Human H5N1 cases reported in Laos, Egypt, China

first_imgFeb 28, 2007 (CIDRAP News) – The World Health Organization (WHO) yesterday confirmed Laos’ first human case of H5N1 avian influenza, involving a 15-year-old girl from Vientiane, and Egypt and China also have reported new cases.The Laotian girl fell ill Feb 10 and was hospitalized in Vientiane with fever and respiratory symptoms on Feb 15, the WHO said. She was transferred 2 days later to a public hospital in Nongkhai, Thailand, where she was in stable condition.Last week officials from Thailand, Laos, and the WHO investigated the girl’s village and districts where poultry had died, the WHO report said. The patient’s close contacts were being monitored daily, and adults have been given oseltamivir; all remained healthy, the agency said.Samples obtained by Lao epidemiologists and Thai clinicians were submitted to the National Institute of Health in Thailand, where they tested positive for H5N1 avian influenza, the WHO said. The country has reported sporadic bird outbreaks since 2004; the most recent one involved ducks at two locations in Vientiane prefecture.Elsewhere, Egypt’s health ministry announced yesterday that a 4-year-old girl from the Nile delta province of Daqahliya, about 75 miles northeast of Cairo, had tested positive for H5N1 avian flu, the Associated Press (AP) reported today.Health ministry spokesman Abdul Rahman Shahin said the girl was in stable condition in a Cairo hospital, where she was admitted yesterday with fever and tested positive for the H5N1 virus, the AP reported. If her case is confirmed by the WHO, she will be listed as Egypt’s 23rd case-patient and the country’s fifth patient this year.Two days ago, Egyptian officials denied a report from the Middle East News Agency (MENA), the country’s state news agency, that a 31-year-old woman from the Nile Delta town of Beheira had tested positive for avian flu. The denial was reported Feb 26 by Reuters.Amr Qandil, director of communicable diseases at Egypt’s health ministry, told Reuters the report wasn’t true. “I do not know where they got this information,” he said.The MENA report said the woman, who raised chickens at home, was hospitalized in Damanhour, but was transferred to a hospital in Alexandria when her condition deteriorated, according to Reuters.In China today, officials confirmed that a 44-year-old woman, a farmer from Fujian province, tested positive for avian flu, Agence France-Presse (AFP) reported. According to a report released by China’s Department of Health to Hong Kong’s Government Information Service, the woman developed fever and a cough 10 days ago, AFP reported. Tests conducted by the China Centre for Disease Control and Prevention were positive for the H5N1 virus.The woman’s case is China’s first in 7 weeks and will raise the country’s official count to 23 if confirmed by the WHO.In other avian flu news, Myanmar reported that the H5N1 virus killed poultry at a farm about 5 miles from Rangoon, the country’s largest city, according to a report submitted to the World Organization for Animal Health (OIE) today.The outbreak began 2 days ago, killing 68 of 1,360 layer chickens, ducks, and pullets, and officials attributed the outbreak to poor biosecurity on the farm, the report said. The remaining birds were destroyed, and authorities instituted several control measures including limiting poultry movement within the country, screening poultry, and disinfecting the affected area.Myanmar’s last poultry outbreak was reported in April 2006.See also:Feb 27 WHO statementOIE reports on Myanmar outbreaklast_img read more

Doctors, beaten and harassed, plan silent protest across India

first_imgDoctors withdrew their plan to light candles in homes and hospitals across India, after Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s government promised to ensure their safety against rising violence over fears medical staff are spreading the deadly coronavirus.The Indian Medical Association had planned the silent protest for 9 p.m. on Wednesday, a stark parallel to Modi’s own exercise a few days earlier, when he urged Indians to light lamps to honor and support doctors. Home Minister Amit Shah, Modi’s confidante, appealed to the IMA not to hold even a symbolic protest and assured them of safety and support.“He has assured that government of India will take all necessary steps and come out shortly with relevant legislations to address the safety and dignity of doctors and healthcare givers,” the IMA said in a statement Wednesday. It said it is withdrawing the protest “to maintain the unity and integrity of our country.” While a backlash against doctors has been seen from Australia to the Philippines, it’s proving more widespread and intense in India, where trust in the healthcare system was already low, misinformation is rampant on social media, and tensions are mounting as the country’s strictly enforced 40-day lockdown drags on.Indian doctors over recent weeks have endured campaigns from their neighbors to force them out of apartment buildings, been attacked by a mob while tracing contacts of a coronavirus case through the slums, and have also been stopped by police and beaten with batons on the way back home from an emergency shift.The final straw was an attack on a convoy carrying the body of a doctor who died of Covid-19. Local media published reports on how his family and friends were attacked by mobs wielding sticks and stones as they tried to bury him, and his colleagues broke down on TV as they narrated the ordeal.“IMA has maintained utmost restraint and patience inspite of extreme provocation,” the IMA had previously said, while calling for the protest. “If dignity is denied even in death, our patience and restraint lose their value.”Topics :last_img read more

