May 5, 2006 (CIDRAP News) – The latest human infected with H5N1 avian influenza died of the infection yesterday in Egypt, while a leading influenza expert called H5N1 the worst flu virus he has seen.The Egyptian victim was a 27-year-old woman from Cairo whose H5N1 case was announced yesterday, according to the World Health Organization (WHO). She had been hospitalized with bilateral pneumonia May 1, and a WHO statement yesterday had described her condition as stable.She was the 13th Egyptian confirmed to have an H5N1 infection and the fifth to die of it. Her case was the first reported in Egypt since early April. The WHO’s global case count now stands at 206 cases with 114 deaths.Meanwhile, virologist and influenza expert Robert G. Webster, attending an avian flu conference in Singapore, told the Associated Press (AP), “I’ve worked with flu all my life, and this [H5N1] is the worst influenza virus that I have ever seen.”Webster, who works at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital in Memphis, said that in poultry, the virus invades the brain and destroys the respiratory tract, the AP reported. Concerning the threat of a human pandemic triggered by H5N1, he said, “If that happens, God help us.”According to the story, he predicted it would take at least 10 more mutations to give the virus the ability to spread from person to person. He added there was no way to know when or if that will happen.”All of those mutations are out there . . . but the virus hasn’t succeeded in bringing it together,” Webster was quoted as saying.He also said far more needs to be done to prepare for a pandemic and to understand the virus’s behavior. Calling for stockpiling of more H5N1 vaccine, he labeled current efforts “miserable,” according to the story.Webster said research has been hampered by cultural attitudes preventing autopsies of victims, with autopsies conducted on only six people since the virus began spreading in late 2003.In other developments, the 21 countries in the group Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC), meeting in Vietnam, agreed today on a plan for joint efforts to respond to the avian flu situation. The organization consists mostly of Asian and Western Pacific countries, but also includes the United States, Canada, Russia, Mexico, Peru, and Chile.The 5-page plan calls for various kinds of cooperation. For example, the members agreed to:Increase the prompt reporting of avian and human cases and sharing of biological specimensEncourage the business sector to get involved in the prevention and control of avian fluEstablish “best practices and common approaches to risk communications”Work to improve biosecurity on commercial and “transition” poultry farmsDevelop ways to exchange information on “management of travelers” to minimize damage to trade and travelEncourage steps, such as use of pre-authorized visas and customs, to ease the entry of WHO rapid response teams into countries that have invited themSee also:WHO statement on death of Egyptian womanhttp://www.who.int/csr/don/2006_05_05/en/index.html
Ja Morant and RJ Barrett, Williamson’s former teammate at Duke, are expected to be the next two picks, but everyone else after that is up in the air. ESPN will broadcast the NBA Draft for a 17th consecutive year. Here’s everything you need to know about how to tune in, including the start time and first-round draft order.MORE 2019 NBA DRAFT:SN’s final mock draft | Top 60 big boardWhat channel is the NBA Draft on today?Date: Thursday, June 20Time: 7:30 p.m. ETTV channel: ESPNLive stream: Watch ESPNESPN is planning to go live from Barclays Center with a pre-draft show starting at 7 p.m. ET. Rece Davis will host coverage along with analysts Jay Bilas, Chauncey Billups, Mike Schmitz, Bobby Marks and Adrian Wojnarowski with Maria Taylor on the floor interviewing players as they’re drafted. The 2019 NBA Draft is upon us, one week after the Raptors took the series against the Warriors to win their first championship.It’s a foregone conclusion the Pelicans will take Duke star Zion Williamson at No. 1, further fast-tracking New Orleans’ rebuild after reportedly acquiring Brandon Ingram, Josh Hart and Lonzo Ball from the Lakers for Anthony Davis in a blockbuster trade over the weekend. In addition to ESPN broadcasting Thursday’s coverage, the NBA Draft can be streamed on Watch ESPN. Viewers in Canada will be able to watch the NBA Draft on TSN. NBA Draft order: Round 1PickTeam1New Orleans Pelicans2Memphis Grizzlies3New York Knicks4Los Angeles Lakers*5Cleveland Cavaliers6Phoenix Suns7Chicago Bulls8Atlanta Hawks9Washington Wizards10Atlanta Hawks (from Dallas)11Minnesota Timberwolves12Charlotte Hornets13Miami Heat14Boston Celtics (from Sacramento via Philadelphia)15Detroit Pistons16Orlando Magic17Brooklyn Nets18Indiana Pacers19San Antonio Spurs20Boston Celtics (from LA Clippers via Memphis)21Oklahoma City Thunder22Boston Celtics23Utah Jazz24Philadelphia 76ers25Portland Trail Blazers26Cleveland Cavaliers (from Houston)27Brooklyn Nets (from Denver)28Golden State Warriors29San Antonio Spurs (from Toronto)30Milwaukee Bucks*The No. 4 overall pick is part of the reported Anthony Davis tradeYou can find the complete two-round order of picks here.