Two human H5N1 cases noted; poultry outbreaks expand

first_imgNov 28, 2005 (CIDRAP News) – Two more human cases of H5N1 avian influenza have been confirmed in recent days in Vietnam and Indonesia, while poultry outbreaks are spreading in China and Romania.The World Health Organization (WHO) confirmed Nov 25 that a 15-year-old boy from Vietnam’s Haiphong province has H5N1 infection, which Vietnamese authorities announced last week. The boy has been discharged from a hospital and is recovering, the WHO said. He is the 66th Vietnamese to contract avian flu.A 16-year-old boy was confirmed today as having Indonesia’s 12th avian flu case, according to a Nov 26 report by Agence France-Presse (AFP). He was hospitalized in good condition in the West Java capital of Bandung, said Hariadi Wibisono of the Indonesian health industry, as quoted by AFP.”Tests [on blood] taken from the 16-year-old boy, both locally and by the World Health Organization, show that he is a bird flu patient,” Wibisono said. The WHO hasn’t updated its case count to reflect confirmation of the case.The WHO said it would send a team to the eastern Chinese province of Anhui to investigate human deaths from H5N1, according to the English version of the China People’s Daily Online. Two deaths have been confirmed in that province.China wrestles with poultry outbreaksChina has reported seven new outbreaks in poultry in less than 10 days, according to the English version of the Chinese People’s Daily Online on Nov 25. Outbreaks have led to the culling of about 17,000 birds in an Inner Mongolian village, according to a Nov 25 report China filed with the World Organization for Animal Health (OIE). Bloomberg News reported on Nov 26 that China has had 27 poultry outbreaks this year.Romanian poultry case outside Danube deltaRomanian officials found the H5N1 virus in a remote village 70 miles from the Danube River delta, leading to a cull of roughly 17,000 poultry in the village of Scarlatesti, Reuters news service reported on Nov 26. Samples from a turkey in Scarlatesti were positive in initial testing in Romania; follow-up testing will occur in a laboratory near London, the story said.The cull in Scarlatesti led to the firing of two of the country’s chief veterinarians, Reuters reported today, after a television station aired film showing inhumane culling.A private TV station showed footage of a man wringing the neck of a goose and then throwing the bird into a fire. The Reuters report indicates some birds were not dead before being thrown into the flames.Animal rights groups were angered and said that Romania wasn’t complying with standards it must meet to succeed in its bid to join the European Union, Reuters reported. Poisoning with gas is a generally approved method for culling large flocks, Reuters said, citing experts who insist that any culling method must be safe, humane, and efficient.See also: WHO confirmation of 66th Vietnamese casehttp://www.who.int/csr/don/2005_11_25/en/index.htmlChina’s Nov 25 and Nov 23 reports to OIEhttp://www.oie.int/downld/AVIAN%20INFLUENZA/China%20Follow-up%20report%20No10.pdfftp://ftp.oie.int/AVIAN%20INFLUENZA/infos_san_archives/eng/2005/en_051125v18n47.pdfRomania’s Nov 27 reports to OIEhttp://www.oie.int/downld/AVIAN%20INFLUENZA/Romania%20Follow%20up%20No10.pdfhttp://www.oie.int/downld/AVIAN%20INFLUENZA/Romania%20Follow%20up%20No9.pdflast_img read more

No need to panic buy oximeters to detect ‘happy hypoxia’, lung specialist says

first_imgThere is no need for the public to start panic buying pulse oximeters to detect “happy hypoxia”, Persahabatan Hospital lung specialist Erlina Burhan said on Wednesday.Public concerns over an unusual effect of COVID-19 called happy hypoxia – in which patients have dangerously low blood oxygen levels yet show no usual symptoms of the disease – have risen due after it was reported that two patients who died from COVID-19 in Banyumas, Central Java, experienced the symptom. Lung specialist Erlina Burhan said that happy hypoxia, also known as silent hypoxemia, could be checked by examining blood gases analysis through pulse oximeters.“We can check our blood saturation level at home by putting our finger inside the oximeter pulse, ” Erlina said in a talk show hosted by the National Disaster Mitigation Agency (BNPB) on Wednesday.However, Erlina also reminded the public that not every COVID-19 patient would experience happy hypoxia. “This doesn’t mean that people should buy pulse oximeters the way people were panic buying face masks,” she said. “Pulse oximeters are not necessary for healthy people or asymptomatic cases.”She said that those who experienced happy hypoxia usually suffered from worsening coughs and feelings of fatigue.She explained that people whose blood oxygen levels dropped would usually suffer from difficulty breathing.“However, this doesn’t happen to some COVID-19 patients [who experience happy hypoxia] because of nerve damage, which results in their brain failing to recognize the lack of oxygen,” Erlina said. (dpk)Topics :last_img read more

