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Thailand’s first avian flu case of 2006 confirmed

first_imgJul 26, 2006 (CIDRAP News) – The World Health Organization (WHO) confirmed today that a 17-year-old boy who died on Jul 24 in the Phichit province of northern Thailand had H5N1 avian influenza, marking the country’s first case this year.The WHO statement said the case was confirmed by Thailand’s Ministry of Health. The country had not recorded a human H5N1 case since December; its toll now stands at 23 cases with 15 deaths.The boy lived in the Thap Khlo district, where he experienced symptoms on Jul 15 and was hospitalized Jul 20, the WHO said. The patient had buried dead chickens on Jul 10. His death comes amid several recent reports of mass poultry deaths in northern and central Thailand.Bloomberg News reported today that the patient had been in contact with fighting cocks that had not been declared to authorities for fear of culling; the fighting roosters are reported to be worth as much as $13,000. Thailand’s disease-control director said the boy also tested positive for dengue hemorrhagic fever, making his case unique, Bloomberg reported.H5N1 was detected in 31 dead chickens in the Bang Mulnarg district of the Phichit province, according to a report that a Thai livestock official filed Jul 24 with the World Organization for Animal Health (OIE). Several media outlets have reported suspicious poultry deaths in other nearby provinces, including Phitsanulok and Uttaradit.Thai health officials have placed several other people from Phichit province under quarantine, according to an article today in The Nation, a Thai newspaper. Four are members of a family whose chickens tested positive for the H5N1 virus. A veterinarian told The Nation that the family raised 268 fighting cocks, which started to die on Jul 15. Another patient is an 11-year-old girl who lived near the family and developed a flu-like illness after touching a dead chicken.Officials in Chiang Mai, the largest city in northern Thailand, have suspended cockfighting until further notice, The Nation reported. The country’s agriculture minister recently announced bans on poultry imports and the transport of birds.According to the OIE, the Phichit Provincial Livestock Office declared the Bang Mulnarg district an avian flu–infected area, which allows officials to conduct full-scale disease control efforts, including culling, quarantine, screening, and disinfection of affected sites.In other news, China has invited the United Nations to observe tests it will run to verify a June report by Chinese scientists that a man who died in 2003 had the H5N1 virus, according to a Reuters report today. The scientists’ report has fueled speculation about how many human H5N1 cases might have been missed or not reported in China before 2005, when the country reported its first case. Following the scientists’ report, Chinese officials said they would investigate the case.Avian flu scare in US hospitalIn the United States, a 207-bed hospital in Carrollton, Tex., had a real-life test of its avian flu preparedness when an elderly woman who had recently spent a month in an area of Vietnam where human cases had occurred stumbled through the doors. WFAA TV in Dallas-Ft. Worth reported yesterday that within seconds of noting the patient’s recent travel history, the intake nurse rushed the woman to the emergency department, where she underwent a rapid flu test.When the test came back positive, the hospital staff alerted its infection control staff and Texas health officials, the story said. The woman was placed in an infectious-disease room with ventilation controls, while a state trooper rushed her test samples to a lab in Ft. Worth.Within 6 hours, the woman was diagnosed with ordinary flu. The hospital’s infection control director, Eileen McClachlan, told WFAA that the hospital staff was pleased that they knew what to do quickly when a patient’s symptoms and history suggested possible avian flu. “But they were also very nervous that this could be the beginning of avian influenza in the United States,” she said.Businesses urged to prepareMeanwhile, a US government official urged businesses to prepare for a possible avian flu outbreak. According to an Agence France Presse report yesterday, Rajeev Vankayya, a White House biodefense policy advisor, warned those attending a US Chamber of Commerce meeting in Washington that an outbreak would affect their businesses.At the conference, businesses were advised to improve hygiene measures, develop telecommuting plans, and determine how to keep key business units functioning in the event of a flu pandemic.The story said Lynn Slepski, a Department of Homeland Security official, told those at the meeting, “We won’t be able to stop the disease at the borders. We can’t depend on that. So plan!”See also:Jul 26 WHO update on Thai situationhttp://www.who.int/entity/csr/don/2006_07_26/en/index.htmlJul 24 CIDRAP News story “Thailand faces renewed avian flu fight”Jul 24 OIE notice on H5N1 in poultry in Thailandhttp://www.oie.int/downld/AVIAN%20INFLUENZA/A2006_AI.phplast_img read more

