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

Overtime, intense games taking toll on fatigued Notre Dame

first_img Published on February 20, 2013 at 1:25 am Contact Jacob: Facebook Twitter Google+ During the third overtime in Notre Dame’s game against Louisville on Feb. 9, the ESPN telecast cut to a young girl sprawled across two folding chairs, snoozing in Purcell Pavilion in South Bend, Ind.The Fighting Irish and Cardinals traded blows for two more overtime periods, culminating in a 104-101 Notre Dame victory. The five-overtime contest is the longest regular season game in Big East history.Three of Notre Dame’s last six games in Big East play ended in overtime. The epic one against Louisville, sandwiched between two overtime wins against DePaul, has left the Fighting Irish fatigued.“I’m very concerned about it. We’ve really paced ourselves,” Notre Dame head coach Mike Brey said in the Big East coaches’ teleconference Thursday. “We’re not going to practice long, we can’t do anything live today. We’re bringing our chiropractor and a little bit of a massage therapist on the road with us.”Notre Dame’s demanding stretch started on Feb. 2, when the Irish went to DePaul and defeated the Blue Demons 79-71 in overtime. After a Feb. 4 loss at Syracuse, No. 25 Notre Dame (21-6, 9-5 Big East) played the five-overtime game against Louisville on Feb. 9, followed by an overtime home win against DePaul four days later.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text“I guess since I fouled out early I had enough energy to keep up with everything,” Notre Dame senior forward Jack Cooley told reporters after the win over Louisville. “It was incredible. It was so nerve-wracking.”Though Brey is proud of his team’s resilience, particularly against Louisville, the Irish have struggled to maintain their conditioning, Brey said.Brey saw players uncharacteristically fatigued in Wednesday’s overtime win over DePaul. At a media timeout, guard Eric Atkins slumped over, breathing heavily. Brey thought he was injured.“I turned to him and said, ‘Do you need a blow?’” Brey said. “And we were coming into a media timeout, which he usually can get his wind back. And he said ‘Coach, yeah, I need one.’”Brey hadn’t seen that much fatigue in his team this season. He compared the stretch to playing five games in the span of four games. The additional play has taken a toll on his players, Brey said.Sloppy, inconsistent play in its last two games may be a symptom of Notre Dame’s demanding schedule.Providence defeated the Irish 71-54 on Saturday. Notre Dame shot 39.3 percent from the field, and looked slow defensively in transition.“This is a game they were very ready for, and we came out a little flatter than we should have,” Notre Dame sophomore forward Pat Connaughton told reporters after the loss Saturday.On Monday, Notre Dame traveled to No. 20 Pitt, and again looked sluggish to start. The Irish missed its first 12 shotsin falling behind the Panthers 19-3.Notre Dame recovered, though, shooting 60.7 percent the rest of the way in upsetting Pitt on the road 51-42.Monday’s game was Notre Dame’s last hurdle before finally getting some rest, Brey said. The Irish don’t play again until Cincinnati visits South Bend on Sunday.This week, Brey’s players might be the ones falling asleep in Purcell Pavilion.“If we can get through Monday night, we don’t play then until Sunday,” Brey said. “And then we can really get some rest back. But stealing time, especially for our guards to get rest, is the No. 1 concern.” Commentslast_img read more

Eric Weddle backtracks on Ravens-or-retire remarks: ‘We’ll see’

first_img“I’m not sure if things are going to get worked out with Baltimore. Obviously, I want to be back,” Weddle said, via the team’s website. “[We’ll] see if there’s something to be worked out. If not, then I’ve had an unbelievable experience here and loved every second. So, if it does happen, we both move on, and we’ll see if I’ll play somewhere else or hang ’em up.” A key leader on the NFL’s top-ranked defense during the regular season, Weddle finished third on the team in tackles with 68, though he failed to log an interception.Weddle, 34, was selected by the Chargers in the second round of the 2007 draft. He led the Chargers in tackles five of his nine seasons but left the team after falling out of favor with since-fired coach Mike McCoy. Eric Weddle plans to share $1M playoff bonus with Ravens teammates, staff After claiming earlier this month that he would retire if the Ravens released him, Eric Weddle is having second thoughts.While speaking at the Pro Bowl in Orlando on Wednesday, the veteran safety said he is now open to continuing his career with a different team.center_img Weddle, who has one season remaining on the four-year contract worth $26 million he signed with Baltimore in 2016, added that he’s had “great conversations” with general manager Eric DeCosta but didn’t clarify if he’s wanted back. He is scheduled to make $6.5 million in 2019. Related News Ravens Pro Bowl safety Eric Weddle has no interest in playing for another teamlast_img read more

Warriors coach Steve Kerr discusses Kevin Durant’s silence since Knicks’ trade

first_imgSteve Kerr on why Kevin Durant has been radio silent with local media since Knicks trade— Mark Medina (@MarkG_Medina) February 7, 2019″We all have things that go on in our life. … Sometimes you just want to curl up and you know, most of us of us are allowed to do that,” Kerr said. “But not in the NBA. Kevin has been unbelievable with the media since he’s been here. He’s always accountable and here. So he just doesn’t feel like talking right now.Durant is rumored to be considering signing with New York in free agency after the 2018-19 season concludes. He is averaging 27.5 points, 7.1 rebounds and six assists for the Warriors. Related News “We’re functioning as a team, we’re doing our thing, we’re playing, he’s coming in and competing and working at practice,” Kerr said.Golden State’s 37-15 record is the best mark in the Western Conference. It has won three NBA championships in the last four seasons. NBA free agency rumors: Kevin Durant signing with Knicks has ‘never felt more real’ to Warriors Kevin Durant has not been speaking to the media.The Warriors star has not spoken to reporters since the Knicks traded Kristaps Porzingis and other pieces to the Mavericks on Feb. 1. Steve Kerr told the media to “give him some space” ahead of Golden State’s matchup with the Spurs on Wednesday.last_img read more