Virginia turkeys show signs of H5 avian flu exposure

first_imgJul 9, 2007 (CIDRAP News) – A Virginia agriculture official announced today that a turkey flock in Shenandoah County has tested positive for antibodies to a nonlethal H5 avian influenza virus, indicating possible past exposure.Richard Wilkes, state veterinarian for the Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services (VDACS), said routine tests conducted 3 days ago, before the apparently healthy birds were scheduled to be slaughtered, were suspicious for antibodies to low-pathogenic avian flu, according to a VDACS press release.Tests conducted over the weekend at the US Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) National Veterinary Services Laboratory in Ames, Iowa, confirmed the presence of the H5 avian flu antibodies, Wilkes said in the press release.The unidentified farm is west of Mount Jackson, according to an Associated Press (AP) report today. Shenandoah County is in northern Virginia on the West Virginia border.”So far USDA testing has not identified the actual virus that caused the birds to produce the antibodies,” he said, adding that the Ames lab hopes not only to identify the virus, but also to determine its source.No sick birdsThe turkeys did not show any signs of illness before they were tested, and the presence of avian flu antibodies does not pose a health risk to humans, Wilkes said. None of the birds entered or will enter the food chain, he added.The 54,000-bird flock will be culled as soon as possible and composted on site, Wilkes reported. He said federal and state policies dictate eradication of H5 and H7 viruses because, even when mild, they can mutate into more dangerous forms.The agriculture department is closely monitoring poultry operations within a 6-mile radius of the affected farm, Wilkes said.Hobey Bauhan, president of the Virginia Poultry Federation, said a similar strain struck poultry in the Shenandoah Valley in 2002, the AP reported. According to an overview of that outbreak, published in a 2003 issue of Avian Diseases, a low-pathogenic H7N2 virus was implicated. The outbreak affected 197 farms, mostly turkey operations, and led to the culling of more than 4.7 million birds, costing the poultry industry $130 million.Though no source was definitively established, genetic sequencing determined that the virus was nearly identical to isolates that had been circulating in live bird markets in New York and New Jersey for the previous 8 years.Germany culls poultryIn other developments, officials in Germany culled 1,200 farm and pet birds after a pet goose tested positive for deadly H5N1 avian flu, Reuters reported today. The goose was on a farm in Thueringen, one of four German states that recently reported finding the virus in swans and other wild birds.All farm and pet birds were culled within a 3-kilometer radius of the home where the infected pet goose was found, a Thueringen state government spokesman told Reuters. He said the goose had been allowed to wander freely and probably had contact with wild birds.The number of infected birds in Germany has risen to 43, plus the pet goose, a spokeswoman for the Friedrich-Loeffler animal diseases institute told Reuters. So far the disease has not been found in any farm birds, she said.Meanwhile, the Jul 5 issue of Eurosurveillance Weekly reported on a genetic analysis of the recent H5N1 findings in European birds. The analysis showed that the viruses identified recently in the Czech Republic and Germany are highly similar, but they differ from those found in the United Kingdom and Hungary.The strains isolated from domestic birds in the Czech Republic and wild birds in Germany are more closely related to strains found in the Middle East—including Bangladesh, Pakistan, and Azerbaijan—and Russia, the Eurosurveillance report says.The source of the infection in the Czech Republic birds is still under investigation, the report says. No wild birds in the vicinity have tested positive for the H5N1 virus.”However, the fact that the outbreaks in domestic poultry coincided with the first reports of cases in wild birds in the EU [European Union] in 2007 is probably more than a coincidence,” the report states. “It may indicate that the virus remains present intermittently in wild bird populations within some member states.”The reemergence of H5N1 in European bird populations is a concern, but it is not unexpected, the authors say. Active surveillance so far suggests that H5N1 infection in wild birds is not as widespread or intense as it was in the early spring of 2006. However, the cases are a reminder of the importance of surveillance.”This provides an essential early warning of the presence of the virus,” the report states. “If it is found in birds, it is vital that containment measures are rapidly deployed to control infection to prevent the virus from becoming established in domestic poultry.”See also:Akey BL. Low-pathogenicity H7N2 avian flu outbreak in Virginia during 2002. Avian Dis 2003;47(3s):1099-103 [Abstract]Eurosurveillance Weekly report on European H5N1 outbreakslast_img read more

