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

Survey: 90% of renters performed worse than last year

first_imgAs we announced, Nedo Pinezić and David Peranić announced a survey for renters of family accommodation, in order to better analyze the situation on the ground between renters, and concrete steps on how and where to move forward in the future. The survey was conceived through five questions. To the first question: Do you work seasonally or all year round ?, the majority (74.2%) answered that they are seasonal renters, while 25.2% of respondents declared themselves as year-round renters. Although these data do not say much, because somewhere the season is longer or shorter, and there is no exact geographical division, nor by the quality of accommodation, which also depends on the length of the season. However, for the purposes of the survey and the interpretation of the results of the surveyed renters, we know that these are mostly seasonal renters. How much of a drop have you had this season in the number of nights? – is a question that provides more specific information. Photo: Maxim Goncharenok, Survey results: 90% of renters performed worse than last year The survey is over, and we bring the results of the same. The survey was completed by 1.669 renters, which is a large sample, in line with the previous inertia of renters for any initiatives or surveys. Source: Dantes At the end of the survey, 70% of renters concluded that they are still satisfied with this tourist season, according to May 15 forecasts. center_img On the other hand, 8.7% of the surveyed renters achieved the same results as last year (within 10%), and a small part, or 2.2% of the respondents, achieved a growth of 10% and more compared to last year. For the end, Pinezić and Peranić are inviting tonight (Wednesday) from 20.30 pm to Dantes FB Live where they will comment live on the results. Thus, 36% of respondents worked significantly worse than last year or had a drop of 50%. The second part, more precisely 30% of them, performed worse than last year in the context of a decline of 20 to 25%. 22.9% of them achieved more than 60% worse results than last year. 28.2% Same price as last year22.9% Prices less by 20% than last year19.9% Prices less by 10% than last year13.6% Prices less by 30% than last year7.4% Prices less by 40% than last year6.2% Prices less by 50% and more than last year1.9% Prices more than last year – We have an extremely large sample, which allows us to obtain objective results, Pinezić and Peranić point out and add: – Some of the answers were very short, and there were indeed extensive answers. In the coming weeks, we will read and systematize all the answers (there are close to 7.000 entries), and we will publish separate articles for each question as the conclusion of the survey and our comment.”. When it comes to prices, we know that this year the accommodation was filled at much lower prices, both in hotel and private accommodation. And this is shown by the survey data, where about 70% of respondents reduced prices.last_img read more

India court raps BCCI for inaction on reforms

first_imgNEW DELHI, India (AFP) – India’s highest court yesterday accused top officials from the country’s cricket board of failing to clean up the scandal-ridden body, more than six months after they pledged to enforce reforms.The Supreme Court ordered that the acting president, secretary and treasurer of the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) appear before a panel of judges on September 19 to explain their inaction.“You haven’t implemented anything despite our orders. Nothing has been complied (with) and the BCCI says it’s helpless,” the panel of three judges, headed by Justice Dipak Misra, said in its order.The board, a powerful and wealthy institution in cricket-mad India, was placed under court administration in January after a string of high-profile scandals brought its management into disrepute.A panel appointed to reform its opaque administration was given an undertaking from the acting president, secretary and treasurer that they would turn things around.But the court-appointed committee of administrators last week said the trio should be removed for failing to implement any of their promised reforms.The board has been accused over its management of the Indian Premier League (IPL), a glitzy Twenty20 competition that netted almost $380 million in revenue in 2016.last_img read more

NFL playoff picture: How Raiders can get final AFC wild-card berth in Week 17

first_imgThe Raiders (7-8) somehow staved off elimination from the AFC playoffs in Week 16. They stayed alive with their 24-17 victory over the Chargers in Los Angeles.Oakland also got the help it needed with Pittsburgh (8-7) and Tennessee (8-7) losing, plus Indianapolis (7-8) winning earlier Sunday. That opens a simple path for the Raiders to make the playoffs as a .500 team in 2019. Fourth, the Raiders need the Colts to win again. Indianapolis needs to go on the road, too, against the reeling Jaguars, who have gone into the tank. That seems to be the easiest part of the equation for Oakland.The Raiders might be representing Oakland for the last time in Week 17 before moving to Las Vegas in 2020, but don’t bet the house against them sneaking into the playoffs.Crazier things have happened to end a season. First, the Raiders need a win in Week 17 to get to 8-8. They play at the Broncos; that’s a winnable road game.NFL PLAYOFF PICTURE: Updated AFC, NFC standings for Week 16Second, the Raiders need the Steelers to lose again. Pittsburgh also needs to go on the road, against the Ravens, but the AFC North champs might help the Steelers’ cause by resting key players with their No. 1 seeding in the AFC playoffs already clinched.Third, the Raiders need the Titans to lose again. Tennesee also needs to go on the road, against Houston, but the AFC South-champion Texans have little for which to play, with a top-two seed and a first-round bye out of reach.last_img read more

