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Woman’s death marks Bali’s first H5N1 case

first_imgAug 13, 2007 (CIDRAP News) – Indonesia’s health ministry today announced that a 29-year-old woman from Bali died yesterday of H5N1 avian influenza, signaling the first human case on the popular tourist island, and that her 5-year-old daughter had died earlier of a similar illness.Lily Sulistyowati, head of Indonesia’s national avian influenza control committee, said in a health ministry press release that the woman became ill Aug 3 with a fever and respiratory symptoms and was diagnosed about a week later with serious pneumonia. On Aug 10 she was hospitalized at Sanglah Hospital in the Bali capital of Denpasar with a high fever and breathing difficulties, and she died there 2 days later.Tests at the health ministry’s lab and the Eijkman Institute in Jakarta confirmed that she had an H5N1 infection, the press release said. If the World Health Organization (WHO) confirms the woman’s case, she will be listed as Indonesia’s 103rd case-patient and its 82nd fatality.The woman is from Jembrana district, where avian flu is endemic in poultry, the health ministry reported. The district is in the northwestern part of the island, far from the major tourist areas, Agence France-Presse (AFP) reported today.Ian Barr, deputy director of the WHO’s Collaborating Centre for Reference and Research on Influenza, said travelers shouldn’t panic about a human H5N1 case being confirmed on Bali, Australia’s Sydney Morning Herald reported today.”Most of these cases occur in villages, not in downtown Kuta or Denpasar, so I’m not sure that travelers should be too concerned,” he told the Herald.The woman’s 5-year-old daughter died of pneumonia on Aug 3, and investigators found that several chickens raised by the woman and her neighbor had died in early to mid July, according to the press release. The girl had played with chickens before she died. Tests by livestock officials confirmed that the birds died of H5N1 infection.Health officials haven’t determined if the girl had an H5N1 infection. Bayu Krisnamurti, head of Indonesia’s national bird flu commission, told reporters that the child’s body had been buried and that authorities could not confirm the cause of her death, the Chinese news agency Xinhua reported today.A 2-year-old girl from a neighboring home is being treated for a suspected H5N1 infection at Sanglah Hospital, the Indonesian health ministry reported. She came down with a fever and cold 3 days ago and is receiving oseltamivir (Tamiflu).Although avian flu is endemic in birds in Jambrana district and other parts of Indonesia, the country’s last official outbreak report was filed in October 2006, according to the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO).Joko Suyono, a spokesman for the ministry’s bird flu center, said villagers in the woman’s town didn’t burn the dead chickens but buried them or fed them to pigs, according to a Reuters report today.Indonesia is one of two countries, along with China, where pigs have been found infected with the H5N1 virus. Last October, Indonesian researchers reported that two pigs on Bali were infected with the virus, though they did not document if the pigs were sick or died.Flu experts worry about H5N1 infections in pigs because the animals can carry human and avian influenza viruses, potentially serving as a “mixing vessel” that could produce a strain that could launch a human flu pandemic.In other avian flu developments, national television in Togo reported three new H5N1 outbreaks on farms in the Lacs, Golfe, and Zio regions east of the capital, Lome, according to an Aug 11 AFP report. The west African country reported its first H5N1 outbreak in June, bringing the number of African nations reporting the disease to 10.See also:May 31 FAO avian flu bulletin with chart of H5N1 outbreaks by countryhttp://www.fao.org/docs/eims/upload//228650/AIDENews_may07_no46.pdfOct 10, 2006, CIDRAP News story “Pigs, cats in Indonesia infected with H5N1″Jun 22 CIDRAP News story “Togo conforms first H5N1 outbreak”last_img read more

Willard F. Bourquein

first_imgWillard Franklin Bourquein, formerly of Harrison, OH and Apache Junction, AZ passed away on Wednesday, October 26, 2016 at his summer home in Batesville, IN at 83 years of age.He was born January 15, 1933 to Clarence A. and Mabel D. (White) Bourquein at their home in Harrison.  Willard spent his early years learning to hunt, fish and grow vegetables with his Dad and cousins.Graduating in 1950 from Harrison High School he earned a baseball scholarship to the University of Louisville. From the age of 14 on he played baseball for many different men’s leagues. The catcher was recruited by the Columbia, South Carolina Reds in 1952 to attend their training camp.  He was drafted into the US Army in 1953 until 1955 during the Korean War.   He had the opportunity to spend a lot of his time playing ball with the drafted major league players.  After the military, he started working in sales.  Willard discovered he enjoyed meeting new people and selling.  While delivering milk for Coors Dairy he started his own sales business, Bourquein Water Conditioning in 1962.  Looking for a new office in 1971, he purchased the The State Theatre building in Harrison and reopened it for a few years as well.  The always working entrepreneur, then started 74 Self Storage, Inc. in 1976 and in 1983 he purchased Mill End Estates Mobile Home Community in West Harrison, IN.Willard was an active member of the community helping to form the Harrison Jaycees in the 1960s and later sitting on the Harrison Chamber of Commerce Board.  He was member of the Harrison American Legion Post 199 and the Harrison Gun & Conservation Club.  In the 1950’s Willard learned to fly and joined the Harrison Social Flights.  He was a member of the Queen City Anglers Guild for many years.  The avid fisherman earned his Charter Captains License taking many fellow fishermen and family on trips to the Great Lakes and Canada in his dual engine Aquasport the ‘Lake Invader’.Eventually Willard decided to semi-retire to Arizona during the winter months and started enjoying his other hobbies of dancing, card playing and hunting.  He became a life member of the AZ Predator Callers learning to hunt coyotes, bobcats, and mountain lions as well as train others to call.  He was a proud NRA member and promoted firearm safety.  He felt strongly that a vote for the Democrats and Hillary meant an end to freedoms that he enjoyed during his lifetime. Willard wanted to ‘Make America Great Again!’When he wasn’t working you could usually find Willard in a duck blind, out fishing or playing euchre.  He was a patient teacher to his children, grandchildren, nephews, nieces, cousins and their friends; always taking the time to teach them how to hunt, fish, shoot, water-ski or ride dirt bikes.  He even passed on the secrets to mole hunting & coyote calling to a fortunate few.He will be dearly missed by his daughter, Taaron (Rodger) Meyers of Batesville, IN and son Tay (Cathleen Quigley) Bourquein of Whitestown, IN; grandchildren Grant & Kent Meyers and Mallory Bourquein; his special friend, Betty Graack of Waunakee, WI; along with his brother-in-law John Betscher of Greenville, IL; aunt Ruth Darling of Bright, IN; mother of his children, Marilyn Bourquein of Harrison, OH; plus many nieces, nephews and cousins.In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by his sister Wauneta Betscher.Visitation will be Friday from 5-8pm with funeral services on Saturday, October 29, 2016 at 11:00am all at Jackman Kercheval Meyers Funeral Home, 215 Broadway Ave, Harrison, OH 45030.  Rev. Joshua Long officiating.  Burial to follow in the Glen Haven Cemetery, Harrison, OH with military funeral honors by the Harrison Funeral Detail.  Online condolences www.meyersfuneralhomes.com.last_img read more