Vietnam reports two H5N1 cases

first_imgJun 13, 2007 (CIDRAP News) – Vietnamese health officials announced yesterday that two more patients tested positive for H5N1 avian influenza, while animal-health officials suggested that unvaccinated ducks may be to blame for Vietnam’s recent rash of poultry outbreaks.Nguyen Huy Nga, director of Vietnam’s preventive medicine administration, said tests at a Vietnamese laboratory confirmed that a 28-year-old man from Tranh Hoa province and a 29-year-old woman from Ha Nam province, both in the northern part of the country, were infected with the H5N1 virus, according to an Associated Press (AP) report yesterday.Other media reports were unclear on the patients’ exact ages and the gender of the patient from Tranh Hoa. However, most reports, including stories today from two Vietnamese news services, said the patient from Tranh Hoa got sick after eating meat from an infected duck and was released from a hospital after recovering from pneumonia-like symptoms.Vietnamese news services also reported that the woman from Ha Nam province was in critical condition at the Hospital for Tropical Diseases in Hanoi. Officials were trying to learn how she was exposed to the virus.If the World Health Organization (WHO) confirms the two cases and two others reported by Vietnam over the past few weeks, the country’s H5N1 case count will rise to 97. For now, the count stands at 93 cases and 42 deaths.Since early May, Vietnam has battled H5N1 outbreaks in 15 provinces. The United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) and Vietnamese agriculture officials recently conducted a joint investigation of outbreaks in Nam Dinh province, one of the affected areas. In a report released 2 days ago, the FAO said this year’s outbreaks are occurring later in the year than expected.Historically, January and February have been the worst months for the spread of H5N1, because of high consumer demand for poultry products during Lunar New Year (Tet) celebrations and because cooler temperature have been thought to favor the virus’s survival in the environment, the FAO report said.Investigators believe an increase in the numbers of ducks, many of which are unvaccinated, released to graze on newly harvested rice paddies are the reason for the later-than-usual spike in bird outbreaks this year, the report said. Farmers typically bring ducks that are hatched in nearby provinces to graze on harvested paddies in Nam Dinh province. Investigators found that unvaccinated young ducks, whose breeding cycles may not have corresponded with local vaccination campaigns, were released onto the rice paddies.”Free range duck production is an excellent system for farming, but there are risks and challenges involved,” said Andrew Speedy, FAO’s Vietnam representative, in the report. The agency recommends that officials ensure that all ducks are vaccinated, require hatcheries to meet basic biosecurity standards, and discourage small hatcheries.The FAO said current poultry vaccines are still effective and that it was assisting the government with the study of the H5N1 virus circulating in poultry. Jeffrey Gilbert, chief technical advisor of the FAO’s avian influenza program in Vietnam, said, “So far, genetic sequencing of recent viral isolates has shown no significant changes in the antigenicity of the virus.”Elsewhere, the health ministry in Malaysia said yesterday that five people in two central states have been quarantined for suspected H5N1 infection, Agence-France Presse (AFP) reported. The patients include three children and two adults. An 11-year-old boy was isolated at a hospital in Selangor state, while the others were hospitalized in Pahang state, the AFP report said.Chua Soi Lek, a health ministry official, told AFP all the patients had had contact with dead chickens. He added that 16 other people who were hospitalized with flulike symptoms have tested negative for the virus.The H5N1 virus resurfaced in Malaysian poultry early this month, marking the country’s first outbreak since February 2006, but it has never had a confirmed human H5N1 case.Meanwhile, the WHO yesterday confirmed the latest H5N1 case reported in Egypt, in a 4-year-old girl from Qena governorate who got sick on Jun 7 and was hospitalized 3 days later. She was reported to be in stable condition. An initial investigation revealed the girl had been exposed to dead birds. The case confirmation brings Egypt’s H5N1 total to 36 cases, of which 15 have been fatal.See also:Jun 7 FAO reporthttp://www.fao.org/avianflu/news/vietnam.htmlJun 12 WHO statementhttp://www.who.int/csr/don/2007_06_12/en/index.htmllast_img read more

La Liga President, Tebas, to Inaugurate Nigeria Office on Friday

first_imgDikko described the coming event as another major milestone in the partnership between the Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) and LaLiga, coming on the heels of the NPFL All-Star LaLiga tour coming up in August.“We are delighted that very early in the tenor of this partnership, a lot of positives are being yielded. This opening of the La Liga Office represents another landmark in the partnership and will facilitate effective collaboration between the two leagues,” remarked Dikko after inspecting the installation of equipment in the office.Ahead the event, Antonio Baradas, the La Liga Africa Representative based in South Africa is already in Nigeria working with the LMC for finer details of the event plan.Baradas expressed satisfaction with the location of the office and also said, “I am impressed by the quality of materials used in equipping the office. It is a very conducive place for us to work on making the NPFL-LaLiga partnership a success”.LaLiga Foundation, a charity arm of the LaLiga recently announced a grant of 56,000 Euros and equipment to El-Kanemi FC to support the club in response to the insurgency that forced the club to play home league fixtures in other cities for almost three seasons.A squad of the NPFL best players selected into an All-Star team is already in camp preparatory to a tour of Spain where they will participate in the prestigious Carranza LaLiga World Club tourney and also in a friendly match against Valencia CF.Nigeria is the second African country after South Africa to have an office of a major European League and LaLiga President, Tebas was in India recently where he announced that a LaLiga office will be opened in that Asian country.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram The Spanish League, La Liga will friday, July 22, open an office in Nigeria as part of the implementation of the technical and commercial partnership recently signed with the League Management Company (LMC).Chairman of LM, Shehu Dikko, disclosed wednesday in Abuja that the La Liga office in Nigeria is situated inside the LMC office in Maitama District and that the La Liga President, Javier Tebas,will be in Nigeria to personally inaugurate the office.last_img read more

