China confirms two human cases of avian flu

first_imgNov 16, 2005 (CIDRAP News) – China today reported two confirmed human cases of H5N1 avian influenza, marking the first time the government has confirmed cases on the mainland.The disease was confirmed in a 9-year-old boy from Hunan province, who has recovered, and in a 24-year-old woman from Anhui province, who died Nov 10, according to the Chinese news agency Xinhua.In addition, avian flu is suspected in the Oct 17 death of the boy’s 12-year-old sister, but the case can’t be confirmed because of a lack of good samples for testing, according to Xinhua and Agence France-Presse (AFP).China joins Vietnam, Thailand, Cambodia, and Indonesia on the list of countries with confirmed human cases. The World Health Organization (WHO) currently lists 126 cases with 64 deaths since December 2003 (the Chinese cases were not yet included at this writing). Vietnam accounts for 92 cases and 42 deaths.The confirmation of China’s first human cases follows a series of 11 poultry outbreaks in several provinces over the past month. Yesterday the government announced its intention to vaccinate all poultry, estimated at 5.2 billion birds, against avian flu. China reported its first poultry outbreaks of H5N1 flu in February 2004.The 9-year-old boy, surnamed He, from Xiangtan County, fell ill with fever and pneumonia-like symptoms on Oct 10, Xinhua reported. A poultry outbreak had occurred in his village.The boy had high levels of H5 antibodies, and experts from China’s health ministry and the WHO concluded that he had the H5N1 virus, according to Xinhua. He was released from a hospital Nov 12.The woman from Anhui in eastern China fell ill Nov 1 and died of “prostration of breathing” Nov 10, the report said. She was a farmer who had chickens and ducks that died 1 to 2 weeks before she got sick.The 9-year-old boy’s 12-year-old sister had symptoms like her brother’s, Xinhua said. “The experts from the [health] ministry suspected the girl of being a human case of H5N1 bird flu, but cannot confirm it by WHO standards due to insufficient evidence from laboratory tests,” the story stated.According to AFP, WHO spokesman Dick Thompson said his agency recognizes the boy’s and young woman’s cases as confirmed. But the samples available from the 12-year-old girl “weren’t of a quality that could be used to determine whether or not she did indeed have bird flu,” he said.The cases announced today are the first to be officially confirmed in mainland China. The first known human cases of H5N1 infection occurred in Hong Kong in 1997, when 18 people fell ill and six died. In February 2003, two Hong Kong residents, a 33-year-old man and his 9-year-old son, became infected with the virus while visiting Fujian province in China. They were diagnosed after returning to Hong Kong. The father died but his son recovered.See also:Mar 13, 2003, CIDRAP News story “WHO issues alert over atypical pneumonia outbreaks in Asia” for information on the February 2003 cases in Hong Konglast_img read more

Syracuse goalkeeper Bono continues impressive play in loss to Louisville

first_imgAlex Bono had only faced eight shots on goal in Syracuse’s previous three games.The goalkeeper often went long stretches without having to make a save, as the ball stayed on the other side of the field.That trend changed dramatically Saturday night as he faced a season-high 13 shots, including six on goal, in the Orange’s 2-1 loss to Louisville (7-4, 3-1 Big East) at SU Soccer Stadium. Despite the loss, Bono was a bright spot for SU (9-4, 2-2), making four saves.“It was nice to have some work,” Bono said. “The back four has been absolutely phenomenal and they were very good today. It was good to get some action back there.”Louisville methodically pressured Syracuse’s defense in spurts throughout the game before breaking through for goals.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textOne of those spurts came in the 41st minute when the Cardinals drew a direct free kick. Louisville defender Greg Cochrane took the kick and delivered a swerving shot directly toward the goal.Bono watched as the ball twisted toward the left side of the net and knew he had to react quickly. He backpedaled, jumped and punched the ball out of bounds, falling several feet into the goal in the process.Bono then stood up and clapped his hands, urging on his teammates to keep fighting.“You don’t really anticipate where free kicks are going to go,” Bono said. “You just react to it. I reacted and I got there soon enough luckily.”The save kept the game knotted 1-1 heading into the half. It drew an ovation from the crowd, but Louis Clark insists it was nothing out of the norm for Bono, saying his teammate is one of the best freshman goalies in the country.“He pulls that sort of thing all the time in training,” Clark said. “I see it on the daily so it isn’t a big deal to me, but it was a fantastic save.”Clark said that Bono stayed calm and kept the team focused throughout the game.The two goals Bono allowed were close to unavoidable. The first came in the 28th minute when Cochrane connected on a one-timer off a pass from the end line. Louisville’s Zach Foxhoven generated space from Syracuse defender Nick Bibbs to set up an open shot, lofting the ball over Bono’s head for the second score in the 70th minute.“I don’t think he was at fault for either goal,” SU head coach Ian McIntyre said. “I think he was pretty solid and made some good saves.”Syracuse defender Nick Perea agreed that Bono’s performance was terrific on Saturday night despite coming in a losing effort.“Those two goals were unlucky,” Perea said. “Nothing to worry. If he keeps going the way he is I think he should be nominated for Big East keeper of the year.”McIntyre echoed the sentiment, saying Bono has been a consistent presence for the Orange all season. The goalie has made 37 saves on the season and helped SU to one of the best shutout percentages in the nation at 0.61 per game.His stellar play has been crucial to Syracuse’s success, but it wasn’t enough to carry the Orange on Saturday night.“I think we should all be pretty excited about what Alex Bono looks like in a Syracuse uniform right now,” McIntyre said. “He was brought here because we feel that he’s one of the premier goalkeepers in the country and I think he’s been demonstrating that.” Comments Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on October 7, 2012 at 12:41 am Contact Trevor: tbhass@syr.edu | @TrevorHasslast_img read more

Veteran Case Manager Sydne Cogburn Leaving DRC

first_imgFacebook3Tweet0Pin0Submitted by Dispute Resolution Center of Thurston CountyAfter 22 years on the staff of the Dispute Resolution Center (DRC), Sydne Cogburn is leaving her position as Case Manager on May 25.Sydne Cogburn Dispute Resolution Center Case Manager, retiring after 22 years. Photo courtesy: Dispute Resolution CenterSydne first became involved with the DRC in 1991, as a volunteer, then joined the staff in 1995.  In her time here, she saw the organization through two decades of growth; the big move from a house on the Westside of Olympia to the downtown core; and the comings and goings of many core staff with whom she worked over these many years.  Staff, volunteers, and the Board, both present and past, are so grateful for Sydne’s dedicated service to our community.  We all wish her the very best in her next endeavors.“Sydne is intelligent, wise and grounded. She doesn’t get flapped.  In our many years of working together we collaborated on difficult cases regularly, both of us being highly invested in providing the very best service for our clients.  We shared a deep appreciation and dedication to the principles of interest based mediation.  We also shared a love of our volunteers who worked side by side with us every day. Sydne expertly trained each of them all the while maintaining relationships with mediators and managing cases which she did with aplomb,” wrote Joan Swanson.“Sydne – Well, we do go back, no?  Such rich memories.  I’m full of appreciation for your steady hand over the years; your grasp of the big picture as well as mastery of the devilish details; and your unfailing support and willing ear for all of us volunteers in the “boiler room”.  I’ll miss not seeing you here, but take comfort in knowing we haven’t seen the last of each other by a long shot.  Yours in friendship, gratitude and love,” wrote Bruce Bergquist.Please send your best wishes to Sydne c/o the DRC, P.O. Box 6184, Olympia, WA 98507 or e-mail her at scogburn@mediatethurston.org.last_img read more