Four countries report avian flu outbreaks

first_imgDec 12, 2007 (CIDRAP News) – Poland, Russia, Vietnam, and Saudi Arabia reported new outbreaks of the deadly H5N1 avian influenza in birds today, according to news reports.Poland has new outbreaks at two sites well separated from the five outbreaks reported recently in two areas northwest of Warsaw, according to a Reuters report.The disease cropped up at a small farm near Elblag, near the Gulf of Gdansk in northeastern Poland, the story said. Ewa Lech, Poland’s chief veterinary officer, calling the site “an entirely new location,” said the farm has about 40 birds, according to the report.Lech also confirmed a report that the virus was found in wild birds near the town of Orneta, according to the story. A separate Reuters story said the birds were a stork and two buzzards, all of which died. Maps show that Orneta lies roughly 30 miles east of Elblag, and both are approximately 100 miles from Plock.Poland’s recent series of outbreaks—its first in domestic birds—began Nov 30 at two turkey farms near Plock, about 60 miles northwest of Warsaw. On Dec 8 and 10 the disease killed laying hens on two large farms near Zuromin, according to Poland’s Dec 11 report to the World Organization for Animal Health (OIE). Zuromin is about 50 kilometers (31 miles) north of Plock, according to Reuters.As of Dec 10, the OIE report said, 1,181 birds had died of avian flu in the Polish outbreaks and another 4,258 had been destroyed. But the affected farms had a total of about 510,000 birds that were at risk and destined to be culled, the report said.Meanwhile, a government official said today that an H5N1 outbreak on a farm in southern Russia has killed more than 35,000 chickens over the past 5 days, according to an Associated Press (AP) report from Rostov-on-Don.Sergei Kozhemyaka, Rostov regional emergency services officer, said more than a half million remaining chickens on the farm would be destroyed to stop the virus, said the story.The last previous H5N1 outbreak in Russia was at a poultry farm in the Krasnodar region in September, the story noted. The virus also killed hundreds of domestic birds in the Moscow area in February.In Saudi Arabia, the agriculture ministry today announced an H5N1 outbreak at an egg production farm south of Riyadh, according to the Kuwait News Agency. The ministry said the farm, in the Alsahba area in Al-Kharj governorate, has about 400,000 hens.Saudi Arabia has had a series of avian flu outbreaks in the Riyadh vicinity that began Nov 12, according to previous reports.In Vietnam, which has battled many outbreaks this year, the virus has recurred in the northern province of Bac Giang, according to a Xinhua report published today. The virus has killed more than 1,000 ducks in the Viet Yen and Yen Dung districts, said the story, which cited the newspaper Saigon Liberation as its source.Vietnam’s latest report to the OIE, filed Nov 12, says the country had had 106 outbreaks for the year to that point, with 64,524 birds destroyed in control efforts.See also: OIE reports on 2007 outbreaks in Poland and Vietnamlast_img read more

