The man died late on Monday at a hospital in western Algeria where he had been receiving treatment since the confirmation of his infection late last month, the Health Ministry said in a statement.
The man was one of two identified with MERS after returning from a pilgrimage in Saudi Arabia, which has seen a jump in cases.
A 59-year-old man, the second confirmed case, is still being treated in hospital and his health has improved, the statement said.
On June 4, 2014, the National Health and Family Planning Commission (NHFPC) of China notified the World Health Organization (WHO) of four additional laboratory-confirmed cases of human infection with avian influenza A(H7N9) virus. Details of the cases are as follows:
A 51-year-old man from Huaian City, Jiangsu Province became ill on May 17 and was admitted to a hospital on May 25. He is currently in a severe condition. The patient had no exposure to live poultry.
A 51-year-old woman from Changzhou City, Jiangsu Province became ill on May 22 and was admitted to a hospital on May 27. She is currently in critical condition. The patient had no exposure to live poultry.
The Chinese government has taken the following surveillance and control measures: strengthen surveillance and situation analysis; reinforce case management and treatment; and conduct risk communication with the public and release information.
The previous report of avian influenza A(H7N9) virus detection in live poultry exported from mainland China to Hong Kong SAR shows the potential for the virus to spread through movement of live poultry. At this time there is no indication that international spread of avian influenza A(H7N9) has occurred. However as the virus infection does not cause signs of disease in poultry, continued surveillance is needed. Further sporadic human cases of avian influenza A(H7N9) infection are expected in affected and possibly neighbouring areas.
Should human cases from affected areas travel internationally, their infection may be detected in another country during or after arrival. If this were to occur, community level spread is unlikely as the virus does not have the ability to transmit easily among humans. There has been no evidence of sustained human-to-human transmission, therefore the risk of ongoing international spread of H7N9 virus by travelers is low.
WHO advises that travelers to countries with known outbreaks of avian influenza should avoid poultry farms, or contact with animals in live bird markets, or entering areas where poultry may be slaughtered, or contact with any surfaces that appear to be contaminated with feces from poultry or other animals. Travelers should also wash their hands often with soap and water. Travelers should follow good food safety and good food hygiene practices.
WHO does not advise special screening at points of entry with regard to this event, nor does it currently recommend any travel or trade restrictions.
As always, a diagnosis of infection with an avian influenza virus should be considered in individuals who develop severe acute respiratory symptoms while travelling or soon after returning from an area where avian influenza is a concern.
WHO encourages countries to continue strengthening influenza surveillance, including surveillance for severe acute respiratory infections (SARI) and to carefully review any unusual patterns, in order to ensure reporting of human infections under the IHR (2005), and continue national health preparedness actions.
Tropical storm Two is forecast to strike Oman as a severe cyclonic storm at about 12:00 GMT on 15th June 2014
Tropical storm Two is forecast to strike Oman as a severe cyclonic storm at about 12:00 GMT on 15 June. Data supplied by the US Navy and Air Force Joint Typhoon Warning Center suggest that the point of landfall will be near 20.0 N, 59.3 E. Two is expected to bring 1-minute maximum sustained winds to the region of around 120 km/h (74 mph). Wind gusts in the area may be considerably higher.
According to the Saffir-Simpson damage scale the potential property damage and flooding from a storm of Two’s strength (category 1) at landfall includes: Storm surge generally 1.2-1.5 metres (4-5 feet) above normal. No real damage to building structures. Damage primarily to unanchored mobile homes, shrubbery, and trees. Some damage to poorly constructed signs. Some coastal road flooding and minor pier damage. There is also the potential for flooding further inland due to heavy rain.
Emergency services were kept busy as winds gusting up to 190kmh brought down trees, cut power and damaged properties.
Tens of thousands of homes were still without power this morning across Auckland and the Coromandel, and several schools were forced to close.
Across Vector’s northern network there were still 55,000 households without power this morning.
At the height of the storm there were 70,000 customers cut off. So far 15,000 homes have had power restored.
