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

Clash of abortion rallies: Pro-choice protesters’ rally meets pro-life rally in Auckland’s Aotea square

first_imgNZ Herald 25 May 2019Family First Comment: Superb work from pro-lifers….“Catherine Gillies, from Voice for Life, stood behind the speeches with a placard picturing a woman wrapped in barbed wire. Gillies said the image represented “the mess” of a woman after an abortion, trying to heal. Gillies said New Zealand can’t afford to loosen our current abortion laws. “We are trying to defend the rights of all people – the rights of the babies and the rights of the women.””Crowds of pro-choice and pro-life protesters faced off in Auckland’s Aotea Square today during rallies on New Zealand’s abortion regulations, after stringent laws were passed in several states in America.The two rallies kicked off at midday in central Auckland, with speeches from the pro-choice assembly making way to loud arguments between the groups.A confrontation started when a middle-aged man wearing a ‘Make America Great Again’ hat took issue with two young women, who carried a sign reading “Keep your rosaries away from my ovaries”.Currently, New Zealand law allows for abortion to be performed only to save the life of the mother, or to preserve her physical or mental health – and only if the procedure is approved by two doctors or consultants.New Zealand’s cabinet will soon consider a possible new regime that is expected to allow women to seek abortions by choice up to about 20 weeks.MPs will vote on new legislation that would remove abortion from the Crimes Act and remove the barriers women currently have to go through.Catherine Gillies, from Voice for Life, stood behind the speeches with a placard picturing a woman wrapped in barbed wire. Gillies said the image represented “the mess” of a woman after an abortion, trying to heal.Gillies said New Zealand can’t afford to loosen our current abortion laws.“We are trying to defend the rights of all people – the rights of the babies and the rights of the women. Because most women are bullied into it.”READ MORE: https://www.nzherald.co.nz/index.cfm?objectid=12234329&ref=twitter  (behind paywall)Abortion debate heats up in AucklandRadio NZ News 25 May 2019Campaigners from both sides of the abortion debate have had heated discussions during rallies held at the same time in Auckland’s Aotea Square on Saturday.MPs Deborah Russell and Marama Davidson were among the speakers who addressed the pro-choice crowd of about 200 people.The rally was organised in a matter of days to show solidarity for people affected by recent law changes in the US.Alabama’s governor last week signed into law the most stringent abortion legislation in the US, making deliberate abortion a crime in nearly all cases.Judith Rotherham, who is against abortion, said the debate had been mostly friendly, with only a few cases where the discussions were getting aggressive.She said it was important to be at the rally, countering the other side’s argument in a reasonable way.“We’re very committed to being positive, constructive, kind, engaging in proper discussion.”“Not to harass or put down, that’s very important to our values,” she said.READ MORE: https://www.rnz.co.nz/news/national/390518/abortion-debate-heats-up-in-aucklandlast_img read more