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

Dino Babers talks defensive switch, offensive line, looks ahead to Louisville

first_img Published on November 18, 2019 at 5:33 pm Contact Eric: erblack@syr.edu | @esblack34 After defeating Duke to finally break out of a four-game slump and defeat a Power 5 opponent for the first time all season, there was a celebration in the Syracuse (4-6, 1-5 Atlantic Coast) locker room on Saturday. The following day’s team meeting was just as exuberant, Dino Babers said on Monday during his weekly press conference.“It was a good Sunday,” Babers said, smiling. “Was more positive than negative, but we still had growth that had to happen, so it was a good, positive meeting.”The fourth-year Syracuse head coach praised the play of his defense against the Blue Devils, as the Orange not only forced three turnovers in the third quarter alone but also prevented Duke from ever reaching the end zone. It was the first game for interim defensive coordinator Steve Stanard, who took over the position two weeks ago after Brian Ward was fired following the Boston College game.A big addition for Stanard during his first showing was the debut of defensive lineman McKinley Williams, who had missed the first nine games of the season due to a foot injury. Babers agreed that Williams’ return to the lineup was key to the defensive resurgence, but the senior’s performance “just OK,” at least compared to his play last season. “I think the biggest difference is that he allowed other guys to play fresh,” Babers said. “By having that one body there you can put the other three guys, Ruff and Black, on a rotation, where now they’re fresher.”AdvertisementThis is placeholder textAnother significant change for the Orange was their shift at offensive line, where Airon Servais moved to left tackle and Carlos Vettorello started at center. The swap seemed to have worked, as Syracuse allowed just one sack, tied for a season-low, and ran for a season-high 286 yards and four touchdowns. Babers couldn’t stress enough about how important the center position is to an offense and compared the structure of a football team’s lineup to that of another sport. “Football is like baseball,” Babers said. “If you wanna have a good baseball team, you need to have a catcher, a pitcher, you better have a shortstop, a second baseman, and a really good center fielder. Then, the rest of your baseball team, you can fill out the edges.“It’s no different on a football team,” he continued. “You wanna have a tailback, you wanna have a quarterback, you wanna have a center. On defense you want a one technique (defensive tackle), you want a mike linebacker and you have a free safety. If you’ve got those six guys, then you can start filling in the other positions, you may have a good offense, you may have a good defense.”Babers made a point to talk about the size of Louisville’s offensive line, which includes 6-foot-7, 369-pound Mekhi Becton. The junior is one of the Cardinals’ top NFL prospects and while Babers didn’t quite remember his name, the Syracuse head coach explained he’ll know who Becton is once he sees him on the field because he’ll be “the biggest thing out there.” Behind Becton will be one of the better running back duos in the ACC in Javian Hawkins and Hassan Hall, who have combined for 1,442 yards and 10 touchdowns this season. Hawkins, who’s third in the conference in rushing yards, paces the Lousiville offense along with quarterback Micale Cunningham, who’s thrown for 14 touchdowns. As a team, the Cardinals are top-5 in the ACC in yards, touchdowns and yards per play, and Babers expects that stopping them will be a tall task on Saturday.“The offense that we’re about to play is a lot better than the offense we just played,” Babers said. “They got some cats. They can do some things. 4.3 (seconds in the 40-yard dash). 4.4. They’re lightning fast. If they get out in space, there’s gonna be trouble.” Comments Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

Opponent preview: What to know about Oklahoma State

first_imgSyracuse (4-1, 0-1 Atlantic Coast) travels to Brooklyn, New York for a matchup with Oklahoma State (5-0) on Wednesday. The first game of a series of two games in the Barclays Center will determine who and when the Orange will play Friday night. Here’s what to know about the Cowboys ahead of the matchup.All-time series: Oklahoma State leads, 3-2Last time they played: On Dec. 5, 2006, the Orange lost by four points, 72-68, to the Cowboys at the Jimmy V Classic in Madison Square Garden. Then-SU star Demetris Nichols scored 26 points, but SU was undone by two 20-point performances by the Cowboys in the close loss. The game marked Syracuse’s second-straight loss to a ranked opponent.The Oklahoma State report: The Cowboys are the first team in KenPom’s top-50 teams that SU has played since the first game of the season against Virginia. The Cowboys also have a strikingly similar team to the Orange. Both teams employ a middling offense and strong defense. Oklahoma State also has a size advantage compared to previous teams the Orange have faced. Every player in its starting lineup is at least 6-foot-4.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textMore than half the Cowboys points come from 2-point range, per KenPom, and their 3-point rate ranks 270th in the nation five games into the season. Without a go-to scorer, OSU relies on a three-pronged scoring attack. Guard Lindy Waters III leads the team with 13 points per game, but is followed closely by guard Isaac Likekele (12.2) and forward Yor Anei (11.4). The Cowboys are most effective on the defensive end. They hold opponents to the 30th-lowest effective field goal percentage in the nation (42.4%) and have the second-highest block rate in the country (20.3%). Only Syracuse blocks a higher percentage of shots.How Syracuse beats OSU: The Cowboys have some of the best 3-point defense in the country. Syracuse shoots a lot of 3-pointers. Though this shapes up to be a bad thing for the Orange, there’s a possibility that OSU hasn’t seen a 3-point shooting attack like SU’s so far in the season.If the Orange convert on their shots early like they did against Bucknell, there’s a chance the Cowboys don’t have the offensive firepower to fight their way back into the game. Syracuse cannot be one-dimensional, though. If SU can continue its inside and outside offensive proficiency that it showed against the Bison Wednesday, then that could be enough to keep the game out of reach from an Oklahoma State team that relies on good defense to gain its edge.Stat to know: 36.0% — The percentage of points opponents score against Oklahoma State on 3-pointers. Though OSU limits opponents to 25.7% shooting from beyond the arc, a good chunk of opponents’ points are still scored from the outside. That could mean Oklahoma State’s 3-point percentage is more a result of poor shooting, not swarming defense.KenPom odds: Syracuse has a 53% chance to win the game Wednesday, with a final score prediction of 65-64 per KenPom.Player to watch: Anei, No. 14, forwardThe tallest player on the Cowboys roster is also their best rebounder and among their best scorers. But where Anei makes his biggest impact is interior defense. Anei has blocked 17 shots in just five games, including an eight-block performance against Oral Roberts. SU can’t afford to let Anei take away the inside. Comments Published on November 26, 2019 at 6:09 pm Contact Michael: mmcclear@syr.edu | @MikeJMcCleary Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more