Mar 5, 2008 (CIDRAP News) – The World Health Organization (WHO) today reported that an 11-year-old Egyptian boy is hospitalized in critical condition with an H5N1 avian influenza infection, a day after the agency announced the death of a 25-year-old Egyptian woman from the virus.The boy is from Menofia governorate, north of Cairo, according to a WHO statement. He was hospitalized with influenza symptoms on Feb 25, and his samples were positive for the H5N1 virus in tests by Egypt’s Central Public Health Laboratory and the Cairo-based US Naval Medical Research Unit 3 (NAMRU-3).The WHO said an investigation into the source of the boy’s infection revealed that he had contact with sick and dead poultry.Yesterday the WHO reported that a 25-year-old woman from Fayoum governorate, about 53 miles south of Cairo, died of an H5N1 infection. In its statement, the WHO said she got sick on Feb 24 and was hospitalized 3 days later; the date of her death was not listed. Egypt’s health ministry had announced the confirmation of her case on Mar 1, according to earlier media reports.An investigation into the woman’s illness indicated she had contact with sick and dead poultry before she got sick, the WHO reported.With the two latest cases, Egypt has had 46 H5N1 cases and 20 deaths, including 3 cases and 1 death this year. The WHO’s global total is 371 cases and 235 deaths.See also:Mar 5 WHO statementMar 4 WHO statementMar 3 CIDRAP News story “New case raises Egypt’s H5N1 count to 45”
Radio NZ News 31 July 2018Family First Comment: National has changed their policy on referendums – apparently!“Oh I think we’ve got to, I mean we’ve got to go with what the people want and what a referendum tells us.”Remember 2009…. 87%…. anti-smacking…….??If the public votes in favour of legalising cannabis in a referendum, a National-led government would change the law accordingly, National Party leader Simon Bridges says.A referendum on legalising the personal use of cannabis is part of the confidence and supply agreement between the Greens and Labour parties.Under the deal, the referendum will be held at or before the 2020 general election.Justice Minister Andrew Little said the government would decide in the next couple of months whether the upcoming referendum would be binding.“One of the decisions the government is going to make is whether the it’s a binding referendum … in order for a binding referendum to take place there has to be a reasonable degree of specificity and certainty about what would follow a ‘yes’ vote.”Mr Bridges said National would enact a law change if that was what New Zealanders wanted.READ MORE: http://www.radionz.co.nz/news/political/363049/national-would-legalise-cannabis-if-public-voted-in-favour-bridges
The University of Wisconsin men’s hockey team (10-15-5, 6-9-5 Big Ten) will travel to University Park, Pennsylvania to take on No. 19 Penn State (17-11-2, 9-10-1) this weekend in a pivotal late-season matchup as both teams seek a late rise in the conference standings.The Badgers are coming off a series split against Notre Dame in South Bend, Indiana, last weekend. They currently sit in last place in the Big Ten, but are only two points behind Michigan State, four behind Penn State, five behind Michigan and six behind Notre Dame.Penn State, on the other hand, is coming off a series split against Michigan State in East Lansing, Michigan. The Nittany Lions sit only four points behind second place Minnesota with four games left in the season.Men’s hockey: Badgers add Ryder Donovan to already strong 2019 recruitment classThe University of Wisconsin men’s hockey team turned heads in the recruitment world this past week with the addition of Read…Despite these teams’ closeness in the Big Ten standings, their stats tell a different story. Penn State leads the nation in goals, while Wisconsin ranks 28th.Penn State’s goal-scoring prowess was on display against Wisconsin when they scored eight goals in two games during their late November trip to the Kohl Center.One good omen for the Badgers going into the weekend is that Penn State has allowed 110 goals — the seventh most in the nation — while Badgers have only allowed 99. Penn State’s defensive struggle was on full display when the Badgers scored 11 goals over their previous two-game series.Puck drop is scheduled for 5:30 p.m. Friday and 6 p.m. Saturday. Friday’s game will be televised on the Big Ten Network and both games can be listened to on the Badger Sports Network and followed live on Twitter @BadgerMHockey or uwbadgers.com.