NEWS SCAN: H5N1 in Egypt and Nepal, Chinese bird market confusion, weakened smallpox vaccine, NIH funds

first_imgMar 11, 2009Egyptian baby stable with H5N1 infectionThe World Health Organization (WHO) today confirmed an H5N1 avian influenza case that Egypt’s health ministry reported yesterday, in an 18-month-old girl from Menofia governorate. She got sick on Mar 6 after she had contact with dead and sick poultry, the WHO said. She was hospitalized on Mar 9 and remains in stable condition. The WHO’s H5N1 count for Egypt has reached 58 cases, 23 of which were fatal. The global H5N1 total is 411 cases and 256 deaths.[Mar 11 WHO statement]Nepal, Egypt report H5N1 outbreaksVeterinary officials in Nepal’s Jhapa district culled about 260 poultry and destroyed eggs yesterday in response to another H5N1 outbreak, the country’s news agency reported today, according to Xinhua, China’s state news agency. The outbreak is Nepal’s second since mid January. Meanwhile, Egypt reported two new H5N1 outbreaks in backyard birds, one in chickens and ducks in Alexandria governorate and the other in chickens in Beheira governorate, according to reports from the Egypt-based Strengthening Avian Influenza Detection and Response (SAIDR).[Mar 11 Xinhua story]Contradictory reports on Chinese live-bird marketsContradictory reports have emerged from China regarding attempts to prevent the spread of avian influenza via live-bird markets. The news websites Shanghai Daily and Sina.com report that the Ministry of Agriculture plans to close any live bird or animal markets in medium or large cities, but the ministry denied the report in a story placed in the Beijing Times and the official news service Xinhua.[March 10 Sina.com story (Mandarin)][March 10 Xinhua story]Good results reported in trial of weakened smallpox vaccineA weakened smallpox (vaccinia) vaccine grown in tissue culture triggered an immune response in most recipients in a Japanese trial, according to a report in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA). The vaccine, called LC16m8, was used safely in thousands of Japanese infants in the 1970s. The new trial involved more than 3,200 Japanese military personnel. The vaccine induced a skin reaction in 94.4% of vaccinia-naive participants and triggered an antibody response in 90%. Among previously vaccinated volunteers, the vaccine elicited a skin reaction in 86.6% and an antibody response in 60%. No serious adverse events were reported.[JAMA article]NIH seeks stimulus grant applicationsThe National Institutes of Health (NIH) announced yesterday that it was accepting applications for $1.5 billion in grant money provided by the federal stimulus bill that was passed in February. The funds include $200 million in 2-year jump-start funding to address specific challenges in biomedical and behavioral research, $1 billion to improve existing research facilities, and $300 million to purchase critical research equipment.[Mar 10 NIH press release]last_img read more

WATCH: Karolina Pliskova smashes umpire’s chair after losing Rome match

first_imgIn fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Clearly, former world No. 1 Karolina Pliskova wasn’t happy with the chair umpire in her @ItalianOpen match against Greece’s Maria Sakkari. pic.twitter.com/fnVCu7cr6Z— espnW (@espnW) May 17, 2018Former world number one Karolina Pliskova smashed the umpire’s chair in frustration after she lost to Greece’s Maria Sakkari in the second round of the WTA Italian Open on Wednesday.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownIn the third set with the sixth-seeded Czech serving 6-3, 3-6, 5-5 (30/30) she had an overhead shot ruled out and both the line judge and the umpire said they could not find the mark.ADVERTISEMENT China population now over 1.4 billion as birthrate falls Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding Dave Chappelle donates P1 million to Taal relief operations LATEST STORIES Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Winfrey details her decision to withdraw from Simmons film Red Bull 3×3 tournament returns this June Replays showed the ball landed inside the sideline but umpire Marta Mrozinska refused to accept Pliskova’s arguments to overturn the call. The Czech went on to lose that game and the match 3-6, 6-3, 7-5 in two hours 21 minutes.Pliskova did not shake Mrozinska’s hand after the match and instead smashed her racket several times against the side of the umpire’s chair, breaking the wood.Pliskova’s twin sister Kristyna, who is also a professional player, subsequently tweeted: “The worst I have ever seen @wta and I hope this lady Marta Mrozinska will never ever judge any match of me or Karolina again #blacklistforever”For Sakkari it was the first top five win of her career and she will face Germany’s 11th seed Angelique Kerber for a place in the quarter-finals.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina Jury of 7 men, 5 women selected for Weinstein rape trial Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View commentslast_img read more