Apr 8, 2009 (CIDRAP News) – The recent series of H5N1 avian influenza cases in Egyptian children yet very few in adults has raised concern that some Egyptians may be getting infected without getting sick, according to a Reuters news report published today.John Jabbour, a World Health Organization (WHO) emerging diseases specialist based in Cairo, said the Egyptian government and the WHO are planning a study to find out if subclinical or asymptomatic cases have been occurring, according to the story.Jabbour said the occurrence of asymptomatic cases would be worrisome because it could give the undetected virus more time to mutate in human hosts, Reuters reported.”If there is any subclinical case in Egypt, the aim is to treat immediately to stop the reproduction of the virus,” he told Reuters. “Because whether [through] mutation or reassortment, this will lead to the pandemic strain.”The story said that all but two of the 11 Egyptians infected with H5N1 this year have been children under age 3 (the official WHO count for Egypt reached 12 today). In the same period last year, most of the seven Egyptian case-patients were adults and older children, the report said.Jabbour said the string of cases in children without similar cases in adults had prompted the questions whether adults were being infected without falling ill.He said the Egyptian study would involve testing the blood of people who were potentially exposed to infected birds but had not gotten sick.Tim Uyeki, MD, a medical epidemiologist in the Influenza Division at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, told CIDRAP News that limited studies in several countries over the past few years have found relatively little serologic evidence of asymptomatic or unrecognized cases of H5N1 virus infection.When the H5N1 virus first infected humans in Hong Kong in 1997, there were two studies in which investigators looked for H5N1 antibodies in people who had potentially been exposed to the virus, Uyeki said. One study focused on 293 poultry cullers, of whom only nine (3%) were found to have H5N1 antibodies, indicating past infection. In the other study, involving 1,525 poultry workers, an estimated 10% had antibodies.More recent studies “have either found no evidence of H5N1 virus infection or very low seroprevalence of H5N1 antibodies, around 1% or less, among different exposed populations,” Uyeki said. “Since H5N1 virus strains continue to evolve, there’s a continued need for these studies in people who have contact with poultry in countries where H5N1 virus strains are circulating in birds, since the risk of transmission to exposed persons could change.”Uyeki also noted that subclinical infection with seasonal influenza virus is known to occur. “But how that relates to H5N1 is unclear,” he said.See also: Jan 25 2008 CIDRAP News story “Cambodian study hints at subclinical H5N1 cases”
Atletico Madrid full-back Juanfran hopes to renew his contract at the club that means the most to himThe former Real Madrid youth player has spent the last eight years with city rivals Atleti but will be out of contract at the end of this season.However, Juanfran remains a key member of the team and produced a great performance in their 1-0 La Liga win over Levante on Sunday.“Atleti are the club of my life, I would like to stay,” said Juanfran, according to Marca.“My hope is that the club renews me and that they still see me as a valuable player, who can put in a level of performance adequate of the team and our coach.Zidane reveals Sergio Ramos injury concern for Real Madrid Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Zinedine Zidane has put Sergio Ramos’ availability for Real Madrid’s trip to Sevilla next weekend in doubt after withdrawing him against Levante.“I will never create a problem here regardless if whether I leave in the summer or in future years, this club will always mean the world to me.“I hope to do whatever the best thing is for the club and I am sure that Diego Godin and Filipe Luis will do the same, they care about the club like this too.“The players are never the most important thing about Atleti but I believe my presence here can benefit the team going forward.”Juanfran has made 325 appearances for Diego Simeone’s side across all competitions.The 34-year-old’s time at the Spanish capital has seen him win La Liga, Copa del Rey, Supercopa de España, Europa League (2x) and UEFA Super Cup (2x).
Darris Robins has been lately gaining a lot of popularity in the marketing industry. He has been an expert in writing and composing music since a very early age. However, things turned bad when it came to his education. He had to drop out of college due to the growing student loan debt in 2012. After leaving college, he amassed over $100K+ in student loan debt at the age of 19. This motivated the young guy to learn the business of music.Without having any job, his only source of income was to market his own music online. To everyone’s surprise, his music helped him establish his strong fan base and his peers offered him to be a freelance marketer for them. With getting an overwhelming response, he had been outsourced for business and simultaneously he also began his interview and vlog series with artists of his local town.Darris tasted success in the form of his own brand called Mic Check Global which he started in November 2013. It is a marketing agency that helps to build a strong social media presence of personalities and organizations with having a strong focus on the target audience and great sales. Later in 2015, Darris created Mic Check Global Films which focuses on visual branding content on social media.However, Mic Check Global got its first international office in Cebu, Philippines, in 2018 intending to build a strong business relationship with the people of Asia. Their new venture focuses on hiring brand team ambassadors, sponsoring artist development programs and encouraging intercontinental communication by expanding entertainment all over Asia. Moreover, it is the first American/Asian company which helps the emerging artists grow into full-time artists and entrepreneurs.Darris and his partners in Cebu have sponsored many students to attend private school. By this, he has been helping the students who face poverty and lack opportunities. By the year 2020, Darris has a target to sponsor more than 100 students. Since the last 5 years, his company, Mic Check Global has extended support to hundreds of unsigned independent artists in building their strong fan base. Their future plan is to help all the aspiring artists achieve their dreams by helping them in education and letting them know their true potential talent.IBT does not endorse any of the above content.