Avian flu hits ostriches in South Africa

first_imgAug 6, 2004 (CIDRAP News) – South Africa has stopped all poultry exports and plans to slaughter 6,000 ostriches on two farms because of an avian influenza outbreak, but the flu is a different strain from the one that has plagued Southeast Asia this year, according to news services.Reports by Reuters and other services today listed the strain as H5N2. The virus that swept through Southeast Asia early this year and has recurred in several countries this summer is H5N1.The South African outbreak began about 3 weeks ago and has killed 2,000 ostriches on two farms in the Eastern Cape province, according to an SABC (South African Broadcasting Corp.) News report today. Authorities planned to kill the remaining 6,000 ostriches on the two farms, and farms in the surrounding area were under quarantine, the report said.The SABC story described the H5N2 virus found in the ostriches as “extremely infectious but not transferable to human beings and poultry.” The H5N1 strain in Asia earlier this year caused at least 34 human cases and killed 24 people.Reuters quoted the South Africa Department of Agriculture today as saying it has “stopped exports of poultry and poultry products from South Africa until the outbreak has been dealt with successfully.”A note posted yesterday on ProMED-mail, the online reporting system of the International Society for Infectious Diseases, said avian flu outbreaks in ostriches don’t necessarily affect poultry. The note, by a ProMed-mail moderator, said various low-pathogenic strains of avian flu infected ostriches in South Africa in 1991, 1992, 1994 and 1995. The first report of highly pathogenic avian flu in ostriches came from Italy in 2000, the note said.In other recent developments, a new avian flu outbreak was reported in Vietnam this week, according to Xinhua, China’s state news service. The Aug 3 report said the disease cropped up on a farm in the southern city of Can Tho. Including that outbreak, southern Vietnam has had outbreaks in 11 areas since late June, leading to the death of 63,000 chickens by disease or culling, the story said.See also:Aug 3 news release from South Africa National Department of Agriculturehttp://www.nda.agric.za/Aug 5 ProMED-mail postings on avian flu in South Africa, including note by ProMED moderatorlast_img read more


Romelu Lukaku sends class message to Manchester United and Ole Gunnar Solskjaer in Ian Wright interview

first_imgRomelu Lukaku sends class message to Manchester United and Ole Gunnar Solskjaer in Ian Wright interview Comment by Metro Romelu Lukaku reflected on his Man Utd career in an interview with Ian Wright (Picture: YouTube)Romelu Lukaku insists he wishes ‘nothing but the best’ for his former club Manchester United and has praised manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer in an interview with Arsenal hero Ian Wright.Belgian striker Lukaku completed a £75million move to Old Trafford from Everton in 2017 but endured a mixed couple of seasons at United before leaving last summer.Lukaku scored 27 goals in his first campaign for the Premier League giants, helping Jose Mourinho’s United finish second in the league and reach the knockout stages of the Champions League.But the forward struggled during the 2018-19 campaign and was then sold to Inter Milan, where he is once again flourishing under former Chelsea manager Antonio Conte.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENT ‘It’s a club that gave me aplatform that I’ve never seen in my life, so for me to be disrespectful aboutMan U or any other club I played for in England I think is a bit childish.‘I think I went past that stage of talking back to people. I wish them the best and have nothing but respect for them.’Lukaku also says Manchester United manager Solskjaer wanted him to stay ahead of his move to Italy.He added: ‘One bad year can happen to everybody in their career. It was just done for me.More: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man City‘You know what happened behind the scenes, it was just done. For me, it was done.‘It was a difficult situation where for myself I had to make a decision where I have to go somewhere where I can learn other aspects of my game and work with somebody that wanted me as well.‘Ole wanted me to stay, but I told him I was over. I didn’t have the energy.‘All credit to him because he’s been a man and he helped me make the move away.’MORE: Gary Neville trolls Jamie Carragher over Premier League and Champions LeagueMORE: Arsenal make Aubameyang transfer decision as Manchester United prepare £50m bid Skip Ad PLAY Advertisement Video Settings Metro Sport ReporterFriday 20 Mar 2020 8:45 amShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link5.4kShares About Connatix V67539 Top articles Read More Rio Ferdinand tells Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop struggling 1/1 Full Screen Skip 1 min. story Read More Read More Read More Visit Advertiser website GO TO PAGE Advertisement / Read the latest updates: Coronavirus news liveDespite being let go by Manchester United, Lukaku insists he holds no ill feelings towards his former club and wishes them ‘nothing but the best’‘They’re going the right way because they’re bringing in the right players,’ Lukaku said in an interview with Arsenal and England legend Wright.‘Ole is doing a good job and the results are going for them. I’m wishing them nothing but the best. Manchester United captain Harry Maguire Read More Coming Next SPONSOREDlast_img read more