WHO confirms H5N1 cases in Egypt, Vietnam

first_imgDec 28, 2007 (CIDRAP News) – The World Health Organization (WHO) today confirmed three human cases of H5N1 avian influenza in Vietnam and Egypt, one of which was fatal, raising the global H5N1 count to 346 cases with 213 deaths.In Vietnam, a 4-year-old boy from the northern province of Son La died of an H5N1 infection Dec 16, the WHO said. He fell ill Dec 7 and was hospitalized on the 11th. His case was first reported by news services on Dec 26.The boy’s source of exposure is under investigation, the WHO said. His close contacts are being monitored, and all remain healthy so far, the agency reported.Two women in Egypt are being treated for H5N1 disease, the WHO said. One is a 50-year-old from Domiatt governorate who was hospitalized Dec 24 and is in critical condition. The other is a 22-year-old chicken seller from Menofia governorate; she was hospitalized Dec 26 and is in intensive care but recovering, the WHO reported.”Both women had contact with sick and dead poultry prior to illness onset,” the agency said. News services first reported their cases yesterday.Vietnam has had 101 confirmed H5N1 cases with 47 deaths, while Egypt has had 41 confirmed cases, 16 of them fatal.More details on Pakistan casesMeanwhile, a Canadian Press (CP) story published yesterday provided more details about the recent cluster of suspected H5N1 patients in Pakistan, saying that confirmatory testing by the WHO yielded negative findings in several of the cases, along with the single case confirmation announced yesterday.The agency said yesterday that its reference laboratories had confirmed H5N1 in one man in a cluster of several people who had tested positive in Pakistan. He was one of several brothers who had fallen ill after caring for another brother, a veterinarian who had gotten sick after culling infected poultry. Because the man with the confirmed case had not been involved in culling, the confirmation supported the WHO’s previously stated view that limited person-to-person transmission probably occurred in the family.The CP report, based mainly on an interview with the WHO’s Dr. Frederick Hayden, said testing by Pakistan’s National Institute of Health had identified nine possible H5N1 cases. The case-patients included five people in one family, a female doctor who had treated the family, and three poultry cullers unrelated to the family. Another brother in the affected family also had a suspicious illness but died without being tested and therefore was not counted as a possible case.The story said tests by the WHO’s collaborating lab in London and by US Navy Medical Research Unit 3 (NAMRU-3) in Cairo found no H5N1 virus in six of the nine people: the doctor, the three poultry cullers, a brother in the affected family who had never been sick, and a cousin who lived near the affected family and had been sick. One of the three cullers tested positive for a human flu virus, H1N1.Blood test results awaitedBut Hayden said other members of the family besides the 25-year-old man probably had the H5N1 virus and that blood serum tests for antibodies to the virus were being done to clarify the situation, according to the story. He said the negative test results might have been caused by deterioration of the patients’ samples due to repeated freezing and thawing. The results also might have been affected by the timing of the sample-taking and possible use of antiviral drugs by the patients, he said.”Until the follow-up serology (blood testing) is done, we can’t be strong in saying that H5 has been ruled out in any of these people,” Hayden told CP.The story did not specify the WHO confirmatory test results for the veterinarian or another brother who had been hospitalized with H5N1-like illness but survived.The WHO said yesterday that all other members of the affected family, other close contacts of the suspected case-patients, and involved healthcare workers remained healthy and had been released from close medical observation.See also: WHO statement on Egyptian caseshttp://www.who.int/csr/don/2007_12_28a/en/index.htmlWHO statement on case in Vietnamhttp://www.who.int/csr/don/2007_12_28/en/index.htmllast_img read more

Wilson: Hunt brings excitement, dynamic component to Syracuse’s stagnant offense

first_img Facebook Twitter Google+ Editor’s note: Two beat writers were assigned a quarterback to make the case for as Syracuse’s starter — one for Drew Allen, and one for Terrel Hunt.Terrel Hunt scanned the defense for a moment. There wasn’t much hesitation. Something didn’t work. He had to make a quick decision.The quarterback, playing his first series of the year, took off. He sliced through the Northwestern defense, shedding a handful of would-be tackles and diving headfirst across the goal line. It was a missed assignment, but it didn’t matter — Hunt did in 10 plays what took Drew Allen more than six quarters: account for a touchdown.As he rose to his feet, his teammates mobbed him. Hunt flailed his arms and shook his head. He pounded his chest in his unbridled enthusiasm. He had finally gotten his opportunity on Saturday, and he made the most of it.Three days later, he was again visibly excited. This time, it was the media that mobbed him.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textA week ago, there was just a handful of reporters that wandered over to the backup quarterback. On Tuesday he had the big reveal —  Allen would start on Saturday, but Hunt will play against Wagner. The quarterback job that is rightly his is once again within reach.He adds a dimension to the offense that Syracuse couldn’t even imagine with Drew Allen under center. When everything goes wrong, Hunt makes it work.Just like he did on the touchdown run.“When you do a typo, what do you do? You get some Wite-Out and make it right,” offensive coordinator George McDonald said, “so he got his Wite-Out out and he made it right.”At Christ the King Regional High School in New York, Hunt threw and rushed for more than 1,200 yards. Were Allen the capable passer so many expected him to be when he arrived from Oklahoma, this wouldn’t matter. Hunt’s above-average legs wouldn’t outweigh his sub-par arm.But Allen’s thrown six interceptions and just one touchdown. When plays go wrong for Allen, he tries to force the ball through a tight window. When plays go wrong for Hunt, he heads to the end zone.“Those are some of the things he has the ability to do,” McDonald said. “When things go wrong he can kind of work his magic a little bit and try to get himself out of his problems he creates.”Right now, that’s Allen’s problem. The only “magic” he’s cast was on his 55-yard bomb to Jeremiah Kobena against Penn State, that didn’t result in a touchdown.When Allen first arrived, he was the exciting, trendy choice. He came from the Big 12 Conference and had the look of a potential franchise quarterback. He was shrouded in mystery, but with a big arm and a rare pedigree for Central New York. There was reason for excitement.Two weeks into his Syracuse career, that’s completely deflated. He’s been one of the worst quarterbacks in the country, and the eye-popping plays like his throw to Kobena have come far too infrequently.Now it’s Hunt who can infuse some excitement back into this season. It’s not right to call this season a lost cause yet — because it’s not — but it’s dangerously teetering on that edge.Allen will need to dramatically improve for SU to challenge for a bowl game in a strong Atlantic Coast Conference. Hunt, it seems, is the quarterback of the future, and should be the one for the present.Aside from Ashton Broyld, Allen hasn’t built consistency with any of his wide receivers. He’s only been practicing with the team since July.Hunt manned the first team in the spring game. He held the edge early in the summer. With SU insistent on making the pistol work, Hunt has more experience with the system and with the arsenal that accompanies it.“I worked with them all summer, all spring, so it doesn’t just go away in a few weeks,” Hunt said. “It’s something that’s there.”In the box score, Hunt’s final run is just a throwaway touchdown in a 48-27 blowout, but when Hunt ran down the sideline after celebrating his own accomplishment, his teammates cheered.The play, though, got under quarterback coach Tim Lester’s skin. He grabbed him out of a scrum.“What are you doing?” he asked the newest quarterback in his rotation.Hunt had the answer — he knew it wasn’t the right play.He may not always make the right play, but he has the ability to fix the wrong one.David Wilson is the sports editor at The Daily Orange where his column appears occasionally. He can be reached at [email protected] or on Twitter at @DBWilson2. Comments Published on September 12, 2013 at 2:01 amlast_img read more