Tamiflu protects ferrets in avian flu study

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first_imgMay 4, 2006 (CIDRAP News) – A new study suggests that the antiviral drug oseltamivir (Tamiflu) can prevent deaths in ferrets infected with H5N1 avian influenza, according to reports today from an avian flu conference in Singapore.News of the study’s findings came as the World Health Organization (WHO) reported Egypt’s 13th human case of H5N1 illness.The oseltamivir study was reported at a 2-day meeting sponsored by the British journal The Lancet. In the experiment, a group of ferrets was infected with H5N1 and, 4 hours later, was given half the oseltamivir dose recommended for humans, according to an Associated Press (AP) report. Treatment continued for 5 days.A second group of ferrets received a higher dose of oseltamivir starting 24 hours postinfection. All of the treated ferrets survived, while none of the untreated animals did, the AP reported. Elena Govorkova, MD, PhD, of St Jude Children’s Research Hospital in Memphis, presented the findings.Oseltamivir has been widely touted as one of two neuraminidase inhibitors that show the most promise in fighting H5N1, and countries worldwide are stockpiling the drug in the face of a potential flu pandemic. However, its effectiveness against avian flu in humans is unknown, and Govorkova’s research is designed to help predict optimal dosing for humans in the event of a pandemic, according to Roche, the manufacturer of Tamiflu.Ferrets provide good models for testing, because they are very susceptible to influenza and experience symptoms similar to humans when infected.In Egypt, the avian flu patient is a 27-year-old woman who had recently visited a house where many chickens were slaughtered. Tests conducted by both the national public health laboratory and the Cairo-based US Naval Medical Research Unit 3 produced positive results for H5N1, according to the WHO.The woman was admitted to a hospital with bilateral pneumonia on May 1 and is reported to be in stable condition. Hers is the first confirmed case in Egypt since early April, the WHO said.The case brings the WHO’s worldwide avian flu tally to 206, including 113 deaths.In other developments, an expert at the Singapore conference today said people infected with the H5N1 strain may possess genetic susceptibility, according to a Reuters report.Among the 205 people reported infected since late 2003, there have been family clusters of blood relatives, such as father or mother and children. “So there has to be certainly a genetic aspect to it,” said Robert Webster, PhD, of St Jude Children’s Research Hospital, as quoted by Reuters.Hiroshi Kida, DVM, PhD, director of the Research Center for Zoonosis Control at Hokkaido University in Japan, said there have been no case clusters involving husband and wife, which increases the suspicion of a genetic role.Kida offered a possible explanation, according to Reuters. He said that people infected with H5N1 have a carbohydrate receptor—alpha 2,3—lining their throats. This receptor is predominantly found in birds, and avian flu viruses bind to this class of receptor. Human flu viruses usually bind to a receptor called alpha 2,6, which is dominant in humans, he said.Kida emphasized, however, that other explanations of why the avian flu virus does not as yet transmit easily between humans—such as the theory that it lodges deep in the lungs—may also be tenable.See also:WHO statement on Egyptian casehttp://www.who.int/csr/don/2006_05_04/en/index.htmllast_img

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Croatia is a nautical superpower and we are one of the most important nautical destinations on a global level

