Jul 17, 2006 (CIDRAP News) – Indonesian health officials are reporting that a 44-year-old man who died last week tested positive for the H5N1 avian influenza virus, according to news services.If the man’s lab results are confirmed by a World Health Organization (WHO) accredited laboratory in Hong Kong, he will be Indonesia’s 42nd avian flu fatality and 54th confirmed case. Also, Indonesia will be tied with Vietnam for the highest avian flu death toll.The man, who lived in East Jakarta, died Jul 12 after being hospitalized for 2 days with high fever, coughing, and breathing difficulties, Indonesian health official I Nyoman Kandun told The Jakarta Post. Kandun said the man had a history of contact with chickens, and the article said he was a fried-chicken vendor.With the latest death, the case-fatality rate for avian flu in Indonesia is 78%, whereas Vietnam, with 93 cases and 42 deaths, has a fatality rate of 45%. According to the WHO tally, the overall case-fatality rate is 57% (230 cases, 132 deaths).Kandun said Indonesia expects more human H5N1 cases because the disease continues to circulate throughout the country, with a presence in 27 of 32 provinces. He added that culling millions of chickens throughout the country would be too costly and urged Indonesians to take basic safety measures such as washing their hands after handling sick birds.Vietnam seems to have stemmed avian flu outbreaks. The country has not reported a human fatality this year, whereas Indonesia has had several cases each month.According to the Post report, the Indonesian government needs $980 million to finance its avian influenza programs from 2006 to 2008. The funds would go toward activities such as compensating farmers for culled chickens, purchasing vaccines, and planning for a pandemic.A senior WHO official in Indonesia, Steven Bjorge, told the Post that worldwide concern about the avian flu situation in Indonesia is continuing and said he hoped that health and agriculture ministries would work more closely to fight the disease. He suggested that that comparisons between Indonesia and Vietnam can be misleading, because Indonesia is much larger than Vietnam. (Indonesia has the world’s fourth largest population and the 16th largest area, whereas Vietnam ranks 12th and 65th in those measures.)In other developments, yesterday at the Group of Eight summit meeting in St Petersburg, Russia, world leaders issued a joint statement supporting a Russian proposal to build “the WHO Collaborating Centre on Influenza for Eurasia and Central Asia,” provided the center meets WHO and other international standards. Leaders also vowed to follow through on the commitments they made last January at the Beijing International Pledging Conference on Avian and Pandemic Influenza.Meanwhile, Channel NewsAsia reported that Singapore will stage a large-scale test of its pandemic response plan on Jul 21 and 22. The test, called Exercise Sparrowhawk II, will involve 1,000 personnel from key government agencies and 19 locations, including transportation terminals, hospitals, clinics, and schools.The report said masks will be given to visitors at hospitals, and the health ministry will ask the public to wear masks if they experience flu-like symptoms. Rapid-response teams are slated to institute infection control measures and manage initial cases at healthcare facilities. Hundreds of volunteers will play the role of patients, and police will practice for crowd-control situations, such as when people descend on clinics to purchase antiviral medications.See also:G8 summit statement on global fight against infectious diseaseshttp://www.en.g8russia.ru/docs/10.html
Share StumbleUpon Related Articles Share Submit Brandon Walker: How Amelco is using technology to tap into new markets March 25, 2020 Join the PASPA Repeal 2nd anniversary online networking event May 13, 2020 Ben Keith, Star Sports: racing must be diverse, fun, and welcoming January 22, 2020 A strong line-up of 50 CEOs will be sharing their expertise at this month’s Betting on Sports Week on a final agenda that boasts over 120-director level speakers, and over 250 speakers across the week.The full agenda for Betting on Sports Week has been released with six Betting on Sports conference tracks, the CasinoBeats Summit, and the Esports focused conference ESI London.The event, taking place at Olympia London from 18-21 September, has now been finalised, with some of the biggest names in sports and betting, including snooker legend Ronnie ‘The Rocket’ O’Sullivan.Among the industry operators speaking are Sky Bet CEO Richard Flint, Betsson Group CEO Jesper Svensson, Pinnacle CEO Paris Smith, DraftKings CEO Jason Robins, Danske Spil CEO Niels Erik Folmann, BetBright CEO Marcus Brennan & MD Sarne Lightman, Stoiximan / Betano CEO George Daskalaki, Novibet CEO George Athanasopoulos, Fortuna Group CEO Per Widerstrom, BetBull CEO Sadok Cohen, Parimatch CEO Sergey Portnov, BetPawa CEO Kresten Buch, Paf Deputy CEO Daniela Johansson, Fitzdares CEO William Woodhams, Star Sports CEO Ben Keith, GoWild Gaming CEO Itai Zak, SlotsMillion CEO Alex Tomic, Letsbet CEO Michael Pedersen, Funfair.io CEO Jez San, and Snaitech CEO Fabio Schiavolin.Sports industry speakers include: PDC CEO Matthew Porter, David Miller, Vice President & Assistant General Council, PGA TOUR Inc, Baskonia Alavés Group Commercial Director Pablo Ortiz, PGA TOUR Inc Chief Legal Officer Len Brown, e|motion sports MD Simon Schleich, BHA Director Will Lambe, Greyhound Board of Great Britain Media and Communications Officer Simon Banks and many more.Media experts include: OneFootball CEO Lucas von Cranach, Gambling.com Group CEO Charles Gillespie, Twitter Europe Head of Large Media Gregory Owens, Facebook Head of Real Money Gaming Finbarr O’Mahony, Google Industry Head – Performance Markets Chris Harrison, Oddschecker Head of Commercial Guy Harding.There is a wealth of engaging, industry-relevant panels, a full track will be dedicated to examining opportunities in US sport betting – a topic that’s become particularly intriguing after the repeal of PASPA back in May.SBC CEO & Founder Rasmus Sojmark declared: “This is by far the most high level and detailed agenda I have seen during my time in the industry. We cover all the key sports, the USA, horse racing, casino gaming, esports, affiliates, leadership, regulation, innovation, sports betting sponsorship issues and opportunities and retail with decision makers in each sector sharing their expertise. “With extensive business and networking opportunities and our Sports Betting Hall of Fame evening at the iconic Natural History Museum on the Thursday night, I don’t think any industry stakeholder can afford to miss out on the opportunities that Betting on Sports provides.”The full Betting on Sports 2018 agenda is available for download HEREDavid Miller, Vice President & Associate General Counsel at PGA TOUR, commented: “The PGA TOUR’s business is growing increasingly international, and Betting on Sports 2018 provides us with a unique opportunity to deliver our message to a large and sophisticated global audience. We hope to educate the audience on the role that the PGA TOUR is playing in the world of integrity and gaming and on the potential for commercial opportunities with the PGA TOUR.”Andrew Winchell, Chief of Staff to New York State Senator John J. Bonacic, will also be speaking at the event, on a panel entitled ‘State of the Nation – What does the SCOTUS verdict mean in real terms?’He was similarly positive when looking ahead to #BOSWEEK: “The SBC Betting on Sports attracted my attention due to the variety of stakeholders who attend, and the ability to share insights on the future of sports betting both in the United States and globally.”Elsewhere, darts’ betting value will be examined on a panel titled ‘Bullseye – Transforming fan enthusiasm for darts into betting interest’, with PDC Chief Executive Matthew Porter among the speakers.“I’m looking forward to speaking about how the growth of professional darts has developed the sport as an appealing property for bookmakers, both in terms of the number of markets offered and the volume of bets it attracts,” he explained.Alaves’ Deputy General Manager Mikel Bárcena mentioned that “SBC Events are an extremely worthwhile exercise for the club, not just for the opportunity to meet our new partner Betway, but also to gain insight into the value of betting-based partnerships and the importance of finding creative ways to engage a fanbase.”Leyton Orient CEO Danny Macklin, who is speaking at the invite only SBC Sponsorship Forum, added: “Having worked for over 13 years in both football and cricket I look forward to sharing insight from this experience. Having worked closely with a number of companies in this sector I very much look forward to the week. As always a top, must attend event.”Gambling.com CEO Charles Gillespie, who’s talking on an affiliate marketing-focused panel, summed up the magnitude of the occasion: “Betting on Sports is the premier event for showcasing the latest innovations in sports betting technology and product development. It is a must attend event for those leading businesses in the sector and others looking to break into sports betting.”Martin Haijer, Secretary General of the European Gaming and Betting Association (EGBA), described Betting on Sports as: “An unmissable event which brings together all the key players in sports betting for high-level debates and much, much more.” While Setanta Sports Media CEO Lasha Machavariani added: “BOS is the most business oriented conference in betting industry.”Trading expert Jon Thompson, Director at Corchorus, commented: “It’s a terrific networking event where I can catch up with a vast number of valued contacts under one roof. I have known the SBC Team for many years now and it is always a pleasure to be involved in their events.The co-located CasinoBeats Summit will also be held for the first time, with delegates able to move freely between the Summit and Betting on Sports.LeoVegas Casino Director Karolina Pelc is presenting at the Summit. She explained: “Live Casino is such an exciting vertical within the Online Gaming World currently experiencing rapid growth and growing interest from all sides: players, Operators and Suppliers. “While it might seem pretty straight forward, the key to success is having an understanding of its unique complexities related to operation itself, product innovation opportunities, player needs and the optimal team set up. I’ll try to discuss some of those and share some of my experience in the field.”Also speaking is Jez San OBE, CEO and Founder of Funfair Technologies, who commented: “The Summit is a great opportunity to hear about the most innovative technology and products within the casino industry. I look forward to debating with my fellow panelists and conversing with the audience on how I think the blockchain is set to revolutionise the sector through guaranteeing fairness and significantly improving player protection.”In total, almost 300 leading industry figures make up the bill, speaking across ten tracks and over 90 key sessions. Tickets are right now available at a very nice group discount – get them HEREErik Bäcklund, Group Head of Sportsbook at Kindred Group, summed up the whole event: “Betting on Sports is the fastest growing event in the industry. It has grown in just a few years from a small scale get-together to a blockbuster event that cannot be missed.”Download the full #BOSWEEK conference agenda HERE.Tickets for the event are right now available with a 25% group discount HERE.