Legendary Dodgers broadcaster Vin Scully hospitalized after fall at home

first_imgHall of Fame broadcaster Vin Scully has been hospitalized after a fall at his home Tuesday afternoon.Scully’s injuries were not specified in a statement released by the Dodgers on Thursday morning. But the 92-year-old’s sense of humor remained intact.“I won’t be doing anymore headfirst sliding,” Scully was quoted as saying in the statement. “I never liked it.”PreviousFormer Dodgers broadcaster Vin Scully speaks during his induction into the team’s Ring of Honor prior to Wednesday’s game between the Dodgers and the San Francisco Giants at Dodger Stadium. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)Los Angeles Dodgers manager Dave Roberts points up to Don Sutton and Tommy Lasorda. Vin Scully was honored by having his microphone unveiled in the left field “Ring of Honor “during a pre-game ceremony before the Los Angeles Dodgers played the San Francisco Giants at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles, CA. 5/2/2017 Photo by John McCoy, Staff Photographer/SCNG)Hall of Fame broadcaster Vin Scully looks upon thousands as he tell a story during the fourth annual offseason FanFest on Saturday, Jan. 30, 2016 in Los Angeles. (Photo by Keith Birmingham/Staff Photographer) SoundThe gallery will resume insecondsFormer Dodgers broadcaster Vin Scully shares a moment with Justin Turner after a press conference at Dodger Stadium to unveil the 2020 Allstar logo and talk about renovations to the stadium Tuesday, July 23, 2019. (Photo by Hans Gutknecht, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)Former Dodgers broadcaster Vin Scully speaks during a press conference at Dodger Stadium to unveil the 2020 MLB Allstar Game logo and talk about renovations to the stadium Tuesday, July 23, 2019. (Photo by Hans Gutknecht, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)Former Dodgers broadcaster Vin Scully speaks during a press conference at Dodger Stadium to unveil the 2020 MLB Allstar Game logo and talk about renovations to the stadium Tuesday, July 23, 2019. (Photo by Hans Gutknecht, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)Dodgers manager Dave Roberts speaks to Rachel Robinson the widow of Jackie Robinson as Vin Scully during Jackie Robinson Day at Dodger Stadium Monday April 15, 2019. (Photo by Hans Gutknecht, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)LOS ANGELES, CA – SEPTEMBER 21: Retired Dodgers broadcaster Vin Scully, left, jokes with Dodgers Spanish language broadcaster Jaime Jarrin during a pregame ceremony inducting Jarrin into the Dodger Stadium Ring of Honor at Dodger Stadium on September 2, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Jayne Kamin-Oncea/Getty Images)LOS ANGELES, CA – SEPTEMBER 21: Retired Dodgers broadcaster Vin Scully, left speaks during a pregame ceremony honoring language broadcaster Jaime Jarrin inducting him into the Dodger Stadium Ring of Honor at Dodger Stadium on September 2, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Jayne Kamin-Oncea/Getty Images)Vin Scully, left, jokes with Los Angeles Dodgers broadcaster Jaime Jarrin during Jarrin’s Induction to the Dodger Stadium Ring of Honor, Friday, Sept. 21, 2018, at Dodger Stadium. (Photo by Michael Owen Baker)Ross Porter, Tommy Lasorda, Vin Scully and Peter O’Malley. (Photo by Richard Kee)Former Los Angeles Dodgers greats Steve Yeager, left, with Fernando Valenzuela and Hall of Fame announcer Vin Scully prior to game two of a World Series baseball game against the Houston Astros at Dodger Stadium on Wednesday, Oct. 25, 2017 in Los Angeles. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)Vin Scully talks to Los Angeles Dodgers’ Yasiel Puig before Game 2 of baseball’s World Series against the Houston Astros Wednesday, Oct. 25, 2017, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Alex Gallardo)Hall of Fame broadcaster Vin Scully and Los Angeles Philharmonic music and artistic director Gustavo Dudamel performed Aaron Copland’s “Lincoln Portrait” at the Hollywood Bowl on Thursday, July 13. Both will return with the L.A. Philharmomic orchestra for a second performance on Tuesday, July 18.Vin Scully accepts the Icon Award at the ESPYS at the Microsoft Theater on Wednesday, July 12, 2017, in Los Angeles. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP)Los Angeles Dodgers broadcaster Vin Scully speaks during his induction into the team’s Ring of Honor prior to a baseball game between the Dodgers and the San Francisco Giants, Wednesday, May 3, 2017, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill) ORG XMIT: LAD105Former Dodgers broadcaster Vin Scully stands with Dodgers manager Dave Roberts during Scully’s induction into the team’s Ring of Honor, prior to Wednesday’s game between the Dodgers and the Giants at Dodger Stadium. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)LOS ANGELES, CA – MAY 03: Los Angeles Dodgers manager Dave Roberts laughs as he leads announcer Vin Scully to the field during his induction into the Los Angeles Dodgers Ring of Honor at Dodger Stadium on May 3, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)U.S. President Barack Obama presents broadcaster Vin Scully with the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the nation’s highest civilian honor, during a ceremony on, Nov. 22, 2016 honoring 21 recipients in the East Room of the White House in Washington, D.C. The Dodgers have requested Scully’s presence on Wednesday to add something to that list of numbers, as well as give away a souvenir old-time microphone to fans in attendance as he takes another final bow.(Olivier Douliery/Abaca Press/TNS)Former Dodgers broadcaster Vin Scully speaks during his induction into the team’s Ring of Honor prior to Wednesday’s game between the Dodgers and the San Francisco Giants at Dodger Stadium. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)Los Angeles Dodgers manager Dave Roberts points up to Don Sutton and Tommy Lasorda. Vin Scully was honored by having his microphone unveiled in the left field “Ring of Honor “during a pre-game ceremony before the Los Angeles Dodgers played the San Francisco Giants at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles, CA. 5/2/2017 Photo by John McCoy, Staff Photographer/SCNG)NextShow Caption1 of 19Los Angeles Dodgers manager Dave Roberts points up to Don Sutton and Tommy Lasorda. Vin Scully was honored by having his microphone unveiled in the left field “Ring of Honor “during a pre-game ceremony before the Los Angeles Dodgers played the San Francisco Giants at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles, CA. 5/2/2017 Photo by John McCoy, Staff Photographer/SCNG)ExpandAfter 67 years broadcasting Dodgers games, Scully retired following the 2016 season and has made only occasional appearances since then. He recently narrated a video released by the Dodgers that advised fans to follow stay-at-home restrictions – “just as I am,” he said, “waiting, hopefully, for Opening Day.” Scully is resting comfortably in an area hospital, according to the Dodgers. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more

Davis Cup B&H team will play against the Moldavian team in Mostar

first_imgDavis Cup match of the second round of the group II of EA Zone between B&H and Moldavia will be played in Mostar. The match will be played from the 5th till 7th of April, and the host will be TK ”Mostar”.This will be the first performance of the Davis Cup B&H team on local grounds. Previous two duels against Estonia in Tuzla and Luxembourg in Sarajevo were played in a sports hall, while this one will be played outside.In order to remember, in the first round of this year, our team has won against Luxembourg with the result 4:1, while Moldavia played against Hungary. This performance of the Davis Cup B&H team will be their first official match in Mostar.last_img read more