Baby in Hong Kong infected with H9N2 avian flu

first_imgMar 20, 2007 (CIDRAP News) – Hong Kong officials have reported that a 9-month-old girl is infected with the strain of avian influenza known as A/H9N2, which has caused mild human illness in the city three times before and is considered capable of evolving into a pandemic strain.The Hospital Authority in Hong Kong said the baby girl has only mild symptoms but is in isolation at Princess Margaret Hospital, according to an Agence France-Presse (AFP) report today.Thomas Tsang, head of the Hong Kong Centre for Health Protection, said test results today confirmed that the virus is H9N2, according to the story.The same strain infected two girls in Hong Kong in 1999 and a 5-year-old boy there in 2003; all had mild illnesses and recovered.Tsang said the baby girl became ill Mar 4 with an upper respiratory tract infection and fever and was hospitalized at United Christian Hospital from Mar 6 to 9, AFP reported. The story did not make clear when she was admitted to Princess Margaret Hospital.The Hospital Authority said it was “very concerned” about the case and that United Christian Hospital would “conduct a review” of all healthcare workers who had close contact with the girl, according to AFP.A report from Deutsche Presse-Agentur (DPA) today said the girl was believed to have contracted the virus from a market in a densely populated area of Hong Kong.The AFP report quoted Tsang as saying in a statement, “Further genetic sequencing is being conducted to determine if the virus is completely of avian origin. This is an isolated case and the source of infection is being investigated. Based on previous experience, however, we will look especially into bird-to-human transmission.”The Centre for Health Protection said the girl’s family members were well and she had not been taken outside Hong Kong recently, according to AFP.In 2004 the US National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID), concerned that H9N2 could evolve into a pandemic strain, contracted with Chiron Corp. (now part of Novartis) to produce a vaccine against the virus. Last September scientists reported that the experimental vaccine generated a good immune response in a phase 1 clinical trial.The contract called on Chiron to make 40,000 doses of the vaccine, based on an inactivated strain of H9N2 developed by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.The report on the clinical trial results said H9N2 viruses are widespread in Eurasian poultry. Two of the three different Asian lineages of these viruses can bind to human as well as bird cell receptors (sialic acid residues) and therefore may be more likely to infect humans than other avian flu viruses are, the authors wrote.The H9N2 strain of avian flu is distinct from the lethal Asian strain of H5N1 virus, which has killed millions of poultry in Asia, Africa, and Europe and caused 281 human illness cases, 169 of them fatal, according to the World Health Organization’s current tally.See also:Sep 26, 2006, CIDRAP News story “H9N2 flu vaccine looks good in clinical trial”August 2004 NIAID news release about the Chiron contract to produce an H9N2 vaccinehttp://www.niaid.nih.gov/news/newsreleases/Archive/2004/Pages/h9n2.aspxDec 10, 2003, CIDRAP News story “Hong Kong probes human case of avian flu”last_img read more

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Guardiola prefers Man City to face Rashford in derby

first_img FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Read Also: Solskjaer upbeat Pogba, Fernandes can play together at Man Utd “Unfortunately the results sometimes (lead to) the decision to break that process but what I feel is that people believe in Ole and I think he is doing a really good job. “It is not about the tactics sometimes, it is about (the feel), how the players follow the manager. “He arrived with an incredible impact in terms of results. After (came a) drop a little bit but they were stable. Now the results are getting back, they are scoring a lot of goals. “They create chances, they concede few, they have good keepers, good defenders and a bigger squad. So United, there is no doubt, all the time, every season, have good teams.” Pep Guardiola claims he is disappointed Manchester City will not face Marcus Rashford in Sunday’s derby. Manchester United striker Rashford is sidelined with a back injury and will not get the chance to add to the four goals he has previously scored against City as the teams meet at Old Trafford. Pep Guardiola would have preferred his side to face the injured Marcus Rashford The 22-year-old has been on target twice  against City this season and his absence should make the Guardiola’s planing easier. Yet the City boss has looked beyond that and feels it is a shame he will not be involved in the Premier League clash. He said: “I have always said since the first day I became a manager that I like to play against a full squad from my opponents. “I would have loved to play against (Eden) Hazard at the Bernabeu. I don’t like to see Rashford out or (Harry) Kane against Tottenham. I prefer to play against top players and all the players available. “So it is not good for United and he is absent for the national team. Hopefully he can recover as quickly as possible. I would have preferred if he had played for them.” Pep Guardiola does not like to see opponents’ best players, like Tottenham’s Harry Kane, out injured Guardiola says he does not know if it will now be easier to play against United because he knew Rashford would be out before he started planning. He said: “At the moment I think about United and which players are available to play against us and after that I am not concerned any more. I don’t think even for a half second that he is not there. “I think about (Anthony) Martial, (Daniel) James, (Bruno) Fernandes and (Odion) Ighalo if he plays, and the way they plays – three or four different types of systems. “Also the way we play, trying to settle and understand what we try to do, and the quality they have, the way they play, and to try to go there and put in a good performance.” United, who are 15 points behind second-placed City but hoping to force their way into the top four, have been inconsistent this season. That has meant manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s performance has been under the spotlight at times. The pressure, however, has eased of late with United unbeaten in their last nine games in all competitions and Guardiola believes keeping faith with Solskjaer was the right decision. He said: “I didn’t expect, when I landed here, to have this gap right now with United but what United expects is to get closer to the people above. They are working to improve. “Always I believe that the managers and the clubs need time to implant, to build something the manager and the club believe.center_img Loading… Promoted ContentThe Highest Paid Football Players In The World9 Facts You Should Know Before Getting A TattooWhich Country Is The Most Romantic In The World?7 Universities In The World With The Highest Market Value7 Ways To Understand Your Girlfriend BetterWho Is The Most Powerful Woman On Earth?10 Stargazing Locations To ‘Connect With Nature’10 Risky Jobs Some Women Do6 Most Breathtaking Bridges In The WorldThe Best Cars Of All Time7 Ways To Understand Your Girlfriend Better6 Extreme Facts About Hurricaneslast_img read more

