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

FanDuel seeks to become NJ leader with IGT sports betting systems

first_img FSB selects Glenn Elliott as new COO August 12, 2020 IGT secures major FanDuel retail sportsbook agreement August 3, 2020 Matt King – FanDuel GroupThe newly formed FanDuel Group (Betfair US + FanDuel) has confirmed that it will utilise IGT Group systems as its lead sports betting technology provider for the regulated state of New Jersey.FanDuel Group, the strategic US subsidiary of FTSE100 betting firm Paddy Power Betfair (PPB) has chosen IGT as its lead sports betting platform supplier, servicing its New Jersey operations.The technology partnership will see FanDuel integrate its PPB’s pricing modules and risk management capabilities within an IGT bespoke retail systems, as new enterprise ‘FanDuel Sportsbook’ seeks to become the leading establishment for sports betting in New Jersey.Matt King, FanDuel Group CEO, explained: “We are delighted to choose IGT’s leading platform for our sports betting platform in New Jersey, starting with the recent ‘go live’ at the Meadowlands Racetrack.“When we evaluated sports betting platform provider partners in the U.S., IGT was the ideal choice, based on the company’s proven history in the space and the quality, reliability and flexibility of the sports betting technology that it has deployed for customers around the world.”Last Saturday (14 July), FanDuel Group launched its initial ‘FanDuel Sportsbook’ retail establishment at the Meadowlands Racetrack in East Rutherland NJ.Enrico Drago – IGT GroupEnrico Drago IGT Senior VP of Interactive & Sports Betting, backed the technology partnership, detailing that the combination would develop New Jersey’s best sportsbook enterprise;“IGT’s sports betting technology combined with the expertise of FanDuel represents two experienced, complimentary sports betting companies coming together to create a reliable, world-class sports betting experience in New Jersey.“As sports betting in the U.S. continues to evolve, IGT is prepared to address the needs of its partners through proven solutions and technologies that can be deployed today to advance sports betting across land-based and mobile platforms.” Submit StumbleUpon Related Articles Share Brazil to issue initial plans on Caixa Loterias sale August 17, 2020 Sharelast_img read more