Case for human spread of avian flu in Indonesia grows

first_imgMay 23, 2006 (CIDRAP News) – All seven confirmed cases of H5N1 avian influenza in the family cluster in Indonesia involved “close and prolonged exposure” to another infected person, suggesting person-to-person transmission, the World Health Organization (WHO) said today.However, the WHO statement stopped short of a definite conclusion that the virus spread from person to person. In addition, the agency said it has found no evidence of genetic reassortment or mutation in two H5N1 viruses collected from cases in the cluster and no evidence of continuing or efficient human-to-human transmission.”All confirmed cases in the cluster can be directly linked to close and prolonged exposure to a patient during a phase of severe illness,” the WHO said. “Although human-to-human transmission cannot be ruled out, the search for a possible alternative source of exposure is continuing.”The WHO also confirmed today that the 32-year-old man in the family cluster who died yesterday is officially Indonesia’s 42nd case and 33rd fatality. He was the father of the 10-year-old boy who died May 13 and the brother of the initial case-patient. “The father was closely involved in caring for his son, and this contact is considered a possible source of infection,” the agency said.Although the WHO stressed that investigation of the outbreak is ongoing, preliminary findings indicate that three of the infected family members had spent the night of April 29 in a small room with the 38-year-old woman who is considered the index case. She had developed symptoms April 27 and was coughing frequently on April 29, according to the WHO.She died May 4 and was not tested for H5N1 because samples were not obtained before her burial, but her signs and symptoms pointed to avian flu infection.Those who shared the room with her that night in Kubu Sembelang village were her two sons, both of whom died of avian flu, and her 25-year-old brother, the only surviving member of the cluster. Other infected relatives, according to the WHO, lived in adjacent homes.As yet, the investigation by officials from the WHO, the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and the Indonesian Ministry of Health has found no evidence of avian flu spreading in the community, the WHO said. Investigators are focusing their search on any additional cases among family members, other close contacts, or area residents, as well as on an alternative source such as infected animals or feces.Human-to-human transmission of H5N1 probably occurred at least once before, when the mother and an aunt of an infected girl in Thailand fell ill after caring for her in 2004. But no instances of sustained transmission have been documented.The WHO also reported today that complete genetic sequencing of two H5N1 isolates from the North Sumatra cluster has been completed by WHO reference laboratories in Hong Kong and the United States. The sequencing of all eight gene segments revealed no evidence of genetic reassortment with human or pig influenza virus.It also showed no evidence of significant mutation. Specifically, the WHO noted, viruses tested showed no mutations associated with resistance to the neuraminidase inhibitors, including oseltamivir.In addition, viruses in this outbreak are genetically similar to those isolated from poultry in the province during a previous outbreak, the WHO said.This latest confirmed H5N1 case brings the worldwide total in humans to 218, including 124 deaths. Indonesia’s numbers since 2003 are second only to Vietnam, which has reported no new cases since November 2005, according to WHO data. In 2006, Indonesia’s WHO-confirmed cases total 25, including 22 deaths, well exceeding other countries.See also:WHO’s May 23 Indonesia update read more

Martin Keown and Bacary Sagna make predictions for Arsenal’s FA Cup semi-final clash with Manchester City

first_img Comment Advertisement Martin Keown and Bacary Sagna make predictions for Arsenal’s FA Cup semi-final clash with Manchester City Metro Sport ReporterThursday 16 Jul 2020 7:35 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link1.5kShares Advertisement Sagna has backed Arsenal to reach the final (Picture: Stadium Astro)Asked for his prediction ahead of the Wembley showpiece, former Arsenal and City full-back Sagna told Stadium Astro: ‘I would like Arsenal to perform because I would like them to have some happy times, especially after the hard season they’ve had.‘And just because Mikel is my friend so I would like him to be successful and win a trophy. Of course, I have friends on the other side as well but they’ve won it already.‘It can be difficult because Manchester City are machines. They play a bit like Liverpool, with total freedom and they have possession so it might be tricky for Mikel to keep the plan, keep possession and keep the ball away from City.‘I see extra-time and I see Arsenal winning because they’ve been performing in the FA Cup.’ Arteta reacts to Arsenal beating champions Liverpool 2-1To view this video please enable JavaScript, and consider upgrading to a web browser that supports HTML5 video Play VideoLoaded: 0%0:00Progress: 0%PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration Time 5:36FullscreenArteta reacts to Arsenal beating champions Liverpool 2-1 is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.Spirits will be high at Arsenal after their win but Arteta knows more than most about the strength of their next opponents are after a three-and-a-half year spell as Pep Guardiola’s assistant. AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENTLast May, both Guardiola and Arteta got their hands on the FA Cup trophy as City’ thumped Watford in the final – but only one of them will be celebrating come Saturday night. The Gunners will be buoyed by their league win over Liverpool (Picture: Getty)Keown is optimistic about Arsenal’s chances after their win over Liverpool in midweek but believes the FA Cup holders will be too strong for his former club.‘After the game with Liverpool, I feel good. Suddenly I’m thinking all things are possible and Arsenal could even beat Man City at the weekend,’ the ex-Arsenal defender said.‘But then I start to think, “No, no! [Kevin] De Bruyne… his feet are like paintbrushes aren’t they?” and you look at [David] Silva and now [Phil] Foden. So how can we beat them? But in the FA Cup it’s been done before.‘Arsenal beat them in the semi-final in 2017 and went on to win it by beating Chelsea so I’m hoping for some of that. More: Arsenal FCArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira movesThomas Partey debut? Ian Wright picks his Arsenal starting XI vs Manchester CityArsene Wenger explains why Mikel Arteta is ‘lucky’ to be managing Arsenal‘But really I think City are in the zone, they have the Champions League to win and I think maybe Man City will win this but Arsenal will give a good account of themselves, be sure of that.‘Arsenal have won it more times than anyone else so they have a massive history in this competition.’Which club will reach the FA Cup final?Arsenal0%Manchester City0%Share your resultsShare your resultsTweet your resultsFollow Metro Sport across our social channels, on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. AdvertisementAdvertisementFor more stories like this, check our sport page.MORE: Arsenal target Brentford winger Said Benrahma as Chelsea open talksMORE: Mikel Arteta claims Arsenal have closed the gap on Liverpool in four areas Manchester City take on Arsenal for a place in the FA Cup final this weekend (Picture: Getty)Martin Keown and Bacary Sagna have had their say ahead of Saturday’s much-anticipated FA Cup semi-final between Arsenal and Manchester City – and it’s safe to safe Gooners will prefer the latter’s prediction for the Wembley clash.The Gunners will be buoyed by their 2-1 victory over newly-crowned Premier League champions Liverpool and Mikel Arteta faces a number of selection dilemmas heading into this weekend’s match.Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang will almost certainly return to the starting XI after being rested for 60 minutes against Liverpool and Reiss Nelson has made a strong case to be picked after playing a part in both of Arsenal’s goals on Wednesday night. last_img read more

EHS swimmers recognized for academic success

first_imgELLSWORTH — Both the Ellsworth boys’ and girls’ swim teams received a National Scholar Team Award for their academic success this season.The teams both qualified for the “silver level” award, which is for teams who have a combined grade point average ranging between 3.50 and 3.749.The Eagle boys have a combined GPA of 3.640, and the girls have a 3.633.The gold level is for teams with a combined GPA ranging from 3.75 to 4.00, and bronze is for teams with a GPA between 3.20 and 3.499. Awards are given by the National Interscholastic Swimming Coaches Association of America Inc.This is placeholder textThis is placeholder textThe Ellsworth teams will be recognized with a certificate sent by mail noting their accomplishments.last_img read more