WHO confirms Indonesia’s 49th avian flu death

first_imgSep 13, 2006 (CIDRAP News) – The World Health Organization (WHO) has retrospectively recognized another case of H5N1 avian influenza in Indonesia, involving a 5-year-old boy from West Java who died in March, according to news services.The boy’s death was added to the WHO case registry after the agency revised its definition of human H5N1 avian flu cases, according to a Bloomberg News report that quoted Sari Setiogi, a WHO spokeswoman in Jakarta. The agency had not yet noted the case on its Web site at this writing. With the boy’s case, Indonesia has had 64 cases with 49 deaths.Runizar Ruesin, head of the Indonesian government’s avian flu information center, told Bloomberg the boy was from Bekasi, east of Jakarta, and died on Mar 19. Poultry deaths were reported in the boy’s neighborhood, Ruesin said. No one else in the boy’s family was known to be infected, and the source of his infection was unclear, according to a Reuters report today.The boy’s death is the fourth Indonesian avian flu case in 6 days to be retroactively reported by the WHO. Last week the organization added a 14-year-old girl who died in June and two cases, one of them fatal, from 2005.In other news, British public health experts meeting at a conference in Coventry today demonstrated a new system called QFLU, one of the most extensive systems in Europe for collecting data on patients who have flu-like symptoms, according to a Reuters report today.The system, aimed at improving Britain’s pandemic preparedness, tracks how many patients seek care for flu-like symptoms and how many are prescribed antiviral drugs, the story said. It covers nearly 3,000 general practices and more than 17 million people.The system is designed to analyze information daily instead of weekly, which would provide an early warning if a pandemic strain emerges. It was developed by surveillance experts at the UK Health Protection Agency, along with scientists from the University of Nottingham and EMIS, a British healthcare software developer.See also:Jun 22 Eurosurveillance article on QFLUhttp://www.eurosurveillance.org/ViewArticle.aspx?ArticleId=2980last_img read more

South Korean COVID-19 patient recovering after double lung transplant

first_imgAfter a record 112 days on a specialized life-support system, a South Korean COVID-19 patient is recovering from double lung transplant surgery, doctors say, in only the ninth such procedure worldwide since the coronavirus outbreak began.The 50-year-old woman was diagnosed with the disease and hospitalized in late February and then spent 16 weeks on extracorporeal membrane oxygenation (ECMO) support, which involves circulating a patient’s blood through a machine that adds oxygen to red blood cells.That’s the longest that any COVID-19 patient in the world has spent on ECMO support, her doctors said. Various drugs such as the anti-malarial hydroxychloroquine, the HIV treatment Kaletra and steroids failed to stop her pulmonary fibrosis – scarring in the lungs – from worsening, said Dr Park Sung-hoon, professor of pulmonary and critical care medicine at Hallym University Sacred Heart Hospital.That left few options other than a lung transplant.”The probability of success in lung transplants on ECMO patients is 50%, and fortunately, our patient was well prepared before the surgery when we found the donor,” said Dr Kim Hyoung-soo, director of the hospital’s ECMO program, who was in charge of the surgery.The patient declined to be identified or interviewed. The doctors who conducted the eight-hour surgery described her destroyed lungs as hard like rock.She had an acute respiratory distress syndrome (ARDS) when she came to hospital, Park said, and could not live without the ECMO machine’s help.ECMO is typically used on patients who need more help than ventilators can provide, and who are considered to have a 90% chance of dying. Half of patients recover in two to three weeks on ECMO, and a lung transplant is considered for those who don’t, Kim said.The surgery was the ninth after six similar surgeries in China, and one each in the United States and Australia, the hospital said.Lung transplants are less common that other transplants in South Korea, with 92 of them in 2018, compared with 2,108 kidney and 176 heart transplants, according to the Korea Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.Lee Sun-hee, a head nurse of the ECMO program who has cared for the patient since February, said the woman seemed to have a stronger-than-usual will to live, in part driven by being a mother of two.”She told us, ‘I’m grateful for the sunshine, for the moonlight. I’m so grateful that I am breathing’,” Lee said.Lee said the woman already knows the first thing she wants to do when released from the hospital:”To get a nice bath.”Doctors said she would be discharged when her chest muscles are strong enough to support her breathing. Topics :last_img read more

