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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Supligen dominoes competition set for March month end

first_imgDominoes enthusiasts will have the chance to show their skills when the Lions club of Bell-Air, in collaboration with Beepats through the Supligen brand,hosts a two- day tournament on March 25-26.The tournament, which was officially launched on Friday at the Lions’ headquarters in section K Campbellville, was initially slated for 32 teams, but organisers say they have in excess of that figure.However,they said that provision will be made to accommodate those additional teams that are interested.The tournament will be run under the auspices of the Guyana Dominoes Association and according to vice-president,Rodwell Phillips,his entity was happy to be on board once again.Phillips added that the tournament fits hand-in-glove with their plan to decentralise the sport and have it spread throughout the country.President of the Club,LN Matthew Langevine,contended that they were happy to be joining with the Supligen brand for the tournament, reminding that their friendship goes way back in the areas of benevolence.Meanwhile, Supligen Brand Manager,Michael Gomes contended that the support comes because of the fund-raising nature of the event, adding that the relationship between the company and the organisation has grown over the years.He contended that they are keen on initiatives that support the less fortunate in society,and noted that funding of this nature came ‘without hesitation.’He too called on interested groups,both in the Private and Public Sectors,to come out and support a worthy cause.GDA Special Events Co-ordinator,Orin Boston,contended that there is no shortage of prizes for the event, adding that over $500,000 in total prize money will be up for grabsTeams can uplift registration forms from trophy sponsors,Rays One Stop Auto Parts and Ramchands on Sheriff Street,as well as the Lions club. Entrance fee is $12,000 per team and the Most Valuable Player will receive $10,000 and a case of Supligen.last_img read more

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Football program’s success is refreshing

first_imgIt is a great time to be a USC football fan. Looking back at the first couple weeks of the season, I would have never thought I would be saying that right now. The growth and maturity that this team has shown through the season, along with their ability to battle back, are why it’s such a great time to be a part of Trojan Nation. Of course, it is probably amazing to be a student while your team is regarded as one of the top teams in the nation and has a legitimate chance at playing in the playoff, but to me, there is something just as gratifying being a student while your team is building the foundation for an eventual championship run. The talk surrounding the program was predominantly about firing head coach Clay Helton, whether that be during the season while the team was losing or at the eventual end of the season. In addition to that, the general mood for a lot of USC fans was disappointment and anger. USC didn’t let that get to them, though. After the loss to Utah, a different USC has taken the field every Saturday since that game in Salt Lake City. It’s a team with a renewed confidence. A team with swagger. A team that actually knows how to take advantage of their talent and pick apart their opponent’s weaknesses. Frankly, it’s been some of the most fun I’ve had as a sports fan. There’s something exhilarating about watching a team grow and continue to improve week-to-week. There’s nothing stagnant about watching this Trojan team extend their win streak to seven games. As the season has moved forward, each week has presented something new about the already well-known, talented team. Against the Bruins, I’m sure no one would’ve predicted that senior wide receiver De’Quan Hampton would have such an impact on the game. Hampton had two touchdowns for 51 yards on three catches. He was the only receiver to record a touchdown in the 36-14 rout against UCLA. In this foundational period of the team growing back to the prominence of a national powerhouse, it’s exciting to hear USC tossed around in national discussion of top college football teams. That’s a discussion that’s been largely absent over the last couple of seasons. When USC was talked about, it was usually with some coaching situation or off-the-field drama, which isn’t what you want to be known for as a team. It’s refreshing to finally be talked about once again as the team that no one, outside of Alabama, would want to play at the end of the season. For lifelong Trojan fans that are now students, it’s what we grew up accustomed to hearing. To finally hear it as a student, it’s a refreshing reminder of what the USC football team used to be. Even if Colorado wins on Saturday night, which would keep USC out of the Pac-12 Championship game, this will still be a positive season for the Trojans. While it would be amazing to get to play up at Levi’s Stadium for the second season in a row, if the Trojans don’t make it up there, it won’t entirely be a disappointment. Yes, it will sting for a bit, but it’s important to focus on what’s in the future for this program.The building blocks for success are here. It’s apparent as the Trojans have learned to dominate on all sides of the ball. The maturity this team has gained throughout the season is evident in their ability to push mistakes out of their minds during a game along with adapting a fluid game plan to consistently outperform their opponents. Both the Washington upset and the UCLA rout are examples of this. The Trojans made a number of mistakes, some costly ones that led to their opponents scoring, but they didn’t dwell on them. A perfect example of this is junior cornerback Adoree’ Jackson. In both games, miscues or mishaps during a play led to the other team scoring; however, Jackson didn’t let his mistakes define his play that game. He merely brushed them off and then played shutdown defense to finish the game. This season for USC started out bleak with a demoralizing loss to Alabama. The Stanford game was embarrassing as well. What’s important though, is where the team is now and where they’re headed. With the Trojans’ current state, there’s no better feeling than being a USC fan. Jodee Storm Sullivan is a junior majoring in broadcast and digital journalism. Her column, “The Storm Report,” runs Tuesdays.last_img read more

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Old Wellington scoreboards to be auctioned off on Friday

first_imgby Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — Do you want a piece of history? How about an old Wellington scoreboard that tallied the scores of every high school and middle school basketball game for more than 50 years?The two old scoreboards from the old high school via today’s middle school were replaced recently and the After School Program will be auctioning the historical scoreboards to the highest bidders as a fundraiser. The two scoreboards will be auctioned off separately. The first scoreboard will be auctioned off this Friday during Wellington Homecoming festivities in the game with Mulvane. The second scoreboard will be auctioned off at the home Clearwater basketball game on Feb. 15. The auction will be held between the boys and girls basketball games around 7:30 p.m.The dimensions for the scoreboard are 72 inches by 78 inches and weighs about 125 pounds. Each is being sold “as-is.” The scoreboard may or may not run so take that into account. There are no keypads or control panels with the scoreboards. Close Forgot password? Please put in your email: Send me my password! Close message Login This blog post All blog posts Subscribe to this blog post’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Subscribe to this blog’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Follow the discussion Comment (1) Logging you in… Close Login to IntenseDebate Or create an account Username or Email: Password: Forgot login? Cancel Login Close WordPress.com Username or Email: Password: Lost your password? Cancel Login Dashboard | Edit profile | Logout Logged in as Admin Options Disable comments for this page Save Settings Sort by: Date Rating Last Activity Loading comments… You are about to flag this comment as being inappropriate. Please explain why you are flagging this comment in the text box below and submit your report. The blog admin will be notified. Thank you for your input. +3 Vote up Vote down Billy · 393 weeks ago “The $250 raised will be used to fund half of one away game.” Report Reply 0 replies · active 393 weeks ago Post a new comment Enter text right here! Comment as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to WordPress.com Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new comments Comments by IntenseDebate Enter text right here! Reply as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to WordPress.com Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Cancel Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new commentslast_img read more

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