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 updatehttp://www.who.int/csr/don/2006_01_16/en/index.htmlJan 14 WHO updatehttp://www.who.int/csr/don/2006_01_14/en/index.htmlTurkey’s outbreak report to OIEhttp://www.oie.int/downld/AVIAN%20INFLUENZA/Turkey%20Follow-up%20report%2020060117.pdflast_img read more

Egg hunt & bicycle giveaway planned in Brookville

first_imgBrookville, In. — The Redlife Church will hold an Easter Egg Hunt and Bicycle Giveaway Friday, April 19 at the church.Registration for the “Glow-in-the-Dark Egg Hunt” starts at 7 p.m., the egg hunt starts at 8 and p.m. The bicycle drawing and family movie will immediately follow.For more information email redlifechurch@gmail.com.last_img

Murder suspects escape California prison through hole in ceiling

first_imgCalifornians are dealing with wildfires, earthquakes, mating tarantulas,  homelessness, and now escaped murderers!Two murder suspects are at large after a jailbreak from a Northern California prison on Sunday.The Monterey County Sheriff’s Office said the two suspects identified as 21-year-old Santos Samuel Fonseca and 20-year-old Jonathan Salazar escaped by cutting a hole in the ceiling of their building at The Monterey County Adult Detention Facility.The suspects “identified a blind spot in their housing unit and cut through the sheetrock and metal screen to make a 22-inch hole in the bathroom ceiling,” Capt. John Thornburg, a sheriff’s office spokesman, told reporters Monday.“The inmates climbed through the ceiling and came down through a hatch that leads to a back door,” he added. “It appears they kicked the back door open and left the jail on foot.”Thornburg also noted that employees of the prison were not involved nor contributed to prisoners’ escape.Both suspects are awaiting trial in separate cases involving gang-related murder charges along with other felony charges.The department is looking for the suspects who are considered to be armed and dangerous,Additionally, the department warns the public not to approach the men but instead call 911 immediately.The department is offering a $5,000 reward for information leading to their capture.last_img read more

Rio Olympics: Nigeria to Play Honduras for Football Bronze Medal

first_imgNigeria Under-23 football team’s failure to reach the Rio Olympics Gold medal final after the defeat to Germany last night in Sao Paulo has left the team to compete against Honduras for the consolatory bronze medal match on Saturday.The winner, Germany will now face hosts Brazil in the Gold medal game after the third place match.Against the expectation of Brazilian fans at the stadium yesterday, Germany created the better chances, while African champions Nigeria hardly troubled the opposing defence, who adopted the offside tactic to curtail their offensive threat. The Germans deserved their lead after nine minutes through big defender Lukas Klostermann, who steered home a low cross from the right.But they left it late to double their advantage a minute to full time through substitute Petersen, when he turned in a pass from an acute angle.Nigeria were gifted a big chance by the German goalkeeper Timo Horn to equalize three minutes after the opponents went in front when his poor clearance fell to Sadiq Umar inside the box, but he somehow blocked the effort.In the 20th minute, Nigeria goalkeeper Emmanuel Daniel made a point-blank save off Lars Bender to keep his team in the game.And on half of the hour, Sadiq Umar and then Mikel could not capitalize on another slip by the German defence.But Germany created the better chances in the first half – skipper Meyer saw his shot from outside the box miss target not by much and two minutes later, Davie Selke’s shot from top of the box was firmly held by the Nigeria goalie.In the 42nd minute, Selke failed to get a good touch to another low cross from the right with Troost-Ekong breathing down his neck, before Serge Gnabry failed to make the most of another good chance minutes later.In first half stoppage time, Sadiq Umar put Aminu through on goal, only for a German tackle right inside the box put the ball out for a corner.Germany curtailed the attacking threat of the Africans, who failed to step up their game for all 90 minutes.Earlier in the day, Neymar scored after only 14 seconds – the fastest goal in Olympic football history – as Brazil thrashed Honduras 6-0 to reach the men’s final in Rio.Barcelona forward Neymar dispossessed Johnny Palacios to put the hosts ahead.Manchester City’s Gabriel Jesus scored twice, Marquinhos and Luan both netted from close range and Neymar completed the rout with an injury-time penalty.Brazil began their campaign with two goalless draws against South Africa and Iraq and were booed by their own fans after their second match.Nevertheless, they are now only 90 minutes away from winning their first Olympic Games men’s football gold medal after losing in the final in 1984, 1988 and 2012.After Neymar, who played in the 2-1 final loss against Mexico four years ago, gave Brazil an early lead, they never looked like losing.No other Brazilian player had touched the ball when Neymar dispossessed Palacios close to the edge of the penalty area and shot at goal. The ball hit goalkeeper Luis Lopez, who had charged out of his goal to try to smother the shot, and rebounded off Neymar into the net.Jesus, 19, has joined Manchester City in a £27m deal, but will stay with Palmeiras until December, and he twice ran clear of the Honduras defence to score two goals and give Brazil a 3-0 lead after only 35 minutes.Marquinhos added a fourth, blasting home from close-range when unmarked following a corner, before Luan tapped in after substitute Felipe Anderson’s run.Neymar got his second goal of the match with a 92nd-minute penalty after Palacios fouled Luan.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

No NCAA season 94 basketball games today

first_imgIn fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Report: Disney dropping the ‘Fox’ from movie studio names Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding Putin’s, Xi’s ruler-for-life moves pose challenges to West Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) management committee chair Frank Gusi of host Perpetual Help announced there will be no basketball games today at Filoil Flying V Centre due to the forecast of inclement weather. As such, the seniors and juniors matches between Letran and Emilio Aguinaldo College, Perpetual and College of St. Benilde, and Arellano and San Beda University will be rescheduled in the latter part of the first round of the double-round elimination.ADVERTISEMENT Trump assembles a made-for-TV impeachment defense team LATEST STORIEScenter_img ‘High crimes and misdemeanors’: Trump impeachment trial begins FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone still willing to coach Gilas but admits decision won’t be ‘simple yes or no’ Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Palace OKs total deployment ban on Kuwait OFWs Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Pacquiao arrives in Malaysia ahead of title fight vs Matthysse View comments MOST READlast_img read more