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

Trump visits Kenosha, not to urge racial healing but to back police

first_imgPresident Donald Trump defied requests to stay away and visited Kenosha, Wisconsin, on Tuesday, not to urge racial healing after a white officer shot a Black man in the back but to express support for law enforcement in a city rocked by civil unrest.With the United States polarized over issues of racial injustice and police use of force, Trump is appealing to his base of white supporters with a “law and order” message as opinion polls show him cutting into the lead of his Democratic rival, former vice president Joe Biden.Meanwhile Trump has largely overlooked the racial wounds caused by police use of force and played down the more than 180,000 US deaths from the coronavirus pandemic. “These are not acts of peaceful protest, but really domestic terror,” Trump told local business leaders in a high school gym.Peaceful demonstrators have complained that violent agitators, often white, have hijacked their protests with property damage. But many have also sharply criticized the police, saying the United States needs to completely rethink its law enforcement practices.”To stop the political violence, we must also confront the radical ideology. … We have to condemn the dangerous anti-police rhetoric,” Trump said, adding that without his help Kenosha would have “burned to the ground.”Appeal to ‘change the hearts’The visit was not completely without empathy. While Trump dodged questions about systemic racism and problems in policing, he did say that he felt “terribly for anybody who goes through that,” referring to the police shooting, and that he was honored to meet with the co-pastors of Blake’s mother, the only two Black people at Trump’s roundtable.Pastor James Ward appealed for greater efforts to “change the hearts of people” and bring healing and peace to the community, while his wife and co-pastor Sharon Ward said, “I think it’s important to have Black people at the table to help solve the problem.”The state’s Democratic governor and the city’s Democratic mayor both had urged Trump not to visit so as to avoid inflaming tensions and allow citizens to heal. But when he showed up, the president pledged $1 million in federal support to Kenosha law enforcement, $4 million to small businesses, and $42 million to public safety statewide, contrasting that with leftist calls to “defund the police.”Much of the country has rallied to the side of civil rights since George Floyd, a Black man, died on May 25 after a white police officer knelt on his neck. The country was reckoning with that case when Blake was shot as he entered his car on Aug. 23.Kenosha has become one of the flashpoint cities where anti-racist demonstrators have clashed with Trump supporters who have converged on protest sites, sometimes openly carrying arms while vowing to protect property from looters.A 17-year-old Trump supporter has been charged with killing two people and wounding another with a semi-automatic rifle in Kenosha. Trump defended the white teenager, who faces six criminal counts, and declined to condemn violence from his supporters.But in Portland, Oregon, site of three months of nightly protests that have often turned violent, a Trump supporter was shot dead on Saturday and the president lamented that “they executed a man in the street.”The president took credit for restoring peace in Kenosha since National Guard and federal law enforcement reinforcements were sent in. Although Wisconsin Governor Tony Evers called in more National Guard troops on his own authority, Trump did send in about 200 federal law enforcement officials. Topics :center_img The Republican president also threatened to send more federal officers into cities governed by Democratic mayors even if local officials objected, saying, “At some point … we’ll just have to do it ourselves.”Trump did not visit Jacob Blake, who was paralyzed from the waist down after a white police officer fired at his back seven times on Aug. 23. He did not meet Blake’s family either, but did meet with his mother’s pastors.He promised instead to rebuild Kenosha and provide more federal spending to Wisconsin, a political battleground state that Trump won narrowly in 2016 and badly needs to keep in his column as he seeks re-election on Nov. 3.The president visited a burned-out furniture store that was destroyed in the upheaval and then a makeshift command center to praise National Guard troops who were called in to reinforce local police after several nights of peaceful protests gave way to looting, arson and gunfire.last_img read more

