Indonesia confirms 2 recent avian flu deaths

first_imgJun 19, 2008 (CIDRAP News) – The World Health Organization (WHO) said today that Indonesia has officially notified it of two recent fatal human cases of H5N1 avian influenza that were reported previously by the news media.The reporting to the WHO of the cases in a 16-year-girl and a 34-year-old woman comes 2 weeks after Health Minister Siti Fadilah Supari said Indonesia would stop announcing cases as they occur and instead list them only at longer intervals, perhaps as long as 6 months. The comments raised questions about the government’s compliance with the International Health Regulations (IHR), which call for countries to promptly report human cases of avian flu and certain other diseases to the WHO.David Heymann of the WHO drew a distinction between Indonesia’s public announcements of H5N1 cases and its reports to the WHO, according to a Reuters report published today.”The minister [Supari] has told WHO they will not continue to share publicly whenever there is a new case but they will inform the WHO in conformity with IHR,” said Heymann, who is the WHO’s assistant director-general for health security and environment.Heymann told Reuters the WHO encourages all governments to provide information freely to their populations, but it is their decision.Today’s WHO statement, citing information from the Indonesian health ministry, said the 16-year-old girl was from South Jakarta and fell ill on May 7; she was hospitalized May 12 and died 2 days later. There was evidence that she had been exposed to sick and dead poultry, the agency said.Supari had reported the girl’s case to the Associated Press (AP) 2 weeks ago but had described her as a 15-year-old.The WHO said the 34-year-old woman was from Tangerang district, west of Jakarta. She became ill May 26 and died Jun 3 after a day in a hospital. An investigation into the source of her exposure was continuing.The AP on Jun 13 had reported that a 34-year-old woman named Susi Lisnawati had died of avian flu on Jun 3. Several government officials who requested anonymity had confirmed the case, but the government had not informed the woman’s husband that she had the virus, according to the story.The two latest cases raise the WHO’s H5N1 count for Indonesia, the hardest-hit country, to 135 cases with 110 deaths. The global count has reached 385 cases, including 243 deaths.Heymann told Reuters that Indonesian authorities were trying to confirm another suspected H5N1 case that was fatal.According to Reuters, another WHO official said the agency has a good relationship with Indonesia, despite the country’s reluctance to share H5N1 virus isolates. Indonesia is seeking guarantees that it will receive a supply of any vaccines developed from the isolates it provides.”There is a strong working relationship between the WHO country office and the government,” John Rainford, a WHO spokesman in Geneva, told Reuters. “Even if there is a conflict on issues like virus-sharing, it hasn’t eroded the ability to carry out joint investigations.”A WHO official who requested anonymity told CIDRAP News this week that the agency had been aware of recent H5N1 cases in Indonesia despite the delay in receiving official notification.Speaking before the latest case confirmations, the official said, “The fact that you don’t yet have official notification of any cases doesn’t mean there isn’t unofficial awareness.” He said the two recent cases didn’t change WHO experts’ assessment of the risk posed by the virus.If the cases had signaled more of a threat, the information would have been handled differently, he suggested. “If we were dealing with something much more serious, I think there would be a very, very different approach by all involved in getting the information. If you had a cluster of something behaving in an unusual fashion, the pressure to share it would be very high.”See also: Jun 13 CIDRAP News story “Indonesian government mum as AP reports H5N1 case”Jun 5 CIDRAP News story “Indonesia quits offering prompt notice of H5N1 cases”last_img read more

McIlroy deplores missed putts

first_img Press Association Rory McIlroy expressed his frustration at not getting back into contention for a second US Open title as Jason Day tried to remain there at Chambers Bay on Saturday. McIlroy admitted he was frustrated to four-putt the 17th and drop another shot on the 18th in his second round, but was happy to have ground out a score after missing the cut in his previous two events. ” I’m pleased with how I’ve kept it going,” the 26-year-old said. “It’s a lot easier to do that than when you’re not hitting fairways and not hitting greens. I’m hitting great shots and great drives and giving myself chances the whole time. “It’s just hard to stay patient whenever I’m not holing anything. I feel mentally I’ve accepted most things this week, which is good.” McIlroy carded a third round of 70 to remain four over par just after Day teed off at two under, three shots behind halfway leaders and Ryder Cup partners Jordan Spieth and Patrick Reed. Day was walking from the elevated tee on the par-three ninth – his final hole – during the second round on Friday when he suddenly collapsed, the 27-year-old later being diagnosed as suffering from Benign Positional Vertigo. The world number 10 received treatment at a local medical centre and opted to continue in the tournament, opening his round with a perfect drive down the fairway and narrowly missing for birdie before picking the ball very gingerly out of the hole after tapping in for par. McIlroy had marked his par on the 18th with a mock celebration after finally holing a lengthy putt, the world number one missing numerous birdie chances after picking up shots on the second and seventh. ” I missed seven good chances on the back nine, or seven makeable putts, anyway,” said McIlroy, who dropped shots on the 11th and 15th. “It was just nice to see one drop at the last there. I feel like I turned a 65 into a 70 today. “W henever you start to miss a couple you start to get a little tentative. You start to doubt yourself. You start to doubt the greens a little bit. And then it just sort of snowballs from there. I holed a few nice ones early on, but once I missed a couple it got into my head and couldn’t really get out of it.” Henrik Stenson had memorably likened the greens to putting on broccoli, but McIlroy joked: “I don’t think they’re as green as broccoli. I think they’re more like cauliflower. “They are what they are, everyone has to putt on them. It’s all mental. Some guys embrace it more than others, and that’s really the way it is. It is disappointing that they’re not in a bit better shape. But the newer greens like seven and 13, they’re perfect. “I played last Sunday and I felt like they (the USGA) brought it a little too much towards the brink then. And it’s always a struggle from then to sort of rein it back little bit. I would have liked to see them keep it a little greener for the practice rounds and then gradually as the tournament progresses get a little firmer. “That might have kept the greens in a bit better shape, but you never know. I’ve never been here before, but I hear that the weather isn’t always like this. If there had been a little bit of moisture and had it been overcast the greens might not have gotten baked out and as bumpy as they are.” last_img read more

