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Nov 14, 2005 (CIDRAP News) – A new suspected case of H5N1 avian influenza was reported in Indonesia today, while still another poultry outbreak was reported in China, its ninth in the past month.In addition, the World Health Organization (WHO) confirmed the avian flu case reported in an 18-month-old boy in Thailand last week, while Thai officials said the boy’s grandmother has tested negative for the virus.A 20-year-old Indonesian woman died in a Jakarta hospital Nov 12 after suffering from a high fever and respiratory problems, prompting tests for avian flu, according to an Associated Press report today.A neighbor of the woman had 10 chickens that died recently, and other members of her family kept birds as pets, according to an Agence France-Presse (AFP) report.Ilham Patu of Jakarta’s Sulianti Saroso Hospital said an Indonesian lab would test samples from the woman today, and samples also were being sent to a Hong Kong lab for testing.The WHO today confirmed H5N1 avian flu in the 18-month-old boy from a suburb of Bangkok, saying he remained in good condition. His case, reported in the media Nov 11, is the fourth in Thailand this year and the 21st since early 2004.The boy’s 65-year-old grandmother had been suspected of having avian flu, but Thailand’s health ministry said she has twice tested negative for H5N1, according to an AFP report today. A third test result was still awaited. The ministry said her condition was improving.China reported an H5N1 outbreak that killed 800 poultry in the eastern part of Anhui province, the ninth outbreak in about a month, according to an AFP story today. The outbreak was discovered Nov 6 and the cause was confirmed as H5N1 today.Local officials ordered the culling of all poultry within 3 kilometers of the affected farm, and more than 126,000 birds have been killed so far, the story said. The agriculture ministry said another 279,000 birds in the area have been vaccinated.Also, a group of WHO experts arrived in Changsha, capital of Hunan province, to investigate three pneumonia cases, including one death, suspected of being caused by avian flu, AFP reported.In Romania, the veterinary authority said four dead hens in a village in the Danube delta had tested positive for an H5 flu virus, according to a Reuters report. Samples from the hens, found in the village of Caraorman, were to be sent to Britain to test for H5N1, officials said. H5N1 was found in poultry in two villages in the Danube delta last month.In Vietnam, researchers reported that the H5N1 virus had mutated in ways that enable it reproduce more effectively in mammals, but two health officials described the findings as neither new nor particularly alarming.An online report by the Pasteur Institute in Ho Chi Minh City said, “The H5N1 type noticed among people and poultry in early 2005 has undergone some changes, facilitating its reproduction in cells of mammals and making it more dangerous,” according to an AFP report today.Reuters reported that the findings were based on an analysis of 24 H5N1 isolates from poultry and humans. The information came from the online newspaper Vnexpress, which quoted Cao Bao Van of the Pasteur Institute. In one human isolate from southern Vietnam, he said, researchers had found a mutation in the PB2 gene that “allows more effective breeding of the virus in mammals.”The researchers offered no conclusions about the virus’s ability to spread from person to person, Reuters reported.An AFP story today quoted the director of the Pasteur Institute, Nguyen Thi Kim Tien, as saying that the new findings were “not of any surprise” and that the “changes in the virus are not that significant.”In addition, a WHO spokeswoman in Hanoi, Dida Connor, said mutations in the virus were not unusual. “It is sometimes difficult to directly link specific changes in the genetic sequence to changes in virus behavior, including its ability to infect humans,” Connor said.The Pasteur Institute report said the virus had developed resistance to the antiviral drugs amantadine and rimantadine, but that finding has been reported before.Avian flu has broken out in poultry in 10 of Vietnam’s 64 provinces since early October, the AFP report said.In Taiwan, meanwhile, an H7N3 avian flu virus was found in droppings form a migratory bird, according to another AFP report today. The virus was found in one of 20 samples of bird droppings gathered from a swamp near the southern city of Tainan.No dead birds were found in the area, and authorities were unsure of the virus’s virulence, the story said. An official said a mild strain of H7N3 was found last April in bird droppings near Taipei.Taiwan has had no H5N1 outbreaks, but eight pet birds smuggled from China tested positive for the virus last month, the story noted.See also:Nov 14 WHO news releasehttp://www.who.int/csr/don/2005_11_14/en/index.html
