Avian flu cases reported in Cambodia, Egypt

first_img The Cambodian boy died last night, said Michael O’Leary, World Health Organization (WHO) representative in Phnom Penh, who was quoted in a Reuters report today. The boy was from the southeastern province of Prey Veng, adjoining Vietnam. The girl was hospitalized Apr 2 and was said to be in stable condition, according to an AFP report today. Officials said her family raises poultry at home. A Cambodian health official said a sample from the boy tested positive for H5N1 avian flu at the Pasteur Institute in Phnom Penh, according to an Agence France-Presse (AFP) report today. The official said the boy had eaten sick chickens before he fell ill. Although fewer human H5N1 infections have been diagnosed in Cambodia than in China, Vietnam, or Thailand, all six known Cambodian victims have died, according to the WHO. April 5, 2006 (CIDRAP News) – Avian flu has resurfaced in two countries, killing a 12-year-old boy in Cambodia and sickening a little girl in Egypt, according to news services. A concern for human health in Gaza is the lack of oseltamivir (Tamiflu), the drug most widely used to prevent or treat H5N1 infection. Manenti told Reuters the Palestinian Authority does not have enough Tamiflu. Although Israeli officials are providing gear and 300 doses of the antiviral drug, Manenti said Gaza needs at least 1,000 doses. In addition, a 16-month-old girl in southern Egypt has contracted H5N1, according to a Reuters story today that quotes the Egyptian health and population minister, Hatem el-Gabali. Hers is the ninth case of avian flu in Egypt, el-Gabali said, although the WHO to date has confirmed only four cases. (Samples in the other cases are still being tested.) Authorities have confirmed the first instance of an H5 virus spreading to domestic poultry in Germany, in the eastern state of Saxony. Preliminary tests at a farm near Leipzig with more than 14,000 turkeys and geese showed the H5 virus, Reuters reported today. The neuraminidase subtype has not yet been determined, authorities told the news service, but the flock will be culled. In addition, another 250,000 birds will be killed in the Gaza Strip as officials try to stop the spread of the virus there, according to Reuters. Fourteen more villages in India’s western state of Maharashtra have avian flu in poultry, Reuters reported today. The neuraminidase hasn’t been typed yet, but authorities suspect they’ll receive confirmation that it is an H5N1 virus, the story said. In Africa, Niger has culled another 26,000 birds in 47 villages in the Magaria district, the Angola Press Agency reported today. Culling is expected to last a week, and owners will be compensated, the story said. Meanwhile, the H5N1 virus continues to spread among wild birds and domestic poultry, causing fear and economic woes. The election of a Hamas-led government has further cooled relations between Palestine and several countries, prompting some nations to administer aid through third parties, such as United Nations agencies, the story said. Chicken is the main source of animal protein for Gazans, said Ambrogio Manenti of the WHO office for the Palestinian territories, the story noted. Outbreaks have occurred on five Gazan farms to date, and about 250,000 birds, or 10% of all the flocks in Gaza, have been culled, the story said.last_img read more

Rep. Barshell Challenges School Administrators to Focus on Sciences

first_imgCeebe Barshell making remarks during the Science and Arts exhibition at Aware International SchoolHaving experienced shortage of medical doctors throughout the country, Montserrado County District#3 Representative Ceebee Barshell on Friday, March 1, 2019, said there was a need for school administrators to pay keen attention by including Science and Arts courses into their curriculum.Barshell said during so would encourage more students to develop interest in Science and Arts courses, through which many of students could become medical doctors.Barshell made the statement when the Aware International School conducted a Science and Arts Exhibition where participating students displayed their individual talents in Science and Arts.At Friday’s exhibition, students presented working models of their projects on global warming and its preventive measures, application of mathematical theories for daily use, as well as science and arts play for kids.The students also exhibited common plants and their health benefits, assessment of intentions and their working models, and a general tour of scientific and artistic displays.With the display of Arts, Barshell said there was a need for school authorities to concentrate mostly on the field of sciences. “But to achieve that, relevant government institutions, including the Liberia Revenue Authority (LRA), have to do more to reduce tariffs on the importation of science related equipment and materials.Another issue, Barshell observed, was for school authorities to mobilize their resources to jointly help the importation of said equipment and materials into Liberia.Indian Consul Gen. Jetty making remarks at the Science and Art Exhibition at Aware International SchoolAlso speaking, Upjit Singh Sachdeva, commonly known as “Jeety,” lauded the Aware International School administration for the initiative, and called on authorities at the Ministry of Education to follow the good “example of the school.”Jeety, a businessman and the Indian Consul General to Liberia, said the annual science and arts exhibition would make more students to get involved with the field of science and, thereafter, become future scientists for the country.According to him, the country has about 123 medical doctors for a population of over 4 million, which he said is a result of school administrators not making enough efforts to ensure that science laboratory was prioritized into their institution.This, he said would help to attract more students to the field of science and to become medical doctors in the future.Students of Aware International School demonstrating their science and arts projectsShare this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more