Saudi Arabia, Tibet report H5N1 outbreaks

first_imgJan 30, 2008 (CIDRAP News) – Agriculture officials in Saudi Arabia and Tibet reported new H5N1 avian influenza outbreaks yesterday, as India struggled to keep the virus out of Calcutta and Bangladesh officials said outbreaks have spread to yet another district.Saudi Arabia’s agriculture ministry said yesterday the H5N1 virus struck a farm in Kharaj province, south of Riyadh, the capital, according to an Associated Press (AP) report today. The ministry said it culled 158,000 chickens to control the outbreak.A statement from the ministry said about 475 workers were tested for the H5N1 virus, but no infections were found, the AP reported.Saudi Arabia’s last H5N1 outbreaks, reported in November, also occurred near Riyadh, including in Kharaj, according to a report from the World Organization for Animal Health (OIE).Elsewhere, China’s agriculture ministry yesterday reported a poultry outbreak in southwestern Tibet that killed 1,000 birds, according to a report yesterday from the OIE. The outbreak was detected in Gongga, where 13,080 birds, consisting mainly of broiler hens along with 400 ducks, were culled, the report said.Tibet’s last outbreak was reported in March 2007, according to an OIE report. China recently lifted a quarantine in the Xinjiang, which neighbors Tibet, according to an AP report. The Xinjiang outbreak, which began in late December, also struck a broiler chicken operation, according to the OIE.Elsewhere, workers in India sprayed roads and markets and culled birds to prevent H5N1 outbreaks in in Calcutta, the densely populated capital of West Bengal, where the number of districts reporting outbreaks remains at 13, according to a Reuters report today.Anisur Rahaman, West Bengal’s animal resources minister, told Reuters that authorities were culling chickens on a farm about an hour from Calcutta. “We are not taking chances, as the farm reported bird deaths and preliminary tests suggested bird flu,” he said.Meanwhile, Rahaman said he has asked India’s central government to allow West Bengal to seek international help in its battle to contain H5N1 outbreaks, Agence France-Presse (AFP) reported today.”We need foreign help to stem the deadly virus, which is spreading at an alarming rate,” he told AFP. “I have urged the chief minister to have talks with the federal government so that we can approach the United States and China for help.”Elsewhere, livestock officials in Bangladesh today reported an H5N1 outbreak in Khulna, about 87 miles southwest of Dhaka, the capital, the private news agency UNB reported, according to Xinhua, China’s state news service. Officials collected samples from sick and dead birds after 14 chickens died at a home in the city last week, Xinhua reported.With the new outbreak, 30 of 64 Bangladeshi districts have reported recent H5N1 outbreaks, according to Xinhua.In other developments, animal health officials in the United Kingdom today released a final epidemiologic report on the H5N1 outbreak in mute swans at a swan sanctuary in Dorset County. The 21-page report from the UK Department of Environment, Food, and Rural Affairs (DEFRA) said a genetic analysis showed that the H5N1 subtype that infected six swans closely resembled isolates found in mid to late 2007 in other European outbreaks, including the Czech Republic, Romania, and Poland.Surveillance that followed the outbreak in swans found no evidence of infection in domestic birds, the DEFRA report said. Though the source of the swan infections has not been determined, the agency said the virus was probably spread by migratory birds that also inhabit the swan sanctuary and other nearby wetlands.Soon after releasing the report, DEFRA announced that a seventh swan at the sanctuary had tested positive for the H5N1 virus. The swan was collected on Jan 24 during routine surveillance, and the identification of other infected birds is not unexpected, DEFRA said in a press release. Enhanced surveillance in the area is continuing, it said.See also:OIE reports on 2008 outbreaks in Saudi Arabia and ChinaJan 30 DEFRA epidemiologic report on Dorset County outbreakJan 30 DEFRA press release on seventh infected mute swanlast_img read more

The Final Word: Beat writers talk Syracuse’s 81-63 win over Boston College

first_imgSyracuse ( 14-6, 3-4 Atlantic Coast) returned from an eight day break and played its best offensive game of the season. Behind five scorers in double digits the Orange drubbed Boston College 81-63. Tyus Battle led all scorers with 24 points while Frank Howard added 18. On the The Final Word, our three beat writers discuss Syracuse’s Wednesday night win, Matthew Moyer’s injury and the next two games to follow.Listen to The Final Word here: Comments Facebook Twitter Google+center_img Published on January 24, 2018 at 11:13 pmlast_img

James looks forward to bright season

first_imgJorginho James looked like a man on a mission when he took to the football field on Sunday night, and he left the field feeling accomplished after giving Harbour View a 1-1 draw with Boys’ Town in their opening match of the 2015/2016 Red Stripe Premier League season.When the 21-year-old entered the field late in the second half, his team, Harbour View, were trailing visitors Boys’ Town 0-1 courtesy of a goal beautifully constructed by Michael Blygen and Peter Keys and finished by the latter. Every move James made showed intent and had observers who had watched him over the years remarking that he looked a different player.His industry and intent paid off in the 83rd minute as his strike from just outside the 18-yard box eclipsed Keys’ in beauty. That strike eased the tension at Harbour View and sent theplayer’s confidence sky high as his face lit up the park.’elated'”I am feeling elated. We were training to kick shots and score from the top of the ‘D’ as I am an attacker, so coach put me out there and gave me the confidence to go out there and get a goal for the team,” the former Wolmer’s and Kingston College Manning Cup representative said at the end of the game.That performance and the strike, James said, meant so much to him, as ever since he scored on his debut for the Reggae Boyz as a 17-year-old in a win against Cuba, he struggled to find footballhappiness.”It has been a long time since I have got back to myself, and I feel it now. I don’t know why, but I had a great preseason. Even though I did not start tonight, I was pretty much pumped up for this game and pumped up for the upcoming season; so, this season, you are going to see a lot more of Jorginho James,” the speedyplayer promised.After his successful debut, James said things threatened to take off for him, but nothing materialised.”I made my Reggae Boyz debut as a 17-year-old, and I have been working on getting back to that place. I have been moving in and out of the season on trials and so forth, trying to get myself up and outside of Jamaica, but I finally decided to settle down and have a full season here and see what happens,” said the man who was named after a famous Brazilian wing back.Among the opportunities James tried to capitalise on was one in Japan.”I was offered a contract in the J-League some months right after I scored for Jamaica on my debut. I have been in the US, I was in Finland a couple months ago.”In fact, I played a couple practice matches for the J-League team, and something went wrong and negotiations failed between the two clubs. I spent four months in the US practising with a club thathas some affiliation with the Philadelphia Union. I trained with some College guys (this was last summer),” he explained.James expressed confidence that with the support of his coaches and encouragement of his team-mates, he will achieve his goals.last_img read more