Avian flu has broken out again in commercial poultry in Russia this week. More than 100,000 chickens on a farm in the southern region of Krasnodar, on the northeastern side of the Black Sea, have been killed to contain the outbreak, according to the AP. See also: The World Health Organization (WHO) said today its collaborating laboratory in Britain has confirmed the second fatal human H5N1 case in Iraq. The case, in a 39-year-old man, was announced previously by Iraq’s health ministry and the WHO. An official at Sulianti Saroso Hospital said the two patients were transferred there early today, according to the story. He said seven other patients at the hospital were being treated for suspected avian flu as well. Mar 1, 2006 (CIDRAP News) US health officials announced today they have ordered more than 14 million treatment courses of two antiviral drugs to add to the 5.5 million courses already bought in preparation for a possible influenza pandemic. Mar 1 WHO statementhttp://www.who.int/csr/don/2006_03_01a/en/index.html The HHS announcement came as concern about the spread of H5N1 avian influenza continued to increase in Europe and elsewhere. The British lab is also testing samples from some suspected human cases from the northern Iraqi province of Sulaimaniyah and the southern provinces of Basra and Missan, the WHO said. In Germany, disease-control officials said the cat recently found infected with avian flu almost certainly had the deadly strain of H5N1, according to an Agence France-Presse (AFP) report today. If so, the cat will be the first known instance of a mammal infected with the virus in Europe. Captive tigers and leopards and a few domestic cats were infected in Asia in 2004. The HHS pandemic plan calls for buying enough doses of antivirals to treat 25% of the US population, according to the release. The department didn’t say how soon it expects to receive the doses just ordered. In Indonesia, two more people, a 20-year-old and a 12-month-old, were hospitalized in Jakarta with suspected cases of avian flu, according to another AFP report today. Thomas Mettenleiter, head of Germany’s Friedrich Loeffler Institute, said the cat is believed to have eaten an infected bird, according to an Associated Press (AP) report published last night. The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has ordered 12.4 million courses of oseltamivir (Tamiflu) from Roche and 1.75 million courses of zanamivir (Relenza) from GlaxoSmithKline, according to an HHS news release.
Apr 24, 2007 (CIDRAP News) – US and Russian researchers report that peak death rates from heart disease seemed to coincide with peak influenza activity in a Russian population over an 8-year period, suggesting that flu contributes to heart attacks.The research team, led by Mohammad Madjid, MD, of the University of Texas Health Science Center in Houston, used autopsy reports in St. Petersburg, Russia, to explore the relationship between flu epidemics and cardiac deaths. Their results were published online Apr 17 by the European Heart Journal (EHJ).”Influenza epidemics are associated with a rise in autopsy-confirmed coronary deaths,” the authors write. “Influenza vaccination should be advocated for patients at high risk of developing cardiovascular events.”During the 1993 to 2000 study period, few St. Petersburg residents received flu shots or statin drugs, according to the report. “This enabled us to see what happened naturally in the absence of these medicines,” said Madjid in an EHJ press release.He said the group relied on autopsy reports because doctors often don’t list influenza on the death certificate when a patient has died of a heart attack, and they sometimes miss heart attack symptoms when patients have flu or pneumonia. Another advantage of using the St Petersburg population for the study was that the area had an autopsy rate near 70%.For the 8-year span, researchers studied weekly death rates from acute myocardial infarction (AMI) and ischemic heart disease (IHD). They compared those rates with the number of acute respiratory disease cases reported by the city’s public health service and information on influenza epidemics from local surveillance agencies. Influenza A (H3N2) was the prevailing flu strain during all the study years, except the 1994-95 season, when an influenza B strain was most common.The investigators found that 11,892 people died of AMI and 23,000 died of IHD. Most of the patients were elderly, and the women were older than the men (median ages, 75 and 65, respectively). The length of the flu epidemics averaged 2.9 months.The data showed that peaks in AMI and IHD mortality occurred during the flu epidemics and coincided with the peak weeks for respiratory illnesses in all years except 1998, when respiratory illness activity was milder than other years.During epidemic weeks, patients’ chances of dying from AMI increased by a third, and their chance of dying from IHD increased by a tenth, Madjid said in the EHJ press release.The authors found similar patterns when they looked at four subgroups of patients: those aged 50 and older, 70 and older, men, and women.New findings consistent with othersKristin Nichol, MD, MPH, an influenza vaccine researcher who is chief of medicine at the Veterans Administration Medical Center in Minneapolis, said the findings are consistent with others that have shown a correlation between seasonal flu and cardiac events. She said it was useful to see the correlation between the two events appear with the autopsy data.”Researchers are building a large body of evidence that influenza can precipitate cardiovascular events,” Nichol told CIDRAP News, adding that flu has a broad impact on many body systems.Though researchers have long known about a relationship between cardiac complications and influenza, pneumonia gets more attention because many believe it’s a key marker of flu epidemic severity, Nichol said.However, awareness of the cardiac impact of influenza seems to be growing, she said, noting that the American Heart Association and the American College of Cardiology recently recognized the benefits of influenza vaccination for patients who have heart disease.Influenza’s role as a triggerMadjid and some other researchers believe that influenza causes severe inflammation that, in some patients, can destabilize atherosclerotic plaques in coronary arteries, which can lead to an AMI, according to the EHJ release.Most people in Western countries have varying degrees of atherosclerosis, though most will never show any clinical signs of it, Madjid said. “However, in some patients the quiescent, stable atherosclerotic plaques undergo sudden changes, mainly due to exaggerated inflammation, leading to rupture of these vulnerable plaques and subsequent formation of clots resulting in heart attacks,” he said.Kristine Moore, MD, MPH, medical director of the Univefsity of Minnesota Center for Infectious Disease Research and Policy, publisher of CIDRAP News, said inflammation is probably not the only flu-related risk factor for cardiac events. “People with influenza often become dehydrated and have a fever; in both cases, the heart has to work harder to compensate, similar to exercise, which could be an important factor in leading to cardiovascular events,” she said.Flu shots to protect heart healthMadjid said the findings point up the importance of flu vaccination for people with cardiac risk factors. “If people can recognize that the flu vaccine has specific cardioprotective effects, then high-risk people will be more likely to make sure that they receive the influenza vaccine every year,” he said in the news release.The flu vaccine may be especially beneficial for low-income people who have cardiac risk factors and lack access to medical care or protective cardiovascular medications. “In contrast, the flu vaccine is inexpensive, easy to administer, and could save thousands of lives every year,” Madjid said.However, Nichol said studies to date have not shown clearly that seasonal flu vaccination can lower the rate of cardiac events. Nonetheless, she said vaccination is important because it’s not possible to overstate how dangerous the flu can be. “It’s at our doorstep every year, and it’s not the benign, trivial nuisance that many think it is,” she said.Previous research by Madjid’s team has shown that a third of people who have heart disease don’t consider themselves at high risk for cardiac-related flu complications, according to the EHJ release.”Between 10% and 20% of people catch flu every year, and I have estimated that we can prevent up to 90,000 coronary deaths a year in the USA if every high-risk patient received an annual flu vaccination,” Madjid asserted.Madjid and colleagues contend that their findings have important implications for health care during a flu pandemic. Patients who have cardiovascular disease should be considered among the priority groups to receive a pandemic vaccine, they write.Madjid M, Miller CC, Zarubaev VV, et al. Influenza epidemics and acute respiratory disease activity are associated with a surge in autopsy-confirmed coronary heart disease death: results from 8 years of autopsies in 34,892 subjects. Eur Heart J 2007; early online publication Apr17 [Abstract]
