Egypt, Indonesia report human H5N1 cases

first_imgMar 12, 2007 (CIDRAP News) – The accumulation of human cases of H5N1 avian influenza continued with the reporting of one case each in Egypt and Indonesia in the past 2 days.Officials in Egypt said a 4-year-old boy from the Nile delta town of Daqahliya tested positive yesterday, according to an Agence France-Presse (AFP) report published yesterday. The World Health Organization (WHO) confirmed the case in a notice today.The boy, who fell ill Mar 7 and was hospitalized the next day, was in stable condition, the WHO said. A health ministry official said the boy caught the virus from birds raised by his family, according to AFP.Egypt has had 24 confirmed H5N1 cases, 13 of them fatal, according to the WHO. Those include six cases with three deaths so far this year; the rest were in 2006.In Indonesia, officials reported today that a 20-year-old woman from East Java was in critical condition in a hospital, according to a Reuters report. Joko Suyono, a data analyst at the national avian flu center in Jakarta, said the woman had cleaned an area where a neighbor had dumped dead chickens, the story said.By the WHO’s count, Indonesia has had 81 human cases of H5N1 illness, with 63 deaths. The WHO has not yet recognized the young woman’s case or four previous cases reported by Indonesian officials since Jan 29, when the agency confirmed a fatal H5N1 infection in a 6-year-old girl from Central Java province. Those four cases involved a 15-year-old girl and a 30-year-old man, reported Feb 6, plus a 22-year-old woman and a 9-year-old boy, reported Feb 12. Both of the latter patients died of the illness.With the new case in Egypt, the WHO’s global tally of human cases reported since H5N1 began spreading widely in late 2003 reached 278 cases with 168 deaths.In other developments, South Korea reported killing more than 35,000 ducks on farms to control an H5N1 outbreak reported last week, according to an AFP report published yesterday.The disease erupted on a breeding farm in Cheonan, 56 miles south of Seoul, the story said. A city official said culling was done on that farm and four neighboring farms.See also:Jan 29 WHO statement read more

Douvan rules Supreme for Mullins

first_imgDouvan gave Willie Mullins and Ruby Walsh the perfect start to the four-day Cheltenham Festival when running out a smooth winner of the Sky Bet Supreme Novices’ Hurdle. Walsh brought the 2-1 favourite to lead before the final flight and Douvan bounded up the hill to score by four and a half lengths. Mullins was also responsible for runner-up Shaneshill (9-1), with Henry de Bromhead’s Sizing John (25-1) giving Ireland a clean sweep by finishing third, another two and a half lengths away. “Somebody told me we had five of the seven favourites on the first day, which was a bit of a shock to the system, but this makes the week a little easier. “Shaneshill was fantastic also. He’s not had a straightforward season, so while I wouldn’t say there was definite improvement in him, you would have to think we could have him a little sharper. “They will both go to Punchestown, and as for next year, I will reserve judgement on what they will be doing! “He (Douvan) looks like a chaser already but if he was an Irish-bred, you would probably only be thinking about running him in a point to point or a bumper. “I got sick of reading what I was saying about him, but at least he’s gone and done it. We have had no setbacks at all in the run up to the Festival and that took the pressure off greatly.” De Bromhead was delighted with the effort of Sizing John and he could also head to the Punchestown Festival. He said: “I am delighted with that run as he is a chaser in the making. Coming around the last bend I thought he might do it, but he just got tired going up the hill. He ran a blinder, though. “I would say he would go to Punchestown as that was only his fourth run of the season. We will then leave him off and go chasing next year.” Nicky Henderson felt fourth-placed L’Ami Serge had failed to land a telling blow. He said: “L’Ami Serge never got into the race and was never travelling. He finished well enough, though, which is always encouraging.” Some Plan led until after three out, where Sizing John went on but was soon surrounded by the Mullins battalion, led by Douvan. It was the third successive win in the race for Mullins, Walsh and owner Rich Ricci. Walsh said: “That’s the pressure off. He was very keen and took a good hold of me all the way. You’d imagine he’d improve. He’s a gorgeous horse and it’s brilliant to be here.” Mullins said: “It was good to see him doing what he does at home. If there hadn’t been so much at stake Ruby might not have had him off the bridle. He’s a horse that has huge ability. “He was a bit too free and I thought that might have been his undoing. I didn’t expect him to be like that. He’s very relaxed at home.” Ricci said: “He’s raw, he’s a big immature thing and he will benefit from a summer. When he matures he’s going to be something. It’s a dream come true, just remarkable. “We must be very lucky owners. Ruby’s a star, Willie’s a star, the whole team. It’s unbelievable to do that (win this race three years running). When he grows up and matures he’s going to be something.” Reflecting further on his perfect start, Mullins said: “We have had no time for pressure as we’ve been so busy making sure everything was right, so it was a mixture of relief and satisfaction. Press Associationlast_img read more

This week in esports: Facebook, NHL, ESL One Birmingham, Javier Mascherano

first_imgThe past week in esports has been fruitful in terms of big news and new developments, so naturally we’ve got the most interesting bits covered for you.This week saw the announcement of the first Dota 2 Major in the UK, Facebook has secured more exclusive broadcasting rights, the NHL has entered the industry with its own World Championship, and footballing legend Javier Mascherano is working on esports within the Latin American community.Below is a brief overview of each of these stories. Remember to sign up to our ESI Dispatch newsletter to get these kind of stories delivered to your inbox twice a week.Gfinity Elite Series to broadcast exclusively on FacebookFacebook has snagged the exclusive broadcasting rights for yet another esports series, this time it’s Season 3 of the Gfinity Elite Series. The competition will be streamed globally on the social platform, excluding Australia.The regular season, play-offs, behind-the-scenes looks with players and teams, weekly highlights, and more features will be streamed on Facebook due to the deal. Gfinity Elite Series returned on March 9th, with teams competing on titles such as FIFA 18, Rocket League, and Street Fighter V.Read the full article here.NHL Gaming World Championship is on the wayYet another major sporting organisation has entered esports: NHL. Set to commence on March 24th, qualifiers will be taking place to find the competitors who will make it to the NHL Gaming World Championship.Eight players from each of the three divisions – Europe, America, Canada – will advance from the qualifiers and have the chance to compete live in studios ahead of the main championship. Hosted at the Esports Arena Las Vegas, the budding competitors will face off on June 19th for their share of the the $100,000 (£72,150) prize pool.Read the full article here.ESL One Birmingham confirmed for May, the first UK Dota 2 MajorESL One Birmingham, the first Dota 2 Major and ESL One to be held in the UK, has been announced! Arena Birmingham will be the location of the tournament, which takes place during 25-27th May 2018.Twelve of the best Dota 2 teams in the world will travel to the second largest city in the UK to battle it out for the $1 million (£719,000) prize pool and 1,500 qualifying points for The International 8. Six of the 12 participants will be directly invited to the event, while the others will have to go through online qualifiers.Read the full article here.Javier Mascherano enters esports to develop Latin American sceneFormer FC Barcelona footballer Javier Mascherano has entered the esports scene by partnering with Latin American esports agency, eSports Planet. His goal? To develop football content and tournaments for the Latin American community, which he believes is severely disregarded.eSports Planet works in several different capacities in the industry, including the development of tournaments and offering consultancy for companies in esports that want to specifically target millennials with content.Read the full article here.last_img read more