Family cluster of avian flu cases reported in Vietnam

first_imgMar 29, 2005 (CIDRAP News) – Initial testing indicates that all five members of a family of chicken farmers near Haiphong, Vietnam, have avian influenza, the World Health Organization (WHO) and news services said today.”These cases, which include the parents and their three young daughters, are undergoing further investigation following initial tests indicating infection with the H5 subtype of avian influenza,” the WHO said in a statement. “Reports indicate outbreaks of avian influenza in poultry in the vicinity.”An Agence France-Press (AFP) report said the family members were in stable condition in Haiphong’s Viet Tiep Hospital. An unnamed physician at the hospital was quoted as saying, “Initial tests showed they are positive for H5N1. We are treating them according to plans but we need final confirmation from Hanoi.”If the cases are confirmed, they apparently will represent the largest family cluster since human cases of H5N1 avian flu began occurring in Asia in early 2004.A woman who lives near the family is also being treated for suspected avian flu, another doctor from the Haiphong hospital told AFP. The Chinese news agency Xinhua further reported that a child from the same commune as the other six people is hospitalized.A field investigation of the family cases is under way, WHO reported. “Thorough investigation of all such clusters is essential to determine possible changes in the behavior of the virus and thus support assessment of the risk of an influenza pandemic,” the agency said.The statement also said, “There is currently no evidence that the H5N1 virus is spreading easily from person to person.”The WHO also reported today that the Vietnamese Ministry of Health has formally confirmed several avian flu cases that were previously reported by the news media. The agency listed the people involved as a 5-year-old boy from the central province of Quang Binh, a 17-year-old girl from the northern province of Nam Dinh (who died Mar 23), and a 40-year-old woman from the northern province of Quang Ninh. An earlier case also has been confirmed, the WHO said, but the agency did not describe that person.The WHO also provided a limited update on the investigation of media-reported cases of flu-like illness in Quang Binh province. The agency is awaiting test results but said the number of illnesses appears much smaller than the 195 cases first reported by local media.If the Haiphong family is included, the unofficial count of avian flu cases has risen to 79, including 49 deaths, since late 2003. That includes 60 cases with 35 deaths in Vietnam, 17 cases with 12 deaths in Thailand, and 2 fatal cases in Cambodia.Meanwhile, poultry and politics were taking center stage elsewhere in Southeast Asia, as officials sought to contain outbreaks in Cambodia and North Korea.Using bullhorns and battery-powered tape players mounted on motorbikes, health workers in Cambodia are going from house to house in Cambodia’s Kampot province, said Sok Touch, director of the Health Ministry’s communicable disease control department, in an interview for an Associated Press (AP) story today.”They are telling people not to touch sick or dead birds and that if they have any suspected bird flu symptoms, such as fever and cough, they should go to the nearest healthcare center,” he said. Both Cambodians who died of avian flu lived in Kampot province.An investigation continues in Kampot into the Mar 22 death of Meas Ran, 28, WHO announced today. The agency said Cambodian officials formally confirmed his previously reported case today. Authorities have learned he had contact with sick poultry, but apparently he did not pass the disease to others. Thirty-three of his family members, neighbors, and healthcare providers have tested negative for avian flu, WHO said.Elsewhere, the WHO had been in talks with North Korea about preventing human cases of avian flu even before the recent announcement that the country slaughtered hundreds of thousands of poultry sick with avian flu, according to AFP. North Korea’s state media have said no human cases have occurred there.”The WHO had offered its help to the country to prepare for human cases of avian flu,” WHO spokeswoman Fadela Chaib told reporters, but didn’t say whether the offer had been accepted.Another WHO official in Asia said the agency sought to obtain a sample of the virus in North Korea for testing, AFP reported today.Although avian flu is killing poultry in five Asian countries, only two of them have maintained timely reporting of the cases to the World Organization for Animal Health (OIE), as shown on OIE Web site. Thailand reported the deaths or culling of 50 chickens in Sukhothai province from Mar 9 to 17, and Indonesia reported an outbreak among chickens for the week ending Mar 11.North Korea hasn’t notified OIE but is working with the United Nation’s Food and Agriculture Organization, AFP reported today. Other countries appear to be lagging in OIE notification: Vietnam made its most recent report on Feb 28, and Cambodia made its most recent report on Sep 22, 2004.See also:Mar 29 WHO news release read more

