18 Nov
2020

Human H5N1 cases reported in China, Thailand

first_imgDec 9, 2005 (CIDRAP News) – Two more human cases of H5N1 avian influenza have been confirmed, one in a Chinese woman who has recovered and the other in a 5-year-old Thai boy who died Dec 7, the World Health Organization (WHO) announced today.The cases increase the human toll of the virus over the past 2 years to 137 cases, including 70 deaths, according to the WHO. Exposure to poultry is the suspected cause in both of the latest cases.In China, a 31-year-old female farmer from the northeastern province of Liaoning became ill Oct 30 and was treated for severe pneumonia and acute respiratory distress before she recovered, the WHO said, citing the Chinese Ministry of Health. She was discharged from a hospital Nov 29.The woman initially tested negative for the virus, but a microneutralization test for H5N1 antibodies later was positive, the WHO reported. “Using this test, a positive diagnosis is made when antibody levels in a blood sample taken late in illness are at least four times higher than those found in a sample taken early in illness,” the agency said. Antibody tests are reliable but slower than direct tests for viral RNA, the statement said.Investigators have linked the woman’s illness to exposure to sick poultry, the WHO said. Poultry outbreaks of H5N1 flu have occurred in Liaoning province. Contacts of the patient were under medical observation, but all remained healthy and have been released.China now has had five confirmed human cases of H5N1 infection, of which two were fatal.In Thailand, health officials confirmed that avian flu caused the death of a 5-year-old boy from the central province of Nakhonnayok, according to the WHO. The boy fell ill on Nov 25, was hospitalized Dec 5, and died 2 days later.Early results of an investigation suggest the boy might have been infected by contact with dead chickens in his neighborhood, the WHO said. Family and neighbors were placed under observation and have stayed healthy so far.Thailand has had five confirmed human cases this year, with two deaths. The country’s total for the past 2 years is 22 cases with 14 deaths.Other news on avian flu comes from Ukraine, Turkey, Zimbabwe, Vietnam, and Japan.Ukraine’s agriculture minister said H5N1 has been confirmed in the Crimean peninsula, according to an Agence France-Presse (AFP) report today. The minister, Olexandre Baranivsky, said the confirmation came today but gave no details.A health ministry statement earlier today said 17 villages in the Crimea, including some near the central city of Simferopol, have had massive deaths among poultry, according to AFP. Previously the disease had been detected only in the northeast corner of the peninsula.Samples from nine villages had been sent to labs in Britain, Italy, and Russia, the story said.In Turkey, officials have claimed victory over avian flu after testing thousands of birds, according to another AFP report. The country’s agriculture ministry reported to the European Union and the World Organization for Animal Health (OIE) that the virus has been “completely eradicated.”H5N1 infection was discovered in poultry in Balikesir province on Oct 5. More than 10,000 birds were slaughtered in the area, and about 3,000 birds from Balikesir and around the country have been tested, with no cases found, the story said.However, veterinary experts believe Turkey faces a continued threat of outbreaks because it lies on bird migration routes, according to AFP.Vietnam has been hit by new avian flu outbreaks in two provinces, AFP reported yesterday. An outbreak in Son La province in the north triggered the culling of more than 500 ducks, and 5,000 ducks were destroyed after an outbreak on a farm in the central province of Quang Tri.In Zimbabwe, an H5N2 flu virus has been found on two ostrich farms, according to an AFP report yesterday. H5N2 is a milder strain than H5N1 and is not considered dangerous to humans.The report said Zimbabwe has suspended ostrich and poultry exports and quarantined all ostrich farms. Officials said no poultry outbreaks have been found.An H5N2 outbreak in South Africa last year triggered the killing of 26,000 ostriches, AFP reported.In Japan, evidence of an H5 virus has been found in an area previously hit by H5N2 outbreaks in poultry, AFP reported today. Authorities have ordered the destruction of 19,000 chickens at the site in Ibaraki prefecture near Tokyo.Chickens on the farm tested positive for an antibody indicating previous exposure to an H5 virus, said the report, which cited Kyodo News as its source.See also:Dec 9 WHO statementhttp://www.who.int/csr/don/2005_12_09/en/index.htmllast_img read more

