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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16 Sep
2020

Water polo upsets No. 1 Stanford at Uytengsu

first_imgThe Trojans’ next test will be two difficult road matches against No. 2 UCLA and No. 8 Cal as MPSF play continues. The two wins put the Trojans back on track after two straight single-goal losses against Pacific and Pepperdine. The upset over Stanford was especially important, giving USC a 1-0 start to conference play and the upper hand over the Cardinal in the MPSF. Offensively, the Trojans were aided by two hat tricks from drivers freshman Marcus Longton and senior Marin Dasic. Longton’s 3 goals also marked a career best, and his first two scores were important in shifting the momentum toward a Trojan team that fell behind 2-1 early on. Saturday’s game was characterized by standout performances on both ends of the pool. Although the Cardinal were able to get off 39 shots, sophomore goalie Nic Porter was on a roll, tallying a career-high 20 saves to consistently keep the Trojans in the game. “Our offense is incredibly strong,” Porter said. “We have unbelievable players on offense, so [we need to] put a few more scores on the board, and then conversely, try to stop [our opponent] from scoring as many.” “We had a couple of meetings, and the team responded well,” Pintaric said. “And that’s a big attribute to our seniors … They had that attitude to refuse to lose, and that’s what I like about this team: resilience.” The game was tight throughout, but the Trojans took a 3-goal lead into the fourth quarter. However, Stanford showed resilience, putting up 2 goals in the first three minutes of the period while holding USC’s offense scoreless. Head coach Marko Pintaric said he was happy to see his team shake off the last two losses. In the second period, the Trojans brushed off the 2-goal deficit and hit hard on offense. Sophomore driver Hannes Daube capitalized on a 6-on-5 drawn by senior two-meter Matt Maier to kick off a slew of USC scores in the second frame. Ehrhardt slammed a shot from way out to give the Trojans their first lead of the match, up 6-5 at the half. Hot off Saturday afternoon’s thriller, the Trojans looked to continue their momentum against SJSU. However, the Spartans were strong out of the gate, scoring 3 first-period goals while USC’s offense struggled to ignite. The Trojans scored just 1 goal in the first but had 10 shots that missed the net or were saved by SJSU. Sophomore goalie Nic Porter came up big with 20 saves Saturday against Stanford, shattering his previous career mark of 15. ( Yannick Peterhans / Daily Trojan) “Nic played unbelievable today,” sophomore 2-meter Jake Ehrhardt said following Saturday’s game. “Just to see him in-cage, every time he gets a block, he just hypes all of us up. From the first to the fourth quarter, he was on and that really just hypes us up when we see that.” From there, USC never trailed again. Porter’s vision of offensive dominance became a reality, as the Trojans had six multi-goal performers by the end of the game. Dasic posted another hat trick, while Longton netted 2 goals for a total of 5 on the weekend. As the offense lit up, the Trojan defense was also firing on all cylinders, especially in the fourth quarter. USC outscored SJSU 7-1 in the final period, transforming a close game into a 17-9 blowout within a single frame. Despite the strong offensive showings from Longton and Dasic, Porter said the Trojans will need to put even more points on the board to be successful in the remaining conference games this season. No. 7 USC men’s water polo capped off a perfect home record this season with two victories this weekend over No. 1 Stanford and No. 12 San Jose State. The Trojans achieved a narrow 9-8 upset over the Cardinal Sunday before trouncing San Jose State 17-9 Sunday. Although the Cardinal cut the Trojans’ lead to 1, they were unable to find the tying goal. Dasic scored his third goal of the game to give the Trojans a 2-goal lead with two minutes to go. By the time Stanford was able to score again, it was too late to mount an equalizing attack, and USC held for the victory.last_img read more

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