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

RED HOT: Cooney rescues Syracuse, burns Cornell with career-best 7 3s

first_imgEach time Trevor Cooney hit a 3, he acted like nothing happened. Each time he hit a 3, he casually jogged down the floor and went into a defense stance. Each time he hit a 3, his teammates stood and cheered.He drilled seven 3s in total. Only once did he crack a smile. And it was faint.Cooney shot 7-of-8 from downtown and 10-of-12 overall. He finished with a career-high 27 points and guided No. 8 Syracuse (1-0) to an 82-60 comeback win over a pesky Cornell (0-1) team on Friday night in front of 24,788 at the Carrier Dome.“He is such a great shooter,” Syracuse guard Michael Gbinije said, dragging out each word for emphasis. “In my opinion one of the greatest shooters in the country.”Cooney shot 26.7 percent from 3 last year, and looked out of his element for most of the season. Syracuse head coach Jim Boeheim said the reason Cooney didn’t see much time last year was because of his offense, not his defense. He couldn’t get into a rhythm and many fans wrote him off before the end of his first season of play.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textBut this year, after one game, he’s shooting 87.5 percent from downtown. Each trey silkier than the last.Syracuse trailed 36-24 with two minutes to go in the half. Cornell’s Nolan Cressler had 20 points, and SU was in danger of losing just its fifth season-opener in Boeheim’s 38-year career.Cooney had other ideas.He whizzed through the Cornell defense, brushing off Rakeem Christmas’ left shoulder after a double screen. Cooney planted his left foot and then his right, catching a pass from Gbinije and released the ball milliseconds after it entered his hands.Splash.On the very next play, Gbinije found Cooney again, and again Cooney drilled it. The Orange trailed by only six entering the break after falling into a 12-point hole earlier in the half.“Those were two monster shots,” Boeheim said.Boeheim said Cooney has always been a good shooter. Playing sporadic minutes off the bench didn’t bode well for someone who needs reps. But this year, with Brandon Triche and James Southerland gone, Syracuse needs a shooter.Cooney said he started feeling it once he hit his first few shots. He attributed much of his success to Gbinije and starting point guard Tyler Ennis. Gbinije finished with five assists in his Syracuse debut and Ennis added seven in his first collegiate game.“Once I got the first couple going, teammates started finding me and setting screens and I was able to get open and knock those down,” Cooney said.The guard scored 14 points in the first half, but his production didn’t slow down in the second stanza. Ennis dribbled into the left side of the paint early in the second half. He swiveled his torso and hit Cooney in stride.The rest was just a formality. Cooney started running to the other end before the ball even fell through the net.The basket gave Syracuse a 42-40 lead — its first since the score was 16-15 — and forced Cornell to call a timeout. Cooney glided off the court, getting love from his teammates and the fans.But he wasn’t quite done. Cooney hit two treys in the next two minutes. On the second one, he finally cracked a smile, high-fiving Baye Moussa Keita as he backpedaled downcourt. He found openings where none were supposed to exist, nailing 3s from improbable angles.“He shoots like that every day,” Ennis said.But never before in games. Cooney has never shot like that at Syracuse. With 12 minutes left in the half, Cooney flaunted another improved element of his game. He deflected an errant pass from Darryl Smith and sent it the other way. Cooney scampered after and corralled the loose ball, took three dribbles and threw it down with authority.Two possessions later, he hit a contested fadeaway jumper that was simply ludicrous. Cooney popped out from the corner, dribbled and unleashed a high-arcing shot.He sprawled onto his back, falling into the scorers’ table. Part of his arm disappeared underneath the blue curtain.And then came Cooney’s curtain call. Fans cheered for close to 30 seconds as he trotted off the court in the same casual manner in which he carried himself all game.The fadeaway capped a 20-4 run that turned a Syracuse deficit into a 64-48 lead. SU’s first half struggles were long gone.On a day where Syracuse needed a spark, Cooney provided one. He was the sharpshooter the Orange needed to carry it out of its rut.“He was a game-saver for us,” forward C.J. Fair said. “Without his 3s, I don’t think we pull this game out. He came up big when we needed him.” Comments Published on November 8, 2013 at 8:55 pm Contact Trevor: [email protected] | @TrevorHass Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more