Oct 6, 2006 (CIDRAP News) – In a development that could complicate avian influenza control efforts, an Indonesian official said this week that some apparently healthy chickens showed evidence of H5N1 virus infection, according to the Jakarta Post.Rachmat Setiadi, who heads the West Java Animal Husbandry Office, announced the findings 2 days ago after serologic testing of 20 chickens around the home of two people from Bandung who died of H5N1 infection at the end of September, the newspaper reported yesterday.”The test has shown that four healthy chickens were infected with H5N1. We should be more cautious,” Setiadi was quoted as saying. He also said healthy chickens with H5N1 were found in other cities and regencies, but he didn’t name them.Setiadi said the finding means that healthy chickens could carry the virus, according to the story. He recommended that residents stop keeping chickens in their backyards or near their homes. The Post reported that of Bandung’s 26 cities and regencies, only two were free of H5N1 virus in poultry.The story did not indicate whether actual H5N1 viruses were isolated from the chickens. Serologic evidence of infection usually means the presence of antibodies to the virus, which suggests the host was exposed to the virus at some point but doesn’t necessarily mean the host is a current carrier.Though the Asian strain of H5N1 is usually lethal in chickens, there has been at least one other report of asymptomatic chickens testing positive for the virus. In February, researchers reported that they found H5N1 viruses in apparently healthy chickens in live-bird markets in southern China. The researchers had analyzed flu viruses collected from thousands of wild and domestic birds in China and Hong Kong (see link below).The human H5N1 deaths that Setiadi referred to appear to be connected to an outbreak in Bandung that raised suspicions of a family cluster. A 20-year-old man was confirmed by the World Health Organization (WHO) on Sep 27 as Indonesia’s 68th case-patient; he died later that day and was the country’s 52nd victim. His 23-year-old brother died of similar respiratory symptoms on Sep 24, but he was buried before samples could be collected for testing. Their 15-year-old sister was hospitalized with a fever and cough the same week, but tests suggested she had seasonal influenza.The brothers were reported to have fed dead chickens to their dogs. The head of Bandung’s agriculture office, Yogi Supardjo, told the Post that tests on 11 dogs kept by the family came back negative.In another Indonesian development, an analysis of H5N1 viruses from birds on Sumatra, Java, and Bali islands indicated that the virus has not mutated to become more transmissible to people, the Indonesian agriculture ministry said yesterday.The ministry said tests on 49 samples showed no major changes in the virus, according to a Bloomberg News report yesterday. The analysis was done by a World Organization for Animal Health (OIE) reference laboratory in Geelong, Australia, the story said.The samples were collected between September 2005 and March 2006, Elly Sawitri, an agriculture ministry official, told Bloomberg. Officials plan to submit additional samples collected in the past 6 months for analysis.In other news, the WHO on Oct 3 confirmed Indonesia’s 69th human case of H5N1 disease, in a 21-year-old woman from East Java. Indonesian officials had reported the case Sep 29.The woman became ill on Sep 19 and was hospitalized 6 days later. She is the sister of an 11-year-old boy who died of H5N1 infection on Sep 18. The WHO said the boy’s death prompted contact tracing, which revealed that his sister was ill. She was given the antiviral medication oseltamivir and isolated in a hospital.The WHO said poultry deaths in the family were noted before and after the brother’s illness, and though the woman was probably exposed to poultry, the source of her infection was under investigation.Elsewhere in Indonesia, seven people with possible avian flu symptoms have been admitted to a hospital in South Sulawesi, the Jakarta Post reported today.Most of the patients are younger than 10 and have high fever and vomiting, the Post reported. A hospital representative said avian flu was suspected on the basis of signs and symptoms, but blood samples from the seven patients were negative for the H5N1 virus. He said nasal samples from the patients were sent to a lab in Jakarta for analysis.Family members reported that sick and dead chickens were found near the patients’ homes.Meanwhile, China has reported another H5N1 outbreak in poultry, according to an Agence France-Presse article yesterday. The outbreak involved 1,000 poultry in a village in northern China’s Ningxia Hui region. The Chinese news agency Xinhua reported that 72,930 domestic poultry were culled to control the outbreak.An outbreak that came to light last week affected 985 chickens in northern China’s Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region, Xinhua reported. The two outbreaks are the first in about 6 weeks.See also:Sep 27 WHO statementhttp://www.who.int/csr/don/2006_09_27a/en/index.htmlFeb 10 Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences article with information about apparently healthy chickens infected with H5N1: “Establishment of multiple sublineages of H5N1 influenza virus in Asia: implications for pandemic control” [Abstract]Feb 10, 2006, CIDRAP News story “Report depicts China as launching pad for avian flu”Oct 3 WHO statementhttp://www.who.int/csr/don/2006_10_03/en/index.html
