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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

Village, dance center projects make progress

first_imgConstruction continued at the USC University Village and Glorya Kaufman International Dance Center facilities over the summer months, bringing transformations to campus and the University Park neighborhood at large. As students return this fall, they will find the Kaufman facilities already completed, with the University Village progressing toward its 2017 completion date.Both Willy Marsh, USC Village director, and Hilton Hayes, senior project manager for the Glorya Kaufman International Dance Center, said that the structures will make great strides toward improving the campus’ environment. The additions to the University Park Campus are expected to exceed 160,000 square feet, serving a range of needs from dormitories to retail to instructional space.USC Village, which is expected to be completed in Fall 2017, will feature a total of 2,700 beds above 115,000 square feet of retail space. Retail tenants confirmed thus far include Target, Trader Joe’s, Starbucks and Bank of America. The Village was designed by architectural firm Harley Ellis Devereaux and engineered by Nabih Youssef Associates.The Glorya Kaufman International Dance Center, designed by architectural firm Pfeiffer Partners, features approximately 54,000 square feet of classroom and studio space with five dance studios throughout and four classrooms located upstairs.Both Marsh and Hayes stated that the style and architectural influences of their respective projects were the result of decisions by campus executive leadership in order to move the campus styling in a new direction with an emphasis on a new phase of uniformity.“We have always had a collegiate Roman style,” Marsh said. “[However], the administration wanted to push for something different — a gothic style. The Board [of Trustees] has reviewed the projects, but it is really senior administration who had influence in the design.”As the largest campus expansion project since the University’s inception, funding for the USC Village totals $700 million, according to Marsh.“The pro forma with housing and retail should provide a short payoff period and good investment,” Marsh said. “This is not a business opportunity and comes out of a need for housing especially.”As for the new Glorya Kaufman International Dance Center, Hayes said he was not permitted to discuss financing. However, he said that Glorya Kaufman is a large donor to the School of Dance as a whole.Both Marsh and Hayes emphasized the power of efficient teamwork and quality team members in bringing the two projects closer to completion.“Communication created a successful project,” Marsh said. “I put the owner, contractor and architect in the same room in the old Bank of America building. It was very transparent. I really feel our team has done a good job communicating with our end users.”Hayes said that, when working on the Kaufman building, receiving input from the dance center’s sponsors helped guide the project towards a successful completion.“We have a really good team, they work well together,” Hayes said. “The Kaufmans have been great; Glorya has been wonderful to work with. Everyone [from the beginning] believed that this building is special.”last_img read more

Some electric outages from recent ice storm reported

first_imgby Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — Some residents are experiencing electrical outages due to the recent ice storm. Sumner-Cowley Electric Co-op Association reported that three sub-stations are currently without power resulting in 531 members without electricity.The substations of Norwich, Runnymead and Milan are experiencing electrical outages serving the 531 homes. Throughout the past 24 hours Sumner-Cowley Electric said there were 228 members without electricity at 11 a.m. Wednesday, 24 homes out at 5 p.m. and none of the members were out in the evening at 7:46 p.m.As far as the Wellington City is concerned, Cliff Zens of the Electric Department reported about six homes without power and two street lights which were affected by the weight of the ice on the lines. “That’s pretty minimal damage for us,” Zens said. Close Forgot password? Please put in your email: Send me my password! Close message Login This blog post All blog posts Subscribe to this blog post’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Subscribe to this blog’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Follow the discussion Comments Logging you in… Close Login to IntenseDebate Or create an account Username or Email: Password: Forgot login? Cancel Login Close WordPress.com Username or Email: Password: Lost your password? Cancel Login Dashboard | Edit profile | Logout Logged in as Admin Options Disable comments for this page Save Settings You are about to flag this comment as being inappropriate. Please explain why you are flagging this comment in the text box below and submit your report. The blog admin will be notified. Thank you for your input. There are no comments posted yet. Be the first one! Post a new comment Enter text right here! Comment as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to WordPress.com Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new comments Comments by IntenseDebate Enter text right here! Reply as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to WordPress.com Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Cancel Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new commentslast_img read more