Indonesia reports its first H5N1 death of 2008

first_imgJan 14, 2008 (CIDRAP News) – An official from Indonesia’s health ministry said today that a 32-year-old woman who lived near Jakarta died of H5N1 avian influenza, according to news reports.Suharda Ningrum, of the health ministry’s bird flu center, said the woman, who was from Tangerang on the western outskirts of Jakarta, died at her home on Jan 10, a day after her family took her out of the hospital, Reuters reported today. If the woman’s illness and death are confirmed by the World Health Organization (WHO), she will be listed as the country’s 118th case-patient and its 95th fatality from H5N1.The woman’s samples were sent for testing to two different laboratories, and both confirmed that the woman had the H5N1 virus, the Reuters report said.She had recently purchased a live chicken and eggs from a market and cooked them, Ningrum said. Also, he said poultry were living in the woman’s back yard.Several of Indonesia’s H5N1 case-patients were from Jakarta suburbs. In early 2007 Indonesia banned backyard poultry in Jakarta and announced a widespread culling plan. However, it appears the ban has been difficult to enforce, and officials in some suburbs of Jakarta have said the ban and culling are unrealistic and too costly.The 16-year-old girl confirmed by the WHO on Jan 11 as Indonesia’s most recent H5N1 case-patient is also from a suburban area near Jakarta and reportedly had chickens in her neighborhood, according to previous reports. An official at the hospital where the girl is being treated said her condition was stable but she was still on a respirator, according to today’s Reuters report.See also:Jan 19, 2007, CIDRAP News story “Asian countries struggle to contain avian flu”last_img read more

GMR&SC National Race of Champions Round 2

first_imgSeebarran, Vieira are MOTUL brand ambassadorsWORLD renowned lubricant MOTUL has joined forces with two local racers ahead of the second round of the Guyana Motor Racing and Sports Club’s Race of Champions.The company signed Matthew Vieira and Raymond Seebarran as brand ambassadors ahead of the event set for Sunday at the South Dakota Circuit, Timehri.During a brief ceremony yesterday at the GT Motorsports Office, both racers collected their sponsorship cheques from GT Motorsports’ Marketing Consultant Jennifer Cipriani.“It is our first major sponsorship in Guyana under the MOTUL brand. We’re pretty excited about this. We have lots in store for MOTUL and the brand coming up later in the year, but this is just the beginning of what we expect to be a great partnership,” she said.SUPERBIKE CHAMPION AIMING FOR DEFENCEFollowing his dominance on the local circuit last year, Matthew Vieira returns, looking to defend his champion rider title under the MOTUL brand.Vieira was elated to join the fray as one of the brand’s first ambassadors, saying, “It is an honour to represent this world renowned brand in Guyana.”While there have been several competitors aiming for the young Vieira’s crown, he is unfazed by the battle that lies ahead.“I’m coming hard too, and I hope you guys are ready for a big brawl on Sunday. I have got to defend my title as Superbike champion and I’m no pushover.SEEBARRAN AIMING TO STAY AHEAD With a lead atop the sports tuner class, Raymond Seebarran was the other competitor who will brandish the MOUTL livery on Sunday.He is upbeat about his chances in the group, thanking the company for assisting him through this endeavour.“This is always important because motor-racing all around the world is a very expensive sport, so when you get that support and that backing you get to focus a lot more on your racing, your strategies and your output.”Normally at the helm of an EP 91 Starlet, the former karting champion has prodded his chances further in the lead by promising good performances from the Balram Auto Mechanics-built Toyota AE91 Corolla.MOTUL has also taken up the mantle to host its own time attack series that will form part of the race programme for Sunday’s event. Admission is $1 000 for adults and $500 for children. Races start at 09:00hrslast_img read more