These five homes are Townsville’s most wanted

first_img52 Cook Street, North WardA WHIMSICAL facade is just the entree to this spectacular master renovated home which is virtually a rebuild from the ground up. Unparalleled excellence at every turn, this brilliant home has transpired into an elite beachside family home. The theme of quality includes imported polished and honed Travertine tiles throughout the three bathrooms and entire bottom floor. With five bedrooms, a theatre room, and open plan living, you will be indulged in space. The easy-care 1012sq m grounds have been expertly landscaped to reflect our owner’s love of the tropical environment, and strategically include a fully insulated and powered 6x6m man shed. #5 52 MCLEAN STREET, GULLIVER 17 Godier Road, Alligator CreekIMPRESSIVE with meticulous attention to detail, this home offers the perfect mix of sophistication and classic country class. Commanding an elevated position on the fully fenced 5435 sq m allotment this modern Queenslander styled home affords the kind of luxurious comfort and casual entertaining that one would dream of. The property also comes with a large 8 x 12 sq m shed with three phase power and water connected. Suitable for a generous family or executive lifestyle this superb family sanctuary embraces breathtaking district views within a 20 minute drive of the CBD. #4 52 COOK STREET, NORTH WARD 52 McLean Street, GulliverTHIS stunning three-bedroom home is a prime example of home renovation done right. With gleaming polished floors throughout, new kitchen, bathroom, appliances and new air conditioning systems — this home may as well be new. The layout is surprising and inviting with the spacious living and open plan kitchen adjoining a separate dining. The kitchen is brand new with excellent layout and design, concealed touch lighting on benches, and sleek design touches. The third bedroom features a large window to the world and is separated from the master and second bedroom, which adjoin the stunning new bathroom. Views to Castle Hill from the back door and prevailing breezes on this corner allotment make this home one-of-a-kind. 8 Paringa Street, CranbrookSTEP behind the traditional, white picket fence and be amazed at this much-loved home. Traditional features combine seamlessly with contemporary styling, producing a light, airy and inviting home, perfect for relaxed, tropical living. Situated in a peaceful, tree-lined street, a short walk from stunning parklands bordering the Ross River, this home offers families an idyllic lifestyle with no work to be done! Located to the front of the property is a large in ground resort style pool that will entertain the children for endless hours in the hot Townsville climate. #3 More from news01:21Buyer demand explodes in Townsville’s 2019 flood-affected suburbs12 Sep 202001:21‘Giant surge’ in new home sales lifts Townsville property market10 Sep 2020 17 GODIER ROAD, ALLIGATOR CREEK FROM beachside homes and acreage living to stately Queenslanders and renovators, Townsville’s homebuyers market offers something for everyone. Just take a look at these diverse property listings which rank in the top 5 most viewed homes on realestate.com.au this year so far. 8 Coral Street, Saunders BeachTHERE’S no second guessing why this lifestyle inspired home is Townsville’s number one viewed property. For an incredible price tag of around $500,000, this Saunders Beach property offers the best of lifestyle living only 20 minutes from the Townsville CBD. Located only a minutes walk to the beach, the home has been transformed into a private sanctuary or even resort style living. The established gardens behind a remote controlled driveway fencing provides immediate privacy. The new indoor tiles merge with the extensive outdoor flooring which lures you to the bail back yard oasis. The indoor living spaces have been remodelled with high quality fittings, finishes and appliances. The kitchen, the hub of entertaining in North Queensland, now features stone bench tops, two pac finishes for all cabinetry and plumbing for a double fridge/freezer. The kitchen also overlooks the elongate indoor dining and living room. The garage boasts full cabinetry on all walls for storage and entertaining. Energy expenses will be reduced with the solar panels working for you on the roof. Follow the path out into the fully enclosed back yard which will immediately evoke emotions of relaxation, enjoyment, peace and pleasure. Lush gardens surround the property boasting fruit trees and edible vegetation. The Indonesian Hut nestled beside the in-ground pool allows a multitude of gatherings to be shaded. #2 8 PARINGA STREET, CRANBROOK # 1 8 CORAL STREET, SAUNDERS BEACH last_img read more

