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H5N1 virus found near home of Indonesian victims

first_imgJul 27, 2005 (CIDRAP News) – Indonesian investigators found the H5N1 avian influenza virus in chicken droppings near the home of three people who died of the virus this month, according to a report published yesterday.Health Minister Siti Fadillah Supari said further tests were needed to determine if the victims, a man and his two young daughters who lived in a Jakarta suburb, became infected through contact with the droppings, according to the report by Agence France-Presse (AFP).”It’s suspected to be the cause of the infection, but it requires another stage of examination to determine this is the case,” Supari said. Officials have said they had no evidence that the victims had any exposure to sick poultry, but they lived a few miles from farms where poultry and pigs were found to be infected this year.H5 outbreak in JapanIn other developments, Japanese officials have reported another outbreak of avian flu on a poultry farm near where several outbreaks have been reported since late June, according to a Reuters story today.Some chickens on the farm tested positive for an H5 virus, and fuller identification of the virus was still awaited, a local official in Ibaraki prefecture, northeast of Tokyo, told Reuters. The previous outbreaks in the area were identified as involving an H5N2 virus, which is less virulent than H5N1 and has not been known to cause illness in humans.The latest outbreak is on a farm with 35,000 birds, about 4 miles from where the first recent outbreak surfaced in late June, the report said. Since then, authorities have destroyed chickens at seven neighboring farms, after they tested positive for antibodies to the virus.An avian flu outbreak reported in southwestern Siberia last week was tentatively identified as H5N2. Conclusive identification of the virus in the outbreak in the Novosibirsk region was still awaited, according to a Reuters report published yesterday.Gennady Onischenko, Russia’s top epidemiologist, said the outbreak was Russia’s first avian flu outbreak, Reuters reported. He said the disease had killed 1,135 birds.Reports from Thailand, PhilippinesIn a report to the World Organization for Animal Health (OIE) last week, Thailand said recent avian flu outbreaks had killed more than 16,000 birds and forced the destruction of more than 120,000.Outbreaks occurred in eight villages in Suphan Buri province, about 60 miles north of Bangkok, the report said. Initial reports on Jul 11 had cited five outbreaks in the area, ending a 3-month stretch with no poultry outbreaks in Thailand.All the cases occurred on farms or at other sites where traditional husbandry methods were used and biosecurity was minimal. The largest outbreak killed 14,880 birds and forced the culling of 107,120, the report said.The cases were detected during Thailand’s second nationwide active surveillance campaign, scheduled to run from Jul 1 to 31, officials told the OIE. Thailand has had 17 human cases of H5N1 infection, with 12 deaths, but none this year.Filipino officials told the OIE last week that testing in Australia had confirmed the previously reported finding of a low-pathogenic flu virus in ducks from one location, but found no virus in chickens. Authorities reported on Jul 8 that an H5 virus had been found in ducks on one farm north of Manila, marking the Philippines’ first avian flu outbreak in recent years.Tests at the Australian Animal Health Laboratory detected evidence of low-pathogenic H5 and H9 viruses in samples from ducks but not from chickens, the Filipino report said. Tests showed no sign of H5N1 viruses in any of the samples. Virus isolation tests using fertilized chicken eggs also were negative.Officials said they concluded that the Philippines is free of H5N1 and has no low-pathogenic flu in chickens. Further, officials said, “The Philippines has had previous LPAI [low pathogenic avian influenza] exposure in ducks, but the LPAI virus is no longer present and therefore we do not have active LPAI, even in ducks.”Authorities concluded that the original finding by a Filipino government lab of a flu virus in ducks was probably a false-positive, possibly because an inappropriate primer was used in the reverse-transcriptase polymerase chain reaction test, the report says.Hong Kong lab suspends researchIn Hong Kong, a laboratory that had been criticized by the Chinese government for its research on avian flu said it was suspending the research while seeking government permission for it, according to a Reuters report published yesterday.In late May, the Joint Influenza Research Centre published an article in Nature saying that infected wild birds in western China might have picked up the H5N1 virus from poultry farms in southern China. The center is operated by Hong Kong University and Shantou University.A day after the article was published, Jia Youling, head of the veterinary bureau in the Chinese Ministry of Agriculture, criticized the findings and said no avian flu had broken out in southern China this year, Reuters reported. Jia also said the joint laboratory had inadequate biosecurity and had not received government approval to conduct avian flu research.A few days later, the government issued new regulations restricting H5N1 research to three governments labs and requiring labs to obtain government permission before doing research on deadly pathogens, the story said.A statement by the joint research center said it complied fully with World Health Organization safety standards for work on avian flu viruses but was suspending its work on H5N1 while it applied for government authorization.See also:Thai report to the OIEftp://ftp.oie.int/AVIAN%20INFLUENZA/infos_san_archives/eng/2005/en_050722v18n29.pdfFilipino report to the OIEftp://ftp.oie.int/AVIAN%20INFLUENZA/infos_san_archives/eng/2005/en_050715v18n28.pdflast_img read more