Fireworks on Tap Tonight, Other Plans Changed for Celebration in Sea…

first_imgSEA BRIGHT – Today’s inclement weather has meant the Driftwood beach and cabana club is modifying its plans for what had been scheduled to be a daylong celebration, culminating with fireworks.The club, 1485 Ocean Ave., is still planning its Monday night fireworks display – billed as the largest in the Garden State for the days surrounding the July 4th holiday.The club has rescheduled today’s daytime events, including a clambake and concert featuring Brian Kirk and the Jirks, for tomorrow, and will honor tickets already purchased for the event, Irvine said.Driftwood and its owners, the Stavola family, are spearheading the benefit to raise money for two local rebuilding funds, Sea Bright Rising and the Permit Relief Fund, created specifically to assist residents who are rebuilding their homes and businesses after the destruction caused by Super Storm Sandy.The event is called Rebuild Sea Bright.The Stavola family, which has operated Driftwood Cabana Club since 1956, is donating the cost of the fireworks. In addition, the Stavolas are hosting a one-night-only special menu dinner at Ama on the night of the fireworks.The daytime events at Driftwood, which will be held tomorrow, will include a Beach Bash Clambake with live music starting at noon.Ticket holders will be provided full use of the club, pool and beach with lifeguards on duty, a clambake, children’s menu and two complimentary beverages from the Tiki Bar. The live music headliner will be local favorites Brian Kirk and The Jirks, who will play from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m.The purchase of tickets and additional information are available by visiting www.sea, calling 908-400-3617 or emailing to read more

Judges competition kicks off Glacier gymnastics season

first_imgThe Glacier Gymnastics club kicks off the competitive season Saturday with the Glacier Judges Cup competition.Teams from Trail, Castlegar and Golden join host Glacier athletes at the one-day event.The meet is being held to promote a new judging format.The Glacier competitive team is expected to attend several meets throughout the province, including the annual Glacier two-day competition.last_img

Klay Thompson on his rehab and the changes to the Warriors offense

first_imgSAN FRANCISCO — This is all new for Klay Thompson.Not just the shiny new arena along San Francisco Bay. Not just the residue from Kevin Durant’s departure. Not just the fact that he’ll be starting a season without Andre Iguodala or Shaun Livingston, but also that he’ll be starting the season on the shelf.Thompson, who has never missed more than 10 games in a season since his rookie year, is recovering from a torn ACL he suffered in the NBA Finals. Now, he’ll miss nearly a third of the season, …last_img read more

Incentives boost for SA aquaculture

first_img2 April 2013 South Africa’s Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) has launched a R800-million incentive programme for marine and freshwater fishing projects aimed at growing the country’s fledgling aquaculture industry. The Aquaculture Development and Enhancement Programme, launched by Trade and Industry Minister Rob Davies in Cape Town on Thursday, aims to stimulate investment in a relatively untapped sector. “South Africa is currently at the bottom of the development curve and still in its infancy stage when it comes to the aquaculture sector,” Daives said at Thursday’s launch. “South Africa only contributes about 1% of Africa’s aquaculture production. This launch today can be used as an opportunity to grow the sector in the next few years to remain competitive globally.” Sipho Ntombela, the acting director-general at the Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries, said aquaculture formed a key part of the government’s Industrial Policy Action Plan (IPAP) and the New Growth Path. According to the DTI, The IPAP has identified aquaculture “as a potential growth sector that can supplement the supply of wild stock with cultured fish products. “Aquaculture is one of the fastest-growing food production sectors in the world, growing at an annual rate of 8% to 10% per annum over the last two decades and outstripping livestock three- to four-fold,” the DTI said last week. According to Business Day, the new incentive programme targets fish hatcheries, fish farms and the production, processing and preserving of aquaculture fish. It will function as a reimbursement grant for pre-approved projects once they have been up and running for a year. “Further, it will offer a maximum of R40-million on a cost-sharing basis for investment in machinery and equipment, bulk infrastructure, land and buildings, leasehold improvements, and competitiveness improvement activities,” Business Day reports. The DTI’s head of product development, Tumelo Marivate, told Engineering News that R800-million had been set aside for the grant, and that four investors had already shown an interest. Davies said the programme promised enormous benefits that could contribute to job creation, food security, foreign currency and skills development. “The East London Industrial Development Zone (IDZ) has over the years played a significant role in the aquaculture sector, and given enough resources and investments we can multiply the work in other parts of the country,” Davies added. SAinfo reporterlast_img read more