Lyon face up to Ronaldo and Juventus as Juninho era struggles for lift-off

first_imgCristiano RonaldoLyon, France | AFP |  Anthony Lopes describes Cristiano Ronaldo as “extraordinary”, and the Lyon goalkeeper knows how big a job he faces keeping his Portuguese international colleague quiet when the French side face Juventus in the Champions League this week.“I have been lucky enough to play alongside him. He is the captain and an extraordinary personality, a great man,” Lopes told AFP when asked about playing with Ronaldo.Lopes, 29, was born near Lyon and has spent his entire club career there. But thanks to his Portuguese roots he has won seven caps and been to two major tournaments with Ronaldo, including Euro 2016 which Portugal won.“I have gone to major tournaments with him, the Euro and the World Cup, where you have to develop links to those around you, and to do what he does every day is quite incredible,” Lopes added. “Players today take great inspiration from him.”On Wednesday, OL host Ronaldo and the Italian giants in the first leg of their last-16 tie.Lyon are massive underdogs against a Juve side in a hurry for Champions League success given the massive investment they made in Ronaldo, who recently turned 35.Last year it was Lionel Messi who put Lyon to the sword at this stage, scoring twice as Barcelona won 5-1 in the second leg after a goalless draw in France.“When you play Barca or Juve, the danger comes from everywhere,” Lopes said, adding: “All eyes will be on Ronaldo, especially in the stands.”Lyon want to become regulars in the Champions League knockout stage, but they only just scraped through their group and have since lost star player Memphis Depay to a serious knee injury.– Off-field progress –OL are currently seventh in Ligue 1, seven points adrift of the Champions League qualifying spots for next season.Coach Rudi Garcia has struggled to win over supporters who were unimpressed at the decision to appoint him in October after the failed experiment with Brazilian novice Sylvinho.“We know our future and our chances of being in the Champions League again next season will go down to the wire,” Lopes said. Lyon president since 1987, Jean-Michel Aulas prefers to point out that they remain in every competition — they face Paris Saint-Germain in both the French Cup semi-finals and the League Cup final.Supporters are impatient for a first trophy since 2012, too long for a club who are France’s second-richest behind PSG.The latest Deloitte Football Money League ranking of the world’s richest clubs has Lyon 17th with revenue of 220.8 million euros ($240m).They are well behind PSG’s 636 million euros, and Juventus on 460 million euros. Nevertheless, Lyon’s potential is clear.In 2016 they opened a stunning 59,000-seat stadium which has hosted the women’s World Cup final. Their women’s team is Europe’s best, and the club recently bought Reign FC, the US team of Megan Rapinoe.Lyon’s stock market-listed holding company, OL Groupe, is expected to soon welcome French former NBA star Tony Parker onto its board — OL Groupe holds a sizeable stake in ASVEL, the local basketball club which is France’s most successful.But fans fear OL’s ever-growing off-field status will not be matched by on-field results.“We know not many of the supporters wanted Rudi Garcia, but it is down to the president, the board and me to make decisions,” sporting director Juninho told Le Progres.The Brazilian, a legendary former player, returned last summer but his attempts at building a new team have not yet convinced.Lyon sold stars like Nabil Fekir, Tanguy Ndombele and Ferland Mendy in the close season, while sizeable investments in new signings have yet to bear fruit.“We have an inconsistent team, but there are no bad guys. Most of the players are 24 or 25, have not won many trophies, and lack a bit of the culture that existed at the club when I played,” said Juninho.How they could have done with the Brazilian in his pomp against Juventus. Getting the better of Ronaldo and co. is a huge challenge for Lyon’s current crop.Share on: WhatsApplast_img read more

Spring Arts Walk Registration Now Open

first_imgSubmitted by City of OlympiaIt’s that time again!  Registration forms for artists and downtown businesses participating in Arts Walk XLVI are now available at The Olympia Center, 222 Columbia St. NW, online at or by calling Olympia Parks, Arts & Recreation at 360/753-8380.  Earlybird deadline for registration is 7pm, Friday, February 8, 2013.  Sponsored by Olympia Parks, Arts & Recreation and the Olympia Arts Commission, spring Arts Walk attracts over 20,000 visitors to celebrate the arts in downtown Olympia.  Spring Arts Walk dates are Friday, April 26, 2013, 5-10pm, and Saturday, April 27, 2013, 12-8pm. Facebook0Tweet0Pin0last_img read more