May 16, 2005 (CIDRAP News) – Nine people have died in the Republic of Congo from a hemorrhagic disease that authorities are describing as “Ebola-like,” and at least another 52 people who had contact with the victims are being monitored, according to news reports today.The prelude to the cluster of deaths follows a plot that could be lifted from past Ebola outbreaks. A hunting party from Itoumbi and Mbomo districts, several hundred kilometers north of Brazzaville, the capital, encountered a dead monkey and ate it, according to Alphonse Gando, the Congo Republic’s minister of health, as reported by Agence France-Presse (AFP) on May 12.Ebola is a highly contagious filovirus that can cause a gruesome death following hemorrhaging and is lethal in 50% to 90% of cases. Although there is no treatment and little is understood about its animal reservoir, contact with primates has been known to precipitate human outbreaks. The Congo Republic and neighboring Gabon have had several Ebola outbreaks, which have killed about 360 people since 1994, AFP reported.”We don’t have lab confirmation yet, but it has all the features of an Ebola outbreak,” said Dick Thompson, a World Health Organization spokesman, as quoted in a New York Times story today.Congo Republic health officials have moved quickly since the outbreak began in late April to investigate and stop the spread of the disease, according to the Times. This may indicate the country is learning how to cope with such outbreaks, Thompson told the newspaper.In nearby Angola, authorities are still struggling with the deadliest known outbreak of a similar hemorrhagic disease caused by the Marburg virus. New cases were still being reported, Reuters news service reported today, despite repeated announcements from local authorities that the outbreak was coming under control.”The outbreak is not over,” Aphaluck Bhatiasevi of the WHO told Reuters. The death toll stood at 292, with 336 known cases, Reuters reported. WHO numbers reported May 11 were lower: 316 known cases and 276 deaths.Authorities seemed most concerned about the appearance of apparently unrelated cases. “We’ve seen new cases in new municipalities that don’t have obvious links to earlier cases of Marburg,” Bhatiasevi said. “We are trying to do as much tracing as possible.”Preventing the spread of Marburg as a byproduct of certain traditional practices, particularly cleaning the dead before burial, continues to be a challenge for healthcare workers, Jose Van Dunem, a deputy health minister, told Reuters. Six traditional healers have died, but others are beginning to change their habits, he added.See also:May 13 WHO statement on Congo Republic outbreakhttp://www.who.int/csr/don/2005_05_13/en/index.htmlMay 11 WHO statement on Marburg outbreak in Angolahttp://www.who.int/csr/don/2005_05_11/en/index.html
Spurs deserved to go in behind at the break but, after Paulino’s powerful 61st-minute strike drew them level, were good value for a share of the spoils. Hull, meanwhile, will be delighted by the contributions of £14million duo Long and Jelavic – the latter just as deserving of a first goal as his partner. They were a constant threat and never allowed the below-par Michael Dawson or the returning Jan Vertonghen a moment’s peace. The travelling support took the first opportunity to laud one of their former favourites, chanting the name of Hull midfielder Tom Huddlestone, who left White Hart Lane in the summer. And it was Huddlestone who played a key role in the first chance of the afternoon. He caught Spurs cold by floating a wide free-kick towards Jelavic at the near post and although the Croatian’s contact was not the cleanest, his volley nearly crept under the crossbar. With both sides lining up 4-4-2 there was a promise of open football and Tottenham delivered by going close from their very next attack. Roberto Soldado did well to find Emmanuel Adebayor in space at the edge of the area and his crisp first-time effort was well saved by Steve Harper, the veteran standing in for suspended number one Allan McGregor. After 12 entertaining minutes, the game got the goal it deserved as Long and Jelavic teamed up to lethal effect. Jelavic played provider, showing good enterprise to hook the ball into space with his back to goal. Long galloped after it and immediately gained a yard on Vertonghen and the sluggish Dawson. By the time the Irishman reached Hugo Lloris he had created a one-on-one opportunity and made no mistake from 12 yards. Spurs were not immediately panicked by the goal and enjoyed plenty of the ball for the next quarter of an hour. Adebayor, Soldado and Christian Eriksen all featured but Hull defended stoutly to keep them at bay. Curtis Davies, in particular, was turning in a fine shift. Spurs, though, had become a touch complacent at the back and needed Kyle Walker to make a clinical sliding challenge when Jelavic swooped on a loose crossfield pass. The former Everton man again threatened when Dawson’s foul on Long gave Hull a free shot on goal in the 39th minute. Having persuaded Huddlestone to give up dead-ball rights, Jelavic curled his effort a yard wide with Lloris rooted. Spurs continued to struggle against Jelavic after the interval, Walker dithering near the corner flag and complaining to the referee as the Croatian picked his pocket. By comparison, it was not until the 56th minute that Harper was called on again. Vertonghen’s rampaging run got Spurs going before Paulinho’s shot was diverted into Soldado’s path. He took aim from a tight angle but Harper kept his cool to palm clear. The equaliser felt likelier now and arrived just after the hour mark. A short free-kick resulted in Danny Rose’s hopeful shot from 30 yards and while that was never likely to worry Harper, it did reach Paulinho, who turned and found the roof of the net from 18 yards. Sherwood’s side were immediately improved and quickly forced Hull back into their own half. For a while, they defended desperately but Spurs’ new-found confidence invited a quick counter. Substitute Robert Koren nearly took advantage when his through-ball found Jelavic and, though he managed to stab his shot past the charging Lloris, Dawson was on hand to prevent it reaching the line. Jelavic, who did everything except score on the day, struck the base of the post after more good link-up play from Long but the feeling remained that Hull were happier with the scoreline. Had Adebayor had one of his better days, or Eriksen’s radar been better adjusted, Spurs would surely have scored again. Hull might also have nicked it when Huddlestone’s flat free-kick in the 89th minute somehow evaded three team-mates inside the six-yard box, but neither side will be aggrieved with a draw. The form book pointed decisively to a Spurs win, with Sherwood having won three in a row on the road while Hull were goalless and pointless throughout January. But recent arrival Long put the Tigers ahead 12 minutes into his home debut having raced onto a clever ball from fellow new boy Nikica Jelavic. Shane Long’s first goal for Hull saw them claim their first point of the year and end Tottenham boss Tim Sherwood’s perfect away record in the Barclays Premier League. Press Association
The female national hockey team could not get past their Kenyan opponents on Tuesday in the 2019 African Hockey Olympic qualifiers, sharing the points in a 1-1 draw at the Stellenbosch University, South Africa.The result won’t come as a surprise to some as the Ghanaian team have never recorded a victory against the Kenyans in all their encounters drawing 3 and recording a single defeat against the East Africans.Both teams came into the game with victories in their previous match with a Vivan Narkuor inspired Ghana eased to a 3-1 victory over Zimbabwe while Kenya struggled to a 1-0 victory over Namibia.Kenya took the lead early on as Rhoda Kuira converted a Penalty Corner in the 7th minute but 2019 SWAG female hockey player of the year, Mavis Berko would equalise for Ghana in the 21st minute also from a Penalty Corner.Ghana next faces Namibia on Saturday 17th August 2019 while Kenya will face Zimbabwe on Thursday 15th August 2019.