China may have more avian flu this spring, leader warns

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first_imgMar 2, 2006 (CIDRAP News) – China’s vice premier said today that China may see more bird outbreaks and human cases of avian influenza this spring, as the government announced plans for an intensive hunt for cases among wild birds on a major migration route, according to news services.The news from China came as Germany confirmed that a cat was infected with the deadly H5N1 virus and Serbia reported its first suspected avian flu case in a wild bird, among other developments.In China, Vice Premier Hui Liangyu said a “comprehensive analysis” indicates that the country is at risk for more trouble with avian flu this spring, according to an Associated Press (AP) story based on a report from the Chinese news agency Xinhua. Hui heads the national office for preventing and controlling the disease, the story said.In an Agence France-Press (AFP) report, Hui was quoted as saying, “This spring, there is still a possibility that bird flu will erupt and spread in China.” Speaking at a national teleconference, he added, “There is still a risk that the number of human cases will continue to increase.”To at least one expert, the Chinese statement sounded like a hint that avian flu in China is more widespread than the government has been acknowledging.”Many of us believe that this type of discussion by someone as high as the vice premier really indicates that this situation is already occurring,” said Michael T. Osterholm, PhD, MPH, director of the University of Minnesota Center for Infectious Disease Research and Policy, publisher of the CIDRAP Web site.”You don’t see these kinds of statements coming out of the government of China very often,” he added.Osterholm said he has been told there is more avian flu in China than has been reported publicly. “I can’t say the sources, but there are more [human] cases going on in China than have been released and reported to the World Health Organization. Also, there’s information from a variety of sources suggesting the level of bird infections is substantially higher than is being reported.”He said his information came from “sources on the ground in China as well as other informed government sources.”Osterholm added that China and the rest of Asia are still the place where avian flu poses the biggest risk of sparking a human influenza pandemic. “While the spread of the virus around the world is an important consideration, the potential for the ongoing mutation of the virus toward a human-to-human transmitted strain is probably more likely where the high virus density and high bird population exist, and that’s in China and the rest of Asia.”He said that all of Africa has fewer than a billion chickens, whereas China produces 15 billion a year. “That’s where the genetic roulette table for mutations is,” he said.The AP report from China said the government is setting up an avian flu surveillance system in the eastern province of Jiangsu to focus on wild birds. The system will consist of 100 monitoring stations staffed by 1,000 workers throughout the province.Experts estimate that about 3 million migratory birds will fly to Jiangsu in the next 2 months and that another 5 million birds will pass through, according to the Xinhua story cited by the AP.”Inspectors will check dead birds and test droppings, and any sign of bird flu will trigger an emergency response,” the AP reported.Meanwhile in Germany, health officials confirmed that a cat on the Baltic Sea island of Ruegen died of H5N1 infection, AFP reported today. The case is the first known H5N1 infection in a mammal in Europe.European Union (EU) veterinarians in Brussels have urged people to keep their cats indoors and dogs leashed in areas affected by avian flu, according to AFP. And a German humane society said the case has already prompted hundreds of German cat owners to leave their pets at shelters, the story said.In Serbia, authorities reported finding an H5 flu virus in a dead swan found in the northwestern part of the country, near the borders of Croatia and Hungary. Both the latter countries have had H5N1 cases in wild birds, but this would be the first known case in Serbia.Serbian officials said samples from the swan would be sent to the EU reference lab in Weybridge, England. They vowed to take precautions against spread of the virus without waiting for the test results.In Indonesia, a 13-year-old girl and her 10-year-old brother recently died of suspected avian flu in Central Java province, according to another AFP report.The girl died yesterday after being treated for 9 days at a hospital in the town of Solo, the report said. Her younger brother died a day earlier at a local hospital in their home town of Boyolali.A doctor told AFP that the children lived near a farm and both had been in contact with sick chickens.In Iraq, a woman has died of suspected avian flu in the southern province of Nasiriyah, according to another AFP report. If her case is confirmed, it would be the third one in Iraq.In southern Russia, avian flu has killed almost half a million domestic birds in the past month, despite culling efforts, according to a Los Angeles Times report today. The Emergency Situations Ministry said the H5N1 virus has killed about 495,000 birds in regions near the Caspian and Black seas, and another 220,000 birds have been killed in containment efforts.Russian Agriculture Minister Alexei V. Gordeyev said yesterday the country will begin mass vaccinations of poultry on Mar 10, the report said.Elsewhere, more infected wild birds were found in Austria and France, while authorities in the Bahamas said it was unlikely that some dead birds in a national park on the island of Great Inagua had H5N1 avian flu.last_img read more

