Feb 8, 2006 (CIDRAP News) – The H5N1 virus has materialized deep in Africa, killing about 40,000 poultry on a commercial farm in northern Nigeria, according to the World Organization for Animal Health (OIE).Tests at an OIE reference laboratory in Padova, Italy, yesterday confirmed the presence of H5N1 as the culprit in an outbreak that began nearly a month ago, on Jan 10, the OIE report said.The virus was found in samples drawn Jan 16 from a farm in Jaji, in the northern state of Kaduna, the Associated Press (AP) reported. The Italian Health Ministry said the strain confirmed there is similar to strains found in Siberia and Mongolia in 2005, the AP said.The Jaji farm is the only confirmed outbreak site so far, the World Health Organization (WHO) said in a statement today. “Investigations are urgently needed to determine whether the outbreak, which began almost a month ago, has spread from the farm to affect household flocks,” the agency said.”Poultry deaths in the adjacent province of Kano have been reported, but the cause has not yet been determined,” the WHO added.Although published reports conflict, the AP quoted Salihu Jibrin, head of the Kano state’s livestock department, as saying that at least 60,000 birds have died there in recent weeks. Testing was being conducted, but officials told the AP today that no signs of avian flu had been found.Another source, South Africa’s Independent Online, reported yesterday that poultry began dying in unusually high numbers last weekend at the Sovat farm in Danbare village in Kano.The OIE is sending a team to Jaji in Kaduna state to assist in government quarantine efforts, Bloomberg News reported today.The arrival of H5N1 in Nigeria realizes one of the worst fears of experts, who have long warned that the spread of the virus into Africa could greatly complicate containment efforts. Backyard poultry live in close contact with people in many parts of Africa.”In Nigeria, as in other parts of Africa, most village households maintain free-ranging flocks of poultry as a source of income and food,” the WHO said. “Close human contact with poultry is extensive.”The primary public health need is to reduce the risk of human infections by preventing contact with diseased or dead household poultry, the WHO said. If the virus has spread to household flocks, people will need to be warned to avoid risky behavior, such as slaughtering sick poultry.The WHO said no clear information about the source of the Nigerian outbreak was available, but the country lies along a route for birds migrating from central Asia.Full sequence information about the outbreak virus is expected later this week, the WHO said. The information should help authorities assess the risk to human health and may shed light on the source of the outbreak.Authorities have expressed concerns about paying for and coordinating outreach, education, and other responses to avian flu in resource-strapped African countries, many of which are already battling hunger, HIV/AIDS, malaria, tuberculosis, and other diseases.Nigeria, which has 124 million people, has an average healthy life expectancy at birth of only 41 years, according to 2003 data from the WHO.See also: Feb 8 WHO statement on outbreak in Nigeriahttp://www.who.int/csr/don/2006_02_08/en/index.htmlOIE report on Nigerian outbreakhttp://www.oie.int/downld/AVIAN%20INFLUENZA/A2006_AI.phpWHO profile of Nigeriahttp://www.who.int/countries/nga/en/
Of the 314 people who were sick, 246 were adults and 65 were children, while the ages of three were not yet known, the OSDH said. Seventeen people received kidney dialysis treatment for hemolytic uremic syndrome, a potentially fatal condition. The Oklahoma State Department of Health (OSDH) said that the last known case-patient fell ill Sep 6 and that it believed the outbreak was over. All the cases have been linked to the Country Cottage restaurant in Locust Grove, Okla., the OSDH said. According to previous reports, most cases occurred in people who ate at the restaurant between Aug 15 and 17. Sep 17, 2008 (CIDRAP News) An outbreak of Escherichia coli O111 infections in Oklahoma seems to have run its course after sickening 314 people, putting 72 in hospitals, and killing one, Oklahoma officials announced yesterday. See also: Investigators have interviewed 1,843 people in connection with the outbreak, the OSDH said, but have not yet identified a specific food vehicle in the outbreak. “Health investigators are reviewing results of interviews with persons who ate at the Country Cottage to determine the possible association of illness to specific food items. This analysis could take several weeks,” the OSDH said. E coli O111 is a fairly unusual strain, far less common than O157:H7, the type identified in most E coli outbreaks, but it causes a similar illness. Oklahoma officials believe the cases there represent the largest O111 outbreak reported in the United States to date. Sep 16 OSDH update Last week a state official said investigators were considering the possibility that the restaurant had an infected employee who handled many different foods, since the investigation hadn’t pointed to any specific foods.
