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

Hoax bomb threat causes alarm at ‘Super’

first_imgAfter vendors evacuated, authorities swept the market for several hours but did not find any bomb. Market-in-charge Maria Dolores Trabasas told police she received a text message from the mobile number 09951952194, which supposedly warned of bomb blast that will hit the market. ILOILO City – A bomb threat that came in a text message on Saturday evening rattled Iloilo Terminal Market, popularly known as “Super.”  “Gud eve concerned lang ko dira sa mga tawo nga nagsulod sa super may info ako nabatian nga may bomba kuno nga ginbutang dira sa sulod sang mercado taga bukid knu ang nabutang sang one lang kuno nga hapon la man cguro may madula sa imu kon ipalab ot mu ine nga mensahe sa mga pulis nga naga duty,” the text message read.  center_img IAN PAUL CORDERO/PN They later ruled out the threat to be a hoax./PNlast_img read more

Ben Simmons injury update: 76ers GM ‘very optimistic’ All-Star will return

first_imgSixers general manager Elton Brand now believes he will be able to suit up. DURANT UPDATE: Will he be ready for Nets playoff run? “I’m very optimistic he’ll be able to play, if and when, we’re given that green light to resume,” Brand said on a conference call Tuesday.The NBA leader in steals with 115, Simmons has been allowed to rehab at the 76ers’ practice facility and Brand has been encouraged by his progress. The next step is for Simmons to move on to three-on-three and five-on-five work, but those scrimmages will not be permitted until social distancing restrictions are lifted. “I give Ben and our medical staff a ton of credit for their hard work throughout his recovery,” Brand said. “I give Ben so much credit for him working so hard throughout this unknown time. Fortunately, we’ve able to arrange for him to continue to get the treatment and rehab he needs during this hiatus. ”When I FaceTime him during his workouts and his treatments and I see him, I’d be highly encouraged.” Ready to get back.#PhilaUnite pic.twitter.com/pvxQi0ckkv— Philadelphia 76ers (@sixers) May 5, 2020Simmons, 23 and a two-time All-Star, was in the midst of another excellent season before being sidelined, averaging 16.7 points, 8.2 assists, 7.8 rebounds and 2.1 steals. He has been instrumental to Philadelphia’s success, as the 76ers are 33-21 when Simmons plays and 6-5 when he does not. Philadelphia 76ers star Ben Simmons should be ready to play when the NBA season resumes.Simmons missed eight games because of a nerve impingement in his lower back before the 2019-20 campaign was paused amid the coronavirus pandemic. The point guard was at that time set to be re-evaluated in three weeks, putting his availability for a late-season playoff push into question. The Sixers were tied with the Pacers for fifth place in the Eastern Conference when the season was shut down, and Simmons’ return would be key to a playoff run. ”We’ve taken our time, we’ve been methodical and thoughtful about his recovery and rehab, just to make sure, because we weren’t in a rush,” Brand said.”It’s hard to speculate. He’s been working hard and I know he’d be close or ready,” Brand also said.last_img read more