Avian flu likely cause of death in Vietnam

first_imgSep 1, 2005 (CIDRAP News) – A 58-year-old Vietnamese has died of a probable case of avian influenza, the first such fatality in a month, news services reported today.The victim, a Hanoi resident who was not named, died Aug 24 and tested positive for an H5 virus, according to an Agence France-Presse (AFP) report quoting Nguyen Tran Hien, director of an epidemiology institute in Hanoi.Hien said further tests are needed to ascertain if the virus was H5N1. But Peter Horby, a World Health Organization epidemiologist in Hanoi, told AFP the virus was almost certainly H5N1, because that’s the only H5 strain known to be circulating in Vietnam.If confirmed, the case will mean Asia has had 121 cases with 63 deaths since late 2003, including 96 cases with 44 deaths in Vietnam, according to CIDRAP’s unofficial count. The WHO’s current official count is 112 cases with 57 deaths.The last human death attributed to avian flu in Vietnam occurred Jul 31 in Ho Chi Minh City, according to AFP.FAO issues warningIn other developments, the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) warned yesterday that wild waterfowl are likely to carry H5N1 avian flu to the Middle East, Europe, South Asia, and Africa. The warning followed detection of the virus in Siberian Russia, Kazakhstan, and Mongolia in recent weeks.”Birds flying from Siberia, where the H5N1 virus has been recently detected, may carry the virus to the Caspian and Black Sea in the foreseeable future,” the FAO said. “These regions and countries in the Balkans could become a potential gateway to central Europe for the virus.””FAO is concerned that poor countries in southeast Europe, where wild birds from Asia mingle with others from northern Europe, may lack the capacity to detect and deal with outbreaks of bird flu,” said Joseph Domenech, FAO’s chief veterinary officer.Bird migration routes also cross Azerbaijan, Iran, Iraq, Georgia, Ukraine, and some Mediterranean countries, where avian flu outbreaks are possible, the agency said. Also at risk are India and Bangladesh, which have large numbers of domestic ducks and lie along a major migration route.The FAO warning echoed concerns raised by researchers in two scientific journal reports early in July. Scientists who studied the outbreak of H5N1 avian flu at Qinghai Lake wildlife refuge in north-central China suggested that birds that visit the refuge could spread the virus to Europe, India, Siberia, Australia, and New Zealand. About 6,000 wild birds died of the disease at the refuge in late spring.However, European veterinary experts who met in Brussels last week saw little immediate risk that the virus would spread to Europe. They said it was not clear to what extent wild birds were responsible for the recent expansion of the virus’s range.Agency cites northwestward spreadThe FAO statement cited the Qinghai Lake outbreak and recent outbreaks in Russia, Kazakhstan, Mongolia, and Tibet. Domenech said, “These new outbreaks show that the highly pathogenic H5N1 virus is spreading progressively northwestwards and is not restricted to South East Asia any more. In Russia and Kazakhstan, we believe contact between domestic poultry and wild waterfowl at lakes and wetlands is the primary source of infection in poultry.”The agency urged countries at risk to increase surveillance of poultry and wild birds and to prepare national emergency plans. It said close contact between humans, poultry, and wildlife should be reduced and closely monitored and that domestic birds should be separated from wildlife as much as possible.The statement also referred to the avian flu control strategy recently developed by the FAO and the World Organization for Animal health (OIE). So far, donors have pledged about $25 million to support the plan, which is expected to cost more than $100 million, the FAO said.Two days ago, the OIE appealed for funds to help affected countries control avian flu in poultry populations.See also:Aug 31 FAO statementhttp://www.fao.org/newsroom/en/news/2005/107405/index.htmlJul 6, 2005, CIDRAP News story “Wild birds could spread H5N1 virus beyond Asia, reports say”last_img read more

India arrests South Korean CEO, 11 others for gas leak at LG Polymers

first_imgTopics : Indian police have arrested 12 LG Polymers officials, including its South Korean chief executive, an officer said on Wednesday, two months after a gas leak at the company’s south India chemical plant killed 12.The arrests were made under a case of culpable homicide filed against the company’s South Korean parent, LG Chem Ltd , when the leak occurred in May, police commissioner Rajiv Kumar Meena said.”A total of twelve members including the CEO and two directors were arrested on Tuesday evening,” Meena, the top officer in the port city of Visakhapatnam where the plant is located, said. Among those arrested were two directors, one of whom was a South Korean, Meena said.Toxic styrene gas leaked from the chemical plant in the early hours of May 7, choking many people who were sleeping.This week, a government-appointed committee recommended that the plant be shifted away from human habitation and called for action against the top employees. It said LG Chem had been negligent and warning systems were not working.The company did not immediately respond to emails seeking comment.Meena said three government officials had also been suspended for negligence. last_img read more