Dec 2, 2008 (CIDRAP News) – Researchers who surveyed thousands of Minnesota college students over four years found that those who got flu shots had a 30% lower rate of flu-like illness during flu seasons than those who skipped the shots, according to a report published this week.Those who received flu shots also were significantly less likely to go to a doctor or bungle an assignment or test because of an influenza-like illness (ILI), according to the report by Kristin L. Nichol, MD, MPH, and colleagues, of the Minneapolis VA Medical Center and the University of Minnesota. Their report was published yesterday in the Archives of Pediatrics and Adolescent Medicine.”Influenza vaccination was associated with substantial reductions in ILI and ILI-associated health care use and impairment of school performance,” the report states. “College and university students can experience substantial benefits from influenza vaccination.”College-age people are not among those for whom flu shots are officially recommended, unless they happen to be close contacts of others who are at risk for serious flu complications. This year, however, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) extended flu immunization recommendations to include all children aged 5 through 18.On the basis of previous research, Nichol and colleagues estimated that from 9% to 20% of college students come down with the flu each year. To assess the effects of flu shots in students, they conducted an Internet-based survey at the University of Minnesota during four successive flu seasons, from 2002-03 through 2005-06. In the last season they also included St. Olaf College in Northfield, Minn.Internet surveys usedEach October, all full-time students were invited by e-mail to participate in the study, which included baseline and follow-up surveys conducted on a secure Web site. The primary outcome measure was the percentage of students experiencing an ILI—defined as a respiratory illness with fever and cough—during the flu season. The surveys covered November through March, but the flu season was defined retrospectively using data from the Minnesota Department of Health.To limit bias, the researchers in their statistical analysis adjusted for differences between vaccinated and unvaccinated groups in a number of variables, including age, sex, high-risk status (due to diabetes, asthma, or heart disease), smoking status, general health level, and number of recent physician visits. Also, to limit the possibility that apparent benefits of vaccination would not represent actual reductions in flu cases, they assessed ILI rates in months that were covered by the surveys but were not part of the flu season.Over the 4 years, the researchers recruited 12,975 students who completed a baseline and at least one follow-up survey and gave their vaccination status. Overall, 30.2% of the students reported being vaccinated. Vaccinated students were somewhat older than unvaccinated ones and were slightly more likely to be women. (About 71% of participants in the study overall were women.)Close to a quarter of the students—24.1%—reported an ILI during the flu season. That included 20.9% of vaccinated students and 25.5% of the others. After adjustment for potential confounding variables, that translated into a 30% reduction in ILI (adjusted odds ratio [OR], 0.70; 95% confidence interval [CI], 0.56-0.89).As measured by certain secondary outcomes related to ILI, the benefits of vaccination were even greater, according to the report. The immunized students were 47% less likely to see a healthcare provider for an ILI (adjusted OR, 0.53; 95% CI, 0.35 to 0.82), 46% less likely to use antibiotics (adjusted OR, 0.54; 95% CI, 0.32 to 0.90), 40% less likely to do poorly on an assignment (adjusted OR, 0.60; 95% CI, 0.40 to 0.90), and 47% less likely to do poorly on a test (adjusted OR, 0.53; 95% CI, 0.31 to 0.88).The investigators found that immunized students lost significantly fewer days to illness than did the unvaccinated students. Overall, one day of ILI was prevented for every two people vaccinated, the report says.Illness in non-flu monthsThe analysis showed that, in contrast to the findings for the flu season, vaccinated and unvaccinated students had nearly the same rates of ILI during non-flu periods (adjusted OR, 0.98; 95% CI, 0.73 to 1.3). “These findings suggest that our multivariable models performed well and do not suggest significant bias,” the report says. In light of previous findings, the authors estimate that between 30% and 79% of the ILIs reported by the students were actual flu cases.During the 4-year study period, the only season in