Two more H5N1 cases from Pakistan cluster verified

first_imgApr 3, 2008 (CIDRAP News) – The World Health Organization (WHO) today confirmed two more cases of H5N1 avian influenza from a family cluster that surfaced in Pakistan last fall, supporting the previous finding that the virus probably spread among four brothers but went no further.Serologic (antibody) testing confirmed that two brothers, one of whom died and the other survived, had the virus, the WHO reported. In addition, the agency said another brother who died had a probable case, but no samples from him were available for testing. The WHO had confirmed one case—Pakistan’s first known H5N1 infection—in late December.The four cases were among at least eight suspected cases in northern Pakistan that were first widely reported Dec 16. The other suspected cases have since been ruled out, according to WHO spokesman Gregory Hartl.The Pakistan cluster had raised fears that the virus was improving its ability to infect humans, but the WHO said after an initial investigation in December that there was no evidence of sustained person-to-person transmission.Today the agency stated, “These laboratory test results support the epidemiological findings from the outbreak investigation in December 2007, and the final risk assessment that suggested limited human to human transmission events reported previously. This outbreak did not extend into the community, and appropriate steps were taken to reduce future risks of human infections.”The tests were conducted by the WHO’s H5 reference lab in Egypt (US Naval Medical Research Unit 3) and at the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta.Cases started with cullerOne of the two cases confirmed today was in a man who was previously identified as a veterinarian and had helped cull chickens in an avian flu outbreak area. He became ill on Oct 29 and later recovered, the WHO said.The other three brothers all fell ill after having close contact with the veterinarian, and none of them had had contact with sick or dead poultry, the agency reported. The second brother in the cluster—whose case is listed as probable—became ill on Nov 12 and died a week later. The other two brothers both got sick on Nov 21; one of them died Nov 28, but the other fully recovered. Officials previously said the brothers helped care for one another during their illnesses.The man who died Nov 28, listed as the third patient, is the one whose case was confirmed in December. He was identified as a 25-year-old from the Peshawar area. Polymerase chain reaction was used to verify his case.Serologic tests were used to confirm the two latest cases because no respiratory samples were available, Hartl confirmed today. Explaining why the results were delayed, he told CIDRAP News via e-mail, “Serology takes awhile because the virus has to be grown in sufficient quantity to perform [the] test with sera.”Hartl said the virus in the third Pakistani patient was identified as a clade 2.2 strain of H5N1. Clade 2.2 viruses have been found in birds in more than 60 countries in Asia, Europe, the Middle East, and Africa, and have caused human cases in Azerbaijan, China, Egypt, Djibouti, Iraq, Nigeria, and Turkey, as well as Pakistan, according to a recent WHO report.The cases in Pakistan sparked concern in the United States after another brother of the infected men, a man living on Long Island, attended the funeral of one of the victims. After his return home, he reported possible exposure to the virus and went into voluntary home quarantine. He was tested and found to be free of the virus.Latest Indonesian cases confirmedYesterday the WHO recognized the three human H5N1 cases—two of them fatal—reported earlier this week by authorities in Indonesia. The agency said the cases, which have not been linked epidemiologically, involve:A 15-year-old boy from Subang district, West Java province, who fell ill Mar 19 and died Mar 26An 11-year-old girl from Bekasi in West Java who got sick Mar 19 and died Mar 28A 21-month-old girl from Bukit Tinggi in West Sumatra; she became ill Mar 17, was hospitalized Mar 22, and is currently recovering.Indonesia has had 132 confirmed H5N1 cases, of which 107 were fatal, the WHO said.With the addition of the two Pakistan cases and the three in Indonesia, the WHO’s global H5N1 count has risen to 378 cases with 238 deaths.See also: Apr 3 WHO statement 3, 2008, CIDRAP News story “WHO: initial analysis of Pakistani H5N1 suggests no dangerous mutations”Dec 27, 2007, CIDRAP News story “WHO confirms H5N1 case in Pakistan cluster”Dec 17, 2007, CIDRAP News story “Possible H5N1 family cluster probed in Pakistan”Apr 2 WHO statement on Indonesian H5N1 cases 2008 WHO report “Antigenic and genetic characteristics of H5N1 viruses and candidate H5N1 vaccine viruses developed for potential use as human vaccines” read more