Robin van Persie names Man Utd, Arsenal and Ajax as the teams to beat in the Europa League

first_img Comment Advertisement Robin van Persie has picked out the most likely teams for Europa League success (Picture: Getty Images)Robin van Persie has avoided controversy among his former clubs by naming Manchester United and Arsenal as favourites to win the Europa League this season.The Red Devils and the Gunners resume their Europa League campaigns on Thursday night with the first legs of their last 32 ties.United only have a short trip to Belgium to take on Club Brugge, while Arsenal are in Greece to face Olympiakos.Both sides have struggled badly for consistency this season, with Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side seventh in the Premier League while Mikel Arteta’s men are four points behind in 10th.ADVERTISEMENTHowever, Van Persie has still backed two of his former sides as favourites to lift the trophy in May, while the Dutchman also views Ajax as likely challengers for the title.AdvertisementAdvertisement‘Arsenal and Manchester [United] are certainly favourites to win the competition,’ the 36-year-old told Omnisport.‘Ajax were knocked out of the Champions League in a hard way, which is also part of football, unfortunately.‘They also have a chance to win the Europa League, they have a very good squad.’The bookmakers do not necessarily agree with the former prolific striker, with Inter Milan and Sevilla available at shorter prices to win the Europa League than Manchester United, Arsenal or Ajax.Inter take on Ludogorets Razgrad in the last 32, while Sevilla take on CFR Cluj and Ajax meet Getafe.Scottish sides Celtic and Rangers are both still involved in the competition, but are significant outsiders for success, with the Bhoys up against FC Copenhagen next and the Gers playing Braga.Rangers boss Steven Gerrard accepts the mammoth task ahead of his side against Braga, but feels his side have what it takes to cause an upset.‘We know we are playing the best team in Portugal right now, the form team,’ he said. ‘This is a team that has just beaten Porto in a cup final, just beaten Benfica away and also beaten Sporting Lisbon of late.‘They are the form team and one we have a lot of respect for. But having watched them and analysed them, there are areas of their game where we believe we can go and hurt them.’MORE: Mikel Arteta calls on Arsenal players to show courage in Europa League clash with OlympiakosMORE: Graeme Souness hits out at Manchester United over failed Erling Haaland transfer – and mocks striker’s father Metro Sport ReporterThursday 20 Feb 2020 10:21 amShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link7.8kSharescenter_img Robin van Persie names Man Utd, Arsenal and Ajax as the teams to beat in the Europa League Advertisementlast_img read more

Philippine volcano erupts twice in 24 hours

first_img Tweet Share CNN News Share 70 Views   no discussions Share News Philippine volcano erupts twice in 24 hours by: – February 21, 2011 Sharing is caring! A farmer prepares his farm for planting rice in San Juan village in Sorsogon province under the restive Mount Bulusan volcano seen in the background, 21 June 2006.(CNN) — Philippine seismologists issued an alert on Mount Bulusan Sunday after the Luzon Island volcano erupted twice during a 24-hour period, according to a bulletin released by the nation’s volcano-monitoring agency.However, the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (PHILVOCS) said the eruptions posed little threat to the villages surrounding the Luzon Island volcano. Most of the villages lie outside the 4-kilometer (2 1/2-mile) danger zone, the bulletin stated.Philippine volcanologists, according to the agency, aren’t expecting Mount Bulusan to erupt again soon. The volcano is located about 249 kilometers (155 miles) southeast of Manila.The area immediately surrounding the Bulusan Volcano is mostly rural. There are several villages, but most are outside the danger zone, according to PHILVOCS. The most recent eruption, which took place before dawn local time on Sunday lasted about 20 minutes, according to the agency.In declaring an “Alert Level 1,” the agency warned nearby residents not to enter the 4-kilometer “permanent danger zone” because of possible steam and ash explosions. Area residents were also warned of the possibility of flooding if heavy rains push sediment-filled streams out of their banks.last_img read more