Sep 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.html
Statehouse—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.
The Grizzlies’ “Grit’N’Grind” era is over.Memphis will send Mike Conley to the Jazz as part of a trade that had been looming since the February deadline, according to The Athletic’s Shams Charania. The Grizzlies will receive a package of players and draft picks to help jumpstart their rebuild, and they will likely select Ja Morant as their point guard of the future with the No. 2 overall pick at the 2019 NBA Draft. NBA MOCK DRAFT: Pelicans go forward with Lakers’ pick; Celtics stay busy in first roundWhat does this trade mean for the Jazz and Grizzlies moving forward?Here are the reported details of the deal and a breakdown of the short- and long-term ramifications for each side.Mike Conley trade gradesJazz receive: Mike ConleyGrizzlies receive: Jae Crowder, Kyle Korver, Grayson Allen, No. 23 pick in 2019 NBA Draft, future first-round pickNBA DRAFT BIG BOARD: Ranking the top 60 prospectsJazz: A-Utah pursued Conley at the trade deadline, and for good reason. He is the exact kind of upgrade at point guard that turns the Jazz into a real contender in the Western Conference.Conley can play with the ball in his his hands or off the ball (39.8 percent on catch-and-shoot 3-pointers last season) whenever Donovan Mitchell operates as the primary initiator. Conley can create offense in a variety of ways (21.1 points, 6.4 assists per game), something this Jazz team desperately needed.Mike Conley finished 7th in the #NBA in points created out of the pick and roll per game. He also shot an eFG% of 76% on unguarded catch and shoot jumpers and led the NBA in points per game from floaters.— Synergy Basketball (@SynergySST) June 19, 2019Mitchell and Conley must learn each other’s tendencies and what works best. There could be growing pains, of course. That’s something two good locker room guys should be able to iron out in time.On the defensive end, Conley will fit right in with Utah’s unit. He finished in the top 10 among point guards in ESPN’s Defensive Real Plus-Minus, and he will only improve one of the best defenses in the league. Conley, Mitchell, Joe Ingles, Derrick Favors and Rudy Gobert — good luck trying to score against that starting five.And that’s another added benefit of this trade for the Jazz. They didn’t lose any assets they really value. The loss of Crowder and Korver will hurt Utah’s spacing, but Favors is more valuable than both of them. Allen and the picks are future pieces the Jazz don’t need because the mission is to compete right now. The future first-rounder is worth watching, though. Could Utah have pulled this off without including it?Yes, Conley’s contract is expensive ($32.5 million in 2019-20 and $34.5 million in 2020-21), but good players cost money. It’s only a two-year commitment, not a four-year max, and Conley remains a productive guard at age 31.This trade won’t create the same level of headlines as Anthony Davis to the Lakers, but it definitely will make a significant impact on the Western Conference playoff race. Don’t be shocked if the Jazz are one of the last teams standing next year.Grizzlies: BAfter the Grizz sent Marc Gasol to the Raptors back in February, it seemed as though Conley would be the next to go so Memphis could embrace a youth movement. Instead, the Grizzlies kept Conley through the rest of the season despite discussing a deal with the Jazz, finally ending the back-and-forth with Wednesday’s trade.Maybe a move at the deadline would have yielded a better package, but this is a surprisingly sizable haul for the Grizzlies.Crowder and Korver represent expiring contracts as opposed to cogs in the rotation. Allen didn’t earn a ton of minutes under Jazz coach Quin Snyder as a rookie, but the 23-year-old is worth a shot for his shooting alone, which will be needed next to Morant and Jaren Jackson Jr.The No. 23 pick presents some options either in a trade or simply to draft a prospect. Sporting News’ Chris Stone had Cameron Johnson landing at that spot in his latest Mock Draft, and he could still make sense there. The other first-rounder has a number of protections on it, per The Daily Memphian’s Chris Herrington. Per league source, the 2020 pick the Grizzlies are getting in Conley trade has the following protections:2020 1-7, 15-30 (conveys 8-14)2021 – same as above2022 – 1-62023 1-32024 – 12025 – converts to two seconds— Chris Herrington (@HerringtonNBA) June 19, 2019The Grizzlies should expect the pick to transfer in 2022 or later. Barring some sort of catastrophic event, the Jazz will avoid the lottery.Perhaps the most important thing for the front office is having cap flexibility. Conley’s contract is gone, Crowder and Korver are on expiring deals and Chandler Parsons will also become a free agent after making $25.1 million in 2019-20. That’s a nice situation financially.Sure, the Grizzlies could have been pushed harder for a Conley trade earlier. But with Morant and Jackson set up to be the franchise’s dynamic duo, the future is bright in Memphis.