18 Nov

Indonesia reports H5N1 case; Vietnam cites probable one

first_imgMay 23, 2007 (CIDRAP News) – Indonesia announced today that a 5-year-old girl died of H5N1 avian influenza, while a hospital official in Vietnam reported that a 30-year-old man is being treated for the disease, apparently marking the country’s first human case in a year and a half.Joko Suyono of the Indonesian health ministry’s avian flu center said the young girl died on May 17, according to a Xinhua news report today. She was taken to a doctor on May 8 and was hospitalized May 15 in Solo, Central Java, the report said.The girl reportedly had contact with infected birds, health ministry official Muhammad Nadhirin told the Associated Press (AP) today. About 20 birds had recently died near her home, the AP report said.If her case is confirmed by the World Health Organization (WHO), she will be listed as Indonesia’s 97th case-patient and 77th fatality. Indonesia leads the world in the number of human H5N1 cases and deaths.The WHO announced May 16 that it would accept H5N1 test results from Indonesia’s newly accredited national laboratory. Before that, the agency had refused to confirm any cases reported by Indonesia since late January, because the country had stopped sending viruses to WHO collaborating labs in December.Meanwhile, a 30-year-old man from Vietnam’s northern province of Vinh Phuc, about 35 miles from Hanoi, tested positive for H5N1 infection at a Hanoi hospital, where he continues to be treated, the AP reported today. Tran Quy, director of Bach Mai hospital, told the AP the man tested positive 3 days ago.Samples from the patient will be shipped to a WHO lab for analysis, said Hans Troedsson, a WHO official in Vietnam, according to a Canadian Press (CP) report today. Vietnam’s hasn’t had a human H5N1 case since November 2005, but Troedsson said the case is “not really a surprise,” given the known risk of H5N1 transmission from birds to humans.Quy told the AP, “The man is in a critical condition. He has a high fever, difficulty breathing, coughing, and the x-ray of his lung was completely white. All of these are typical bird flu symptoms.”The man was hospitalized last week; relatives reported he fell ill after helping prepare chickens for a wedding reception.If his infection is confirmed, it will be the country’s 94th case. With 93 confirmed cases and 42 deaths, Vietnam has the world’s second highest H5N1 toll.Vietnam had a lull in human cases and poultry outbreaks through most of 2006, during which the country was praised for its H5N1 virus control efforts. The virus resurfaced among ducks in several central Mekong Delta and central provinces in December and January. In early May the country began reporting a new rash of poultry outbreaks throughout the country.last_img read more

11 Jan

Prentice has sense of accomplishment

first_imgPOMONA – One might say Diamond Ranch High School track standout Terry Prentice already has accomplished enough to claim a successful prep career. But that won’t stop him from trying for more. Prentice took first place in the high hurdles (13.92 seconds), 300-meter intermediate hurdles (37.42) and the long jump (24 feet, 5 inches) at last season’s CIF-Southern Section Division III finals. He also took high hurdles (14.11) and long jump (23-101/2) titles at the state meet. Considering his already stellar high school career, Prentice has some simple aspirations. “Basically, (I want) to defend my titles and hopefully improve my marks and go after the state record, which is 13.39,” Prentice said of his goal in the high hurdles. “So it’s not that far off because my personal best is 13.59 from last year, and I’m way ahead of where I was last year at this point.” And so far this season, the numbers can back that up. At the recent Simplot Games at Idaho State University, Prentice won the long jump at 24-3 – almost a foot longer than the runner-up – and ended up second after a photo finish in the 60-meter hurdles with a time of 7.85. “I have a lot of confidence coming into this year, but I know a lot of guys are stepping up because the state is pretty deep this year,” Prentice said. “But I still think I’m going to be able to hold my own, especially since I’m not so much focusing on running the record but focusing on still winning state. “If I didn’t run a record, it wouldn’t be that bad if I still won a state championship.” Prentice began running track at the age of 11 when his father, Ernie, a former Garey High track coach, introduced him to the sport. “In the beginning I was fast, but I wasn’t the fastest,” Prentice said. “So that’s probably why my dad turned me on to hurdles. “He was the head coach (at Garey High), but mainly he likes the hurdles. He told me I would probably have more luck with that. When I started doing (hurdles), my sprint speed got faster, too.” Prentice burst onto the high school track scene his first year at Diamond Ranch. He set the state record for freshmen in the high hurdles and placed fifth at the state meet. He followed that up with another fifth-place finish at the state meet in his sophomore year and also won the long jump in the CIF finals. And now, as a senior, he is focused on building on his achievements and setting a good example for his fellow Panthers. “He has a tremendous influence on the rest of the kids,” Gilbert said. “I made sure to let him know that not only are you a senior, not only are you a leader on this team, but you’re the national leader … they look up to you. “He doesn’t have to be a big rah-rah guy. He doesn’t have to bring the team in and talk to the team and motivate the team. That’s my job. All he needs to do is lead by example. “He does that exceptionally well.” Prentice’s focus is on the upcoming season, but his future at USC still weighs on his mind. “I know it’s going to be a load, but hopefully I can handle it. I think I can handle it,” he said. “Hopefully I can still run great times and improve a lot because they have some great coaches over there.” Gilbert agreed. “Anywhere he goes he’s going to be successful,” Gilbert said. “I think he’s going to do well (at USC). He’s a great kid, as good as they come.” [email protected] (626) 962-8811, Ext. 2239 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!center_img The senior already ranks in the top 10 nationally in the 110-meter high hurdles and is looking forward to competing for USC next season. And even with all that he has accomplished in his three seasons with the Panthers, he already has put himself ahead of the curve to begin the 2007 season. “He’s matured a lot,” Diamond Ranch head coach Jeff Gilbert said. “He’s added extra muscle and he has more foot speed this year. He’s pretty much started off right now in the off-season where he left off at the end of last year. It’s amazing to see where he’s at.” last_img read more