Open Thread: When Is The Valley Worth Moving To?

first_imgTop Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Tags:#Open Thread#web For many years, I have been famously (or notoriously) anti-Silicon Valley. There’s nothing wrong with the place in iteself; what I detested was the snobbish notion that the Valley is the de facto or “best” place to run a startup or be involved with the tech world.I’m now forced to eat my words as my hetero life mate and I prepare to move into a Burlingame apartment conveniently located a few blocks away from the startup he’s now working at; I have to admit, living in the Bay Area has been amazing so far, in professional and personal terms.Still, if I were starting a company, would I move from Omaha or Nashville or Boulder to come to the Valley? Would you?UPDATE: It seems the Chatroulette creator is having the same dilemma. How’s that for unwitting timeliness?Back when I started the Never Mind the Valley series, I was fascinated by communities such as Boulder and Los Angeles. The tech scenes are smaller and more easily navigable, and most people are willing and excited to collaborate. When contrasting these areas with the SF Bay Area, NorCal seemed vast, cold, inflated and self-important by comparison.For months, I railed, “You don’t have to be in the Valley to have a successful startup!” Examples of this abound, from Austin’s Gowalla to L.A.’s Mahalo to the dozens of incubated and accelerated teams in cities all over the country.However, on moving to San Francisco, I quickly learned a few of the benefits of being a startup in the Valley. Everything moves much faster. You have more access to more capital. The depth, breadth and strength of the developer pool is unparalleled. Everyone has a fairly public track record. Yes, it can be an insular and self-aggrandizing little echo chamber of Mutual Admiration Society nitwits at times, but I’m no longer saying that the benefits don’t outweigh the cost.Ah, yes – the cost. Living in the Bay Area is, to employ a common NorCalism, hella expensive. Salaries are higher, real estate is more scarce and more spendy, the overall cost of living borders on obscene unless you’re used to, say, Tokyo. But again, perhaps for many startups situated here, the benefits outweigh the financial costs, as well.So, I’m left wondering exactly what alchemy makes the benefits worth all the costs for a startup. I’ve been asked by a few companies about transitioning from other states and even other countries to the Valley, and my advice has tended to be a mixed bag lately.I’m interested to hear from startups living in and outside of Silicon Valley: When do you think being in SF is worth it, and when is it wiser to stay put? Let me know your thoughts in the comments. jolie odell 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketcenter_img A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Related Posts last_img read more

Bolts return to PBA finals

first_imgNonong Araneta re-elected as PFF president Frontrow holds fun run to raise funds for young cancer patients  BSP sees higher prices in November, but expects stronger peso, low rice costs to put up fight Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Read Next Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC The Texters have been consistently holding their own against Barangay Ginebra’s imposing frontline and will again have to cut down the Gin Kings to size anew if they want to score a crucial Game 3 victory Friday also at the Big Dome.“We always believe that we’re capable of beating Ginebra. But it takes a lot of focus and a lot of effort to do that,” said TNT coach Nash Racela.Sealing all possible gaps in the lane, the KaTropa leveled the semifinal showdown by humbling the Gin Kings, 103-96, on a road trip in Batangas City last Wednesday. Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City CONTRIBUTED PHOTO/PBA IMAGESRanidel De Ocampo has churned out countless highlight reels throughout his career in a TNT uniform.On Thursday night, the 13-year veteran brought his winning act to the Meralco Bolts.ADVERTISEMENT Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH MOST READ LATEST STORIES Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games LOOK: Loisa Andalio, Ronnie Alonte unwind in Amanpulo for 3rd anniversary TNT, Ginebra out to break semis tie De Ocampo hit one of his patented jumpers that keyed a 91-88 overtime win at the expense of the Star Hotshots to send the Bolts back to the finals of the PBA Governors’ Cup.“It’s really hard to close out the series because our opponents are in a do-or-die situation,” said De Ocampo, whose shot near the top of the arc with 1:17 remaining provided the cushion that Meralco badly needed in the game at Smart Araneta Coliseum.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutAllen Durham again made a strong case to replicate his personal reward anew after scoring 24 points on top of 19 rebounds and six assists.But a far more meaningful hardware has kept the reigning best import highly motivated. “It’s been our goal since the beginning of the conference to be in the finals. Now, we’re back,” said Durham.Effectively filling up the void left by the injured Paul Lee, Mark Barroca and rookie Jio Jalalon picked up the slack for the Hotshots, who fought for survival on sustained grit and hustle before being swept in their best-of-five semifinal series.Lee was ruled out the rest of the season for the ailing left knee that forced Star coach Chito Victolero to bench his prized guard in Game 2.He was scheduled to go through surgery early Friday and would rest six to eight weeks to heal completely.TNT KaTropa, meanwhile, hopes to keep control of its own best-of-five affair against Barangay Ginebra.ADVERTISEMENT View commentslast_img read more

