May 30, 2006 (CIDRAP News) – The World Health Organization (WHO) confirmed yesterday six new cases of H5N1 avian flu in geographically widespread areas of the country, but none associated with the Karo, North Sumatra, family cluster that killed at least six people earlier this month.Of the six new cases, three have been fatal, raising the number of cases in Indonesia to 48 and the number of deaths to 36, all in 2005 and 2006, according to WHO statistics.In its report yesterday, the WHO identified a 10-year-old girl and her 18-year-old brother from Bandung, West Java, as among the fatalities. Both siblings, according to the WHO, had close contact with sick and dying chickens at their home the week before symptom onset. They showed symptoms May 16, were hospitalized May 22, and died the next day.”The identical onset dates,” the report says, “strongly suggest that [the patients] acquired their infection following a shared exposure to poultry, and not from each other.”A 39-year-old man from West Jakarta also died, according to the WHO. He developed symptoms May 9, was hospitalized May 16, and died May 19. He had cleaned pigeon droppings from roof gutters shortly before developing symptoms. Pigeons are among the bird species known to transmit H5N1.Among the other cases was an 18-year-old East Java man whose symptoms developed May 6 and who was hospitalized May 17. He had been exposed to dead chickens in his home the week before symptom onset and is now recovering, according to the WHO report. In addition, according to Reuters, he sorted chicken feathers at his job in a factory that makes shuttlecocks.The final two cases involve a 43-year-old man from South Jakarta and a 15-year-old girl from West Sumatra. The man developed symptoms May 6 and is now recovered and no longer hospitalized. The girl developed symptoms May 17 and is still hospitalized. The source of their infections remains under investigation, the WHO reported.Indonesia, which has recorded 31 human cases of avian flu and 25 deaths in this year alone—far more than any other country in 2006—continues to worry scientists, according to the Reuters news story. “Of course I am worried,” the story quotes Leo Poon, a University of Hong Kong microbiologist and H5N1 expert, as saying. “The problem has not improved at all in Indonesia. It’s not a good situation.”Redefining pandemic alert phasesIn other news, the WHO said today that it is refining its guidelines for its six-phase global pandemic alerts to make them clearer and plans to issue them in a few weeks, according to a separate Reuters report.”It was highlighted last week that there is some confusion over these phases—what we mean when we go from phase 3 to phase 4,” said WHO spokesperson Maria Cheng, as quoted by Reuters.The pandemic alert is currently at phase 3 (human infection has occurred, but there is no or rare human-to-human spread). Phase 6 signals a full-blown pandemic.”What we are trying to do is explain [it] in better terminology so that people understand [that] what we are looking for is not necessarily a numerical standard for the number of cases,” said Cheng. “We’re looking to detect any change in how the virus is transmitted.”Avian flu endemic in Africa?Because of lack of funds to combat its spread in birds, avian flu may become endemic in Africa, a senior official with the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) told Reuters today.”Africa is the continent where we are really worried to see endemicity becoming established,” FAO’s chief of animal health services, Joseph Domenech, told Reuters. “If this is the case, it will be a new plague for African farmers and will be a permanent reservoir for reinfection to other regions through trade and wild birds.”Domenech, according to Reuters, said that other countries should help Africa eradicate avian influenza.See also:WHO May 29 Indonesia reporthttp://www.who.int/csr/don/2006_05_29/en/index.html
The Croatian National Tourist Board, in cooperation with a British-Australian production, organized the first Food Box Day, which took place today on Britanski trg in Zagreb. Namely, on one of the most beautiful squares in Zagreb, as part of Advent, they combined their culinary skills together chef Jack Stein, a great British culinary and television star, and Marinko Topalović, a popular Croatian chef, is also the head chef of the ReUnion restaurant within the newly opened Cannopy By Hilton hotel in Zagreb..”I simply enjoy Zagreb and Croatia. The welcome and kindness of your people, combined with the wonderful Advent atmosphere, leave a special impression on me. I am extremely glad that many passers-by today followed our preparation of the dish, which they finally tasted. Their reactions were great and that is the real power of gastronomy, to connect people and cultures”, he said Jack Stein, emphasizing that he was most impressed by the visit to the Dolac market. Photo: HTZ British-Croatian culinary duo prepared the famous and popular British dish “fish and chips“, But in the Croatian way with Croatian indigenous foods.Marinko Topalović emphasized that he was honored to work with a chef such as Jack Stein. “I am proud to have had the opportunity to present the potentials of Croatian gastronomy with an inspiring partnership during the filming of the show Jack Stein: Inside the Box. I am especially pleased that the world-class chef has recognized Zagreb and Croatia as a culinary inspiration and I believe that his show will show our country in full glory to millions of viewers and thus stimulate interest in coming to Croatia. “, said Topalovic.By the way, Chef Jack Stein is a British culinary star who hosts the show “Jack Stein: Inside the Box” on the national British television UKTV and Foxtel Australia. He is the son of the famous television chef Rick Stein, with whom he started his career as one of the most successful British chefs of the younger generation. He gained experience in the world’s most prestigious restaurants from Paris’ La Régalade to Tetsuya’s in Sydney. He began his successful television career in 2017 with the series “Jack Stein: Born to Cook”, where he made his debut as the author of the cookbook World on a plate. Jack Stein: Inside The Box – Sizzle from Parade on Vimeo.The event was also attended by the representative of the Embassy of the United Kingdom Christopher O’Brien and world bloggers and influencers from Belgium, Germany, Great Britain, Japan, France, Poland and Sweden, who at the invitation of the CNTB, as part of the project #CroatiaFullOfMagic, are staying in Croatia and Zagreb on Advent.”In Croatia, and especially in Zagreb, in this beautiful Advent period, a large number of tourists stay, many of whom still had the opportunity to taste top quality dishes prepared by two equally top chefs. Our guest Jack Stein is extremely popular in Great Britain and I am sure that his culinary show recorded in our country will significantly contribute to the additional promotion of Croatia in the large and important British market. “, said the director of the CNTB, Kristjan Staničić.British tourists have made more than 854 arrivals and 4,5 million overnight stays so far this year, an increase of 8 percent.
Gov. Ron DeSantis on Saturday signed 21 bills, including measures intended at improving school bus safety and preventing bear poaching.The school bus safety bill (HB 37) will increase penalties for motorists who do not follow traffic rules when buses are stopped to load and unload children.It would increase the minimum penalty from $100 to $200 for drivers who fail to stop for school buses. In addition, the law would double the minimum penalty from $200 to $400 for motorists who pass stopped school buses on the side where children enter and exit.“This bill is a step in the right direction,” Republican House sponsor Ardian Zika, of Land O’ Lakes, said before the House approved the measure last February. “Today, we are sending a loud and clear message that the Florida House of Representatives stands by the safety of our children and our communities.” However, Democratic Rep. Joe Geller, of Aventura, said he was “reluctantly” supporting the bill, as he believes the proposed fines are too high.“We’re fining someone up to $400 because they look away for a second, maybe because their kids are fighting in the backseat, and they don’t see that they’re passing a school bus that’s stopped,” Geller said in February. “That’s just too high. It’s just too much money to be charging for what is likely to be an inadvertent mistake.”Another bill signed by Gov. DeSantis (HB 327) seeks to stop poaching of black bears. It is a practice that stems partially from killing the animals for their gallbladders. Bear bile, which is secreted by the liver and stored in the gallbladder, can bring hundreds or thousands of dollars on the black market, where it is promoted as a cure for numerous illnesses.The governor is also in the process of signing the upcoming year’s $93.2 billion budget.
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