Avian flu pops up in German zoo

first_imgAug 4, 2006 (CIDRAP News) – A swan tested positive for H5N1 avian influenza at a German zoo yesterday, signaling the virus’s re-emergence in the country after a 3-month lull.A black Australian swan at the Dresden Zoo in eastern Germany was found dead on Aug 1, but zoo officials weren’t too concerned at first because deaths in the breed are common, zoo biologist Ron Brockmann told Deutsche Presse-Agentur (DPA). But after the bird tested positive for H5N1 yesterday, he said, the zoo quarantined other animals and sought government permission to vaccinate the rest of the zoo’s collection of 720 birds of 112 species.The swan was the first zoo animal infected in Germany, according to the story.  Brockmann said the virus might have entered the zoo last winter when wild birds visited the zoo’s ponds. The staff is worried that other animals in the zoo may become infected with the H5N1 virus if they eat dead birds, he said.Germany’s last outbreaks of H5N1 avian flu were in February among wild birds and in April in farm poultry, Agence France-Presse reported today.In other developments, a man in Vietnam who was hospitalized with possible avian flu tested negative yesterday, according to news services. The patient is from the southern province of Kien Giang, on the Cambodian border in the Mekong Delta. Vietnam hasn’t had a confirmed human H5N1 case since November 2005.Three people in Thailand have also been cleared of H5N1 infection, according to the Bangkok Post. One is a 9-year-old girl from Lop Buri province in central Thailand who died 2 days ago. The other two patients—a 17-year-old boy and a 42-year-old woman—are from Chachoengsao province, east of Bangkok. The tests indicated that all three patients had a type A flu virus, but not H5N1, the newspaper said.As of yesterday, the Thai Health Ministry reported that 97 patients from 24 provinces were under surveillance for possible avian flu. Those numbers were down from 164 patients in 21 provinces the previous day.Thailand’s only confirmed human H5N1 case this year was in a 17-year-old boy from Phichit province who died of the disease Jul 24. A report in the Aug 3 Eurosurveillance Weekly suggests that the boy’s death indicates that poultry deaths in Thailand are being underreported. The authors observe that poultry deaths in the country were not reported until Jul 24, the day the boy died.The boy’s case may be an example of a “sentinel human,” meaning a human H5N1 case that triggers reporting of the disease in poultry, the report says.See also:Eurosurveillance Weekly report on avian influenza in Thailandhttp://www.eurosurveillance.org/ViewArticle.aspx?ArticleId=3012last_img read more

Surgeon with Ebola heads to US for care

first_img Share Sharing is caring! Share Share Tweetcenter_img 258 Views   no discussions HealthInternationalLifestylePrint Surgeon with Ebola heads to US for care by: – November 14, 2014 (Photo: AP)FREETOWN, Sierra Leone (AP) — A surgeon working in Sierra Leone has been diagnosed with Ebola and will be flown Saturday to the United States for treatment, officials from Sierra Leone and the United States said.Dr Martin Salia is being taken to Omaha to be treated at the Nebraska Medical Center, Sierra Leone’s chief medical officer, Dr Brima Kargbo, told The Associated Press on Friday. The US Embassy in Freetown said Salia himself was paying for the expensive evacuation.A Sierra Leone citizen, the 44-year-old Salia lives in Maryland and is a permanent US resident, according to a person in the United States with direct knowledge of the situation. The person was not authorised to release the information and spoke on condition of anonymity.The doctor will be the third Ebola patient at the Omaha hospital and the 10th person with Ebola to be treated in the US The last, Dr Craig Spencer, was released from a New York hospital on Tuesday.The Nebraska Medical Center said Thursday it had no official confirmation that it would be treating another patient, but that an Ebola patient in Sierra Leone would be evaluated for possible transport to the hospital. The patient would arrive Saturday afternoon.Salia is a general surgeon who had been working at Kissy United Methodist Hospital in the Sierra Leone capital of Freetown, according to the person familiar with the case. He came down with symptoms of Ebola on November 6 but test results were negative for the deadly virus. He was tested again on Monday, and he tested positive. Salia is in stable condition at an Ebola treatment centre in Freetown. It wasn’t clear whether he had been involved in the care of Ebola patients.last_img read more

Pictures: New Premier League kits with classic shirt sponsors – better?

first_img Man City 20 Man United 20 20 20 20 20 Swansea 20 Southampton Huddersfield 20 20 Brighton 20 20 West Ham Crystal Palace Here are all 20 new Premier League kits with a classic shirt sponsor because, well, why not?More importantly, do they look better?Some of them have a classic and almost elegant look about them, but others still just look rubbish, don’t they?The shirt sponsor have become an important source of revenue for clubs, but here’s a question: would you pay more for a football shirt if it meant it came without a sponsor’s logo?This first appeared as a video on the talkSPORT YouTube channel. To see this and more have a look and subscribe for FREE here.RANKED: All 2017/18 Premier League home kits from worst to first Arsenal West Brom 20 20 20 Newcastle Watford Leicester 20 20 Liverpool Bournemouth Stoke 20 Everton Burnley 20 20 Tottenham Chelsea 20last_img read more