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Child’s H9N2 flu case probably from birds

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first_imgMar 28, 2007 (CIDRAP News) – Hong Kong officials concluded that a baby girl who was recently infected with H9N2 avian influenza—a strain believed to have pandemic potential—probably contracted it from birds, according to recent reports.A 9-month-old girl who was hospitalized with respiratory symptoms twice in recent weeks tested positive for an H9N2 infection Mar 20. The girl had only a mild illness but was treated in isolation at Princess Margaret Hospital, the Hong Kong Department of Health reported in a Mar 22 statement. At the time of her second hospitalization she had respiratory syncytial virus, the statement said.Dr. Thomas Tsang, controller of the Hong Kong Centre for Health Protection, said tests had ruled out the possibility of human-to-human transmission in the girl’s case, according to a Mar 24 news release from Hong Kong’s Information Services Department.Tsang said genetic analysis of the H9N2 virus showed that it was entirely of avian origin, suggesting that the child contracted it directly from a bird, the release said. Because the girl had no contact with wild birds before her illness, she may have caught the virus at a bird market that she visited several times with her family, Tsang said.He also said tests on respiratory specimens from a healthcare worker and three children who were in the same hospital cubicle with the baby in early March tested negative for H9 viruses, and her family had no symptoms.Meanwhile, leading virologist Robert Webster warned this week that H9N2 is an “insidious” virus that needs close monitoring because it could trigger an outbreak in humans, according to a Mar 27 Bloomberg News report.H9N2 is far less known than the deadly Asian strain of H5N1 virus, which has killed at least 169 people and millions of poultry in Asia and Africa in the past few years. But Webster told Bloomberg, “H9N2 is an insidious virus. This is the one that’s far more dangerous in some ways. It doesn’t get much attention because it doesn’t kill chickens and doesn’t kill humans.”He said H9N2 can spread among pigs and infects chickens without making them sick. On the “hit list” of viruses, he added, “H5N1 is at [the] top, and H9N2 is right behind. Then come H7N7 and H2N2.”At least three cases of H9N2 illness, all of them mild, have occurred in Hong Kong children in recent years. Two girls were infected in 1999 and a 5-year-old boy had the virus in 2003.Robert L. Atmar, MD, a Baylor College of Medicine professor who has participated in clinical trials of an H9N2 vaccine, said human H9N2 illnesses may be less rare than the record suggests. Seroprevalence studies in China in the 1990s found H9 antibodies in 2% to 3% of the population, which suggests that some cases are missed, he told CIDRAP News via e-mail.Atmar, a professor in the Departments of Medicine and of Molecular Virology and Microbiology, also commented that the finding of a case in a 9-month-old child was “a little surprising unless she was toddling around the market. Usually, cases of avian influenza have followed close contact with infected poultry. H9N2 viruses are common in bird markets.”See also:Mar 20 CIDRAP News story “Baby in Hong Kong infected with H9N2 avian flu”Journal of Clinical Microbiology report on Hong Kong H9N2 case in 2003last_img read more

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Mega mansion changes hands for multi-million dollar figure

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first_img14 Southern Cross Drive, Surfers Paradise. 14 Southern Cross Drive, Surfers Paradise sold for $5.6 million.A GRAND Cronin Island mansion formerly owned by a TV game show co-host has sold for a cool $5.6 million.Property records show the owners bought the sprawling mansion at 14 Southern Cross Drive for $4 million in 1999 from Spending Spree co-host Joan Waters. Poised on a 1262sq m waterfront block, the home has six bedrooms and six bathrooms and greets guests with an extravagant porte cochere-style driveway. 14 Southern Cross Drive, Surfers Paradise.Cronin Island, in Surfers Paradise, has just 34 houses and is accessed via a bridge from Chevron Island.“It really hasn’t been discovered before and people have just realised the great location and amazing homes that are there,” Mr Guo said. “We have sold six properties there in the past year.” 14 Southern Cross Drive, Surfers Paradise. 14 Southern Cross Drive, Surfers Paradise.More from news02:37Purchasers snap up every residence in the $40 million Siarn Palm Beach North6 hours ago02:37International architect Desmond Brooks selling luxury beach villa1 day agoRay White Broadbeach agents Sam Guo and Julia Kuo recently started marketing the property – it previously went to auction with another agency. “A Chinese buyer from our database ended up buying it,” Mr Guo said.“They liked the position on Cronin Island, the wide river views and the fact the house has a bit of character as well.”last_img read more

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Lakers’ Rob Pelinka calls losing Kobe Bryant, Gianna ‘an amputation of part of my soul’

