Indonesia reports new H5N1 death

first_imgAug 4, 2008 (CIDRAP News) – An official from Indonesia’s health ministry recently confirmed that a 19-year-old man died from an H5N1 avian influenza infection.Nyoman Kandun, director general of communicable diseases at the health ministry, said the man died last week in a hospital west of Jakarta, according to an Aug 2 report from the Associated Press (AP).The man, a cargo worker, died in Tangerang, a suburb of Jakarta, Xinhua, China’s state news agency, reported yesterday. If his death and another reported last month are confirmed by the World Health Organization (WHO), the man would be listed as Indonesia’s 137th H5N1 case and its 112th death.Media reports gave no details about the source of the man’s infection or whether his personal contacts have undergone medical evaluation.The confirmation of the man’s death by an Indonesian health official appears to deviate from the country’s recent policy of foregoing official announcement of H5N1 cases as they occur, opting instead for periodic updates. In early June, health minister Siti Fadilah Supari said the country would announce cases at longer intervals, perhaps as long as 6 months, according to previous reports.Though Indonesia’s stance appears to raise questions about its compliance with International Health Regulations, WHO officials have said its relationship with the country remains good and that the delay in reporting has not hampered the ability to conduct joint investigations into Indonesian H5N1 cases.Healthcare workers and family members alerted the media about Indonesia’s last H5N1 case, that of a 38-year-old man who reportedly died on Jul 10. However, a health ministry spokeswoman declined to confirm the case and said officials would release the information in an H5N1 case update at the end of July. No updates appear to have been posted on the government’s health ministry or avian influenza Web sites.Also, it’s not clear if Indonesia has notified the WHO about the two cases. The WHO has not yet confirmed the illness and death of either man, so for now the group still lists Indonesia’s case count as 135 cases and 110 deaths. Indonesia leads the world with the most H5N1 cases and fatalities.The WHO’s world H5N1 count stands at 385 human cases and 245 deaths.See also:Jun 5 CIDRAP News story “Indonesia quits offering prompt notice of H5N1 cases”last_img read more

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Dolan in charge for Reds clash

first_img Former Swindon boss Paolo Di Canio remains the favourite to take over at the Madejski Stadium with most bookmakers ahead of Roberto Di Matteo and Nigel Adkins, another man considered very unlucky to lose his job after securing promotion to the top flight with Southampton last season. With only nine games left to save themselves, time is of the essence for Reading, but they are without a game for a fortnight after Saturday’s clash with Manchester United because of international fixtures. It would be a surprise if owner Anton Zingarevich did not have a new man in place by the time Reading meet Arsenal on March 30 and the Russian has been at the club’s Hogwood Park training ground today working with director of football Nick Hammond on the recruitment process. Reading’s players have been queuing up to praise McDermott, who had been part of the staff at Reading since 2000. Captain Jobi McAnuff wrote a tribute to the former manager on the club website today and revealed he spoke to McDermott on the phone after his sacking on Monday. The winger said: “Obviously it was a difficult conversation but he handled himself with great dignity. He wished us all the best for the season, which is a mark of the man. He didn’t talk about himself or what had happened, he just had the players’ and the club’s best interests at heart.” Zingarevich addressed the squad on Tuesday and McAnuff stressed the players “fully respect his decision”. McAnuff continued: “Eamonn and I also spoke at length and I would like to wish him the best of luck and emphasise that he has the full support of the players as we concentrate on Saturday’s game.” Dolan, formerly the head of the academy, was placed in temporary charge following the sacking of Brian McDermott on Monday, while assistant manager Nigel Gibbs also left the club. Reading’s 2-1 defeat by Aston Villa last Saturday was their fourth in a row in the Barclays Premier League and left them 19th in the table, with only goal difference keeping them above QPR. Reading caretaker boss Eamonn Dolan is expected to take charge of the Royals for Saturday’s trip to Old Trafford with no permanent appointment believed to be imminent.center_img Press Associationlast_img read more

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