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

Syracuse fall lacrosse: New starters, role players on focus in alumni game

first_imgSyracuse gathered for the sixth annual Orange Alumni Classic on Saturday afternoon in the Carrier Dome. The current SU squad defeated the Alumni All-Stars 11-9 in the first organized game of the year for the Orange.Having graduated seven of 10 starters from last year, head coach John Desko took full advantage of the exhibition match to mix and match a variety of players in new spots.Back on topJordan Evans hasn’t had the chance to flourish in Syracuse’s attack during his first two years like he did in high school as the top-rated recruit. With senior Dylan Donahue the only returning member of last year’s attack trio of Kevin Rice and Randy Staats, Evans is finally going to have his shot in SU’s front line.He anchored the attack on Saturday with Donahue, converting his first goal by sweeping around the back of the crease and splitting two defenders before firing.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text“I’m very happy to be back on attack,” Evans said. “It’s been a long time coming.“Me and Dylan have been working a lot together and I’m trying to get that chemistry that him and Kevin had last year.”The junior attack primarily commanded the offense from the X position behind the net, much like Rice did. The departures of Rice and Staats mean the Orange is without nearly one-third of its points from last season.“It’s definitely hard to follow in (Rice’s) footsteps,” Evans said. “This is a whole new team. People are going to find their new roles and hopefully I can find mine.”In the Nick of timeSyracuse added two new offensive options during the off-season, accepting transfer junior attack Nick Mariano from UMass and fifth-year senior attack Nick Piroli from Brown.Piroli didn’t see the field on Saturday, but Evans described him as a smart attack that doesn’t make many mistakes. He was largely a distributor for the Bears last season, notching 24 assists to complement his 10 goals.Mariano played both midfield and attack — something Desko said can be expected from him — and scored his only goal while jogging away from the crease before blindly swinging his stick around and slotting the ball in the upper-right corner of the net.“I’m just trying to better the team with whatever I can do,” Mariano said. “Whether it’s attack or wherever coach Donahue thinks I can play, I just want to win games and I’ll do whatever I have to do.”Desko said the third spot on the attack is an open competition. He highlighted Mariano and Piroli as two potential fits in the spot, but it was senior Tim Barber who got the nod at the start of this game.“There’s a lot of people to try and figure out,” Desko said. “We’re working hard, we’re trying to figure it out. In the past we haven’t had to.”Filling in the blanksThe graduations of Nicky Galasso, Hakeem Lecky and Henry Schoonmaker have left the first-line midfield completely open.Desko estimated with the attack-heavy roster he has, it’s possible that Mariano, Piroli and Barber could end up as the first-line midfield so they can bring their offensive presence to the field more frequently.Junior Nick Weston and redshirt senior Tom Grimm also got significant playing time, typically replacing wings Scott Firman and Paolo Ciferri after faceoffs. The two wings often flanked senior Cal Paduda, taking faceoffs in place of Ben Williams, who’s recovering from a “procedure” to ensure his health in the spring.Ciferri and Firman are two candidates to replace departed wings Mike Messina and Peter Macartney, who were second and third respectively on the team in ground balls and comprised an elite faceoff group.“We need to figure out who the wings are for sure,” Desko said. “… Today it was probably disappointing we didn’t get more ground balls off the faceoffs on the wing. We need to get better at it.”Goalkeeper Warren Hill started for the Orange after graduating Bobby Wardwell last year. The senior netminder made a handful of saves in his only quarter of action, eventually relenting to redshirt junior Evan Molloy — who Desko said has impressed in practice dating back to last year.“We started Warren because he was the backup, but they both played really well,” Desko said. “There’s a competition going on.”SU’s defense is the only real line of consistency from last year, returning starters Jay McDermott and Brandon Mullins. The final defensive spot is another up for grabs, and freshman Nick Mellin garnered postgame attention.He started the first and third quarters with Mullins, McDermott and the other expected starters. A youth movement for Syracuse’s defense is emerging as a possibility after leaning so heavily on seniority the past few seasons.“If we have a freshman slightly ahead of an upperclassman then we’re gonna go with a freshman,” Desko said. “If (Mellin) makes some mistakes, so be it and we’ll be better at the end of the year.” Comments Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on October 10, 2015 at 9:19 pm Contact Connor: | @connorgrossmanlast_img read more

Hearts MD expected in South Africa today to meet sponsors

first_imgHearts of Oak sources have disclosed to that the club’s Managing Director Neil Armstrong Mortagbe will be in South Africa today Wednesday 29th January 2014 to meet with interested sponsors.The Hearts MD will leave Ghana on Tonight and will hold a round table discussion with the purported sponsors who have expressed interest to sponsor Hearts of can confirm that the Hearts MD will meet with agents of the giant South African mining company on Wednesday evening.The South African mining company is said to have expressed interest to sponsor Hearts of Oak only days after Hearts had submitted a sponsorship request to the mining company.“Neil will fly to South Africa on Tuesday to hold meetings with a South African mining company. Hearts approached the mining company to sponsor the club and is hoping that the deal will through” a Hearts source said.Hearts has already held sponsorship discussions with Samsung and awaiting final response from the electronic company.last_img read more