Indonesia, WHO confirm 2 girls died of avian flu

first_imgApr 4, 2006 (CIDRAP News) – The H5N1 avian influenza virus caused the deaths of two Indonesian girls, one late last month and the other dating back to July 2005, authorities said today.A 20-month-old girl from Kapuk, West Jakarta, who died on Mar 23, suffered from a fatal H5N1 infection, bringing to 30 the number of human cases of the illness in Indonesia. Twenty-three of those people died of the disease.The World Health Organization (WHO) announced confirmation of the toddler’s infection today. The agency said investigation has shown that chickens near her home were dying about a week before she got sick. Although chicken deaths are ongoing in her Kapuk neighborhood, authorities have not yet identified the cause, WHO added.Observation and testing of the girl’s contacts are under way, WHO said. Although initial tests have been negative, follow-up continues.In addition, an 8-year-old girl who died last July has finally been confirmed as a victim of H5N1, an Indonesian health ministry official told Reuters news service today. (Some earlier reports had listed her age as 9.)News reports from Indonesia in July said the girl had tested positive for the virus locally. The government had had problems obtaining blood samples for testing at the WHO reference laboratory in Hong Kong, the Reuters report said today. Indonesian authorities received the new test result yesterday, according to Reuters.The girl was part of a suspected family cluster of the first human H5N1 illnesses in Indonesia: her father, 38, and sister, 1, also died in July. Her father tested positive for the H5N1 virus, but the sister wasn’t tested, according to an Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC) report today.“Some experts believe the lack of proper testing facilities in Indonesia is hampering the fight against the disease,” the story said, without giving names or other details.The story added that WHO has confirmed 8-year-old’s case as well, although WHO has not yet posted the information online. Assuming it is confirmed, the case will raise Indonesia’s death toll to 24 fatalities in 31 cases and increase the WHO’s global count to 109 deaths out of 192 cases.In other news, China appears to be acceding to international requests to share more information on avian flu. The nation will provide samples from four human patients to the WHO, said Wang Yu, director of the Chinese Center for Disease Control and Prevention, as reported by Xinhua, the government’s news service.Xinhua said China forwarded two samples to WHO last December as well. Still, the sharing of samples is far from complete, given that China has reported 16 H5N1 cases with 11 deaths.Recent human cases in Guangzhou and Shanghai have challenged Chinese authorities’ supposition that cases in rural areas are the result of the healthcare system and health conditions, Wang said in the Xinhua story. The urban cases show the virus can still infect people in places where the healthcare system is more advanced and hospital access is better.“Although there’s no evidence that the two patients had clear exposure to dead poultry, it doesn’t mean there’s no virus in poultry in the city environment,” added Wenqing Zhang of the WHO’s global flu program.See also: WHO situation update today on avian influenza in Indonesiahttp://www.who.int/csr/don/2006_04_04/en/index.htmlJul 20, 2005, CIDRAP News story on family cluster in Indonesiahttp://www.cidrap.umn.edu/cidrap/content/influenza/avianflu/news/july2005indo.htmllast_img read more

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Former Tiger Great And Reds Star Makes Indiana Boys Basketball Silver Anniversary Team

first_imgEighteen men have been named to the Indiana Basketball Hall of Fame’s 2018 Silver Anniversary Team, based on outstanding accomplishments as a senior basketball player 25 years ago.Congratulations to former Lawrenceburg Tiger Basketball standout Kelsey Mucker and Cincinnati Reds 3rd Baseman Scott Rolen on being selected to the 2018 Indiana Boys Basketball Silver Anniversary Team.2018 Indiana High School Basketball Men SATAll Men’s Silver Anniversary Team members will be honored at the Indiana Basketball Hall of Fame’s 57th Annual Men’s Awards Banquet on Wednesday, March 21, 2018.A midday reception, free and open to the public, will be held at the Hall of Fame museum in New Castle. The evening banquet will take place at the Primo Banquet Hall, which is located on the south side of Indianapolis.Banquet reservations are now available through the Hall’s website at www.hoopshall.com/events or by calling (765) 529-1891. For more information, you may also email [email protected]last_img read more

