China reports H5N1 outbreak in Guangdong

first_imgJun 17, 2008 (CIDRAP News) – China’s agriculture ministry today announced an H5N1 avian influenza outbreak at a village in Guangdong province, not far from Hong Kong, where officials recently found the virus in live-bird markets.The ministry said the outbreak in Guangdong struck 3,873 ducks in Yashan Village, where 17,127 ducks were culled to prevent the spread of the virus, Xinhua, China’s state news agency, reported today. The ministry did not say when the outbreak began.Mainland China’s last reported outbreak occurred in early April at a poultry farm in Tibet, according to a report from the World Organization for Animal Health (OIE). A few weeks before that outbreak, officials reported an outbreak in Guangdong province that hit chickens at a market in the city of Guangzhou.On Jun 7, animal health officials in Hong Kong, located on Guangdong’s south-central border on the Pearl River delta, announced they had found the H5N1 virus in chicken droppings gathered at poultry markets. A few days later they found the virus in droppings at additional markets, which led to the culling of all market poultry.Authorities suspended all shipments of birds from the mainland and local farms for 3 weeks. Officials haven’t yet found the source of the virus.Elsewhere, the news media in Vietnam are reporting an H5N1 outbreak at a household in the central province of Quang Ngai, according to a report from Xinhua today. The virus has struck 690 chickens since Jun 12 and was also responsible for outbreak in Tra Vinh province, in southern Vietnam, the newspaper The People, Vietnam’s Communist Party publication, reported.Bui Ba Bong, an agriculture minister, told the Vietnam Economic Times that though the number of new outbreaks has declined, the country should maintain its prevention efforts and spur more research on the disease, Xinhua reported. He said the country is exploring more than 30 variants of the avian flu virus that have been isolated from poultry and wild birds.In other developments, the United Kingdom today published an epidemiology report on a highly pathogenic H7N7 outbreak that was confirmed at a farm in Oxfordshire on Jun 4. The report from the Department of Environment, Food, and Rural Affairs (DEFRA) said that as of Jun 11 the outbreak was confined to a single farm, but an investigation into the source of the virus would continue, according to a DEFRA press release.The report said the highly pathogenic H7N7 strain found at the farm could have evolved from a low-pathogenic strain that was already present there, though authorities are investigating a number of other possibilities, the press release said.Nigel Gibbens, DEFRA’s chief veterinary officer, said in the press release that the United Kingdom has a steady but low risk for avian influenza outbreaks. “The report highlights the need for flock owners and poultry vets to remain vigilant for signs of the disease, including the possibility of low pathogenic avian influenza,” he said.Meanwhile, the agriculture ministry in Haiti on Jun 12 reported three outbreaks of low-pathogenic H5N2 avian flu in birds at three locations in the central, northern, and southern parts of the country, according to a report from the OIE. The outbreaks began on May 20 and appeared to be ongoing.Among the three sites, 87 birds were exposed to the virus and 11 were sickened. No deaths were reported, according to the report. Birds at the locations included chickens, a turkey, and fighting cocks. Some did not show clinical signs of disease.The report listed illegal animal movements and the introduction of new live animals as sources of the infection. Some officials in Haiti have suspected the H5N2 virus could have come from the Dominican Republic, which reported H5N2 outbreaks in late 2007, according to a Jun 15 report from Prensa Latina, a news agency based in Cuba. However, Haitian ambassador Jose Serulle said the virus could have come from anywhere.See also:OIE reports on 2008 Chinese H5N1 outbreaksJun 11 CIDRAP News story “Hong Kong finds more H5N1, culls all market poultry”Jun 17 DEFRA press releaselast_img read more

