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Sep 26, 2006 (CIDRAP News) – Thailand reported its 25th H5N1 avian influenza case today, a fatal illness in a 60-year-old man who raised fighting roosters.The man was from Bong Bua Lamphu province, about 379 miles northeast of Bangkok, and died on Aug 10, according to a Bloomberg News report today. Praj Boonyawongwirojana, the health ministry’s permanent secretary, told reporters that samples from the man were taken 2 days later and that his diagnosis was confirmed 4 days ago.If the World Health Organization (WHO) confirms the man’s case, the global H5N1 count will rise to 250 cases with 147 deaths. The case marks the 17th H5N1 death in Thailand and the country’s third case of 2006. After a nearly 8-month lull, the first case this year was confirmed on Jul 26. All three Thai cases this year have been fatal.Thai disease control minister Thawat Suntrajarn told Bloomberg News that though the man had the H5N1 virus, his death was caused by complications from a bacterial infection. Repeated tests were needed to confirm that he had avian flu.The patient was treated with the antiviral medication oseltamivir when doctors suspected he might have avian flu, the Bloomberg article notes.Thawat said the man had been exposed to dead chickens. “It took about 14 days after he fell sick before he admitted to having contact with dead chickens. He loved his fighting cocks so much that he didn’t want the authorities to kill his surviving birds if he reported a large number of dead chickens,” he said.According to Bloomberg, fighting cocks used in gambling bouts in Thailand are worth as much as 500,000 baht ($13,369).Agence France-Presse reported today that Thailand’s military, which seized control of the government in a bloodless coup last week, has asked public health officials to report avian flu cases in a timely manner.Meanwhile in Indonesia, health officials are investigating a possible avian flu case cluster involving three siblings, one of whom died, according to a Reuters report today. The patients are from West Java province.The oldest, a 25-year-old man, died 2 days ago at a hospital in Bandung, West Java’s capitol. His 20-year-old brother and 15-year-old sister are hospitalized. Hadi Yusuf, head of the avian flu ward at Hasan Sadikin hospital, told Reuters that the surviving brother tested positive for the H5N1 virus and is on a ventilator. Test results from the sister are expected tomorrow, he said.Yusuf said it’s not clear if samples were taken from the brother who died.The brothers had a history of contact with dead chickens, which they bought to feed their dog. However, Yusuf told Reuters that the girl had no known contact with chickens. “We need to suspect she got it from the brothers,” he said.
Feb 12, 2008 (CIDRAP News) – Agriculture officials in Laos have reported an H5N1 avian influenza outbreak in poultry in a northwestern province, the country’s first outbreak in about a year.A Lao newspaper reported today that the outbreak hit birds in Louang Namtha province, according to Xinhua, China’s state news agency. About 600 poultry in Nam Ma village died last week, and samples from the birds were positive for H5N1, Bounkhouang Khambounheuang, head of the livestock and fisheries department, told the Lao media.The department banned the movement and sale of poultry and eggs in the village, sprayed flocks with disinfectants, and said it would cull poultry within a 1-kilometer radius of the village, Xinhua reported.The last H5N1 outbreaks in Laos were reported about a year ago, when the virus struck birds in and around the capital, Vientiane, as well as in Savannakhet and Champasak provinces, according to reports from the World Organization for Animal Health (OIE).Elsewhere, agriculture officials in Bangladesh reported that H5N1 outbreaks have struck 40 of the country’s 64 districts, according to Feb 10 report from Reuters. Workers culled 12,000 more bids after chickens in the northeastern part of the country died of the virus, the report said.Bangladesh has culled 560,000 birds on 228 farms since H5N1 first surfaced in the country in March 2007, The Independent, one of the country’s English language newspapers, reported today, according to Xinhua.Livestock minister Maniklal Samaddar has said 823 people have been tested and found to be free of the H5N1 virus, Xinhua reported. He said the government is trying to raise the public’s awareness about the virus by sending letters to local government leaders, teachers, and imams of mosques.See also:OIE reports on 2008 Laos outbreakshttp://www.oie.int/downld/AVIAN%20INFLUENZA/A2008_AI.php
By signing a management agreement between the DER Touristik Hotels group, the first hotel of the lti brand in Croatia (DTH) and the company Romana doo, it was agreed to start the construction of the hotel lti Romana Makarska with four plus stars, the first hotel of the lti brand in Croatia. The DER Touristik Hotels (DTH) Group will take over the management of the newly built hotel, while the total value of the investment of the company Romana doo is EUR 50 million.The facility with 267 rooms is located about 60 kilometers south of Split, ie in Makarska, and the opening of a four-plus-star hotel is planned for June 2018. Hotel lti Romana Makarska can be booked through tour operators ITS, Jahn Reisen and Dertour. About 70 percent of all rooms in the lti Romana Makarska hotel have a sea view, which includes all family rooms and apartments as well as 120 out of a total of 208 double rooms. “The complex will be a signpost in our strategic development and will be a demonstration project in terms of quality and operational standards beyond Croatian borders. By signing the management contract, we already have a greater influence in the design phase and later in the construction phase, and we can enter our expertise in a timely manner.“, Points out Christian Grage, CEO & Director of DTH Group.The Management Board of Romana doo pointed out that they have been working for a long time on a facility that would raise Makarska’s tourist offer to a higher level and that they are satisfied that they have found a reliable partner in the DER Touristik Group to realize these plans. “This valuable investment will enable the employment of 200 workers, and additional capacities enable the extension of the season, primarily through health and sports tourism.”. conclude from the Management Board of Romana doo