Jun 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.html
Brentford have confirmed they have extended Jake Bidwell’s loan spell by another month.The young Everton left-back has impressed since arriving in west London in November and will stay at Griffin Park until 20 March – the day before his 19th birthday.Bidwell has made nine appearances for the Bees, the most recent coming in Tuesday’s 2-1 defeat at Colchester.AdChoices广告Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebook
Sirois is facing charges of resisting arrest and possession of property obtained by crime over $5000. Ms. She has also been remanded in custody with her next court appearance scheduled for July 13th.The boat, which was valued at nearly $80,000 has since been recovered. TESLIN, YUKON – Police in the Yukon recovered a boat on Canada Day that had been reported as stolen to Fort St. John RCMP earlier in the day.Yukon RCMP had received information that the stolen boat may have been on the way up to the Yukon. Police were on the lookout for the boat when it was spotted Teslin. The boat was being towed by a pickup truck.The driver of the truck failed to pull over for RCMP. Police then deployed a spike belt which punctured the two front tires of the vehicle. The truck continued to move until it came to a stop on a dead-end road.- Advertisement -The two occupants inside the vehicle then tried to flee by foot. Both were eventually detained by police dogs. They were treated medically.The accused are 47-year-old Alvin Krieger of BC and 29-year-old Nathasha Sirois of Alberta.Krieger is facing multiple Criminal Code charges including dangerous driving, driving while disqualified, possession of property obtained by crime over $5000, resisting arrest and failing to comply with a Recognizance. He has been remanded in custody with his next court appearance scheduled for July 6th.Advertisement
1 Billy Clifford Chelsea have offloaded midfielder Billy Clifford to League One side Walsall.Clifford, who came through the ranks at Stamford Bridge, has signed a short-term deal at Walsall until January.The 21-year-old failed to make a single senior appearance for the Blues and has spent time on loan at Colchester United, Yeovil Town and Belgian club Royal Antwerp.