Oct 11, 2007 (CIDRAP News) – Indonesian officials have reported an H5N1 avian influenza case in a 12-year-old boy in the Jakarta area, raising the country’s human case count to 109, according to news services.The boy is from the Jakarta suburb of Tangerang and is being treated in a Jakarta hospital, said Muhammad Nadirin, a spokesman for the health ministry’s avian flu center, according to a Reuters report published today.Nadirin said it was not clear how the boy was exposed to the virus, but some chickens had died in his neighborhood, according to the story.Eighty-seven of Indonesia’s H5N1 cases have been fatal, according to the World Health Organization (WHO). The WHO’s global count, which does not yet include the new Indonesian case, stands at 330 cases with 202 deaths.Meanwhile, five people with suspected avian flu in Indonesia’s North Sumatra province tested negative for the H5N1 virus, according to an Agence France-Presse (AFP) report published yesterday. The report quoted a spokesman named Momo at the avian flu information center.The five were among seven people from the same village who were admitted to a hospital in Medan, the provincial capital, Oct 6, AFP reported. Momo said he had no information on the other two patients.An earlier report from Antara, Indonesia’s national news agency, had said 8 people were hospitalized with suspected avian flu in Medan on Oct 7, including a pregnant woman and a 3-year-old.In other developments, H5N1 cropped up again in poultry in southern Vietnam this week after a 2-month absence, according to a Reuters report today.The Agriculture Ministry said ducks from a farm in the Mekong Delta’s Tra Vinh province tested positive for the virus, according to Reuters. Testing was done after five birds in an unvaccinated flock of 300 died. The rest of the ducks have since been destroyed by animal-health workers, the story said.Agriculture Minister Cao Duc Phat urged veterinary authorities this week to step up poultry vaccinations, Reuters reported. He said avian flu would soon reemerge among unvaccinated birds, especially as the weather cools in northern Vietnam.
Norwegian publicly traded investment company Hunter Group ASA has entered into a definitive back-to-back contract transfer agreement with Apollo Asset for the transfer of shipbuilding contracts for four very large crude carriers (VLCC).The decision comes following Apollo’s non-binding indicative offer to Hunter Group ASA for the transfer of ownership in up to seven VLCCs at the beginning of April, as the contract includes options for up to three additional newbuildings.Apollo, owned by independent investor Arne Fredly, who is also a board member of Hunter Group, ordered the ships from Korean shipbuilder Daewoo Shipbuilding and Marine Engineering (DSME) in February this year.The 300,000 DWT ECO Design crude oil tankers, fitted with scrubbers, are scheduled for delivery in 2019 and cost USD 85.2 million each.Under the contract, Apollo has an option to order three additional ships of the same size, which if exercised would be handed over in 2020.The group plans to transfer the contracts to its subsidiary Hunter Tankers AS, a decision which is yet to be approved at the group’s general meeting scheduled for May 9.The general meeting’s agenda also includes a decision on whether to approve a private placement of NOK 172.5 million (USD 21.6 million) directed towards co-investors in the shipbuilding contracts and approving the issuance of warrants. Once the transaction is approved, Apollo will be entitled to subscribe for a total of 15,000,000 shares in Hunter Group.