Dec 22, 2005 (CIDRAP News) – Indonesia’s human death toll from H5N1 avian influenza rose to 11 today with the report that tests have confirmed that a man and a boy who died last week had the virus.Samples from a 39-year-old man and an 8-year-old boy tested positive at the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, said Hariyadi Wibisono of the Indonesian health ministry, as quoted by Agence France-Presse (AFP) today. The CDC tests confirmed earlier test results in Indonesia.Their cases are the 15th and 16th reported as confirmed in Indonesia. The World Health Organization (WHO) had not yet included the cases in its online tally at this writing. The WHO’s overall count currently stands at 139 cases with 71 deaths in the past 2 years.The two victims lived in different sections of Jakarta, according to a Bloomberg News report today. The man died Dec 13, and the boy died Dec 15, according to AFP.The Bloomberg report said the man had had no known contact with sick birds before he died, while the boy lived not far from a market where pet birds are sold.The story said community groups, soldiers, and student volunteers began a door-to-door campaign in Jakarta today to find and destroy sick birds in houses and backyards.
THE Hon. Minister of Social Cohesion, Dr George Norton last Wednesday presented a cricket kit to young Sarah Amin.Amin, who plays for the Guyana Female Under-19 cricket team, received her gear during a simple handing-over exercise at Minister Norton’s Main Street, Georgetown office.The items, which included a bat, helmet, gloves and pads, were provided by the Guyana Cricket Board (GCB) The proprietors of Trophy Stall have also committed to providing the young cricketer with additional gear needed for her athletic development.Minister Norton, who also holds responsibility for Culture, Youth and Sport, explained that a request for the items was made by the teen’s uncle, during an outreach exercise in Sheet Anchor, East Canje, Berbice.“I am very happy that we are able to assist Ms Amin. I know that she has great potential, and I am hoping that she will continue to practise and develop her talents,” Minister Norton said.The teen’s mother, Shameza Amin, expressed sincere appreciation for the items.“Sarah continues to do very well. My brother has always pushed me to ensure that I continue to help her grow as a cricketer. As a single parent, it is not always easy, so I am very grateful for these items,” the cricketer’s mother added.Sarah Amin, who attends Cummings Lodge Secondary School, also expressed gratitude for the donation, noting that it will lend support to her pursuing her dreams of becoming of star cricketer and making Guyana proud.