South Korea raises H5N1 culling target to 5.3 million

first_imgApr 21, 2008 (CIDRAP News) – To stem quickly spreading H5N1 avian influenza outbreaks that have hit South Korea over the past few weeks, agriculture ministry officials said today as many as 5.32 million birds would be culled, the largest such operation in the country’s history of battling the disease.Jin Pil-sik, an agriculture ministry official, said 4.85 million birds have already been slaughtered, according to a report today from the Associated Press (AP). By tomorrow, another 477,000 birds will be culled near the latest outbreak site in North Jeolla province, Lee Sung-jae, a provincial quarantine official, told the AP.In early April the H5N1 virus returned to South Korea after about a year with no reported outbreaks. The virus first hit an egg producer in Gimje in North Jeolla province and quickly spread to several more farms, mostly in the southwestern part of the country.South Korea’s agriculture ministry said the H5 strain has been confirmed at 26 farms, but did not say how many were the H5N1 subtype, Agence France-Presse (AFP) reported today. As of Apr 15, the date of the country’s last update on the outbreaks to the World Organization for Animal Health (OIE), South Korea had reported 11 outbreaks, though it was not clear if the subtype had been confirmed for all of them.In other developments, officials today announced the launch of an 11-day operation to test birds at duck farms across the country, AFP reported. Kim Chang Sup, an agriculture ministry official, told AFP that the testing program will include all 80 breeding duck farms and a selection of other representative sites across the nation.Also, quarantine authorities have been culling poultry at 141 restaurants or farms that were visited by a dealer who reportedly took hundreds of ducks from an infected farm in Gimje, according to the AFP report.South Korea has never reported any human H5N1 cases or deaths, but in September 2006 health officials said five workers who helped cull poultry during outbreaks in 2003 had antibodies to the H5N1 virus but had never had symptoms. The 2006 report brought the total number of South Korean poultry workers who tested positive for H5N1 antibodies to nine. Tests on the workers’ samples were done at the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.See also:Sep 21, 2006, CIDRAP news story “Five Koreans had H5N1 virus but no illness”Apr 15 OIE report on South Korea’s H5N1 outbreakslast_img read more

FA Cup: City survive Port Vale scare

first_imgRelatedPosts Aguero could be out of action until November, Guardiola says David Silva recovers from COVID-19 Man City top players test positive for coronavirus Manchester City survived an early scare to see off Port Vale 4-1 in the FA Cup third round tie at the Etihad Stadium. Much of the pre-match build-up was dominated by Tom Pope’s Twitter jibe at John Stones as the pair came head-to-head, with Stones handed a rare start in place of Nicolas Otamendi. Pep Guardiola named a strong line-up, including David Silva and Sergio Aguero, in his starting XI, while Phil Foden was handed another chance to impress. But it was the League Two side who almost silenced the Etihad Stadium inside 15 seconds when Pope crossed back for Scott Burgess and his well-struck effort was deflected wide. That early chance seemed to give Man City a wake-up call they needed as they began to push back the visitors and found their way through after 19 minutes. Oleksandr Zinchenko decided to strike one from 25 yards out and his low powerful strike took a nick off Leon Legge before nestling in the corner. The FA Cup holders began to dominate proceedings with Foden going close before Silva somehow struck the bar from three yards out. Having spent long spells of the half defending inside their own area, Port Vale hit back with an equaliser – and in some style too. David Amoo raced down the right flank and floated in a superb delivery, and there was Pope to beat Harwood-Bellis to the ball and head past Bravo. But the loud chants from the away end didn’t last for long. City restored their lead just seven minutes later when Foden’s volleyed cross was bundled home by Aguero and after a VAR check for offside, the goal was allowed to stand. Guardiola must have said something at the break because his side came racing out of the blocks with Aguero and Foden both missing golden chances to make it 3-1. VAR played a part once again as Stones fired home from Angelino’s header across the six-yard box, investigating a possible offside. But the replay showed that Taylor Harwood-Bellis, the 17-year-old defender, was onside as he diverted the ball home from a yard out. City were simply going through the motions as they searched for a fourth. And they made it count with a quarter of an hour left when the excellent Foden slotted home from Angelino’s cross to seal a comfortable win for the holders.Tags: FA CupManchester CityNicolas OtamendiPort ValeSergio Aguerolast_img read more

Christian to captain DCC in UWI T20 tournament

first_imgFORMER Guyana and West Indies wicketkeeper Derwin Christian will take charge of a strong 16-man squad when the Demerara Cricket Club (DCC) feature in the fourth annual University of West Indies (UWI) National T20 tournament at UWI’s Sport and Physical Education Centre (SPEC), Trinidad and Tobago.The Queenstown-based club, which includes two guest players Gajanand Singh and Kellon Carmichael, departed on Sunday.Also competing in this year’s championships are Club Crusoe (Tobago), who will be back to defend their crown. Other participating teams are: Merry Boys, Munroe Road, T&T Police, T&T Defence Force, Moosai Sports, Central Sports, Cane Farm, Duncan-Buggy Haynes United, Queen’s Park Cricket Club, and UWI.The UNICOM-sponsored event, which will be played at the Sir Frank Worrell Cricket Ground, SPEC, located in the campus, will see teams compete for $70 000 worth of prize money, with the winning team receiving at least $35 000 in cash and a champion’s trophy.The DCC squad reads: Derwin Christian (captain), Kemol Savory (wicketkeeper), Gajanand Singh, Kellon Carmichael (guest players), Jahron Byron, Cohen Ismond, Ashmead Nedd, Sachin Singh, Sherfane Rutherford, Steven Sankar, Kemo Paul, Andrew Lyght Jr, Sagar Hatheramani, Carlton Jacques, Dexter George and Cleon McEwan.last_img read more