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Syracuse basketball recruiting: Class of 2016 target big man Cheickna Dembele reportedly picks UNLV

first_img Related Stories Graphical breakdown of Syracuse basketball’s scholarship situation Syracuse target Cheickna Dembele, a Class of 2016 center, committed to the University of Nevada, Las Vegas on Saturday morning, per multiple reports.Syracuse’s only remaining open offer for the Class of 2016 is to Brewster (New Hampshire) Academy big man Taurean Thompson.On April 26, Syracuse reportedly made the cut for Dembele’s top 10 schools. On April 27, he reportedly visited UNLV.Three days after the visit, the Scotland Performance (Pennsylvania) Institute product decided to return to Las Vegas longterm. He also held offers from Missouri, Iowa State, Temple, Pittsburgh, Saint Joseph’s, Maryland, Michigan State and Baylor, amongst others.The 6-foot-11, roughly 235-pound Dembele is unranked by ESPN and Scout.com, but has a three-star rating from 247Sports.com’s composite rankings and Rivals.com.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textHere is an updated look at Syracuse’s scholarship situation.The Orange frontcourt next season will, as of now, consist of two seniors (Tyler Roberson and Dajuan Coleman), two sophomores (Tyler Lydon and redshirt Paschal Chukwu) and one freshman (Matthew Moyer).The offer stands to Thompson, ESPN.com’s 75th ranked in this class, who is expected to visit SU this weekend. He also holds offer from Kansas, Connecticut, Xavier, Georgia Tech, Georgetown, North Carolina State and Arizona.Here is part of Dembele’s story and some highlights: Facebook Twitter Google+ Comments Published on April 30, 2016 at 12:26 pm Contact Sam: [email protected] | @Sam4TRlast_img read more

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Leicester City Players in Thailand for Srivaddhanaprabha’s Funeral

first_imgThe helicopter crashed after taking off from the club’s stadium on 27 October, killing Mr Vichai and four others.The Leicester players travelled to Thailand on the 12-hour flight on Saturday after winning 1-0 at Cardiff City in the Premier League, in the first game since his death.They joined Sunday’s Buddhist prayers for Mr Vichai and will do so again on Monday before arriving back in the UK the following day to prepare for their home match against Burnley on Saturday.Press agency AFP reported that on entering the temple, players gave Mr Vichai’s family a hug, and then offered jasmine flowers as they knelt in front of an octagonal jewelled urn given by the king.Nusara Suknamai, Kaveporn Punpare, pilot Eric Swaffer and his partner, Izabela Roza Lechowicz, also died in the crash at the King Power Stadium.Ms Nusara’s funeral took place in Bangkok on Saturday.The 32-year-old, who was a member of Mr Vichai’s staff, was a runner-up in Miss Thailand Universe in 2005, where she was listed as being from Bangkok province.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram Leicester City players are in Thailand for the funeral of the club’s owner, who was killed in a helicopter crash.Jamie Vardy and club captain Wes Morgan are among the players who attended a prayer ceremony at a Bangkok temple for Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha’s funeral.It began on Saturday with Buddhist bathing rituals, and is being followed by a week of recitation ceremonies.last_img read more

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Apology for Boateng racism remarks

first_imgSchalke financial officer Peter Peters has apologized after he suggested Kevin-Prince Boateng left Milan because of racist incidents.The board member had claimed on Monday that the attacker decided to join the Bundesliga club because of “too many racist incidents in Italy”.However, in a statement today, he has since retracted those remarks.“A statement made by Schalke finance director Peter Peters regarding the transfer of Kevin-Prince Boateng caused something of a stir on Monday, a misunderstanding that Peters deeply regrets,” a notice on the club’s official website read.“Having spoken to our general manager, Horst Heldt, my initial assumption proved to be completely wrong. He confirmed that racist incidents were definitely not the reason for Kevin’s move to Schalke.“As soon as I’m back at Schalke I will speak to Kevin personally and apologize for what I said. It was certainly not my intention to cast false aspersions on AC Milan or the Italian fans.”last_img read more

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