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first_imgNov 22, 2006 (CIDRAP News) – Two new reports on human cases of H5N1 avian influenza that occurred in Turkey and Indonesia last year show that the illness proved difficult to diagnose, with many tests yielding false-negative results.A report on eight cases in Turkey and a similar report on eight Indonesian cases, published in the Nov 23 New England Journal of Medicine, says many of the patients tested negative the first time around, even on polymerase chain reaction (PCR) tests.The Turkish report describes 8 of the 12 confirmed cases the country has had so far, all of which occurred in late December 2005 and January 2006. All eight patients—four of whom survived—were treated at a hospital in Van in eastern Turkey. The patients included sets of three and two siblings, and seven lived in the same community.The hospital tested a total of 290 patients for avian flu during the outbreak, using a rapid influenza test, enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay (ELISA), and real-time PCR. All the rapid and ELISA test results were negative, the report says.Four of the eight case-patients initially had negative results on all three tests, using nasopharyngeal specimens. Because the patients were severely ill, the tests were repeated using tracheal aspirate specimens, and the real-time PCR tests then were positive. Tests of nasopharyngeal specimens established the diagnosis in the other four patients.”Before H5N1 infection was diagnosed in the eight patients, a total of 8 real-time PCR tests, 12 rapid influenza tests, and 12 ELISA tests were negative,” the article states.The Indonesian report covers three family clusters of H5N1 cases that occurred between June and October of 2005 and included the country’s first cases. The clusters consisted of three cases in Tangerang, Java; two cases in Bintaro, Java; and three in Lampung, Sumatra. Four of the eight patients died.All rapid tests on the patients were negative, and many reverse-transcriptase PCR tests were negative, particularly with nasal specimens, according to the report. Throat swabs were more likely to test positive on RT-PCR than nasal swabs were.The Turkish authors write, “Because of the difficulties in detecting H5N1 infection, repeated testing from nasopharyngeal swabs or deep tracheal-aspiration samples in patients who are strongly suspected of having H5N1 infection should be performed even if tests of initial nasophyaryngeal swabs are negative.”In other findings, the Indonesian report says that the source of infection for the first patient in two of the clusters was never identified. The three patients in the first cluster reported no contact with birds, other animals, or sick people other than family members before they fell ill. In the second cluster, patients reported no contact with birds, other animals, or sick people, but the index patient used fertilizer containing chicken droppings that tested positive for H5N1.The report says limited person-to-person transmission could not be ruled out in the first two Indonesian clusters, since the patients had no other known exposures to the virus.Three of the four Indonesian patients who recovered were children (aged 4, 5, and 9) who had mild disease. This resembles the pattern in Hong Kong’s 1997 H5N1 outbreak, in which most children who were infected had relatively mild disease, the article says.The Indonesian authors write that the clusters in Indonesia and Turkey, as well as others in Hong Kong, Vietnam, Thailand, China, and Azerbaijan, “raise questions as to whether genetic or other factors may predispose some persons to H5N1 virus infection or to severe disease.”They add that more investigation is needed to understand “the role of mild cases in the epidemiology of this disease and whether genetic, behavioral, immunologic, and environmental factors may contribute to case clustering.”Oner AF, Bay A, Arslan S, et al. Avian influenza A(H5N1) infection in eastern Turkey in 2006. N Engl J Med 2006 Nov 23;355(21):2179-85 [Abstract]Kandun IN, Wibosono H, Sedyaningsih ER, et al. Three Indonesian clusters of H5N1 virus infection in 2005. N Engl J Med 2006 Nov 23;355(21):2186-94 [Abstract]See also:Oct 31 CIDRAP News story “WHO: H5N1 cases in Turkey targeted children, youth”last_img read more