Gopperth’s boot helps Leinster win

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first_img Leinster fly-half Jimmy Gopperth was on target with three penalties and the conversions of hooker Aaron Dundon and centre Noel Reid’s tries. Centre Ross Wardle rounded off a screaming move for the Dragons for their only try with the kicking duties shared by wing Tom Prydie and outside-half Jason Tovey. The wing booted a penalty, while Tovey converted the touchdown and added three penalties of his own. Press Association Reigning RaboDirect PRO12 champions Leinster withstood a late onslaught from Newport Gwent Dragons to edge a much-needed 23-19 victory at Rodney Parade. The Dragons’ fortunes were not helped by the loss of lock Adam Jones for 10 minutes in the sin-bin when he was accused of taking the man out of a line which, within minutes, saw Leinster take the lead for the first time. They pounded the home line and, when hooker Aaron Dundon surged through a pile of bodies, the television official decided he had got the ball down, leaving the conversion easy. It seemed Leinster had wrapped up the game and that the Dragons would not even get a losing bonus point for their efforts when centre Reid finished off a sparkling move down the left from half-way. But the Dragons would not give up and Tovey punished the Irishmen’s mistakes with two further penalties before the Welsh side were camped on the opposition line in the dying moments but could not get over for the crucial try to win the game. Both sides had plenty to prove after defeats last week. The Dragons, in sixth place before kick-off, were thrashed by the Ospreys 40-17 at The Liberty Stadium while fifth-placed Leinster went down in Limerick to Munster 19-15. The Achilles heel of the Dragons, their set-piece, was hammered in the opening moments and Leinster’s second row pair of Quinn Roux and Tom Denton began to stamp their mark on the line-out situation. Yet, with bravery, the home side kept out the Leinster threat as the game stagnated for half an hour. Former Newcastle stand-off Gopperth was the first half star as he booted a neat 30-metre penalty, his second attempt at goal in the game, to put the visitors ahead – although the home fans were not pleased by some of the decisions going against them during the period. But, if Gopperth had a good half for Leinster, Prydie was the Dragons’ hero. He posted a penalty from 45 metres to tie the scores up at 3-3 after 15 minutes and was part of the brilliant move that saw Wardle cross from a move from halfway. The final 10 minutes of the half were the most lively as Prydie tried another long-range penalty but saw it go wide before Gopperth landed his second penalty to reduce the arrears to four points. Tovey restored the home side’s seven-point with a 10-metre penalty when Leinster strayed offside. It signalled a ding-dong half in which Gopperth got Leinster back into the match with another penalty as they fought to regain the initiative. last_img read more

Santos, Northern Rangers make winning starts to Corona Invitational

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first_imgNORTHERN Rangers and Santos FC tasted victory on the opening night of the Petra-organised, Corona Beer-sponsored football tournament at the GFC ground, Bourda on Sunday.The Rangers were in fine form as they disposed of East Veldt 2-0 with an own goal in the 22nd and Sunil Logan’s 64th minute strike, as they opened the tournament on a high.Game two, on the other hand, proved a goal-less stalemate, as Flamingo tackled Riddim Squad.Game three was an absolute firecracker where Santos downed Pele 4-0.Robby McClaggon’s 9th minute strike gave the lead to Santos before Kenroy Deminick’s 11th minute shot extended that lead in a good one-two fashion which lasted until the end of the half.However, Santos were by no means finished and a Josh Parvatan’s 56th minute strike took the score to three-nil. Orin Yarde added the final for good measure in the 90+2.Meanwhile, another triple-header is planned for tomorrow. Western Tigers will take on Black Pearl FC in game one, Georgetown Football Club (GFC) will play Camptown FC in game two and in game three Police and Beacons FC will clash.Matches begin at 17:00hrslast_img read more