Agencies to seek accord on naming of H5N1 strains

first_imgDec 11, 2006 (CIDRAP News) – International health officials who met with Chinese health experts last week said the dispute over the “Fujian-like” strain of H5N1 avian influenza reflects confusion over names and vowed to seek an agreement on terminology for the various H5N1 subgroups.The meeting in Beijing came a few weeks after US and Hong Kong scientists reported in a medical journal that the Fujian-like strain had emerged as the predominant H5N1 strain in southern China in the past year and caused increased poultry outbreaks. Chinese authorities rejected the report, saying the strain did not exist as a distinct subgroup.A postmeeting statement from the World Health Organization (WHO), United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), and World Organization for Animal Health (OIE) affirmed the existence of the Fujian-like strain, but said it has been called several different names.Participants agreed that “a number of significant H5N1 virus groups have been identified from poultry and wild birds in China since 2004,” the statement said. “One such identified group of viruses has been termed differently by several groups. Terms include the ‘waterfowl clade’, ‘clade 2.3’, and ‘Fujian-like’.”The statement also said, “It was agreed there is a need for a shared understanding and a common nomenclature for influenza A(H5N1) groups and that some of the recent confusion about the avian influenza situation in China resulted from multiple terms used to describe the same virus groups.”FAO/OIE/WHO will establish an international working group including Chinese experts to develop global consensus on terminology to be used when describing different influenza A(H5N1) virus groups.”According to a Reuters report, the WHO’s David Heymann told reporters after the meeting, “It’s very important that naming of viruses is done in a way that doesn’t stigmatize countries, that doesn’t stigmatize regions and doesn’t stigmatize individual people.” Heymann is the WHO’s assistant director-general for communicable diseases.Media reports on the meeting said Chinese experts didn’t deny the existence of the Fujian-like strain but did take exception to the name. According to a Canadian Press (CP) report, Chinese officials said the Hong Kong–US researchers had renamed a known H5N1 subgroup that some other authorities called Anhui-like, Anhui being another Chinese province.The FAO-OIE-WHO statement affirmed some aspects of the Hong Kong–US researchers’ report, which was published by the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. For example, the statement said information presented at the meeting indicated that the Fujian-like strain has grown more common in parts of southern China since 2005 and has been found in poultry in Laos and Malaysia this year.In addition, the statement said, “This virus group has been documented to cause some human infection in 2005 and 2006 in China,” as the Hong Kong–US researchers had said.But contrary to another possibility the researchers have suggested, “There is no evidence to date to link the emergence of this virus group with use of poultry influenza vaccination in China.”The statement affirmed that vaccination can control H5N1 in poultry, provided that vaccines are of high quality and well matched to circulating viruses and that vaccination coverage is adequate.”China has recently strengthened poultry surveillance to include serological (antibody) and virus surveillance as well as surveillance for disease outbreaks,” the statement added. With the increased surveillance, China is now publishing data monthly on the Ministry of Agriculture Web site, rather than annually, news services reported.China has been criticized for sharing too little data on the H5N1 virus and too few samples. Last month the country promised to provide samples to the WHO.Keiji Fukuda, coordinator of the WHO global influenza program, said all participants at the meeting agreed that sharing information and virus samples “is critical for the defense of everybody,” according to Reuters.The FAO-OIE-WHO statement said there has been no evidence that the Fujian-like strain is more transmissible to humans than other H5N1 viruses and no evidence that it has sparked human-to-human transmission.See also:Nov 10 CIDRAP News story “Chinese promise H5N1 samples, deny claim of new strain”Nov 3 CIDRAP News story “Study says new H5N1 strain pervades southern China”last_img read more