which the flu vaccine matched up poorly with the predominant viruses in circulation was 2003-04. In analyzing that year’s data separately, the authors found that the benefits of vaccination held up: immunized students had a 31% lower rate of ILI (adjusted OR, 0.69; 95% CI, 0.56 to 0.84).The authors comment that previous studies of flu vaccine effectiveness in younger adults have mostly focused on working people. “Our study extends previous observations by clarifying the benefits of vaccination specifically among college and university students,” they write. They also say that by following students for 4 years, they limited the risk of getting misleading results that comes with focusing on just one or two seasons.At the same time, the researchers acknowledge certain limitations of their study. Because it is an observational study, there is a chance of “residual confounding” despite the adjustments for covariates, they say. Also, the reliance on self-reporting may have led to misclassification of some participants’ vaccination status, and the Minnesota students may not have been fully representative of students nationwide.The next flu-vaccine target group?Lone Simonsen, PhD, MS, a George Washington University professor who has argued that some observational studies exaggerated the benefits of flu vaccination , especially in the elderly, welcomed the findings but raised questions about a couple of details. Simonsen is visiting professor and research director in George Washington’s Department of Global Health.”All in all, this is a study that highlights the benefits to an age-group that is probably the next on the target list going towards universal immunization: college kids,” she told CIDRAP News via e-mail. “Previous studies have struggled to see the benefits in this age-group because the severe outcomes are so very low (hospitalizations for example).”Calling the use of Internet reporting of ILI “interesting,” Simonsen said she would be concerned about validity, but she found it reassuring that the vaccinated and unvaccinated students had about the same ILI rates in the non-epidemic periods. “It is good that Nichol et al now embrace this strategy for testing for confounding bias,” she said, adding, “One thing that bothers me a tad is that the non-epidemic winter period findings are not shown in tables and figures—it is a very important aspect of the study.””I am not surprised that influenza vaccine can prevent 30% of ILI episodes in periods when influenza circulate—this is consistent with a good vaccine response as the authors conclude, similar to the expected 70% to 90% VE [vaccine effectiveness] for a laboratory-confirmed [influenza],” Simonsen said.The one “big surprise” to her was that benefits of vaccination persisted in the season when the vaccine was not a good match for circulating viruses. “The authors see this as a great thing—but it makes me wonder how this can be true, and if it is true, does that mean we shouldn’t bother with all that effort to identify antigenically matched vaccine strains each season,” she said.Simonsen said Nichol and colleagues cite several studies that showed good vaccine effectiveness in “mismatched seasons,” but she knows of several others that showed much poorer results. “So I’d say the jury is still out on this one,” she commented.Nichol KL, D’Heilly S, Ehlinger EP. Influenza vaccination among college and university students: impact on influenzalike illness, health care use, and impaired school performance. Arch Ped Adol Med 2008 Dec;162(12):1113-8 [Abstract]See also: Oct 30 CIDRAP News story “Benefits of flu vaccination hotly debated”
The conference “Croatian Tourist Congress 2017” was held in Zadar, at which, among other things, the Večernjak Tourist Patrol and Večernjak Stars Award was given for the best restaurants and the best tourist destination in continental and the best tourist destination in Adriatic Croatia. Thus, Varaždin and Zadar were declared champions of our Croatian tourism, and the best restaurants were the tavern Dalmacija from Trogir, the tavern Kalelarga from Makarska, the restaurant Korana-Srakovčić from Karlovac and the restaurant Waldinger from Osijek.On that occasion, Minister Cappelli reminded of the importance of the diversity of the offer and the development of new services and how important it is that they are based on quality and be the result of the wishes and needs of visitors and the local population. “I am especially pleased with the awarding of the prestigious awards of the Večernjak Patrol and Večernjak Stars, which promote tourist destinations on the Adriatic and the continent and emphasize the importance of the catering offer. I am glad that the destinations