first_imgNov 1, 2005 (CIDRAP News) – As the World Health Organization noted Thailand’s 20th human case of avian influenza, it offered details today of the circumstances around the 50-year-old woman’s infection.The woman, from Bangkok, visited her husband on Oct 23 in Nonthaburi province, north of Bangkok, where backyard chickens had started dying a few days earlier, WHO said. She experienced symptoms Oct 26 and was admitted to the hospital Oct 29. She is still hospitalized in satisfactory condition, the agency said.Investigators have not found any sign of respiratory illness among the patient’s close contacts. Her case is the third confirmed in Thailand in the last month.”These cases coincide with a recurrence of confirmed H5 outbreaks in poultry in six provinces, most of which are in the central part of the country, and point to the need to remain on high alert for the occurrence of human cases in all countries experiencing outbreaks in poultry,” WHO wrote.The WHO recently published suggestions to protect people from direct exposure to the H5N1 virus and, if needed, to protect people after exposure. Among the guidelines:Vaccinating people at risk for exposure to H5N1 against seasonal flu can reduce the chances for the virus to re-assort, which would allow the H5N1 avian virus to adapt more to people and could lead to easier person-to-person spread of the virus.At-risk agricultural workers should wear protective clothing, such as coveralls with an impermeable apron or surgical gowns with long, cuffed sleeves and an impermeable apron; heavy rubber gloves that can be disinfected; surgical masks (standard, well-fitted surgical masks can stand in if high-efficiency N95 masks can’t be found) with fit-testing and training in mask use; goggles; and rubber or polyurethane boots that can be cleaned or used with disposable foot covers.People at risk for occupational exposure may be protected by prophylaxis with oseltamivir. They should also check daily for 14 days after the latest exposure for signs of fever, influenza-like symptoms, and gastrointestinal symptoms.Suspected case-patients must be isolated and sampled according to WHO guidelines. Samples and viruses can be shipped to WHO labs for diagnosis. Serum samples and epidemiologic data also should be collected on exposed patients.At the federal level, the US Department of Agriculture (USDA) last week outlined a number of measures to safeguard domestic poultry populations and track any avian flu viruses in the United States. In a technical briefing on avian flu on Oct 26 in Washington, DC, five people representing aspects of avian flu surveillance and prevention efforts spoke about the issues.The USDA’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) has conducted an outreach campaign dubbed “Biosecurity for the Birds” to reach poultry industry members with protective measures for their birds. In addition, USDA’s collaboration with state agriculture departments allows it to monitor live bird markets in the northeastern US to stop any H5 or H7 virus subtypes found in those markets, said Dr. Ron DeHaven, APHIS administrator.If an unusual outbreak is suspected, USDA can get specially trained veterinarians to the site within 4 hours, DeHaven added. State-level teams are usually able to respond to a suspected outbreak within a day to cull, quarantine, and disinfect. APHIS also has avian flu vaccines for poultry, which can be used in some situations.”We do indeed have a (poultry) vaccine that is effective against the H5N1 virus that’s currently circulating in parts of Asia,” DeHaven added.Although H5N1 has not been found in North America, “the expanding global spread of H5N1 increases the likelihood that it will eventually be detected here,” said Richard Kearney, wildlife program coordinator at the US Geological Survey in the Interior Department.USDA is working with the Alaska Fish and Wildlife Service (AFWS) and the USGS to address that possibility, Kearney said. FWS and USGS biologists have been sampling migratory birds in Alaska for H5N1, which bolsters other ongoing avian flu studies. A program for 2006 will include more comprehensive surveillance and detection to provide an early warning if migratory birds carry H5N1 into North America.Dr. Richard Raymond, undersecretary for food safety at USDA, said the US inspection system ensures poultry is free from visible signs of disease.”If high-path avian influenza were to be detected in the United States, I want to assure the American public that the chance of that infected poultry ever entering the food chain would be extremely low,” Raymond said.See also: WHO news release on Thailand case news release on measures to stop the spread in new outbreaks news release on US response to avian flu!ut/p/_s.7_0_A/7_0_1OB?contentidonly=true&contentid=2005/10/0459.xmllast_img read more

