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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Ziemke invites students to page at the Statehouse

first_imgStatehouse—State Rep. Cindy Ziemke (R-Batesville) encourages Hoosier students interested in state government to participate in the Indiana House Page Program during the 2020 legislative session.According to Ziemke, students ages 13 to 18 can spend a day at the Statehouse in Indianapolis assisting House legislators and staff, and touring the governor’s office, the Indiana Supreme Court and the House and Senate chambers. She said it is also an opportunity to witness the legislative process in person, including debates on various proposals for new laws.“The page program is a unique, hands-on learning opportunity for Hoosier students, especially those interested in government and the lawmaking process,” Ziemke said. “This one-day experience is invaluable, and encourages students to be more civically involved in their communities.”Ziemke said student pages receive an excused absence from school and groups can participate together. Students are responsible for their own lunch expenses and transportation to and from the Statehouse. Opportunities to serve as a page include Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays during the legislative session, which began Jan. 6 and concludes by March 14. For more information and to sign up, visit IndianaHouseRepublicans.com/PageProgram or call 800-382-9841.With limited openings, students are encouraged to apply soon.last_img read more

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Update on the latest in sports:

first_imgDENVER (AP) — Denver Nuggets coach Michael Malone says an antibody test revealed he had COVID-19.Malone says in an interview with CBS4 in Denver he wasn’t feeling well shortly after the season was suspended March 11. He reached out to the team’s medical staff to be tested but no tests were available at the time. Malone says he had an antibody test around Memorial Day weekend.Malone says the team doctor called up and told him he’d tested positive.Malone adds that he likes to say, “I got coronavirus and I kicked its butt.”His squad was in third place in the Western Conference when the season was halted. The league is working on completing the health and safety protocols for a restart at the Disney campus near Orlando, Florida. Associated Press The school’s athletics director says she was made aware of the negative connotation. She says the new logos remove the curves on the sabre handles. BRITAIN-FREE SCHOOL MEALSSoccer player wins battle over free meals for schoolkidsLONDON (AP) — British Prime Minister Boris Johnson has made an abrupt about-face and agreed to keep funding meals for needy pupils over the summer holidays, after a campaign headed by young soccer star Marcus Rashford.The Manchester United and England player has been pressing the government not to stop a meal voucher program at the end of the school term in July. The 22-year-old has cited his own experience as a child who relied on free school lunches. Rashford’s campaign drew support from celebrities, opposition politicians and some members of Johnson’s governing Conservatives. The Sabres promoted senior vice president of business administration Kevyn Adams as Botterill’s successor.Botterill was fired three seasons into his tenure and after the Sabres failed to show any signs of improvement in extending what’s now a nine-year playoff drought.With a 30-31-8 record, Buffalo finished 13th in the Eastern Conference standings and one spot short of qualifying for the NHL’s expanded 24-team playoff.VIRUS OUTBREAK-NUGGETS-MALONENuggets coach says he had COVID-19 Update on the latest in sports: June 16, 2020 Malone says, “I hope that going down to Orlando will be in a safe environment and we can limit the amount of people that actually get it.”UVA-LOGOUniversity of Virginia changes logo to remove slavery referenceCHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (AP) — The University of Virginia will change its athletics logos to avoid a design element that refers to the school’s history with slavery.A statement from the school’s athletics department said Monday that fans raised objections to the curves put on the handles of the crossed sabres below the V. The curves were meant to mimic serpentine walls on campus that were designed by Thomas Jefferson to hide the university’s slaves from public view. Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditNHL-SABRES-BOTTERILLSabres fire GM BotterillBUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — The Buffalo Sabres have fired general manager Jason Botterill in a dramatic change-of-course three weeks after co-owner Kim Pegula said his job was secure. Johnson initially resisted, but the government said Tuesday that it would continue to provide food vouchers over the six-week summer break to 1.3 million children in England.last_img read more

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Alexander: Lakers fans always remained confident

