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first_imgSep 29, 2006 (CIDRAP News) – Indonesia reported its 69th H5N1 avian influenza case today, in the 21-year-old sister of an 11-year-old boy who died of the same disease on Sep 18.The woman from the Tulungagung district of East Java tested positive for H5N1 today, 4 days after she was hospitalized, according to a Bloomberg News report. The World Health Organization (WHO) confirmed her 11-year-old brother’s case on Sep 25.The WHO had reported that poultry in the boy’s household began dying in the month prior to symptom onset, and poultry deaths continued in his neighborhood.An Indonesian official said it was unlikely that the woman caught the virus from her brother. “They’re genetically susceptible to the virus, which they were both exposed to from infected poultry,” health ministry official I Nyoman Kandun told Bloomberg. He said there was no evidence that the virus was passed from one sibling to the other.Meanwhile, a 20-year-old man cited by the WHO as Indonesia’s 68th case died yesterday, the WHO said. He is the 52nd Indonesian to die of the illness.The man was one of three siblings in Bandung, West Java, who had flu symptoms at the same time, which sparked concern about possible person-to-person transmission. His 23-year-old brother died Sep 24, and the WHO said H5N1 infection was suspected in his case, but it couldn’t be confirmed because no samples were taken. Both men had fed dead chickens to their dogs, and there was evidence of H5 infection in household birds.The 15-year-old sister of the two men was hospitalized Sep 25 with a fever and cough and was hospitalized in stable condition, the WHO said on Sep 27. Initial tests pointed to normal seasonal flu rather than avian flu, the agency said. Indonesian health officials yesterday ruled out person-to-person transmission of H5N1 among the three siblings, according to an Agence France-Presse report.On Java island, avian flu disease may have infected a quarter of backyard poultry in some of the country’s most densely populated areas, according an Indonesian veterinary official quoted in a Bloomberg News report today.Musny Suatmodjo, Indonesia’s director of animal health, said random tests on Java, where the virus is most prevalent, detected the H5N1 strain in as much as 27% of fowl and caged birds. He gave no details about how many birds were tested or when the survey was done.”The backyard sector is the weakest link,” he told Bloomberg News. “The survey of hotspots in the backyard sector showed almost every flock has been previously infected,” though not all birds showed symptoms.”In other avian flu news, China has shared some long-awaited samples of the H5N1 virus from birds, and many scientists are hailing the move as a breakthrough in cooperation, a WHO official said yesterday.The Chinese Ministry of Agriculture sent the samples, taken from some of the thousands of wild birds that died at Qinghai Lake in April 2005, to the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in Atlanta, according to a Reuters report yesterday.WHO scientist Michael Perdue told a news briefing that the samples are the first bird specimens from China in two and a half years and will help researchers understand the origin of an H5N1 strain that later circulated in Turkey and Africa. The strain is genetically different from the one that moved through other parts of Asia, including Indonesia, Thailand, and Vietnam.The lake where the samples were collected is an important layover point for migratory birds in the remote northern Qinghai province, the Reuters report said.In March, China had promised to send up to 20 poultry samples to a WHO-affiliated laboratory outside the country. Samples were delayed because of reported communication lapses and disagreements between China and the CDC about the protocol and logistics for mailing the samples. However, the CDC said the problems were resolved in early September.Perdue said CDC officials expected to receive the samples yesterday, and he hoped the shipment would include additional animal samples requested from China, Reuters reported.”We have to wait to see exactly what they shipped,” he said.China had not shared avian flu virus samples from poultry since late 2004, according to recent news reports. Poultry H5N1 viruses, especially those from China, are needed to develop vaccines and drugs.See also:Sep 28 WHO statementhttp://www.who.int/csr/don/2006_09_28/en/index.htmlSep 27 WHO statementhttp://www.who.int/csr/don/2006_09_27a/en/index.htmlSep 25 WHO statementhttp://www.who.int/csr/don/2006_09_25/en/index.htmlSep 11 CIDRAP News article “Way cleared for China to share H5N1 samples”last_img read more

