Indonesia has more bird flu deaths; Azerbaijan probes possible cluster

first_imgMar 10, 2006 (CIDRAP News) – The human toll of H5N1 avian influenza mounted again today with reports of the deaths of two young Indonesian patients, while authorities in Azerbaijan were investigating a cluster of 10 suspected human cases in one village.The World Health Organization (WHO) listed one of the Indonesian victims as a 4-year-old boy from Semarang in central Java who fell ill on Feb 10 and died Feb 28.The other victim was a 12-year-old girl who died Mar 1 in Solo, also in central Java, according to an Associated Press (AP) report citing Health Minister Siti Fadilah Supari as the source. The report said the WHO reference laboratory in Hong Kong had confirmed the case.The AP also reported on the boy from Semarang but described him as a 3-year-old. Indonesian Health Ministry official Hariadi Wibisono said his case was confirmed by a local lab and later by a lab in Atlanta, according to the story.The WHO said an investigation showed that the boy lived in a neighborhood where chickens had died shortly before he became ill. The AP report said both patients “appeared to have come into contact with infected birds.”The two cases apparently raise Indonesia’s count of human cases to 29 with 22 deaths and the global tally to 177 cases with 98 deaths, though the WHO has not yet noted the 12-year-old girl’s case at this writing.Agricultural authorities have reported a recent increase in poultry deaths in central and eastern Java, the WHO said, adding, “These reports have led to a heightened awareness of the risk of human cases and a higher level of clinical suspicion when patients present with respiratory symptoms.”Many Indonesian patients initially suspected of having avian flu have been cleared by lab tests, the WHO added.In Azerbaijan, authorities are investigating suspicious illnesses in 10 people, all from the same town, of whom three have died, the WHO reported in a separate statement today. Azerbaijan, a former Soviet republic on the west side of the Caspian Sea, reported its first H5N1 outbreak in wild birds on Feb 9 and found an outbreak in poultry 2 weeks ago.The patients in the cluster are all from the settlement of Daikyand in the Salyan area in southeastern Azerbaijan, the WHO said. Their homes are near wetlands used by migratory birds, and poultry deaths have been reported in their town, but the cause was not yet known.The surviving patients include a 16-year-old boy who is hospitalized in critical condition and six people who were hospitalized with mild symptoms but have recovered and been discharged, the WHO said.Among the three patients who died was a 17-year-old girl who succumbed on Feb 23 after suffering for more than a year from respiratory symptoms associated with a “neoplastic condition” (tumor), the agency said. The preexisting illness is now believed to have caused her death, but samples from her will be tested in England.The second victim was a 20-year-old woman and a neighbor of the first victim. She had rapidly progressive acute pneumonia—typical of H5N1 cases—and died Mar 3, the WHO said. The third victim, a 17-year-old girl, died Mar 8; officials gave no details on her illness.The agency did not say whether any of the patients or victims are related. But an Agence France-Presse report published yesterday quoted WHO spokeswoman Maria Cheng as saying the cluster includes eight members of one family.If any of the cases are determined to be H5N1, Azerbaijan will be the eighth country to face human cases. The list now includes Vietnam, Thailand, Cambodia, Indonesia, China, Turkey, and Iraq.The WHO said the Azerbaijani health authorities have responded well to the situation but have been hampered by a lack of some essential equipment and inadequate diagnostic capacity. A WHO team is in the country to assess needs and provide technical support, and more personnel and supplies are due to arrive Mar 13, the agency said.The patients in the cluster have been treated with oseltamivir (Tamiflu), a limited supply of which is available in the country, the WHO said.See also:WHO statement on case of 4-year-old boy in Indonesia statement on situation in Azerbaijan read more

ICC World Cup World Cup 2019: India vs Pakistan – Key battles to watch out for

first_img For all the Latest Sports News News, ICC World Cup News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps. New Delhi : An India vs Pakistan clash is easily the most intense rivalry in World Cricket — every time there is an India-Pakistan encounter, emotions go flying in both the nations and there is unbridled passion both on the field and off it among fans. Like often, it is again going to be a contest between Pakistan’s lethal pace attack and India’s batting masterclass. While the match is about the skill sets of players, much of it is played in the mind and the players who hold their nerve better emerge triumphant in the end of this high-octane clash. There are interesting subplots in the match and how they play out could well determine the eventual result of the match. With less than 24 hours for the marquee clash to begin, we take a look at the main rivalries that might take the centre stage as the arch rivals lock horns on June 16 at Old trafford in Manchester. Mohammed Amir vs Rohit Sharma “He is just a normal bowler, on that given day if he is good, he is good. It is not as if he turns up and blows everyone away,” Rohit Sharma had said before India met Pakistan in the 2016 Asia Cup. Well, Amir trundled up and dismissed Rohit in that match and then accounted for him in the finals of the Champions Trophy in 2017. Although, before the start of this mega event, Amir wasn’t in best of touch, but he has bounced back strongly to emerge as the highest-wicket take in the tournament so far. The battle will certainly be one to watch out in more ways than one, as the India opener, Rohit Sharma has scored the most runs for India. Mohammad Amir vs Virat KohliAs world number 1 batter and Indian skipper Virat Kohli prepares to face in-form Mohammad Amir, revenge might be the only word playing on his mind. The last time India and Pakistan played a one-day international match in an ICC tournament, Amir, who has taken 10 wickets in the three matches he has played so far, had troubled Kohli a fair deal with his swingers and short deliveries and the master batsman had perished for just 5 runs. It was the final of the 2017 ICC Champions trophy which India had eventually lost. Amir would be looking to stage a repeat of that feat at Old Trafford on June 16, but he would be mindful that Kohli hardly ever repeats his mistakes.Jasprit Bumrah vs Fakhar ZamanThe India speedster Jasprit Bumrah has been the man of the hour in almost every match India has played in last year and a half. His ability to extract bounce even on docile tracks makes him look different from others. To add cherry to the cake, he also has the ability to swing the new ball and it has been seen that Fakhar Zaman has struggled against the away swinger in England.However, he did find form against England but hasn’t been amongst runs post that.Even then, he has been Pakistan’s gun player in limited overs cricket in the past one last year.One of the turning points in that famous India-Pakistan final at the Oval in 2017 was when Jasprit Bumrah dismissed Fakhar Zaman early in the piece, but had overstepped. Zaman went on to slam a century and took the match away from India.The left-hander has only gone from strength from strength ever since his debut and is one of the key cogs for Pakistan.In 39 matches, Zaman has peeled off 1700 runs at a staggering average of 48.57 and with a strike rate of 98.15.However, Bumrah is now a Test bowler for India and was mighty impressive in the just-concluded Test series against England. There is a visible change in his attitude and he now looks to set batsmen up and then goes for the kill.India need to get rid of Fakhar early if they want to control the innings and Bumrah would ideally want to set the record straight.Kuldeep Yadav vs Babar AzamIt is no secret that Babar Azam loves the Indian bowling attack and scores runs for fun against the bowling attack. Interestingly, in Pakistan’s batting line up, Babar and Hafeez are only two batsmen who have looked good against spin. In the tournament, Babar has scored 115 runs at an average of 38.33.However, he will have to face the mystery of Kuldeep Yadav, who has been India’s trump card over the past 15 months. Babar is a terrific player of spin, but Kuldeep with his variations can be a handful. It should be one of the contests to be watched out for.  last_img read more