Power Quickest for IndyCar GP

first_img 112Will Power 26Robert Wickens 318Sebastien Bourdais 45James Hinchcliffe 520Jordan King 61Josef Newgarden 722Simon Pagenaud 827Alexander Rossi 921Spencer Pigot 103Helio CastronevesShowing 1 to 10 of 24 entriesPreviousNext Indianapolis, Ind. – Now only Mario Andretti and A.J. Foyt have more career IndyCar poles than Will Power.  The Aussie qualified atop the speed chart and starts Saturday’s IndyCar Grand Prix from P1.  Power’s best lap around the road course at the world’s most famous racing facility took just over one minute, nine-point-eight seconds.2018 IndyCar Grand Prix Pole Winner, Will PowerRookie Robert Wickens was second-quickest today.  Veteran Sebastien Bourdais qualified third.  And rounding out the quick six that competed for the pole were James Hinchcliffe, rookie Jordan King, and Josef Newgarden.Today’s top qualifying spot makes 51 IndyCar career poles for Power, and 258 for Team Penske in the series.  In particular, this race has seen several of Power’s many career bright spots, having won the pole here two other times — both times winning from that most-coveted spot on the grid.Less than a second separates the entire 24-car field for Saturday’s 5th running of the IndyCar GP. Tune in for tomorrow’s race coverage starting at 3pm on WRBI 103.9 FM.Here’s the starting lineup for tomorrow:Show 102550100 entriesSearch:Starting PositionCar Driverlast_img read more

WG softball struggles against Baldwinsville, C-NS

first_imgA day later, the Wildcats tested defending sectional Class AA champion Cicero-North Syracuse, and were unable to get much going in a 10-0 defeat to the Northstars.Even though WG earned seven hits, three of them by Rachel Shackleton, it could not get a run against C-NS ace Ariana Corasaniti. Meanwhile, the Northstars got 18 hits off Hoovler and single runs in four different innings before a six-run seventh as Brooke Nicolaos led them with three hits and three RBIs.A rematch with C-NS on Saturday night ended with the Wildcats falling 14-6 to the Northstars, while earlier that day WG lost a 6-5, eight-inning decision to Rome Free Academy Tags: Jordan-ElbridgeSoftballWest Genesee Against RFA, a three-run second inning put WG in front 4-1, and after an exchange of runs it was 5-2 before the Black Knights used a run in the fifth and two runs in the top of the seventh to catch up at 5-5.Then a run in the eighth got the Black Knights the lead, and WG couldn’t match it, though Shackleton and Carrodegaus each got three hits and Hoovler doubled twice, with Abbey VanHorn earning a pair of RBIs.The second game against C-NS saw the Wildcats notch all six of its runs in the top of the fourth inning, nearly erasing a 7-0 deficit. Abbey VanHorn’s two-run home run was the big blow as Vecchio, Carrodegaus, Sophia VanHorn and Emma Garvey also drove in runs.But the Northstars reclaimed control with a run in the bottom of the fourth and three runs in each of the next two frames, getting a home run from Francesca LaRobardiere as she got three RBIs and Alayna Harbaugh drove in four runs.Jordan-Elbridge had a 4-2 defeat to Altmar-Parish-Williamstown last Wednesday, all of the Rebels’ runs coming in the bottom of the third, two of them driven home by Helaina Hale’s triple.The Eagles managed single runs in the first and sixth innings, with Emma Morrell and Mollie Yard scoring them as Emily Bard got credit for a double and RBI.But the Eagles turned things around Thursday and blanked Chittenango 5-0, with Alexis Delfavero pitching a gem as she held the Bears to four hits and struck out 12 without allowing a walk.A two-run first inning was all J-E needed, but it tacked on single runs in the fourth, sixth and seventh as Delfavero got three hits, with GabriellaBard earning two hits and two RBIs. Yard, Meghan Whalen and Ranait McGuire also had two-hit outings.Share this:FacebookTwitterLinkedInRedditComment on this Story center_img The West Genesee softball team played last Wednesday against Baldwinsville and lost a 4-3 decision to the Bees, who didn’t flinch when the Wildcats went ahead with a pair of third-inning runs.Still up 2-0, WG saw B’ville score a run in the fifth and three runs in the sixth to move in front, and then withstood the Wildcats’ late push as it got a run in the seventh, but could not catch up.Kayla Hoovler took the loss, though she struck out five. Arlea Vecchio and Izabella Carrodegaus each had two hits, with Vecchio and Jessica Simon driving in runs.last_img read more