WHO confirms Indonesia’s 53rd avian flu case

first_imgJul 14, 2006 (CIDRAP News) – A 3-year-old girl who died on Jul 6 near Jakarta had Indonesia’s 53rd case of H5N1 avian influenza, according to test results announced today by the World Health Organization (WHO).Meanwhile, Bloomberg news reported last night that the only survivor of a recent family cluster of avian flu cases in Indonesia is being treated for brain abscesses.The 3-year-old girl, who was from a suburb of Jakarta, became ill on Jun 23 and was hospitalized Jul 5. The WHO said investigators found that she had handled some dead chickens 2 days before she fell ill. Samples taken from chickens in her neighborhood were positive. Investigators found no other patients with influenza-like illnesses, and they are monitoring close contacts of the girl, the agency said.With 41 avian flu deaths, Indonesia now trails Vietnam for most deaths by only one, according to WHO statistics. Vietnam, however, has had no human cases of H5N1 since last November, while Indonesia’s 53 cases have all come in 2005 and 2006.According to the Bloomberg story, Luhur Soeroso, a doctor caring for the sole survivor of the avian flu case cluster in North Sumatra, said the 25-year-old man experienced headaches and fatigue a month after he was treated for avian flu. The patient, Jones Ginting, is hospitalized at Adam Malik Hospital in the northern Sumatra city of Medan. The cluster involved seven confirmed cases and one probable case.”We found abscesses in several parts of his brain,” Soeroso said. He suggested that antibiotics and other drugs given for avian flu might have weakened the patient’s immune system, but said the brain abscesses are gradually shrinking in response to treatment.Neurologic manifestations of H5N1 infection have been reported before, though rarely. A Vietnamese boy who died of encephalitis in 2004 was later found to have had H5N1 infection, according to a research report published last year. Encephalitis is also known to be a rare complication of ordinary influenza.See also:Jul 14 WHO update on Indonesian situationhttp://www.who.int/csr/don/2006_07_14/en/index.htmlJun 22 CIDRAP News article “WHO concludes H5N1 likely spread within family”Feb 16, 2005, CIDRAP News article “Avian flu caused encephalitis in Vietnamese boy”last_img read more

Students volunteer at Marshall Service Day

first_imgPaul Boulos and his team spent their Saturday morning sorting different types of bread — 20,000 pounds of it. Boulos, a freshman studying business administration volunteered at Marshall Community Service Day on Saturday with approximately 150 USC students, staff, alumni and faculty. Volunteers met at 7 a.m. to work at one of the nine community service sites, two of which were on campus, ranging from the L.A. Food Bank to the L.A. Ronald McDonald House. The event was hosted by the student-run Marshall Outreach and Volunteer Entrepreneurs organization, and was open to any USC-affiliated volunteers.“Volunteering made me realize how lucky you are,” Boulos said. “It makes you feel really good … it clears your mind.”The event provided volunteers with breakfast and lunch on the Marshall Lawn. Vice Dean for Undergraduate Programs Tyrone Callahan gave a speech in the morning to thank volunteers for their service.Lindsay Sotnick, a junior studying business administration, is the current president of MOVE and has volunteered with the organization since she was a freshman. This year, she worked at the World Harvest Food Bank, a food bank only two blocks from USC’s campus.“As college students, we tend to think of ourselves as so busy,” Sotnick said. “Noticing that you have the time to give back, even if it’s just for a few hours on a Saturday morning once a semester, is important to recognize I’m not having the biggest problem that’s out there.”Ximena Araujo, a junior studying business and accounting, is the vice president of MOVE and has found that joining a service organization has helped her continue to volunteer. She stayed on campus during MCSD to manage the food and coordinate transportation for volunteers.“There’s so much controversy about the top 1 percent, and the business leaders who have all this power, and the people at Marshall are the future business leaders,” Araujo said. “It’s really important for Marshall to be involved in teaching our students that they have to give back.”Sowon Kang is the assistant director for international programs for Marshall undergraduates and the former student services coordinator. She works to connect student organizations to available administrative resources. She credits MOVE with the event organization, but provided administrative support and coordination.“This gets people more engaged, and it is eye-opening to see how they can contribute to local communities, which is a great experience for students to have,” Kang said. “They can understand how to give back to the community which is not as fortunate as they are.”last_img read more