Mild H5N1 cases weren’t missed in Cambodian outbreak

first_imgMar 27, 2006 (CIDRAP News) – Researchers who looked for mild or asymptomatic human cases of H5N1 avian influenza following an outbreak in Cambodia last year didn’t find any, challenging the view that human cases have gone undetected, according to findings presented last week.The research described Mar 20 at the International Conference on Emerging Infectious Diseases in Atlanta implies that surveillance for human cases might be more effective than some experts assumed, according to a story by the Canadian Press (CP). However, the findings also imply that the case-fatality rate for avian flu is higher than some experts thought.Dr. Philippe Buchy and his colleagues at the Institut Pasteur in Phnom Penh last spring tested blood samples from 351 residents of a Cambodian village where poultry and one person had died of avian flu, the CP reported. No signs of antibodies to H5N1 were found in the samples, indicating the residents had not suffered even mild cases of avian flu.Some of the people tested had “significant” exposure to poultry or infected people, the story said. For example, a doctor who inserted a tube down an H5N1 patient’s windpipe without wearing any protective gear did not show any antibodies indicating infection. The same was true for other healthcare workers, including two veterinarians who had autopsied H5N1-infected birds. The healthcare workers did not know at the time they were dealing with avian flu cases.”We didn’t find any cases of H5N1, so nobody seems to have been asymptomatic or with mild symptoms during this outbreak in Cambodia,” Buchy told the CP.On the bright side, Buchy was quoted as saying the data indicate the virus still finds it difficult to jump from poultry to humans.Dr. Nancy Cox, head of the influenza branch at the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in Atlanta, concurred with Buchy, but added: “On the other side of the coin, it means that the case-fatality rate is still very high. And that is a negative thing.”Experts have suggested that the current case fatality rate for avian flu, about 56%, could be inaccurate because milder or asymptomatic cases have not been identified.”The work in Cambodia is extremely important because it shows that we really aren’t missing that much,” Cox told the CP. However, she added that it is important to conduct research on a larger scale to determine whether mild or asymptomatic cases are occurring, and said such studies are planned.last_img read more

Jamie Carragher sends transfer message to Arsenal and Unai Emery after January window closes

first_img SPONSORED PLAY Full Screen Arsenal manager Unai Emery (Picture: Getty)Arsenal need to invest heavily this summer and bolster Unai Emery’s squad with multiple defensive signings, according to Jamie Carragher.Denis Suarez was Arsenal’s one and only January signing, with the Barcelona midfielder joining the Gunners on loan until the end of the season.Emery wanted at least one more player to arrive through the doors at the Emirates but his plans were impeded by the fact Arsenal were only able to complete loan deals.Liverpool legend Carragher says Arsenal need a ‘big summer window’ after a quiet January, with the club’s current defenders not up to scratch.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENT Skip Ad Skip 1/1 Comment Denis Suarez joined the Gunners on loan (Picture: Getty) Who are Arsenal’s transfer targets?To view this video please enable JavaScript, and consider upgrading to a web browser that supports HTML5 video Play VideoLoaded: 0%0:00Progress: 0%PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration Time 0:59FullscreenWho are Arsenal’s transfer targets?https://metro.co.uk/video/who-arsenals-transfer-targets-1833622/This is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window. 1 min. story Read More Read More Read More Former Liverpool and England defender Jamie Carragher (Picture: Getty)‘They did spend decent money on Shkodran Mustafi a couple of years ago but it hasn’t really worked out.‘The defenders they signed in the summer are not good enough for Arsenal and that’s why they continue to have problems defensively and will do until that changes.‘They have a fantastic strikeforce but in the summer they greatly need defensive reinforcements.’On Suarez’s arrival from Spain, Carragher said: ‘Unai Emery knows him well from their time together at Sevilla and it will be interesting to see where he does use him.‘At times he has used Alex Iwobi in that wide position or in a No 10 when he changes the system. It might be that position that he looks at.’More: FootballBruno Fernandes responds to Man Utd bust-up rumours with Ole Gunnar SolskjaerNew Manchester United signing Facundo Pellistri responds to Edinson Cavani praiseArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira moves by Metro Read Morecenter_img Read More Advertisement Coming Next Metro Sport ReporterFriday 1 Feb 2019 3:45 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link406Shares Rio Ferdinand tells Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop struggling Jamie Carragher sends transfer message to Arsenal and Unai Emery after January window closes More: 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 CityHe told Sky Sports: ‘It hasn’t been a great window for Arsenal but Emery was quite transparent when he said they could only get loans.‘I think the summer is when they will have to really invest. It’s touch-and-go whether they make top four and that will have an impact on what happens in the summer. Arsenal need a big summer window.‘If you are looking at the defence you have to go back 12 months when Arsene Wenger was still there and there was a lot of money spent.‘They lost Alexis Sanchez and got Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Henrikh Mkhitaryan when they were crying out for a centre-back. Visit Advertiser website GO TO PAGE Video Settings / Advertisement Top articles Manchester United captain Harry Maguire About Connatix V67539last_img read more