Indonesia culls pigs, tests two men for avian flu

first_imgJul 25, 2005 (CIDRAP News) – In a response to Indonesia’s first three fatal human cases of avian influenza, officials killed some infected pigs and poultry yesterday, but not as many as they had planned to, according to news services.Plans had called for culling about 200 pigs in a village near the Jakarta suburb of Tangerang, the home of a man and two daughters who died of avian flu this month. But officials instead killed only 18 pigs, along with “dozens” of chickens and ducks, according to a Reuters report yesterday.The agriculture minister, Anton Apriyantono, told a radio station that the original plan would have hurt the local economy, the story said. But his spokesman, Hari Priyono, said the plan was to kill only the pigs that tested positive for avian flu.He said only 18 pigs tested “truly positive” for the virus, and those 18 were slaughtered, according to the story. “In days to come, whenever we find a positive one here, we will slaughter it straight away,” he was quoted as saying.Indonesian officials reported to the World Organization for Animal Health (OIE) in May that the H5N1 avian flu virus had been detected in some pigs at two sites in Tangerang.Indonesia’s first human victims of avian flu were a 38-year-old man and his two daughters, aged 1 and 8, who died between Jul 9 and 14. Authorities have said they have no clear evidence that the three had had any contact with sick poultry or infected pigs.Reports from Jakarta today said two men hospitalized in the city are being tested for avian flu even though indications are that they have some other illness.A Reuters story said initial signs are that the two men, one of whom is a photographer who recently photographed chicken farms, have typhoid fever. The men were suffering from “high fever and flu symptoms,” the story said.But Health Minister Siti Fadilah Supari said the men were “suffering from an ordinary flu,” according to a report in the Jakarta Post.A World Health Organization (WHO) spokeswoman in Indonesia, Sari Setiogi, said samples from the two men would be sent to Hong Kong for testing, with results expected in 7 to 10 days, according to the Reuters report.Reuters quoted Evi Zelvino of Jakarta’s public health agency as saying the patients’ “temporary diagnosis” was typhoid.Zelvino also said authorities planned to investigate the case of a Malaysian who died earlier this month. Doctors have said the person died of typhoid, the story said.Meanwhile, Chinese authorities say they have ruled out avian flu in the investigation of a mysterious disease that has killed 17 farm workers and afflicted 41 more in southwestern China’s Sichuan province, according to reports. The workers all fell ill after handling sick or dead pigs or sheep, reports said.China Daily quoted Zeng Huajin, a senior provincial health official, as saying that the illness was probably caused by Streptococcus suis, a bacteria usually found in pigs.”I can assure you that the disease is absolutely not SARS [severe acute respiratory syndrome], anthrax or bird flu,” Zeng said.The Chinese news agency Xinhua said yesterday that the patients all had high fever, fatigue, nausea, vomiting, and bruises under the skin. Other reports mentioned hemorrhaging.Of the surviving patients, two had recovered, 27 were in stable condition, and 12 were in critical condition, Xinhua reported.Bob Dietz, a WHO spokesman in Manila, told Reuters the disease didn’t sound like avian flu because it didn’t seem to involve “a large pneumonia content or a large respiratory problem.”last_img read more

Rotary Club 2020 VOSH Eye Care Mission. Patients urged to get pre-screened at Health Clinics

first_imgLifestyleLocalNews Rotary Club 2020 VOSH Eye Care Mission. Patients urged to get pre-screened at Health Clinics by: – November 28, 2019 Share Tuesday January 21st, 2020 Salybia Health CenterSalybia, Castle Bruce, San Soufriere Monday January 20th, 2020Marigot SDA ChurchMarigot, Wesley, and Calibishie Thursday January 23rd, 2020  Goodwill Parish HallRoseau 136 Views   no discussions Share Tweet DataMission LocationScreening clinic locations Sharing is caring! The Rotary Club of Dominica in collaboration with VOSH International and the Ministry of Health is once again preparing for the upcoming annual VOSH Eye Care Mission in Dominica. VOSH, which stands for Voluntary Optometric Services to Humanity, is an international voluntary organisation with various chapters based in the United States, to execute its mission to provide vision and quality eye health to people worldwide.The VOSH Michigan Chapter headed by Dr. Daniel Wrubel has organised eye care missions to Dominica for the past 25 years, facilitated by the Rotary Club of Dominica and the Ministry of Health. The VOSH 2020 mission will run from January 20th – 23rd, 2020.Those wishing to attend the VOSH clinics are advised that a ticketing system has been put in place to ensure the smooth flow of persons, and they must be pre-screened at their respective health cent ers prior to the mission to receive a ticket. A monetary contribution will be required from persons receiving glasses. Only persons that have been pre-screened and have the correct tickets will be allowed entry at the various clinics.The mission dates and clinics are as follows: Wednesday January 22nd, 2020 Goodwill Parish HallMassacre, Mahaut, Soufriere, Point Michel Sharelast_img read more

Pacific Games Closing Ceremony venue confirmed

first_imgThe Ceremony, due to take place on July 18, had originally been planned for the Bisini Sports Grounds, where a rugby league stadium will be built following the conclusion of the Games.It has not been declared fit to stage the Closing Ceremony, although it will still host preliminary football matches, as well as cricket, softball and lawn bowls.The venue, which Papua New Guinea’s Sports Minister Justin Tkatchenko described as “a mess six months ago” has undergone a large-scale transformation, but has still attracted criticism for its lack of grandstands.The Sir Hubert Murray Stadium was then proposed as an alternative but concerns over its readiness meant Port Moresby 2015 decided instead to have the Ceremony at the Sir John Guise Stadium, which stage the Opening Ceremony.“Our original plan was to hold it at Bisini Sports Grounds and we thought that we would have the Ceremony there but it is not ready,” Minogue told insidethegames.“The Sir Hubert Murray Stadium was identified as an alternative but that’s not complete.“We are now back at Sir John Guise, which no one is unhappy about as it is the premier stadium of the Games.“It would have been nice to use them all and to use one of these venues for a big occasion like the Closing Ceremony.”Minogue also confirmed that despite not being ready to stage the spectacle which will bring the 15th Pacific Games to a close, the Sir Hubert Murray Stadium, where construction is behind schedule, is “99 per cent certain” to hold the football finals.Concerns have been raised in the build-up to the event that the grass is not suitable, prompting complaints from the New Zealand team, who will compete in the Olympic qualifying tournament here.The proposal to have the main matches at the venue has been approved by the Oceania Football Confederation (OFC) and Minogue expects competition to take place there as planned.“The Organising Committee are happy with things at the moment and they have written to the OFC to say they are ready to host matches at the Sir Hubert Murray Stadium,” he said.last_img read more