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Thai teen died of avian flu; infected eagles enter Belgium

first_imgOct 25, 2004 (CIDRAP News) – Avian influenza concerns rose on two continents today as Thai authorities announced another human death from the H5N1 strain and European officials alerted travelers about two airline flights that had carried infected eagles from Thailand to Belgium last week.A 14-year-old Thai girl from northern Sukhothai province who died Oct 19 had H5N1 influenza, an official said in an Associated Press report today. A World Health Organization update said the girl developed symptoms on Oct 8 and that chickens at her household had died suddenly in late September.This was the first confirmed human death from H5N1 in Thailand since a mother and daughter died in late September, in a rare instance of probable human-to-human transmission. The teen-ager’s death brings to 32 the toll from H5N1 influenza in Southeast Asia since late January. A dozen nonfatal H5N1 cases have been confirmed as well.In Belgium, two infected mountain hawk eagles were seized from a Thai man who had smuggled them into the country in his airplane carry-on bag Oct 18, according to Agence France-Presse (AFP). Passengers were warned about the situation today, after the eagles’ infection was confirmed.The man traveled on EVA Airways flight BR0061 from Bangkok to Vienna on Oct 17 and on Austrian Airlines Flight OS351 from Vienna to Belgium, arriving Oct 18. He had two small, live eagles wrapped in plastic tubing in his carry-on bag, news services reported.Although the man was released, the eagles were seized and quarantined at the Brussels airport. Both eagles tested positive for H5N1 influenza yesterday and were euthanized, along with two parrots being held at the quarantine site, news services reported. The eagles’ owner later turned himself in for medical examination at the request of authorities, AFP reported.Belgium’s health ministry urged all the other passengers on the man’s flights to see their doctors as a precaution, Bloomberg News reported. The European Commission said the travelers should see their doctors if they experienced flu-like symptoms, according to AFP.”Although the risk of transmission from the animals to humans is limited, it cannot be excluded since the birds traveled in the passenger cabin in hand luggage,” the European Commission said, as quoted by AFP.”The birds never left the quarantine installations at Brussels airport and did not pose any threat to the European poultry flock,” the commission said.Customs officers and scientists who encountered the ailing eagles were preventively treated with antiviral medication, Belgian news reports said. A recent report by Dutch researchers showed an antiviral medication had helped protect people exposed to H7N7 avian flu during a 2003 outbreak in the Netherlands.A veterinarian who examined the eagles in Belgium has contracted a “light” case of conjunctivitis, according to the AFP report, attributing the information to the Belga news agency. It was not clear whether that illness was linked to the eagles. However, conjunctivitis was the most commonly reported condition among people infected with the H7N7 avian flu during the Dutch outbreak.See also:WHO statement about human case in Thailandhttp://www.who.int/csr/don/2004_10_25/en/last_img read more

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UEFA postpones Champions League final and other club finals, providing no new date

first_imgUEFA postpones Champions League final and other club finals, providing no new date Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditNYON, Switzerland (AP) — UEFA postpones Champions League final and other club finals, providing no new date.,Tampa Bay Lightning advance to face Dallas Stars in Stanley Cup finals, beating New York Islanders 2-1 in OT in Game 6 Associated Press center_img March 23, 2020last_img

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Official Ghana XI vs Tunisia: Afriyie Acquah starts, Kasim Nuhu returns

first_imgGhana head coach, Kwesi Appiah, has named Afriyie Acquah in the team to face Tunisia in the AFCON Round of 16 clash on Monday evening.The Empoli midfielder came off the bench to put in a creditable performance in Ghana’s 2-0 win against Guinea Bissau in Suez.Ghana will line up in a 4-2-3-1 formation with Acquah expected to form a double pivot midfield with Mubarak Wakaso and Thomas Partey just in front of them.Captain Andre Ayew is expected to take the place of Kwabena Owusu on the left flank.Kasim Nuhu, who is returning from suspension, will start at center back alongside John Boye.Ghana XI vs TunisiaRichard OforiAndy YiadomBaba RahmanJohn BoyeKasim NuhuMubarak WakasoAfriyie AfriyieSamuel OwusuThomas ParteyAndre AyewJordan AyewKick off is at 9pm local time, 7pm in Ghana and will be live on Citi TV.last_img read more

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Need for Speed Heat Has Vice City Vibes

first_img Burnout had to die for Need to Speed to live as EA’s one true action-packed open-world racing game franchise (and Aaron Paul movie). But while the first couple of Criterion takes on the series were pretty great, Need for Speed has only slowed down for pretty much this entire generation of consoles. It cooled, as it were.Can things turn around? Check out this first trailer for the next game: Need for Speed Heat.2017’s Need for Speed Payback was an off brand Fast and Furious movie taking place in an off brand Las Vegas. Need for Speed Heat seems to be going down the same road, only now it takes place in an off brand Miami, the fictional Palm City. Between the tropical setting and very aesthetic colors in the logo, we thought this might be a 1980s cocaine adventure like Grand Theft Auto: Vice City. But the trailer definitely takes place in contemporary car culture.Gameplay details are scarce. The trailer is selling a vibe more than anything else. But we do know that day/night cycle determines the racing events you can take part in, with things getting extra illegal after dark. You can still customize your cars, possibly more than ever before. And it continues the great Need for Speed traditions of making crooked cops the bad guys you need to outrace to free the streets.Need for Speed Heat launches November 8 on PC, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One. For more on racing games here are our reviews of Dangerous Driving and Team Sonic Racing. Trade In Your Nintendo Switch For a Better Battery (With a Catch)Get Used to ‘Fortnite’s’ Powerful Mech Suits Stay on targetlast_img read more