Gold Coast home has plenty of space for a boat

first_img7 Kensington Mews, Sovereign Islands.IT was the promise of wide water frontage that lured Dennis and Gail Gilbert to their Sovereign Islands house.As a self-confessed ‘boatie’, Mr Gilbert liked that the property had 24.5m of water frontage, offering plenty of space for his boat. “Plus the pool is very private,” he said. 7 Kensington Mews, Sovereign Islands. 7 Kensington Mews, Sovereign Islands. 7 Kensington Mews, Sovereign Islands. The couple have spent a lot of time in the house’s outdoor entertainment area in the four years they have lived there. Mr Gilbert said it was one of their favourite parts of the home.More from news02:37International architect Desmond Brooks selling luxury beach villa14 hours ago02:37Gold Coast property: Sovereign Islands mega mansion hits market with $16m price tag2 days ago“It’s got a nice back veranda, we’ve had family barbecues there and happy hour,” he said.The two-storey house is on a 747sq m block and has four bedrooms plus a study that could be converted into a fifth bedroom. 7 Kensington Mews, Sovereign Islands.center_img 7 Kensington Mews, Sovereign Islands. Its standout features include a media room with projector and screen, the waterfront pool with dual zone spa and curved feature staircase.Mr Gilbert said the home had served them well over the years and they had barely changed anything about it.“We just changed the colour, that’s all,” he said. “It was a terrible pink.” 7 Kensington Mews, Sovereign Islands. 7 Kensington Mews, Sovereign Islands.last_img read more

Anti-smacking group faces criticism

first_imgBelfast Telegraph 6 October 2013The Government has accused an anti-smacking campaign group of misinformation and a lack of balance in its bid to have the practice banned in Ireland.Officials have accused the Association for the Protection of All Children (Approach) of using Irish law and experience out of context after they claimed legislation permits parents, foster carers and guardians to hit a child.The Department of Health and Children accepted the law includes a right to punish children physically under reasonable chastisement but warned that people are regularly prosecuted for causing unnecessary suffering.“There is a balance to be found between supporting parents in effective parenting, in particular, in use of non-violent forms of discipline, and the use of criminal law to impose criminal sanctions on parents who do not adhere to best practice in parenting,” the department said.“It is important to note that the general development of norms within Ireland and positive support and encouragement to parents has brought about a situation where physical punishment is increasingly avoided.”The department was responding to a complaint by Approach to the European Committee of Social Rights as part of its campaign to outlaw smacking.It went on to say foster carers sign contracts not to smack and that pre-school child carers are under regulations not to smack.The United Nations has also called for a ban.The department said statistics back up the argument that considerable progress is being made in eliminating virtually all forms of violence against children in Ireland and in encouraging parents to use alternative non-violent forms of discipline in the family setting.The Approach complaint is the latest in a long line of international complaints against Ireland and follows recommendations by the UN Committee on the Rights of the Child and the Fifth Report of the Rapporteur on Child Protection that corporal punishment be banned in Ireland.Children’s charities including the Children’s Rights Alliance are preparing to join forces to increase pressure on the Government.The European body will decide on the complaint after a court in Dublin rules on the constitutionality of the children’s referendum.http://www.belfasttelegraph.co.uk/news/local-national/republic-of-ireland/antismacking-group-faces-criticism-29637312.htmllast_img read more

