Jan 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 statement
Ghana coach Kwesi Appiah received a boost on Thursday when midfielder Michael Essien returned to full training a day after sitting out with an injury.Essien, who watched from the sidelines on Wednesday in Maceio as the rest of the squad trained after picking up a toe injury against the United States in the opening World Cup Group G match.The midfielder trained with the squad, taking part in all the drills as the Black Stars prepare for their next game against Germany on Saturday.
MLB trade rumors: Dodgers interested in at least 2 closers, including Felipe Vazquez Giancarlo Stanton injury update: Yankees star (knee) headed to IL, not London Twins outfielder Eddie Rosario left Wednesday’s game against the Rays in the third inning with a sprained left ankle, the team announced.He is considered day-to-day. Rosario singled for his second hit of the game off Rays starter Charlie Morton, but stumbled around first base and was thrown out trying to stretch it into a double. He came up limping and slammed his helmet down on the ground in frustration. After a visit from Twins trainer Tony Leo, he exited the game.Minnesota Twins outfielder Eddie Rosario left the game with an injury in the third inning. #MNTwins pic.twitter.com/z391yrYnRw— Carlos Gonzalez (@CarlosGphoto) June 27, 2019Rosario is a big reason the Twins lead MLB in runs scored and home runs, leading the team in home runs (20) and RBIs (60). Related News MLB trade rumors: Twins have ‘strong interest’ in Madison Bumgarner
A little man form Salto, in the northwestern part of Uruguay, will be leading his country against France in the quarter-final of the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Nizhny Novgorod on Friday.But that is not where the narrative starts.It was mid-2006 when scouts for Dutch club Groningen travelled to Uruguay to check out a promising young striker called Elias Figueroa.Instead, they witnessed another teenage forward play like a man possessed and score a wonder goal. Groningen signed him up on an impulse and flew him to Europe.The name?Luis Suarez.2018 FIFA WORLD CUP: FULL COVERAGEWhile those roots may be little known, including an impoverished upbringing and yearning for a girlfriend who moved to Spain, from there the Suarez story is familiar.His relentless goal-scoring took him quickly to Ajax, then Liverpool, and now Barcelona, while along the way he also became Uruguay’s all-time top scorer.FIFA World Cup 2018: Who plays who in the quarter-finalsYet the same explosive style and win-at-all-costs character that turned him into one of the world’s elite strikers also made Suarez notorious for the wrong reasons.Most infamously, he was sent home in shame from the 2014 World Cup in Brazil for biting an Italian defender – something he had done before in a seemingly impossible-to-control, bizarre impulse linked to his desperation to succeed.READ – How Uruguay plan to stop France and Mbappe in quartersFour years earlier, Suarez deliberately handled a goal-line header against Ghana – then further offended against sportsmanship by wildly celebrating the ensuing penalty miss – to deny them what would have been Africa’s first ever World Cup semi-final.advertisement”Both of those instantly iconic scenes were examples of Luis Suarez’s well-established on-pitch insanity, sentenced one sports writer of a man the world struggled to understand.During a brilliant but tempestuous club career, Suarez also failed to control his inner demons, facing sanctions for biting, diving, and racially abusing an opponent.READ – Uruguay not the same without Cavani, says France’s MatuidiYet in recent times, the now 31-year-old has largely avoided controversy, while also netting more than 150 goals for Barcelona.”I MUST LEAD BY EXAMPLE”Indeed, Surez comes to Uruguay’s World Cup quarter-final against France on Friday an all-together wiser and maturer, albeit lacking a bit of the spark and speed of his earlier days.”I have to be one of the calm ones, because there are a lot of youngsters here now in the squad, some for the first time. I must lead by example,” Suarez told reporters this week, relishing his transformation from wild child to elder statesman.”With so many games in the national squad, I’ve learnt a lot about how to handle this situation,” he added.READ – Uruguay Coach Oscar Tabarez hails team’s mental strengthAfter the trauma in Brazil, coach Oscar Tabarez kept faith with Suarez, trusting he would learn, which is exactly what seems to have happened. Where once he looked up to Diego Forlan as a mentor in the Uruguay squad, now Suarez has that role.In Russia, Uruguay have won all four games, with Suarez bagging two goals, avoiding controversy, and exuding experience.He may not have scored in the exhilarating 2-1 defeat of Cristiano Ronaldo’s Portugal in the Round of 16, but it was his rasping, pinpoint cross that led to Edinson Cavani’s opener.Suarez’s past sins on the field are in stark contrast with his friendly, family-man image off it.WORLD CUP 2018 – FIXTURES AND SCORESIn Europe, he did eventually catch up and marry his childhood sweetheart Sofia Balbi, and is often seen with her and their two children around matches.In his youth, Suarez used to walk to training to save money and had to borrow boots. He has retained the down-to-earth manner of those early days – though coaches do recall his transformed nature and fiery temper during games.Having now surpassed Forlan’s six World Cup goals, Suarez is just one behind Uruguay’s top scorer at the tournament and 1950s hero, Oscar Miguez, who had eight.If he equals or surpasses that in Russia, surely Suarez’s redemption will be complete.(With inputs from Reuters)