of individualizing each game.”Rivers said the team did have to run more without Griffin. That’s not all.“Not having Blake hurt us in a number of ways,” Rivers said. “Teams have been able to trap CP (Chris Paul) far more than they can when Blake’s on the floor because of his ability to pass.“I’m sure CP is the happiest of all of them to have him back.”UpcomingThe Clippers next play host to Charlotte on Tuesday, then hit the road Wednesday for a game at Sacramento. They come back Friday to host the Washington Wizards and the New Orleans Pelicans next Sunday afternoon. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error There was good news and bad news Sunday morning when Clippers coach Doc Rivers met with reporters ahead of his team’s 100-98 loss to the Houston Rockets at Staples Center.Rivers said power forward Blake Griffin would return to action after missing 15 games with a staph infection in his right elbow. Griffin started. The bad news was sixth-man Jamal Crawford appears nowhere near returning. Including Sunday, he has missed the past six games with a right calf strain.Griffin is the team’s leading scorer as he entered play, averaging 22.5 points per game. Crawford is the Clippers’ third-leading scorer with a 16.4 average. The team went 9-6 without Griffin, 2-3 without both Griffin and Crawford.Rivers was not enthusiastic about the return of Crawford.