Indonesia considers autopsies for H5N1 victims

first_imgApr 3, 2007 (CIDRAP News) – Indonesia’s national avian influenza commission has recommended that the health ministry conduct an autopsy on each person who dies of H5N1 avian flu to learn more about how the disease affects the body, the Jakarta Post reported today.Though experts say multiple organ failure plays a role in avian flu deaths, there are no data on humans, Bayu Krisnamurthi, chairman of the National Commission for Avian Influenza and Pandemic Preparedness, told the Post.Postmortem examination has confirmed the role of multiple organ failure in chickens, and autopsies are needed to determine if the disease also spreads beyond the lungs in humans, Krisnamurthi said. However, he added that autopsies require careful consideration because the practice carries religious, social, and legal ramifications. Religious strictures are the main reason families refuse to allow autopsies, Krisnamurthi said.The commission has authority only to make recommendations to the health ministry, the newspaper reported. “We hope the ministry takes this call seriously,” he said.In another development, Indonesia’s trade minister said today the country was considering teaming up with Egypt to produce a human H5N1 flu vaccine, according to a Reuters report.”Indonesia and Egypt have bird flu cases. But Egypt has more advanced pharmaceutical experience and has produced a variety of vaccines,” Mari Pangestu told Reuters after a meeting with Egypt’s trade delegation. “Thus, the possibility for cooperation is wide open.”In February Indonesia, amid a standoff with the World Health Organization (WHO) over sharing its H5N1 virus samples, signed a memorandum of understanding with US vaccine producer Baxter International about possible future collaboration or supply agreements.However, on Mar 27 Indonesia agreed to resume sharing its H5N1 virus samples with the WHO, under conditions designed to give the country control over which vaccine manufacturers get access to seed viruses made from the samples.Also today, officials in Egypt told the WHO they had ruled out the possibility of human-to-human transmission in the case of a brother and sister who were recently found to have avian flu, Reuters reported. The boy, age 4, and his sister, 6, are from Qena governorate, about 416 miles south of Cairo, according to WHO reports.Both children had been exposed to poultry that was infected with the H5N1 virus, the Reuters report said.”We have heard from the Ministry of Health that human-to-human transmission has been ruled out,” WHO spokesman Greg Hartl told Reuters.The brother and sister are among five Egyptian children in whom H5N1 infections were recently confirmed. All are hospitalized in stable condition, Reuters reported.last_img read more

DHD4 confirms first case of coronavirus in Presque Isle County

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThisALPENA, Mich. — District Health Department Number Four is now reporting the first case of coronavirus in Presque Isle County.The Health Department has quickly begun working with the adult female patient. She is now in isolation and recovering in an undisclosed residence. Medical Director for DHD4, Josh Meyerson, says they are hoping the patient has a full recovery. He also says the area is experiencing evidence of community spread, and adhering to prevention strategies is more important than ever.Meyerson reminds everyone to clean their hands often, avoid contact with others, stay home when you’re sick, cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, and disinfect frequently used surfaces.The Department is advising everyone who has symptoms to act as if they do have the disease, even if they are not diagnosed. Also if you are venturing out to pick up critical supplies, please limit trips to one person in the household.AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThis Tags: coronavirus, DHD4, district health department #4, presque isleContinue ReadingPrevious Healthcare coverage available to unemployed or underemployed MichigandersNext State health department reports nearly 19,000 confirmed cases of COVID-19last_img read more

Mary Jo’s Hobo House in Britt fights back from coronavirus shut down

first_imgBRITT (RADIO IOWA) — An iconic breakfast and lunch restaurant in Hancock County is starting to hit its stride again.Earlier this month, Mary Jo’s Hobo House in Britt reopened its dining room under specific guidelines set down by the state. Owner Mary Jo Hughes says this has been a tough spring. “I’m not going to lie. It was bad,” Hughes says.“I’ve been in business for 26 years and I’ll tell you, I’ve never been through anything like this before. It was worse than when we had major snowstorms, we’d have more customers than we did through this.”Hughes says she had to be creative and innovative — and almost go into survival mode to get through the near shutdown the governor ordered during the pandemic. “I had to put my waitress, which is my sister, on unemployment, so that would free that money up so I could go on and then I ran it myself,” Hughes says. “I would be the one to answer the phone, cook the order, pack the order, ring up the order and I did that every day because you went from having, you know, like a restaurant full of people in the morning to maybe seeing maybe Monday through Thursday four customers — a day. That is it.”Hughes says there were a few bright spots. Her weekend business was fairly steady. “My Friday, Saturday and Sunday were really good because we had a lot of breakfasts during those days,” she says, “and then we even delivered, so that helped.” Her nephew came from nearby Thompson to deliver to customers in the Britt area. Still, the pandemic and resulting near shutdown have taken its toll.“Everything that I had saved over the winter because I had a good January, February and the first part of March going — it was probably one of the best winters we had had — and all that money is gone,” Hughes says. Hughes began to worry about the future of her business. She applied for financial help from the state and federal government, but got nothing. She went from making over 600 pots of coffee in one month to just eight.“There were days I thought: ‘Why don’t I just lock it up and forget it?’ but then you still have your electric bill coming. You still have your insurance you have to pay,” she says, “so whatever money I could take in, that would help pay those bills.” Hughes is now focused on getting her customers base back to what it once was, but she knows what she faces in this challenge.“I don’t want this to be my new normal. I want to have my old normal back,” Hughes says. “You know, all we can do is we open our door and put out a sign that says ‘OPEN’ on the street — and hopefully they’re going to come back.”Britt is home to the National Hobo Museum. The community’s annual “National Hobo Convention” is scheduled in August, to celebrate the migrant workers who traveled the country, hopping on and off rail cars.last_img read more

Stoke target set to snub Potters and join Europa League champions Sevilla

first_img Yevhen Konoplyanka in action for Dnipro Yevhen Konoplyanka is expected to snub the chance to join Stoke City and instead move to Europa League champions Sevilla this summer.Mark Hughes had been chasing the Ukrainian winger but, according to Spanish newspaper AS, the 25-year-old is on the verge of moving to the Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan.Konoplyanka, who plies his trade with Dnipro in Ukraine, is entering the final weeks of his contract and is available on a free transfer at the end of the month.The Dnipro star has spent his whole career in his homeland but is said to favour a switch to Spain and caught the eye of Sevilla’s hierarchy during last season’s Europa League final between the two teams in Warsaw.Liverpool have also been linked with Konoplyanka in recent weeks. 1last_img read more