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first_imgOle Gunnar Solskjaer fires warning to PSG following Man Utd’s win over Southampton Metro Sport ReporterSaturday 2 Mar 2019 5:40 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link76Shares Solskjaer is currently the interim manager of United (Picture: Getty)Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is optimistic Manchester United can beat Paris-Saint Germain following their win over Southampton on Saturday.The Red Devils came from behind to emerge victorious over the Saints, with a brace from Romelu Lukaku and a goal from Andreas Pereira helping navigate the side to a 3-2 victory.Their next task is overcoming a 2-0 deficit in the Champions League on Tuesday night in their round-of-16 clash against the Ligue 1 giants.It remains a huge ask, but Solskjaer is positive and believes his squad are more than capable of coming away with a result following Saturday’s victory.AdvertisementAdvertisementMore: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man City‘It was one of those games, it had everything,’ Solskjaer told the BBC. ‘It was an open game and they [Southampton] came here to beat us.‘We should have been 1-0, 2-0 up in the first five minutes. They settled down and scored with two unbelievable strikes. My team did fantastic and the boys did great in the second half.‘The belief is there, they have gone so long without losing games and are raring to go. They want to get on the ball and the confidence is high. They were class finishes from Romelu Lukaku and I am so pleased for Andreas Pereira.More: Manchester United FCRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starNew Manchester United signing Facundo Pellistri responds to Edinson Cavani praiseEx-Man Utd coach blasts Ed Woodward for two key transfer errors Comment Advertisement Lukaku has scored four goals in his last two games (Picture: Getty)‘Rom is a goalscorer, he keeps practicing every single day and has quality. When we changed to two up front that helped him as well. We had some great play at times, 3-2 we did it the hard way. That’s why we are turning grey.‘We have done fantastically well away from home but we go to PSG with the belief, we have nothing to lose. We will give it a go. This club has done so many great comebacks, the tie is not done.‘The dressing room is bouncing at the moment.’Following United’s next trip to Paris they then take on Arsenal in the Premier League on March 10.MORE: Solskjaer provides worrying Alexis Sanchez injury update after Man Utd beat SouthamptonWill United finish in the top four this season?Yes0%No0%Share your resultsShare your resultsTweet your results Advertisementlast_img read more

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first_imgAuctions are usually pretty serious but sometimes they can just be hysterical, according to Haesley Cush.AS auction numbers around the country are about to explode I thought I’d share some of the funnier auction stories I’d seen over the years. What prompted me to think about this was last week I was mid call with a bid in the high six hundred thousands and a buyer asked ‘what’s the bid?’, now to lighten the mood I said ‘umm $953,000’’, the crowd laughed, he smirked. “No sir the bid is actually $690,000,’’ I corrected. To which he replied ‘‘OK then, add the $953 on top’.Touche! this took the bid to $690,953, much to the delight of the enormous crowd. It went on the sell for $725,000.A month or so ago I was at a house in Graceville. Bidding had opened and the bid was $600,000. A bidder raised his card and I heard “sixteen”.“‘Good strategy,’’ I replied and raised the bid to $616,000.“No!’ Yelled the man, ‘six teen’.’’“Yes sir,” I replied, “I have taken your $16,000. It’s unorthodox, but I like your style,” I said while trying to lighten the mood and not really sure why he was getting worked up. More from newsMould, age, not enough to stop 17 bidders fighting for this home1 hour agoBuyers ‘crazy’ not to take govt freebies, says 28-yr-old investor1 hour ago“No, you #!#initialState#amp;@ing !#initialState#amp;@?, Tin, I am bidding another tin thousand to six tin.’’Oh boy, it dawned on me, I’d misheard the kiwi accent and he wanted to bid to $610,000. I apologised, he smiled and it eventually sold to someone else for $630,000 – a rare win for the Aussies. You never know how the crowd will behave and what they’ll shout out at auction, according to Haesley Cush.Regular tactics can include people dressing up or dressing down, bidding really fast or super slow and being overly aggressive or ultra friendly. There really is no consistency.I remember an auction in the early 2000s. It was for a hobby farm outside of Brisbane. A beautifully groomed couple attended the auction to buy it. The younger female partner was glowing with energy and as the auction started she started bidding.The interesting bit was, she wouldn’t stop, over and over she called out increase after increase on her own bids, to the sheer delight of the crowd and the owners. Far be it for the auctioneer to stop an enthusiastic bidder from paying more.They were of course the eventual winners and their post auction celebratory embrace was nearly as exciting as their bidding.With auction numbers about to peak, be on the look out for the strange, the weird and the wonderful auction strategies. I’ll report back with some others in the coming weeks.last_img read more

