Jun 6, 2006 (CIDRAP News) – The World Health Organization (WHO) today confirmed that a 15-year-old Indonesian boy who died May 30 had H5N1 avian influenza, but the agency said four nurses who had suspicious symptoms after caring for avian flu patients were not infected.The 15-year-old boy, from the Tasikmalaya district in West Java, experienced symptoms consistent with avian flu May 24 and was hospitalized May 26, according to the WHO. An investigation by provincial health authorities found that he had contact with his household’s sick and dying chickens the week before he became ill.The WHO report concluded, “The H5N1 virus is considered firmly entrenched in poultry throughout much of Indonesia. Unless this situation is urgently and comprehensively addressed, sporadic human cases will continue to occur.”The newly confirmed case is one of several where exposure occurred despite a clear signal of a high-risk situation arising from poultry deaths. Pending better control of the disease in animals, WHO and officials in the [Indonesian] Ministry of Health see an urgent need to improve public awareness of this disease, the risk factors for infection, and the behaviors that should be avoided.”Indonesia’s toll of confirmed avian flu cases has reached 49, including 37 deaths. Vietnam has the highest count, with 93 cases and 42 deaths.For the four Indonesian nurses, test results after 4 days of monitoring “have now convincingly ruled out H5N1 infection,” a separate WHO report said today. Two of the nurses had cared for 10- and 18-year-old siblings in Bandung, West Java, who died May 23, and two had cared for patients in the North Sumatra cluster that involved at least seven members of one extended family in May.Tests showed that one of the West Java nurses was infected with a seasonal influenza A(H1N1) virus. The other nurse had only transient, mild symptoms but was tested as a precaution.In North Sumatra, a 34-year-old female nurse likewise had only mild, transient symptoms. The other nurse there, a 42-year-old woman, had experienced flu-like sickness June 1.The WHO report concludes, “The speed and thoroughness with which influenza-like illness in these nurses was investigated are indicative of the heightened concern among Indonesian health authorities.”The negative test results for all four nurses provide reassuring evidence that the virus is not spreading efficiently or sustainably among humans at present.”WHO’s investigation of the North Sumatra case cluster continues; the agency released no new information today on the source of the outbreak or further details on potential human-to-human transmission.Worldwide, the number of avian flu cases has reached 225, with 128 deaths, according to the WHO.Asia-Pacific test exerciseIn other avian flu news, the 21-nation Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) group announced it will conduct an exercise Jun 7 to test the countries’ response to an avian flu pandemic, according to an Agence France-Presse (AFP) story today.The dry run, called “APEC Pandemic Response Exercise 2006,” will test communication among the APEC countries, the article said. The exercise, to be coordinated by Australian officials, will involve a hypothetical scenario in which the H5N1 virus is spreading easily between people.In addition to Australia, participating APEC countries include the United States and such avian-flu-affected countries as Indonesia, China, Thailand, and Vietnam, according to AFP. The simulation will begin about 7:00 a.m. Sydney time and conclude about 26 hours later when links with Washington, D.C., have been established.APEC also includes Brunei, Canada, Chile, Hong Kong, Japan, South Korea, Malaysia, Mexico, New Zealand, Papua New Guinea, Peru, Philippines, Singapore, Russia, and Taiwan.See also:WHO confirmation of case in 15-year-old boyhttp://www.who.int/csr/don/2006_06_06b/en/index.htmlWHO statement on nurseshttp://www.who.int/csr/don/2006_06_06/en/index.html
After beginning the year with a takeaway drought, cornerback Antonio Fenelus was one of three Badgers to pick off stud Nebraska quarterback Taylor Martinez.[/media-credit]Every week Herald Sports will look back at the most recent Wisconsin football game and award grades to each position group on a scale of zero to five. Here’s a look at how the Badgers handled their toughest opponent yet in a 48-17 victory over Nebraska.Quarterbacks – 5 out of 5Saturday night was all about Russell Wilson. He completed 14 of his 20 attempts for 255 yards and two touchdowns. He also ran six times, scoring one touchdown on the ground as well. His stats are great, but they don’t fully explain the type of game Wilson had.Although he took two sacks, there were multiple occasions where a simple side step to avoid the defender kept the play alive, allowing him to find a receiver down the field. Wilson absolutely shined Saturday night. Even J.J. Watt tweeted that he was “for real.”Running Backs – 5 out of 5Two words: Montee Ball.Ball ran as if he had a chip on his shoulder. Nebraska stopped the run early, but Ball slowly began to break loose from tackles and picked up some big yards. Not only did he score four touchdowns – one of which he shook off three separate Huskers to walk into the end zone – Ball also amassed 151 yards on 30 carries, his first 100-yard rushing game of the season.Tight ends – 3.5 out of 5The tight ends weren’t a major factor in the game. Jacob Pedersen did catch three passes for 49 yards, but otherwise they were basically a non-factor against Nebraska. With some key blocks they helped the running game find the end zone four times, but otherwise the tight ends didn’t stand out like they have in the past.Wide receivers – 5 out of 5Between Nick Toon’s improbable receptions and Jared Abbrederis’ reverse, the wide outs had one of their best performances yet. Abbrederis was the top receiver of the weekend with five catches for 95 yards and one touchdown. Toon was the most dynamic he’s been all season, catching what looked like an unavoidable interception and ending the night with four receptions for 94 yards and one touchdown as well.Offensive line – 3.5 out of 5As any football enthusiast knows, running backs can’t have great games without great offensive lines in front of them. The line created holes for Ball to run through and a comfortable pocket for Wilson to throw from.But they weren’t perfect. Wilson took a sack early on and also faced multiple instances of having to avoid Nebraska defensemen in the back field – which wasn’t too difficult for a sure-footed quarterback.The O-line is also becoming more disciplined, committing no false starts, but they still had two holding calls. Both tackles, Ricky Wagner and Josh Oglesby, suffered holding calls throughout the game.Defensive line – 4 out of 5The defense started out a little shaky, facing it’s toughest opponent yet. The line faced issues stopping the run early in the night but eventually was able to bring pressure on Nebraska quarterback Taylor Martinez, sacking him twice. Beau Allen and Brendan Kelly both stepped up for the defense, each earning a sack as well as combining for a total of nine tackles on the night.Linebackers – 5 out of 5Mike Taylor had one of his strongest games all year, intercepting Martinez on top of 14 tackles. Chris Borland also notched eight tackles on the night. The two defensive leaders helped account for a momentum swing in the first half, spurring the Badgers second half dominance.In his return to the starting lineup, Kevin Claxton made a small contribution with three tackles, but with the three experienced linebackers, Martinez was held to only 68 rushing yards.Secondary – 3.5 out of 5Of the three interceptions in the game, the secondary accounted for two of them. Senior safety Aaron Henry and cornerback Antonio Fenelus each returned interceptions for 10 or more yards, which eventually led to UW touchdowns.While the coverage got stronger throughout the night, Martinez was still able to have his way passing, oftentimes finding wide open receivers in the middle of the field. The coverage was good enough in the end, but it could have been better.Specialists – 3.5 out of 5Between a blocked PAT and a fumble on a punt return, the special teams could have had a better night. Poor tackling on kick and punt returns also led to decent field position for Nebraska.But Alec Lerner did show more consistency on kickoffs, and Philip Welch returned to bring a veteran back into the kicking game.