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November 18, 2020

Avian flu puts animal health on WHO radar

first_imgSep 14, 2004 (CIDRAP News) – Avian influenza and other diseases that originated in animals show that the World Health Organization (WHO) needs to pay more attention to animal health, the WHO’s regional director for the Western Pacific said at an international conference yesterday.Dr. Shigeru Omi, discussing the response to avian flu, said, “Animal health has not traditionally been seen as part of WHO’s mandate. We can no longer afford to take that view. Both avian influenza and SARS [severe acute respiratory syndrome] originated in animals, as did other recent emerging pathogens, such as the Nipah virus in Malaysia in 1999. We can be virtually certain that more zoonotic diseases will continue to emerge.”Omi’s comments were in a report he presented to the WHO’s Regional Committee for the Western Pacific, which is holding its annual meeting this week in Shanghai.Omi said the WHO Western Pacific Region staff is working on a joint strategy with the agency’s Southeast Asia Region “to combat outbreak-prone diseases, in full consultation with WHO Headquarters. This document will include a significant component on the production and marketing of animals for food.”He also said the WHO’s Western Pacific and Southeast Asia regions need to increase collaboration to combat disease threats. “Improved collaboration between our two regions will have global implications,” he stated. “Many of the emerging global threats to health begin in Asia—if we can nip them in the bud here, the whole world will benefit.”Omi added that he has begun an “extensive dialogue” with the Southeast Asia regional director on how to strengthen the two regions’ joint efforts.In other comments, Omi urged countries to strengthen their preparedness for the possible re-emergence of SARS and H5N1 avian flu. “Many countries still do not have national pandemic preparedness plans essential to minimize the impact of the next pandemic,” he said, as quoted in a WHO news release.The WHO statement said that despite Asia’s experience with avian flu, which has killed at least 28 people and forced the destruction of millions of poultry this year, “most countries lack comprehensive programmes to prevent animal-to-human transmission of zoonotic diseases.”In other developments, three new poultry outbreaks of avian flu were detected in northeastern Malaysia, one of them outside the existing 20-kilometer-wide quarantine zone, Agence France-Presse (AFP) reported today. All three outbreaks were in Kelantan state.Malaysia’s first outbreak of H5N1 avian flu was detected in mid-August, in fighting cocks thought to have been smuggled from Thailand. Before today, outbreaks had been reported in at least five locations in the quarantine zone.The AFP report said five birds at the new outbreak site outside the quarantine zone showed signs of disease. A veterinary official said 579 birds have already been culled at the other two new outbreak sites, which are villages inside the quarantine zone, according to the report.AFP also reported that a 26-year-old man and an 8-year-old girl from one of the villages were hospitalized for observation because of symptoms that included cough and flu-like symptoms. Ramlee Rahmat, a Health Ministry official, was quoted as saying both patients had had contact with dying chickens.Also today, a report by the Thai newspaper The Nation said seven suspected human cases of avian flu in Thailand were ruled out on the basis of laboratory tests. Test results were still being awaited in three other suspected cases, the newspaper said.See also:Dr. Shigeru Omi’s report to the WHO regional meeting in Shanghaihttp://www.wpro.who.int/mediacentre/releases/2004/20040913/en/index.htmllast_img read more

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January 11, 2020

Biola names Corey as president

first_img“Over the last week, as Dr. Corey interacted with Biola’s faculty, staff and students on campus, he demonstrated the qualities that attracted our search team to him in the first place – a deep love for Jesus and Scripture, 100 percent affirmation of Biola’s doctrinal statement and genuine authenticity,” Jantz said. Cook has served as Biola’s president since 1982. He has been associated with the Christian university for 45 years. Corey said he is honored to succeed Cook and looks forward to working at Biola. “Over the past few months Paula \ and I have listened carefully to God’s voice as we’ve considered a calling to Biola University,” Corey said. “Paula, our three children and I look forward to the years ahead, serving alongside this strategic, biblically-centered Christian university,” he said. “We are confident that the Lord will continue to lead Biola University from strength to strength, holding fast to our mission while boldly moving into a second century as a global center for Christian thought and spiritual renewal.” LA MIRADA – A vice president of a Massachusetts Christian university has been named president of Biola University, officials announced Friday. Barry H. Corey, 45, vice president/chief academic officer and academic dean of Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary in Hamilton, Mass. will succeed Clyde Cook, effective July 1. He will be Biola’s eighth president in its 99-year history. “\ academic and fundraising experience, collaborative leadership style and deep love for the Bible is just what Biola needs at this time in our history,” said John Siefker, chair of Biola’s Board of Trustees. Stan Jantz, chair of the Presidential Search Team, also praised Corey. Corey is a native of Massachusetts and oversees academic operations including faculty relations, curriculum development and degree/non-degree programs. Before that, he served as vice president for development at Gordon-Conwell since 1992. During this time, he led and completed a $54 million capital campaign. Corey also is a long-distance runner, having completed two Boston Marathons, one in 2004 and one in 2006. He has been married for 15 years, and they have three children: Anders, 14, Ella, 11, and Samuel, 8. He received a bachelor’s degree in English and biblical studies from Evangel University in Springfield, Missouri in 1984. [email protected] (562) 698-0955, Ext. 3022160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

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December 28, 2019

Crew sends spacesuit into orbit

first_img 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORESanta Anita opens winter meet Saturday with loaded card The transmitter will send recorded messages in six languages to amateur radio operators for several days and eventually re-enter Earth’s atmosphere and burn up, NASA officials said. TAKE A LOOK On a NASA Web site, students and others can track the spacesuit’s location. The suit is expected to pass once or twice a day in the U.S., between midnight and 4 a.m., according to NASA. CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. – How do you get rid of clothes in space? Throw them into orbit. Astronauts on the International Space Station stuffed an old spacesuit with clothes and a radio transmitter before tossing the entire suit out the door Friday, gloves, helmet and all. The spacesuit floated past the Russian section of the space station, 220 miles above Earth, before rotating away feet first and beginning its orbit around the globe. “Goodbye, Mr. Smith,” Russian flight engineer Valery Tokarev said, giving the figure a nickname as he and U.S. commander Bill McArthur began a six-hour spacewalk to perform maintenance and photography tasks. last_img read more

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