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 updatehttp://www.who.int/csr/don/2006_05_23/en/index.htmllast_img read more

Take a look at what is going under the hammer across Brisbane

first_imgRoom for a large family at 15 Tarm Street.Agent Ellen Sifonios from Ray White — Redcliffe said there had been a lot of young families that had come to have a close look at the home. “That tends to be the main people that have been coming along, because it is a big family home on a 810 sqm block,” she said.Originally built in 1925, it was extensively expanded from a single storey to a double storey home about 15 years ago. “The upstairs is the original home,” she said. Just across the road from the water. Inside 15 Tarm Street.More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus19 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market19 hours agoIt will go to auction on-site at 1.30pm.Over in the south east this home at 43 Benalla St, Manly offers some of the best views of the bay. This charming Shorncliffe is just metres from the water.A FAMILY home on a rare double sized block in a popular Brisbane suburb is expected to draw a crowd when it goes to auction this weekend.The five-bedroom Wavell Heights home at 15 Tarm St will go under the hammer this Saturday.center_img 4 Allpass Parade, ShorncliffeThe home which has been extensively renovated by its current owner will go to auction on-site on Saturday at 10.30am Water views from the deck at 43 Benalla Street, ManlyThe five-bedroom home in the popular Manly Hill precinct has an expansive deck that overlooks the water.Agent Scott Kelleher from Ray White Manly said the home appeared to have sparked the interest of builders, for its renovation potential, and from families.“There is a really good sense of community (in Manly),” he said. He recently sold 10 Benalla St in January for $1.043 million so he is hoping for another good result when it goes to auction on-site at 3.30pm on Saturday.Over in Shorncliffe a charming character home has two unique selling points.The three-bedroom home at 4 Allpass Parade is across the road from the water, and it has access to the Sandgate Golf Club via the back gate.last_img read more

C-NS tennis blanks Liverpool; B’ville tops West Genesee

first_imgAs they do each spring, the Cicero-North Syracuse and Liverpool boys tennis teams encountered each other last Monday afternoon at the start of another crowded week of matches.And the Northstars got the best of it, beating both the rain and the Warriors in a 7-0 decision that was preserved by a pair of doubles matches that went to three sets.C-NS had Jonathan Corl and Brandon Millias outlast Liverpool’s Eli Barbour and Adam Ritter 6-2, 6-7 (10-8), 10-6, while Ethan Dupell and Will Janusz, two games from defeat, rallied for a 3-6, 7-5, 6-4 win over Owen Dann and Matt Kane. As that went on, Baldwinsville got back on the court and defeated Syracuse East 5-1, the Bees seeing Antonio Marsallo, Eric Smith and Christian Treichler win their singles matches without dropping a set.In doubles, Larry Lewis and Austin Mackley lost, 6-3, 7-6, to Yasin Hassan and Salimo Musa, but Max Funicello and Nick Licciardello defeated Kyle Giardine and Tom Moore 6-0, 6-4, with Phil Fiorentino and Connor Tutor topping Devin Murphy-Stanley and Curran Shannon 6-0, 6-2.That set up a far more dramatic match on Thursday, B’ville and West Genesee seeing five different matches go to three sets, including all the doubles contests, and the Bees doing just enough to edge the Wildcats 4-3.Each side had a singles point in the books, Marsallo handling James Plunkett 6-3, 6-0, when Leonardo Vona found himself in a third-set tie-breaker with Ryan Joyce, but able to win it and take the match 7-5, 1-6, 7-6 (7-3).The doubles side was a series of classics. Fiorentino and Tutor led before a 4-6, 6-3, 6-3 defeat to Ty Lisi and Max Mekker, with Colin Savage and Clayon Speach getting a first-set shutout, yet still losing to Paoli and Dan Good 0-6, 6-3, 6-4.So the other B’ville teams had to win – and did so, Funicello and Licciardello staging their own big comeback to beat Stefan Atanasov and Noah Ruston 1-6, 6-3, 6-4 as Treichler, paired with Hunter Dukat, held off David Puma and Michael White 6-1, 4-6, 6-3.With far less drama, C-NS shut out Syracuse East 7-0. Dupell, Hill and James Corl lost just four total game in six sets of singles play, with Millias and Jon Corl beating Murphy-Stanley and Giardine 6-2, 6-3 as Gallagher and Hirsh won by those same scores over Yassin Hassan and Salimo Musa.Share this:FacebookTwitterLinkedInRedditComment on this Story The other doubles matches only lasted two sets, Ryan Gallagher and Edwin Hirsh enduring a second-set tie-breaker, but won 6-3, 7-6 (7-2) as Josh Matyasik and Holden Sarosy won over Caleb Arnold and Shobit Sharma 7-5, 6-1.All of the singles matches belonged to the Northstars as James Corl handled Aaron Alejo 6-1, 6-0, with Ryan Hill rolling past Ben White 6-0, 6-2 and Wyatt Dupell claiming a 6-0, 6-4 decision over Aiden Barbour.Liverpool went from here to a 7-0 defeat to West Genesee on Wednesday afternoon. Austin Huntress-Kennedy, in singles, lost, 6-3, 6-1, to Ben Paoli, while the closest doubles match had Barbour and White falling to Stefan Atanasov and Noah Ruston 6-2, 6-3.center_img Tags: BaldwinsvilleBoys tennisC-NSliverpoollast_img read more

Photos: 10 images that sum up the A’s wild-card loss

first_imgClick here if you are having trouble viewing the gallery on your mobile device.The Oakland A’s returned to the MLB playoffs, but much like last year, they didn’t make much noise as they fell to the Tampa Bay Rays 5-1.The Wild Card playoff game started out with hope. MC Hammer threw out the first pitch, but starter Sean Manaea got in trouble early and gave up three home runs, including a lead-off. That put the Athletics in a hole they couldn’t get out of. Save for a run scored by Marcus Semien …last_img read more

Parrikar responding to treatment in US, says aide

first_imgGoa Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar, who is undergoing treatment in the U.S., is responding well, said Rupesh Kamat, personal secretary to the Chief Minister, in a statement released here on Wednesday. Sources said Mr. Parrikar was being treated at the Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Research Foundation in New York.A statement issued by the Chief Ministers Office (CMO) had said that “as advised by doctors at Lilavati, Mumbai, the Chief Minister had leftfor the US for further treatment.’’ Mr. Parrikar was rushed to the Lilavati Hospital in Mumbai on February 15 where he was diagnosed for “mild pancreatitis”, according to CMO.Mr. Parrikar returned on February 22 to Goa to table State’s annual budget along with a vote-on-account in the State legislative assembly.Just two days after that he was shifted to the State-run Goa Medical College and Hospital near here for dehydration and low blood pressure, according to an official statement. He was discharged from the hospital on March 1, but left for Lilavati hospital, Mumbai for further treatment from where he was flown to US. No official statement about the exact ailment of the Chief Minister has been issued so far.last_img read more