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 statementhttp://www.who.int/csr/don/2007_01_29/en/index.htmllast_img read more

Europe’s Top Coaches Want Away Goal Rule Scrapped

first_imgManchester United boss Jose Mourinho and Arsenal’s Unai Emery were both in attendance at the summit, along with Napoli’s Carlo Ancelotti, PSG boss Thomas Tuchel, new Real Madrid manager Julen Lopetegui, Atletico Madrid’s Diego Simeone, Juventus coach Massimiliano Allegri and Emery’s Arsenal predecessor Arsene Wenger.“The coaches think that scoring goals away is not as difficult as it was in the past,” UEFA’s Deputy General Secretary Giorgio Marchetti stated while addressing reporters.“They think the rule should be reviewed and that’s what we will do.”He added that the managers now see the rule counter-productive as it encouraged home teams to play defensive football to try and prevent a costly away goal.The rule was initially introduced 53 years ago to prevent the staging of multiple replays when matches were deadlocked, and as a fairer way to decide games at a time when matches could also be decided by the toss of a coin.The summit also heard that coaches would like to see European transfer windows close at the same time, prior to the start of the season.Both England and Italy’s top-flights closed their windows before the start of the 2018/19 season, but Spain, France and Germany proceeded until August 31.“The coaches are of an opinion that there should be a unified window and the window should close before the competition starts,” said Marchetti.“The idea would be to try and bring them into line.”Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram *Call for uniform transfer windowEurope’s leading managers have called for an end to the away goals rule, which has been a staple of UEFA’s competitions for over 50 years.The annual gathering of top coaches in Switzerland heard that top bosses want the rule scrapped, citing that football has moved on since it was first introduced in the Cup Winners’ Cup in 1965.last_img read more