Indonesia reports another avian flu death

first_imgMay 31, 2006 (CIDRAP News) – A 15-year-old boy in West Java has become Indonesia’s latest avian flu fatality, according to news reports that cited local tests.Meanwhile, the World Health Organization (WHO) reported today that in the remote North Sumatra village that witnessed a large family cluster of avian flu cases, no cases suggestive of H5N1 infection have been detected since May 22.The 15-year-old boy, who was from Tasikmalaya, West Java, was admitted to a hospital May 29 and died yesterday, according to a Reuters story today. If his death is confirmed by a WHO laboratory in Hong Kong, his will be the 49th case and 37th death in Indonesia. About two thirds of those cases have occurred this year.Government officials said that the teen had contact with infected poultry and that his own chickens died about 2 weeks ago, according to Reuters. In addition, the report said, the boy’s grandfather was a chicken farmer who had 40 chickens that died recently.The boy represents the third recent H5N1 fatality from West Java province. A 10-year-old girl and her 18-year-old brother died last week in Bandung, which is about 55 miles northwest of Tasikmalaya.Today’s WHO update on the case cluster in Kubu Simbelang village, Karo District, North Sumatra, states that 54 family members and other close contacts remain under home quarantine. In addition, investigators have been conducting house-to-house surveillance for flu-like symptoms throughout the 400 or so households in the village, and a surveillance command post was set up in the village last week.With all this monitoring in place, no new cases resembling avian flu have been identified in Kubu Simbelang over the last 9 days, the WHO reports. This finding is important, the agency says, because it indicates that the H5N1 strain has not spread beyond members of the single extended family.Today’s WHO update also provides further details on the history of the case cluster.As noted in previous reports, the original family member to fall ill was a 37-year-old woman who is considered the index case, though samples from her body were not collected before she was buried. According to today’s report, she started showing symptoms consistent with avian flu April 24 and died May 4.She sold fruit and chilies at a market stand about 50 feet (15 m) from a stand that sold live chickens, according to the WHO. She also kept a small flock of backyard chickens, which she allowed into the house at night. Three of these chickens reportedly died before she became ill. She also used chicken feces to fertilize her garden.The woman had one sister and three brothers. The sister and two of the brothers contracted H5N1, and one of the brothers is the only infected family member to survive.The family members who died of avian flu include the 37-year-old’s two teenaged sons, her sister’s 18-month-old girl, and a 10-year-old son of the brother who died.On April 29, according to today’s update, nine family members spent the night in the same small room as the index patient when she was severely ill and coughing heavily. Five to 6 days later, three family members experienced symptoms. These were her two teenaged sons and the surviving brother, who was from a village 6 miles away.The sister of the initial patient developed symptoms at the same time, as did the sister’s 18-month-old daughter. The sister, who lived in an adjacent house, cared for the index patient, accompanied by her young daughter.The 10-year-old boy lived next door to the 37-year-old woman and was a frequent visitor in her house. His father, the woman’s brother, was the final fatality (May 22) and had tended his son throughout his hospital stay from May 9 through May 13.The WHO report also says that a parallel agricultural investigation still has not detected H5N1 virus in about 80 samples from area animals and chicken fertilizer, meaning that the initial source of the outbreak remains unknown.See also:WHO’s Indonesia cluster updatehttp://www.who.int/csr/don/2006_05_31/en/index.htmllast_img read more