Donations needed for families displaced from fire

first_imgBATESVILLE, Ind. — First responders were called to a fire Monday morning at the corners of East Pearl and Walnut Street that destroyed an entire apartment building.The City of Batesville has established a relief fund for the nine families who are directly impacted by this fire.Essentials such as cash and clothing are being accepted by the City of Batesville. Community members are encouraged to drop off donations by 5 p.m. Wednesday at the Memorial Building, 132 S. Main Street. The City can be reached at (812) 933-6100 or after hours at (812) 363-3645.Mayor Mike Bettice said, “My prayers are with the individuals impacted by this tragedy. I am grateful to the many first responders from around the area who worked to limit the spread of the fire. The City’s focus right now is on the victims and I believe our community can rally together to help them get back on their feet.”An account has been set up at MainSource Bank in Batesville and is accepting monetary donations on behalf of the families affected from Monday’s fire.If you choose to donate online, a GoFundMe account has also been set up and is being circulated on Facebook. https://www.gofundme.com/families-homeless-due-to-fireThe city says the main need is for monetary donations which can be made at the Memorial Building between 8:00 AM and 4:00 PM.They are also accepting suitcases, luggage, duffle bags, and coolers.The city is not accepting furniture donations at this time.last_img read more

William Kemp

first_imgWilliam W. Kemp, 74, of Osgood passed away at 3pm on Friday, November 2, 2018 at Christ Hospital in Cincinnati. He was born at Bethesda, Ohio on October 24, 1944 the son of E. W. and Betty Good Kemp. He was married to Barbara Raney on December 29, 1993 and she survives. Other survivors include one son Bill Kemp of Osgood; one daughter Greta (David) Stover of Greensboro, Maryland; two step-sons James (Karen) Fye of Scottsdale, Arizona, and Brad (Tracy) Fye of Arnold, Maryland; two step-daughters Becky (Stan) Piernick, and Barbara (Randy) McCue both of New Braunfels, Texas; one grandson; Robert Stover and 20 step-grandchildren and 9 great-grandchildren; one brother David (Sheila) Kemp of Barnesville, Ohio; one niece Delise (Scott) Simonton of Rittman, Ohio. He was preceded in death by his parents. Mr. Kemp was a 1963 graduate of Martin’s Ferry (Ohio) High School. He was also a graduate of the Pennsylvania College of Technology as well as DeVry University. He was an electrical technician for Westinghouse in Glen Burnie, Maryland and while employed there his job also took him to Tehran, Iran. He retired from Northrop Grumman in 2003 after 36 years. Bill authored a book entitled “The Winged Warriors” and had done extensive genealogical work on the Kemp family. He was also a HAM radio operator. His hobbies included hunting, fishing, and wood carving. Bill was a member of the Tanglewood Baptist Church, the Sons of Confederate Veterans, Hazen Masonic Lodge #251, and was a lifetime member of the NRA. Funeral services will be held on Sunday, November 11th at 7pm at the Stratton-Karsteter Funeral Home in Versailles with Rev. Stephen Mullins of the Tanglewood Baptist Church officiating. The Osgood Masonic Lodge will conduct services at 6:45pm on Sunday at the funeral home. Graveside services will be held on Monday, November 12th at 1pm at the Ebenezer Cemetery in Bethesda, Ohio with Pastor Ed Eberhart officiating. Visitation will be on Sunday from 5pm until time of services. Memorials may be given to the Tanglewood Cemetery in care of the funeral home.last_img read more

Helen R. Kain March 3, 1938 – November 25, 2018

first_imgHelen Ruth Kain, age 80 of West Harrison, Indiana passed away at her home Sunday, November 25, 2018. Born March 3, 1938 in Cincinnati, Ohio the daughter of William and Helen Ruth (Zink) Talbot.Helen married Grover Lee Kain July 29, 1961 in Covington, Kentucky. Worked as a nurse for West Park Nursing Home for over 27 years.Helen is survived by her daughter Leah (Don) Jump of West Harrison, Indiana. Grandmother of eight and great grandmother of five. Sister of Raymond Howcraft.Preceded in death by her parents William and Helen Ruth Talbot, husband Grover Lee Kain and Brothers Sonny Howcraft, Joe Howcraft and Ward Talbot.Services will be held at a later date.last_img read more