More human H5N1 cases reported in Turkey, Indonesia

first_imgJan 17, 2006 (CIDRAP News) – More cases of human illness and death were laid at the door of the H5N1 virus in Turkey and Indonesia today.The World Health Organization (WHO) on Monday confirmed the death from H5N1 of a 5-year-old boy from Dogubayazit district in Turkey’s eastern Agri province. His 14-year-old sister had died on Jan 15, and results on Monday confirmed her death was from H5N1.The WHO’s situation update says the newly confirmed human cases bring the total in Turkey to 20, of which 4 have been fatal. The agency has not adjusted its case-count chart to reflect those numbers, pending confirmation by a WHO partner laboratory in the United Kingdom.The agency’s update emphasized that to date all human H5N1 infections followed “direct exposure to diseased poultry.” WHO noted that in the most recent case described above, the children fell ill after slaughtering a duck from their home flock. Ducks in that flock had begun dying Jan 1, WHO said.Late this afternoon, an Associated Press (AP) report from Ankara said initial tests on another child showed H5N1 infection, which if confirmed would bring the number of human cases in Turkey to 21. The child is from Dogubayazit and is hospitalized in the eastern city of Erzurum, a health ministry official told the AP.Also in Ankara today, a WHO official said Turkey’s outbreak has a lower case-fatality rate than outbreaks in Southeast Asia, according to a story by the United Nations Integrated Regional Information Networks (IRIN) news.”Turkey is seeing a fatality rate of 20 percent, which is lower than the fatality rate observed in Asia, which was around 58 percent,” Cristiana Salvi, a WHO spokeswoman in Turkey, told IRIN. But she added a caveat: “There could be other factors which we are investigating as a lot of cases are still in hospital.”Cases reported in Indonesian siblingsInIndonesia, local tests confirmed that a 13-year-old girl’s death Jan 14 in Indramayu, West Java, was due to H5N1 infection, according to a Reuters story from the online edition of The Jakarta Post. Her 3-year-old brother, who died today, was also being tested, as was a surviving sister, Reuters reported. The boy’s initial test was positive, but a subsequent local test was inconclusive, an Indonesian health ministry official told Reuters.A Hong Kong laboratory has also confirmed local test results showing that a 29-year-old woman who died Jan 11 at Sulianti Saroso Hospital in Jakarta had avian flu, The Jakarta Post reported today. Her death raised the number of human H5N1 deaths in Indonesia to 13, with 20 total cases, the newspaper said. A WHO update on Jan 14 confirmed the 29-year-old’s cause of death and said her case brought the total in Indonesia to 17, with 12 fatalities.The WHO described the woman as a midwife at a maternity ward in a Jakarta hospital, but said it was unlikely that she became infected on the job. Instead, WHO is investigating her neighborhood and a live-bird market she visited days before she fell sick. Contact tracing has not shown any evidence that the woman infected other people, WHO noted.Turkey’s poultry surveillance criticizedA nine-page report from Turkish authorities to the World Organization for Animal Health (OIE), dated today, indicates that two of Turkey’s poultry outbreaks began Nov 25 and 29, 2005. However, reports from Turkey to the OIE on Dec 8, 2005, do not reflect those outbreaks.A report by Bloomberg News today describes a “second wave” of poultry outbreaks that weren’t reported to OIE for more than 3 weeks.”We think that the condition of veterinary infrastructure in eastern Turkey led to this delay on the information,” Bernard Vallat, director-general of the OIE, told Bloomberg from Beijing today. “To manage avian flu in animals, time is a crucial point because if a country is in a position to have a rapid response within two days, the cost of the management is very low, compared with a delay of three or four days. The spread of the disease is exponential, which is why time is crucial.”See also:Jan 16 WHO update 14 WHO update’s outbreak report to OIE read more

Sabrina Ionescu and Kobe Bryant: A timeline of friendship between NBA great & Oregon superstar

