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

LABA/ Magnum Tonic ‘Basketball meets fashion reload’ on tonight

first_imgBy Joe ChapmanIT’S being termed ‘Basketball Meets Fashion-Reload,’ and the Linden Amateur Basketball Association hopes that the weather which badly affected the first initiative would hold for this second iteration.Such is the case that the National Club Champions Bounty Colts are set to face their arch rivals Victory Valley Royals who the narrowly beat 85-83  in the National Club championship final in December, journeying to the Mining Town to clash I the main event tonight(Saturday) at the Mackenzie Sports Club hard court.Colts should be led by their captain Dave Causway and include such players like Stanton Rose, Shane Webster and Shelroy Thomas, while the Royals are banking on Chris Williams, Orlando Glasgow, Harold Adams and Yannick Tappin to see them past their rivals this time around.The event conceptualized by the LABA President, Lawrence Simon will bounce off the 2018 basketball season with a bang as there will be an east versus west Under 20 basketball supporting game on the night where fashion designers Ms. Setra Oselmo and Ms. Crystal Lam will be featuring their various pieces throughout the night.The fashions will includes cheer leaders outfit for the basketball teams in Linden and also several sports persons who would have excelled in sports last year will be honoured.At the same time a number of individuals who have contributed to sports over the years will also be awarded for their efforts. Ansa McAl Trading through its Magnum Brand is the major sponsor of tonight’s proceedings and while that tonic drink will be the main drink for the night there will be other products on sale along with several giveaways for some patrons in the stands.A special 3 on 3 girls’ event will also be part of a night where the stars will be out.The Under-20 game will bounce off the night’s proceedings from 19.00hrs and the big game is set for 21.00hrs on what should be a very relaxing but entertaining night with the stars.last_img read more

Four rushed to hospital after serious accident outside Letterkenny

first_imgFour women have been rushed to hospital following an accident on the outskirts of Letterkenny this evening.The accident happened just after 6.30pm off the dual carriageway.It is understood a car lost control, hit a ditch and then toppled over on its roof. Gardai and the emergency services rushed to the scene of the single-vehicle crash.All four occupants of the car were rushed to Letterkenny University Hospital.However, thankfully it is believed that none of their injuries are life-threatening.Four rushed to hospital after serious accident outside Letterkenny was last modified: May 3rd, 2018 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:accidentdonegalGardailetterkennylast_img read more