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Topics : The APIB accuses the government of far-right Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro of having “done nothing” to prevent the relentless spread of coronavirus in areas where 750,000 indigenous people live. So far, more than 5,300 have been infected.Brazil is the second-worst-hit country in the world, with more than a million infections and over 50,000 deaths from COVID-19.”If he had adopted preventative measures from the beginning, we would have avoided this number of deaths,” Sonia Guajajara, APIB coordinator, told a podcast for the Socio-Environmental Institute NGO (ISA).Nonagenarian Kaiapo leader Raoni Metuktire claimed Bolsonaro was “taking advantage” of the pandemic to further exploitative projects in the Amazon that could endanger indigenous communities. ‘Pandemic of abandonment’ Poverty is further exacerbating the situation.Some 5,000 Qom people living in Chaco, in the north of Argentina, rely on social support as quarantine rules have prevented them from selling their handicrafts. Malnutrition doesn’t help, and there have been 16 deaths in less than a month.”These are vulnerable neighborhoods where they live in overcrowded situations, without access to basic services such as running water, which makes the virus spread faster,” said Argentina’s Social Development Minister Daniel Arroyo.In Guatemala, where half the population is indigenous, government assistance “hasn’t had an impact in places where the largest indigenous populations live,” said the human rights ombudsman in early June.”There’s already a pandemic of abandonment” of indigenous people, Daniel Pascual, coordinator of the Peasant Unity Committee, told AFP. ‘Fear for ancestral wisdom’ Wearing a crown of feathers, a necklace of tusks and a surgical mask, Remberto Cahuamari is worried that the loss of “grandparents” to COVID-19 will rob the Ticuna community in the Colombian department of Amazonas of its ancestral wisdom.”We’d be left with our young who in the future won’t know anything about our cultures and our customs. That’s what scares us,” he told AFP.A man with his face covered by a mask and holding a stick watches over the entrance to the village of El Progreso, which can only be reached by the Tucushira, one of more than 1,000 tributaries of the Amazon. This poor and depopulated part of southern Colombia has seen 320 coronavirus cases per 100,000 inhabitants — the worst in the country — and 954 deaths per million, compared to Colombia’s average of just 33.Two-thirds of the village’s population is indigenous, and “at risk of extinction,” according to Colombia’s National Indigenous Organization.The extensive area has no road connection to the rest of the country, and the only public hospital has no intensive care unit.”When COVID-19 arrived, our defenses were low,” Armando Wooriyu, secretary to a local indigenous organization, told AFP.He said some communities have moved to remote locations or closed off access and turned to traditional medicine to fight the virus.In Loreto, in the Peruvian jungle, the virus has hit communities already affected by dengue, flu, rubella and smallpox.Some areas are only accessible by boat, and the nearest medical facility is “between six and eight hours, and up to three days or more” away, said the Organization of Indigenous Peoples of the East.It said 60 percent of villages are lacking either a medical center, equipment or medicine.The Yuqui people from the tropical center of Bolivia are “in grave danger” of disappearing after 16 of its 300 members became infected, according to the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights. The Pan American Health Organization says that at least 20,000 people living in the Amazon River basin, which passes through Brazil, Peru, Colombia, Bolivia, Ecuador, Venezuela, Guyana and Suriname, are infected.On the border between Brazil and Venezuela, the Yanomamis territory is occupied by around 20,000 illegal miners, according to Survival International.Sometimes, the illegal miners and loggers carry the virus with them, exposing indigenous populations to danger.A study by the Federal University of Minas Gerais and ISA predicted that 14,000 Yanomamis could become infected if authorities don’t act to protect them. Indigenous people in Latin America have been decimated by the coronavirus pandemic due to weak immune systems and centuries of state neglect. The threat posed to indigenous communities was highlighted last week with the virus death of Brazilian chief Paulinho Paiakan, an iconic defender of the Amazon rainforest, which is home to 420 indigenous communities.Paiakan’s death in a hospital in the north of Brazil was one of more than 300 amongst the country’s 100 indigenous communities, according to the Articulation of the Indigenous Peoples of Brazil (APIB) group. That was five times as many deaths as in the whole of 2019.