Letters to the Editor for Sunday, Feb. 24

first_imgVaccinations protect society from harmIn response to Emily Lewis’s Feb. 18 letter in which she asks the question “Who gets hurt by people that don’t get vaccinated,” I would like, as a pharmacist with over 25 years’ experience, to offer an answer:Everyone.Yes, if you are vaccinated you are protected, but not everyone is able to be. There are several reasons a person may not be vaccinated, such as allergies and other underlying medical conditions. But how does this affect me, you may ask. I’m vaccinated. Well for one, who do you think pays to treat these unvaccinated people? Do you know how many reported cases of polio originated in the United States since 1979? Zero, nada, none ,zippo however you want to put it.Do you know why? Vaccines work. Sometimes there aren’t two sides to an issue, like the world is not flat. And contrary to what Jenny McCarthy thinks, vaccines are safe and effective.If you’re still not convinced and choose to not vaccinate your children, please consider moving to some isolated island. This will not only guarantee your safety, but it will guarantee ours.Daniel LangeSchenectadyMore from The Daily Gazette:Foss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen?EDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motoristsCuomo calls for clarity on administering vaccineGov. Andrew Cuomo’s press conference for Sunday, Oct. 18EDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homes Downstate socialists defeated capitalismThe New York Democrats’ new socialist-wing chickens have come home to roost.Amazon’s $3 billion in tax incentives would’ve brought $27 billion back in state tax revenue, plus 25,000 jobs with an average salary of $150,000.This deal was not only good for downstaters, but the $27 billion in tax revenue would’ve benefited all of New York state. Instead, we have an amateur hour, ex-bartender turned socialist, Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, celebrating that a polluted swamp will remain a polluted swamp. She’s happy because history shows socialism always fails when people’s economic status improves. Socialism only thrives when people have no other source of means than handouts from a central state government. Around half of the 38 million Americans on food stamps are children. The program provides an average of $1.40 per person, per meal.There’s enough money for war and tax breaks for the rich and multi-national corporations. It’s immoral to slash programs sustaining children and people with disabilities and/or little to no opportunity, while funding programs that enrich entities profiting from exploitation and war. Cutting food stamp programs vital to many is inhumane and causes more suffering and social problems. As an American brought up to value my fellow human beings, I will never approve of treating people dispassionately, especially those less fortunate due to bad luck, health or circumstance. We’re all connected and interdependent, and we should treat each other with care, not cruelty.Terri RobenGlenville From Stalin to Hugo Chavez, history’s socialists have only stayed in power because their economies evaporated, and the people became dependent on government programs. The New York State Senate under Andrea Stewart-Cousins and Michael Gianaris is now obviously in the control of far-left Democrats that favor socialism over capitalism. Even Democrat-leaning Newsday on Long Island is predicting the newly elected Democrat “Long Island Six” will not be returned to Albany next election.Thousands of recent Long Island graduates were counting on those high-tech job opportunities. It’s 2010 all over again for the Democratic state Senate.The other group to blame here are the New York City unions, which are nothing more than self-serving crime families.I’ve been a union delegate down there. They don’t care about their members. They care about the dues that afford them six-figure salaries, expense accounts, free trips to tropical conventions, nepotism, free vehicles, etc. When it comes time to actually represent a member, they can’t. They’ve lined their own pockets in back-room deals with management and are now compromised.Amazon had agreed to use union construction workers. The New York City construction trades have now lost hundreds of jobs and millions in salaries. Union workers for UPS, FEDEX, etc. would’ve multiplied also.The New York City Council members are all bought and paid for by the retail workers union and other unions. Good for Amazon; they avoided nothing but trouble. Let them build their HQ2 in states that still represent the traditional working values of America. Graham HigginsSchenectady Categories: Letters to the Editor, OpinionWe must treat each other with kindnessIn this richest nation on Earth live large numbers of people needing food pantries and food stamps just to get by.Parents with low-paying jobs sometimes are cut off from food stamps, though their job doesn’t pay enough for adequate amounts of food for a family. Children are deemed ineligible for school meal programs when parents find work.  Being employed doesn’t always mean making enough to cover all expenses.last_img read more

Trudeau, in quarantine, telegoverns Canada

first_imgTopics : ‘A little bit concerned’ Working from home, Trudeau has maintained a busy schedule: phone calls to Emmanuel Macron, Donald Trump, Giuseppe Conte, Canadian provincial and territorial leaders, and others.He has remained in contact with his cabinet and officials, unveiling on Friday a slew of measures and money to combat the spread of the virus.”I’ve been very busy both yesterday and today. I’ll continue to work from home remotely to do the important things that need to be done to keep Canadians safe,” he said.A journalist asked if the prime minister fell sick after contracting the virus from his wife, was there a contingency plan?”There have always been contingency plans for ministers who are sick or even a prime minister who has fallen ill,” Trudeau replied.Another reporter asked how the prime minister and his family were coping under the circumstances.”Most of the morning the kids have been playing with Lego and my wife has been on the phone to friends and family,” he said, adding: “I have been on the phone with President Macron, with my cabinet and officials.”And what about the kids? Is anyone in the family worried about their health?”We are obviously having some very good conversations with our kids about what’s going on, about how not to be overly concerned, but to be a little bit concerned, which is obviously why they are home today with us,” Trudeau said. The announcement was made late Thursday that the 48-year-old Canadian leader, his 44-year-old wife and their three children, aged 6-12, would be confined for 14 days to the house a few kilometers (miles) from parliament.Telegoverning, he said “is an inconvenience and somewhat frustrating.””We’re all social beings after all, but we have to do this.”Public health officials have asked all Canadians to self-isolate if they exhibit any flu-like symptoms and get tested for COVID-19, especially if they recently travelled outside the country. “We are following medical advice as should all Canadians,” Trudeau commented.Sophie Gregoire-Trudeau started feeling flu-like symptoms including a low fever late Wednesday after flying back from a speaking engagement in London. “Sophie’s symptoms remain mild,” said her husband. “We are thinking about all the families across the country who have received the same diagnosis, but we’re in good hands.” His children play with Lego in their rooms, his wife spends a lot of time on the phone: Prime Minister Justin Trudeau on Friday offered a glimpse into the Canadian first family’s COVID-19 quarantine while reassuring an anxious nation that he continues to govern.”I want to be clear. I have no symptoms. I’m feeling good. Technology allows me to work from home,” Trudeau told a news conference outside his official residence in Ottawa.Standing alone in front of the small brick cottage, journalists giving him several meters clearance, the prime minister spoke publicly for the first time since his wife Sophie tested positive for the COVID-19 virus.last_img read more

