Aug 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=3012
Bulldogs Slide Into A Blow-Out Win Over RushvilleBatesville had all cylinders firing on offense on Thursday, winning big over Rushville 8-1.In the second inning, the Bulldogs got their offense started when Travis Lecher singled on the first pitch of the at bat, scoring one run.Batesville tallied four runs in the sixth inning. The rally was led by a triple by Trey Heidlage and a sacrifice fly by Calvin Sherwood.Caleb Raab led the Bulldogs to victory on the hill. He allowed four hits and one run over seven innings, striking out seven and walking one.Adam Sizemore took the loss for Rushville. He lasted three and two-thirds innings, allowing four hits and three runs while striking out one.The Bulldogs had eight hits in the game. Lecher and Sherwood each racked up multiple hits for Batesville. Lecher went 3-for-3 at the plate to lead the Bulldogs in hits. Batesville didn’t commit a single error in the field. Seth Gausman had the most chances in the field with nine.The win makes Batesville 13-10 overall and 8-4 in the EIAC. This puts Batesville in a current share of first place in the conference as we head to the final week of the season.Two Pitchers Work Together As Bulldogs Shuts Out Jac-Cen-DelThe Bulldogs defeated Jac-Cen-Del 4-0 on Saturday as two pitchers, Lane Oesterling and Casey Werner, combined to throw a shutout.The Bulldogs opened up scoring in the second inning, as Caleb Raab hit a solo homer.The Bulldogs allied three runs in the fourth inning. Batesville put the pressure on, lead by singles by Shane Meer and Travis Lecher, and a groundout by Trey Heidlage.Oesterling was the winning pitcher for the Bulldogs. He allowed one hit and zero runs over four innings, striking out six and walking one. Werner threw three innings in relief out of the bullpen. Werner recorded the last nine outs to earn the save for Batesville.Miles McAdams took the loss for Jac-Cen-Del. He lasted three and a third innings, allowing seven hits and four runs while walking one.The Bulldogs racked up seven hits. Caleb Raab, Lecher, and Cooper Williams each racked up multiple hits for Batesville.The win is the eighth straight for the Bulldogs and takes their overall record to 14-10.
Liverpool striker Daniel Sturridge Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has told Daniel Sturridge to learn the difference between “serious pain and what is only pain”, after the striker suffered a fresh injury blow this week.The 26-year-old pulled out of the squad for Thursday’s 2-1 Europa League win over Bordeaux after reporting discomfort in his foot after a session.Sturridge has missed almost as many matches (68) as he has featured in (70) since joining the club nearly three years ago, and hip surgery in May has restricted him to just 252 minutes over three appearances this season.He featured in only 18 games in the previous campaign because of thigh, calf and hip problems and Klopp has yet to play him since taking over as manager in mid-October.The German has made allowances for the amount of time Sturridge has been sidelined, but admits the striker cannot be given an extended period to recover with the side still competing in three competitions at this stage of the season.“The situation is Daniel was very often injured in the last few months, and maybe years, so it is normal when you get back in training usually it is not the quality, but you need training,” he said.“Your body has to learn to adapt to new intensities of training and in this time you have to learn what is serious pain and what is only pain.“Everyone wants him back on the pitch but we all have to learn.“Now we can say [his latest issue] is not that serious but it is not possible to go on as before so we have to react to every situation – which is normal for injuries.“When Daniel comes back usually after this long break you would train five weeks in a row and play only in friendly games.“That would be the best, but of course we know the world is not perfect so we have to try the best and the quickest.“It is a really long period so now we have to stay patient I am sorry to say: sorry for you, sorry for me, sorry for him.”Klopp could not say whether Sturridge would be fit to be included in Sunday’s squad to face Swansea.However, he revealed captain Jordan Henderson, who has not played since the second match of the season after heel problems and then a broken bone in his foot, will not be considered until fully fit.The midfielder returned to training with the full squad this week and is keen to play, but his manager insists he will take it day-by-day with the 25-year-old.“He wants [to play] but we have to wait,” said Klopp.“I am waiting for him, that is what I told him. For a player like him he is always [knocking] on the door saying ‘Give me five minutes, ten minutes’.“I like this, but it is not always the best thing to do. He has a big step ahead of him now.“Everything we do is 120 per cent so you need to be prepared for this. Players like Hendo have to be fit, not only 50 per cent.“If he is in this shape we can use him and he can help us.”Klopp also questioned whether Christian Benteke, whose brilliantly-taken goal won the game against Bordeaux, is ready to start again after 90 minutes against the French club.“I don’t know in this moment if Christian is capable of playing two games in three days. We will have to decide,” he said.“But it is not the most difficult situation at this moment with the strikers because we have Christian, Divock [Origi] and Roberto [Firmino] who are good.“We need all of them for this big number of games.” 1