Reports suggest common source in family H5N1 cases

first_imgDec 10, 2007 (CIDRAP News) – Chinese officials said today that analysis of a virus sample from a 24-year-old man who died of H5N1 avian influenza shows no signs of a dangerous mutation, as some news reports said the man and his father, who is hospitalized with an H5N1 infection, both had eaten undercooked chicken.Mao Qun’an, a spokesman for China’s health ministry, told reporters today that though the son’s sample showed no evidence of mutation, authorities could not rule out the possibility of human-to-human transmission, Reuters reported.”The virus is still avian and has not undergone a mutation in its nature,” Qun’an said at a press conference. He said the men could have been infected from the same source or separate sources, according to Reuters.The 24-year-old man, from Nanjing in eastern China’s Jiangsu province, died on Nov 27 from an H5N1 infection, according to a previous report from the World Health Organization (WHO). Six days later his father was hospitalized, and on Dec 6 China’s national laboratory confirmed the man had an H5N1 infection, according to a WHO statement yesterday. The father is listed as China’s 27th H5N1 case-patient.News of the men’s H5N1 infections raised suspicions of human-to-human transmission after media reports and the WHO said the son had no known exposure to sick birds.However, Ta Kung Pao, a Hong Kong newspaper controlled by the mainland, reported today that both men had eaten undercooked chicken in Nanjing, the capital of Jiangsu, the Reuters report said. The claims came from unnamed sources.More details on the men’s alleged consumption of undercooked chicken were reported today by ProMED-mail, the Internet-based reporting system of the International Society for Infectious Diseases. The ProMED post consists of an English translation of a news article from Singtaonet.com, a newspaper based in Hong Kong.The ProMED post says the father and his wife took their son and his girlfriend to a restaurant at a temple, where the four ate a dish called “beggar’s chicken.” According to a 1990 report on beggar’s chicken from the New York Times, the chicken is stuffed with herbs, wrapped in lotus leaves, packed with “6 pounds of pond mud,” and baked at low heat for several hours.Two days after eating the chicken, the son became feverish and was hospitalized, the ProMED report said, adding that his father got sick 6 days after eating the meal. Relatives also said the father’s refrigerator was full of butchered chicken. The report speculates that the son got sick first because his immune system was weakened because he recently had undergone a series of rabies shots after he was bitten by one of his girlfriend’s dogs.Hans Troedsson, a WHO representative in China, said reports of the men eating undercooked chicken have not been confirmed, Reuters reported today.The father is recovering after treatment with oseltamivir at the onset of symptoms, Troedsson told the Associated Press (AP) today.Eighty-two people who had contact with the father and son are being monitored, but none appear to have symptoms, he told the AP.The two recent cases serve as a reminder that “the virus is circulating in the environment, (and) there is a risk that we will see these isolated cases,” Troedsson said.So far, there is no strong evidence of human-to-human transmission of the H5N1 virus, and the WHO has not received a request to help officials in Nanjing investigate, he told the AP. “We don’t see that is an imminent risk that these cases would be the start of a pandemic,” he said.See also:Dec 9 WHO statementDec 4 WHO statementDec 10 ProMED post on Chinese H5N1 casesDec 7 CIDRAP News story “Father of Chinese H5N1 fatality has infection”last_img read more

Controversy threatens to disrupt the 2012 Calypso Finals

first_img Sharing is caring! LocalNews Controversy threatens to disrupt the 2012 Calypso Finals by: – February 8, 2012 Tweet Share 46 Views   7 commentscenter_img Victor “Comforter” BiqueThe results of the Calypso Semi Finals have sparked a controversy which has the potential of disrupting the 2012 Calypso Finals carded for February 18th.At the Semi Finals round adjudged by a panel of seven, the following Calypsonians successfully secured a position for the finals; Dice, Web, Sye, Soul Puss, Karessah, Bobb, Vigilante, Checko and Explosion.Victor Bique with the Calypso name ‘Comforter’ has alleged that he was unfairly treated by the association for failing to award him a place in the finals even though he scored the same as Murphy Jno. Jules ‘Sye’ in the Semi Finals.It was reported by a very reliable source closely linked to the panel of judges been revealed by a very reliable source that Sye and Comforter’s scores were tied and as such they should have both been placed in the finals or both been eliminated.The source further disclosed that the Association made a questionable decision to advance Sye to the finals and eliminate Comforter.The controversy which has now surfaced questions the quality of judging and whether or not bias has influenced the panel of judges as well as the results of the competition. Comforter has indicated that he will vigorously pursue the matter. In providing a fair and balanced report, Dominica Vibes News will seek to provide a response from the Dominica Calypso Association. Dominica Vibes News Share Sharelast_img read more

