Avian flu suspected in Jakarta zoo workers

first_imgSep 20, 2005 (CIDRAP News) – Three workers from Jakarta’s Ragunan Zoo have been hospitalized with suspected H5N1 avian influenza, increasing the number of suspected human cases in Indonesia to as many as seven, according to news services.The zoo was closed yesterday after 19 captive birds tested positive for the H5N1 virus. The ailing zoo workers include a 28-year-old guide and a 39-year-old vendor, the Associated Press (AP) reported in a statement attributed to I Nyoman Kandun, Indonesia’s director general of communicable disease control. A Reuters report today said a third person from the zoo, also a food worker, was hospitalized late last night.The latest cases apparently bring the number of suspected case-patients in Indonesia to seven. But Reuters quoted Indonesian Health Minister Siti Fadilah Supari as saying only six people have been hospitalized.On Sep 16, officials confirmed that the death of a 37-year-old woman from Jakarta a few days earlier was due to H5N1 avian flu. As of yesterday, news services were reporting that four children had been hospitalized with suspected cases. They included two girls, aged 3 and 6; a 7-year-old; and a 9-year-old boy who is related to the 37-year-old victim.Initial tests on two children were positive for H5N1, Reuters reported. Blood samples from the patients were being tested in Hong Kong, the story said.Yesterday the government declared that the avian flu situation was an “extraordinary” health incident. That declaration, which expires in 21 days but can be renewed, allows for forced hospitalization of people who have possible avian flu symptoms, the AP said. Forty-four hospitals have been designated to treat avian flu patients. Those patients will receive free medication, Supari told the AP.Government officials sought to maintain calm today, balancing expressions of confidence that they could handle the situation with statements aimed at educating people about the problem and its seriousness.The state of high alert “is to calm people, not to bring more panic,” Reuters quoted Supari as saying.Haryadi Wibisono, a director of disease control at the country’s health ministry, told Agence France-Presse (AFP), “This is a serious problem for Indonesia and the whole world and therefore it should be dealt with seriously.”Ragunan Zoo, the chief zoo in bustling Jakarta, was to be closed for 3 weeks to allow for testing of animals and workers. Of the 500 zoo employees, 143 have been identified as being at high risk for exposure to the virus, the Jakarta Post said today. The city has a population of 12 million, with another 9 million in outlying towns, according to Nature magazine.Besides the 37-year-old woman, other reported cases of avian flu in Indonesia have included a 38-year-old man and his two daughters who died in July, plus a farm worker who tested positive for antibodies to the virus last March, though he had not been sick. However, the World Health Organization (WHO) recognizes only the 37-year-old woman and 38-year-old man as laboratory-confirmed cases.Indonesia’s spate of possible cases comes as the WHO is warning that the world would have little time to respond to signs of an emerging flu pandemic, AFP and Reuters reported today.”There’s a very short time period—2 to 4 weeks between the onset of the first case—in which containment is possible,” Hitoshi Oshitani, a WHO communicable disease expert, said today in an address to the WHO’s Regional Committee for the Western Pacific in Noumea, New Caledonia.In comparing pandemic flu to SARS, Oshitani said, “The pandemic virus is much more difficult, maybe impossible, to contain once it starts.”last_img read more

BNPB promises better facilities for quarantined World Dream crew members

first_imgThe National Disaster Mitigation Agency (BNPB) has promised that the 188 Indonesians quarantined on Sebaru Island in Thousand Islands regency, Jakarta, will be housed in better facilities than the Wuhan evacuees that were quarantined in Natuna regency, Riau Islands earlier this year. The 188 Indonesians are crew members of the World Dream cruise ship, which suspended its operations after docking in Hong Kong and spent days in quarantine at the Kai Tak Cruise terminal earlier this month. Three Chinese nationals, who had been aboard the ship between Jan. 19 and 24, tested positive for the virus.Rustian, the BNPB’s director of logistics and equipment, said the uninhabited Sebaru Island already had the necessary infrastructure as it was once used as a rehabilitation center for drug users. The crew members will live in the rehabilitation building, which has been prepared to act as an observation center. “There are decent bedrooms, all necessary facilities and is generally much better than Natuna,” Rustian said in a statement on Wednesday.Rustian said the building had the capacity to board 200 people, adding that the government has deployed more than 760 personnel from the Indonesian Military (TNI), BNPB and Health Ministry to oversee the quarantine.Aerial photo of Sebaru Kecil Island in the Thousand Islands, Jakarta, Monday (2/26/2020). The island will be the site of observation for 188 WNI ABK World Dream. (Antara/Akbar Nugroho Gumay)“[The personnel] have prepare medical, sanitation, and public kitchen equipment to host the crew members,” Rustian said.The crew members had been picked up naval hospital ship Dr. Soeharso on Wednesday before being dropped off on Sebaru Island.The quarantine will last for 14 days under the care of Health Ministry in accordance with World Health Organization (WHO) protocol. (gis)Topics :last_img read more

Jakarta’s blood supply is running dry

first_img“We urge all residents to actively participate as blood donors for the Red Cross,” Riza said on Friday.He also asked members of youth organizations and Muslim congregations to routinely donate their blood.Read also: Blood shortage common in Ramadan, but COVID-19 makes matters worse: PMIThe COVID-19 pandemic has deterred potential blood donors. The Indonesian Red Cross (PMI) said people, institutions and communities had canceled appointments for blood donations because of fears of contagion.Many hospitals have suspended scheduled, elective and non-emergency procedures, which often require blood transfusions, because of the shortage.But the demand for blood remains high, particularly for people with thalassemia and hemophilia, who require regular transfusions, as well as for some mothers giving birth.Both the United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the World Health Organization (WHO) say that the risk of transmission of COVID-19 through the transfusion of blood and components is likely minimal, as the virus chiefly targets the respiratory system. (sau/mfp)Topics : The Jakarta Red Cross has only about 20 percent of its usual stock of blood because of a decline in blood donations during the COVID-19 pandemic.Jakarta Deputy Governor Riza Patria said the Red Cross was collecting between 100 and 200 bags of donated blood a day, a fraction of the pre-pandemic average of 1,000 bags a day.Compounding the scarcity, the demand for blood has been higher during the outbreak. Hospitals in South Jakarta alone have been requiring 1,400 to 1,500 bags of blood daily.last_img read more

Narine, Allicock fight ruled No-Contest

first_imgTHE Guyana Boxing Board of Control has officially declared the Anthony Narine debut fight against Keeve Allicock a No-Contest upon review of the fight tape from the ‘Bad Intentions’ card which was held on August 27. The initial decision of the fight saw Narine win after Allicock was disqualified for throwing an illegal blow after the referee called for the action to stop.However, the review of the fight recording showed Allicock’s illegal blow was in response to one by Narine. after the referee had called a stop to the action. The blow, also illegal, caused Narine, too, to be disqualified from the fight.Both boxers will see their records adjusted to reflect the new results.last_img