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

USC receives $1.9 million for digital humanities study

first_imgOn Tuesday the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation awarded USC a $1.9 million grant that will support graduate and postdoctoral students in digital humanities. The funds will be implemented through digitization of research materials, workshops, fellowships and coursework that can be applied to a digital humanities certificate through the Institute for Multimedia Literacy in the School of Cinematic Arts.The grant, which is one in a series of grants from the Mellon Foundation, will allow students and researchers to utilize digital technology within subjects such as literature, philosophy and anthropology.“For people training in old and traditional disciplines, we can use new hardware and new software to think about research in new ways and take advantage of technology and see things that we maybe didn’t see before,” said Peter Mancall, vice dean of humanities at Dornsife College of Arts, Letters and Science.Mancall said the grant will give students opportunities to research undiscovered patterns. As an example, Mancall said students interested in Shakespeare can utilize software to see patterns in Shakespeare’s writing that people have not studied before.“They can utilize a digitized archive and link to other archives. That couldn’t happen before because it was too                                     time-consuming to look at big data like that,” Mancall said.Within the next decade, USC hopes to invest $1 billion toward the support of digital knowledge and informatics.“Our century is dominated by the quantity and influence of information and data. USC is already a world leader in digital media and informatics,” said Elizabeth Garrett, provost and senior vice president for academic affairs, in a press release. “This prestigious award will help to enhance our teaching and scholarship through new ways to explore and communicate.”The university’s dedication to digital technology is demonstrated particularly through the strength of the Media Arts + Practice program as well as the Digital Repository, which holds more than 52,000 testimonials from the Shoah Foundation.Currently, the programs funded by the Mellon Foundation grant will only be utilized at the graduate level. Mancall, however, said summer courses are expected to be available to select undergraduates starting in 2015.In order to promote the spread of digital scholarship, the Mellon Foundation and USC agreed that all researchers supported by the grant will make their digital sources available to the scholarly community through the Digital Repository.Mancall said he hopes that the possibilities stemming from the grant will reveal the importance of college-level humanities.“I want to establish USC as a central place for the international center for digital humanities,” Mancall said.  “People talk about humanities in crisis and declining because students are moving toward professional schools. I hope this grant will show the central importance of humanities and show how cool humanities can be.”last_img read more

Youth Olympics 2018: Manu Bhaker wins second medal, Hockey India enjoys successful outing

first_imgMumtaz Khan, Reet, Lalremsiami, and Ishika Chaudhary were on the scoresheet for India against South Africa as the team ended the pool stages on a winning note after Wednesday’s defeat to hosts Argentina. Written By Digital Desk (PTI inputs) WATCH US LIVE Last Updated: 12th October, 2018 22:49 IST Youth Olympics 2018: Manu Bhaker Wins Second Medal, Hockey India Enjoys Successful Outing Manu Bhaker became the second Indian after judoka Tababi Devi to win two medals at the continental event while the men’s and women’s hockey team moved to the semi-finals and quarterfinals respectively. According to the format, the gold medal winner of the individual event is paired with the athlete who finished 20th in the final. India thus wrapped up their shooting campaign with two gold and three silver medals. Of the eight medals won by the Indian contingent so far, five are from shooting.  On the badminton courts, title favorite, Lakshya Sen recovered from a game deficit to beat Kodai Naraoka 14-21 21-15 24-22. The Indian shutter is now assured of a medal after securing passage into the final. On the hockey turf, the Indian men’s hockey team defeated Poland 4-2  to progress into the quarterfinals of the Hockey 5s competition at the Parque Polideportivo Roca. Shivam Anand grabbed a brace while Maninder Singh and Sanjay were among the other goal scorers for India. COMMENT However, this time out Manu Bhaker had to settle for silver after she was made to pair-up with Tajikistan’s Behzan Fayzullaev in the 10m air pistol mixed international event, In a unique format. The duo lost the gold medal match 3-10 to Germany’s Vanessa Seeger and Bulgaria’s Kiril Kirov. The India-Tajik pair had on Thursday come through qualification with a score of 751. They then beat an Egyptian-Thai pair 10-4 in the round of 16 at the Parque Polideportivo Roca shooting range in the Argentine capital. They beat a pair from Lithuania and Moldova 10-8 in the quarterfinals and then overcame Andria Ibarra of Mexico and Dymtro Honta of Ukraine 10-3 in the semifinals. The German-Bulgarian pair, however, started strong in the finals and was 3-0 ahead at one stage before winning 10-3 to emerge champions.center_img 1 year ago India wins election to UN Human Rights Council FOLLOW US WE RECOMMEND LIVE TV The Indian women’s hockey team also enjoyed good day after they beat South Africa 5-2 in their final Pool A match to advance to the quarterfinals of the Youth Olympic Games. The Indians finished in the second spot in their pool with 12 points, behind leaders Argentina. First Published: 12th October, 2018 22:19 IST In another successful outing at the 2018 Youth Olympics in Argentina, Manu Bhaker became the second Indian after judoka Tababi Devi to win two medals at the continental event, while the men’s and women’s hockey team moved to the semi-finals and quarterfinals respectively.Manu Bhaker and Saurabh Chaudhary had won gold in the men’s and women’s 10m air pistol events, while Shahu Mane and Mehuli Ghosh had won silver in the men’s and women’s 10m air rifle events, earlier in the Games. 1 year ago Case slapped against pitch-invader who clicked a selfie with Virat Kohli SUBSCRIBE TO US 1 year ago EXCLUSIVE | ‘Arjun Kapoor Is A Shopoholic And Scared Of Ceiling Fans’, Reveals Parineeti Chopralast_img read more