College football updated polls: AP Top 25, Coaches Poll rankings after Week 12

first_imgWith that, the latest AP Top 25 and Coaches Poll rankings after the Week 12 slate of games:College football polls updated after Week 12Coaches PollRankTeamNo. 1 votesW-L1LSU5510-02Ohio State610-03Clemson411-04Georgia09-15Alabama09-16Oregon09-17Oklahoma09-18Utah09-19Penn State09-110Florida09-211Minnesota09-112Michigan08-213Baylor09-114Wisconsin08-215Notre Dame08-216Auburn07-317Cincinnati09-118Memphis09-119Boise State09-120Iowa07-321SMU08-122Appalachian State09-123Oklahoma State07-324Texas A&M07-325San Diego State08-2Moved in: No. 23 Oklahoma State; No. 24 Texas A&M; No. 25 San Diego StateOthers receiving votes: Virginia Tech 46; Air Force 43; Indiana 39; Navy 25; Virginia 20; Louisiana Tech 10; UL Lafayette 8; Pittsburgh 7; Southern California 3; Wake Forest 2; Temple 1; Kansas State 1AP Top 25RankTeamPointsW-L1LSU1,54210-02Ohio State1,47810-03Clemson1,44211-04Georgia1,3439-15Alabama1,2639-16Oregon1,2439-17Utah1,1559-18Oklahoma1,1449-19Penn State1,0309-110Florida9849-211Minnesota9029-112Michigan8298-213Baylor7879-114Wisconsin7468-215Notre Dame6768-216Auburn6237-317Cincinnati5369-118Memphis5209-119Iowa4937-320Boise State3799-121SMU3289-122Oklahoma State2007-323Appalachian State1549-124Texas A&M1327-325Virginia Tech617-3Moved in: No. 22 Appalachian State; No. 24 Texas A&M; No. 25 Virginia TechOthers receiving votes: Indiana 47; Iowa State 31; Virginia 23; Navy 13; Air Force 12; Pittsburgh 9; San Diego State 7; USC 6; Washington 6; Texas 4; Illinois 1 MORE: SN Week 13 college football rankingsOther notable games include defeats of previously unbeaten teams Minnesota and Baylor, each of which fell out of the top 10 of the Coaches and AP polls after losses to Iowa and Oklahoma, respectively. Another week has passed in the 2019 college football season, and once again the rankings have changed ever so slightly to reflect the outcomes of Saturday’s games.The only change in the top five this week came from Georgia and Alabama; the Bulldogs beat Auburn in Jordan-Hare Stadium while Alabama, despite downing Mississippi State 38-7 in Starkville, lost quarterback Tua Tagovailoa for the year. Those teams switched positions so that Georgia is at No. 4 in the Coaches Poll and AP Top 25, while Alabama is No. 5last_img read more

Challenges for Lava Man

first_img“He has the ability to run a distance (the Big’Cap is 1 1/2 miles),” said Jeff Bloom, head of an ownership group that will travel from as far away as Germany to attend the race. “It’s a very exciting time.” The challengers will receive seven pounds or more from Lava Man, who’s assigned 124pounds as he seeks his ninth consecutive victory in California and 12th in 13 starts in-state. Since the Cal-bred gelding, claimed for $50,000 at Del Mar in 2004, began his local dominance, he is 0for 4 out of state, where the competition has been tougher. Nine 3-year-olds were entered for the $200,000 Robert B. Lewis Stakes on Saturday’s undercard. Favored Great Hunter drew Post 8 for the Lava Man team of Nakatani and trainer Doug O’Neill. heymodesti@aol.com (818) 713-3616 He and jockey Corey Nakatani drew Post 7 Wednesday and were made 4-5 favorites Wednesday in a Clockers’ Corner ceremony as Santa Anita set a field that includes recent big-race winners Arson Squad (Strub), Awesome Gem (San Fernando), Molengao (San Antonio), McCann’s Mojave (Sunshine Millions Classic) and Boboman (Hollywood Turf Cup). An upset possibility is 10-1 Awesome Gem – if the 4-year-old with six 1-2 finishes in eightstarts can bounce back from a fifth-place setback in the Strub. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!center_img ARCADIA – Lava Man’s invincibility in California for a year and a half won’t keep eighthorses from challenging the defending champion in the $1 million Santa Anita Handicap on Saturday. That’s as many as Lava Man faced when he won 2006 Big ‘Cap and more than he beat in the Hollywood Gold Cup and Pacific Classic to complete an unprecedented sweep of Southern California’s major races for older thoroughbreds. last_img read more