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

Ronald “Ron” Bonnlander

first_imgRonald C. “Ron” Bonnlander, 84 of Milan passed away at Ripley Crossing Monday February 20, 2017.  Ron was born Friday June 10, 1932 in Ohio; the son of Frank and Naomi (Conway) Bonnlander. Ron married Janet (Bruns) Bonnlander July 12, 1952 and she preceded him in death July 15, 2005.Ron was a member of the Cornerstone Baptist Church, former member of the CB Helping Hands (Greenleaf), volunteer fireman for Moores Hill.  He was a truck driver, worked at Norwood Sash and Door, owned and operated Door Store in Milan, and after retirement went back to work at Burger King in Aurora  He enjoyed wood working and working on cars.Ron is survived by son: Thomas (Teresa) Bonnlander of Moores Hill; brother: Robert (Patty) Bonnlander of Harrison, Oh, 3 Grandchildren: Crystal (Pete) Solly; Cheryl Bonnlander (Scott Yunker); David Bonnlander (Amanda Grigsby). 4 Great-Grandchildren.   He was preceded in death by his parents, wife, 2 brothers: Frank and James Bonnlander.Funeral services will be at 11AM Thursday February 23 at Laws-Carr-Moore Funeral Home, Milan with Pastor Rick Mosley officiating.  Burial will follow in New Craven Cemetery south of Milan. Visitation will also be Thursday 9AM-11AM also at the funeral home. Memorials may be given to the Alzheimer Association through the funeral home.  Laws-Carr-Moore Funeral Home, Milan entrusted with the arrangements, 707 South Main Street, Box 243, 47031; (812)654-2141.  Go to to leave an online condolence message for the family.last_img read more

Brook Lopez ‘really enjoying’ first year with Lakers, twin brother Robin says

first_imgWhen Robin Lopez tunes into games, however, he’s not studying the intricacies of his brother’s performance or trying to interpret whether he’s in for a good night or a bad one.“I think just on a base level,” Robin said, “it’s cool just seeing my brother playing basketball on TV.”Even after all these years?“Oh yeah,” he said. “There’s still a thrill.”PLAYING HARD BALLA day after appearing on CNN to discuss his ongoing feud with President Donald Trump, comments made by LaVar Ball caused a stir and were widely interpreted as criticism of Luke Walton and the Lakers’ coaching staff.“They’re soft,” Ball told Bleacher Report. “They don’t know how to coach my son.”Ball proceeded to say the Lakers are “trying to baby” rookie point guard Lonzo Ball, and that they can be tougher on the 20-year-old.Walton has grown accustomed to putting out fires started by LaVar Ball, and he quickly shut down Tuesday’s flap also.“It’s not what we’re here to do or talk about,” Walton said.He defended LaVar Ball, saying “he has done a phenomenal job as a father with Lonzo because Lonzo is a special young man.”Walton added: “We’re not concerned with what parents think of how we’re coaching the team. We’re concerned with the team and what’s best for our team and how we can continue to get better.”NANCE CLOSELarry Nance Jr. could be back on the court for the Lakers as early as Monday, barely three weeks after undergoing surgery to repair a fracture in his left hand.The third-year power forward has been practicing with the team since his cast came off on Nov. 14. After playing Wednesday at Sacramento, the Lakers will go four days before their next game, Monday against the Clippers.“With the way the schedule plays out with those days off it makes more sense than to not try to rush him back,” Walton said.Nance was expected to get some practice time in this week with the South Bay Lakers, the franchise’s G-League affiliate, but those plans were scrapped when he had a wisdom tooth pulled Monday.“He’s been out there mixing it up with the guys,” Walton said, “getting his shots in, his running in. So (with) a couple good practices I think he’ll be fine.” AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREUCLA alum Kenny Clark signs four-year contract extension with PackersRobin said his brother is “really enjoying” his first season with the Lakers and “relishing his role,” which includes being one of the few veterans on a team populated with 20-year-olds.The twins, who faced off in Tuesday’s matchup between the Lakers and Bulls, are in their 10th season after both were drafted in the first round in 2008. While the Bulls are Robin’s 10th team, Brook is experiencing something new. He spent his previous nine seasons in Brooklyn with the Nets, a franchise that cycled through nine head coaches during his tenure.After years of things changing around him, Brook Lopez is now the change.“It’s a lot of things,” Robin said. “It’s a completely different organization, coaching staff. But I mean he’s always dealt with that well.”Through his first 17 games with the Lakers, Brook Lopez was averaging 15.4 points, his lowest output since his rookie season, when he averaged 13 points. His minutes, 24.3 per game, are also the lowest of his career. LOS ANGELES — When the NBA’s Lopez brothers were growing up in Los Angeles, the Lakers were as good as gods. Magic Johnson and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar gave way to Kobe Bryant and Shaquille O’Neal.“The Lakers, for us they were the biggest basketball team in the world,” Bulls’ center Robin Lopez said. “That’s our definition of the NBA. That’s what comes to mind in our head, you know?”Now, Brook Lopez, Robin’s twin brother, is the Lakers’ starting center, a fact that continues to amaze both brothers.“I know he’s definitely enamored with that aspect of it,” Robin said. “I don’t think it will ever fade with him.”center_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more