Bayern Munich identify Arsenal transfer target Yannick Carrasco as a Leroy Sane alternative

first_imgLeroy Sane is Bayern Munich’s main transfer target this summer (Picture: Getty)Carrasco is available for £25m and is prepared to lower his wage demands in order to seal a return to Europe with the Belgium international currently earning around £170,000 per week.Arsenal have been most strongly linked with a move for the former Monaco and Atletico Madrid winger with Unai Emery working with a reduced transfer budget this summer.According to the Evening Standard, Arsenal made Dalian Yifang a loan-to-buy offer which was rejected, but are considering making another bid including performance-related add-ons.Speaking about his plans, Carrasco said last week: ‘From a family point of view, I would rather play in Europe and stay closer to my family. The adjustment for my family was also difficult over there [China].’More: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man CityOther players on Bayern’s shortlist are Julian Draxler who looks likely to leave PSG and Callum Hudson-Odoi, although the England international looks likely to stay at Chelsea next season.Sane, meanwhile, has been coy over his future, saying after Germany’s 8-0 win over Estonia: ‘I’m going on holiday now. Everything else will be seen. That’s it with the questions about Bayern Munich.’More: Arsenal FCArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira movesThomas Partey debut? Ian Wright picks his Arsenal starting XI vs Manchester CityArsene Wenger explains why Mikel Arteta is ‘lucky’ to be managing Arsenal Advertisement Advertisement Bayern Munich are considering a bid for Dalian Yifang’s Yannick Carrasco (Picture: Getty)Bayern Munich could enter the race to sign Arsenal transfer target Yannick Carrasco from Dalian Yifang if their move for Manchester City’s Leroy Sane is unsuccessful, according to Sport Bild.The Bundesliga champions are looking for reinforcements after allowing Franck Ribery and Arjen Robben to depart and have made no secret of their desire to tempt Sane back to Germany.Sane is entering the final two years of his contract at the Etihad and although City have attempted to tie him down a longer deal on numerous occasions, they have been unable to agree terms.That has alerted Bayern to the situation although their president Uli Hoeness has admitted that it will be difficult to sign Sane as City’s demands, reportedly in excess of £90m, are ‘insane’.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENTWith Bayern finding it difficult to meet City’s demands, they are turning to alternative targets including Carrasco who looks certain to leave China this summer. Metro Sport ReporterWednesday 12 Jun 2019 8:58 amShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link424Shares Bayern Munich identify Arsenal transfer target Yannick Carrasco as a Leroy Sane alternative Commentlast_img read more

Temperatures and casualties continue to rise in Egypt

first_imgBilateral ties between Russia and Egypt continue to soar Ebola Numbers Continue To Rise UK, Egypt talks continue on airport security The death toll from the heat wave in Egypt is continuing to climb. More than 40 people have died so far this week, and the hottest days may still be to come. CCTV’s Yasser Hakim reports. Relatedlast_img

Cauayan local jailed for illegal transport of lumber

first_imgHe was placed under the custody of thePhilippine Coconut Authority, while the vehicle and the lumber were inpossession of the Cauayan municipal police station./PN Canson, driving a truck loaded with 2000board feet of coconut lumber valued at around P38,000, was nabbed around 1 p.m.on Feb. 24, a police report showed. Police identified him as 37-year-old DaniloCanson of Barangay Inayawan, Cauayan.center_img BACOLOD City – A man was arrested afterhe failed to show permit to transport lumber in Barangay Poblacion, Cauayan,Negros Occidental.last_img read more