first_imgThis year, about 400 exhibitors are exhibiting at the Biograd Boat Show, who will present themselves with numerous vessels and nautical equipment, and European and world premieres of new vessels will be held, which will be in the focus of interest of the world media. As part of the first Croatia Charter Expo, a new two-day Business to Business event, charter companies will meet with agents, brokers and suppliers. Kovačević emphasized that these data clearly outline the potential and importance of the development of nautical tourism for the overall development of the Croatian tourist product. “That is why we must protect our coast and sea, but also remove obstacles, especially legal ones, for stronger investment and competitiveness of the nautical sector. The key is in the urgent procedure of adopting the Amendment to the Law on Maritime Property and Seaports, in order to create legal security, which is a precondition for new investments and development.”, Said Kovacevic.  Attachment: ISTRAŽIVANJE – TOMAS NAUTIKA JAHTING 2017. “Hrvatska je nautička velesila i jedna smo od najznačajnijih nautičkih destinacija ne samo na Mediteranu već i na globalnoj razini. To jasno potvrđuju i brojke – imamo flotu od 4.300  plovila, više od 140 luka nautičkog turizma s preko 17.000 vezova i milijun putnika na kruzerima. Prosjek potrošnje nautičkih turista je 126 eura dnevno, a u čarteru 183 eura po danu. Više od 30 posto tog novca se troši na druge oblike turizma, od kulturnog do vinske i gastronomske ponude“, pointed out the vice president of the Croatian Chamber of Commerce Dragan Kovacevic at the opening of the Biograd Boat Show and the third Nautical Days of the Croatian Chamber of Commerce. In the coming period, everyone in tourism will have to invest significantly more effort than in previous years in attracting guests, including charter, which has had a significant increase in capacity relative to demand growth. Therefore, the Croatian Chamber of Commerce organized a panel as part of the Nautical Day program “Is Croatia still the leading charter destination in the world?”, in which the Assistant Minister in the Ministry of the Sea, Transport and Infrastructure participated Andjelko Petrinic, State Secretary at the Ministry of Tourism Tonči Glavina, Head of the CNTB Market Research and Strategic Planning Department Sasa Popovac, President of the Association of Accommodation Providers on Boats – charter HGK Paško Klisović, Director of Sales and Marketing of one of the world’s leading boat rental platforms, MMK Systems Martina Hršak and editor-in-chief of Magazine More Braslav Karlić.  Glavina said that charter is a particularly important segment of our overall tourist offer because we hold almost 40 percent of the world’s charter fleet. “With the continuous growth of income, there is a growing interest of investors for the Croatian coast, including the construction of new marinas and the expansion of the nautical offer. Our goal and common task is to continuously raise standards in the quality of content and service. We also focus on sustainable development in order to be not only an even more competitive tourist destination in the future, but also to preserve our natural heritage, “said Glavina.  Organizer and host of the Biograd Boat Show and President of the Management Board of Ilirija Goran Raznjevic stated that the company is a pioneer of nautical tourism in Croatia. “Our further contribution to the development of nautical tourism is reflected in the organization of the fair, which in these twenty years with its continuous growth and development has grown into the days of Croatian nautical and congress of the nautical industry, which significantly contributed to the Croatian Chamber of Commerce”, Said Raznjevic.  At the first fair in 1999, only 5 exhibitors exhibited, and today it has grown into one of the leading nautical fairs in Europe. This is the 21st Biograd Boat Show, which takes place from October 17 to 19 in Biograd na Moru. As part of the event, sessions of professional associations of the Croatian Chamber of Commerce will be held: tourist shipping companies, small shipbuilding, marinas, ports, charters and adventure tourism, as well as numerous professional presentations. By the way, Zadar County is an important Croatian nautical center, which is confirmed by the awards of the Croatian Chamber of Commerce and the Croatian Tourist Board at this year’s Days of Croatian Tourism, where Zadar was named the best nautical destination and Olive Island Sutomišćica the best marina in Croatia. Also, Sukosan’s D-Marin Dalmacija was named the best in the category of large marinas, while Ilirija’s marina Kornati, where the fair takes place, was a finalist of the same category, and charter company Angelina from Biograd was a finalist for the charter company of the year. Klisovic cited significant fleet growth as the most significant challenges at the moment, with an increase in operating costs, mainly through an increase in the cost of connections. “There are measures and tools to achieve and maintain moderate growth through licensing of charter companies or at least the implementation of the existing regulations on charter operations, planning and construction of new berths and a stronger presence in insufficiently processed emitting markets. The intention is to open these topics through professional events on the BBS, agree on key problems and possible solutions, and launch the system in that direction, “Klisović explained.  State Secretary in the Ministry of the Sea, Transport and Infrastructure Josip Bilaver said that nautical tourism stimulates the economic growth of the Zadar region, but also the entire country. “In addition to the already known tourist benefits of this type of tourism, it should be noted that the Ministry of the Sea, Transport and Infrastructure takes care of the development of nautical tourism ports, as well as the protection and preservation of the marine environment. Preservation of the sea and marine resources, safety of navigation and protection of human lives are the backbone of our work. Due to all the above, we are recognized as an excellent and safe nautical destination. “said Bilaver. As the manufacturer of the largest yacht charter booking system in the world, MMK Systems has data on 620 fleets and 8.500 vessels from all over the world that use this booking system. Hršak points out that these data clearly show the dominance of Croatia as the top destination for yacht charter in the world. “S obzirom da mi u MMK-u imamo flote iz  preko 35 država, primjećujemo da je, što se tiče razvijenosti industrije i uređenosti samog poslovanja, Hrvatska tu također lider s obzirom na jasna pravila oko boravišnih pristojbi, fiskalizacije, crew lista i sl., što u ostalim destinacijama često nije slučajShe asserted. last_img

