Israel among countries reporting new H5N1 outbreaks

first_imgJan 3, 2008 (CIDRAP News) – Animal health officials in Israel today notified the World Organization for Animal Health (OIE) of an H5 avian influenza outbreak at a site near Haifa, and media outlets are reporting that final tests have confirmed the virus is the lethal H5N1subtype.Eighteen of 20 chickens at a petting zoo adjacent to a kindergarten in the city of Binyamina in northern Israel were found dead this morning, reported Xinhua, China’s state news agency.Shmuel Rishpon, a Haifa district physician, said the kindergarten staff has been given preventive medicine and authorities believe none of the children or parents had contact with the birds.According to the OIE report, only chickens at the zoo were struck by the virus. Eight ducks and four pigeons were also housed with the chickens in a small enclosure.Polymerase chain reaction testing at Israel’s national laboratory at Kimron Veterinary Institute on samples from the infected birds were positive for the H5 serotype, but neuraminidase inhibition assay tests were pending, the OIE report said.However, the agriculture ministry said today the birds had the lethal H5N1 strain, according to the Jerusalem Post. Israel’s agriculture ministry received final test results from its department of veterinary services, indicating the birds had the H5N1 subtype, Globes Online, an Israeli business media outlet, reported today.The remaining birds were destroyed, and health officials placed a 3-kilometer protection zone and a 10-kilometer surveillance zone around the outbreak area, said the OIE report.Israel’s last H5N1 outbreak, which hit domestic poultry, occurred in March 2006, according to reports from the UN Food and Animal Organization (FAO). No human H5N1 cases or deaths have been reported in Israel.Elsewhere, animal health officials in Vietnam said the H5N1 virus killed 350 white-winged ducks in northern Vietnam’s Thai Nguyen province, according to a Reuters report today. The outbreak occurred at a farm in 2-month-old ducks. Animal health workers culled the remaining birds, the report said.The H5N1 virus also struck ducks and chickens in Tra Vinh province in southern Vietnam’s Mekong Delta, Reuters reported.Officials in Bangladesh yesterday said the H5N1 virus was detected on a poultry farm in Dinajpur in the northern part of the country, prompting the culling of 300 chickens, according to another Reuters report.In other developments, the state media in Myanmar on Dec 29 reported an outbreak of the H5N1 virus in chickens in a village near the Myanmar border with Thailand, the Associated Press (AP) reported.The New Light of Myanmar, the state-run newspaper, said the outbreak occurred in a village in Shan state among domestic chickens and was reported to livestock officials on Dec 23, according to the AP report.See also:OIE reports on Israeli avian flu outbreakFAO update on H5N1 in birdslast_img read more

Cairns real estate: Interest and vacancy rates favourable for investors

first_img49 Mayflower St, Mt Sheridan sold after auction with RE/MAX Real Estate Services Cairns this month.The fierce competition among tenants chasing long-term rental properties in Cairns is here to stay, with the latest vacancy rate figures showing good news for investors.An REIQ report showed the Cairns region ended the opening quarter to March with a vacancy rate of 3.5 per cent, up 1.8 per cent after experiencing record-low rates last year. The increase in vacancies was concurrent with falling tourism numbers earlier this year due to COVID-19“That number (3.5 per cent) is actually higher than what we’d typically see,” REIQ Cairns zone chairman Tom Quaid said. REIQ zone chairman for Cairns and the Far North Tom Quaid. PICTURE: CHRIS CALCINO“We had a number of Airbnb properties saturate the market.More from newsCairns home ticks popular internet search terms2 days agoTen auction results from ‘active’ weekend in Cairns2 days ago“But across most areas in Cairns, agents are still seeing multiple applications for properties. “Apartments in the CBD and northern beaches have slowed down, but four-bedroom homes are still being snapped up.” He said with record-low borrowing rates, conditions were still favourable for investors in Cairns with high rental demand and strong returns.last_img read more

Wenger: Cazorla is very dangerous

first_img “When you play in your opponents’ half, in the final third, he is one of the players who can create something special, either through his pass or through his finishing,” said Wenger. “He is two-footed, and that makes him very dangerous.” Wenger added: “Cazorla was out for a long time at the start of the season and had some injury problems. “After that he had an ankle problem and only recently, since mid-December, has he come back to his level.” Wenger felt his side deserved credit for showing patience to finally breaking down what was a determined defensive display from the Cottagers, who are fighting for their top-flight survival. He said: “We were in control for the 90 minutes, but we were a bit one-paced in the first half with our passing. In the second half, when we got up a gear we scored the goals. “We had a few more chances, but overall in games against teams who fight not to go down, they are of course very difficult. Sometimes it is a question of patience.” Arsenal are on the look out for some offensive cover following the season-ending knee injury to England forward Theo Walcott. Press Association Wenger, though, played down suggestions a deal for Juventus’ striker Mirko Vucinic was imminent, with reports representatives from the club had held meetings with the player’s agent. “We are looking at potential possibilities for us to get someone in, but we are not especially in for Vucinic,” Wenger said. “Some people have visual capacities that I don’t have.” The Arsenal manager continued: “We are not on any special case. “I would love to announce something that would excite you and me, but I don’t have the possibility to do it.” With or without any new additions, Wenger feels Arsenal are well set for what looks to be the most exciting championship run in of recent years. “We have played 22 games and have 51 points. If you compare that to any other season you will see that it is one of the best, if not the best ever, so let’s just continue,” the Frenchman said. “We have a good solidarity in the group and we rotate a bit and sometimes great players are on the bench. “You want me to buy more players, but if they sit on the bench you ask me why.” Fulham – who made the expected sweeping changes from their midweek FA Cup third-round replay win over Norwich – had never won in any competition at Arsenal, and have now lost 23 of their visits to north London. Rene Meulensteen’s men remain in deep trouble just a point out of the relegation zone. The Dutch coach, however, remains optimistic. He said: “I couldn’t have asked for anything more at half-time. We knew it would be even harder in the second half because of the quality of players they have. “If you switch off for one moment they can hurt you, and that’s what they did, but there were lots of positives to take from it from our point of view. “You must always see the results and the performances, they are interlinked. “Our performances have been really good, but (we) haven’t had the results.” Meulensteen, who took over from Martin Jol in December, added: “I think we can survive, definitely. The spirit is good, we have got plenty of quality, and I believe the short time I have been in with these players we are improving all the time, working hard. “What we need is a break with a run of results, but that’s not easy because of the opponents we are facing.” With free-scoring Manchester City romping to another big home win as Cardiff were the latest side put to the sword, there was little margin for error from Wenger’s men, who hold a slender one-point lead. After a slow first half, the Gunners finally sparked into life as two quick goals from Cazorla, each dispatched with an instinctive finish – secured what was in the end a comfortable victory. Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger hailed the special talents of Santi Cazorla after the Spain international struck twice in the second half as Fulham were beaten 2-0 to keep the Gunners top of the Barclays Premier League.last_img read more