Us Embassies Step Up Security U.N. Report: Women May Need ‘Different Treatment’ to Achieve Economic EqualityThe UN Women organisation unveiled a major global policy agenda on gender equality and transforming world economies. Twenty years after the Fourth World Conference on Women in Beijing, significant achievements have been made; in Sub-Saharan Africa for example 22 countries meet or exceed the recommended 14 week paid maternity leave. But, as our UK Correspondent Natalie Powell reports, the UN believes more should be done 27th AU Summit: Women leaders call for gender equality in Africa Related UN urges Kenya to advance gender equality to boost economic growth
Martha R. “Marty” Wilhelm, age 70 of Batesville, died Saturday, May 21, 2016 at Methodist Hospital in Indianapolis. Born February 13, 1946 in Batesville, she is the daughter of Lillian (Nee: Niese) and John Suttmann. She married Alvin Wilhelm April 12, 1969 at Holy Family Church in Oldenburg. Marty was a teller at Fifth-Third Bank 23 years before retiring in January of 2008. She was also a member of St. Louis Church.Marty grew up in a large farm family. An excellent cook, her family teased that she never learned to scale back. She would always cook more than was needed and would “encourage” you to eat more well after you’d eaten all you could. But with hospitable being the word to best describe her, that was just Marty. Her tator tot casseroles and potato salad were family favorites. Some of Marty’s interests included watching Dancing With the Stars, Wheel of Fortune, I.U. Basketball and Duke Basketball, although no one in the family could figure that one out. She enjoyed spending time at the beach and always looked forward to the regular trips of Gulf Shores Alabama or Panama City Beach Florida. After retirement, she also enjoyed meeting friends for coffee at McDonald’s. Her true passion though, were her grandkids. Marty loved nothing better than spending time with them and would do anything for them.She is survived by her husband Alvin; daughters Jennifer Lents of Batesville, Michele Hutchek of Speedway, Indiana; sons Brian of Osgood, Indiana, Christopher of Batesville; sister Clarissa (Chris) Adams of West Chester, Ohio; brothers Paul Suttmann of Batesville, Cletus Suttmann of Oldenburg, Albert Suttmann of Sacramento, California and eight grandchildren. In addition to her parents, she is also preceded in death by sisters Alvina Herbert, Sarah Jones and brother Wilbur Suttmann.Visitation is Tuesday, May 24th, from 4 – 7 p.m. at the Weigel Funeral Home with a Divine Mercy Chaplet service at 4 p.m. Funeral services are 10 a.m. Wednesday, May 25th, at St. Louis Church with Rev. Stan Pondo officiating. Burial will follow in the church cemetery. The family requests memorials to St. Louis School or Wilhelm Grandchildren’s Education Fund.
Indiana Lt. governor Suzanne Crouch upgraded to a Real ID at the Indiana State Fair recently.Beginning in October of 2020, Americans will be required to have the enhanced identification to board flights or enter certain federal facilities.What is Real ID? Congress passed the Real ID Act after a recommendation from the 9/11 Commission. The Act established minimum security standards for state-issued driver’s licenses and identification cards and prohibits Federal agencies from accepting for official purposes licenses and identification cards from states that do not meet these standards.As early as January of 2018 domestic air travelers that have a license issued by a state that is not compliant with Real ID they must have an alternate form of identification. The Transportation Security Authority has a list of acceptable forms of ID here tsa.gov/travel/security-screening/identification.To upgrade to Real ID residents must visit a BMV branch and provide a social security number, lawful U.S. residency status and Indiana residency.“The Indiana State Fair is a Hoosier tradition that attracts residents from around the state,” said Lt. Governor Crouch. “I’m here today to demonstrate the ease with which Hoosiers can upgrade to a Real ID now to save time and avoid confusion in the future.“We are excited Lt. Governor Crouch is setting an example for all Hoosiers,” said BMV Commissioner Peter Lacy. “To do it at our mobile branch at the State Fair is added bonus.”More information is online at in.gov/bmv/2356.htm.
