China says ill woman is 10th human bird flu case there

first_imgJan 23, 2006 (CIDRAP News) – A 36-year-old Chinese woman was in critical condition in Chengdu City, suffering from what the Chinese authorities announced today was the country’s 10th human case of H5N1 avian flu, Agence France-Presse (AFP) reported.The woman, whose surname is Cao, is from Sichaun province in southwest China, AFP noted. She fell ill on Jan 12; tests confirmed her H5N1 infection on Jan 17.The Chinese ministry did not explain whether there was a poultry outbreak in her area. People who have had close contact with the woman are under observation but have shown no signs so far, according to AFP.Xinhua, the Chinese government news service, announced today that the country had seen 32 outbreaks of highly pathogenic avian flu in 13 provinces during 2005 but that quarantine has now been lifted in 31 affected areas. The Xinhua report did not make it clear if each outbreak was considered an affected area.Chinese Vice-Premier Hui Liangyu today pushed for continued efforts across China to prevent and control avian flu, particularly in light of increased travel and celebrations linked to the Chinese Lunar New Year, which begins Jan 29. He called for better monitoring, better prevention, and improved quarantine measures.  World Health Organization (WHO) spokespeople also have emphasized the importance of effective surveillance of poultry. Roy Wadia, the WHO Beijing spokesman, said in the AFP report that “human cases should not be the sentinels for animal outbreaks.”The recent outbreaks of bird and human H5N1 cases in Turkey illustrates the problem, as Lee Jong-Wook, director-general of the WHO, told the WHO executive board at the start of a week-long meeting in Geneva.”The turkey experience demonstrates the dangers posed by avian influenza in birds and the vital importance of surveillance and effective early warning systems,” he said today, according to a Reuters news service story. “A pandemic could arise with little or no warning from the animal side.”Lee also defended the agency. “Concern has been expressed that we are overplaying this threat. We are not,” he said in his opening speech. “We can only reduce the devastating human and economic impact of a pandemic if we all take the threat seriously now and prepare thoroughly. This is a global problem.”Underscoring Lee’s remarks was a report that the Turkish Agriculture Minister, Mehdi Akar, has claimed that some of Turkey’s neighboring countries also are home to the H5N1 virus but have been concealing it, according to an AFP story.US experts in animal and human epidemiology were slated to visit Azerbaijan, Armenia, and Georgia, which border parts of Turkey hit with H5N1 outbreaks, according to the AFP story. No outbreaks have been reported in those countries.In addition, officials in northern Iraq were taking emergency measures to prevent avian flu after a girl died, according to the United Nations Integrated Regional Information Networks (IRIN).A WHO spokesman confirmed that the teen did not have H5N1 infection. “We have totally discounted the possibility of an avian influenza infection,” WHO’s Dick Thompson said in the IRIN story. “But we can’t take away the possibility of an appearance in Iraq, as many cases have been reported in Turkey.”Also today, the WHO confirmed that two members of an Indonesian family did die of H5N1 infection, Indonesian authorities had announced last week. That raised Indonesia’s tally to 14 deaths and 19 cases, according to the case count table, updated today.Two other family members—a 14-year-old girl and the family’s 43-year-old patriarch—remain hospitalized with respiratory symptoms, the WHO said. Samples from those two patients are being tested, and the family cluster remains under investigation.The Jakarta Post reported on Jan 21 that an 11-year-old girl who is suspected of having H5N1 was a distant neighbor of the two children whose infections have just been confirmed by WHO.”Similar to the two deceased children, the new patient had also been in contact with dead fowl near her house,” said Hadi Yusuf, a health official, in the newspaper report. Samples from the girl are being tested.See also:WHO announcement on Indonesian cases read more

