FLU NEWS SCAN: H5N1 death in Vietnam, H5N1 research advisory

first_imgFeb 1, 2012Vietnam reports H5N1 deathVietnam today reported its second death from H5N1 avian flu this year, after confirming no cases of the disease for almost 2 years, according to a report from Tuoi Tre News. Ministry of Health officials confirmed that a 26-year-old woman from Soc Trang province was hospitalized Jan 23 with a fever and other symptoms and died Jan 28. Tests conducted at the Pasteur Institute in Ho Chi Minh City confirmed H5N1, the story said. The woman had slaughtered poultry and eaten “infected meat” in an area that had experienced a mass poultry die-off. Soc Trang is in the Mekong Delta.Canada calls for highest precautions for engineered H5N1The Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC) ruled today that work on engineered H5N1 avian flu viruses capable of spreading efficiently in ferrets must be undertaken only in containment level 4 facilities, those with the strictest biosafety measures. PHAC announced the decision in a biosafety advisory that referred to recent studies on H5N1 transmission in ferrets, including the two submitted to Science and Nature that a US biosecurity panel on Dec 20 asked not to be published in their entirety because of biosecurity concerns. Today’s advisory states, “H5N1 viruses capable of efficient human-to-human transmission, including via aerosols or the airborne route, are considered Risk Group 4 human pathogens and require Containment Level 4 physical containment and operational practices.” The agency adds, “No containment requirements are stipulated for non-proliferative clinical/diagnostic activities based on the fact that this virus is currently not in circulation.”Feb 1 PHAC advisorylast_img read more

A lesson in life

first_imgSubscribe now for unlimited access Subscribe to Building today and you will benefit from:Unlimited access to all stories including expert analysis and comment from industry leadersOur league tables, cost models and economics dataOur online archive of over 10,000 articlesBuilding magazine digital editionsBuilding magazine print editionsPrinted/digital supplementsSubscribe now for unlimited access.View our subscription options and join our community To continue enjoying Building.co.uk, sign up for free guest accessExisting subscriber? LOGIN Stay at the forefront of thought leadership with news and analysis from award-winning journalists. Enjoy company features, CEO interviews, architectural reviews, technical project know-how and the latest innovations.Limited access to building.co.ukBreaking industry news as it happensBreaking, daily and weekly e-newsletters Get your free guest access  SIGN UP TODAYlast_img read more

Upgrade on hold

first_imgON DECEMBER 17 Malaysia’s new Prime Minister Ahmad Abdullah Badawi announced that the 14·5bn ringgit project to double track and electrify KTMB’s north-south trunk line had been postponed. The plan called for upgrading of the 339 km from Ipoh northwards to Padang Besar on the Thai border and the 297 km between Seremban and Johor Bahru in the south. With Malaysia facing a budget deficit, Badawi explained that the government had decided to pursue development plans with prudence and ’to prioritise projects in favour of those having a significant direct impact on quality of life’.Be that as it may, the project had aroused considerable controversy. An agreement for Indian and Chinese companies to carry out the work as part of a palm oil barter deal was reached in 2001. China Railway Engineering Co was picked on the Seremban – Johor Bahru section, while Ircon was chosen for Ipoh – Padang Besar. But the prices came in too high for the Malaysians, despite a revised lower offer.The government then announced on October 22 that the work had been awarded to a local joint venture of Malaysian Mining Corp and Gamuda Bhd. Loud protests could be heard from New Delhi, and on December 2, after allegations of cronyism, Malaysia indicated it was renegotiating the deal. The scheme is thought to be the most expensive single project planned in Malaysia, and the government will need a lot of convincing before it is put back on the agenda.last_img read more

The Indians Starting Rotation is on Fire, Is it Enough to Get Them to the World Series?

first_img Matt Loede The year was 1995, and the entire city of Cleveland had ‘Indians fever’ – the excitement was over a team that was clubbing their opposition to death with an offense that was the best the city had ever seen.Kenny Lofton, Eddie Murray, Paul Sorrento, Albert Belle, Jim Thome, Manny Ramirez, Omar Vizquel, Sandy Alomar and on and on – players that at a moments notice could do damage to any pitcher in baseball.Until the end of October.That season the Indians met up with the Atlanta Braves in the World Series, a team that was the bridesmaid several times already, but that boasted one of the best, if not the best rotation in the Majors.Greg Maddux, John Smoltz, Tom Glavine – those three pitchers combined to 47-16 in the regular season, and they froze the Indians bats in winning the World Series four games to two.Fast forward 23 years later, and now it’s the Indians who are boasting number-wise the best rotation in baseball.Corey Kluber, Carlos Carrasco, Mike Clevinger, Trevor Bauer and rookie Shane Bieber have combined to go 58-27, and have a combined ERA of 3.18.Even with Bauer on the 10-day DL, the Indians are a dangerous team when it comes to that rotation, and when things get tight in October, can this teams’ rotation do enough to pull a repeat of the very team that beat them 23 years ago in 1995?No doubt about it.Heading into play Sunday, the teams starters over the last 25 games had a mark of 13-5 with a 2.55 ERA, putting up 9.8 strikeouts per game and a WHIP of 1.08.They are on a roll.Here’s a look at what these guys have done in 2018, and a bit of a peek ahead at how they might perform in October when it’s all on the line in the postseason. Pages: 1 2 3 4 5 6 Related TopicsCarlos CarrascoCorey KluberIndiansMike ClevingerMLBTrevor Bauer Matt Loede has been a part of the Cleveland Sports Media for over 21 years, with experience covering Major League Baseball, National Basketball Association, the National Football League and even high school and college events. He has been a part of the Cleveland Indians coverage since the opening of Jacobs/Progressive Field in 1994, and spent two and a half years covering the team for 92.3 The Fan, and covers them daily for Associated Press Radio. You can follow Matt on Twitter HERE.last_img read more