H5N1 hits birds in Vietnam, Ghana, Pakistan

first_imgMay 23, 2007 (CIDRAP News) – H5N1 avian influenza has continued to flare up in poultry on two continents this week, with Vietnam, Ghana, and Pakistan all confirming new outbreaks in the past 2 days.In Vietnam over the weekend, more than 2,000 ducks died, and another 6,000 were culled in various areas affected by outbreaks of H5N1, Agence France-Presse (AFP) reported yesterday. The ducks had not been vaccinated.Five provinces have been affected since the beginning of this month, China’s Xinhua news agency reported. They are Quang Ninh, Son La, and Nam Dinh in the north, Nghe An in the central region, and Dong Thap in the south.UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) representative Andrew Speedy told AFP that rather than trying to wipe out the virus, which is believed to be widespread in Vietnam’s bird population, efforts will focus on vaccination campaigns, which have proved highly effective.”We are now convinced that it’s pretty much endemic and that the vaccinations will be required for the foreseeable future, although there will be an attempt to find an exit strategy at some point,” Speedy said.The Ministry of Agriculture’s Department of Animal Health said 119 million birds in 60 cities and provinces nationwide have been vaccinated this year, Xinhua reported.This year’s second round of nationwide vaccinations is now starting, AFP reported.Ghana reported its second outbreak of the virus on a farm in Sunyani, about 250 miles north of the capital, Accra, according to a Reuters report published yesterday. Gary Quarcoo, the agriculture ministry’s head of veterinary services, said veterinary officials have culled thousands of birds in the area and destroyed animal feed and farm equipment.Ghana’s first outbreak H5N1 was detected on a farm near the port city of Tema in April.In Pakistan, officials said today that more than 5,000 chickens were culled after an outbreak that killed about 6,000 chickens was confirmed on three farms near Islamabad, according to another AFP report. The country’s last outbreaks occurred in April in the northwest and in the southern city of Karachi, the story said.last_img read more

UDFA/GT Beer year-end football

first_imgBotofago boot out Shattas – Rockers blast Eagles UnitedBOTOFAGO and Net Rockers will clash in the Upper Demerara Football Association (UDFA) GT Beer finals, following contrasting wins in the semifinals on Friday evening. Botofago shattered the hearts of defending champions, Silver Shattas, while Net Rockers blew past Eagles United at the Mackenzie sports Club ground.Playing in the first game, Botofago and Shattas played to a 2-2 stalemate after regulation and extra period play failed to separate the two.Jamine Samuels had sent the eventual winners into the lead in the 49th minute after a scoreless first half, but Jamal Haynes would equalize through an 88th minute strike, as the game ended in regulation time 1-1.However, after extra period play was ordered, the scores would change in the 102nd minute with Wesley Hall putting Botofago up, 2-1 Seven minute later, the scores would be level again, thanks to an own goal, with penalties yielding victory by the slimmest of margins.The second game saw the running Net Rockers, led by a Shane Luckie hat-trick, scored in the 53rd, 56th and 58th minutes, blow away Eagles United.Clarence Huggins in the 66th minute added the final nail in the coffin, but Yannick Simon saved face for the Eagles by adding his strike to the scoreline, which read 4-1 at the final whistle.The final and third place play off will take place on New Year’s day.last_img read more