EU reports 741 H5N1 cases in wild birds since February

first_imgJun 1, 2006 (CIDRAP news) – The European Commission (EC) reported yesterday that 741 cases of H5N1 avian influenza have been detected among about 60,000 wild birds tested in European Union states since February.The EC presented its data during the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO)/World Organization for Animal Health (OIE) International Scientific Conference on Avian Influenza and Wild Birds, which concluded yesterday in Rome.In other news from the 2-day conference, scientists reported that the spread of avian influenza has been aided by the legal and illegal trade in wild birds, according to news agencies. Meanwhile, experts are trying to define the role that migratory birds play.The EC and the Community Reference Laboratory for Avian Influenza in Weybridge, UK, began testing wild birds in all European Union (EU) states in July 2005. The EC, in a press release yesterday, said that, though final figures are still being collected for recent months, 741 wild birds in 13 member states tested positive for highly pathogenic avian influenza between February and May 21 of this year. Most of those were confirmed to be H5N1 cases. About 60,000 birds were tested in that period, and about 99,000 over the entire 10 months of testing.Germany had the most cases, with 326, followed by Austria (117), Poland (64), France (62), and Denmark (42), the EC reported. EU member states reporting from 1 to 32 positive tests were the United Kingdom, Slovakia, the Czech Republic, Hungary, Italy, Slovenia, Sweden, and Greece.Cases of H5N1 peaked in March, with 362, and have gradually declined since then, with 162 in April and 17 in the first 3 weeks of May, according to the EC. The third week of February was the most active week, logging 116 cases, while February as a whole witnessed 200 cases.Swans made up 62.8% of the wild birds found to be infected, the EC said. Other kinds included ducks, 16.3%; geese, 4.5%; birds of prey, 3.9%, and various others, 13%.The EC said only four outbreaks of H5N1 avian flu have been found in domestic poultry in the EU, and all were swiftly eradicated. Romania, which has reported numerous poultry outbreaks in recent weeks, is not an EU member.”Extensive surveillance for avian influenza in wild birds and poultry has been one of the key tools used by the EU to fend off the virus over the past months,” said EC Commissioner for Health and Human Protection Markos Kyprianou in the press release. “We cannot let our guard down when it comes to avian influenza, as it is likely to remain a threat for Europe and the rest of the world for many months to come.”Animal trade and avian flu spreadScientists at the Rome FAO/OIE conference cited the legal and illegal trade of wild birds as playing a significant role in spreading avian influenza, according to a report yesterday from Bloomberg news service.”We have to focus on this issue of trade, because it’s the most frequent way of spreading disease from one region to another,” said FAO Chief Veterinary Officer Joseph Domenech in the Bloomberg story. “This includes legal and illegal trade, which is quite significant and often ignored.”The Bloomberg report said that each year about 350 million live animals are moved worldwide to become pets or serve other domestic needs, at a cost of about $20 billion. About a fourth of these animals are transported and sold illegally, according to the story.”Focusing efforts at markets to regulate, reduce, or, in some cases, eliminate the trade in wildlife could provide a cost-effective approach to decrease the risks in disease for humans, domestic animals, and wildlife,” Domenech told Bloomberg.Domenech, according to an Agence France-Press (AFP) story from yesterday, also discussed the role of migratory birds. The main problem, he said, is that scientists don’t know with certainty whether wild birds can act as long-term reservoirs for H5N1.”We still have a long way to go to fully understand the disease,” he said in the AFP story. “Before saying there is no role for wild birds in Africa, we should be careful. We have to wait a little bit.”Domenech told AFP that one of the main achievements of the Rome conference was to gather people from the poultry trade, wildlife experts, and policy makers to begin a discussion on how avian flu travels long distances.”We have identified gaps and the need to continue and intensify research, in particular with regards to the species which can be involved [in spreading the virus],” Domenech told AFP.See also:European Commission press releaselast_img read more


WHO ‘increasingly worried about Zika’

