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

Plans underway for Jamaica 55 Diaspora Conference

first_imgBusiness and investment opportunities, philanthropy, social investment and crime intervention and prevention will be among the issues discussed during the Jamaica 55 Diaspora Conference, slated for July 23-26 in Kingston to coincide with Emancipation and Independence celebrations.Representatives of the Diaspora including Orlando attorney Wayne Golding, have been participating in preliminary planning meetings.Golding expressed enthusiasm at the planning that is going into making this year’s conference relevant to both Jamaica and the Diaspora. He said he was particularly encouraged by the participation of the Jamaican private sector in this year’s planning initiatives.The first meeting of  national Stakeholders was held on March 8 at the Kingston office of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade, where e 50 entities met to initiate planning strategies for the staging of the Conference.Jamaica’s Foreign Minister, Senator Kamina Johnson Smith, who was in London attending the Commonwealth Trade Ministers Meeting, addressed the meeting via video message. She reiterated the emphasis placed by the Jamaican government on structured and results-oriented engagement with the Diaspora, through the Conference.“It is my hope that we will build on the achievements of previous years and coming out of this conference, create effective mechanisms for specific, measurable and implementable actions aligned with the Government’s priorities and Diaspora interests,” she said.Permanent Secretary in the Foreign Affairs Ministry, Ambassador Marcia Gilbert-Roberts in noting the strong representation of agencies at the meeting, cited this as an indication of the commitment towards the public-private partnership required to execute the conference.During discussions, plans were outlined to develop a tailored experience for Diaspora members to access areas of specific interest to them. Attendees can also expect expositions and cultural activities to provide a unique Jamaican experience during the three-day Conference.last_img read more

Lakers’ Jeanie Buss ‘surprised’ Magic Johnson resigned … but she doesn’t blame him

first_img“It was a surprise when Magic turned in his resignation,” Buss told reporters at the NBA Awards Show. “I didn’t see that coming.”As surprising as it was, it kind of reminded me of back in 1981 when he asked to be traded after winning a championship with the Lakers because he wasn’t happy with the way the offense had changed. That led us to getting Pat Riley as our head coach. Related News Magic Johnson denies report he was toxic to Lakers Magic Johnson looks into crystal ball, dissects 2020 Lakers “So he’s got good instincts. He’s got to stay true to who he is and do what’s right for him. I wish I would’ve had a little bit more notice, but I think we’re going to be just fine.”The Lakers are now in the hands of general manager Rob Pelinka. Johnson told ESPN last month the former agent had been “backstabbing” him, which Pelinka quickly denied. Whatever happened between the two men, Buss said she is comfortable with Pelinka guiding the franchise’s future.”I’ve always had confidence in Rob, whatever the speculation is out there,” Buss said. “We don’t need outside media to validate the things that we do. I’m very happy and I think we’re on the right path.”center_img Magic Johnson takes four tweets to congratulate Rob Pelinka for Anthony Davis trade Magic Johnson’s abrupt resignation as Lakers president of basketball operations on April 9 stunned the NBA, but team owner Jeanie Buss said Monday she doesn’t blame him.Finally addressing the issue for the first time Monday, Buss admitted Johnson’s resignation was surprising.last_img read more