WHO says Turkish cases may yield new findings on H5N1

first_imgJan 11, 2006 (CIDRAP News) – A World Health Organization (WHO) official says two Turkish brothers who have tested positive for H5N1 avian influenza were not sick, potentially offering scientists a rare opportunity to learn more about how the virus affects humans, according to news reports.The two boys had played with dead birds they found near their home in the town of Beypazari, prompting their anxious parents to have them tested for the virus, according to a Reuters report published today.”This is a very interesting case. They have still shown no symptoms of the virus and yet have tested positive,” Dr. Guenael Rodier, head of a WHO team in Turkey, told Reuters.”We hope to study this case carefully,” he added. “This is an opportunity to learn about the disease.”The two boys tested positive on Jan 8, according to Reuters. They are among 15 Turks who have tested positive in Turkish labs in little more than a week. Reports have not specified what kind of test was used in the boys’ cases.The WHO has officially recognized only four of the Turkish cases so far, following confirmation by reference laboratories outside Turkey. However, the agency has praised the quality of testing done by Turkey’s national influenza lab and has said that the other cases are likely to be confirmed by further tests.The two boys’ cases could help answer one of the pressing questions about H5N1: whether, or how often, it infects people without causing serious illness.Nearly all of the 147 human cases registered by the WHO since late 2003 have been severe, and 78 patients have died, a fatality rate of 53%. But some suspect that the confirmed cases may be heavily outnumbered by mild and asymptomatic cases that have gone undetected.So far, no one has published any large-scale blood-testing, or serologic, surveys to assess how many people in bird flu–affected areas carry antibodies to H5N1. If many people do, it would suggest they had infections that went undiagnosed.The two symptomless boys were being observed in Kecioren Hospital in Ankara, the Turkish capital, the International Herald Tribune reported yesterday. A Canadian Press (CP) report yesterday said doctors began treating the boys, aged 4 and 5, with oseltamivir (Tamiflu) as soon as they tested positive.Two other brothers from the Ankara area tested positive for H5N1 though they had only mild symptoms, according to the Herald Tribune. They too were under observation in an Ankara hospital. They had touched gloves that had been used to dispose of a dead duck.The atypical human cases are the not the only reason the Turkish situation offers a good opportunity to learn more about the H5N1 virus, according to news reports.The CP report said some of the Turkish cases were detected early, permitting doctors to assess how oseltamivir treatment affects the disease when started early. In addition, Turkish authorities have shown a willingness to cooperate with international scientists, the story said.”It is likely that the Turkish outbreaks will be more accessible to flu scientists than those cases in Vietnam and Thailand, where it’s been very difficult to penetrate,” virologist John Wood of Britain’s National Institute for Biological Standards and Control was quoted as saying.Rodier said Turkish scientists are already making plans for serologic studies, according to the CP report.Turkish Health Minister Recep Akdag today described the condition of all 13 surviving H5N1 patients as good, according to the Reuters report.last_img read more