Jose Mourinho ‘soap opera’ puts Chelsea top of Match of the Day running order

first_img “I think if you probably look 10 years ago or to when United used to play that free-flowing football with pace and wingers and an attacking style, that was a lot easier on the eye,” Cole said. “It is not to say that Louis van Gaal is not doing a fantastic job – and I think for Manchester United fans it is about them being in the top four of the Premier League and not the top four of our running order.” Elsewhere, Everton, Stoke, Tottenham and West Brom share the ‘honour’ of being on last the most times. Each club has closed the show on three occasions. In Spurs’ case, that makes up 50 per cent of their total appearances on the show. Mauricio Pochettino’s men have had a fine campaign to date, suffering only one defeat and sitting in fifth, but they have not been given ‘main event’ status by Match of the Day. They have only appeared in the top three games on one occasion – their 4-1 thrashing of Manchester City earned them the second slot on September 26. Neither Stoke nor West Brom had featured in the top three until the most recent show on Saturday, November 7. But while Stoke fans had the joy of a 1-0 win over Chelsea to enjoy that night, Baggies fans had to make do with a 2-0 defeat against Manchester United shown in slot three. West Brom and Tottenham are joined by Aston Villa, Southampton, Swansea and Watford in never having been shown first this season. As for the unwanted last spot, six teams have avoided that fate so far. Unsurprisingly, Arsenal, Chelsea and Manchester City are three of those sides, and they are joined by high-flying duo Leicester and Crystal Palace as well as struggling Sunderland. Sunderland’s ability to avoid last slot may have to do with their tendency to leak goals. Of the 12 show-closing games to date, seven have ended goalless with an average of 0.66 goals per game. Predictably, this is far short of the 4.33 goals per game averaged in the opening game. The BBC’s head of football Mark Cole says the “soap opera” surrounding the struggles of the reigning champions and the behaviour of their under-pressure manager Jose Mourinho has been a tough combination for the programme-makers to resist, with the Blues making five appearances in the top slot. Other than West Ham – whose victories against Arsenal, Manchester City and Chelsea earned them the prime position on the main Saturday night highlights show on three occasions – no other top-flight club have been shown first more than twice. Chelsea have topped the Match of the Day running order more times than any other team so far this season, and have lost on each occasion. Mourinho’s side have won just three league games this campaign. Two of them happened on a Saturday, but neither their win against Arsenal nor the one over Aston Villa was deemed good enough for the lead game. But the programme did decide defeats to Crystal Palace, Everton, Liverpool and Stoke – as well as the 2-1 defeat to the Hammers at Upton Park – were worthy of going on first, with the action on the pitch usually enhanced by the controversial words or actions of Mourinho. Cole told Press Association Sport: “When the champions are losing, it is always a story. Throw in a bit of Jose Mourinho and it means they are quite often in the mix around the top of the running order. We also look at the publicity side, in terms of what is going to be on the back pages of the newspapers, because that basically is what people want to see.” Asked if Mourinho himself was a key factor, Cole added: “Absolutely. In one of the last rounds of games, when he did his interview we actually ran it in full and it was about two minutes. Normally we would put a couple of 20-second clips in there, but we decided to run it in full because it was a really interesting exchange and we thought that was really insightful for the audience to see Mourinho’s state of mind. “It dominates so many of the back pages and it is something there is real interest in – what is going to happen next in the soap opera that is Jose Mourinho?” Louis van Gaal’s controversial brand of football at Manchester United has not fared well with Match of the Day, with the Red Devils having featured in the sixth slot – which was the last match on two occasions – four times and first just once. The BBC has been criticised in recent weeks for a perceived bias towards United after documentaries about striker Wayne Rooney, former manager Sir Alex Ferguson and the ‘Class of 92’ group of players were aired, plus Salford City’s FA Cup tie against Notts County being selected for live broadcast. However, Van Gaal’s men do not seem to be getting any special treatment at all from the flagship highlights programme. Press Associationlast_img read more

Bravo injury hands TKR captaincy to Pollard

first_imgTHE Trinbago Knight Riders (TKR) have appointed Kieron Pollard captain for the 2019 Hero CPL season. They came to the decision after Dwayne Bravo injured his finger during practice and could miss a significant part of the season.Pollard was picked in the 2019 Player Draft as TKR’s marquee player and the Trinidadian is set to represent his home franchise for the first time in the CPL.Venky Mysore, Director of TKR said,“It’s a very unfortunate injury and Dwayne Bravo will be greatly missed. However, we are fortunate to have someone of the calibre of Kieron Pollard to take over the reins from Bravo,” said Director of TKR Venky Mysore.“His leadership abilities are well proven and, like Bravo, will bring a very aggressive style as captain in TKR’s quest for a third championship in a row”.Pollard said he was happy to be able to stand in for the mercurial captain of the three-time champions.“I am standing in the shoes of the entertainer, Dwayne Bravo. I have been waiting for a long time to be made a part of this special team and I am happy to finally be here,” Pollard said.“This year, a couple of new guys like me have been given the opportunity to be a part of this great franchise. We are looking forward to putting in our best and lifting the title once again in 2019.”The Trinbago Knight Riders will start their campaign with a home game against St. Kitts & Nevis Patriots on Wednesday, September 4.(Sportsmax)last_img read more