Home of infamous nude painting sells for top price

first_imgThe dining and kitchen area at 97 Orient Drive, Sunrise Beach. Picture: SuppliedSelling agent Deni Castle of Ray White Noosa said Palm Cottage was a true one of a kind home. It is made up of three structures and features a turret, a blue ring octopus fountain, and a fireplace built from bricks from the original kiln of the Cooroy Brickworks. The home has timber floors, white walls, and black ceilings and is a short walk from the beach along a bush track. “The home generated a lot of interest and comments but we only showed it to three people,” Ms Castle said. “It sold to another artist – a well-known artist – who I believe will use it as a retreat.” The home sold for well above the Sunrise Beach avergae house price of $739,500. Follow Courtney Todd on Twitter. More of Gary Ross’s artwork at 97 Orient Drive, Sunrise Beach. Picture: SuppliedMore from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus14 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market14 hours ago Chloe was kept company by many of Mr Ross’s other artworks in the Sunrise Beach cottage that has been a home, studio and private gallery. Mr Ross said he and his partner built the three-bedroom property in 1974.“We were one of the first ones here on Orient Drive,” he said. “We added to (the home) over the years, extending the original cottage to add another studio and another gallery.” And while the couple have loved their light-filled home, they decided it was time to sell and “head south” to cooler climes.“I plan to sell Chloe too. I don’t think she’ll fit where we’re going,” Mr Ross said. “If I can’t sell her, I may have to put a robe on her or move her closer to the fire.” Chloe in Noosa hangs in the main bedroom of 97 Orient Drive, Sunrise Beach. Picture: Supplied.A COASTAL cottage that has been home to an infamous scantily clad lady for the past 14 years has sold on the Sunshine Coast, leaving the damsel without a dress in need of a new home. Artist Gary Ross sold his property at 97 Orient Drive, Sunrise Beach on January 24 for $1.378 million after being on the market for less than a month. The three-bedroom Palm Cottage was not only home to Mr Ross and his partner but also Chloe in Noosa, a painting deemed “too rude for Noosa” by the Courier Mail. Mr Ross painted the artwork in his home studio in 2005, paying homage to Jules Lefebvre’s 1875 Chloe, which hangs in the Young and Jackson Hotel in Melbourne. Mr Ross’s Chloe was painted as the same classic nude but she was given a coastal makeover with thongs, beach towel and Laguna Bay backdrop. center_img The Original Chloe by Jules Lefebvre at the Young and Jackson Hotel, Melbourne. Picture: Michael Potter.The original Chloe caused a fuss when she was unveiled at the National Gallery in Victoria in 1883 and was removed from public display, after complaints about her lack of clothing, until she was hung at Young and Jackson’s in 1909.Despite being painted more than 100 years later, Ross’s Chloe suffered a similar fate.Mr Ross said his artwork hung in the Sunshine Beach Surf Club for less than three weeks before complaints about Chloe’s nudity forced the club to remove the painting. Chloe moved back into Mr Ross’s studio and then his bedroom. “I wake every morning every morning to a beautiful girl looking down at me,” he said. The Sunshine Coast artist said the 18-foot ceilings in his bedroom meant there was plenty of room for Chloe to hang in all her glory. “She was painted to the original size of Chloe in Melbourne so she needs quite a big space to hang,” he said. last_img read more

Dunne’s the leading amateur

first_img The only other amateur still to finish his second round on Saturday was former Tranmere Rovers trainee Paul Kinnear, but he failed to make the cut. The 21-year-old, who had been six under after 11 holes on Thursday, fell away further from his overnight position of level par to finish two over and sign for a 76. Two other amateurs in with a chance of winning the Silver Medal over the final two days were Shrewsbury’s Ashley Chesters and American Oliver Schniederjans, one under and two under respectively. Ireland’s Paul Dunne remained the leading amateur at the Open Championship after the second round finally drew to a close at St Andrews. The 22-year-old from Greystones shot 69 on Friday to reach six under at the halfway stage, two ahead of American Jordan Niebrugge in the race for the Silver Medal, and – impressively – tied 10th overall. Dunne’s lead might have been cut by Frenchman Romaine Langasque, who was four under with five holes remaining when play was suspended on Friday, but he dropped back to three under after carding a 72. center_img Press Associationlast_img read more

