Two latest H5N1 cases push WHO count to 251

first_imgSep 27, 2006 (CIDRAP News) – The World Health Organization (WHO) today confirmed reports of two more human H5N1 avian influenza cases, one in Indonesia and one in Thailand, raising the official global tally to 251 cases with 147 deaths.The two cases involve a 20-year-old Indonesian man who is part of a suspected case cluster in Bandung, West Java, and a 59-year-old farmer from northeastern Thailand. Both cases were reported by news services yesterday.The Indonesian man became ill with a fever and cough on Sep 17 and has been hospitalized since Sep 24, the WHO said. The man’s 23-year-old brother fell ill on Sep 16 and died 2 hours after he was admitted to a hospital on the 24th. H5N1 infection is suspected in his case, but it can’t be confirmed because no samples were taken, the agency said. Both men had fed dead chickens to their dogs, and there was evidence of H5 infection in household birds.In addition, a 15-year-old sister of the two men was hospitalized Sep 25 with a fever and cough and remains hospitalized in stable condition, the WHO said. Initial tests were negative for H5 viruses and positive for H1 virus, indicating that she has normal seasonal flu rather than avian flu, the statement said.Dr. Hudi Yusuf, a physician involved in caring for the two siblings, said the girl would be tested twice more in the next 2 days, according to an Agence France-Presse report published today. He reported that the girl was doing well but described her brother’s condition as bad. Yusuf told the Jakarta Post that the brother has pneumonia in both lungs and is on a ventilator.The latest case raises Indonesia’s H5N1 toll to 68 cases with 51 deaths.In confirming the Thai farmer’s case, the WHO said he was ill for nearly a month and repeatedly tested negative for H5N1. The farmer, a 59-year-old from Nong Bua Lam Phu province, got sick with a fever Jul 14, was hospitalized Jul 21, and died Aug 10, the WHO said. Thailand has had 25 human H5N1 cases, 17 of them fatal.Repeated polymerase chain reaction (PCR) tests on samples from the man’s upper respiratory tract were negative for influenza A viruses, including H5N1, the WHO said. The virus’s presence was not confirmed until after his death, when lung samples were tested. Several fighting cocks belonging to the farmer had died in the days before he fell ill, the agency said.A report today in the Thai newspaper The Nation filled in more details about the man’s case. Thawat Suntrajarn, director of the government’s disease control department, said doctors initially suspected the man had leptospirosis, the story said. It wasn’t until he had been sick for 2 weeks that his wife told doctors the patient had nursed sick chickens. Doctors then started treating him with oseltamivir.An autopsy showed that the farmer’s death was actually caused by drug-resistant Acinetobacter bacteria, rather than by the viral infection itself, the newspaper reported. News reports yesterday said the man had died of a bacterial infection.The story said nine PCR tests failed to detect the H5N1 virus in the man. One doctor, Tawee Chotpitayasundond of the Queen Sirikit National Institute of Child Health, speculated that the oseltamivir treatment might have eliminated the virus from the part of the respiratory tract where swabs were taken for testing, according to the story.See also: WHO confirmation of H5N1 case in Indonesiahttp://www.who.int/csr/don/2006_09_27a/en/index.htmlWHO confirmation of case in Thailandhttp://www.who.int/csr/don/2006_09_27/en/index.htmllast_img read more

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World Cup Qualifier:Zambia to get full house today in Johannesburg

first_imgZambia are expecting a complete squad today at their training camp in Johannesburg for the 2014 World Cup qualifier against Ghana.China-based striker James Chamanga joined the Chipolopolo yesterday while the South Africa-based trio of Kennedy Mweene, Davies Nkausu and Joseph Musonda were expected in the evening.Europe-based stars Roger Kola, Chisamba Lungu, Emmanuel Mayuka, Jacob Mulenga and Fwayo Tembo are expected in camp today.Also are the Democratic Republic of Congo-based quartet of Hichani Himoonde, Rainford Kalaba, Nathan Sinkala and Stopilla Sunzu.Captain Christopher Katongo is also expected to get a full house today.Chipolopolo doctor Joseph Kabungo has confirmed injury-doubt Mukuka Mulenga trained with his Sundowns teammates yesterday without complaining of pain.“I was with the Mamelodi Sundowns doctor yesterday (on Saturday) and I had a nice chat with him. He gave me the programme and told me that Mukuka had four training sessions with Sundowns. He trained without pain today (yesterday) with his colleagues. He now has to strive to get to his best,” he said.last_img read more