England retain Men’s Home International title after beating Scotland

first_img Tags: Men’s Home Internationals, Tom Plumb, Tom Sloman 14 Sep 2019 England retain Men’s Home International title after beating Scotland England retained the trophy for a second year in a row when they beat a battling Scotland team 9-6 in the deciding match at the Men’s Home International tournament at Lahinch.The two teams came into the match with one hundred percent records having beaten Wales and hosts Ireland in the previous rounds and there was still nothing between them when they shared the morning foursomes 2 ½ – 2 ½.Tom Sloman and Tom Plumb maintained their unbeaten foursomes record for the England when they beat Euan McIntosh and Kieran Cantley 2 & 1 in the opening match in the morning. Matty Lamb and Ben Hutchinson also secured a 4 & 3 victory over James Wilson and Connor McKinney while Bailey Gill and Joshua McMahon earned a halve against Lewis Irvine and Stuart Easton.The winning Scots were Matt Clark and Ryan Lumsden, who beat Ben Jones and Jake Burnage by one hole, and Eric McIntosh and Darren Howie who completed a 5 & 4 victory over Harry Hall and Ben Schmidt.The match was tantalisingly poised heading into the singles but Sloman and Jones quickly gave the English the initiative with wins over Lumsden and Cantley before Plumb halved with Wilson. Callum Farr also secured a halve and Matty Lamb claimed a win before 17-year-old Ben Schmidt supplied the winning point with a two-hole victory over Eric McIntosh.Gill also supplied a win while McMahon halved against Euan McIntosh.“The win means everything to the team,” explained English captain, Gareth Jenkins. “The strength we had in depth showed this week.“They are great at playing for themselves, but even better playing for each other. Unfortunately, we’re going to lose a lot of players to the paid ranks but they’ve finished off their amateur careers in style this week. They’ve played some outstanding golf on a beautiful golf course.”View the full table of scores from the Men’s Home International tournament here.Image Credits: Golfing Union of Irelandlast_img read more

Rohit Sharma reveals which Indian cricketer is the best footballer and what position he…

first_imgImage Courtesy: Twitter(@ImRo45)/PTIAdvertisement 5zxudNBA Finals | Brooklyn Vs197i2Wingsuit rodeo📽Sindre Elif( IG: @_aubreyfisher @imraino ) ykxgWould you ever consider trying this?😱755Can your students do this? 🌚k99qRoller skating! Powered by Firework Team India opener Rohit Sharma has recently been chosen as the brand ambassador of La Liga, and at an event in Mumbai today, the hard hitting batsman was all open about the growth of the beautiful game in the country. He also talked about the influence of football on his teammates, their hairstyles, and how good they are in the sport. He revealed some interesting facts, even which cricketer is the best with the ball on his feet.Advertisement Image Courtesy: Twitter(@ImRo45)/PTIThe Mumbai Indians skipper said that he is a regular watcher of football matches since he was a kid. He also spoke about his favourite team and club, which are Real Madrid and Zinedine Zidane.Talking about his compatriots who follow the sport closely, Rohit revealed the best footballer from the squad.Advertisement “There are lots of them actually, we have got Zlatan Ibrahimovic in our squad as well, that’s Ishant Sharma. M S Dhoni is the number one football player.”Superbly skilled with the bat, Mahi is also well known for his prowess in football. Co-own  Chennaiyin FC in the ISL, the 38 year old participated in a charity match last year, playing for ‘All Stars Football Club’ along with Bollywood icons Abhishek Bachchan and Ranbir Kapoor.Advertisement Check out Dhoni juggling a ball with his Chennai SUper Kings teammate in the video below, courtesy of YouTube channel Alia Media.Talking about the involvement of football with cricket, Rohit said that before every match, a game of football is a regular warm up drill, and the right handed batsman also revealed that he plays as a midfielder.“I love playing as a midfielder during warm-up matches because that’s the most challenging spot. Football is played as a warm-up because it brings us together as a team makes our body active.” he told reporters.The first ever non-footballer to be chosen as a brand ambassador for La Liga, Rohit was jolly about the development of the sport in the country.Rohit continued- “Over the course of the past five years, we have witnessed a significant growth in the interest for football in India.”Also read:See which Indian cricketer Rohit Sharma compared with Zlatan IbrahimovićWatch: Rohit Sharma talking to his baby from the dressing room balcony will melt your heart! Advertisementlast_img read more