Ivory Coast confirms avian flu in birds

first_imgMay 5, 2006 (CIDRAP News) – The Ivory Coast government this week confirmed the presence of H5N1 avian influenza in birds, making it at least the sixth African country confronting the virus, according to news services.Laboratory results from the World Organization for Animal Health (OIE) revealed that seven chickens, nine ducks, and a sparrow hawk found in Abidjan—the country’s largest city and its economic center—were infected with the H5N1 strain, according to a May 3 Agence France-Presse (AFP) report.Officials identified three separate outbreaks in different parts of the city in late April. The government had been awaiting test results from an OIE reference lab in Padua, Italy, since then.Starting next week, officials plan to slaughter all poultry sold in Abidjan, a city of 5 million people, according to AFP.The Ivory Coast ministry for animal production said that $11.7 million has been earmarked to reimburse poultry vendors and to develop a system for identifying disease-free chickens. The government also plans to improve how it informs and advises the public about avian flu.Other African countries that have confirmed H5N1 avian flu since February are Nigeria, Egypt, Niger, Cameroon, and Burkina Faso. Sudan has reported an H5 virus in birds, but H5N1 has not yet been confirmed there, according to the OIE. Egypt is the only African country with human cases so far (13 cases with 5 deaths).In related news, experts warned European countries and the United States not to let their guard down against H5N1, even though the spring bird migration from Africa appears to be waning, according to a Reuters report today.Thus far there have been no recorded cases of avian flu transmitted by migrating birds from Africa, according to the story. France, for example, reported that none of its 60 wild bird cases has come from Africa.Some European countries have begun easing bans on keeping domestic poultry outdoors.Some conservation groups, according to the Reuters article, deny that bird migration plays the major role in the spread of avian flu, saying that the international trade in poultry is more to blame.Some animal-health experts, however, contend that migration is key. Christianne Bruschke, DVM, PhD, head of the OIE avian flu task force, said, “My firm belief is that the migration of birds carries the virus over big distances.”In Indonesia, which has been criticized for not responding aggressively enough to avian flu, officials announced this week a 3-year pilot project to fight the disease in Tangerang, a municipality outside Jakarta, according to a May 4 AFP report.The idea is to apply the national plan to a local area and measure results. The $5 million project in an area of 3 million people includes bolstering epidemiologic surveillance of animals and humans, increasing poultry vaccinations, and rapidly responding to outbreaks with quarantine and movement controls, AFP reported.The project would also enhance biosecurity by restructuring the traditional “wet markets” where live birds are sold, often under unhygienic conditions, the story said.Indonesia has reported the second most human H5N1 fatalities worldwide, after Vietnam, according to World Health Organization data.last_img read more

Conte can’t tolerate Messi at Inter – Di Canio

first_img Promoted ContentSurprising Photos Of The Rock And His Lavish LifestyleBirds Enjoy Living In A Gallery Space Created For ThemMost Popular Movies With Sylvester StalloneThe Funniest Prankster Grandma And Her Grandson8 Fascinating Facts About Coffee7 Universities Where Getting An Education Costs A Hefty PennyMost Beloved First Ladies Of All TimeWhich Country Is The Most Romantic In The World?9 Actors Who Stay Famous For That One Movie They Did 10 Years Ago8 Weird Facts About Coffee That Will Surprise You7 Of The Wealthiest Universities In The World10 Risky Jobs Some Women Do “It would mean that we would talk more about Messi than about Inter, as happens with Cristiano Ronaldo at Juventus, or even more.” Conte was also asked to assess his first year at San Siro following his side’s final outing of the season, and he took the opportunity to criticise the Inter board for failing to shield him or the players amid intense media scrutiny. read also:Barcelona end Lautaro’s negotiations, sure Messi will ‘keep his word’ After Inter finished second in Serie A by a single point behind Juventus, the Nerazzurri head coach stated: “Neither my work nor the players’ work was acknowledged, I found little protection from the club when making comparisons. If you want to reduce the gap with Juventus you have to be strong on the pitch but above all off it.” Di Canio believes Conte’s comments could end up costing him his position, as he added: “Yesterday was something very serious. I don’t know why Antonio said those words, but even if he were to stay at Inter, the scar will remain and the difficulties will come out again.” FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Antonio Conte wouldn’t want Lionel Messi at Inter, according to Paolo Di Canio, who thinks the Barcelona superstar’s profile would see him become bigger than the club. Messi’s future at Camp Nou has been the subject of much speculation throughout the turbulent 2019-20 campaign. The Argentine only has one year left to run on his current contract and has been strongly linked with a move away from Catalonia in recent months. Inter has been mooted as a possible next destination for the six-time Ballon d’Or winner, but Conte dismissed the notion of a possible transfer after the 2-0 win over Atalanta on Sunday. Quizzed on a potential move for Messi, the 51-year-old head coach told reporters: “Look, only I know what I had to do to get [Romelu] Lukaku. Trust me, at the end of the season we will make evaluations.” Former Italy international Di Canio says that even if it were possible for Inter to bring in the Barca talisman, Conte would oppose a deal due to the attention that would come with such a huge signing. “If Inter really decided to go for Messi and had already told him that they will do everything to take him, are you sure that Conte would like Messi at Inter? I say no,” the ex-Lazio and Juventus striker told Sky Sports.Advertisementcenter_img Loading… last_img read more