first_imgUSA players celebrate with number 15 Megan Rapinoe after she scored in the 2-1 win over hosts France in the World Cup quarter-finalParis, France | AFP |  Megan Rapinoe stole the headlines again as her brace took the United States through to the semi-finals of the women’s World Cup on Friday, the holders beating France 2-1 in Paris to puncture the hopes of the host nation.Rapinoe’s free-kick five minutes into this quarter-final evaded a sea of bodies in the box on its way into the net to stun the home crowd at the Parc des Princes.The USA then soaked up pressure before delivering the knockout blow midway through the second half when Rapinoe turned in Tobin Heath’s centre, although Wendie Renard pulled a goal back late on for France to set up a tense finish.Jill Ellis’s team held on and they go through to a semi-final against England in Lyon next Tuesday as they seek to retain their crown and win a fourth World Cup in eight editions.“This is so special to beat the host nation in the Parc des Princes. You can’t ask for any more than this,” said Rapinoe.The pink-haired Rapinoe has been crucial on the field in this run, while dominating headlines off it thanks to her spat with President Donald Trump over her refusal to attend any post-tournament reception at the White House.The 33-year-old had already scored twice in the win over Spain in the last round. Here, she took her tally for the tournament to five goals on the occasion of her 157th cap.– French regrets –Meanwhile, France will leave their own tournament with more than a few regrets.Ellis praised the hosts, saying: “That’s a fantastic team we played tonight, and that is the most intense match I have ever been a part of.”Nevertheless, that will be scant consolation for them. They were the only team to defeat the USA in the two years leading up to the World Cup and they did not really do themselves justice here before an expectant crowd.Coach Corinne Diacre had been set the target of going all the way to the final on home soil, yet that always looked a tall order from the moment the draw was made last December and they were set on a quarter-final collision course with the best team in the world. “It’s a failure in a footballing sense, we can’t hide from that. We are far from fulfilling our objective,” said Diacre.“I hope we at least won people’s hearts tonight and since the start of the tournament.”Only once before had they even made it to the semi-finals, and for the second World Cup running their adventure ends in the last eight, the same stage at which they went out of the 2016 Olympics and the last three European Championships.Having started this tournament with a first-half blitz against South Korea in the opening game, Les Bleues never really reached the same heights again.The country’s leading sports daily L’Equipe had called this “the challenge of a lifetime”, and in that context conceding the opening goal so early on a sweltering Parisian evening was a disaster.Alex Morgan was fouled by Griedge Mbock outside the area to the USA left, and Rapinoe’s low delivery went in without taking a touch, passing through the legs of France skipper Amandine Henry en route.The home side then had lots of the ball but rarely really troubled USA goalkeeper Alyssa Naeher.Their opponents had not created much either, although they made their intent clear right at the start of the second half as a Samantha Mewis strike drew a fine save from Sarah Bouhaddi, who then did well to keep out Heath’s follow-up.The second goal arrived in the 65th minute, with Morgan and Heath combining down the right before the latter’s ball across goal was turned in by Rapinoe.France did not give up and set up a frenzied finale as they reduced the deficit nine minutes from time, Renard evading her marker to head in Gaetane Thiney’s flighted free-kick for her fourth goal of the tournament. But the USA saw out the victory.Share on: WhatsApplast_img read more

first_imgPop singer Taylor Swift made a donation of $1 million to tornado relief efforts in Middle Tennessee, where deadly storms ravaged counties this week, including in Nashville.In an Instagram post made Thursday, Swift said “Nashville is my home.” She added that “the fact that so many people have lost their homes and so much more in Middle Tennessee is devastating to me.” She included a link to the Middle Tennessee Emergency Response Fund. The statewide death toll was 24.At Least 19 Dead After Tornadoes Slam Nashvillelast_img read more

first_imgFacebook0Tweet0Pin0Submitted by Washington State Department of TransportationThe falling leaves and colder weather can mean only one thing – snow and ice are just around the corner. With the changing seasons, now is the perfect time for travelers to shift their focus towards winter driving.The Washington State Department of Transportation urges all travelers to start preparing themselves and their vehicles well before the threat of snow and ice kicks into high gear. Drivers can check out WSDOT’s winter driving web page for tips and information. WSDOT also asks travelers to always “know before you go” and get the most up-to-date roadway information before heading out.“Our crews are ready for winter and work hard to keep roads clear of snow and ice,” said WSDOT Maintenance Operations Manager James Morin. “But we also need the public’s help in being prepared for winter weather. Most of the pass closures we see are due to spin outs or crashes from a vehicle traveling too fast or not having proper winter driving equipment.”To check conditions and prepare for adverse weather:Download the WSDOT mobile app.Follow WSDOT’s regional and pass accounts on Twitter, the agency’s Facebooksite and online travel alerts.Sign upfor email and/or text updates about road conditions – including Snoqualmie Pass delay text alerts.Download, print and carry the WSDOT Winter Driving Guide(pdf 1.83 mb).Get your vehicle ready (pdf 2 mb) and plan extra time to cross all mountain passes, including heavily traveled routes such as Snoqualmie Pass, Stevens Pass and White Pass.Carry chains and know current traction and chain requirementsfor mountain passes, which are also available on highway-advisory signs and highway-advisory radio and by calling 511.Preset your radio to 530 AM and 1610 AM for WSDOT’s traffic-information stations.Alternatives to ChainsSome vehicle manufacturers recommend against the use of tire chains for certain models – but that doesn’t exempt travelers from state laws about extra traction devices. The Washington State Patrol provides a list of approved, alternative-traction devices (pdf 133 kb) that meet state chains and traction tires requirements. All travelers are reminded to carry chains whenever crossing mountain passes to be prepared for changing weather conditions and potentially avoid a costly ticket. Failure to obey a tire chains sign can mean a ticket of up to $500. Special chain enforcement patrols will be keeping an eye on mountain passes this winter.Studded TiresBy law, studded tires are legal for use in Washington state only from Nov. 1 through March 31. This applies to all vehicles in Washington, even those traveling from other statesWSDOT estimates studded tires cause between $20 million and $29 million in pavement damage to state-owned asphalt and concrete roadways each year. Motorists are encouraged to visit a tire dealer to learn more about stud-free, winter tread traction tires. These type of tires are different than all-season tires, are legal year-round and do not cause the same roadway damage as studded tires. More information about studded-tire restrictions and requirements can be found in the FAQ on the WSP website.Featured photo credit: Jennlvs2smilelast_img read more