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

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Paris neighbors ease lockdown blues with quiz from balconies

first_imgKeen to prolong that moment of connection, Cartozo started playing music for the street.”But I noticed I was the only one dancing,” he said. “In the end I decided to give them a series of questions, and the game took off.”The quiz pits people whose house numbers have even numbers, on one side of the street, against those with odd numbers. Prizes include toilet paper and pasta.Neighbors appreciate the diversion.”It makes the days seem shorter,” said one resident, Laura Coles, who was taking part in the quiz on Wednesday evening.”It’s good to talk to people, to laugh with people,” said her daughter, Lou.Cartozo has dubbed the nightly quiz “Questions for a Balcony,” a play on the title of long-running quiz show on French television, “Questions for a Champion”.Yet despite landing his own hit show, the performer said he was keen for it to end.”We all want to get out, we want to see our friends and families again. The shorter this game is, the better it is for everyone,” Cartozo.  “I saw that the neighbors were looking a bit sad about the confinement,” said Cartozo, who comperes the quiz with toilet rolls festooned around his neck, a satire on the coronavirus-related wave of panic buying seen in some cities.”I wanted to create a bit of atmosphere in the neighborhood to help with all of that,” he told Reuters.France this week became the fourth country in the world to cross the threshold of 10,000 coronavirus-related deaths. Officials say the lockdown is slowing the outbreak but the restrictions will not be eased anytime soon.Cartozo hit on the idea for the quiz after Paris residents started emerging on to their balconies at 8 p.m. each night to applaud healthcare workers dealing with the epidemic. “What country’s flag has a yellow cross on a blue background?” Noam Cartozo shouts out of the fifth-floor window of his Paris apartment. “Sweden!” comes the shouted reply from another apartment window and applause ripples through the street.This nightly general knowledge quiz is how the residents of Rue Saint-Bernard, in the 11th district of Paris, are relieving the boredom and isolation of a coronavirus lockdown that is now nearly a month old.It has spread beyond the street. Cartozo, an actor and comedian who hosts the quiz, broadcasts it on his Instagram account, with one video garnering 1.1 million views.center_img Topics :last_img read more

Kannibelles, Dam City Rollers roll to victory during exhibition twin bill at Selkirk College

first_imgIt’s obvious from the weekend results there’s some pretty good skill on the local roller derby circuit.West Kootenay teams, the All-Star juggernaut known as the Kootenay Kannibelles and Dam City Rollers out of Castlegar, pounded visiting teams from Spokane and Kamloops during a weekend twin bill at the Selkirk College gymnasium in the Sunflower City.Kannibelles walked all over the Spokannibals from the Lilac City 299-78 in the feature match Saturday at Selkirk College.In the early match, Dam City topped the 400-point mark en route to a lopsided 436-132 victory over Tournament City Dolls from Spoolmak Country.“From pretty early in the bout it became obvious that the mismatched team of black, blue and purple jerseys playing as the Spokannibals were not going to be taking away the victory in this bout, and the rest of the bout played out as such,” said a West Kootenay Roller Derby League spokesperson. “The Kannibelles kept their penalties down and executed some new strategies they have been working on as they put on a display of composed and efficient derby.”The Kannibelles is an All-Star side consisting of players from the five WKRDL teams — Valley Vendettas, Salmo Babes of Brutality, Nelson Killjoys, Dam City Rollers and Rossland/Trail Roller Girls.The squad enters the summer with a 7-3 record and a sixth-place ranking in the recent National Roller Derby poll.In the opening tilt, Dam City proved practice makes perfect as the hosts totally dominated the Kamloops squad.Dam City enjoyed a 300-50 halftime lead.The WKRDL is off for a few weeks before resuming June 22 in Nelson at the NDCC Arena.Dam City meets Valley Vendettas while the Killjoys of Nelson host Salmo’s Babes of Brutality.The following week in Trail, Rossland/Trail Roller Girls host an exhibition bout Saturday, June 29 at the Cominco Arena.last_img read more