H5N1 strikes poultry in India again

first_imgJan 15, 2008 (CIDRAP News) – A state agriculture minister in India today confirmed that a disease outbreak involving 35,000 recent poultry deaths in West Bengal state was caused by the highly pathogenic H5N1 avian influenza virus.Anisur Rahaman, West Bengal’s minister for animal resources, told Reuters, “The outbreak is of the deadly H5N1 strain and it has been confirmed to us in a central government notification today.”Over the past few weeks, large numbers of chicken and other poultry deaths have been reported in and around the village of Margram in West Bengal’s Birbhum district, according to the Reuters report. Rahaman told the news service that a second outbreak was detected in West Bengal’s South Dinajpur district but said the sites are not adjacent.Naresh Dayal, India’s health secretary, told Reuters that medical teams have been dispatched to the area, that residents would be monitored for flulike symptoms, and that the government had adequate stockpiles of the antiviral drug osteltamivir.Officials said culling operations affecting about 400,000 birds within a 3-kilometer radius of the outbreak areas would begin tomorrow, Reuters reported.Authorities have sealed off one stretch of West Bengal’s border with Bangladesh, according to Reuters. Bangladesh is also battling H5N1 outbreaks.India’s last H5N1 outbreak in poultry occurred in July 2007 among chickens at a poultry farm in the country’s remote northeastern state of Manipur, near the border with Myanmar, according to previous reports. India has reported no human H5N1 cases.Meanwhile, animal health officials in Bangladesh said on Jan 13 that the H5N1 virus had struck a poultry farm in the northeast. The outbreak killed 500 chickens at the farm in Moulavibazar district, about 155 miles from Dhaka, the capital, according to a Jan 13 Reuters report. About 800 chickens, ducks, and other birds were culled within 1 kilometer of the outbreak site, the report said.The country’s first H5N1 outbreak was recorded in March 2007, according to previous reports. Since then, outbreaks have occurred mainly around Dhaka and in the north.In Vietnam, government officials announced that the H5N1 virus struck a flock of ducks in Thai Nguyen province in the northern part of the country, according to a Jan 11 Thanh Nien News report. On Jan 3 officials said another outbreak in the same province had also affected a duck flock, according to previous reports.In other developments, animal health experts in England have determined that the H5N1 virus strain that infected three swans at a tourist destination in Dorset County on the country’s southwest coast is similar to one that was confirmed in the Czech Republic, Romania, and Poland in 2007, according to a statement today from Hilary Benn, secretary of the United Kingdom Department of Environment, Food, and Rural Affairs (DEFRA).Benn said the H5N1 strain found in the swans is also similar to the one that caused outbreaks in November among turkeys at two Redgrave Farms sites in Suffolk.Animal health officials are conducting further tests on a few more dead mute swans at the Dorset County outbreak site, but so far all have tested negative, the UK Press Association reported on Jan 13.Earlier reports said the three infected swans were tested after they were found dead, but today’s DEFRA statement said reports suggest that two of the swans were still alive when found and were euthanized because they were injured and in poor condition.John Houston, general manager at Abbotsbury Swannery, told the Press Association that the number of dead swans at the site is lower than normal because of warmer-than-usual winter weather.See also:Jul 25, 2007, CIDRAP News story “India finds H5N1 in poultry after 1-year hiatus”Jan 15 DEFRA statementlast_img read more

Zeal co-founder Marc Peters backs Lotto24 takeover as ‘best business strategy’

first_img Martin Lycka – Regulatory high temperatures cancel industry’s ‘silly season’ August 11, 2020 Issuing a corporate filing, the governance of Deutsche Borse listed Zeal Network has revealed that enterprise co-founder and active shareholder Marc Peters has declared his support for the acquisition of German market rival Lotto24 AG.Peters who founded the company in 2000, alongside partner Jens Schumann has detailed his support of a takeover of Lotto24 to Zeal investors, backing corporate governance’s future strategy.“Having reviewed the proposed transaction as well as the recent changes in the regulatory environment in detail, I have come to the conclusion that both the business model change, as well as the proposed transaction with Lotto24, are the right way forward for the company” reads Marc Peters statement.Zeal’s latest communication follows last week’s confirmation by governance that it would not proceed with putting forward Lottoland’s proposed €76 million offer to buy-out Zeal’s German market assets.In its statement, Zeal governance labels Marc Peters endorsement of the takeover as a further ‘confirmation of its planned corporate transformation for the German lottery market’ and the best strategy for stakeholders moving forward.Zeal’s scheduled shareholder vote on the Lotto24 takeover will take place this 18 January, with shareholders unable to attend having been told to submit proxy votes before the deadline of 09.00 GMT on Wednesday 16 January. Share Submit Mateusz Juroszek – Non-stop STS will expand amid industry disruptions August 12, 2020 MoneyMatrix boosts wire transfer options by integrating Klarna’s Sofort August 24, 2020 Share Related Articles StumbleUponlast_img read more

Cerro Gordo supervisors approve pay raises for elected officials, but once again turn down a salary hike

first_imgMASON CITY — The Cerro Gordo County Board of Supervisors this morning approved the recommendation by the county’s Compensation Board that the county’s elected officials get a two-and-three quarters percent pay raise in the next fiscal year that starts in July, with the supervisors turning down the recommended pay raise for themselves. The supervisors had the choice of accepting the Compensation Board’s recommendations or approving a lower percentage of a raise for the county positions of sheriff, attorney, treasurer, auditor as well as themselves. Iowa law prohibits the supervisors approving anything higher than the board’s recommendation. Chris Watts was the only supervisor to comment about not accepting a pay raise.  “My only comment I guess would be my promise to the voters when I first ran, and this is four years in a row that the County Supervisors have taken this action.” With the pay raises being approved starting on July 1st, Sheriff Kevin Pals will annually make $109,031; County Attorney Carlyle Dalen’s salary will be $130,253; while County Treasurer Patricia Wright, County Recorder Colleen Pearce and County Auditor Adam Wedmore’s salary will increase to $80, 263.last_img read more

GAA NEWS: ST EUNAN’S MINORS THROUGH TO COUNTY FINAL AFTER WIN OVER AODH RUADH

first_imgST EUNAN’S Minors are through the County Championship final after a nervy win over Aodh Ruadh at St Mary’s Convoy this evening.The Letterkenny lads eventually won 0-14 to 0-07 but it could have been so different.The Ballyshannon side trailed 0-07 to 0-05 at the break after establishing a four point lead early in the first half. St Eunan’s missed a number of chances to pull much further ahead in the second half but led by 0-10 to 0-07 with ten minutes left – and Aodh Ruadh were awarded a penalty.But the spot kick went the wrong side of the post and St Eunan’s showed their class to finish the game in style with Niall O’Donnell and Rory Carr impressive for the black and amber. GAA NEWS: ST EUNAN’S MINORS THROUGH TO COUNTY FINAL AFTER WIN OVER AODH RUADH was last modified: September 5th, 2015 by John2Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:Aodh RuadhMinor ChampionshipSt Eunanslast_img read more