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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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Property is best-performing asset class in 2002

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Indonesian urban consumers more optimistic than global peers: Survey

first_imgTopics : “Indonesian consumers are actually quite optimistic and intend to spend more in the future. And we can see that from a global perspective, that optimism is not shared,” PwC retail and consumer leader Peter Hohtoulas said during a webinar on Thursday. The COVID-19 pandemic has deeply affected Indonesian consumer’s purchasing power, as many have lost their jobs while businesses and factories ground to a halt. A significant decrease in consumer spending is evident by recently released data from Statistics Indonesia (BPS) that said household spending contracted by 5.51 percent year-on-year (yoy) in the second quarter of this year. The Indonesian government has rolled out programs to cushion the economic impact of the pandemic. Among others, it is subsidizing electricity fees to accelerate recovery in business operations and household spending. Indonesian consumers’ optimism is particularly unique as more consumers in Indonesia have been financially affected by the pandemic in comparison to global consumers.  According to the PwC survey, 65 percent of the Indonesian respondents said they had experienced a decrease in household income, meanwhile, only 45 percent of the global consumers reported likewise. The decrease in income is also accompanied by an increase in household bills, including expenses for food and electricity. Around 63 percent of Indonesian consumers say they have experienced an increase in household bills, while that figure is 41 percent for global consumers. Peter explained that the optimism was mainly driven by the country’s younger cohort, including millennials. Being a country with a relatively young population, the future of consumer spending looked good from an Indonesian perspective, Peter said. “Consumers will come back to the market and we have seen this in other markets as they have opened up,” Peter noted, adding that despite the positive signals, businesses would still need to plan with cautions as a rebound might be short-lived due to new outbreaks.center_img Indonesian urban consumers are more optimistic than their global peers despite more consumers being impacted financially as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, a survey has shown. According to the recently launched Global Consumer Insights Survey 2020 by PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC), 64 percent of Indonesian consumers say that they are going to spend more over the next few months, compared to 33 percent seen in the global survey results.Respondents in Europe, for example, are fairly more pessimistic, with 71 percent saying they will either spend around the same or less in the upcoming months. Meanwhile, the same survey said 19 percent of Indonesians would spend around the same and 17 percent of respondents said they would spend less.  last_img read more

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No podium protest during Tokyo Games, IOC insists

first_img The IOC and President Thomas Bach have come under heavy criticism for their repeated warnings to athletes about staging podium protests at the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games. Rule 50 states that “No kind of demonstration or political, religious or racial propaganda is permitted in any Olympic sites, venues or other areas.” American footballer Megan Rapinoe was one of many athletes to criticise the rule and insinuate freedom of speech was being curtailed.Advertisement International Olympic Committee (IOC) vice-president Richard Pound has rejected claims the organisation is restricting athletes’ freedom of speech through Rule 50. “So much being done about the protests,” she said on Instagram. “So little being done about what we are protesting about. “We will not be silenced.” Read Also:Osaka selects Japanese citizenship ahead of 2020 Tokyo Games Pound has responded to the criticism in a column for the Canadian newspaper The Star, defending the use of Rule 50. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 center_img Loading…last_img read more

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One Dead, 12 Injured in Brooklyn Park Shooting; NYPD Searching for Suspects

first_imgA shooting at a park in Brooklyn has left one person dead and 12 others injured, according to the New York Police Department.The gunfire erupted on Saturday night at about 11 p.m., during an event in Brownsville, a neighborhood located in east Brooklyn.The victims were taken to a local hospital. One of them, a 38-year-old man, died shortly after arriving at the hospital. Another man is in critical condition.Six of those injured were men and five were women, all ranging in age between 21 and 55 years old.“We’re still tallying up all the victims, unfortunately,” stated a police spokesman.New York Mayor Bill de Blasio tweeted: WNBC-TV in New York reports that the attack took place during an annual community event called Oldtimers Day. As the festival was drawing to a close, about 100 officers remained in the area when the shots suddenly rang out.Police believe the incident included two shooters and two guns.They are asking that anyone present at the festival share photos and videos from before, during and after the shooting.last_img read more