Thailand has first avian flu outbreaks in 3 months

first_imgJul 11, 2005 (CIDRAP News) – Avian influenza has surfaced in poultry flocks in Thailand for the first time in 3 months, according to reports from the country.The disease has broken out among birds at five locations in Suphan Buri province, about 60 miles north of Bangkok, according to several news services. The Associated Press reported that the disease was found in 10 fighting cocks in five villages where outbreaks occurred in 2004.The last poultry outbreaks of avian flu in Thailand were reported to the World Organization for Animal Health (OIE) in mid-April. Thailand has had no reported human cases of H5N1 flu since October 2004.News reports today did not say whether laboratory tests have identified the H5N1 strain in the new outbreaks, but they strongly implied that the outbreaks involved that strain.The Bangkok newspaper The Nation quoted Nirandorn Uangtrakoolsuk, a Livestock Department official, as saying that officials have destroyed more than 450 birds and banned the movement of poultry in the area of the outbreak.Nirandorn also said authorities were running laboratory tests to determine if recent “mass deaths of fowl” in six other provinces were related to avian flu, the report said. The provinces were Pathum Thani, Chachoengsao, Prachin Buri, Kalasin, Lampang, and Phetchabun.The new outbreaks forestalled Thai authorities’ plan to declare the country free of avian flu tomorrow, according to the Nation and the Bangkok Post. Jul 12 would have marked the passage of 90 days since the last recorded case, in Lop Buri province in April.The Post story said Thailand, a major poultry exporter, cannot resume exporting fresh poultry until the OIE certifies that the country has been free of outbreaks for at least 90 days.The latest outbreaks occurred at “small, native chicken farms,” not at farms raising poultry for export, said Anan Sirimongkolkasem, president of the Thai Broiler Processing Exporters Association, as quoted by the Post.Nirandorn said the new outbreaks were small and unlikely to evolve into a serious crisis, according to the Nation. He called on farmers to immediately notify officials of any mass deaths of poultry.The head of the Livestock Department, Yukol Limlaemthong, said infected birds are living longer because of increasing immunity to the virus, making it less likely that unusual deaths will alert farmers to outbreaks, according to a Reuters report.The Post reported that about 11,000 Thai poultry farms and 1,700 layer farms have met government biosecurity standards that include strict safeguards against outside contamination. But small farms still pose a concern because most operate as open-air facilities that can easily be contaminated from the outside, the newspaper said.Seventeen human cases of H5N1 infection, 12 of them fatal, occurred in Thailand in 2004. Overall, the virus has infected at least 108 people and killed 54 in Vietnam, Thailand, and Cambodia since late 2003, according to the World Health Organization’s count. Unofficial counts put the death toll at 55.In other developments, Japanese authorities said they discovered the seventh outbreak of avian flu in less than a month in an area about 60 miles north of Tokyo, according to an Agence France-Presse (AFP) report today.Previous outbreaks were identified as H5N2, a milder strain than H5N1, the report said. A local official said the latest outbreak involved an H5 virus, and tests to identify it further were under way.Authorities in Ibaraki prefecture said they would cull 8,550 birds at the infected farm, AFP reported. About 150,000 chickens at six other farms in the area have been destroyed to stop the disease, the story said. Officials had checked 11 other farms and found no cases.last_img read more

Bush urges Americans to get healthy

first_img 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! BELTSVILLE, Md. – Just before climbing on his mountain bike Saturday, President Bush urged people to get up off their couches and walk, jog, pedal and swim. “It doesn’t take much time to stay fit – 30 minutes, five days a week,” Bush said at a Secret Service training facility just outside Washington, where he went for a bike ride. May is National Physical Fitness and Sports Month, and June will mark the fifth anniversary of the HealthierUS Initiative. The president launched the initiative in 2002 to encourage people to do physical activity every day, eat nutritious food, get preventive screenings for disease and make healthy lifestyle choices. “I love exercise,” said the president, who was wearing navy biking shorts and a green T-shirt. Before he left for the ride, he lifted up his blue-and-white mountain bike to prove he was strong and fit. “I have found that exercise not only is a good excuse to get outdoors, it helps to relieve stress as well. “The message to all Americans is to find time in your schedule to walk, run, swim, bike – to take care of yourselves,” Bush said. Bush has a six-day-a-week exercise regimen that includes pedaling his mountain bike at up to 18 miles an hour for 15 miles to 20 miles a week, according to his last physical examination, in August 2006. He also does low-impact “hill work” on a treadmill and free weight resistance training and stretching. last_img read more


first_imgAustin Stewart from Fahan arrives in court in Carndonagh todayThe family of a pensioner killed in a road crash have asked the Director of Public Prosecutions to review the case after a man appeared in court today.Maura Porter was fatally injured as she walked home from Mass on December 30 last year close to her Co Donegal home. It took more than 50 minutes for an ambulance to get to the scene close to the 70 year old’s home in Carndonagh on the Inishowen Peninsula.Austin Stewart from Ballinahone, Fahan, appeared at Carndonagh District Court today to face four charges.He was charged with driving without an NCT certificate, failing to display an NCT certificate, driving a vehicle with a defective headlight and driving a vehicle with a bald tyre.Inspector David Murphy told the court that he was seeking an adjournment in the case.“This incident led to the death of a local lady,” he said.“And there is a mechanism in place to allow an appeal to ask the DPP to review the charges.”Ciaran McLaughlin, solicitor for 64-year-old Stewart, said his client was willing to enter a plea to the charges.He said no appeal had been lodged.Solicitor for the Porter family Kerry Hegarty said the family only learned of the charges before the court on Sunday evening and are now asking the DPP to review the charges in the case.Mrs Porter’s daughter Davina wept as she said: “My mother died as a result of this.”Judge Paul Kelly agreed with Inspector Murphy that the case should be adjourned until January 20 next year to await the result of a possible DPP review of charges before the court.An independent review of ambulance services was sparked following the death of Mrs Porter.Former Health Minister James Reilly confirmed the move by the Health Information Quality Authority (HIQA).A number of areas including Donegal came under the microscope in relation to ambulance response times and availability.The late Maura PorterDr Reilly said: “I know there has been a lot of concern over a number of incidents recently. And I am concerned myself. I’m very happy for HIQA to bring this forward and have a very thorough review of all these situations of the entire service, tell us what they feel the problem is, where the problems lie and we will address them. Because the safety of our citizens has to be paramount.”Local Deputy Charlie McConalogue, a personal friend of the bereaved Porter family, raised the issue in the Dail.He revealed how there was an ambulance stationed less than half a mile away from where Mrs Porter had been knocked down but this had been called away.At the time he called for an immediate investigation into the circumstances of the ambulance response time in the case and a review of ambulance services in Co Donegal.FAMILY ASK DPP TO REVIEW ROAD CRASH CASE WHICH LED TO DEATH OF TRAGIC PENSIONER was last modified: October 21st, 2014 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:ambulance serviceAustin StewartCarndonaghCARNDONAGH DISTRICT COURTdriving chargesMaura Porterroad traffic collisionlast_img read more