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first_imgEditor’s note: This story was revised Mar 6 to include a clarification about the frequency of mutations in influenza viruses. Mar 5, 2008 (CIDRAP News) – Indonesia’s health ministry said today that H5N1 avian influenza virus samples it sent to a World Health Organization (WHO) laboratory in the United States in February showed no signs of dangerous mutations, according to a Reuters report.On Feb 22, Nancy Cox, PhD, chief of the influenza division at the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), said Indonesia’s health ministry shipped 15 clinical samples to the CDC lab, which is a WHO collaborating facility. She said the samples were from two patients whose infections were confirmed by the WHO on Feb 5 and 12.Lily Sulistyowati, spokeswoman for Indonesia’s health ministry, said the CDC has run tests on the samples, according to a report today from Reuters. “The result is it is still H5N1. It hasn’t mutated, meaning it is endemic among fowl and can be transferred from fowl to human,” Sulistyowati told Reuters.The story provided no further details on the test results. Since flu viruses evolve and mutate constantly, Sulistyowati apparently meant that the viral isolates showed no mutations that would enable them to spread more easily from person to person. Most human H5N1 cases have resulted from contact with poultry; person-to-person transmission of the virus has been rare.Indonesia has shared few H5N1 samples since announcing in December 2006 that it was withholding samples to protest what it perceived as an unfair virus sharing-system that allows pharmaceutical companies to use samples from developing countries to make vaccines that those countries can’t afford.Indonesia’s health minister, Siti Fadilah Supari, had said the country sent the recent samples to the WHO only for risk assessment and that the organization had to notify Indonesia if it wanted to make a seed virus from the samples, according to previous media reports. She also said Indonesia must retain the rights to its viruses in the event that a pharmaceutical company wanted to make a vaccine from the virus in the samples.It’s unclear if the recently shared samples signal that Indonesia has unilaterally ended its boycott of the international virus-sharing system. A WHO group that met to resolve the virus-sharing issue in November failed to draft an agreement between developing nations and the developed countries that are home to the world’s’ largest vaccine producers.Indonesia has been the nation hit hardest by the H5N1 virus. According to the WHO’s most recent count, the virus has infected 129 Indonesians, of whom 105 died.See also:Feb 22 CIDRAP News story “CDC expecting H5N1 samples from Indonesia”last_img read more


first_img Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo made the statement in reaction to the Sept. 27 to 30 survey conducted by the Social Weather Stations (SWS). MANILA – The survey results showing fewer victims of common crimes in the last six months only shows that the Duterte administration’s war on drugs “is working effectively,” Malacañang said. The SWS survey showed that 5.6 percent or 1.4 million Filipino families reported being victimized by common crimes in the past six months. “The survey was a clear repudiation of the disinformation being peddled by the opposition against the government’s fight against crimes and drugs,” the Palace spokesperson claimed. The latest figure is lower than the 7 percent or 1.7 million families who were victimized by any common crimes in June.center_img “The September crime victimization survey validates government data that the campaign against illegal drugs and criminality, a centerpiece program of the Administration, is working effectively and efficiently with the results being significant, palpable, and meaningful,” Panelo said. Philippine scene of the crime operatives tend to the body of a slain drug suspect. The Supreme Court has ordered the government to produce hand over records of thousands of deadly encounters in its war on drugs. AP “It does not therefore take a rocket scientist to understand that the Chief Executive’s performance, satisfaction, approval and trust ratings remain at the stratospheric level at the midpoint of his presidency,” added Panelo./PNlast_img read more


first_img After penning a three-year deal with Orlando in 2019 when joining from Sporting Lisbon, Nani admits he had misconceptions about the MLS upon signing. And even though there is still work to be done, he believes there is a collective willingness to continue growing the league. The 33-year-old winger added: “It is a great league. Obviously there are points where we must improve as a league, even in the quality of the players. read also:Toni: ‘Ronaldo can’t even dribble’ “Here you have fantastic clubs, well organised with fantastic conditions, great coaches, great players. You see every season improving. “I think we all have the conditions in this league. We are in a great country. “Everything is around us. It is all about being better, not being afraid to improve.” FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 The former Manchester United Portuguese international currently plays in the States and is captain of Orlando City. And he believes his legendary 35-year-old countryman, who suffered defeat with Juventus in last night’s Coppa Italia final to Napoli, will eventually end up joining him Stateside. Speaking to ESPN’s Taylor Twellman about the 35-year-old forward, Nani said: “A couple of years ago, he told me that he will probably end up in America. “It’s not 100 percent but probably. There is a chance.” Ronaldo left Real Madrid in 2018 after a record-breaking nine-year spell to pen a four-year deal with Juventus. Ex-LA Galaxy star Beckham has already said he would love to bring Ronaldo and Lionel Messi to his Inter Miami franchise.Advertisement Nani has provided David Beckham’s Inter Miami with a boost by revealing Cristiano Ronaldo told him he will “probably” play in the MLS.center_img Loading…last_img read more

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