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Bangladesh, Saudi Arabia report first H5N1 outbreaks

first_imgMar 23, 2007 (CIDRAP News) – Agriculture officials in Bangladesh and Saudi Arabia have confirmed outbreaks of H5N1 avian influenza in birds, a first for each country.The outbreak in Bangladesh struck chickens at a state-run poultry farm in Savar, near the capital, Dhaka, the Associated Press (AP) reported today. Government sources said farm workers had recently culled all 30,000 chickens at the farm after many of them died mysteriously, the AP said.Preliminary tests at local laboratories suggested in February that the chickens died of exotic Newcastle disease, a respiratory virus that is fatal to birds, but the government later sent samples to a lab in Thailand for more tests, the AP reported.Bangladeshi Health Minister S. M. Matium Rahman told the AP that no human cases have been reported, but citizens have been put on alert. As a precaution, officials culled about 8,000 chickens today on five private farms near Dhaka.The World Health Organization (WHO) said it would work closely with Bangladesh to curb the spread of the disease, and WHO representative Duangvadee Sungkhobol told reporters today there is no need to panic, because the outbreak has been handled very carefully, the AP story said.The report said an H5N1 outbreak could devastate Bangladesh’s poultry industry, which includes about 150,000 farms and does $750 million of business annually.Saudi officials cite single outbreakMeanwhile, the agriculture ministry in Saudi Arabia said yesterday that the H5N1 virus had been confirmed in samples obtained by a citizen in the eastern part of the country who reported several bird deaths at home earlier this month.The Saudi Press Agency (SPA) said the outbreak involved turkeys, parrots, peacocks, and ostriches on private land, according to an AP story published today. An SPA statement said the birds were destroyed and the site was sterilized.H5N1 avian flu has been reported in several countries near Saudi Arabia, including Egypt, Israel, Jordan, Iraq, Kuwait, and Sudan. Egypt has had 26 confirmed human cases since February 2006, half of them fatal.Online records of the World Organization for Animal Health (OIE) show that H5N1 has been found in birds in about 60 countries, not counting Saudi Arabia and Bangladesh.In other news this week, H5N1 has been found in crows in Islamabad, the capital of Pakistan, according to a Reuters report yesterday. Up to 70 dead crows were found in and around the city recently, and 2 of 8 birds tested were found infected, the story said.The virus first turned up in Pakistan in February 2006, prompting the culling of 40,000 birds in North West Frontier Province. The Islamabad zoo was temporarily closed last month after four peacocks and a goose died of the infection, according to the story.In Myanmar, about 38,000 birds have been destroyed as a result of five outbreaks in Yangon, the capital, over the past 3 weeks, says a Mar 21 Agence France-Presse (AFP) report.Three countries listed as weak linksAlso this week, international officials at a meeting in Verona, Italy, listed Egypt, Indonesia, and Nigeria as the three countries least able to deal with H5N1 outbreaks in birds, according to a Mar 22 AFP report.Bernard Vallat, head of the OIE, told AFP, “There are still three countries that are not capable of managing the situation: Indonesia, Egypt and Nigeria, which harbour reservoirs of the virus that can take off elsewhere.”Joseph Domenech, chief veterinarian for the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), told AFP, “The lack of a national strategy, the lack of political involvement and the disorganization of these countries mean that lots of outbreaks, as well as human cases of the disease, arise.” He said he was most concerned about Indonesia.However, the two officials said they don’t expect to see as many bird outbreaks of H5N1 this year as occurred last year.Vallat told AFP, “On the medical level you see a reduction in terms of viral quantity. The presence of the disease in the population of wild birds is lower than last year when there was a surge in the virus.”Wild birds may be growing more resistant to the virus, or the strain may be declining, Vallat said.Domenech commented that most countries have gotten faster at detecting and responding to the virus, according to AFP. But he said it would be unrealistic to think that the virus can be eradicated soon, as it “continues to circulate and can reappear at any time.”See also:Saudi Press Agency news releasehttp://www.spa.gov.sa/English/details.php?id=434749OIE chart of countries with H5N1 outbreaks in birdshttp://www.oie.int/downld/AVIAN%20INFLUENZA/A_AI-Asia.htmlast_img read more

