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 report 12 WHO statement read more

Secondary scorers carry Syracuse past Boston College, into final four as Eagles frustrate Murray, Treanor

first_imgWith 15:30 left in the first half of Saturday’s NCAA tournament quarterfinal, Boston College midfielder Cali Ceglarski whacked the ball away from Syracuse attack Alyssa Murray behind the Eagles’ net.Murray responded with a hard check in the back of the end zone that drew a whistle. The foul gave possession to BC, and Murray was forced to retreat on defense.Both Murray and Kayla Treanor struggled to generate offense for the second-seeded Orange (20-2, 6-1 Atlantic Coast) in a 11-9 victory at the Carrier Dome. A suffocating game plan from No. 7-seed BC (15-6, 3-4) forced SU’s secondary scoring threats to carry the team to a final four matchup with No. 6-seed Virginia on Friday in Towson, Md.“If you can take out (Treanor and Murray), you have a good chance of winning,” BC midfielder Kate McCarthy said. “I mean … we came out flying. The first 17 minutes I think, they didn’t have a goal.“Unfortunately, (Katie) Webster and other girls stepped up pretty nicely in the second half.”AdvertisementThis is placeholder textMurray and Treanor had combined for 126 of SU’s 306 goals entering the rematch with the Eagles, but the duo managed only three goals Saturday.Early in the game, the Orange struggled to maintain possession in its offensive zone. When it did, though, its star scorers found little room to operate around the crease.When SU faced the Eagles on Feb. 26, Murray and Treanor were forced to fight through a few early slides behind the net and atop the scoring arc before breaking free for a combined five goals. Unlike in that contest, however, they were unable to find clean looks on Saturday.“We figured they were going to do something similar to that, but they obviously did that even more so this game,” Murray said. “Every time I got the ball and they slid, I kept looking back to the top to Katie, Amy (Cross), Bridget (Daley) and whoever was there.”That was the plan drawn up by BC head coach Acacia Walker, who made sure two defenders were draped on SU’s leading scorers throughout the first half. As a result, neither one fired a shot on goal during the opening 30 minutes.“It was a goal to stop both of them, so we had early doubles sent to them,” Walker said. “It was working for a long time, and the plan behind it was good.”In the end, though, it wasn’t enough.Murray broke free in the opening moments of the second frame for her only tally, while Treanor would bury an Amy Cross pass for the eventual game-winner with four minutes left.The pressure continued to flummox Treanor late in the game, however, as the sophomore hit the post with 1:58 remaining when the Eagles had pulled goalkeeper Zoe Ochoa for an extra attacker. Luckily, defender Natalie Glanell redeemed the blunder by scoring her only goal of the season moments later to seal the win.Murray joked afterward that she felt like she was taking on seven defenders. At the same time, she said it allowed her teammates to find seams within the 8-meter arc to convert for goals.“They were being marked tight, and Bridget Daley getting a couple goals early was huge,” Orange head coach Gary Gait said. “It was a great team effort. The other players really did step up when we needed them.” Comments Published on May 17, 2014 at 6:16 pm Related Stories Syracuse rebounds from slow start to beat Boston College, advance to NCAA tournament semifinalsDaley delivers all-action performance, showcases recovery in Syracuse’s 11-9 quarterfinal win against Boston CollegeGait, Walker disagree about officiating after Syracuse beats Boston College 11-9 in NCAA quarterfinalscenter_img Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more