WHO raises avian flu case count to 97

first_imgMay 19, 2005 (CIDRAP News) – The World Health Organization (WHO) has significantly increased its tally of H5N1 avian influenza cases on the basis of information from Vietnam, bringing the total to 97 cases, including 53 deaths. The agency previously listed 89 cases with 52 deaths.In announcing the numbers today, the WHO did not identify any of the added cases individually, but said Vietnam’s Ministry of Health has been asked to provide data on individual cases.The new tally implies that some confirmed cases have gone unreported by major news media. The numbers push the WHO’s count above an unofficial count maintained by CIDRAP on the basis of both WHO numbers and media reports of confirmed cases. The unofficial count stood at 92 cases with 53 deaths before the new WHO announcement.The new WHO numbers represent an overall case-fatality rate of about 55%. Until recently, the fatality rate had hovered in the 70% range.A new WHO table of H5N1 cases breaks them down into three time periods: Dec 26, 2003, to Mar 10, 2004; July 19 to Oct 8, 2004; and Dec 16, 2004, to May 13, 2005.In the latest wave of cases, Vietnam has had 17 deaths among 49 cases, according to the WHO, for a fatality rate of about 35%. Since December 2003, the country has had a total of 76 cases with 37 deaths, for a fatality rate of 49%.Thailand has had 12 deaths among 17 cases, all of them occurring in the first two time periods. Cambodia’s four cases—all fatal—have all occurred since mid-December.See also:May 19 WHO statementhttp://www.who.int/csr/don/2005_05_19/en/index.htmllast_img read more

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Arsenal taking Lacazette report seriously

first_img(BBC) – Arsenal are taking a report that striker, Alexandre Lacazette, inhaled nitrous oxide from a balloon “seriously”.An article in the Daily Star showed the France striker pictured with a balloon in his mouth, and he is said to have sent a video to friends.An Arsenal spokesperson added that it was “a private matter” that would be “handled internally”.Lacazette has previously been warned about a similar offence of inhaling the substance, also known as laughing gas.Arsenal recently spoke to all their players after Lacazette was one of four players to break social distancing guidelines during the coronavirus lockdown.On that occasion, the 28-year-old was too close to someone valeting his car.last_img read more

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Drawing first blood is huge plus for young Windies squad

first_img… Roach’s form key to series winBy Clifton RossWEST Indies re-entered the world of live sports during the pandemic and struck gold, as their young side dominated England in their backyard, heading into the second Test with the psychological edge. With much to prove heading into the series, Windies quicks, led by Shannon Gabriel who returned to action with nine wickets, roughed up the English batsmen.The home team were rattled out twice as the conditions at Southampton favoured the fiery Caribbean pacers; who kept England to an under-350 score in both innings.Although Jermaine Blackwood hit a match-winning 95 in Windies’ second innings, it was Gabriel who set the tone with 4-62. Jos Buttler and stand-in skipper Ben Stokes showed glimpses of form amidst a dismal outing from a relatively young English batting line-up.Skipper Jason Holder ended with seven wickets after bagging a 6-for in his first bowling outing, duly adding ideal support to Gabriel.England’s approach without Joe Root leading the troops seemed a bit timid, given their reputation as a powerhouse at home. Root’s inclusion for the next match could possibly alter how things resonate batting-wise, as his world-class talents and leadership will influence how the other batsmen approach the next encounter.England’s fast bowlers weren’t that shabby either as Jofra Archer, veteran James Anderson, Mark Wood and Stokes, collectively gave good accounts of themselves by taking 11 Windies wickets in the first innings, before running into Blackwood. One major concern is their main strike-speedster Kemar Roach, who went wicket-less for 91 runs despite his teammates relishing in the luxury of the fast-bowler-friendly conditions.His returns were uncharacteristic, especially for a bowler of his ferocity, coupled with his decent record against England over the years.Roach will definitely bounce back as the series progresses, but his wicket-taking prowess could have handed the Windies an even more emphatic victory had it kicked in during the first Test.Also, one Windies seamer who could likely shine as things progress is Alzzari Joseph. Like Roach he too had a horrid first innings but showed even more maturity and calmness a second time around when he returned with 2-45 from 18 overs. ‘Old Trafford’ in Manchester is the next venue of battle between these two storied rivals and, looking at West Indies’ 4-pronged pace attack’s current intent to ensure that 20 wickets fall, England enter the second match under immense pressure having folded twice.It is possible that the home team will make amends for the batting woes in a few days’ time and the inclusion of Root impacting the youngsters in Zak Crawley, Rory Burns and others might help level the series.If Gabriel hits his straps again in Manchester then it could be a certain wrap for England – especially if the old Roach returns to support Holder and the others who seem to be well-adapted mentally and technically – as Windies look to make history during the pandemic.last_img read more

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