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Arsenal legend Robert Pires praises ‘warrior’ Matteo Guendouzi after display against Tottenham

first_imgArsenal legend Robert Pires praises ‘warrior’ Matteo Guendouzi after display against Tottenham Comment Guendouzi was called up to the France squad this week (Picture: Getty)Robert Pires hailed Matteo Guendouzi as a warrior for his performance against Tottenham in Arsenal’s 2-2 draw with their bitter rivals.Arsenal launched a comeback from two goals down in the north London derby, with Guendouzi leading the fightback and setting up Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang for their equaliser.The 20-year-old’s form this season earned him his first call-up for France this week and Pires heaped praise on the young midfielder.‘Matteo is a warrior,’ Pires told The Athletic . ‘He had a fantastic match.ADVERTISEMENT Pires hailed Guendouzi as a warrior (Picture: Getty)‘He’s a combative player and what I like about him is that he is consistent with that.AdvertisementAdvertisement‘He does his job, patrolling defensive midfield, winning the ball, tackling well, and then playing the ball quickly and simply.‘That’s why he is an important player for Unai and for Arsenal. I liked the reaction of the team to going 2-0 down, the manner of the response.’‘Ten minutes before I was asleep. I thought I was still in a dream.’Matteo Guendouzi on the moment he received his first ever France call-up 🇫🇷😁 pic.twitter.com/unGl7betdC— Metro Sport (@Metro_Sport) September 2, 2019 Guendouzi impressed against Tottenham (Picture: Getty)‘And I said, “What do you mean I have to leave? What do you mean?” He said, “Actually, you’re going with the senior France national team.”‘In my mind I was like, at first I couldn’t believe it. Ten minutes before I was asleep – I thought it was still a dream!’MORE: Matteo Guendouzi reveals France Under-21 coach played trick on him over senior call-upMore: 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 City Coral BarryTuesday 3 Sep 2019 9:03 amShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link2kShares Guendouzi has now linked up with the France squad and asked about the call up, he revealed: ‘Actually, I was taking a nap and someone knocked on my door. I didn’t answer because I was sleeping I swear.‘Then my phone rang and it was the coach on the phone. He said, “It’s me, I knocked” and so on.‘Obviously I went and opened the door straight away. And then he said, “Matteo, come here, we need to talk.” He said, “I like you very much but you have to leave.” Advertisement Advertisementlast_img read more

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Opportunistic DNC Fundraising off Mass Shootings

first_imgThe request seeks donations from 10-to-200 dollars, split between the DNC and Giffords’ political action committee. (Washington, DC) — The Democrat Party sees the latest mass shootings as an opportunity. The DNC is focusing on preventing gun violence by fundraising off of the mass shootings in El Paso and Dayton. A shooting victim herself, Former Congresswoman Gabby Giffords made a fundraising plea for Democrats running for office after the deadly mass shootings in Texas and Ohio. The Arizona Democrat was critically injured in a mass shooting in Tucson in 2011. The Democratic National Committee sent out a request from Giffords for donations to “prevent gun violence and save lives.” last_img read more

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Gough’s 67 sets the pace at the Reid Trophy

