May 28, 2008 (CIDRAP News) – The World Health Organization (WHO) today confirmed that a 16-month-old boy from Bangladesh had an H5N1 avian influenza infection in January but has since recovered.The boy, who is officially listed as Bangladesh’s first H5N1 case, got sick on Jan 27, the WHO said in a statement today. His H5N1 infection was identified retrospectively during seasonal surveillance by the International Centre for Diarrhoeal Disease Research in Bangladesh.Bangladeshi government officials announced on May 22 that the boy’s infection had been confirmed the day before by the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, which is a WHO reference laboratory.The boy is from Dhaka, the capital of Bangladesh. The WHO said he had been exposed to live and slaughtered chickens in his home. Health officials have collected samples from his family members and neighbors, but none so far show any signs off H5N1 infections, the agency added.Bangladesh, along with the neighboring Indian state of West Bengal, experienced widespread poultry outbreaks over the winter. The H5N1 virus struck 50 of Bangladesh’s 64 districts, according to a recent Agence France-Presse report.Today’s WHO confirmation of the Bangladeshi case raises the global H5N1 count to 383 cases with 241 deaths.See also:May 28 WHO statement
DUBLIN, Ireland (CMC) – Veteran all-rounder Stacy-Ann King marked her first appearance for West Indies Women in nearly three years with a strong all-round performance as the Caribbean side strolled past Ireland by 45 runs in the second Twenty20 International here Tuesday, to set the stage for a clean sweep of the three-match series.Opting to bat first at Sydney Parade, West Indies rallied to 157 for six off their 20 overs with the 35-year-old King top-scoring with 34 from 33 deliveries and opener Hayley Matthews getting 33 off 32 balls.Captain Kim Garth led the Irish attack, taking three for 22 with her right-arm seam before returning with the bat to top score with an unbeaten 51 off 48 balls as the hosts were restricted to 112 for six off their 20 overs.King had yet another telling impact, snatching two for 15 from four overs of left-arm medium pace while leg-spinner Afy Fletcher ended with two for 20.Yesterday’s win gave West Indies a 2-0 lead in the series following their 64-run victory in Sunday’s opener, and they will bid for a whitewash in the final match today.Matthews gave West Indies a breezy start, striking two fours and two sixes and putting on 32 off 22 for the first wicket with Britney Cooper whose 20 came from 11 balls and included three fours.Once Cooper fell caught and bowled by Garth in the fourth over, King arrived to anchor the innings, first in a 38-run, second-wicket stand with Matthews and then in a 48-run, third-wicket partnership with Shemaine Campbelle (19).The left-handed King counted four fours in a knock before becoming one of two wickets to fall to Garth in the 16th over, as West Indies lost four for 18 runs at the death.In reply, Ireland looked like challenging when they reached 60 for two at the start of the 12th over but then lost four wickets for seven runs in the space of 18 runs to surrender meekly.Batting at number three, Garth struck four fours and a six, adding 45 in an unbroken seventh-wicket stand with Sophie McMahon (11 not out), to rescue Ireland from a dire position of 67 for six in the 15th over.Waldron had earlier counted three fours in a 28-ball 25 as she put on 24 for the first wicket with Gaby Lewis (11) and a further 23 with Garth for the second wicket.