Lakers’ depth chart breakdown: Analyzing the 2015-16 roster

first_imgBelow is a look at the Lakers’ 2015-16 roster, with last season’s points, rebounds and assists per game:StartersNo. 1 D’Angelo Russell, point guard, rookie19.3 ppg 5.7 rpg, 5.0 apg his freshman season at Ohio State 22.3 ppg; 5.7 rpg; 5.6 apgBryant faces two seemingly insurmountable challenges this season. Father Time and patience. Bryant will lay everything on the line in perhaps his final season, for better and for worse. No. 30 Julius Randle, power forward, second year2.0 ppg in 14 minutes Randle filled the preseason highlight reels with powerful dunks, crafty playmaking, well-timed hook shots and a bulldozing presence. But Randle seems to be just scratching the surface. No. 17 Roy Hibbert, center, eighth year10.6 ppg; 7.1 rpg in IndianaGood news: Hibbert will drastically provide the Lakers with the rim protecting they sorely lacked last season. Bad news: Hibbert is one man and cannot cover for all the Lakers’ defensive miscues.ReservesBrandon Bass, power forward, 11th year10.6 ppg, 4.9 rpg in BostonEvery game will be the same. Bass will provide a comforting presence with defense, rebounding and hustle. Nothing more, nothing less. Tarik Black, power forward/center, second year7.2 ppg, 5.8 rebounds with LakersBlack always remains thankful for the opportunity. But will he fully take advantage of it with a more developed game?Anthony Brown, small forward, rookie14.8 ppg, 6.9 rpg, 2.5 apg his redshirt season at StanfordWhat can Brown do for you? Defense, athleticism and some outside shooting. But Brown is a rookie so some assembly might be required. Marcelo Huertas, point guard, rookie8.0 ppg, 4.3 apg with FC Barcelona in SpainHis extensive international experience has not gotten lost in translation. His art of passing can overcome any cultural barrier. No. 4 Ryan Kelly, power forward, third year6.4 ppg, 2.8 rpg, 1.8 apgKelly will no longer feel in purgatory playing small forward. But can Kelly overcome the logjam at the power forward position?No. 7 Larry Nance Jr., power forward, rookie16.1 ppg, 7.2 rpg, 2.5 apg, 1.2 blocks, 1.2 steals his senior season at WyomingWith his energy, Nance Jr. will climb up the Lakers’ depth chart perhaps as high as one of his earth-shattering dunks.No. 50 Robert Sacre, center, fourth year4.6 ppg, 3.5 rpgSacre has become the second-longest tenured Laker on this roster by keeping the locker room loose and providing decent hustle for a backup center.Lou Williams, point guard/shooting guard15.5 ppg, 1.9 rpg, 2.1 apg in TorontoLike Nick Young, Williams will go on high-shooting binges. Unlike Nick Young, Williams will do it without casting attention on himself. No. 37 Metta World Peace, small forward/power forward, 15th yearN/A; played last season for Pallacanestro Cantù in Italy (Lega Basket Serie A) and the Sichuan Blue Whales of the Chinese Basketball Association The idea of the former Ron Artest mentoring younger players would seem as far fetched as World Peace. But he has changed plenty in the past decade. World Peace has plenty of defense, wisdom and laughs to share. No. 0 Nick Young, small forward, 9th year13.4 ppg, 2.3 rpg, 1.0 apgYoung and coach Byron Scott say they have patched things up. But how much patience will Scott have for Swaggy P if his shot falls flat? How much frustration can Young handle over a possible fluctuating role? Russell has not impressed much in both Summer League and preseason play. But the litmus test for the No. 2 pick entails how he handles NBA competition in real games and how he responds to adversity. No. 6 Jordan Clarkson, shooting guard, second year15.8 ppg, 4.2 rpg, 5.0 apg in 38 starts last season with the LakersClarkson has the work ethic to build off a promising rookie season. But will that be enough to prove he is an all-around player?No. 24 Kobe Bryant, small forward, 20th yearcenter_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more