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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

SU ice hockey’s Marty questionable for Friday contest at Clarkson

first_img Facebook Twitter Google+ Comments Published on November 10, 2010 at 12:00 pm Contact Ryne: rjgery@syr.educenter_img Stefanie Marty sat on an exercise bike outside the locker room as the Syracuse ice hockey team practiced Monday and Tuesday. The scene could be a sign of trouble for the Orange as it prepares for a rematch with Clarkson Friday. Senior captain Marty, a gifted scorer and team leader, remains questionable this weekend with a right shoulder injury. She injured the shoulder after taking a hit on the boards in the second period of last week’s loss to Clarkson. Marty went to the bench in pain to be examined by the trainers and returned to play the remainder of the game.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text Marty learned later the injury might be more serious. She suffered a subluxation, or partial dislocation, of the shoulder, and she is not sure if she can play this weekend. ‘I don’t know yet,’ Marty said. ‘I really don’t know. We’ll see how it goes during the week and then we’ll decide on Friday.’ Without Marty, the Orange would face an even taller task in trying to avenge its loss to Clarkson. Marty tied for the team lead with 16 goals last season despite missing time to compete in the Olympics for Switzerland. In Vancouver, she set an Olympic record with nine goals to lead her team to a fifth-place finish. She is a prolific goal scorer on the ice. And goal scorers are what the Orange need to snap its three-game losing streak, especially against a suffocating Clarkson defense. SU head coach Paul Flanagan said more players need to have a scorer’s mentality if Marty cannot go. ‘We have to get some players that just have to think, ‘I have to score however, whatever way I have to do it,” Flanagan said. ‘Get some ugly goals.’ Flanagan thinks his team has been trying to make the pretty play rather than the right one. Precision is nice, but this team isn’t going to win games that way. ‘Those beautiful tic-tac-toe plays, if they’re there and they happen that’s great, but I don’t think that’s what we’re looking for,’ Flanagan said. ‘And I don’t see where we’re that kind of a team.’ Flanagan said the ugly goals that come off rebounds win games. The team has to keep things simple and get pucks on net to get those goals. That combination worked well for SU early in the season. A balanced offensive attack keyed a three-game winning streak that preceded the recent slide. The Orange needs to find that balance again. Syracuse has been relying on sophomore and team points leader Isabel Menard too much lately. Menard scored both SU goals last weekend to keep the Orange in the game. ‘It’s almost like we’re looking to Isabel to be our savior,’ Flanagan said. ‘If this continues much longer, teams can key on Isabel and that will make it tough on us, so we have to spread the wealth here offensively.’ With Marty hurting, the whole team needs to step up. Flanagan said Marty will be evaluated Thursday and they will make a decision Thursday night or Friday morning. If she can’t play, the Clarkson game could be an opportunity for more players to contribute. Senior Julie Rising believes SU is prepared to play without Marty if it has to. ‘She’s definitely a key player so it would be a little rough,’ Rising said. ‘I think we have people that can jump into her spot and definitely have a chance to getting more ice time and making a difference.’ Flanagan knows he can’t replace Marty with one player. He said he would ask the entire team to do a little more to make up for the loss. ‘You can’t just pencil one person in,’ Flanagan said. ‘We’ll ask everyone to try to make up for the fact that she’s not here.’ With or without Marty, Rising said SU is ready to make this weekend’s game different than the last. Said Rising: ‘Now we’ve got a chip on our shoulder, so we’re going to definitely go at them on Friday and play like we can.’ rjgery@syr.edulast_img read more