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Aug 21, 2007 (CIDRAP News) – Government officials in Pakistan today announced a recent outbreak of H5N1 avian influenza at a poultry farm in the country’s northwest, as Indonesia worked to stamp out the disease on farms on Sulawesi and Italian officials reported low-pathogenic avian flu outbreaks.The Pakistan outbreak occurred in late July at a large farm in the town of Mansehra, about 50 miles north of Islamabad, Reuters reported today. The birds were tested for the disease after about 14,000 chickens at the farm died, said Rafiq-ul-Hassan Usmani, an agriculture ministry official.After samples came back positive for the H5N1 virus, the remaining 35,000 birds were culled, Reuters reported.A report that Pakistani officials submitted to the World Organization for Animal Health (OIE) said the outbreak affected 16-week-old breeder and broiler chickens.Pakistan has had several poultry outbreaks this year, but the latest incident is the first since May, according to OIE reports. The country has not reported any human H5N1 cases.Elsewhere, local officials on Sulawesi island in Indonesia said they were struggling to contain H5N1 outbreaks on farms near Palu, the capital of Central Sulawesi, according to a report yesterday from Antara News, the state news agency. Tests conducted after several chickens in Palu died confirmed the disease in 29 chickens, Antara reported.Infected birds have been found in three of four subdistricts in Palu, and Antara reported that two chickens in neighboring Donggala district died of the disease 2 days ago.In other news, Italian health officials announced that an outbreak of a low-pathogenic form of H5N2 avian influenza had been detected on farms near Ravenna, in northern Italy, Reuters reported today. Some of the birds also had antibodies to an H7 avian flu virus, the report said.A health ministry statement said evidence of infection in the birds was found during routine surveillance on the farm, Reuters reported.A senior official with Italy’s poultry farmers union told Reuters that about 12,000 ducks and geese were culled on an industrial farm, along with about 200 chickens and guinea fowl on a smaller farm.See also:OIE reports on Pakistan outbreakhttp://www.oie.int/downld/AVIAN%20INFLUENZA/A2007_AI.php#
SRI LANKA 1st innings 537 (U. Tharanga 110no, K. Perera 110, K. Silva 94, D. Karunaratne 56, A. Gunaratne 54; G. Cremer 4-142)Zimbabwe 1st innings (Overnight: 88-1)T. Mawoyo c Gunaratne b Lakmal 45B. Chari lbw b Herath 5H. Masakadza c Karunaratne b Lakmal 33C. Ervine lbw b D. Perera 12S. Williams c Gunaratne b Herath 10M. Waller lbw b D. Perera 22P. Moor c D. Perera b Kumara 79G. Cremer not out 102D. Tiripano lbw b K. Mendis 46C. Mumba b Herath 1C. Mpofu b Lakmal 2Extras (b-4 lb-4 nb-1 w-7) 16Total (all out, 107.5 overs) 373Fall of wickets: 1-21 B. Chari,2-92 T. Mawoyo,3-92 H. Masakadza,4-111 S. Williams,5-134 C. Ervine,6-139 M. Waller,7-271 P. Moor,8-363 D. Tiripano,9-366 C. Mumba,10-373 C. MpofuBowling: S. Lakmal 21.5 – 3 – 69 – 3(nb-1),L. Kumara 22 – 3 – 90 – 1(w-2),R. Herath 37 – 5 – 97 – 3,D. Perera 18 – 1 – 66 – 2, A. Gunaratne 3 – 0 – 23 – 0,D. de Silva 2 – 0 – 10 – 0, K. Mendis 4 – 0 – 10 – 1.SRI LANKA 2nd inningsD. Karunaratne not out 1K. Silva not out 3Extras (nb-1) 1Total (for no loss, 3 overs) 5Fall of wickets:To bat: K. Mendis, K. Perera, D. de Silva, U. Tharanga, A. Gunaratne, D. Perera, R. Herath, S. Lakmal, L. KumaraBowling: C. Mpofu 2 – 2 – 0 – 0, G. Cremer 1 – 0 – 5 – 0(nb-1). (REUTERS)-Captain Graeme Cremer scored his maiden test century on Monday to help Zimbabwe avoid the follow-on as they scored 373 in reply to Sri Lanka’s 537 in the first Test. Sri Lanka closed the third day five without loss in their second innings, a 169-run overall lead.Cremer’s ton received an ecstatic reception from the small crowd as Zimbabwe showed gutsy determination that had been missing through six successive test defeats going into the two-match series against the in-form but injury-hit Sri Lankans.Zimbabwe’s lower-order rally was inspired by their captain, whose previous high test score was 43 against Bangladesh three years ago.Cremer shared a 132-run partnership for the seventh wicket with wicketkeeper Peter Moor, playing only his second test, and another 92-run stand with Donald Tiripano for the eighth wicket.The 30-year-old Cremer was 102 not out off 207 balls at the end of the innings.Moor fell for 79, fending off a bouncer to hand teenage debutant Lahiru Kumara his first test wicket.Tiripano (46) was trapped lbw by Kusal Mendes, usually a wicketkeeper and bowling only his second over in Test cricket.