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


Ministry converts Wisma Atlet Kemayoran into emergency COVID-19 hospital

first_imgThe Public Works and Public Housing Ministry is preparing to turn Wisma Atlet Kemayoran, a former athletes village in Central Jakarta, into an emergency hospital to treat people with COVID-19, according to an official.Wisma Atlet was used in the 2018 Asian Games, which was cohosted by Jakarta and Palembang, South Sumatra.  The sixth and seventh towers, each also providing 650 residential units with a capacity of 1,750 people, will house on-duty health workers and the COVID-19 Task Force, respectively.”We are seeking to complete the COVID-19 Emergency Hospital in the next four days,” the ministry’s housing procurement director general, Khalawi Abdul Hamid, said in a statement released on Thursday. “It’s expected to start operating on Monday.”COVID-19 was first detected in December 2019 in Wuhan, China, and has since spread to the rest of the world, including Indonesia, with confirmed cases mainly found in Jakarta. Out of the 309 confirmed cases nationwide, 210 are in the capital, according to the Health Ministry’s disease control and prevention director general, Achmad “Yuri” Yurianto.State-owned diversified manufacturer PT Rajawali Nusantara Indonesia, which also oversees imports of 500,000 rapid testing kits for COVID-19 from China, will be in charge of operations and maintenance of the Wisma Atlet emergency hospital.”[The use of] Wisma Atlet is still under further discussion,” Yuri, who also acts as the government’s spokesperson for COVID-19, told The Jakarta Post via text message on Thursday. (dfr) Four of its 10 towers will be converted to treat COVID-19 patients. Meanwhile, one tower, which consists of 650 residential units that can house 1,750 people, has been designated as an emergency hospital for hospice care. Another tower comprising 886 units and with a capacity of 2,458 people will support the emergency hospital, with the first floor allocated for emergency rooms, the second floor for intensive care units and the third floor for recovery rooms.The fourth to 24th floors are will used as regular hospice rooms. center_img Topics :last_img read more