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREUCLA alum Kenny Clark signs four-year contract extension with PackersThe new odds, following the events of the weekend: Lakers 7-2, Milwaukee 7-1, Houston 9-1, and the Warriors, Raptors and Clippers all at 10-1. …• I’d say it’s early, but feel free to consider that 10-1 price on the Clippers. Or, if you want to live on the edge – such as the guy who put down a midseason $400 bet on the St. Louis Blues, then in last place, at 250-1 odds and will walk away with more than $93,000 after taxes following the Blues’ Stanley Cup run –  then take note: Memphis, Atlanta, Charlotte, Cleveland, Detroit, Miami, Minnesota, Phoenix and Washington are all 100-1 shots right now at this particular online parlor. …• Caesars Sportsbook also listed the Lakers at 7-2, followed by Milwaukee and the Clippers at 6-1.And it is important to keep in mind that in Vegas, there will always be a healthy amount of L.A. money being bet. Which raises the question: Should Kawhi Leonard become a Clipper, how much will that skew the odds? A lot? A little? Any? In other words, are there enough Clippers bettors to move the odds the way Lakers fans do? …• See, for six long years, Lakers fans banked on (distant) past performance being indicative of future results. Never mind the losses and lottery picks and rebuilds and organizational turmoil; the faithful were convinced the Lakers were going to get superstars, plural, in free agency because, well, that’s just what they do. And so what if free agents this decade were decidedly unmoved by all of those championship trophies overlooking the practice court? It was going to happen, just because they were the Lakers. (Kind of the same philosophy Jeanie Buss lives by, actually.)But it did happen (LeBron via free agency and Davis via trade), and now the team’s two stars can recruit fellow luminaries to join them in a way that no front office functionary ever could, legally or otherwise. …• Which is why Lakers fans should give thanks every night that Rich Paul has become the NBA’s new strongman. …• Here’s what I want to know: Did the person who reportedly placed a $10,000 bet on the Lakers at the Westgate Sportsbook on Saturday afternoon – at 5-1 odds, shortly before the news of the Davis trade broke – have advance knowledge? Or was he just one of the Lakers loyalists described above? …• Incidentally, remember when we couched talk of Vegas and odds and whatnot with “for entertainment purposes only?” Boy, have things changed. …• Leonard, by the way, was the center – centre? – of attention in the streets of Toronto on Monday morning, when an estimated 1.5 million people showed up to celebrate the Raptors’ championship. (How many of those people, do you suppose, have given up on a Maple Leafs’ parade?)Kawhi’s T-shirt, not surprisingly, said: “Board Man Gets Paid.” That is a certainty. And it will likely come down to the Raptors, whose fans made their best pitch Monday to convince Leonard to stay, and the Clippers. …Related Articles How athletes protesting the national anthem has evolved over 17 years The world according to Jim:• If ever there were an indicator of just how confident Lakers fans have remained all through their playoff drought – and, yes, we’ve used the term “myopic” in This Space and undoubtedly will again – consider how the odds on next year’s NBA championship chase shifted when the Anthony Davis trade was announced Saturday.(Or, to the faithful, the moment Championship No. 17 was signed, sealed and delivered. No use preaching caution, though we’ll try anyway.)In the immediate aftermath of Toronto’s Game 6 and series victory over Golden State, the odds sent over by Jimmy Shapiro, the publicist for BetOnline.ag, listed Milwaukee as the early favorite at 9-2, followed by, in order, the Warriors at 5-1, the Lakers at 7-1, Toronto at 8-1, Houston at 9-1 and the Clippers at 12-1. Lakers, Clippers schedules set for first round of NBA playoffs Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorcenter_img Trail Blazers, Grizzlies advance to NBA play-in game; Suns, Spurs see playoff dreams dashed Lakers practice early hoping to answer all questions • Any talk you hear about the Lakers being a factor should be discounted for two reasons: It will be tremendously difficult to hold off on consummating the Davis trade until the end of July, which would be their only avenue to having room for a max contract. And even though Leonard is less impressed with the trappings of stardom than anyone else of his stature, I don’t see him being a third wheel behind LeBron and A.D. …• Now, if I were Steve Ballmer, I would quietly reach out to the mayors of Riverside (Rusty Bailey) and Moreno Valley (Yxstian Gutierrez), the Inland Empire communities that claim Kawhi, just in case either or both wanted to throw their own celebration for him in the next two weeks. A parade float wouldn’t be tampering, would it? …• Meanwhile, from the department of desperately trying to stay relevant, LaMelo Ball went on ESPN on Monday afternoon to announce he will play pro ball in Australia next year, with an eye on next June’s draft.I’m sure LaVar will give us frequent updates, whether we like it or not.jalexander@scng.com@Jim_Alexander on Twitter Trail Blazers beat Grizzlies in play-in, earn first-round series with the Lakers last_img read more

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