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first_imgPreviousThen-agent Rob Pelinka talks with Kobe Bryant during an NCAA Tournament West Regional game on March 26, 2016 at Honda Center in Anaheim. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)Kobe Bryant poses with Lakers executives Jeanie Buss, Magic Johnson, Rob Pelinka and his family during a halftime ceremony to retire both the jersey numbers he wore during his 20 seasons with the team on Monday night at Staples Center. (Photo by Hans Gutknecht, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG) SoundThe gallery will resume insecondsFormer Los Angeles Lakers Kobe Bryant and Rob Pelinka listen to the national anthem prior to an NBA basketball game between Los Angeles Lakers and Atlanta Hawks, Sunday, Nov. 17, 2019, in Los Angeles. The Lakers won 122-101. (AP Photo/Ringo H.W. Chiu)Lakers legend Kobe Bryant talks with Lakers GM Rob Pelinka during a game between the Lakers and the Atlanta on Nov. 17, 2019 at Staples Center. (AP Photo/Ringo H.W. Chiu)Then-agent Rob Pelinka talks with Kobe Bryant during an NCAA Tournament West Regional game on March 26, 2016 at Honda Center in Anaheim. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)NextShow Caption1 of 4Then-agent Rob Pelinka talks with Kobe Bryant during an NCAA Tournament West Regional game on March 26, 2016 at Honda Center in Anaheim. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)ExpandLakers Vice President of Basketball Operations and General Manager Rob Pelinka made his first statement on Thursday afternoon since Kobe Bryant, 41, his 13-year-old daughter Gianna ­“Gigi” Bryant and seven others died in Sunday’s helicopter crash in Calabasas.Pelinka, a former sports agent who represented Bryant, James Harden and other high-profile NBA players, left Landmark Sports Agency in 2017 to become the Lakers’ GM. He was the godfather to Gianna and was perhaps closer to Bryant than anyone outside his immediate family.Here is the text of Pelinka’s statement, issued through the team:“On Sunday, I lost my best friend and my sweet goddaughter. With that, there has been an amputation of part of my soul. “Their lives have shown me that death has no victory. Last Sunday is not the end of the story. It’s just a new beginning. Kobe and Gigi’s legacies will live on – and gain even more power and influence. All of us touched by them will now try to become torch carriers of their legacies. And, while we do that, we can be certain of this: Kobe and Gigi will continue on, forever, playing a joy-filled game of basketball in heaven above.” Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorcenter_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREUCLA alum Kenny Clark signs four-year contract extension with Packers“Kobe was a force of nature, deep and obsessed with excellence. He was wise, determined, passionate. A visionary beyond measure. A dedicated and loving husband, and a “girl-dad” like no other. When he walked into a room, the energy ignited. He was high voltage, with a motor that had no limits. His mind had an infinite capacity to learn. He was, simply put, the most inspirational athlete of our time. What the world may not know, is that he was also the best friend anyone could ever imagine.“Gigi was pure joy. Her smile brought comfort to any and every occasion. She was brilliant, kind and warm. And, like her dad, when she stepped onto the basketball court, she took on an entirely different nature, and boy could she play. Her basketball destiny was apparent, and the world knew it. She was also an extraordinary, loyal and supportive sister, and a wonderful friend to my children. My son and daughter always left time with Gigi feeling better about life itself. Everything Gigi stood for, I am so proud of.“Maya Angelou once wrote “when great trees fall … lions hunker down in tall grasses.”“What I am daily learning is that after the tragic loss of these nine souls, life on this side of eternity will never be the same. For any of us who knew them, there is an irreplaceable void left behind.“But I am also finding that there is a hope. For now, each new step for me will be full of deep love and prayers, as a heavy sorrow for Vanessa, Natalia, Bianka, and Capri, and all the families involved, is slowly redeemed into something healed and new. I am coming to realize that nothing can separate any of us from the love and inspiration we’ve received from Kobe and Gianna, nothing at all.last_img read more

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SEE ONE DONEGAL BUSINESSMAN AS YOU’VE NEVER SEEN HIM BEFORE!

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first_imgLOCAL businessman Michael MacGinty has certainly been turning heads across the county in the past couple of days…after dying his beard and hair BRIGHT RED!And this is how you might be seeing him for the next few months – with a copper-coloured top!But it’s all for a good cause. Michael is trying to raise €2,500 for the Irish Cancer Society as part of Today FM’s Shave or Dye campaign.And no-one appears more amused by the whole thing than his wife Edel.That’s because Michael didn’t realise his new dye was so, well,….permanent.“Roisin and Vicky at Patrick Gildea’s Hairdressing at the Courtyard Shopping Centre did the job for me,” said Michael. “They did a great job of making me look totally crazy and it will last for about 3 months – I just did not know THAT when I agreed to do this stunt.“My wife Edel laughed all the way through the process because she KNEW I was going to be like this for a lot longer than a day.”Added the computer company boss: “Hopefully I can raise €2,500 for a very worthy cause and then I will believe it was all worthwhile!”Michael is pictured left before his do or dye effort.You can help by making a donation by clicking here: www.mycharity.ie/event/michaelmacgintydye_2012SEE ONE DONEGAL BUSINESSMAN AS YOU’VE NEVER SEEN HIM BEFORE! was last modified: February 28th, 2012 by BrendaShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:Michael MacGintySEE ONE DONEGAL BUSINESSMAN AS YOU’VE NEVER SEEN HIM BEFORE!last_img read more

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