Avian flu reported in European Russia and China

first_imgOct 19, 2005 (CIDRAP News) – New avian influenza outbreaks were reported today in European Russia, China, and Vietnam, as experts said recent outbreaks in Turkey and Romania have strengthened the suspicion that migratory birds are spreading the H5N1 virus.In addition, avian flu was suspected in a Thai man who died of a lung infection after killing and eating chickens that might have had the disease.In Russia, H5N1 has been found in birds south of Moscow, according to a Russian report filed with the World Organization for Animal Health (OIE). PCR testing found H5N1 in poultry from Jandovka village, roughly 250 kilometers south of Moscow. The outbreak apparently marks the virus’s first appearance in the European part of Russia, west of the Ural Mountains.About 3,000 birds have been destroyed, the report said. An online report by APK-Inform Information Agency said 220 birds initially died. The OIE report said the village is near a lake where migratory birds were seen a week before the die-off began.A report on an OIE fact-finding mission to Russia said that 163,000 birds had died or been culled between July’s initial outbreak and Oct 7.In China, 2,600 poultry died at a farm in Tengjiaying village in Inner Mongolia, according to United Press International in Beijing today. A Chinese government report submitted to the OIE today said it was a highly pathogenic H5 virus, but the strain had not been fully identified. The report says that 91,100 birds were destroyed and 166,177 birds in Inner Mongolia have been vaccinated with H5N2 vaccine.China’s state-controlled news agency, Xinhua, said culling had controlled the outbreak and that there were no reports of human infections.In Vietnam, about 110 ducks died in the southern province of Bac Lieu, according to Xinhua news agency. The flock, which totaled 300 birds before the outbreak, was culled yesterday.In Thailand, a man from Kanchanaburi Province who was suspected of having avian flu died while being treated in a local hospital, The Nation reported online today for its Oct 20 edition. Thailand has had no confirmed human cases this year.Physicians said Bang-orn Benpad died of a lung infection brought on by common flu, the Bangkok newspaper reported. However, family members said he fell ill after butchering several chickens on his farm that had died of apparent avian flu.Officials at Bangkok’s Siriraj Hospital asked family members for permission to conduct an autopsy, but they declined, saying it was unnecessary if the official cause of death was lung infection, The Nation reported.An Oct 19 story in The Nation said Benpad, 48, had suffered a high fever, bronchitis, and rapid deterioration of his lungs after he cooked and ate sick chickens.Laboratory tests didn’t find H5N1, the head of the medical science department at the hospital said, adding that Benpad once had tuberculosis. (The story in The Nation didn’t say whether that infection had been cured.) H5N1 outbreaks in poultry continue in that region of Thailand.The spread of H5N1 to Russia, Romania, and Turkey has reinforced the theory that migratory waterfowl are spreading the virus, an OIE spokesman told Reuters news service.This week the OIE wrote, “The existence of known migration flyways of several bird species connecting Southeast Asia, Siberia and Europe shows a possibility of the introduction of the H5N1 virus to both eastern and western Europe.” The organization recommended increasing surveillance in the Caspian Sea region.”To assess the risk posed by migratory birds in transporting HPAI [highly pathogenic avian influenza] it is necessary to assess and monitor occurrences of AI in key species at strategic sites and at different times during the migration and breeding cycles of the respective species,” the OIE said.More than one species may be carrying H5N1, Dr. David Swayne, director of the US Department of Agriculture’s Southeast Poultry Research Laboratory in Athens, Ga., told the Canadian Press in a story published today.”It could be several different bird species that can be infected and possibly fly far distances and shed virus and transmit the virus,” he said. “It’s just a matter that no one has found that species yet. The only thing they’ve found has been the dead birds when an outbreak has been found in wild birds.”Recent sampling in Russia and Thailand has detected the H5N1 virus in a surprising number of bird species. In Thailand it has been found in the common Eurasian tree sparrow, pigeons, and mynas, according to a story in Bernama.com, the Malaysian national news agency. The report on the OIE fact-finding mission to Russia says the virus has been found in a variety of birds there, including buzzards, coots, cormorants, garganeys, green sandpipers, oyster catchers, phalaropes, pochards, rooks, sandpipers, sparrowhawks, starlings, teal, and white-headed plovers.”One of our major concerns is now the potential spread of avian influenza through migratory birds to North and Eastern Africa,” said Dr. Joseph Domenech, the chief veterinary officer at the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization, as quoted in an International Herald Tribune story today. If the disease reaches those areas, it could become widespread in the environment before it is even detected, he said.Also, because people in poorer African nations live in close contact with animals, such a situation would provide plentiful opportunities for bird and human viruses to mix, increasing the risk that the avian virus could gain the ability to spread easily among humans, the story said.”The close proximity between people and animals and insufficient surveillance and disease control capability in eastern African countries create an ideal breeding ground for the virus,” Domenech said.See also:Chinese report to OIEhttp://www.oie.int/downld/AVIAN%20INFLUENZA/China%20follow%20up%20report.pdflast_img read more