New Delhi: In the last decade of the Spanish La Liga, the ‘El Clasico’ contest between Real Madrid and Barcelona was a red-letter day for all football fans. It was the contest between Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo, two of the biggest names in football. The Messi vs Ronaldo contest enthralled fans from all over the world, uplifting the contest from the spectrum of Catalan vs Castillan.However, the ‘El Clasico’ contest, for the first time since December 2007, will lack that star power. Ronaldo has moved to Juventus from Real Madrid while Messi will not feature for Barcelona due to a broken arm. However, there is still plenty at stake for both teams, more so for Real Madrid coach Julen Lopetegui.Read More | CBI War: SC asks CVC to complete probe in two weeks; interim chief not to take policy decisionsLopategui, who took over the team four-and-half months ago, is struggling big time. The team has gone five games without a win, more than eight hours without a goal has been a sorry reflection for a team that recently won the UEFA Champions League. Real’s chaotic performance has weakened his position, not strengthened it and a win against Barcelona might reportedly not matter if club president Florentino Perez’s mind is already made up with regards to his position. According to some reports, Perez wanted to sack Lopetegui after their win over Viktoria Plzen but the club’s Director General Jose Angel Sanchez and other executives calmed him down. Confident of revivalDespite the slump, Real players are optimistic of a turnaround. Toni Kroos pointed out that it was not a confidence issue with the team.Read More | MeToo: Google fires 48 employees, Pichai says ‘dead serious’ about providing ‘safe and inclusive workplace’“We have many champions in the World Cup and the Champions League, and we have shown we can turn around tough situations. Remember that in the last few years, we have not only played good games, there have been bad ones too. We are creating, we are doing everything we can to get good results and that proves we are behind the coach. He is a very good coach in my opinion and I’m confident we can turn this around with him,” Kroos told AFP.Read More | Madhya Pradesh Elections: Kukshi ‘kursi’ – a musical chair for Congress, JAYSDespite Real Madrid’s poor form, Barcelona coach Ernesto Valverde is not taking his opponents lightly. “Madrid will be even more dangerous. They will come here to demonstrate all the strength they have,” Valverde said. Barcelona currently top the La Liga standings with 18 points while Real Madrid are seventh with 14. A loss could not only signal Lopetegui’s end, but also open up a massive seven-point gap between the two arch-rivals. For all the Latest Sports News News, Football News News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps.
Ekundayo, who proudly wears the green and white of Nigeria into battle, said, â€œI would really likely to thank my management team, MTK, for arranging this title shot and for Frank Warren for giving me an opportunity to showcase my skills in front of a global audience.â€He represents the countryâ€™s best opportunity of delivering sporting success in 2017. He is thrilled to have the whole nation behind him, saying, â€œThey have recently passed a bill in the Nigerian National Assembly to help support me and help bring big time boxing back to Nigeria, if we are given the right support we can rule the world of boxing.â€He and Olusegun Ajose, were recently blessed by Ooni of Ife with further promise of support, not only for the boxers but for all Nigerians in the Diaspora seeking to bring glory to their fatherland. His Royal Majesty the Ooni of Ife had earlier urged all Nigerians in the United Kingdom and Europe to attend the boxing event to give maximum support to Ekundayo.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram One of the Worldâ€™s leading boxing promoters Frank Warren, has announced that elite Nigerian boxer, Larry â€œThe Naturalâ€ Ekundayo, will be fighting for the WBO Inter-continental welterweight title at the Copper Box Arena, London, on July 8.The undefeated, former African boxing champion and Prize Fighter winner has been given the opportunity to fight for this prestigeâ€™s title as the main support to Billy Joe Saunders, who headlines the show and is defending his world title.Ekundayo (12-0) will fight against the highly ranked and much feared Gary Corcoran, who has an impressive (16-1) record Should Ekundayo overcome this challenge he will be catapulted high into the WBO world rankings, with a world title shot in sight.