Galang COVID-19 hospital opens to step up fight against Indonesian epidemic

first_imgThe hospital has 15 specialist doctors, 110 nurses and other support staff, and 241 volunteer staff.“This hospital was initially designated for [returning] migrant workers, but it will now also receive referral patients from hospitals in other regions,” Indonesian Military (TNI) Regional Defense Joint Command I (Kogabwilhan I) commander Vice Adm. Yudo Margono said on Monday during the hospital’s inauguration ceremony.Galang hospital is under the supervision of Maj. Gen M.S. Fadhilah, the commander of the Bukit Barisan I Military Command that oversees the provinces of North Sumatra, West Sumatra, Riau and Riau Islands.Fadhilah is leading the integrated operational command in the region, which consists of medical workers, state officials, military personnel and police officers. The specialist hospital on Galang Island, which was purpose-built to treat COVID-19 patients from across the nation, opened on Monday to bolster Indonesia’s fight against the outbreak.Galang Island COVID-19 Specialist Hospital, located in Riau islands province, has 340 beds for patients under observation and a 20-bed isolation ward for providing intensive care. It also has a cemetery for burying the bodies of patients who have died of COVID-19, as many regions have reported heated public objections to burying COVID-19 patients at local cemeteries.Read also: Tensions arise between residents, officials over burials in Depok, Medan Galang hospital head Col. Chairul Ihsan, who also heads the Bukit Barisan I command’s Army hospital in Medan, North Sumatra, said that the hospital would be admitting patients from Batam, the largest island and maritime hub of Riau Islands province, as well as from other regions across the country.“This hospital has been designated for [treating] infectious and contagious diseases, which in this case is COVID-19,” said Chairul. “We have been assigned to lead the hospital until the COVID-19 emergency is over.”Read also: Indonesia to turn former Vietnamese refugee camp into hospital for COVID-19 patientsBatam Deputy Mayor Amsakar Achmad said that the administration had also provided a plot of land near the specialist hospital to use as a cemetery for patients who had died of COVID-19.“The [Batam] mayor has prepared and proposed the [land] for use in consideration of the local populace’s objections toward the bodies of COVID-19 patients,” he said.Several cities across the archipelago have reported widespread public objections to burying people who had died of COVID-19 in local cemeteries. In some areas, the local community has blocked streets to prevent ambulances from transporting the bodies of those who had died of the infectious disease to public cemeteries, citing fears that the bodies of confirmed cases would spread the disease in the area.Read also: Palang Hitam runs 24/7 to care for Jakarta’s dead during COVID-19 outbreakThe protocol for burying the bodies of those who died of the disease includes wrapping the body in plastic sheeting and placing in a coffin, which is also wrapped in plastic. Those who assist in the burial must also wear protective gear, such as a hazmat suit, mask and gloves. (mfp)Topics :last_img

Gold Coast homeowners making bigger profits on the sale of their properties

first_imgHarcourts Coastal managing director Dane Atherton. Pic Jono Searle.It had stabilised in recent months and was at a much more “normal” level.“There are still plenty of buyers around, however the market urgency with buyers has softened,” he said.“The number of buyers in the market will affect days on market but it doesn’t necessarily affect price.”He said sellers might have to be more patient compared to last year when some properties were receiving four or five offers, but he said they would still get a good price. REIQ Gold Coast zone chair Andrew Henderson. Picture: Jerad Williams“It shows that the market is doing quite well,” Mr Henderson said.More from news02:37International architect Desmond Brooks selling luxury beach villa16 hours ago02:37Gold Coast property: Sovereign Islands mega mansion hits market with $16m price tag2 days ago“People are making a profit … and that builds confidence.“It shows the Gold Coast is an attractive place for people to live. There’s definitely no oversupply problem.”Mr Henderson, who is also the principal at John Henderson Professionals Mermaid Beach, said more interstate buyers moving to the Coast were making the market more competitive, which was boosting prices.Despite the boost in profits, there were fewer buyers.Harcourts Coastal managing director Dane Atherton confirmed the number of buyers on the Coast now was less than a year ago, but the market remained strong. New figures have revealed Gold Coast homeowners are making almost $10,000 more on the sale of their properties than they were a year ago.GOLD Coast homeowners are making almost $10,000 more on the sale of their properties than they were a year ago, new figures reveal.The latest CoreLogic Pain and Gain Report, to be released today, shows the median profit jumped from $116,000 in the first quarter of 2017 to $125,000 in the same period this year.The report showed 91.3 per cent of homes sold for more than the owners paid for them compared with 90.1 per cent last year.Overall, sellers pocketed $529 million in the three months to March this year compared with $490 million in the same period last year.REIQ Gold Coast zone chairman Andrew Henderson said the figures showed the market was strong and performing well.last_img

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