At the Auckland Harbour Bridge, which was forced closed, wind gusts reached 130kmh and at the Tiritiri Lighthouse in the Hauraki Gulf, up to 170kmh.
On the Whangaparaoa peninsula the average wind speed was 104kmh and in Coromandel winds hit 190kmh.
“I have some pretty high figures and I think it was one of the windiest nights,” MetService meteorologist John Law said.
“Cyclone category one or two would have an average wind speed of 89kmh to 117kmh. So that puts you into that category but that is not a direct comparison,” Law said.
Auckland had 60 millimetres to 70mm of rain in 24 hours.
The storm was this morning moving south.
TREES, POWER LINES DOWN
The power outages were caused by three severe wind periods throughout the night blowing sodden vegetation on to lines or bringing trees down across lines, the last of those being about 3am this morning, Vector said.
Crews were assessing damage caused to lines reportedly by letterboxes, trampolines and garden furniture being blown into them.
At least one person was injured by a falling tree, a child hit when a tree crashed through the roof of a house in Manly, on the Whangaparaoa Peninsula north of Auckland. The child was taken to hospital with minor injuries.
Auckland Transport said traffic on the city’s roads was generally flowing well but there was still debris about. It said some traffic lights may be out, particularly north of the harbour bridge.
The winds tipped over a truck on the Harbour Bridge about 3am, blocking two lanes. It was cleared about 5am and the bridge fully reopened.
A boat was also blown off its moorings and into the bridge, with its mast against the railing.
Many of the navy’s sailors got unscheduled leave after the storm blacked-out its main base in Auckland.
Lieutenant Commander Victoria Rendall said hundreds of non-essential staff were sent home from the Devonport Naval Base.
WIDESPREAD WEATHER HAVOC
As the storm headed south, there were still severe weather warnings with more rain expected in the Bay of Plenty, as well as parts of the Coromandel, Gisborne and Hawke’s Bay.
“But the good news is things are slowly going to improve as we head in towards the weekend,” Law said.
A commercial fishing boat with three people on board was in difficulty about 200 metres off the western Coromandel coast.
Police said the vessel had ropes wrapped around its propeller which was preventing it from making its own way. Its anchor was holding it in place in about 3m of water, off Amodeo Bay.
Emergency services were called to free a person trapped under a damaged house at Wharekaho, near Whitianga overnight.
Police closed Blacksmith Lane in Whitianga due to flying roof iron as firefighters worked to secure the roofs. State Highway 25 south of Whitianga, and the roads near Tairua and south of Thames were flooded.
Hamilton police city shift manager Sergeant Dave Raffan said a truck and trailer unit had rolled by the railway crossing on SH27 at Tatuanui about 5.30am.
There was flooding across parts of Hamilton and drivers were advised to take caution, he said.
MetService forecast persistent rain for Gisborne and Hawke’s Bay from tonight to Friday morning, with up to 250mm of rain possible in the ranges and 150mm in other areas.
In the Rangitikei district up to 200mm of rain could fall today and tomorrow.
In Wairarapa and eastern Wellington, up to 160mm is possible could fall overnight tonight.
A Jet2 plane from East Midlands Airport to Murcia-San Javier in Spain has declared an emergency and has been redirected towards Paris where it now has now landed.
The nature of the emergency is yet to be released.
Subject To Change
Depth: 48 km
Distances: 121km (75mi) WSW of Panguna, Papua New Guinea
132km (82mi) WSW of Arawa, Papua New Guinea
373km (232mi) SE of Kokopo, Papua New Guinea
506km (314mi) ESE of Kimbe, Papua New Guinea
661km (411mi) WNW of Honiara, Solomon Islands
Subject To Change
Depth: 13 km
Distances: 105km (65mi) WSW of Panguna, Papua New Guinea
116km (72mi) WSW of Arawa, Papua New Guinea
375km (233mi) SE of Kokopo, Papua New Guinea
515km (320mi) ESE of Kimbe, Papua New Guinea
654km (406mi) WNW of Honiara, Solomon Islands