Dec 30, 2004 (CIDRAP News) – A 16-year-old girl in southern Vietnam is seriously ill with H5N1 avian influenza, according to reports from the World Health Organization (WHO) and news services today.The WHO said it had received informal reports of a laboratory-confirmed case of H5N1 avian flu in the girl, who is from Tay Ninh province. Hers is the 28th human case in Vietnam this year, the agency said. Twenty of those cases have been fatal. Another 17 cases, 12 of them fatal, have occurred in Thailand.Agence France-Presse (AFP) reported that the girl was in critical condition with respiratory failure at the Hospital of Tropical Diseases in Ho Chi Minh City. An unnamed doctor was quoted as saying the girl might have contracted the virus when she killed a chicken and prepared it for cooking. He said there was no evidence of infection in other members of the girl’s family.Tran Tinh Hien, deputy director of the hospital, said the girl was on a respirator but in stable condition, according to a Reuters report. The WHO said the patient was hospitalized Dec 26.Vietnam has reported poultry outbreaks of avian flu in six southern provinces in the past month, but Tay Ninh was not listed as one of them.”As avian influenza viruses become more active at cooler temperatures, further poultry outbreaks, possibly accompanied by sporadic human cases, can be anticipated,” the WHO said. “Poultry marketing, transportation, and consumption increase in Viet Nam with the approach of the lunar New Year in early February. These activities create conditions favouring the spread of poultry outbreaks and call for heightened control measures.”The WHO said today’s report marks the first human case of avian flu in Vietnam since early September.All but one of the human cases this year are believed to have resulted from exposure to sick poultry rather than from person-to-person transmission. The WHO and many disease experts fear that the H5N1 virus could trigger a human flu pandemic if it evolved into a form that could readily spread from person to person.See also:Dec 30 WHO statementhttp://www.who.int/csr/don/2004_12_30/en/
The 26th edition of the Ghana Universities Sports Association (GUSA) Games has been characterized by a great exhibition of sportsmanship, a test of character and strength.The just-ended 2020 GUSA Games saw some records broken by athletes in the athletics sporting discipline.The likes of Rose Yeboah, Ali Yahaya, Ebenezer Gyimah, Yamoah Cadmond, Grace Obour, and William Amponsah can be mentioned as athletes who reached new feats in the GUSA Games.Here are the top five records that were broken in the GUSA Games:Rose Yeboah Rose Yeboah of the University of Cape Coast jumped highest in the High Jump event during the 2020 GUSA Games.The 19-year-old from the University of Cape Coast jumped a height of 1.85M in the competition to break the record set by Abigail Kwarteng in 2016 who recorded 1.70M.Photo Credit: Osei Bernard EsarRose has now improved on her personal best which stood at 1.84M; a feat she reached in the African Games in Rabat last year.Grace Obour beat rival to set a new toneThe African Games bronze medalist beat her fiercest rival, Rafiatu Nuhu, to topple her record which stood at 54.79 seconds in 2019.Photo Credit: Osei Bernard EsarShe made a new time of 53.076 seconds to edge past University for Development Studies (UDS) pair of Rafiatu Nuhu and Aduntira Grace.The 18-year-old has a personal best time of 51.86 seconds, feet she reached in Rabat, Morocco in the African Games to win the bronze medal for Ghana.William Amponsah ‘macho’s’ two recordsThe University of Education, Winneba (UEW) student, William Amponsah holds the records for the 5,000 and 10,000 metres races in the GUSA Games.The 21-year-old first smashed the 5,000 metres record by clocking a time of fourteen minutes 19 seconds.William broke Malik Yakubu’s record by two minutes as he runs around the track to glory in the games.The level 100 UEW student is now the 10,000 metres National record holder at the Ghana University Students Associated Games, setting a new time of 29 minutes 51 seconds.Ali Yahaya breaks 25 years old pole vault recordAli Yahaya, a student of the University of Ghana shattered a 25-year-old record set in the Pole Vault event at the GUSA Games.He jumped 3.86m at the GUSA Games, against the previous record of 3.85M by Kofi Nimo in 1995. UDS dominates 4×100 metres racesIn both the male and female categories of the 4×100 metre races, the University for Development Studies (UDS) showed supremacy to clinch gold and set new records.In the female division, the quartet from UDS clocked a time of 45.946 seconds to beat UCC, UG KNUST and UEW.Wallace Aflammah, Sarfo Ansah, Derrick Sarkodie and Barnabas Aggeh were too strong for their opponents in the 4×100 metres.Photo Credit: Osei Bernard EsarUDS won the race in a time of 40.27 seconds with the University of Ghana and UCC coming second and third respectively.