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

Miller drives in 7 as Cardinals pound Gray, Reds 16-2

first_img Associated Press Television News First Published: 2nd September, 2020 07:59 IST WATCH US LIVE LIVE TV COMMENT Brad Miller homered twice and drove in a career-high seven runs, and the St. Louis Cardinals pounded Sonny Gray and the Cincinnati Reds 16-2 on Tuesday night.Miller sparked St. Louis’ six-run first inning against Gray with a two-run double that glanced off the glove of diving first baseman Joey Votto and bounced down the line. He hit a two-run shot in the second, an RBI single in the fifth and another two-run homer in the eighth, clanging a drive off the foul pole in right.Kolten Wong went 4 for 4 and scored four times as the Cardinals set season highs for runs and hits with 23. St. Louis has won three straight games after a four-game losing streak.It was the worst loss of the season for the free-falling Reds, who have dropped three straight and four of five. They have been outscored 33-8 during the losing streak.St. Louis left-hander Kwang Hyun Kim (2-0) pitched five innings of three-hit ball, extending his scoreless streak against the Reds to 11 innings over two starts. No Reds baserunner got past second base against him.Votto greeted Ryan Helsley with a leadoff home run in the sixth. Curt Casali added an RBI double in the ninth.Image credits: AP center_img FOLLOW US Last Updated: 2nd September, 2020 07:59 IST Miller Drives In 7 As Cardinals Pound Gray, Reds 16-2 Brad Miller homered twice and drove in a career-high seven runs, and the St. Louis Cardinals pounded Sonny Gray and the Cincinnati Reds 16-2 on Tuesday night SUBSCRIBE TO US Written Bylast_img read more

Futsal: MNK ‘Karaka’ – MNK ‘Comunicar’ 3:4

first_imgIn the 12th round of First BiH futsal League, futsal club ‘Comunicare’ defeated its town rival ‘Karaka’ with 3:4.Around 200 spectators watched the dynamic and very good match in the hall of Bijeli Brijeg.Guest ( Comunicare) opened the match very well, and in the 1st minute Čolak scored the first goal, and in 12th minute Bošković scored the second goal for 0:2. In 18th minute Zadro scored 3rd goal for Comunicare, but the home team started playing much better and in 19th minute Đurasović scores the first goal for ‘Karaka’ and minute later Đurasović scores another goal for 2:3.In the continuation of the match, home team played even better, and in 28 minute Berić scores  3rd goal for 3:3 result. However, in 35th minute Badalić scores a goal for ‘Comunicare’ for the final result 3:4.Comunicare is the 3rd on the list with 17 points, while Karaka is 6th with 10 points.last_img read more