first_imgHealthInternationalLifestylePrint WHO ‘increasingly worried about Zika’ by: (Belfast Telegraph) – May 17, 2016 Share Tweet Share 70 Views   no discussionscenter_img Sharing is caring! A health worker sprays insecticide to combat the mosquitoes that transmit the Zika virus in Brazil (AP)(Belfast Telegraph) The World Health Organisation is increasingly concerned about the Zika virus but does not recommend cancelling or postponing the Olympic Games in Brazil this summer.The organisation’s director general, Dr Margaret Chan, said: “The more we learn about Zika, the more worried we get about it.”But she added that she would be going to the Games in Rio de Janeiro herself.Ms Chan noted that although Zika has been around for decades, it is only recently that the virus has been proven to cause severe birth defects and neurological problems – including in newborn children.She reiterated the UN health agency’s advice that pregnant women should not travel to Brazil, which has by far the biggest number of Zika cases.She said the agency was recommending that both Olympic athletes and travellers to Rio take measures to prevent being bitten by the mosquitoes that spread Zika. But she did not see a reason why the Olympics – which are expected to draw about 500,000 people to Brazil – should be moved.She said: “You don’t want to bring a standstill to the world’s movement of people. This is all about risk assessment and risk management.”Ms Chan said she agreed with the WHO’s Zika response chief Bruce Aylward, who said earlier this year that Rio will host a “fantastic” Games.In February, WHO declared the explosive outbreak of Zika to be a global health emergency and the virus has now spread to nearly 60 countries.The agency is constantly monitoring its evolution, and could change its advice to travellers depending on how Zika progresses, according to WHO officials.Some experts have called for this year’s Olympics, which run from August 5-21, to be moved or delayed to prevent the avoidable birth of brain-damaged babies. They also warn that the Rio Olympics could spark new Zika outbreaks in other countries and speed up the virus’s international spread.Ms Chan said Olympic athletes were getting advice from their national medical advisers, singling out Australia as one country that has issued “very positive” guidelines to its Olympics team. Other countries are taking measures such as providing protective clothing, window screens and air conditioning “to minimize the risk”, she said.Australia’s medical director for the Olympic team said last week that the risk of Zika to athletes was “minimal” and that the last people he had spoken to who had been to Rio recently had not even seen a mosquito.Ms Chan was speaking ahead of next week’s World Health Assembly, a crucial WHO annual event that draws more than 3,500 delegates and address six dozen topics – including resistance to antimicrobial drugs, a global shortage of medicines and vaccines and maternal health.Despite Ms Chan’s concern about the Zika outbreak, not a single session at next week’s meeting is focused on the virus, even though Zika is expected to come up in a number of discussions at the assembly. Sharelast_img read more


Rosemary M. Eberhardt, 84

first_imgRosemary M. Eberhardt, 84, Greensburg, passed away on Thursday, December 19, 2019 at the Decatur County Memorial Hospital in Greensburg.   Born, February 21, 1935 in Akron, Ohio, she was the daughter of Frank Joseph and Rose F. (Krivosucky) Rapant. She was a member of the St. Mary’s Catholic Church.  She loved her family and spending time with them at her favorite place, White Oak Lodge.  She was married to John F. Eberhardt on January 30, 1953 and he preceded her in death on April 13, 2000.  She is survived by two sons, Jeff Eberhardt, Brownsburg, David (Karen) Eberhardt, Greensburg; two daughters, Marianne (Tim) Kritzer, Pendleton, Sue (Rick) Adams, Greensburg; nine grandchildren, John Wesley Eberhardt, Blair (Brian) Lawless, Tracey (Charles) Price, Jared (Amanda) Eberhardt, Jack Eberhardt , Emily Eberhardt, Katie  (Zack) Saunders, Tyler Adams, Mitch Adams; four great grandchildren, Thomas, Jeffrey, Max, and Leo; daughter in law, Diann Eberhardt. She was preceded in death by her parents, husband; stepmother, Frances A. (Simon) Eberhardt; one son, John M. Eberhardt, one daughter in law, Maudie Eberhardt; one brother, Michael Rapant.  The family will receive friends from 10–11:00 a.m. on Saturday, January 18, 2020 at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Greensburg. A memorial mass will follow at 11:00 a.m. with Rev. John Meyer officiating. A luncheon for family and friends will follow the mass at the church. In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to the Greensburg Public Library.  Online condolences can be made to the family at www.popfuneralhome.comlast_img read more


Goodluck triumphs in GuyanaNRA record shoot

first_imgVETERAN marksman Ransford Goodluck, turned the tables on Lennox Braithwaite by winning the last Record Shoot at the Timehri Rifle Ranges.Goodluck tallied 97.8 out of 100 with scores of 49.4Vs at the 300 yards and 48 with similar Vs at the 600 yards.Braithwaite who had a perfect score at the last shoot dropped four points at 300 yards, which was detrimental, shooting 46.4Vs.He bounced back though with a 49.3Vs at 600 yards, with a total of 95.7Vs.However, that was not enough, as Goodluck maintained the lead. The bronze was won by Leo Romalho with a total of 95.6Vs.Leo was tied with Goodluck at the 300yds range with 49.4Vs, but the strong competition saw him drop four points at the 600, ending with 46.2Vs.National Fullbore vice-captain Dylan Fields was edged out by Romalho by one point, having tallied 94.4Vs.Sherwin Felicien tallied 92.4Vs, Peter Persaud 87.2Vs and Lt. Col. Terrence Stuart 80.2Vs.The Guyana National Rifle Association (GuyanaNRA) wishes to thank Mr Harold Hopkinson who recently assisted Mr Lennox Braithwaite with a full sponsorship of over $1M to attend the 150th Anniversary of the Imperial Shoot at Bisley, England.Due to the high cost other shooters are finding it difficult to attend and represent our country.“We commend his company, Secure Innovations & Concepts Inc, for its timely corporate response to our call,” the statement said.last_img read more