Maintaining warehouse capacity and flexibility during Brexit uncertainty

first_imgWhat constitutes an optimal stock level is a dynamic question that needs constantly revisiting. Stock holding is impacted by a range of economic and political factors many of which are beyond the control of an individual distributor or wholesaler. In the UK, nowhere has this been better demonstrated than with the uncertainty surrounding Brexit and the implications for future product cost, availability and the frictionless movement of goods.This essential report from Sage looks at how distributors and wholesalers are managing the current macro environment and what advances in technology are enabling the development of more responsive supply chains.Complete the form below to download this free report. The Grocer may use your contact data to keep you informed of its products and services by email. You can withdraw your marketing consent at any time by clicking the unsubscribe link in such email or by sending an email to dataprivacy@wrbm.com. More information on our processing can be found in our Privacy Notice. By submitting this form, you acknowledge that you have read and understand our Privacy Notice.last_img read more

DAX scheme funding levels hit by European stock performance

first_imgNot all of the DAX companies fully fund their pension plans, but they will have to prepare for a further increase in liabilities.These have increased by 100 basis points to €385.9bn over the first half of the year as companies had to apply a lower discount rate in their calculations.With the publication of new longevity tables these liabilities were due to increase by another 1% to 2.5%, according to the consultancy. This depends on each company’s individual situation and, in particular, the reporting standard it applies. A greater burden on DAX companies’ balance sheets, however, is the still unsolved question of the discount rate to be applied under German tax law, an issue Willis Towers Watson drew attention to.The rate has been fixed at 6% and not been amended for 37 years, which has increased the spread over other parameters. The discount rate to be applied under German HGB accounting standards has by now fallen to 3.42%.This discrepancy has cost companies up to €25bn between 2008 and 2014 alone, according to estimates by economics research centre Institut der Wirtschaft in Cologne.Lowering the tax-related discount rate would increase the taxable value of pension reserves.At the end of last year, experts challenged the tax-related rate as unconstitutional and the case has been filed at the constitutional court. The funding levels of DAX-listed companies’ pension plans fell from 68% to 66.6% in the first half of the year. This was caused by lower returns and increasing liabilities, according to an update from Willis Towers Watson.Plan assets decreased by 0.3% to €257.1bn, the consultancy noted in a statement. It added that this was mainly because of limited performance in European stock markets, and foreign exchange effects. Liabilities were calculated to have increased by 1% to €385.9bn, according to the consultancy.last_img read more

Savings to be had in a post stamp-duty world

first_imgto 6 per cent of people who purchase a property in any given year.“The significant cost of moving home imposed by stamp duty has far reaching, and in certain cases, long-term impacts,” he said. “It impedes the mobility of our labour force, is passed on to tenants from landlords through higher asking rent prices, and presents a particular burden for families, retirees, low-income earners and the unemployed, who need to upgrade or downgrade housing as their life circumstances change.“While revenue from stamp duty is significant and pays for things such as roads and hospitals, it is an unreliable revenue stream and has proved to be quite volatile following the ups and downs of the property market.” Surfers Paradise on the Gold coast has been identified as one of the areas in which buyers would save the most on stamp duty.Should the duty be abolished it will be those buying properties at the higher end of the market that stand to save the most. In Queensland those buying in Brisbane’s Teneriffe, where the median house price is $1.975 million, the saving in stamp duty would amount to $86,913, according to REA research. In Sunshine Beach, where the average home costs $1.755 million, the saving is $74,263, while in Surfers Paradise on the Gold Coast, someone buying a home for $1.731 million could save $72,897 in tax.More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus9 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market9 hours agoMermaid Beach, also on the Gold Coast, and Chandler in Brisbane offer the next biggest savings based on median house prices. For apartments the areas where buyers stand to save the most are Noosa Heads and Sunshine Beach on the Sunshine Coast, Main Beach and Bilinga on the Gold Coast, and Bardon in Brisbane. REIQ chief executive Antonia Mercorella believes stamp duty tax needs reforming.Antonia Mercorella, the chief executive of the Real Estate Institute of Queensland, said she was calling for immediate reform of the “antiquated tax”.She said that state governments had become addicted to it as an important revenue stream, with up to 25 per cent of the state’s income raised through stamp duty.“While we recognise it will mean a loss of that revenue, we need to consider the flow-on effects. When a family buys a house, it doesn’t just stop there, there is a flow-on effect to the local economy. They employ a renovator, they use the local shops,” Ms Mercorella said. “There are still financial benefits to be had and reforming stamp duty is by far the most significant way in which we can boost the property market.” Slam dunk for home with its own basketball court The amount you are required to pay varies from state to state and also depends on the type of property you buy, for example, if it will be your primary residence or an investment property; whether you are a first-home buyer; whether you’re purchasing a second-hand home, new-build or block of land; or whether you’re classified as a foreign buyer. Cameron Kusher, executive manager of REA Group, says stamp duty tax is inefficient and inequitable.Either way, the tax is revenue for the government’s coffers and many industry experts believe it is stifling the market’s ability to prosper.For instance, the average stamp duty paid on a house in Brisbane at the median property price of $543,000 is $10,285. For apartments, the figure is $4,900 on a property at the median price of $390,000.Not an insignificant amount, according to Cameron Kusher, executive manager of REA Group, who described stamp duty as an inefficient and inequitable tax that fell on the shoulders of 4 Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayNext playlist itemMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:58Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:58 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedQuality Levels720p720pHD432p432p216p216p180p180pAutoA, selectedAudio Tracken (Main), selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. 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