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28 Sep
2020

COVID-19: Brisbane online auctions fall, but virtual inspections are booming

first_imgLouis and Emma Gray and their one-year-old daughter Mabel at the unit they are selling during the Super Sunday live-streaming event. AAP Image/Richard GoslingIn a fast-changing property market online auctions are falling away, but filling the void is a surge in live online open for inspections.More than half of all residential auctions in Brisbane over the past three weeks have been cancelled, pushing the real estate industry to move to adopt online open home inspections in earnest to keep industry doors open.Across Brisbane tomorrow, about 180 properties will be live streamed into homes around the world, in a collaboration between Place Estate Agents and Australian online auction platform GAVL.Estate agents aren’t the only ones moving to adapt. Up until two weeks ago, GAVL was exclusively an online auction platform for real estate agencies.With the federal government banning all onsite auctions and open for inspections to stop the spread of the coronavirus pandemic, online auctions now make up only 10 per cent of business so the company has rebuilt itself to support the live streaming of home inspections.“Beside sport, real estate is our second favourite pastime and while we’re in some sort of lock down we have time on our hands. So while the sport’s not on, there’s nothing better than to dream about your next house,” said Joel Smith, GAVL’s chief executive.Making their foray into the brave new digital world is Hawthorne couple Louis and Emma Gray, who will be among the first to trial the new live streaming event when their unit at 6/70 Dutton St goes online at 11am tomorrow.“We decided to sell prior to all this happening,” Mr Gray said.“We are adapting and going with what the real estate agents think is best.More from newsCOVID-19 renovation boom: How much Aussies are spending to give their houses a facelift during the pandemic3 days agoWhizzkid buys almost one property a month during COVID-197 days ago“At the moment agents are getting serious buyers through rather than just the people from across the road having a sticky beak, so we feel confident. But it’s a little tricky, we’ve just bought as well, but we were lucky enough to actually inspect the property in person.”Those interested in taking an online tour can download the GAVL app or visit its website at gavl.com, search for a property and log in at a specific time to interact with an agent as they walk you through a house. Viewers can ask questions of the agent or instruct them to open cupboards, or test fittings, just as they would normally do in an onsite open home.More than 150 Place agents, armed with gimbals or their own devices, will host a Super Sunday live streaming event tomorrow, which will be followed by personal one-on-one onsite inspections, adhering to the physical distancing rules brought in to stop the spread of coronavirus.“Before this all happened our market was headed for significant growth, the competition was really heating up,” Place chief auctioneer Peter Burgin said.“This is the best city to live in by far, there’s too much to ignore and with interest rates and money available it’s the perfect storm and I hope that those who have been taken out of the market through circumstance will be back soon and everyone will benefit.”last_img read more

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17 Sep
2020

NPFL: Obuh Worried but Determined to Reverse Akwa Utd Poor Run

first_img“Even if I am not under pressure from Management I have to give myself the preseure because most times we expect to see a win, more especially in this match (against Sunshine Stars) that should have been, at worst, a draw, but this is the way it has been,” he lamented in a chat with www.npfl.ngWith four draws and two loses, Akwa United has been pushed down the red zone to 16th position, making a strong push up the only way out.“We will continue fighting. We will continue working. The season is still fresh. This is the sixth game out of 39 games. So we still have 32 games to finish. When we get back home we should start winning because we just need to start wining.”Akwa opened the season with promise, securing a 1-1 draw away to Warri Wolves returned home to be cancelled by Abia Warriors who held them to nil-nil. Enyimba of Aba handed them a 3-1 crushing in Aba on Matchday 3 while visiting Katsina United snatched a point in Uyo after another goalless draw. Their visit to Nasarawa could only earn them one point after 1-1 draw before Sunshine turned them back from Akure with a 1-0 defeat.Obuh however commended the quality of officiating in the league, saying “it is fair enough.”Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram John Obuh Coach of Akwa United FC of Uyo, John Obuh, has said that while he is very worried about the poor run of the club in the 2019/2020 Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) season, he is also determined to reverse the situation.The Promise Boys have have lost twice and drawn the other four matches iwith the defeat in Akure to Sunshine Stars being the second.Obuh however says though the management of the club has not put any pressure on him, he has to drive himself and the players harder to produce better results.last_img read more

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