3 takeaways from Syracuse’s 41-6 loss to No. 1 Clemson

first_img Published on September 14, 2019 at 11:24 pm Contact Eric: | @esblack34 Facebook Twitter Google+ After their two previous matchups were decided by three and four points, Syracuse (1-2, 0-1 Atlantic Coast) and No. 1 Clemson (3-0, 2-0) played a game much more akin to the expected point differential on Saturday.The Tigers jumped on the Orange early, scoring two touchdowns in the first quarter. Syracuse, meanwhile, struggled to get much going offensively. SU kicked two field goals in the second quarter and trailed just 17-6 at halftime, but missed opportunities in the second half doomed Syracuse in its home opener.The Orange managed to intercept Heisman Trophy candidate Trevor Lawrence twice in the third quarter, but were held scoreless on two drives that started inside the Clemson 10-yard line. They were ultimately shutout in the second half, and a 41-6 loss pushed SU below .500 for the first time since the 2017 season.Here are three reactions from Syracuse’s loss to the reigning national champions. Pass protection problemsWhen redshirt sophomore Tommy DeVito had time in the pocket on Saturday, the Syracuse passing offense showed signs of life. Long gains for first downs to tight end Luke Benson and senior Moe Neal, accurate passes that found receivers’ hands, and a semblance of the gameplan that SU has struggled to show this season. But that didn’t happen often. DeVito was often rushed out of the pocket on throws or crushed in the backfield before he was able to escape, as Syracuse failed to put up a fight against Clemson’s pass rush for much of the game. The Tigers totaled six sacks in the first half and ultimately finished with eight, including back-to-back plays in the second quarter after SU had just made a big stop on the Clemson offense. AdvertisementThis is placeholder textThe Tigers brought extra blitzers throughout, players that the Syracuse offense never accounted for. SU usually emptied the backfield to give DeVito more opportunities to get the ball out quickly, but it backfired. The lack of protection stagnated the Syracuse offense or prevented it from ever getting going against a Tigers defense that never let up. Regrettable rushingDuring Syracuse’s first game, it was its rushing game that kept it afloat, accounting for nearly 200 yards of offense and all three of its touchdowns. Against Maryland last week, it disappeared — SU’s running backs were never able to get anything going and were held under 100 yards and no scores, as DeVito and the passing game finally found its footing. The downward trend continued on Saturday versus Clemson, which absolutely took SU running backs out of the game. While Neal and running back Abdul Adams had some success through the air, they were held to just 56 yards on 23 carries. Just like last week against the Terrapins, Syracuse failed to break off any big rushing plays. While Adams had a long run of 13 yards against Maryland, the longest run by a Syracuse running back on Saturday was just six yards.The Orange had struggled with their offense being too one-dimensional through the first two games of the season, and any hope of beating the No. 1 team in the country disappeared when that continued versus the Tigers. SU’s offensive line was overwhelmed all night in the passing game and when it came to opening up holes for its running backs, it failed in that respect, too. Missed opportunitiesSyracuse had four drives into the redzone on Saturday, and they ended with two field goals, an interception and a turnover on downs. The Orange had their chances to capitalize and turn their scoring opportunities into touchdowns, but they could never convert.Their two field goals came when they were trailing, 14-0, at the beginning of the second quarter and 17-3 late in the first half. While the first came on a third down from the Clemson 11, the second was snapped on the doorstep of the end zone. Syracuse’s decisions to kick field goals as opposed to going for it on fourth down ultimately backfired and the Orange never found a way into paydirt.In the second half, Syracuse had the opposite issue. Twice, SU started drives inside Clemson’s 10-yard line after its defense picked off Lawrence. Both times, Syracuse failed to score any points. On the first play following the first interception, DeVito immediately made the same mistake his counterpart did, making a poor decision and throwing a pick. The Orange had four chances to score following the second Lawrence interception, but gained just one yard. First, a one-yard plunge by Jarveon Howard. Then, one for no gain. Third and fourth down featured blown up plays for Syracuse, which ended up turning the ball over on downs. In a game in which its defense held its own and limited the No. 1 team in the country’s offense to the best of its ability, the Orange’s offense let the team down. Commentslast_img read more

What’s Next For Geolocation? Apps, Apps, Apps

first_imgThe Rise and Rise of Mobile Payment Technology What it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech … Geolocation social networks are set to be in 2010 what microblogging was in 2008 – the next big thing. Currently the space is being dominated by Foursquare, with others like Gowalla, MyTown and Loopt trailing in its wake.While Gowalla has secured a large amount of funding, some $8.5 million, and My Town claims more check-ins than the other services, Foursquare is happily ticking along on the seed money provided by its founders (after they sold their original effort, Dodgeball, to Google), and creating a community of developers who are eager to build secondary applications. There are two reasons Foursquare is gaining so much ground over its competitors.This is a guest post by Simon Salt, the founder and CEO of IncSlingers. He is a writer and blogger whose work has appeared in a wide variety of places, including Chris Brogan’s, American Marketing Association News and the Austin Realtor. He has been quoted in the Wall Street Journal on social media and is a recognized national speaker on that topic as well. Firstly, it is available on all phone platforms. While this is also true of Loopt, the game play element of Foursquare makes it more attractive to many users. Secondly, it took the very sensible step of opening its API early on. This has generated a wave of new secondary applications.In addition to this, it set up a developer community forum and is extremely active there, providing support, information and assistance to developers that are creating these secondary apps. Just as with Twitter, it is not just the service itself that will create demand, but the applications that run from that service. There are hundreds of applications that run on the Twitter API now (most of which are listed at It is very likely that by the end of 2010 we will see similar numbers of applications for Foursquare, and, should Gowalla and the rest open their APIs, for those services too.The reason geolocation social networking is so popular is quite simply its ease of use. Arrive at a destination, be that your work, the gym, a coffee shop or even the grocery store, fire up the application on your phone, “check-in”, and get points, badges and even increased status in the game for doing so. As with Twitter, early adopters are the ones using the sites the most at the moment, but the services are rapidly spreading beyond the hard core. Unlike micro-blogging, you need no talent to be entertaining, informative or stylish – you simply check-in as you go about your day. You attract “friends” by doing this, or by connecting with people you already know, either online or in real life.The Next Step: User- and Location-FocusedAs with so many other early-stage social network platforms, extending the service with secondary applications is what makes the service truly useful. At present, the secondary applications that are being developed fall into two main categories: user-focused and location-focused. A good example of a user-focused app is wheredoyougo. This service provides a heat map visual of all of a user’s check-ins. Another, foursqpic allows users to upload pictures as part of the Foursquare Venue Tips section, supplementing simple text tips with visuals as well. These are great apps and certainly add to the fun and extend the functionality of the service. However, the real gains are coming in the location-focused apps. So far, the most developed of these is placewidget, which allows owners of a location to promote, via a website widget, the “Mayor” of their location on their website. Until now, any real marketing revolving around Foursquare was offline, and had to be location-specific. By bringing the ability to market both their involvement in the Foursquare community and promote a loyal customer, this widget gives a lot more power to businesses looking to leverage this type of social networking. Foursquare recently announced it had signed two deals with media outlets. The first is an agreement with Metro, Canada’s number one free daily newspaper, to have content for venues provided by the newspaper. The second is with Bravo TV, which will include Bravo Celebrity Tips and Bravo-branded badges for over 500 locations. A game is great, but a content-rich social network is something a lot more valuable.Photo credit: Agata Urbaniak Related Posts Role of Mobile App Analytics In-App Engagementcenter_img Tags:#mobile#web guest author 1 Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaceslast_img read more