Jan 6, 2009 (CIDRAP News) – Public health officials in two countries today announced new human cases of H5N1 avian influenza, involving a 19-year-old Chinese woman who died of her infection and an 8-year-old Vietnamese girl who is recovering.In Beijing, local health authorities said the woman died yesterday after getting sick on Dec 24 and being hospitalized 3 days later, Xinhua, China’s state news agency, reported today. Tests at two labs revealed she was infected with the H5N1 virus.If the World Health Organization (WHO) confirms the case, she will be listed as China’s 31st H5N1 case-patient and 21st fatality. Her illness marks China’s first human case since February 2008.The Beijing Municipal Health Bureau told Xinhua that the woman bought nine ducks at a market in Langfang city in neighboring Hebei province on Dec 19. She removed the ducks’ internal organs and then gave three of the birds away to family and a friend.Zhao Qingchao, a Langfang City official, said investigators found that 13 people ate the ducks but only the woman got sick, Xinhua reported. He said the ducks were from Jixian county in northern ChinaBeijing’s health bureau said 116 people had close contact with the woman and that 102 of them were medical workers, according to the Xinhua report. One nurse who had contact with the patient had a fever but has since recovered.The WHO’s office in China released a statement saying the woman’s death from the H5N1 virus should not prompt alarm, Agence France-Presse (AFP) reported today. “We are concerned by any case of human H5N1 infection. However, this single case, which appears to have occurred during the slaughtering and preparation of poultry, does not change our risk assessment,” the WHO said.Meanwhile, an official from Vietnam’s Preventative Medicine Department told AFP that the 8-year-old girl, from Thanh Hoa province in northern Vietnam, got sick with pneumonia on Dec 27 after eating poultry and was hospitalized on Jan 2. If her case is confirmed by the WHO, she will be listed at Vietnam’s 107th case-patient.Nguyen Huy Nga, who directs the department, said tests revealed the girl’s H5N1 infection on Jan 3. Her case is Vietnam’s first since March 2008.An official with the provincial health department said he expected that the girl would be discharged from the hospital soon, according to the AFP report.Nguyen Huu Dinh, an animal health official in Thanh Hoa, said infected poultry had been detected and culled in the province, AFP reported.Jeff Gilbert, an avian influenza expert with the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), told AFP that Vietnam is entering a high-risk season because of cold weather that favors virus survival and the Tet (lunar new year) celebration, which often includes eating poultry dishes.”China has the (lunar) new year coming up, so the situation would be the same,” Gilbert said in the AFP report.If the WHO confirms the new cases reported today, they will raise the global H5N1 total to 393 cases with 248 deaths.The number of H5N1 cases and deaths in 2008 was the lowest since 2003, when the lethal H5N1 virus began causing outbreaks internationally, according to WHO figures. In 2008 there were 40 cases and 30 deaths, down from 88 and 59 in 2007, 115 and 79 in 2006, 98 and 43 in 2005, and 46 and 32 in 2004.Although there were fewer cases in 2008, the 75% case-fatality rate for the year was the highest since 2003, a moderate increase from 2007’s case-fatality rate of 67%.
Photo: 2sisters With the aim of promoting the tourist offer at fairs, special presentations, TZSMŽ has published a public call for the design and production of unique tourist uniforms. The local company Natura Ivana jdoo from Sisak, which made two men’s and five women’s uniforms, applied for the tender. All embroidery on the uniforms is newly made and handmade, modeled on the folk costumes of our region, says Ivana Tomašinec Damjanović from the company from the company Natura Ivana jdoo, which is run by the sister Sanja Tomašević brand 2sisters. “Motifs from our region, from Posavina, Moslavina and Banovina, were used. It is about manual and unique work. Handmade on blouses, stitching on white canvas, was done by Marica Šalić from Gornja Posavina, and the executed rose, which is represented as a symbol of the county, was done by Mrs. Kata Šešerin. We wanted to complete the whole through the presentation of the symbols of the whole county, so in addition to roses, blue and green are represented, the colors of the county. We also wanted to empower our women who preserve and nurture our heritage and ultimately show our culture and heritage. ” says Ivana Tomašinec Damjanović The Sisak-Moslavina County Tourist Board presented its unique tourist uniforms. A great example of how small tourist boards can work well, be different and fight for their place under the sun. It is easiest to say that the status quo cannot be adhered to. In this context, I would like to remind you of the excellent action of the Rogoznica Tourist Board (although a sea destination, with a much larger budget than continental tourist boards, but again “small” in the context of large sea destinations) Visitor center or a mobile tourist office. Sanja Tomašinec, designer and engineer of textile technology, who is also responsible for the entire design, points out that this was a unique opportunity to implement a rose on the official uniform as a symbol of the county, which is otherwise less used. “Everything was done according to our traditional clothes that were worn before, and the goal was to process the entire area of the county through one set of clothes. So we got modern uniforms with traditional elements. ” concludes Sanja Tomašinec. The uniforms will have their premiere at the Place2go Fair in Zagreb on March 15-17 this year, and they will also be present at all performances of the SMŽ Tourist Board – at fairs in Slovenia, Germany, Italy and Warsaw. TZSMŽ financed the project in the amount of HRK 30.000,00 gross for the design and manufacture of 7 sets of uniforms. Now the next step would be to design a different promotional stand, to round out the whole process. I keep emphasizing that at trade shows, especially if you are “small” in the context of a smaller budget, you have to be innovative, creative and different in order to draw attention to yourself. If we look at a fair space, it is always the same, with classic white “boxes”, and if someone jumps out with a different approach, it immediately stands out from the others and thus attracts attention and arouses interest. Of course, the first step is to attract attention and interest, and then quality communication and sales come on the scene, ie the promotion of the destination in order to create action, ie the desire to come to the destination. Photo: 2sisters The Sisak-Moslavina County Tourist Board is delighted with the design of the uniforms, especially since it is about domestic production and handicrafts. “There was a need for unique uniforms because this year we are working on increased promotion of our destination abroad (Poland, Italy, Slovenia and Germany), so for practical reasons, to attract attention, we came up with the idea to attract attention with something pleasing to the eye. In the whole story, just different uniforms come to the fore. We still have a lot of ideas, and our next step is to make a different promotional stand. The worst solution is classic spaces with a white background and posters, but in line with the modest income, I hope that we will be able to make a design of a different promotional counter. By the way, last year we broke the magic number of 100.000 overnight stays, which we are very proud of. “Concludes Ingrid Padjen Đurić, director of the Sisak-Moslavina County Tourist Board. Of course, the first step is to attract attention and interest, and then quality communication and sales come on the scene, ie the promotion of the destination in order to create action, ie the desire to come to the destination. The uniforms are visually attractive and differentiate the presentation from other destinations