Indonesia reports H5N1 in healthy chickens

first_imgOct 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 statement 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 statement read more

Wednesday people roundup

first_imgMacquarie Investment Management – Anna Bretschneider has been appointed head of Swiss distribution. Before joining Macquarie, Bretschneider spent 14 years at MFS Investment Management, where she built client relationships in Switzerland, Austria and Luxembourg. She began her career in 2000 at Generali Group.NN Investment Partners – The company formerly known as ING Investment Management has appointed Jared Lou to the emerging debt team as a portfolio manager. Lou previously worked with the emerging market debt team at GMO based in Boston, where he was a sovereign analyst.HSBC Global Asset Management – Dan Rudd has been appointed head of wholesale UK. Rudd is head of MENA Wholesale at HSBC GAM, and will relocate to the UK in April to take up this new position. The company hired him in 2005 as head of global life. He joined from Deutsche Asset Management.La Française – Shawna Yang has been appointed as investor relations director for Asia at La Française’s new office in Seoul. She joins from Cushman & Wakefield Korea, where she was head of the capital markets division. MN, PMT, PGGM, Société Générale Securities Services, Caceis, Candriam Investors Group, Pictet Asset Management, Macquarie Investment Management, MFS Investment Management, NN Investment Partners, HSBC Global Asset Management, La Française, Cushman & WakefieldMN – Michaël Kortbeek and Johan van der Ende have been appointed as members of the supervisory board (RvC). Kortbeek has been a board member at €60bn metal scheme PMT – MN’s largest client and shareholder – for the past 12 years. Van der Ende has been CIO and a member of the executive committee at the €182bn asset manager and pensions provider PGGM. Before then, he held a number of executive jobs at ING Group. Van der Ende has also been an adviser, supervisor or board member at CBRE Global Investment Partners, Altera Vastgoed, Q-Park and the Amsterdam School of Real Estate. The appointments came as a consequence of Peter Kok’s resignation from the RvC at year-end, as well as the extension of the board.Société Générale Securities Services – Olivier Aprile has been appointed head of institutional sales for asset managers and institutional investors in France. He joins from Caceis, where he was head of sales. Before then, he served as head of institutional clients at Caisse des Dépôts et Consignations.Candriam Investors Group – Fawzy Salarbux has been appointed head of consultant relations. He joins from Pictet Asset Management in London, where he was head of global consultant relations. Before then, he worked as an investment consultant at Mercer and Aon Hewitt in London.last_img read more

Southern California Muslims mourn Bhutto

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORECoach Doc Rivers a “fan” from way back of Jazz’s Jordan ClarksonHathout also discussed the centrality of a peaceful Pakistan to the Muslim world. “Pakistan is a very important country to Islam,” Hathout said. “We hope it does not become engulfed in instability.” A typical Friday service draws about 750 worshippers, said Edina Lekovic, a spokeswoman for the center. Many Pakistanis lingered after the service to talk about the status and safety of relatives in the chaotic political situation. “I’ve been running around since yesterday morning calling people and trying to cope with the fear,” Ahmed Ali said. More than 1,000 Southern California Muslims gathered Friday for a special prayer service to mourn assassinated Pakistani opposition leader Benazir Bhutto and condemn violence done in the name of Islam. Maher Hathout of the Islamic Center of Southern California focused his weekly address on Bhutto and 27 others killed in Thursday’s attack. “Islam does not glorify death,” Hathout said. “Just read the Koran: It is a call to life, not death.” The crowd swelled into overflow rooms and the parking lot as the center’s usual Friday prayer service included a funeral prayer for Bhutto, who was laid to rest earlier in the day in Garhi Khuda Baksh, Pakistan. Razaq Chaudhry of the Council of Pakistan American Affairs called the killing of Bhutto “a serious blow to the future of democracy in Pakistan.” Hathout refrained from naming any particular Islamic groups or leaders in his address, though on Friday Pakistan’s government asserted that al-Qaida was behind the assassination. “If it is found to be al-Qaida or Taliban, that is clearly something that flies in the face of Islamic teaching, and we are all opposed to that unequivocally,” Lekovic said at a news conference after the service.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more