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Annual Shrewsbury 5K Benefits Local Education

first_imgPhotos by Patrick Olivero |SHREWSBURY – Sunday, Oct. 21 marked the 24th annual Shrewsbury 5K Classic, an event which featured a 1-mile Shrewsbury Community Run/Walk and a 5K race on a USATF-certified course. Organized by the Foundation for Shrewsbury Education, the event for all ages is a popular fundraiser that supports the students and teachers of the Shrewsbury Borough School. Many racers took advantage of the precursor 1-miler to warm themselves up before the main event, fighting off cool and windy fall morning weather. More than 200 people participated in the race, including may borough residents. Two Shrewsbury residents took first and second place overall in the 5K, with Christian Manning, 23, crossing the finish line first with a time of 18:44.9 and Joseph Koetzner, 13, second at 19:08.1.This article was first published in the Nov. 1-7, 2018 print edition of The Two River Times.last_img read more

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Brewers waltz past Dam Inn Mates

first_imgBy Bruce Fuhr,The Nelson Daily Sports EditorThe West Kootenay Men’s Flag Football League got off to a slow start Sunday at the Mount Sentinel field in South Slocan.Game one of the two-game set was cancelled as defending champion Castlegar Vikings failed to field a team.In the second game of the day, Hume Brewers appeared to be in mid-season form, pounding Dam Inn Mates 21-1.Hume pivot Steven Doyle picked apart for three touchdowns en route to the lopsided victory. The victory avenged a loss by the Brewers to Dam Inn in the 2009 playoffs.The Mates, last year’s finalists against the Vikings, used a couple of different quarterbacks in an attempt to ignite the offence. However, the Mates could not penetrate the Hume defence.The WKMFFL is a five-team league — Castlegar Vikings, Hume Brewers, Dam Inn Mates, Nelson Impact and Our Glass — playing Sunday’s the Mount Sentinel field.Games time are 11 a.m. and 1 p.m.Each team plays six games with the league ending in October.The playoffs follow with the top place team facing the fourth best in one semi final and the second and third-place teams meeting in the other contest.All games are played at Mount Sentinel Field.sports@thenelsondaily.comlast_img read more

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Sawyer Hunt Plays Overtime Hero, Again

first_imgFacing a must-win, the Nelson Leafs turned to its captain to provide leadership.Sawyer Hunt scored his second overtime goal of the playoffs to spark the Nelson Leafs to a 1-0 victory over the Castlegar Rebels in Kootenay International Junior Hockey League Murdoch Division Semi Final action Tuesday night at the NDCC Arena.The best-of-seven series is now tied 2-2 with Game five Thursday in the Sunflower City.Hunt scored the overtime winner in Game one, netting the difference-maker in the fourth extra time period. The win, in double overtime, means Nelson will host Game six of the series Friday at the NDCC Arena.Puck drop is 7 p.m.Less than 24 hours after dropping Game three of the series also in double overtime, the Leafs came out forcing the issue against the Rebels.Nelson out shot the Rebels 11-5 in the first period then fired 13 more shots at Castlegar goalie Chandler Billinghurst in the second frame to a 24-10 advantage after 40 minutes.The Leafs continued the assault in the third period and overtime, finishing with a 39-15 advantage before Hunt scored his second-game winner of the series.Devin Allen registered a bounce-back game to earn the shutout for the Leafs.OVERTIME: Defencemen Michael LeNoury and Brent Headon both were back in the Leafs lineup after serving suspensions . . . .If necessary, Game seven will be played Saturday in Castlegar . . . . Beaver Valley Nitehawks booked its ticket to the Murdoch Final by outlasting Grand Forks Border Bruins 7-4 and sweeping the Divisional Semi Final 4-0. The Hawks out shot the Bruins 25-9 in the opening frame, opening a 5-1 lead. . . In Invermere, the Creston Valley Thunder Cats eliminated Columbia Valley Rockies 4-0 with a 5-3 victory. Meanwhile, Kimberley Dynamiters evened its series against Fernie with a 3-2 road win over the Ghostriders.last_img read more

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