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first_imgChevron OneMore than $33 million in sales have been recorded at Chevron One, the first apartment tower to offer island living just minutes from Surfers Paradise.Owner occupiers, in particular, have embraced the $260 million arts-inspired residential tower, with 26 apartments, including a $3.25 million sub-penthouse, sold since its official launch.The 247-apartment tower is being developed by Melbourne-based Bensons Property Group.Bensons’ Property Group managing director Rick Curtis said he was delighted with the enthusiastic market response to the 40-level Chevron One. “Chevron One is very much a place to live, not just to stay, and that approach is reflected in the scale and design of each apartment and the superb resort-style facilities that residents have just below,” Mr Curtis said. “We believe Chevron One has captured the best of both worlds by delivering apartment living in a vibrant island community just a short walk to everything Surfers Paradise has to offer.”More from news02:37International architect Desmond Brooks selling luxury beach villa17 hours ago02:37Gold Coast property: Sovereign Islands mega mansion hits market with $16m price tag2 days agoChevron One is located close to HOTA (Home of the Arts, the Arts Centre Gold Coast), and has incorporated specially-curated art into residents’ communal spaces. The spaces will include an extensive art collection including sculptural works by artists such as James Parrett and Deborah Halpern.Chevron One, which was designed by Marchese Partners, offers a range of one, two, three and four-bedroom apartments wrapped in wave-inspired architecture.Each apartment features seamless indoor to outdoor living spaces complemented by contemporary finishes such as stone benchtops, timber floors, luxurious bathrooms and kitchens designed by award-winning celebrity chef Shannon Bennett.Apartments will overlook the Surfers Paradise skyline, the ocean, Nerang River and the hinterland depending on their location within the tower.It will be constructed within easy walking distance of the beach, and just 500m from the entertainment and light rail in Surfers Paradise.Residents’ facilities will be located at Club One, and will include indoor and outdoor pools, a barbecue area, al fresco dining, gymnasium, yoga and sculpture garden, outdoor cinema, residents’ lounge and bicycle racks.Chevron One is the first Queensland project for Bensons Property Group. Apartments start from $455,000 for one-bedroom to $3.2 million for the four-bedroom residences.Construction is scheduled to be completed by early 2021.last_img read more

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first_imgMore from news02:37International architect Desmond Brooks selling luxury beach villa13 hours ago02:37Gold Coast property: Sovereign Islands mega mansion hits market with $16m price tag2 days agoHoll­ywood superstar Margot Robbie’s mother Sarie Kessler sold her Gold Coast house before auction. Margot Robbie in Hawaii … “Mum struggling with her Lei” Picture: @margotrobbie/InstagramThe sale price of the South East Queensland home that Hollywood superstar Margot Robbie paid off for her mum has been revealed.Her mother Sarie Kessler had bought the property in 2007 for $488,500 according to CoreLogic — when Robbie was 17.Seven years later, when Robbie’s Hollywood star was truly shining, the Aussie actor paid off the entire mortgage as a 60th birthday gift. Sarie Kessler had the home for 11 years.The Southport property was up for auction earlier this year by Kessler, but was quickly taken off the market after getting an offer too good to refuse. That offer was $630,000. Robbie has made regular visits to the Southport family home in between film projects. The film star has previously described her mother as “the sweetest person on Earth” and even took her to the 80th Annual Academy Awards. Margot Robbie paid off her mum’s mortgage for a 60th birthday present. Robbie has had regular visits to the property since her career took off.last_img read more

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first_imgNewsSports Miami Heat Win NBA Championship, Two More Rings for the Caribbean by: – June 22, 2012 Share Share Share Sharing is caring!center_img Tweet 35 Views   one comment Joel AnthonyThe Miami Heat defeated the Oklahoma City Thunder 121-106 to win the NBA championship, meaning the first ring for LeBron James and two rings for the Caribbean. Martinique native Ronny Turiaf and Antigua’s Joel Anthony, both centers for the Heat, are now NBA champions. It’s the second year in a row that Caribbean players were part of the NBA’s champions. Last year, Guadeloupe’s Rodrigue Beaubois helped the Dallas Mavericks defeat the Heat in six games. This year, the Heat’s fortunes changed, led by James, who quieted his critics with a spectacular performance in five games, winning NBA Finals Most Valuable Player. The winningest Caribbean-born player is, of course, the United States Virgin Islands’ Tim Duncan, who has four rings to his credit. He was defeated in this year’s Western Conference Finals by the Thunder, who won the first game of the series but lost four consecutive games. Caribbean Journallast_img read more

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first_imgLille president, Gerard Lopez, has confessed that he’s one of the people persuading Victor Osimhen to join Serie A side, Napoli. Loading… “He asked me [where to go] and I gave him the name of the club that I think is best for him, based on his style of play, the coach, and the progress he envisages.” Although he stopped short of calling the Partenopei that club, the patron made it clear he endorsed a move to the San Paolo. read also:Mixed reports on Osimhen and Napoli “Napoli are just below Juve or Barca but are at the same level as Atletico Madrid. If he goes there, he’ll become a superstar for them. “Having Napoli at your feet must be something in the life of a footballer. Victor has this strength to perform under pressure.” FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 According to the agency report, Lopez convinced Osimhen that he would become a ‘superstar’ if he joined Napoli, who are ‘at the same level as Atletico Madrid’. Osimhen is leaving Lille this summer after an 18-goal debut season for the Ligue 1 side, which also yielded six assists, and Napoli are making the most headway to sign the forward. “We’ve received several offers for Victor,” Lopez told La Voix du Nord. “We’ve exchanged many opinions. We get along and he leads an extraordinary lifeAdvertisement Promoted ContentHere Are The Top 10 Tiniest Mobile Phones On The Planet!Which Country Is The Most Romantic In The World?Did You Know There’s A Black Hole In The Milky Way?7 Non-Obvious Things That Damage Your PhoneBest & Worst Celebrity Endorsed Games Ever Made5 Of The World’s Most Unique Theme ParksWho’s The Best Car Manufacturer Of All Time?8 Shows You Didn’t Want To Watch At The EndShockingly, Some Foods We Eat Every Day Have A Bizarre Beginning9 Facts You Should Know Before Getting A Tattoo5 Of The World’s Most Unique Theme Parks6 Ridiculous Health Myths That Are Actually Truelast_img read more