first_imgI miss you guys more than I could ever put into words 💔 Kobe, thank you for being a source of light in the midst of darkness.You were and always will be my sanctuary. You brought me the peace and guidance that I had been searching, and praying so long for. You were my mentor, idol, inspiration, and close friend. A part of me was lost Sunday, a void that can never be filled, because you are one of one. You took me under your wing and believed in me more than I believed in myself. I only have one choice. To live out your legacy. 🐍 You will forever live through me, and be watching over me every step of the way, because you have the best seat in the house. I can still hear you telling me, “Sab, real sharpness comes without effort,” and that’s a voice I will never forget. Love you boss. Always. Gigi, Alyssa and Pay Pay- Never stop shining your light! I was blessed to have been apart of your lives and to inspire you, but now you inspire me. Keep working on those fade away jumpers up in heaven. RIP little mambas❤️🐍 I pray for everyone who lost a loved one on Sunday, may God heal your broken hearts🙏🏼 Legends never die! #mambamentality🐍A post shared by Sabrina Ionescu (@sabrina_i) on Feb 1, 2020 at 10:02am PSTIn an interview with B/R, Ionescu said this feeling was something she’d never be able to get rid of.”I think it’s going to be one of those things I always feel. I can still think about it anytime and cry,” she told B/R. “I’m not normal yet.”Ionescu revealed to the Times that she still sends messages to Bryant’s phone as well.“I still text him even though he’s not here. ‘Thank you for everything. The rest is for you. Rest easy my guy.’ The last one I sent him said, ‘I miss you, may you rest in peace, my dear friend.’”Feb. 24, 2020: Bryant’s celebration of lifeIonescu was one of the speakers at Kobe’s celebration of life, held at the Staples Center. In her speech, she detailed her friendship with the Lakers legend, his love for the game and his daughter, and his desire to expand the women’s game.”‘You have too much to give to stay silent.’ That’s what he said. That’s what he believed. That’s what he lived. Through Gigi, through me, through his investment in women’s basketball. That was his next great act, a girl dad.“Today may feel like darkness. He was, in so many ways, a sun beaming, radiating, fixed in the sky. I ask each of you, every girl dad, every human here with a voice, a platform and a heart to not let this sun set.”Feb. 24, 2020: History for SabrinaAfter speaking at Bryant’s celebration of life that morning — and battling the flu — Ionescu made history as the first NCAA player ever (man or woman) to accumulate 2,000 points, 1,000 assists, and 1,000 rebounds in a career. He did so in the Ducks’ 74-66 win at No. 4 Stanford. Ionescu previously passed the 2,000 points and 1,000 assists milestones, but she entered the game nine rebounds short of 1,000.She made history with 1:50 left in the third quarter.Ionescu also wore sneakers in remembrance of Kobe and Gigi. April 2020: Life after Bryant and college basketballIonescu, now past her collegiate career, is prepping for the 2020 WNBA Draft, where she is widely projected to go No. 1 overall to the New York Liberty.That was a period of adjustment for Ionescu, one in which she realized she would be OK with her support system. Still, she asked for a sign that she would be OK.From her remembrance speech:”The week after the accident, I was in Colorado, I had a game, and like I do before every game, I prayed. This time I was thinking about Kobe and Gigi. His voice is still in my head, even if his body is not on this Earth. And all I wanted was a sign that in some way he still heard me, too. I looked off into the sky and there it was, a beautiful golden sunset. The boldest yellow. Lakers yellow. And further in the distance, a helicopter. There was my sign, that he will forever be with me. View this post on Instagram View this post on Instagram The deaths of Kobe and Gianna in January were devastating for the world, and for Ionescu especially. Then, as the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic swept through the world, her dreams of leading Oregon to a national championship vanished along with the 2020 NCAA Women’s Tournament. Without Kobe or basketball, Ionescu told Bleacher Report, she felt lost. But even through the pain, she knew Kobe would always be with her.Here is a look at the moments between Kobe and Ionescu that cemented a friendship:MORE: Get to know Sabrina Ionescu, from Oregon career to Kobe friendshipJan. 