VIDEO: Arsenal star scores superb free-kick to end Man City’s home unbeaten run

first_imgManchester City Women suffered their first home defeat in 18 games at the hands of Arsenal Ladies on Sunday.The match ended in a 1-0 win for the Gunners, with England midfielder Jordan Nobbs’ superb free-kick enough to separate the sides.Stepping up to the ball over 30 yards from goal, Nobbs curled an unstoppable strike into the back of the net.You should check out the video of the goal above…last_img

The British Virgin Islands plays host to one of th

first_imgThe British Virgin Islands plays host to one of the most unique events in the international culinary world as the BVI Tourist Board presents the second in their highly acclaimed Virgin Islands Winemakers Dinners series this year. From December 3 – 6th, seven of the world’s most renowned chefs and winemakers will be paired together to prepare four extraordinary seven course dinners for guests in some of the Islands’ most beautiful locations.The event is the brainchild of Mr. Ajit George, Managing Director of Nail Bay Resort and Co-Chair of the BVI Charitable Fund, which will be the beneficiary of the event. The Dinners grossed over $100,000 when they took place in July of this year to rave reviews.“The Winemakers Dinners give us a rare opportunity to create a world-class event that attracts visitors and BVI locals alike to experience the finest cuisine, award-winning wines, and the exquisite scenery of our beautiful islands all at once, said Ms. Hadassah Ward, Acting Director of the BVI Tourist Board. “The fact that this all comes together to benefit our local charities makes it even more exciting. It’s a win-win for everyone.”The event will have each chef preparing one of the seven courses at each meal. Dinners will be prepared under the leadership of Vikram Garg, Executive Chef of the famed Halekulani On The Beach at Waikiki in Honolulu, Hawaii. Joining Chef Garg wil be Chef Anne Burrell, host of the Food Network program, Secrets of a Restaurant Chef and sous-chef to Mario Batali on Iron Chef America, fromer Top Chef contestant Otto Borsich who has also worked at some of America’s finest establishments including the Pierre Hotel, Le Bernadin, Bellagio Hotel and Charlie Trotters; Taekyung Chung from Chung Cooking Studio, Tokyo, Japan who is the author of The Korean Table, the bible of Korean Cooking and Roberto Trevino from the Bodati, San Juan, Puerto Rico who participated in Iron Chef and the Next Iron Chef. Locally renowned Chef Albert Kramer, who previously served as first Executive Chef at Little Dix Bay Resort in Virgin Gorda and Pastry Chef Heidi Beyhair of Biras Creek Resort of Virgin Gorda, will be preparing their specialties as well. All the chefs are volunteering their time and talent.The seven wineries presenting their wines include Francis Ford Coppola’s Rubicon from California; Cheval des Andes from Argentina; Weingut Grans Fassian from Leiwen, Germany; Tenuta San Leonardo from Trentino, Italy; the Grand Cru champagne house Pierre Paillard from Bouzy, France; Weingut Reinhold Haart from Piesport, Germany and Terrazas De Los Andes from Argentina. All the wineries are donating the wines poured during this event. In addition each winery is donating some of their most interesting wines for a small auction.“The purpose of the Winemakers Dinners is twofold,” explained Mr. George. “While our primary focus is to raise funds to support local BVI charities, this also provides us with the opportunity to raise the bar for the culinary experience in the British Virgin Islands, helping visitors to view the territory as a fine dining destination and encouraging local eateries to maintain and even enhance that standard.”The locations selected to host the chefs, winemakers, and their guests include: Baraka Point, a 12,000 sq. ft. luxury villa at Nail Bay. (www.barakapoint.com); Frenchman’s Lookout, a beautiful villa in Tortola that was best described by super model Kate Moss when she said “Frenchman’s Lookout is the most beautiful place I have ever stayed in the Caribbean.” (www.frenchmanslookout.com); Giorgio’s Table, which is Virgin Gorda’s newest restaurant, and The Golden Pavilion in Tortola, a one of a kind Balinese-style villa on four gated acres. (www.goldenpavilionvilla.com).www.winemakersdinners.comlast_img read more