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first_imgRelatedPosts Joe Aribo vows to bounce back from injury Joe Aribo out of Super Eagles friendlies Gerrard gets Aribo, Leon Balogun boost Leon Balogun has agreed to join Rangers upon the expiration of his Brighton contract.Manager Steven Gerrard has brought in the Nigerian cap on a two-year deal. Balogun, who was just relegated with club Wigan Athletic, is set to arrive at Ibrox on a free transfer.The centre-back has been brought in as cover with fellow stopper Nikola Katic out injured for the foreseeable future.The deal could be announced as early as Friday afternoon.Thirty-two-year-old Balogun was first capped for the Super Eagles in 2014.He began his career in Germany, starring for Bundesliga sides such as Hannover, Werder Bremen, Fortuna Dusseldorf and Mainz. He then moved to Brighton in 2018 but found first-team opportunities hard to come by and moved to the Latics on loan in January.The Lancashire side were relegated on the final day of the Championship on Wednesday following their 12 points deduction for going into administration.Tags: IbroxLeon BalogunRangers FCSteven GerrardWigan Athleticlast_img read more

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first_img The 37-year-old was injured in a first-fence fall from Galaxy Rock in the Fulke Walwyn Kim Muir Challenge Cup and was airlifted to hospital after being treated by the on-course medics. Conscious following the fall according to officials at the track, the leading amateur rider was put in an induced coma before his transfer to Frenchay Hospital in Bristol. JT McNamara is reported to be in a “stable condition” following surgery on the serious neck injury he sustained at Cheltenham on Thursday. McNamara underwent surgery on his fractured C3 and C4 vertebrae on Friday. Dr Adrian McGoldrick, Irish Turf Club senior medical officer and Lisa Hancock, CEO of the Injured Jockeys Fund, have jointly issued a statement on behalf of the McNamara family. It read: “We can report that following lengthy surgery yesterday JT McNamara is in a stable condition. “He remains in an induced coma at Frenchay Hospital, Bristol. “No further updates will be released until Tuesday, March 19 and the family politely request that the media do not contact Frenchay Hospital direct. “They would also like to thank everyone for their kind support and best wishes for JT.” center_img Press Associationlast_img read more

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first_imgTottenham winger Andros Townsend has pulled out of the England Under-21 squad for this summer’s European Championship in Israel after being charged by the Football Association with betting offences. Press Association It added: “The Tottenham Hotspur player has been charged with breaches of Rule E8 (b) in relation to a number of betting offences. The player has until 3 June to respond to the charges.” The specific rule he is alleged to have broken specifies that players must not bet “either directly or indirectly, or instruct, permit, cause or enable any person to bet on” any “result, progress or conduct of a match or competition” in which they participate or have participated in during a season, or in which they have any influence. For example, a player who appears in the first round of the FA Cup would not be permitted to wager on the outcome of the final. The rule also forbids players gambling on any other matter involving a competition in which have have participated in during a season – “including, for example and without limitation, the transfer of players, employment of managers, team selection or disciplinary matters”. Players, and all club employees, are deemed by the FA rules to participate in matches involving a club while they are employed by that club, whether they take to the field or not. The FA, which has given no details of the exact breach in this case, added: “Townsend will receive the full support of the FA and Tottenham Hotspur FC in seeking rehabilitation whilst responding to the allegations.” Townsend is a product of the Tottenham academy who has had loan spells with a host of clubs, including Ipswich, Millwall, Leeds and Birmingham, while attempting to make his mark at White Hart Lane. His representatives declined to comment on the FA charges. center_img The 21-year-old, who spent time on loan at QPR during their relegation campaign, was replaced in Stuart Pearce’s party by Birmingham’s Nathan Redmond. It is understood Townsend has not been accused of betting on any matches he played in. Therefore it is not a match-fixing case, but the FA is taking the alleged breach seriously and has invited Townsend to respond. The FA said in a statement: “The FA has announced it has charged Andros Townsend in relation to alleged breaches of its rules governing misconduct and betting.” last_img read more

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