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 Indonesiahttp://www.who.int/csr/don/2006_03_10/en/index.htmlWHO statement on situation in Azerbaijanhttp://www.who.int/csr/don/2006_03_10a/en/index.htmllast_img read more

These are the places where you can still find affordable properties

first_imgThere is still good value in the Whitsunday’s region with this home at81 Gordon St, Bowen listed for just $288,000 Picture: realestate.com.auWHILE Brisbane’s property market may appear affordable to buyers from southern states, buying a house close to the CBD can still be out of the price range of some buyers.According to PRDnationwide national research manager Dr Diaswati Mardiasmo, those with a budget of less than $500,000 had fewer options in Brisbane now than they did just a year ago.In the first half of 2017 that price range could access 15.3 per cent of the market, but by the second half of 2017 it would only access 10.6 per cent.But Dr Mardiasmo said all hope was not lost, there were still places where such a budget could score an affordable property in an area predicted for future growth.“What we’re now seeing in the market is a diminishing pool of available properties at the lower and mid-price range, especially in the capital cities of Brisbane and Hobart that were once touted as affordable,’’ she said.Dr Mardiasmo has come up with a list of four areas outside of Brisbane which are still affordable and have good growth indicators for local jobs and a sustainable economic future.Among other factors she selected areas with on par or higher rental yields than the closest capital city, as well as on-par or lower vacancy rate compared to the closest capital cityThe area also needed to be earmarked for a significant amount of future development work and have low unemployment figures.In Queensland the tops areas according to Dr Mardiasmo were Whitsunday Regioanl Council, Ipswich City Council, Toowoomba Regional Council and Southern Downs Regional Council.Dr Mardiasmo said Whitsunday Regional Council area has plenty of job opportunities including for technicians, trade workers, labourers and managers. She said unemployment at 6.7 per cent was is much lower than both Brisbane 7.4 per cent and Queensland 7.6 per cent.She said buyers were urged to secure their properties now because there were still incredibly affordable property prices and promising capital growth on offer.More from newsNew apartments released at idyllic retirement community Samford Grove Presented by Parks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus19 hours agoThe area has a median house price of $375,000, median unit price of $220,000 and median land price of $165,000.“As the majority of the Whitsunday’s population choose to rent (36.4 per cent), investors are urged to capitalise on the strong conditions offered in the area’s rental market,’’ she said.The Ipswich City Council has a median house price of $347,500, a median unit price of $318,750 and median land price of $190,000.“Also in December 2017, yields continued to stand out for houses at 4.8 per cent and units 6.2 per cent,’’ she said.“This offers much more appealing conditions than Brisbane’s house and unit yields of 3.8 per cent and 5 per cent respectively.’’ Toowoomba Regional Council had a median house price of $380,000, median unit price of $304,000 and median land price of $180,000.“First home buyers are urged to take advantage of the affordable property prices and gain the rewards of solid capital growth,’’ Dr Mardiasmo said.She said the area had much more favourable conditions for investment than Brisbane.The Southern Downs Regional Council area has a median house price of $280,000, median unit price of $225,000 and median land price of $108,500. It has a very low vacancy rate and strong rental yields for houses and units.“Investors are urged to capitalise on solid returns and strong capital gains,’’ Dr Mardiasmo said.last_img read more

‘Tobacco 21’ gains steam across the country

first_imgBatesville, In. — The Community Anti-Drug Coalitions of America have released projected benefits of raising the smoking rate to 21-years-old. The Tobacco 21 Campaign or T21 is an effort to convince legislators to increase the legal age to purchase tobacco.The projections say there would be a 25 percent decline in smoking among 15 to 17-year-olds, a 10 percent reduction in smoking-related deaths in people born in 2000 or after and cut deaths attributed to lung cancer by 50,000. The report also says 75 percent of adults are in favor including a significant percentage of current smokers.For more information click here.last_img read more

NGO continues to spread Christmas cheer

first_imgThe Sunrise Centre, Essequibo Coast, Region Two (Pomeroon-Supenaam) came alive on Saturday as the children were treated to a Christmas party, organised by the Guyana Foundation which saw over 200 children in attendance.The Foundation Trustee, Che Jian Ping travelled to Essequibo Coast, where she distributed gifts to children from various villages who are part of the Foundation’s after-school programme.Children were served snacks and drinks along with goodies, compliments of the New Thriving Restaurant. The children also participated in games, singing of carols, and dancing.On Wednesday, a children’s Christmas party was also held at the Health Centre in Mashabo – an Amerindian village across the Ituribisi Lake on the Essequibo Coast.Despite the inclement weather, there were over 100 children who were entertained, and received gifts and party bags for the holiday.The children had their faces painted and enjoyed games such as pinning the tail on the donkey. Each child was rewarded with confectionery for their attempts.Gifts were distributed by the village’s Santa Claus, Deputy Toshao Pliston Charles.The villagers expressed gratitude to the members of the Guyana Foundation for choosing their village to host a Christmas party.According to the NGO, they are looking forward to making it an annual feature.“This was indeed a festive occasion with Christmas carols in the air and so much to eat and drink and the kids clutching unto their gifts and party bags with smiles lighting up their faces. What fun and happiness!”last_img read more