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Moving to OtherLevels: CRM specialist joins from Camelot

first_img Submit UKGC launches fourth National Lottery licence competition August 28, 2020 StumbleUpon Andy Dellbridge, the new Head of Professional Services and Customer Success at OtherLevels, has been charged with helping its clients to maximise their investment in digital messaging.Joining from Camelot, the operator of the UK’s National Lottery where he had been Head of CRM and Digital Player Communications since February 2016, he will be responsible for the management of OtherLevels’ professional services, including implementation and strategic planning. Previously, he headed CRM operations at the Nationwide Building Society.OtherLevels messaging platform provides messaging techniques such as app push, web push, inbox, interstitials, SMS and email, all designed to grow a client’s conversion and engagement rates.Dellbridge commented: “I’m thrilled to be joining OtherLevels and taking up this new challenge in my career. I worked very closely with OtherLevels during my time at Camelot, using its digital messaging techniques to improve customer engagement, loyalty and lifetime value.These services have a proven track record and I can’t wait to help other clients as well as gaming operators realise the full potential of their own CRM campaigns.”Lance Standing, General Manager, EMEA at OtherLevels, added: “As the professional services side of our business continues to grow, we are delighted to welcome Andy to OtherLevels and he will become a key member of our team.“Andy knows first-hand the work we do here, as our app messaging helped double Camelot’s revenues during his spell with the operator. He also understands exactly how our experienced team creates and implements messaging strategies, campaign optimisation and managed services.” Camelot aims for ‘Big September’ supporting a high street recovery August 26, 2020 Related Articles Share Ministers expected to raise National Lottery age limit August 17, 2020 Sharelast_img read more

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Spurs’ DeRozan unhappy with NBA bubble rules

first_imgThe league included a 113-page health and safety handbook as part of its restart plan later this month in Orlando. It covers a wide array of topics such as social distancing outside of games and practices to prohibiting doubles in ping-pong.MORE: Damian Lillard doubts players will follow bubble rules”The ping-pong, this is ridiculous, to be honest,” Spurs guard DeRozan said on Thursday. “Guys can’t do this, but we can do this and battle over each other? That part just don’t make no sense to me.”I got through 10 lines of the handbook and just put it down because it became so frustrating and overwhelming at times, because you just never thought you’d be in a situation of something like this. So it’s hard to process.”Ready to make the most of it. Our guys are back in the gym starting today #GoSpursGo pic.twitter.com/yYEBBetQit— San Antonio Spurs (@spurs) July 2, 2020Another area of concern for DeRozan specifically is the mental well-being of the players.DeRozan has been a vocal advocate for players’ mental health and the isolated nature of the bubble could be a challenge for players from a mental standpoint.”It’s tough. You’re taking guys that have been with their families every single day for the last few months and all of a sudden, separating everybody into this one confined space and taking away a lot of the joyful things we do outside of basketball that we won’t be able to do,” the four-time All-Star said. “It’ll be something for every single player when it comes to mental health.”DeRozan is not the first player to voice his feelings over the NBA’s restart plan.MORE: Key dates, schedule and everything to know about the NBA’s restart San Antonio Spurs star DeMar DeRozan expressed his displeasure with the rules the NBA has put in place for the resumption of the season following the coronavirus-enforced break.The NBA is set to resume via a 22-team format at Orlando’s Disney World complex on July 30 after the 2019-20 campaign was postponed due to the COVID-19 crisis in March. Portland Trail Blazers guard Damian Lillard jokingly said on Wednesday that some players will break rules in the league’s handbook, despite warnings or restrictions.Washington Wizards guard Bradley Beal said during a videoconference call that living in the bubble will be challenging for players used to having few rules on the road.San Antonio head to Orlando in 12th place in the Western Conference, four games behind the Memphis Grizzlies for the final playoff spot.last_img read more

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