Wenger silent on title hopes

first_img Wenger described the loss at the Britannia Stadium, sealed by Jon Walters’ 76th-minute penalty, as “a big worry” and “a massive setback”. But when asked how he assessed Arsenal’s title chances overall from here, the Frenchman said: “I don’t assess them at all, because I think what we have to focus on is our performance, and play well in our next game.” The rest of March looks absolutely crucial for Arsenal’s title hopes, with their league fixtures seeing them take on fifth-placed Tottenham, Chelsea (both away) and then Manchester City at home. With regard to Saturday’s display, Wenger was in no doubt his side had not offered enough offensively, but said the penalty – awarded when Walters’ flick struck Laurent Koscielny’s arm – was a “nice gift” for Stoke from referee Mike Jones, and was also keen to praise the Gunners’ defensive efforts. “I think our defensive performance was outstanding,” Wenger said. “If you look well at the chances that Stoke had, I can see maybe one cross to (Stoke striker) Peter Crouch, and after that what did they create? Nothing at all. “So you cannot say that our defenders didn’t perform.” Arsenal striker Olivier Giroud was on the end of some rough-looking treatment during the game, with Stoke midfielders Glenn Whelan and Charlie Adam appearing to stand on the France international. Neither were punished by Jones, but it seems the Adam incident may lead to retrospective action by the Football Association. Potters boss Mark Hughes said it was the first he had heard about it when asked post-match about Adam’s antics, adding that it would be “a shame if people highlight that as it wasn’t that type of game”. He felt Stoke had been “excellent” in claiming a victory that moved them six points clear of the relegation zone. Arsenal have won only once in six Premier League visits to the Britannia Stadium since Stoke’s promotion to the top flight in 2008 – as well as losing an FA Cup tie there – and Hughes said: “I was made aware that in the last few years they have found it difficult here. “I don’t think they can have any complaints – we showed more intensity and more drive and determination in our play and that is what took the game away from them.” Stoke have also this term beaten Chelsea and Manchester United and drawn with Manchester City, all at home, and Hughes, appointed Potters boss last summer, added: “We have shown it at the Britannia against the top teams and we have to make sure we continue in the same vein against the teams around us. “We haven’t done that on too many occasions but have opportunities now to put more points on the board.” Stoke next play Norwich away and the rest of their league games this month are against West Ham and Hull at home, either side of a trip to Aston Villa. Asked why he thought his side were producing positive results against major clubs but often struggling to do so when playing less high-profile outfits, Hughes added: “I don’t know – I’ve been trying to work that out myself! “When we play top sides there is intensity, a determination and drive from us. “More often than not the top teams dominate possession so we have to have a different game plan. “We have struggled against lesser teams because when the onus is on us to take games to the opposition sometimes we are not as accomplished, and we need to get better at that as we need to find a way ourselves in the key games coming up.” Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger was reluctant to make predictions about his team’s Barclays Premier League title prospects after their damaging 1-0 defeat at Stoke. Saturday’s top-flight results left the Gunners third in the table, level on points with second-placed Liverpool but considerably behind on goal difference, and four points adrift of leaders Chelsea, with all three having 10 more league matches to go. Meanwhile, Manchester City, in fourth, are two points worse off than Arsenal and Liverpool and have two games in hand over the top-three sides. Press Associationlast_img read more

Film about River Foyle wins awards at Italian film festivals

first_img‘Tides – A History of Lives and Dreams Lost and Found (Some Broken)’, the film about the River Foyle wins two more awards on the same evening in two different prestigious film festivals. The documentary won an Honourable Mention Award for Best Film in the section “State of Error” at Milan Film Festival and Best Film Soundtrack Award at Treviso Doc Festival.‘Tides’, directed by multi award winning Italian Film Director Alessandro Negrini, recently won the Best Cinematography Award at Sole Luna Film Festival in Palermo and the film has scooped three awards and five nominations in last few months. ‘Tides’ won the Honourable Mention Award with the following Jury Motivation: Judges at both film festivals were very impressed, with the jury at Milan Film Festival saying the film had ‘skillful experimentation that results in the ability to render through poetry and music the universal theme of the border’.Jury members of the Milan Film FestivalSimilarly, judges in Treviso were wowwed by the film, calling it the soundtrack a ‘well conceived choice of few sparse original elements: the elegance of a delicate piano, occasionally conversing with an eerie waterphone, the discrete brush of a nylon-string guitar, all tastefully interspersed with touches of nostalgia via quotations of period music and voices from the past layered in mature and serene irony…. an ultimately enjoyable proof of creative coherence and depth.’Alessandro Negrini, who attended the Award ceremony in the Palace of 300, said he was honoured to receive the awards. The film is an invitation to rediscover our capability to remember our forgotten dreams.‘Tides’ is a dreamlike and visionary portrait of the River Foyle in Northern Ireland. “Imagine an island. Within this island there is another island. And within this other island there is a city; a city with two different names. Inside this city with two names, it flows a river. This is it’s autobiography.”Supported by Northern Ireland Screen, Media and The Italian Institute of Culture in Edinburgh, the film is written and directed by Alessandro Negrini, director of the award winning documentary ‘Paradiso’. Director of photography is renown Norwegian OddGeir Saether (Inland Empire, David Lynch).Editor of the film, Belfast based Stuart Sloan. Executive Producer William Silke, Associate producers DocuCity, Basaglia Group. The voice of the River Foyle is Northern Irish actress and former drama student at Magee College, Emma Taylor.Film about River Foyle wins awards at Italian film festivals was last modified: September 24th, 2016 by Elaine McCalligShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:alessandro negriniDerrydonegalriver foyletidesTides – A History of Lives and Dreams Lost and Found (Some Broken)last_img read more