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Vampire greens: Dead bat found in prepackaged salad

US health authorities on Monday studied the remains of a dead bat discovered inside a prepackaged salad mix sold in Florida for possible traces of the deadly rabies virus.
The Fresh Express company, a subsidiary of Chiquita Brands, announced a "precautionary recall of a limited number of cases" of their prepackaged Organic Marketside Spring Mix, which had been distributed to Walmart stores across the southwestern United States.
The company issued the recall on Saturday when it learned "that extraneous animal matter was allegedly found" in a salad container.
"Out of an abundance of caution, all salads manufactured in the same production run are being recalled," Fresh Express said, failing to describe the offending "animal matter."
The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention(CDC) said it was working with the Florida health department and the US Food and Drug Administration "to support an investigation of a dead bat" found in the packaged salad sold at "a grocery store in Florida."
The bat carcass however was in poor condition.
"The deteriorated condition of the bat did not allow for CDC to definitively rule out whether this bat had rabies," which is endemic to the creatures across the United States, the CDC said.
CDC spokesman Thomas Skinner told AFP on Monday that the chances of rabies contagion from a dead animal are very low.
Agence France-Presse

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Freelance photojournalist wins Pulitzer for images on killings in Philippines

Campaign reporting that exposed misleading claims by now US President Donald Trump about charitable giving and commentary about last year's divisive US presidential campaign won Pulitzer Prizes on Monday.
David Fahrenthold of The Washington Post won the national reporting award for what the board called "a model for transparent journalism" that cast doubt on Trump's assertions of charitable generosity.
Fahrenthold investigated not only Trump's claims of charitable giving but also disclosed that the Republican presidential candidate had boasted in crude terms of groping about women on tape in 2005.
The Pulitzer Prize for commentary went to Peggy Noonan of The Wall Street Journal for what the board called "beautifully rendered columns that connected readers to the shared virtues of Americans during one of the nation's most divisive political campaigns."
The coveted Public Service medal went to tabloid the New York Daily News and ProPublica for uncovering widespread abuse of eviction rules by the police to oust hundreds of people, most of them poor minorities.
The New York Times won the international reporting award for coverage of Vladimir Putin's efforts to project Russian power abroad, including assassinations online harassment and framing opponents.
The New York Times' C.J. Chivers also won the feature writing award for showing a Marine's postwar descent into violence.
Freelance photographer Daniel Berehulak won the Pulitzer for breaking news photography for images published in The New York Times showing killings amid the Philippines' war on drugs.
The Chicago Tribune on the Pulitzer Prize for feature photography for portraying a 10-year-old boy and his mother striving to put the boy's life back together after he survived a shooting in Chicago.
The East Bay Times of Oakland, California won the breaking news category for covering a warehouse party fire that killed 36 people and exposing city failures to take action that might have prevented it.

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Batangas quakes not a prelude to 'Big One'

MANILA, Philippines — There is no connection between the recent earthquake swarm in Batangas and the feared movement of the West Valley Fault that can cause considerable damage in Metro Manila, the top state seismologist said.

Renato Solidum Jr, director of Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology, said that there is no known cause of the series of earthquakes in Batangas last week except for movement in a fault system in the area. The quakes jolted nearby provinces including Metro Manila.

"The faults or the earthquakes that have been happening all over the Philippines are related to faults in the area but the fault in Batangas and other areas are not connected at all to the West Vallley Fault so there will be no basis for saying that these earthquakes are precursors to the big earthquake in Metro Manila," Solidum told ANC on Monday.

Referring to quakes in the Visayas region on Monday morning, Solidum said they do not originate from the Batangas quakes.

"It could just mean that faults are moving, it does not mean anything in a sense of a pattern," he said.

Solidum and his agency have been warning the public about a destructive 7.2 magnitude earthquake generated by a movement of the West Valley Fault seen to affect the capital region. Nicknamed the "Big One," the Metro Manila quake—like all other earthquakes—cannot be predicted or forecasted but based on historical data, it is due to happen over within the century.

An earthquake swarm which recently affected Batangas, meanwhile, may even extend to the next few days or week. Two earthquakes struck the province on April 4 and April 8, both followed by hundreds of aftershocks.

Solidum said that Phivolcs is closely monitoring the Batangas swarm for signs of tapering off.

"Essentially people are advised to just be prepared in case there are strong shocks to the precautionary measures that they are protected in case stronger earthquakes happen," he said. — Camille Diola (Philippine Star)


PhilHealth president resigns

MANILA, Philippines - Philippine Health Insurance Corp. (PhilHealth) interim president and chief executive officer (PCEO) Hildegardes Dineros yesterday resigned from his post, according to Health Secretary Paulyn Ubial, amid a power struggle between the two officials.

An appointee of President Duterte, Dineros quit after Ubial questioned his appointment of some people as “illegal.”

Ubial did not elaborate but said in an interview that Dineros had “acted beyond his authority.”

The rift between Ubial and Dineros started when Dineros re-assigned and re-appointed personnel, although his appointment in an interim capacity did not give him the power to do so.

A PhilHealth advisory showed that Dineros, a bariatic and metabolic surgeon, had submitted his resignation and it was accepted yesterday by the PhilHealth board in a special meeting.

“He realized he was misled and was wrong, so he resigned. We elected Dr. Celestina dela Serna, one of the board members (of PhilHealth) as interim PCEO in his place,” Ubial said.

Dela Serna, who used to be director for Filipino migrant workers sector, shall serve as “interim/OIC PCEO of PhilHealth pending nomination to be made by the President of the Philippines and subsequent election by the board of a regular PCEO.”

(The Philippine Star)

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