Lady Pirates Best Lady Bulldogs In Softball

first_imgThe Greensburg Lady Pirates beat The Batesville Lady Bulldogs 11-1 in Softball.Batesville vs. Greesnburg Softball (4-10)The Lady Pirates JV won 12-2.Batesville vs. Greensburg JV Softball (4-10)Submitted by Batesville Coach Jody Thomas.last_img

Arteta to remain at Arsenal – agent

first_imgArsenal midfielder Mikel Arteta has no intention of leaving the Gunners, according to his agent – despite reports linking him with a summer move to Fiorentina. The 32-year-old Spaniard, who is under contract with the Barclays Premier League outfit for a further season, is a reported target of the Serie A outfit. However, Arteta’s agent Inaki Ibanez insists his client is staying in London. “The player has no intention to leave London,” Ibanez said to Italian radio station Radio Blu. “We have not spoken to any club and I would like to remind everyone that we are talking about the Arsenal captain, with all respect for Fiorentina.” Arteta moved to the Emirates Stadium in 2011 following six years at Everton. Last season, the former Rangers and Real Sociedad midfielder scored two goals in 31 league appearances to help Arsene Wenger’s side finish fourth in the Premier League. He also captained the Gunners in their 3-2 FA Cup final triumph over Hull in May. center_img Press Associationlast_img read more

Seniority rules for Badgers

first_imgNot many would deem last year’s UW men’s soccer season a success. The team finished with an overall record of 8-11 and a 2-4 record against Big Ten opponents. They ended up tied for fifth in the conference and lost to Indiana in the first round of the Big Ten Tournament.”The experience wasn’t there sometimes,” sophomore forward Victor Diaz said of last year’s team.This year’s squad is optimistic, however, and hopes that it can continue the success already earned in the preseason.”We’re just looking to keep the flow going of what we’ve built up,” senior captain Aaron Hohlbein said. “We’re looking good as a team; we’re coming together nicely.”UW head coach Jeff Rohrman believes that the success of this year’s team lies on the shoulders of its strong senior class.”Certainly, having eight seniors and their leadership and experience is going to play a big part of how we close games out and how we win games late,” Rohrman said.While experience may have been lacking in the 2005 team, last year’s shortcoming is this season’s strength. The Badgers will see their entire starting roster return from last season.”We’ve got a very deep team this year,” Rohrman added. “We didn’t lose any starters from last year. We’re very solid and very good in a lot of places.”No single player stands out to Rohrman as the team’s go-to guy, but he acknowledges the impact many of his players will have.”Through the middle, we’ve got (freshman) Pablo Delgado, (sophomore) Kenny Dix, (junior) Erik Ortega and (junior) B.J. Goodman — all very good players,” Rohrman said. “Up top, Victor Diaz [is] able to score goals, and Reid Johnson (Sr.) has had a very good preseason. I think we’re looking forward to some good things out of Reid this year too.”The coach also emphasized the leadership ability of Hohlbein.”He’s the glue that keeps us together,” Rohrman said. “He brings a peace of mind, and a sense of composure and confidence within the team.”Hohlbein, who will serve his second year as team captain, has already been named to the preseason third-team All-American team by College Soccer News. Last year, he was named to the all-Big Ten first team. The Badgers’ captain polished his skills this summer by playing for a men’s amateur semi-pro team in Madison, the Princeton 56ers.Senior Jake Settle will return between the pipes as the team’s goalkeeper.”Jake demonstrated last year that he’s capable of playing in some great matches and keeping us in some great matches,” Rohrman said.Some of the freshmen on the team have already showed signs of promise during the preseason as well. Delgado — a forward/midfielder from Madrid, Spain — and forward red-shirt freshman Eric Conklin each had significant contributions in the team’s first two exhibition games, with both players scoring a pair of goals each.Two other first-year players have already received preseason accolades, as goalkeeper Ryan Vint, an All-American from Plymouth, Minn., and midfielder Taylor Waspi from Deer Park, Ill., were named to College Soccer News’ Top-100 Freshman list. “[The freshman] are giving us added depth and added strength in a number of different areas,” Rohrman said. “Certainly, they can all play at this level and do some good things.”One thing the team will be focusing on heavily this year is not overlooking any of their opponents, no matter who it is they’re facing.”That’s one of the things we’ve had problems with in the years before,” Hohlbein said. “We kind of overlooked some teams. Every team on our schedule is going to be tough.”After using the preseason to fix some mistakes made last year, the Badgers are ready to take to the field.”We have to do what we know and we have to be tough on the field,” Diaz said. “We’ve been playing more as a team, playing tougher, and we have more enthusiasm.”Expect the Badgers to take the season one game at a time and not get ahead of themselves as they have done in the past. After all, as Diaz puts it, “Every game counts.”last_img read more