of continental Croatia are included in the selection this year. Congratulations once again to all the winners, I thank them for their persistent and dedicated work and their contribution to this successful Croatian tourist story. They are an excellent example and encouragement to all of us and proof that only persistent and dedicated work can reach the goal.” pointed out Minister Cappelli at the awards ceremony.A panel discussion was held as part of the conference “Tourism of the future – are we ready for sustainable development?” dedicated to the tourism industry and related activities. Among other things, the participants expressed their views on aligning capacity growth and tourism with sustainable development at the local level and on the contribution of the ICT sector to the goals of the Tourism Development Strategy, such as increasing investment and tourism spending.Minister Cappelli pointed out that each city or county, if they want to develop tourism in their area and be sustainable and long-term competitive, must have their own development strategy, which will focus on sustainable development, but also modern technologies that allow even greater orientation to each visitors individually and discover his habits and desires. “Citizens, cities, city councils must decide what kind of tourism they want, and the state is here to help them raise quality, preserve nature, co-finance projects, tourist safety and the like.”; concluded Minister Cappelli, adding that tourism today is changing and driving the world. In addition to Minister Cappelli, the Round Table was also attended by the President of the Supervisory Board of Sunce Concern dd Jako Andabak, the President of the Management Board of Atlas Tomislav Varga and a research associate at the Institute of Tourism Damir Krešić.We are approaching the historical results of 100 million overnight stays, said Minister Cappelli, adding that in the coming period the Ministry of Tourism and the Croatian Tourist Board will work even harder on the development of year-round tourism, position Croatia as an air destination and strengthen tourism on the continent according to sustainable development.
The platform for the promotion of cycling tourism, Bicikademija, continues to expand to other regions and destinations. After Slavonia and Istria, the latest cycling studio is the Island of Rab.The cycling study consists of 7 exams – Paradise Beach, Sveti Nikola, Ciganka Beach, Stolac Lookout, Zlatni Zalaz, Rab City and Dundo Forest.The Bicikademija project is an innovative and interactive approach to the promotion of a certain area as a desirable cycling tourist destination. The bicycle academy consists of a web platform and a mobile application to which the user (Bike Student) registers, who receives a virtual index after this process. The index consists of studies that represent specific areas. Each Study consists of an exam (location). The Student’s task is to register and log in to the system, tour the locations by bicycle, check and take photos and thus take the exam.In the meantime, there is no need to worry about it. ”Rab Bike Academy was financed by the Tourist Board of the Municipality of Lopar, where they will find prizes for the winners who pass this Bike Academy Study.It is estimated that there are over 60 million active cyclists in Europe, generating over 50 billion euros in consumption. Also, cyclists in the destination spend about 30 percent more than “classic” tourists, most often traveling in pairs or in groups of several people and are logically mobile and do not stay long in one place.Bicikademija is a great innovative and interactive project that, together with partners, could be a great story. The first step has been made, now it is up to others to give support, both financial and logistical, to bring the project to life on the ground in full glory as a complete tourist story. Otherwise, tourist destinations are interested in it, they have almost a product, embrace it and tell stories.Find out more about the whole project here
A few days ago, the CNTB published a new edition of emission market profiles for 2018, and these were market profiles Austria, Belgium, France, Italy, Japan, South Korea, China, Hungary, the Netherlands and Germany. Study the market profiles in order to get to know tourists from the mentioned countries as well as possible and to plan and advertise tourist packages for a certain target group of tourists in the best possible way. Side dish: ISSUING MARKET PROFILES 2018 Today, the list of profiles has been supplemented with new markets, such as Czech Republic, Poland, Russia, USA and Canada, Scandinavia, Slovakia, Slovenia, Switzerland, UAE and UK.