first_img2 Aug 2016 Gough’s 67 sets the pace at the Reid Trophy England’s Conor Gough set the first round pace in the Reid Trophy with a score of three-under 67 on a drizzly day at Porters Park Golf Club in Hertfordshire. The 13-year old heads an international leaderboard in the English U14 boys’ open championship, with players from the Czech Republic, Spain, France and Ireland among those in the top 10. But Gough, from Stoke Park in Buckinghamshire, is leading a strong English challenge. Closest to him is Luis Witherall from Cherwell Edge in Northamptonshire, who beat par in competition for the first time today with his 69. Cheshire’s Oscar Doran (Delamere Forest) shares third place on level par while Dominic Clemons from Gog Magog in Cambridgeshire shot one-over 71 and is in a group of five sharing seventh place. Gough (?Image © Leaderboard Photography) set the standard early in the day with a round which included four birdies and just one bogey. “I’m very pleased, I was hoping for about level par, so this is much better – but it’s only the first round,” he said. He came into this event in fine form, having just won the U15 Douglas Johns Trophy by three shots and finished in the top 10 at last month’s English U16 championship for the McGregor Trophy. Today, he started on the 10th and got off to a quick start with two birdies in his first three holes. After a steady string of pars he got to three-under on the first, a short par four of 254 yards where his drive with a three wood went 30 yards through, but his chip back finished within a foot of the hole. Another birdie on the fourth – where he holed from 25ft – got him to four under, but a wayward drive which finished in the trees on the seventh cost him his only bogey. Witherall came in towards the end of the day with his 69, remarking: “I was hitting greens and two-putting most of the time, but when I missed the greens I got up and down a lot. I kept my head after a bad shot and just moved on from it.” He has worked hard towards this event and added: “I’ve been practising really hard for this and today it’s paid off.” Cheshire’s Oscar Doran (Delamere Forest) is in a group of four players who scored level par 70 today, putting together a remarkably steady round. He started with birdies on the first and second and then had 13 straight pars before dropping a couple at the end of his round. “I finished bogey, par, bogey which was quite disheartening, but I’ll take level par,” said Doran who is the Cheshire U14 and U16 champion. Good driving was the key to his scoring and when he did hit a wayward one into the trees on 17 he still had the answer, hooking his second around the trouble and onto the green to set up a par. Among the others sharing third place is Casey Jarvis of South Africa, who has made the trip to play this event and the Scottish U14 championship and has arrived in good form. He matched five birdies with bogeys and said afterwards: “I’m happy overall. I wanted to be in contention going into the second round. “I played pretty good, I missed a few greens on the back nine but I was hitting my driver really well and my putting was good. The rain was difficult at one point but I played my way through it.” After tomorrow’s second round the field of 144 competitors will be cut to the leading 70 players and ties who will play the final 18 holes on Thursday. Click here for full scoreslast_img read more

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Oilers Slide Past Devils, 2-1

first_imgNEWARK, N.J. — Edmonton Oilers forward Nail Yakupov seemingly didn’t mind either the ugly red scrape on the right side of his chin or the five stitches above his lip.Collisions happen in hockey and sometimes there is damage.Yakupov not only shook off an early mid-ice collision, the struggling 21-year-old forward scored a game-winning, power-play goal in the second period to lead the Oilers to a 2-1 victory over the New Jersey Devils on Feb. 9.“Finally, it’s got to go in,” Yakupov said after ending an 11-game goal drought. “I’m just trying to get open. We got good guys and skill players who can pass the puck. I had a couple of shots that couldn’t go through. The third one I put in. That’s what I’ve got to do more and more every game.”Jordan Eberle had the primary assist on Yakupov’s goal, and helped set up defenseman Oscar Klefbom’s tally as the Oilers snapped a two-game losing streak.Devils fans were booing at the end of a game most expected would be a laugher against the Oilers (15-30-9), who have the fewest wins in the NHL.“Obviously, we did some good things, especially in the third period,” said Oilers goalie Ben Scrivens, who had 13 saves.“The last couple of weeks we’ve had opportunities to close games out and we’ve been making mistakes. We weren’t so much being outplayed as causing our own headaches. It was good that we took a positive step forward tonight.”The loss was the second straight for the Devils, who had gone 8-2-2 in their previous 12. It was a big hit to their playoff hopes.“It’s up to us to figure this out,” said Cory Schneider, who had 22 saves, including a stop on a breakaway by Teddy Purcell with just over three minutes to play. “For sure, the last two games have been a setback for us, but we have no one to blame but ourselves. No one is going to come and bail us out.”Patrik Elias scored for the Devils.Yakupov missed a couple of first-period shifts after a collision with Devils forward Steve Bernier. He was down on the ice for at least two minutes and didn’t return until late in the period.“I went for a change and I didn’t see the guy,” Yakupov said. “I was really nervous for a couple of minutes. At first I wasn’t positive at all I’d come back but I wanted to come back. Our doctor did a pretty good job.”The Oilers, who hadn’t tallied a power-play goal in six games, took a 2-1 lead when Yakupov scored from the right circle at 12:45 of the second period as Devils defenseman Adam Larsson served a delay of game penalty for shooting the puck into the crowd.A little more than a minute later, Yakupov missed the net from the right circle. The puck went around the boards to Eberle, who sent a cross-ice pass to Yakupov in the right circle. This time he didn’t miss.“Yak’s shot was definitely a relief to get that goal,” Eberle said. “If you’re not scoring, that’s one place you have to try and pick it up.”Edmonton, which had only scored one goal in losing its last two games, got two in the opening 40 minutes against New Jersey.Klefbom tied it 1-1 with 36 seconds left in the first period after the Oilers did an excellent job of keeping the puck in the New Jersey end.Ryan Nugent-Hopkins made the initial play, flagging down a clearing attempt at the right point. Eberle set up Klefbom near the right circle for a shot that beat Schneider.Elias, who was honored before the game for scoring his 400th goal, 600th assist and 1,000th point this season, had given New Jersey the lead 5:47 after the opening face-off.Martin Havlat took the puck from Derek Roy along the left boards, skated toward the net and found Elias in the right circle for his 401st goal and eighth this season.(TOM CANAVAN, AP Sports Writer) TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