first_imgUpdate (11:00 a.m.)VERSAILLES – School administrators at South Ripley say they have received two invoices for purchases they never made.The invoices came from “Scholastic School Supply” in the amount of approximately $600. The elementary school received a fake invoice and also the administrator’s office.School personnel say they did not fall for the collection attempt as they verify every invoice they receive.South Ripley received an email from the Scholastic, Inc., saying they are not affiliated with the company that bears a similar name.Area school administrators are encouraged to keep an eye out for the bogus invoices.First Report (5:30 a.m.)BATESVILLE – Local school districts are being warned about fake invoices after the Better Business Bureau (BBB) received a rush of complaints from across the country.The BBB has received complaints from schools in 27 states that allege a company named “Scholastic School Supply” sent an invoice charging for supplies the school did not purchase.The scam is believed to not be affiliated with Scholastic, Inc.School administrators are asked to watch for bogus invoices in the amount of $647.50 for the bulk purchase of “English-Language Arts Practice Books” or $388.50 for math workbooks.Complainants say they are unable to reach the company to inquire about the products or amounts allegedly owed, and all have denied ever doing business with the company previouslyThe BBB has received more than 3,000 inquiries about the invoices.School districts in the Cincinnati area have not reported receiving such invoices to date. If they do, they are encouraged to contact BBB, the Federal Trade Commission, as well as their respective State Attorney General Office.last_img read more

first_img Related Stories Senior profile: Hakim WarrickAround the block: Warrick’s heroic play preserved 2003 national championship, Syracuse legacyMeet Boeheim’s Army: C.J. FairMeet Boeheim’s Army: Brandon TricheMeet Boeheim’s Army: Eric Devendorf A group of former Syracuse men’s basketball players will get together for a chance at $2 million in the 2016 edition of The Basketball Tournament starting this Saturday. The team is fittingly named Boeheim’s Army, composed of former Purdue guard Willie Deane and nine former Orange that span a decade of Jim Boeheim’s tenure. Last year the squad bowed out in the Elite Eight against eventual champions City of Gods. This year, second-seeded Boeheim’s Army faces No. 15 seed Basketball City NYC at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday at Philadelphia University to begin its quest toward the cash prize. Follow along all week as we introduce you to the team’s players and coach ahead of the matchup.Hakim WarrickBefore LeBron James pinned Andre Iguodala’s layup against the backboard in Game 7 of the NBA Finals, “The Block” belonged to Hakim Warrick. With 0.7 seconds left in the 2003 national championship game, Warrick got a hand on Michael Lee’s corner 3 to help seal Syracuse’s first and only national title in an 81-78 win over Kansas. Warrick has had the most NBA success out of anyone on Boeheim’s Army. He stayed in the league until 2013, playing for the Grizzlies, Bucks, Bulls, Suns, Hornets and Bobcats after being taken 19th overall by Memphis in the 2005 draft. Warrick’s best season in the NBA came in his sophomore campaign, when he averaged 12.7 points and 5.1 rebounds while playing in all 82 regular season games for the Grizzlies. He has played for four teams overseas since, most recently Olympiacos in Greece in 2016.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textIn his four years under Boeheim, Warrick averaged 15.4 points and 7.6 rebounds. In his senior season he scored 21.4 points per game and grabbed 8.6 boards per contest en route to Big East Player of the Year honors. Warrick has arguably the best resume of any player on Boeheim’s Army and has the potential to be a dominant force down low in his second summer playing for the team. In four games for Boeheim’s Army last year, Warrick averaged 15.3 points and 7.5 boards a game. Published on July 16, 2016 at 11:32 am Contact Matt: | @matt_schneidmancenter_img Meet Boeheim’s Army:C.J. FairBrandon TricheRyan BlackwellDarryl WatkinsWillie DeaneEric DevendorfRick JacksonTerrence RobertsBaye Moussa KeitaDonte Greene Comments Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more