Dunking shows the love of basketball

first_imgThis weekend, a guy jumped over a mascot and dunked a basketball. No big deal. Sure, it wasn’t Taylor Swift dissing Kanye at the Grammys or a political statement by Kendrick, but man, was it entertaining.The dunk contest at the NBA All-Star Weekend can be a thing of beauty, and this year it was. It was a phenomenal display of athletic talent by two young men no older than myself. Aaron Gordon and Zach LaVine dueled Saturday night and showed the world why nothing beats the NBA’s All-Star Festivities.Who doesn’t want to watch athletes show off their superior athletic talent and do tricks in the air that leave you wondering how it was even possible. The slam dunk is not only one of the most entertaining plays in basketball, but also all of sports.It doesn’t carry the same weight as a Grand Slam or a Hail Mary, but those are special; the dunk is normal. It happens in every basketball game we watch, and yet it got the most special treatment when two spectacular athletes battled each other, topping each other again and again to earn the crown of Slam Dunk Contest champion.The SDC shows the most basic beauty and love for the game, something easily translated across languages and cultures to fans of all ages around the world.Aaron Gordon showed us his stuff when he leaped over Stuff the Magic Dragon, the Magic’s aptly named mascot, doing something seemingly even more impossible each time. He jumped high enough in one dunk to have earned a bronze medal at the 2012 Olympics.On the other hand, champion Zach LaVine displayed the power and agile movements of a cat, soaring through the air with grace, speed and force only to slam the ball down at the last moment after executing a series of turns and spins that would make a gymnast do a double take.The roots of the love for the game of basketball were exposed in this contest. There was competition, finesse, grace, power and execution, but most of all there was fun. All of the dunk contest participants and other NBA players sitting courtside looked like they had the joy of young kids playing ball in the park. The show being put on was unlike any NBA game where millions of dollars and playoff berths are on the line; this was purely for the love of the dunk.Nothing is more electrifying to an arena of anxious fans than a dunk. Nothing puts an exclamation point on the game quite like a dunk can do in the final seconds and nothing quite impresses like a dunk if for no other reason than everyone is aware of how physically incapable they are of emulating it. This translates well to our own basketball team that is one of the most electrifying teams in the conference, if not the country. The rate and skill with which the Trojans dunk the basketball is an absolute joy to watch.The team has a total of 86 dunks through the first 23 games of the season, more than doubling their opponents’ total of 41. Freshman dunking phenom Chimezie Metu has 36 dunks. Junior Julian Jacobs is second to Metu with 23 on the year, already surpassing his 19 from last season.This exponential increase in dunking has led to an increase in excitement and is one of many reasons why the Trojans are such a fun team to watch.The glee and fierce competitiveness that comes from a slam dunk is so unique to the game of basketball. Within the select number of athletes who can execute it, there is then another level of athleticism required to make it memorable.During a fast break during USC’s game against ASU, Metu threw the ball off the backboard to himself and finished it with a slam. The creativity or perhaps desperation of this move is something that can stand on his personal highlight reel for years to come.In the same way, LaVine and Gordon have made a name for themselves from the unbelievable performances they gave Saturday night.The dunk is exhilarating, majestic and captivating all in the span of a few moments and that is why the dunk is so special. So for all those who have the capability to dunk, please let this be your go-ahead. We all love it. Thank you for letting us vicariously soar through the clouds for a few moments every time you reach up for that hoop and throw the ball down.Hailey Tucker is a sophomore majoring in broadcast and digital journalism. She is also the sports editor of the Daily Trojan. Her column, “Tucker Talks,” runs every other Wednesday.last_img read more

Aldin Šetkić qualified to second round of ATP Challenger Tournament

first_imgBiH tennis player Aldin Šetkić has qualified to the second round of ATP Challenger Tournament which is being played in Ostrava and is worth 85 000 EUR, reports klix.baBest ranked BiH player defeated Dutch player Boy Westerhop with 6:2, 6:3 in 51 minutes the match lasted.In the next round he’ll play against Czech player Jan Hajek, who defeated Mirza Bašić in the first round.Aldin Šetkić was born in 1987 in Sarajevo and he’s a member of BiH Davis team.last_img