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Kargil Vijay Diwas 20th-anniversary celebrations: Victory Flame to be taken from Delhi to Dras

first_imgA number of events have been planned by the Army in Delhi and Dras in Jammu and Kashmir next month to mark the 20th anniversary of the ‘Kargil Vijay Diwas’, officials said on Friday.The anniversary celebrations for this year will be spread over three days from July 25-27.”However, as part of the build-up to the main event, numerous activities have been planned to be organised all over the country from the first week of July,” an official said.The celebrations in the national capital begin on July 14 with the illumination of a ‘Victory Flame’ from the National War Memorial here, which would traverse through 11 towns and cities to finally culminate at Dras where the flame will be merged with the eternal flame at the ‘Kargil War Memorial’, he said.The torch relay team will conduct educational and patriotic talks and will interact with the prominent personalities and students in various educational institutes, the Army said in a statement.The events include expeditions by the units, which participated in the Kargil War, to their respective battlefields at super-high altitude locations such as Tololing, Tiger Hill, Pt 4875, and special national integration camp for NCC cadets hailing from various states and Union territories of the country.The event will last for 12 days in Leh. Essay and drawing competitions are being organised for school children all across the Ladakh region with thematic topics.”The Year 2019 marks the 20th anniversary of victory in ‘Operation Vijay’, popularly known as the ‘Kargil War’. The Kargil War is a saga of strong political, military and diplomatic actions. The nation shall be celebrating the 20th anniversary of victory this year in Kargil War with pride, honour and inspiration,” the Army said.advertisementThe Kargil War will always be remembered for its strategic and tactical surprises, the self-imposed national strategy of restraint in keeping the war limited to Kargil-Siachen sectors, and the swiftly executed tri-services military strategy and plans, it said.The Kargil War will also be remembered for the determination and daring junior leadership and the raw courage of our jawans at the tactical level, Army said.The 20th anniversary of the victory is being celebrated with the theme ‘Remember, Rejoice and Renew’, it said.”We ‘remember’ our martyrs, by revisiting the sacrifices and instilling pride and respect among us, we ‘rejoice’ by celebrating the victory in Kargil and we ‘renew’ our resolve to safeguard the honour of the tricolour,” the Army said.The objective of these celebrations is to evoke a feeling of nationalism and patriotism through nationwide campaigns especially amongst the youth and to pay homage to the valiant soldiers.The events are planned to highlight the stories of valour by our brave soldiers and rekindle the pride among the youth of the country, inspiring those who were too young and those who were not yet born, to form part of the nation’s resolve.”Kargil Vijay Diwas is a special occasion for the people of Ladakh. People of Ladakh shall be participating in the run ‘Ek Daud Shaheedon Ke Naam’ which would include the citizens from the remotest corner of the region and the brave war veterans from far-flung villages of Ladakh. Popular sports and competitions like polo and archery for the local populace are scheduled along with other festivities,” the statement said.A T-20 cricket championship is being organised in the Ladakh region in the NDS Memorial Stadium which is situated at an altitude of 11,500 ft.The event is also aimed at nurturing the cricket talent among the youth in the region. The tournament will see teams from the Indian Army, Indian Air Force, ITBP and local clubs from the entire Ladakh region, the Army said.A wreath memorial ceremony will be organised at the ‘Kargil War Memorial’ in Dras on the Kargil Vijay Diwas (July 26 to honour the Bravehearts who laid down their lives during the ‘Operation Vijay’, it said.In Delhi, a ‘Commemoration Ceremony’ is being organised at the Manekshaw Centre, where a panel discussion with war veterans and serving officers will be organised.The event will be followed by ‘Kargil Vijay Diwas Evening’, a cultural extravaganza, at the Indira Gandhi Indoor Stadium on July 27.The nationwide campaigns will have numerous activities to evoke the feeling of nationalism and patriotism, and remember the sacrifices by soldiers, the Army said.Also Read | J&K Police rallies behind its brave officer battling for lifeAlso Read | An-32 crash has no survivors, says IAF after two days of rescue operations in ArunachalAlso Watch | Balidan Badge row: Will ICC bow to Dhoni?advertisementlast_img read more

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