Man Ubers dead girlfriend to hospital after assault over text

first_imgA Pennsylvanian man is currently facing several charges after authorities say he beat his girlfriend to death over an alleged text message she received from her ex-boyfriend.The incident occurred Sunday at the suspect’s Perkiomen Township home.According to the report, the suspect 23-year-old Nicholas Forman, drove the body of his girlfriend 22-year-old Sabrina Harooni to a hospital in an Uber.Nurses immediately began working on Harooni whom they say was ice cold, had bruising around her neck, and who’s pupils were described as “blown out.”Officials also said that Harooni was dressed only in loose sweatpants and a puffer jacket and that when her pants were later removed, wood chips spilled out.As authorities were investigating the incident, an Uber driver who drove the couple home the night before told them that the couple had gotten into an argument after Harooni joked about receiving a text message from her ex. The driver told authorities that Forman became increasingly aggressive and at one point, Harooni claimed that he was scaring her. The driver told authorities that he dropped the couple off and drove up the street but returned later with his window’s down so he could hear the argument. The driver says Forman demanded Harooni’s phone and would not let her in the house until she gave it to him. The driver says he waited until he could no longer hear arguing and then drove away.The next morning Forman called another Uber and rushed Harooni to the hospital.During a police interview, Forman told authorities that Harooni had gotten into an argument with three girls at a bar and gave the girls his address to come fight her later. Forman also told authorities that he did not want to get involved in the altercation because he was on probation for a 2017 DUI but that though his girlfriend was beat up, she went to bed fine.It wasn’t until the morning that he realized something was wrong.During a search of the property and of Harooni phone, however, authorities found evidence that Forman was actually behind Harooni’s death. In addition to hair matching Harooni’s in the driveway and her blood and dirt on clothing and different items in the house, authorities also found a video of Forman on Harooni’s phone yelling at what seems to be her unconscious body. In the video Forman can be heard saying ” that’s what cheaters get.”Officials also say that Forman claimed that Harooni was still breathing when he brought her to the hospital which differed from what both nurses and doctors told police.(Viewer Discretion Advised.)Perkiomen Township man charged w/ murder after beating death of his girlfriend. Alexander Forman on his way to MontCo prison says he didn’t do it and curses at us. At 6pm: details on a jealous rage and an Uber ride with a lifeless body @NBCPhiladelphia https://t.co/qJ7cCoDxmc pic.twitter.com/EmbkYXdK6c— Drew Smith (@drewsmithtv) February 6, 2020 Forman has since been arrested and is charged with first and third-degree murder.last_img read more

MLAX : Marasco brothers go head to head in NCAA tournament rematch

first_img Comments Though his son will be starting at attack for Syracuse, Rich Marasco won’t be wearing orange on Sunday. He’ll be sitting with his family as close to the 50-yard line as possible, trying to stay impartial.Because this weekend, the allegiance of the Marasco family is torn.‘We generally go nondescript,’ Rich said. ‘We don’t wear Syracuse, we don’t wear Army. … To be honest, we’re probably a lot more quiet in that game when it comes to rooting for one or the other.’When Syracuse (1-0) takes on Army (1-1) at the Carrier Dome on Sunday at 4 p.m., SU’s JoJo Marasco will take on his brother Matthew, a defender for Army. That leaves Rich in a precarious situation, watching his two sons try and hand each other’s team a loss. It will make it impossible for Rich or his wife, Anna Marie, to choose sides. Instead, they’ll sit quietly during the game, looking forward to when it’s all over.Rich said he is forced to root for his sons individually. If JoJo burns a defender, he’ll be happy. If Matthew makes a great play on an Orange midfielder or attack, Rich said he’ll clap a little bit. That is, of course, if the great play isn’t against JoJo.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textBut knowing one son’s team will win while the other’s will leave with a loss is what takes the enjoyment out of the game.‘It’s not my favorite game to watch when they both go against each other,’ Rich said. ‘It’s distressing.’Sibling rivalry aside, Sunday’s game is also the first game between these two teams since last year’s NCAA tournament game. Syracuse fell to the Black Knights in the first round, a game stuck in the minds of every member of the Orange who experienced the game. JoJo was out with an injury and didn’t play in the game, but the loss still hurt.When it was over, though, he still congratulated his brother. He watched Matthew and Army play Stony Brook the following week. For those 60 minutes, he wasn’t a member of the Orange. Instead, he was just a supportive brother who knew what the game meant to Matthew.‘He kind of was quiet about it, didn’t really say much because I wasn’t playing,’ JoJo said. ‘It was a great moment for him. He’ll remember that win for the rest of his life.’Sunday is the rematch. Syracuse will look to avenge its loss from a year ago, doing everything possible not to lose to Army again on its own turf.When JoJo spoke to Matthew last night, they didn’t talk about the game. They didn’t have to. They know what it means for both sides. When all is said and done, the game goes beyond the field.‘We just talked about normal things,’ JoJo said. ‘We didn’t even really talk about the game. It’s going to be exciting to see him because I haven’t seen him in two months.’Rich at least doesn’t have to worry about watching Matthew cover JoJo during the game. Matthew told JoJo he will likely cover SU’s other attack, Stephen Keogh. But going up against a teammate’s brother won’t change the way Keogh plays.If anything, Keogh said, he’s looking forward to the challenge of trying to beat JoJo’s brother.‘I might try and throw some chirps in there, try and beat him to the cage and score a couple goals on him,’ Keogh said. ‘It’s a pretty cool feeling.’So when Rich and his family watch on Sunday, they will be rooting for both sides. The only thing that makes this game easier to handle is it isn’t a postseason matchup.It’s the postseason games when Syracuse and Army meet, when one son can help end the other’s season, that are the worst for Rich to have to sit through.‘My biggest hope is that both teams will have excellent years,’ Rich said. ‘If they get into the NCAAs, hopefully it won’t be in the first round. If they meet in the semifinals or the finals, so be it. But to watch one knock the other out in the first round, that’s depressing.’cjiseman@syr.edu Published on February 23, 2011 at 12:00 pm Contact Chris: cjiseman@syr.edu | @chris_isemancenter_img Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

Rugby: News expected on Payne injury.

first_imgWe may find out today if Jared Payne and Chris Henry will be available for Sundays clash with Georgia at the Aviva.Payne’s foot sprain appears to not be as serious as first feared while Henry who missed Saturday’s game with a virus is recovering well.Joe Schmidt’s side stunned South Africa in a thrilling game last weekend at the Aviva winning 29 – 15 against the side ranked second in the world.last_img