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

Champion hurdler Sally Pearson sells Gold Coast home in a matter of days

first_imgChampion hurdler Sally Pearson and husband Kieran have sold their Helensvale home.THE home of star hurdler Sally Pearson has sold after less than a month on the market.A local family snapped up the acreage estate at Helensvale on the Gold Coast days after it was listed in January.Marketing agent Julian Porter, of Harcourts Pacific Pines, would not reveal the sale price as the deal was yet to be settled, but said it was “very close” to the $1.199 million asking price.The house is on a 4006sq m block.Inside the Helensvale home.He said it went under contract 10 days after it hit the market before going unconditional last week.“I had a heap of interest in the property both from local and interstate buyers,” he said.“I had more than 30 groups of buyers inspect the property and many of them are still looking to purchase something similar.“The $1 million to $2 million price point is very active at the moment.”Property records show Pearson and her husband Kieran bought the property in 2015 for more than $900,000.More from news02:37International architect Desmond Brooks selling luxury beach villa12 hours ago02:37Gold Coast property: Sovereign Islands mega mansion hits market with $16m price tag2 days agoPearson and her husband own one other property on the Gold Coast.The house has been renovated since the Pearson’s bought it in 2015.It has two residences and a pool.Mr Porter, who helped the Pearsons sell their Pacific Pines home in 2015, said everyone was happy with the result.“Kieran and Sally did an outstanding job presenting the property for sale and it has been an absolute pleasure to assist them again,” Mr Porter said.MORE NEWS: Coast apartment project fast-trackedMORE NEWS: Fancy your own oasis?Property records show Pearson, who is known for leading a private lifestyle away from the track, owns one other property with her husband on the Coast.The Helensvale State High School product has long led Australia’s athletics charge, winning a gold medal in the 100m hurdles at the 2012 London Olympics.She was forced to withdrawn from the Gold Coast Commonwealth Games last year because of injury.Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayNext playlist itemMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:51Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:51 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedQuality Levels720p720pHD576p576p432p432p270p270pAutoA, selectedAudio Tracken (Main), selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.This is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.Close Modal DialogThis is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:00Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:00 Playback Rate1xFullscreenStarting your hunt for a dream home00:51last_img read more