10 months agoChelsea ace Hazard: World Cup changed way people regarded me

first_imgChelsea ace Hazard: World Cup changed way people regarded meby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveChelsea ace Eden Hazard admits he feels his excellent work with Belgium at the World Cup has set him up for this season.Hazard says he is delighted with his current form.He told “Personally I feel like I went on to another level because of the World Cup,’ he adds of the tournament in which his country came third and he won the Silver Ball.”I think before the World Cup people thought I was a good player, but after the World Cup they were saying I was one of the best players in the world. That’s the level I want to reach and stay at. I think since the beginning of the season I have done pretty well.”I know I play for one of the biggest clubs in the world, and I can improve a lot in the future I think. I need to score more goals; we need to win more trophies. I won already a lot with Chelsea, but when you play for Chelsea you want big trophies like the Champions League, and to reach finals.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

4 days agoEmery adamant Arsenal will be title challenger

first_imgEmery adamant Arsenal will be title challengerby Paul Vegas4 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveUnai Emery is adamant his Arsenal can be a title challenger.Victory over Sheffield United at at Bramall Lane on Monday night would take Arsenal up to third, despite their poor start to the season. “We can be better in the table, we can play better each match,” Emery said.”I am very happy with the club. I am really happy with the players. “The last two, three, four weeks, every player — and Mesut Ozil — are working very well. We can be positive and can think we are going to do something important this year.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

Kirk Herbstreit talks Ohio State football College GameDay

Fans play corn hole on The Oval during ESPN’s College Gameday on Nov. 21. Credit: Samantha Hollingshead | Photo Editor On Saturday, the statue of William Oxley Thompson will have some company, as ESPN’s College GameDay will be broadcasting live on the Oval in anticipation of the game between No. 3 Ohio State and No. 9 Michigan State. Despite all of OSU’s success on the gridiron, it has been years since College GameDay has come to Columbus for a game. “I can’t believe that we have not been here since 2010,” College GameDay analyst and OSU alumnus Kirk Herbstreit said. “We used to come here, kind of like what we are doing right now with Alabama where we would come once or twice a year.”Every week, College GameDay picks a highly touted game where it will broadcast its show live on Saturday morning. The show typically is on the particular campus from Thursday to Saturday.Regardless of whether or not ESPN is broadcasting the game, the show will go wherever the week’s most anticipated matchup is. “We do tend to travel no matter where the game is … we just travel to what we think is the best game,” Herbstreit said. “It’s been a lot of fun to see the fanbases when we show up. It’s like that that campus will become the face of the sport for 48 hours.”With such a popular show finally making a pitstop in at OSU, many students are excited for the chance to witness it in person.Jarrett Forkey, a fourth-year in chemical engineering, students are planning on arriving the Oval, where the set is placed, early in the morning to get hyped for the game, which is scheduled to kickoff at 3:30 p.m.“It will be a lot more rambunctious than people think,” Forkey said. “It’s been awhile since GameDay’s been here. It’s been awhile since Michigan State’s been here. There are a lot of seniors playing their last game.“There is a lot of excitement here at Ohio State.”Herbstreit agrees that the students will be ready for the game come kickoff.“I expect to see that typical Ohio Stadium nutty atmosphere,” Herbstreit said. “You have one or two games a year where Ohio State feels (the Buckeyes could be upset), and then it’s a proactive atmosphere. It’s where you are creating the sacks or you are creating the interceptions. My guess is that’s the kind of crowd it will be and it will help Ohio State’s defense and their cause.”The hype for College GameDay and for the game that afternoon, according to Herbstreit, really shows the growth of college football as a sport.“Fans get crazier and crazier. That just speaks volumes about college football,” Herbstreit said. “The sport has never been more popular and there’s never been more buzz. The passion is universal and we embrace it. That’s what makes this sport so special.” read more