Jan 22, 2009 (CIDRAP News) – Veterinary authorities in Egypt today reported H5N1 avian influenza outbreaks in two governorates, as Chinese officials beefed up their avian flu reporting system and took other measures to limit human exposure to the virus.Both of Egypt’s outbreaks involved backyard poultry, according to reports posted today on the Web site of Egypt-based Strengthening Avian Influenza Detection and Response (SAIDR). The project, funded by the US Agency for International Development with assistance from Johns Hopkins University, is designed to help Egypt coordinate avian flu efforts with its international partners.One of the outbreaks involved 53 chickens, ducks, and geese in Reva village in Asyut governorate. The vaccination status of the birds is not known. Asyut governorate is located in the middle of Egypt on the banks of the Nile River.In the other outbreak, the virus struck 15 chickens, ducks, and geese in Seila Ezbet Edris village in Faiyum governorate. All of the birds had been vaccinated in 2008, the SAIDR report said. Faiyum governorate is in north-central Egypt, about 80 miles southwest of Cairo.Elsewhere, provincial officials in eastern China yesterday banned the raising of poultry in Shandong province’s cities to curb the transmission of the H5N1 virus to humans, Agence France-Presse reported. Xinhua, China’s state news agency, said the ban, which went into effect yesterday, follows the Jan 17 death of a 27-year-old woman from an H5N1 infection. She was from Jinan, Shandong’s capital.A statement from the World Health Organization on the woman’s death said investigators were still trying to determine the source of the woman’s infection.In other developments, China’s health ministry said today that it launched a daily avian influenza reporting system for humans and birds, according to a report from the Associated Press. The action follows four recent H5N1 cases in China, three of them fatal.The health, agriculture, and commerce ministries have ordered provincial departments to provide daily reports on infections, the AP report said. Daily reporting was also conducted during previous outbreaks of H5N1 and SARS (severe acute respiratory syndrome).See also:Jan 19 WHO statement
While reading an Indianapolis Star article, I discovered that Big Ten basketball has 25 new rule changes which will go into effect this year. I will elaborate on a few of these in a moment. All of these rules are supposed to speed up the game and increase scoring. The conference is afraid they are losing the public because of slow defensive games.The first rule is that the shot clock is reduced by 5 seconds. The second major rule change is that the 5-second call on closely defending the ball handler has been eliminated. Post players can expect to have an arm in their back at all times to eliminate calling fowls near the basket. Another rule, you can expect the referee to eliminate physical play whenever the ball leaves the post area. Simply stated, you can hold the center but you have to keep your hands off the other 4 players.I will be amazed if the Big Ten officials (after a couple of games) call anything different than they have in the past 20 years. We will have to wait and see.
London: England opener Jason Roy’s ninth ODI hundred was an “emotional” one as he notched it up under tough circumstances, staying up all night to attend to his sick daughter.Roy, 28, struck a belligerent 114 on Friday to set the platform for England’s successful chase of Pakistan’s 340/7.But what made the knock all the more challenging was the fact that Roy’s daughter Everly, who was born in March this year, fell ill and the England batsman was at the hospital with wife Elle all night on the eve of the game.“I had a bit of a rough morning so this one is a special one for me and my family,” revealed Roy. “It was my little one. We had to take her to hospital at 01:30 in the morning. I stayed there until 08:30 and came back for a couple of hours sleep and got to the ground just before warm-up and cracked on. It was a very emotional hundred.”There were no signs of fatigue when Roy took the field as he saved six runs at the long off boundary with an acrobatic effort off Mohammed Hafeez, to then plunder 11 fours and four sixes from 89 balls.“I’m not in the form of my life. It was not my most fluent of innings but was it was an extremely special feeling get over three figures? I didn’t see it coming,” Roy admitted. IANSAlso Read: SPORTS NEWS