RelatedPosts Bale completes Tottenham return from Real Madrid Tottenham sign £25m Sergio Reguilon Aguero could be out of action until November, Guardiola says Real Madrid manager, Zinedine Zidane, admitted that he isn’t too far from retirement as he revealed the pressure of the job has taken its toll.The Frenchman is in his second stint as Los Blancos boss and he has kept them in the LaLiga title race alongside rivals Barcelona. They are one point behind the Catalan club with a game in hand.However, despite Champions League glory and much success in the Madrid hot-seat, Zidane revealed he may not last much longer in his current job.“I won’t coach for 20 years. I’ll retire before that,” Zidane said.“I’m an unusual coach, anything could happen. I’m not planning anything. It’s the day-to-day that excites me. For how long, I don’t know.“In my head I’ve always been a player. I played for 18 or 19 years, and after that when people asked me if I’d be a coach, I said no. “Then I decided to become one. This really wears you out. It won’t be 20 years, that’s for sure.”Zidane put their impressive season down to their defensive personnel, as he explained: “[Ramos and Varane] are the best pair around.”Tags: La LigaReal MadridUEFA Champions LeagueZindeine ZIdane
By Joe ChapmanTWO former leading football officials in Region 10 (Upper Demerara/Upper Berbice) have initiated a sports programme, aimed at fostering the development of youths in the area of sports in the mining town of Linden.Former president of the Upper Demerara Football Association (UDFA) Collis Gifth and past secretary of the UDFA, Jermaine Figueira (MP) are the main movers, as executive directors, behind the Right Start Foundation, a non-profit organisation which intends to push for the empowering of young men and women in sports, armed with the fundamentals which will enable them to have better values and understanding of the importance of education in pursuing sports.MP Figueira, who is responsible for Marketing and Accounting, stated: “The programme is strategically designed to eloquently amalgamate sports and academic values in an effort to give our young aspirants a sense of understanding that enables them to encapsulate the importance of having a sound academic background in order to become a successful sportsman or woman.”The Member of Parliament and secondary school teacher noted that “it is no secret that most, if not all our young athletes dream of one day becoming like one of the great sports superstars they admire.“However, although they may have the physical aptitude and passion to become as great as their icons, many of them fail to even consider that apart from being physically fortified, there is a much greater part to becoming a successful athlete, which is to be academically sound.”According to Figueira ”many of them see the success but don’t see the sacrifice”.Gifth, who has responsibility for Administration and Finance explained that “in the much developed nations, once a certain level of talent is discovered within a child, he or she is admitted into an academy where their talents are nurtured in an embryonic environment, and into college where he or she is given an opportunity to pursue an academic career apart from playing sports, which can certainly guarantee them the solid foundation they truly need to achieve the level of success they envisage, and more importantly have a sound career out of sports.”Relating the importance of academics for youths involved in sport: “By the time that player reaches a professional level, he or she will at least possess a Bachelor’s Degree in an academic field which makes him/her well-rounded athletes with a sound academic background to corroborate their physical capabilities. This therefore will nullify any chances of career setbacks or failures even if he/she does not make it to stardom status,” Figueira argued.Looking at the advantage of academics Figueira opined “In simpler terms, educated players are easier to be coached and respond better to what they are taught.”The first venture by this new group will be an innovation, Formula/Twenty (F/20) Community Cup Skills Football tournament during the Linden Town Week in April where many youths will be involved in football competitions with a difference that should engage their interests somewhat.With this in mind, Gifth remarked that through this initiative by his foundation they are bringing to Linden the quest for young athletes having an academic career that will be enhanced once they are given the ‘Right Start’.
Ghanaian midfielder Adjoa Bayor has returned to the American top-flight league by signing for her former club FC Indiana.Currently a member of FF USV Jena in Germany’s Frauen-Bundesliga, Bayor was the 2003 African Women’s Football Player of the Year.Bayor previously played for FC Indiana in 2006 and 2007.In 2007, FC Indiana won the Women’s Premier Soccer League (WPSL) Championship.So FC Indiana Head Coach Shek Borkowski is familiar with Bayor’s abilities.”We will have a young team, so it will be on Adjoa’s shoulders to provide experience and leadership,” Borkowski said. ”She is a creative player who can set up players as well as score herself. She is a set piece master.”Bayor captained Ghana in the 2007 Women’s World Cup in China, where she scored a goal in the final group stage match against Norway.Bayor is eligible to play with FC Indiana’s WPSL or WLS team.Source: Ghanasoccernet