Bielema unsure of Stocco’s condition

first_imgBRYAN FAUST/Herald photoWhen the Wisconsin offense takes the field in Iowa City Saturday, there is a distinct possibility John Stocco will not be under center for the first time in 35 games.Stocco — who left Saturday’s game in obvious pain midway through the fourth quarter after being sacked by Penn State linebacker Sean Lee — will be reevaluated daily by the UW medical staff to determine his status for this week’s Big Ten finale.”I thought the signs coming out of the doctor’s voice yesterday were very encouraging,” UW head coach Bret Bielema said in his weekly press conference Monday. “We don’t practice on Mondays and didn’t really have any practice time on the field Sunday, so whether or not he is available Tuesday will be determined Tuesday.”According to Bielema, the hit that finally knocked Stocco out of the game was not the first time he was roughed up Saturday.Stocco took his first shot in the third quarter as he rolled toward the sideline on a naked bootleg and was hit by reigning Butkus Award winner Paul Posluszny.”We basically made an evaluation on the sideline at the time of his ability to function as a quarterback, and John felt comfortable and everyone did, otherwise we wouldn’t have put him back out on the field,” Bielema said.If Stocco is unable to start for UW, Tyler Donovan will get the nod to start his first collegiate game.Although the junior has been less than impressive in limited game action this season, Bielema is confident in his ability to lead the team.”[Saturday] we knew John wasn’t going to be able to finish the game, and we asked Tyler on the sideline what he was comfortable with and what he was able to do and we knew we needed him to go out and seal a victory for us … and he was able to do that.”Another factor contributing to Bielema’s confidence is that Donovan would be surrounded by regular starters, as opposed to the less-experienced players he played with in his previous game action.Hawkeye for an EyeMany members of the UW football team have extra motivation for Saturday’s contest. For one, this year’s crop of seniors has never beaten Iowa — UW’s last victory over the Hawkeyes was in 2001, a streak that includes Iowa spoiling two UW parties the last two years. In 2004, a UW victory in Iowa City would have netted the Badgers an improbable trip to the Rose Bowl, and last season Iowa defeated the host Badgers in Barry Alvarez’s final home game.”I think so,” Bielema said as to whether the seniors may have a personal score to settle against the only Big Ten team they have yet to defeat. “Our guys are very proud individuals, they like to carry things over time, and I think it will provide a little extra motivation.” One might think that a coach who previously played and coached at Iowa and has a Hawkeye tattoo on his leg would have a little extra motivation, but that is not the case. “It’s very well-documented my history and my past with the University of Iowa, but the key word there is past … I am a strong believer in history is great to read about, but it really does not affect anything in the present or in the future.”Joe Pa updateBielema began his press conference by extending condolences to Penn State coach Joe Paterno, who broke his left leg and tore ligaments in his knee during a sideline collision Saturday.It was reported Monday that Paterno is expected to make a full recovery from the injury, and should be ready to coach the Nittany Lions next Saturday against Temple.Later, the topic shifted to an issue Paterno was irate about before leaving Saturday’s game. With 23 seconds remaining and UW set to kickoff to Penn State after a Paul Hubbard touchdown, Bielema called for consecutive offside kickoff attempts in an effort to run off time before halftime.While Paterno vehemently protested the intentional infraction, Bielema shrugged off any extra hype surrounding the controversial strategy.”I am hired here to win football games and graduate student-athletes,” Bielema explained. “With 24 seconds left on the clock, I’m pretty sure it wasn’t going to affect our GPA, whether or not I did what I did, but it could have a direct result of winning and losing football games.”I don’t necessarily agree with the rule, the way it’s written,” Bielema continued, discussing a new rule to college football this year in which the game clock starts when the ball is kicked, and not when it is received, “but I knew the rule and I wanted to maximize it.”last_img read more