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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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UCL Round of 16: Atletico Madrid beat Juventus 2-0 in 1st leg

first_img–Source: BBC Atletico Madrid claimed a big victory over Juventus in the Champions League last 16 first leg thanks to two goals from their centre-backs at set-pieces.Diego Simeone’s side were denied a penalty and an Alvaro Morata goal by the video assistant referee before they opened the scoring.Jose Maria Gimenez pounced from eight yards after Morata’s header was blocked by Mario Mandzukic.Diego Godin netted a half-volley, via a deflection off Cristiano Ronaldo.Striker Costa and midfielder Thomas Partey of Atletico Madrid and Juve left-back Alex Sandro will all miss the second leg on Tuesday, 12 March after picking up their third bookings of the tournament.Ronaldo – who is aiming to win a sixth Champions League and a fourth in a row – had Juve’s best chance as his powerful 35-yard free-kick was tipped over by Jan Oblak.A consequential win for Atletico?Atleti have not been at their best in La Liga this season but fully deserved a victory in a game involving the teams to lose four of the past five Champions League finals.They were denied a first-half penalty, which was initially awarded when Mattia de Sciglio brought down Costa, who was making his first start since 2 December following injury. The referee overturned his decision after the VAR officials told him the offence had taken place outside the box.Atleti stepped things up in the second half and Costa missed a glorious one-on-one chance before Antoine Griezmann had a lob brilliantly tipped on to the crossbar by Wojciech Szczesny.They thought they had taken the lead when former Juve striker Morata headed home from Filipe Luis’ cross but after watching the incident again on a pitchside screen, referee Felix Zwayer ruled the Chelsea loanee had shoved Giorgio Chiellini before getting the ball.Their heads did not drop however and Morata, a second-half replacement for Costa, had a hand in the opener as his header was half-cleared by Mandzukic to Gimenez, who blasted home.Five minutes later, it was another goal by another Uruguayan central defender. Another ricochet from Mandzukic found its way to Godin, who hit an acrobatic effort from a tight angle into the back of the net.Nine of their starting line-up have played in a Champions League final for Atletico, with four playing in both 2014 and 2016. With more performances like this they could get a chance to go one better – this season’s final on 1 June is to be played at their Wanda Metropolitano home.Ronaldo’s Champions League reign in jeopardy?Cristiano Ronaldo reminded Atleti fans of how many European Cups he has won (when the score was 0-0 (Image credit: Getty Images)Ronaldo joined Juventus from Real Madrid in the summer for £99m hoping to win the Champions League with a third different club. He has won the past three with Real, and four in the past five years – as well as the 2008 trophy at Manchester United.He was meant to be the final piece in the jigsaw for Juventus, who last won European club football’s greatest trophy in 1995-96. But despite being the tournament’s all-time top scorer – with 121 goals – and winning or sharing the Golden Boot for six consecutive seasons, he has not had quite the same impact in Europe for Juventus.The 19-goal top scorer in Serie A has only netted once in his six European games for the club and was sent off on his debut in the tournament against Valencia.The 34-year-old had seven shots against his old city rivals, but only one on target – a wonderful long-range free-kick well saved by Oblak.And in three weeks’ time at the Allianz Stadium, Juventus need him to put in one of his greatest Champions League performances if they are going to breach one of Europe’s top defences – twice.Match stats – Atletico’s unbeaten home record continuesAtletico have never lost a home game in the knockout stages of European competition under Simeone (W12 D4).Juventus have faced Atletico more times without winning than against any other opponent in the Champions League (D1 L2).Atletico have kept a clean sheet in all three of their Champions League games against Juventus.Since the start of the 2013-14 season, Atletico have kept 12 clean sheets in the Champions League knockout stages – only Real Madrid (13) have managed more.Juventus have been eliminated on each of the previous four occasions when losing the first leg in a Champions League knockout tie, with the last time they were able to progress after a first-leg defeat coming in 2005-06 against Werder Bremen.Gimenez has scored two goals in the Champions League this season – he had not netted in any of his previous four campaigns before 2018-19.Juventus defender Leonardo Bonucci made the 500th appearance of his club career, with 55 of those coming in the Champions League.last_img read more