11, 2019: Ionescu meets BryantIonescu and Bryant first met after “The Black Mamba” attended Oregon’s game at USC — a 95-53 victory for the Ducks. Bryant, alongside daughter Gigi and two of her teammates, sat courtside.Ionescu, in an interview with the Los Angeles Times, recalled being told by coaches that there was a surprise for the day and thinking Nike had sent some new shoes. The game started, and Bryant walked in with his daughter Gianna and two of her teammates.”They sat courtside, where my jaw sat dropped,” Ionescu told the Times. “They watched the entire game. And that was the first time I met Kobe.”He congratulated us on the win that day and our season up to that point but said, and I’ll never forget, ‘Don’t shoot yourselves in the foot.’ He meant don’t settle, to keep grinding, control what you can. The national championship wasn’t far, and our goal was to win it all.”Summer 2019: Working out with the BryantsIonescu worked out with Gianna Bryant twice over the summer ahead of the 2019-20 season, even coming down to help Bryant coach her team, the Mamba Ballers. It was only natural that two of the greatest basketball players of their respective generations would find each other. The friendship between Kobe Bryant and Sabrina Ionescu was born out of the dream they shared: to elevate women’s basketball to the national level.Along the way, Ionescu became friends with Kobe’s daughter Gianna “Gigi” Bryant, worked on her game with Kobe and rose to college basketball stardom at Oregon. She would credit Kobe for pushing her, and for being in her life through her victories and defeats.center_img My #mambas @sabrina_i @megwalker3 and @alexbazzell24 #mambamentalityA post shared by Kobe Bryant (@kobebryant) on Aug 10, 2019 at 10:32pm PDT”Gigi had so much of her dad’s skill set. You could tell the amount of hours they spent in the gym, practicing her moves,” Ionescu told the Times. “She smiled all the time, but when it was game time, she was ready to kill. Her demeanor changed almost instantly when the whistle blew.”If I represented the present of the women’s game, Gigi was the future, and Kobe knew it.”Ducks 2019-20 season: Ionescu’s friendship with Kobe growsBryant, Ionescu said, was not only aware of her place in basketball history, but also watched her games and kept in communication with her throughout the season.”We kept in touch, always texting, calls, game visits. I’d drop a triple-double and have a text from him, ‘Another double triple-double I see you’ with a flex emoji,” Ionescu told the Times. “Another game, another text. ‘Yo, Beast Mode,’ or ‘Easy money.’Ionescu also said Bryant coached her on how to improve her level of play while reminding her .“I felt some pressure early on in the season, and he wrote to me, ‘Be you, it’s been good enough, and that will continue to be good enough,'” Ionescu told the Times. “He taught me his stepback; he told me that if I could bring that to my game, it’d be over for any defender trying to guard me.”He told me how high my arc needed to be on my shot, how to angle my foot, which led to kick-out. How much power to push off. ‘Real sharpness comes without effort,’ he said.”Jan. 26, 2020: Bryant’s helicopter crashAn early morning helicopter crash on Jan. 26 killed Kobe and Gigi Bryant alongside seven others who were on the carrier with him. Later that day, Ionescu helped lead the Ducks to a 66-57 victory over rival Oregon State, shooting 6 of 17 from the field and connecting on all seven free throws for 19 points in the win.Ionescu made her first social media post regarding the death of Kobe and Gigi Bryant several days later. I heard his voice in my head, the last line from one of his books: ‘Walk until the darkness is a memory, and you become the sun on the next traveler’s horizon.’” Getty Ionescu said it was special for her to reach the milestone on Feb. 24 (2/24) in honor of both Kobe and Gigi Bryant. Gigi wore No. 2, while Kobe Bryant wore No. 24 for half of his career.”That one was for him,” Ionescu said. “To do it on 2/24/20 is huge. We had talked about it in the preseason. I can’t really put that into words. He’s looking down and really proud of me and just really happy for this moment with my team.”Ionescu also secured her 26th triple-double in the fourth quarter as Oregon clinched the Pac-12 regular-season title with the win. Ionescu finished with 21 points, 12 rebounds and 12 assists.last_img read more