Dec 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 Vietnam
Indianapolis, In. — The Indiana Department of Transportation reminds middle and high schools teachers across the state that the application deadline for the 2019 Paint the Plow campaign is March 15. All schools interested in taking part in the program are encouraged to get their applications in before the deadline.Paint the Plow is open to all middle schools, high schools and career-technical schools across the state. Classes/programs from middle and high schools are invited to paint an INDOT snow plow blade with original artwork to represent their school. Applications and additional program details can be found online here.In addition to being seen in full service during the winter weather months, the blades may be used at events within the school’s community to enhance public awareness, promote safety and foster greater appreciation of both INDOT and the school’s art program.Only students who are currently enrolled in the applicant school may participate in the creation, execution and completion of the art project.
It was all very close in the early 12 o clock throw-in’s in the intermediate county hurling championship,Ballinahinch and Thurles Sarsfields finished up a draw at 1-18 a piece.Golden Kilfeackle beat Gurtnahoe Glengoole by one point 20 points to 2-13 there.Moneygall and Drom & Inch finished up all square at 1-14 a piece, and Cappawhite beat Lattin Gaels 1-13 to 1-11. Two points the difference there.There was a bit of daylight in the other game withCashel King Cormacs running out 3-17 to 1-16 winners against Carrick Davins. In the later games this evening, there’s a double header in Newport, getting underway at 5 o clock where Kildangan take on Arravale Rovers and then Sean Treacys face Shannon Rovers at 6.30.
Doctors, nurses and researchers gathered on Tuesday to discuss the importance of research in the north.Northern Health is hosting a Research Days Conference from May 4th to May 6th. The conference’s theme is ‘From Evidence to Excellence in Rural Healthcare.’The conference officially began with speeches from three guest researches: Dr. Henry Harder from the University of British Columbia, Jim MacArthur from the Integrated Land Management Bureau, and Olive Godwin from the Central Interior Native Health Society. – Advertisement -All three presented their research initiatives, in hopes of teaching potential researchers lessons learned along the way.The three agreed that everyone involved in the research project be included in the process. Olive Godwin explains. Advertisement [asset|aid=1336|format=mp3player|formatter=asset_bonus|title=c3d5ec1841b2f310703ad310f11b22df-Olive 1_1_Pub.mp3] Godwin, MacArthur, and Harder focused on aboriginal social studies. The three said respect, principals, values, and trust are all key to ensuring a research project goes well. Northern Health says it will use what’s learned to improve health care in the North.The conference will have workshops throughout Tuesday, with a post-conference workshop scheduled for Wednesday.Advertisement