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Posted by: | Posted on: November 18, 2020

H5N1 strikes Pakistan poultry again

first_imgAug 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#last_img read more

Posted by: | Posted on: October 19, 2020

Big fall in COVID-19 deaths in France

first_imgWith the country’s health system still under strain, Prime Minister Edouard Philippe will set out his strategy for ending the lockdown before parliament on Tuesday.Ministers have identified 17 priorities for gradually bringing the country out of eight weeks of confinement in a “controlled, progressive” manner from May 11.Schools in some areas are expected to reopen, with companies returning to work and public transport going back to a more normal timetable as a testing system and support for the elderly are put into place.  The numbers of COVID-19 victims in intensive care also dropped, but only slightly, to 4,682. But officials said they were worried by an increase in critically ill patients suffering from other conditions.More than 7,553 people were in intensive care units in France on Sunday — 50 percent more than the country’s total capacity before the epidemic struck. Overall, 28,217 people are being treated in hospital for the virus.  France reported a big fall in its coronavirus toll on Sunday, with 242 deaths in 24 hours, a drop of more than a third on the previous day.The epidemic has now claimed 22,856 lives in the country since the beginning of March, health officials said. The number of deaths in hospitals — 152 — was the lowest daily toll in five weeks, they said, while 90 people died in nursing and care homes.center_img Topics :last_img read more

Posted by: | Posted on: September 9, 2020

Tipp hoping for revenge against Louth

first_imgTipp senior footballer Bill Maher says last year’s result will be in the back of their minds…Tipp FM’s live coverage of this Sundays Allianz Football League 5th round, Tipperary versus Louth comes In association with John Kennedy Motors, the home of Toyota Hybrid in Tipperary Tipp will be hoping they don’t repeat last year’s bad luck in Thurles against Louth in the National Football League.The Premier failed to defeat the Leinster-side in the penultimate game of last year’s league, and had to travel to Armagh to ensure their victory in Division 3.Both teams feature in Division 2 this year – with Tipp second from top, and Louth at the bottom of the table as it stands.last_img read more