Women of Troy swept by Bruins at home

first_imgAfter losing three of its last four matches, including two on its home court, the USC women’s volleyball team sought its first home victory of the season when crosstown rival UCLA made the trip to the Galen Center on Tuesday night.Sam I am · Junior outside hitter Samantha Bricio tallied a team-high 12 kills along with five digs in Tuesday night’s match against the Bruins. The Guadalajara, Mexico native hit .233 on the match and had no service aces. – Brian Ji | Daily TrojanUSC (7-3) came into the match ranked No. 9 in the nation while UCLA (9-2) was ranked No. 20. Though the Women of Troy held the upper hand in the rankings, the Bruins ran away with the win, sweeping USC, 25-23, 25-13, 27-25.The match started off very close, with 16 ties in the first set. In fact, neither team led the first set by more than two points until the Bruins took a 23-20 advantage late in the set. The Bruins would go on to win the first set by a slim 25-23 margin.The Bruins seemed to ride some momentum into the second set, jumping out to an 11-6 lead. After a timeout, the Bruins expanded their lead and never looked back, winning the set 25-13. UCLA controlled almost every aspect of the set. One major category where the Women of Troy continued to falter was service errors — they had six service errors in the second set alone.In the third set, the Women of Troy didn’t let the Bruins go on a big run, but the Bruins worked their way to a 20-13 lead. Senior outside hitter Emily Young was brought into the game and USC began a remarkable comeback, tying the set 23-23 a few minutes later. But the comeback would be for nothing as USC would eventually drop the third and final set 27-25.After the game, Young talked about her opportunity to make a difference during the third set.“I was fortunate to be put into a position where I was able to give all that I could to my teammates,” Young said. “I was put in a role where I knew I had nothing to lose. I knew when I looked at every girl in the eye out on the court, I knew they wanted to win and I knew that we could do it. I just kind of laid it all out for my team. ”Junior outside hitter Samantha Bricio also had some comments regarding the play of the Women of Troy and what they need to do to start winning games again.“We need to create energy because our attitude is always like a flatline and we don’t get excited,” said Bricio. “We need like, as a team, to bring more energy.”UCLA’s Karsta Lowe was unstoppable throughout the match, tallying 22 kills and six digs. For USC, Bricio led the way with 12 kills, and she also collected five digs. Freshman outside hitter Lauryn Gillis had six kills and five digs in the match, while sophomore outside hitter Ebony Nwanebu added six kills and two digs.As a team, the Bruins outperformed the Women of Troy in nearly every category. The Bruins had 11 more kills, 16 more assists, 11 more digs and nearly a 10 percent better hitting percentage than the Women of Troy. The Women of Troy had two more team blocks than the Bruins, but they also had seven more service errors. With the loss, the Women of Troy fall to 7-4, with all four losses coming in the last five matches. The Women of Troy are still winless on their home floor with an 0-3 record, but look to rebound Friday against Arizona State at the Galen Center.Head coach Mick Haley admits his team has a lot of work to do to improve.“The first six [games], we played decent teams, but they’re not the quality of Florida and UCLA and Wisconsin,” Haley said. “They are all top 10 teams. If we’re going to be a top 10 team, we have to beat some of these teams. We’re not a top 10 team right now.”last_img read more

‘Ashley Young, Kante have hair?’ – Fans shocked by players’ new looks [PHOTOS]

first_imgwhen u carry Manchester United problems on ur head….. how can ur hair grow 😂— Joseph (@Josephkingsize) May 18, 2020 Liverpool also returned to training this week and forward Sadio Mane was all smiles as he showed off his new look.As with Kante, fans were more than a little surprised but took it in good stride. 4 months with conte and this man suddenly has hair, it all makes sense now— safia (@skinniar) May 18, 2020 Sticky— L-A (@4lifeL) May 20, 2020 This guy was bald for us for like 10 years and in a year he’s got hair in Milan. Wth 😭— mufc_mo (@mufcmo1) May 18, 2020center_img Inter Milan’s Ashley Young is another player who’s head of hair has come as a surprise to many fans.Young has always opted for a low cut since his days at Aston Villa but it appears he’ll be restarting the Serie A season differently. This is what happens when you leave Manchester United. Everything begins to work.— marrhtinz _ (@marrhtinz) May 18, 2020 With Premier League clubs returning to training this week ahead of the planned restart in June, many fans are excited about the prospect of football resuming soon in England.However, it’s not the actual football that’s dominating talk on social media at the moment.Liverpool’s Sadio Mane and Chelsea’s N’Golo Kante have pretty well-defined features and have almost always topped them off with pretty great low haircuts; in Kante’s case, extremely.It appears, however, that following the long break both players have had things other than a regular trip to the barber on their minds.Chelsea returned to training on Tuesday with Kante trotting out with the other players.When fans caught a glimpse of his new looks they went crazy on social media.Many of them, who have not seen Kante with that much hair expressed their shock, while others saw the funny side of it.last_img read more