Vietnam reports 43rd H5N1 death

first_imgJun 18, 2007 (CIDRAP News) – A Vietnamese health ministry official announced 2 days ago that a 20-year-old man had died of H5N1 avian influenza, marking the country’s first death from the disease in about 18 months.Trinh Quan Huan, Vietnam’s vice health minister, told Vietnam News Agency (VNA) that the man fell ill on Jun 2 and died on Jun 10, two days after he was hospitalized, according to an Associated Press (AP) report today.VNA reported that the man’s family raised about two dozen fighting cocks and some ducks, the AP story said.If the World Health Organization (WHO) confirms the man’s case, as well as four other cases reported by Vietnam over the past few weeks, the country’s H5N1 case count will rise to 98, with 43 deaths. For now, the WHO count for Vietnam stands at 93 cases and 42 deaths.Two Vietnamese patients who were recently diagnosed with H5N1 infections have been released from hospitals, while two others remain under care, according to the AP report. All are from northern provinces, and all were reported to have had contact with sick or dead birds.Vietnam has been battling several poultry H5N1 outbreaks since early May. Animal-health officials today announced that almost 700 ducks and chickens died at eight farms in Bac Giang province in northern Vietnam, bringing the number of affected provinces to 16, Reuters reported.”Bird flu virus is widely present in the environment and has infected many poultry flocks. Therefore, it can happen anywhere now,” said a government statement quoting Deputy Agriculture Minister Bui Ba Bong, according to the Reuters report.The United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) recently published a report on its investigation of Vietnam’s recent bird outbreaks. It attributed the unseasonable outbreaks to an increase in the numbers of ducks, many unvaccinated, that were released to graze on newly harvested rice paddies.Meanwhile, agriculture officials in Bangladesh said today that H5N1 avian flu has spread to two farms in Jaipurhat district, prompting the culling of 7,000 chickens, according to a Reuters story.The outbreaks, which began in March, have now affected 14 of the country’s 64 districts, the Reuters report said. Bangladesh has had no confirmed human H5N1 cases.See also:WHO H5N1 case countJun 7 FAO reporthttp://www.fao.org/avianflu/news/vietnam.htmllast_img read more

Port Harcourt Polo Club Joins Campaign against Polio

first_imgErnest Chinwo in Port Harcourt Port Harcourt Polo Club has announced its preparedness to work with relevant government and non-governmental agencies to advance the health and well-being of the people.The club joined the campaign against polio in the country as part of its humanitarian services. The President of Port Harcourt Polo Club, Leo Edochie, spoke in Port Harcourt while unveiling a big polio box presented to the club by Rotary Club of Port Harcourt Cosmopolitan, District 9141.Edochie lauded the partnership between the club and Rotary Club and said the club was ready to serve the greater interest of the public.He noted that polio was one of the diseases plaguing the country and said it was time individuals and organisations joined hands to eliminate the scourge from the country.“Port Harcourt Polo Club is pleased to partner Rotary Club of Port Harcourt Cosmopolitan on this important fight against polio.  “While we call on other individuals and organisations to join this important fight against polio, we restate our preparedness to work for the greater good of the society,” he said.Edochie said greater humanitarian service is one of the new board’s nine point vision and that the club and its members are willing to do more.His deputy, Chukwudi Dimkpa, also said that Port Harcourt Polo Club will do everything positive to support in the fight against Polio.The Rotary Club of Port Harcourt Cosmopolitan , District 9141  had presented a big polio box at the Port Harcourt Polo Club, GRA, as part of its humanitarian services in the city.The big polo box is for cash donation that would be forwarded to Rotary Foundation for the fight against polio.Speaking at the presentation, the former District Governor of District 9141, Sir Gabriel Toby, commended the management of Polo Club for partnering Rotary to end polio.Toby, a former deputy Governor of Rivers State, said sports control a lot of followership and the larger society could be reached through sports. Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

Cork beat Cats to land Camogie title

first_imgLimerick claimed the Intermediate title, also beating Kilkenny, by 1-12 to 0-10. Down came from behind to win the Junior title, beating Laois 1-12 to 1-8. Anna Geary lifted the O’Duffy Cup, following a 2-12 to 1-9 win over Kilkenny at Croke Park. Jenny O’Leary and Angela Walsh got the crucial goals for Cork. It’s Cork’s first All Ireland since 2009, while Kilkenny – who also lost last year’s final – continue their 20-year wait for an All Ireland. last_img

ATHLETICS: MILFORD ROAD RACE SERIES GETS UNDERWAY TODAY

first_imgDenis Sheridan and Conor Gallagher from DS Environmental Services presenting a sponsorship cheque towards the forthcoming Milford AC 5km road race series which starts  today, March 7th at 2pm. Registration is from 11.13am at the Milford Clubhouse.Also included are club members Josephine McConigley, Gerard McGettigan, Hugh Coll, Anne and James Doherty. The second 5km is on Saturday the 21st of March with the final one on Friday the 10th of April.ATHLETICS: MILFORD ROAD RACE SERIES GETS UNDERWAY TODAY was last modified: March 7th, 2015 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more