The US protests again: takes the field with the shirt inside out

first_imgLast night, before the match against Japan began, The Americans jumped onto the field with the shirt upside down. The country’s coat of arms was not visible, but clearly the four stars that accredits them as world champions. An image that went around the world.The Rapinoe, Press, Heath and company team again triumphed on the pitch. He beat the nadeshiko 3-1 and they won the SheBelieves Cup title. One more award for this team that never tires of winning, and fighting for their rights. The SheBeleieves Cup was created by the players of the United States National Team to give more visibility to this sport and enhance women’s rights. So they decided that it would always coincide with March 8, International Women’s Day.In this edition of the tournament hThe reproaches they have had for a few months towards their federation have been followed. The current champions fight for the equal rights of the men’s team. They win it all, while they don’t win and still receive more money for playing with the USA.last_img read more

Polansky ends Grand Slam season as tennis’ luckiest loser

first_imgView comments Polansky lost to No. 4 seed Alexander Zverev on Tuesday in the first round, but not until after he’d become the first player to compete in all four Grand Slam tournaments in a season as a “lucky loser.”That is the term for someone who falls in the final stage of qualifying, yet still is randomly drawn into the main field when a spot opens up because of a withdrawal. That’s how the 119th-ranked Canadian got into the Australian Open, French Open, Wimbledon and the U.S. Open in 2018.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSTim Cone still willing to coach Gilas but admits decision won’t be ‘simple yes or no’And though he went 0-4 once he got to the majors, his good fortune made him the envy of some players far better than him.“A couple of them have come up to me and just like rubbed my shoulders to try to get some luck, that kind of thing,” Polansky said. Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew LATEST STORIES Peter Polansky of Canada returns the ball during his men’s singles first round match against Alexander Zverev of Germany on Day Two of the 2018 US Open at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center on August 28, 2018 in the Flushing neighborhood of the Queens borough of New York City. Julian Finney/Getty Images/AFPNEW YORK — Peter Polansky was still trying to qualify for the U.S. Open when fellow players began congratulating him.When it comes to tennis’ luckiest loser, there was no need to wait to see if he’d win.ADVERTISEMENT Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Polansky’s ranking rose to a career-best 110 in June, not that far from the top 101 spots that qualify automatically for the U.S. Open. With some solid play later in the year, perhaps he can get there in time for Australia.Then Polansky wouldn’t even need luck.“Yeah, that’s the goal,” he said. “I think with the summer I’ve had I’ve set myself up pretty well to achieve that. I think I need maybe one or two more good results and that should do it.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award ‘It’s a nightmare’: Players melt in US Open extreme heat MOST READ Judy Ann’s 1st project for 2020 is giving her a ‘stomachache’ DepEd’s Taal challenge: 30K students displaced How good was Polansky at losing, and yet still coming out a winner? When he did it for the fourth time last week, fans on social media accused him of tanking so he could become the first person to accomplish the lucky loser Grand Slam.“I swear, every match I lose, like, guys think I’ve thrown the match,” Polansky said. “Like, sold the match.”Polansky had a chance to take luck out of the equation last week when he won his first two matches in New York. At that point, players knew he had it wrapped up.“They were like, ‘Congrats, you’re in,’” Polansky said. “No, not yet.”He lost his final match to Donald Young, but sure enough, he was then drawn into the field of 128 anyway.ADVERTISEMENT Palace OKs total deployment ban on Kuwait OFWs Peza offers relief to ecozone firms Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? ‘High crimes and misdemeanors’: Trump impeachment trial begins Gov’t in no rush to rescue animals in Taal Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. last_img read more