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

Tradie-turned-actor lists Gold Coast home

first_imgIt’s been converted into a two-bedroom cottage. At the Maudsland property, which is going to auction later this month, Mr Nation revamped its bedrooms, wine cellar, formal lounge and breakfast sun room. He also converted the charming chapel into a two-bedroom cottage for his mother-in-law. Mr Nation said Maudsland had been an ideal suburb to raise his two primary school-aged children with his wife.“Maudsland was recently voted number one suburb for families on the Gold Coast and we love it,” said Mr Nation.“We are ready to move on to the next project. We want to buy again and build a Queenslander or Hamptons house.” You don’t even need to leave the acreage to go for a swim.“It’s good to get roles on the Gold Coast and be able to be based out of home rather than travelling all the time.”In his early days, Mr Nation spent time acting overseas, often drawing on his tradie past in his spare time. “As an actor I work all over. I was living in New York in what was a famous church called the Abbey. It was converted in the ’80s to an apartment complex but it had original features like the stained glass windows.” he said. “We totally gutted the place and renovated it as well.” Tradie-turned-actor Steve Nation has listed his Maudsland acreage home. Photo: Tyler AlbertiACTOR, director and producer Steve Nation needed no acting skills to play the role of a tradesperson when it came to renovating his Maudsland acreage home. The former Neighbours actor, who has also played a lawyer on Home and Away, spent eight years as a carpenter before entering the entertainment world. The property also has a chapel. More from news02:37International architect Desmond Brooks selling luxury beach villa19 hours ago02:37Gold Coast property: Sovereign Islands mega mansion hits market with $16m price tag2 days agoThe interior has been transformed into a gorgeous residence.Mr Nation steps into the persona of a police officer thrust into a world of a teenage girl who acquires magical powers.The Bureau of Magical Things was filmed on the Gold Coast and is due to hit TV screens this year. The 20-part series followed a role alongside actor Melissa George in drama The Butterfly Tree that premiered at the 2017 Melbourne International Film Festival.center_img The property is set to go to auction later this month.He came across the acreage property six years ago when it was “in dire need of renovation”.“This property had enormous amounts of potential and to me as an actor, it’s been a great place to seclude myself when I get roles and be alone and private,” Mr Nation said. “Magnolia Manor”, with its federation-style house nestled in a lush valley, private lake populated by turtles, gardens with love seats and a chapel with a claw foot bath, was the perfect setting to imagine his latest role. The home is a stunning example of a renovated Queenslander. Steve Nation playing a lawyer in Home and Away.Mr Nation also recently had a “little role in a musical filmed on the Gold Coast” and has been involved in various local television and web productions. “I’ve got casting in projects right now, it’s an industry where one minute you’re working and the next minute you’re not,” Mr Nation said. last_img read more

Carl Keith Crider

first_imgCarl Keith Crider, 84, of Aurora, Indiana, passed away Wednesday, October 12, 2016 in Aurora, IN.Keith was born August, 24, 1932 in Aurora, IN, son of the late Carl C. Crider and Jenny Whiteford Crider.He served his Country as a member of the United States Army during the Korean Conflict.He began his truck driving career at age 16, and later drove for the family business, Crider Moving and Storage for many years. He traveled many miles in his truck driving days.Keith was the oldest member of the Aurora Eagles, Moose and American Legion.Surviving are siblings, Erma Jean Schuman of Cincinnati. OH, David Crider and Michael (Charity) Crider both of Aurora, IN, as well as several nieces and nephews.He was preceded in death by his parents, and his wife, Madge Coleman Crider.Friends will be received Saturday, October 15, 2016, 11:00 am – 1:00 pm at the Rullman Hunger Funeral Home, Aurora, Indiana.Services will be held at the Funeral Home, at 1:00 pm with Pastor Charles Hill and Pastor Michael Welch officiating.Interment will follow in the River View Cemetery, Aurora, Indiana 47001. Military graveside services will be conducted by members of local Veterans Service Organizations.Contributions may be made to River View Cemetery Association. If unable to attend services, please call the funeral home office at (812) 926-1450 and we will notify the family of your donation with a card.Visit: www.rullmans.comlast_img read more

Allen: We knew we’d turn it around

first_img “With this run of games we’re going on, we’re really looking forward to Monday night’s game and we’ll be setting our stall out to go there and pick up three points. “We’ve grown massively and I think you can see the change in formation. We’ve taken to that really well and quickly, which is important. “I think we seem to have that edge back, even if we’re not playing the most flowing football or things aren’t going 100 per cent to plan, we still look like we’re going to get the result and I think that speaks volumes about how much everyone has taken things forward.” Manager Brendan Rodgers is keen to keep the nucleus of this young side together, and while contract negotiations with Raheem Sterling and Jordan Henderson have dragged on for several months now they have just opened talks with the 24-year-old Allen over a new deal. “We’re at the early stages at the moment but the signs are good,” he told BBC Wales Sport. “From my point of view I’m looking to commit my future here and hopefully I can be here for years to come. “For me it’s just a case of playing regularly and putting in consistent performances. “I’ve always been confident that I’ll be able to be successful here.” A dreadful start to the campaign saw them slip to 10th, seven points off the minimum requirement of a top-four place, in mid-December and exit the Champions League at the group stage. Since then, however, they have taken 30 points from their 12 subsequent Premier League matches to put themselves firmly in the mix for a top-four place and have an FA Cup quarter-final replay against Sky Bet Championship side Blackburn to face next month. Liverpool midfielder Joe Allen admits it took longer than they expected to turn their season around but he now has every confidence they can make it a success. Press Association “We always knew we’d turn it around but we wondered how long it was going to take. It did take longer than we expected, I think,” said Wales midfielder Allen. “Losing Luis Suarez in the summer (to Barcelona) and Daniel Sturridge being out (injured) for so long as well and the change we had, we always knew there’d be a little bit of a rocky patch but we didn’t expect it to go on so long. “We put expectation on ourselves because we think we’re good enough to go on runs like this. “With the players we’ve got, and the confidence we’re playing with, I think it’s a case of long may it continue.” The turnaround came after their Champions League failure was followed immediately by a 3-0 defeat at Manchester United, their main rival for a top-four spot. A change in system to a 3-4-2-1 formation has brought the best out of a number of players, particularly 22-year-old playmaker Philippe Coutinho and utility man Emre Can, who recently turned 21. “People forget sometimes that we’re a pretty young team and squad,” Allen, who is fit again after a hip problem to face former club Swansea this evening, told “The beauty of that is that we will get better. We’ve shown that as the season has gone on. last_img read more