No. 10 Syracuse defeated by No. 16 Ohio State, dropping its 4th-straight match

first_imgOn Jan. 30, the Orange achieved their highest ranking in school history at No. 10 in the Oracle/ITA National Team Rankings. Since then, Syracuse (4-4, 0-2 Atlantic Coast) has lost four straight, most recently in a 4-2 loss to No. 16 Ohio State (4-2, 0-0 Big 10) on Sunday night in Seattle. The match was a consolation game for the ITA National Women’s Team Indoor Championship.The Orange started out the match by struggling through doubles once again, marking their fifth straight doubles loss. The pair of Sofya Golubovskaya and Masha Tritou lost 6-2, though Gabriela Knutson and Miranda Ramirez were able to win their set 6-4. That put the doubles match in the hands of Guzal Yusupova and Dina Hegab. SU’s third pairing kept things close, but a 5-5 tie turned into a 7-5 win for Ohio State’s pairing of Danielle Wolf and Mary Beth Hurley.Knutson made quick work out of Isabelle Boulais, winning in straight sets 6-4 and 6-1 to tie the match at 1. From there it was quickly 2-2, as Kolie Allen defeated No. 67 Ramirez in straight sets (6-3, 7-5), but Yusupova won hers 6-2 and 6-3.But Dina Hegab had trouble facing No. 99 Luna Dormet at fifth singles, losing 6-2, 6-2. Shortly after, SU’s Libi Mesh fell to Hurley at sixth singles, 6-2 and 6-4, clinching the victory for Ohio State.Golubovskaya won 6-4 in her first set but then lost 6-2 in her second. Down 4-0 in the third set, she retired, giving Ohio State their fifth point of the match.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textSyracuse will look to bounce back next weekend after facing three top-20 teams in its past four games. They will face Colorado (4-3) Friday at 3 p.m. at Drumlins Country Club. Published on February 11, 2019 at 12:07 am Contact Eric: Commentscenter_img Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

Wellington wrestlers split double dual with Augusta and Rose Hill

first_img Close Forgot password? Please put in your email: Send me my password! Close message Login This blog post All blog posts Subscribe to this blog post’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Subscribe to this blog’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Follow the discussion Comments Logging you in… Close Login to IntenseDebate Or create an account Username or Email: Password: Forgot login? Cancel Login Close Username or Email: Password: Lost your password? Cancel Login Dashboard | Edit profile | Logout Logged in as Admin Options Disable comments for this page Save Settings You are about to flag this comment as being inappropriate. Please explain why you are flagging this comment in the text box below and submit your report. The blog admin will be notified. Thank you for your input. There are no comments posted yet. Be the first one! Post a new comment Enter text right here! Comment as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new comments Comments by IntenseDebate Enter text right here! Reply as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Cancel Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new comments Wellington’s Shane Hughes is wrestling Grant Scheer of Rose Hill Thursday Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — The Wellington wrestling team hosted a double dual, splitting the night with Augusta and Rose Hill. Neither contest was a league contest.Wellington would lose to Augusta 49-28 in the first dual of the night. The Crusaders would come back and win the second 42-30 over Rose HillThe Crusaders will wrestle in the Marion Tournament tonight before finishing up the calendar year.The scores for Thursday night are as follows (Wellington wrestlers listed first). Augusta 49 Wellington 28 106 – Tim Schmidt pinned by Briggs Erwin.113 – Mitch Gould pinned by John George.120 – Daniel Schmidt major decisioned by Avin George.126 – Nic Reyes pins A.J. Linder.132 – Andrew Wolf pinned by Josh Moore.138 – A- Dominik Ketchum open.145 – Shane Hughes pinned by Nigel Collision.152 – A- Rob Winzer open.160 – Graysen DeJarnett pins Andrew Duncan.170 – Colton Glover pinned by Jake Seay.182- Aaron Schoemann major decisions Jake Seay 14-5.195 – Ian Groom decisioned by Jesse Clark 9-6.220 – Jason Norris pins Cole Edwards.285 – Miguel Lujan pins Brandon Lassiter.Wellington 42 Rose Hill 30106 – Tim Schmidt decisioned by Kyle Sackett.113 –  W- Mitch Gould open.120 – Daniel Schmidt pinned by Matt Atkinson.126 – W- Nic Reyes open.132 – Andrew Wolf pinned by Travis Bilhimer.138 – R- Corbin Isbel open145 – Shane Hughes decisioned by Grant Scheer 7-3.152 – W- Graysen DeJarnett open.160 – W- Colton Glover open.170 – W- Aaron Schoemann open.182-  W- Ian Groom open.195 – W- Drake Alcorn open.220 – Open.285 – Jace Lowe pinned by Brody Hingst.Follow us on Twitter.last_img read more