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

A-League chaos as Melbourne teams fail to beat border closure

first_img It left players and officials frustrated. “Trying to get a chartered plane for three clubs within a few hours, it’s a difficult job and I know all hands were on deck to make it happen,” City’s director of football Michael Petrillo told SEN Radio. “Unfortunately you can’t bank on the fog coming over Canberra because if that didn’t happen we would’ve been in the air and over the border and landed,” he said. Western United striker Besart Berisha described the situation as “unbelievable” in a message on social media. “Never in my life, in my career do I see this before,” he said. With the NSW border now closed to Melbourne residents, Football Federation of Australia head of leagues Greg O’Rourke said they would seek an exemption for the Melbourne clubs. An ambulance is seen outside one of nine public housing estates locked down due to a spike in COVID-19 coronavirus numbers in Melbourne Read Also: Tension mounts in Premier League relegation battle “If we find it necessary to revise the match schedule we will do so accordingly and will announce once confirmed, however at this time the schedule remains the same,” he said in a statement. The NSW government indicated it would be sympathetic to the request with Deputy Premier John Barilaro saying if the opportunity was there “let’s bring them across the border.” FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Australia’s planned A-League restart next week was thrown into chaos after three Melbourne teams failed to leave Victoria state when their dramatic airport dash to beat a border closure was scuppered by fog. Nine days from the scheduled opening game, the A-League was left seeking a New South Wales government exemption for the teams after the border was shut to contain a worsening COVID-19 crisis in Melbourne. The Melbourne City, Melbourne Victory and Western United players had planned to fly out Tuesday ahead of a midnight border closure, but were forced late Monday night to race to the airport at short notice when the shutdown for Melbourne residents was brought forward by 24 hours. But the hastily rearranged plans were thwarted when their chartered flight to Canberra was grounded because of fog over the Australian capital.center_img Loading…last_img read more

Brady doubles up in Republic win

first_imgRobbie Brady helped himself to a superb double as the Republic of Ireland bounced back from their Euro 2016 disappointment to put the United States to the sword. Given had to be at his best to keep out an Altidore piledriver five minutes into the second half, but it was the Republic who made the breakthrough once again when Brady made the most of more good work by McGoldrick to fire them back in front. Substitute James McClean extended the home side’s advantage with eight minutes remaining, but Brady capped a good night with the best goal of the game as time ran down. Manager Martin O’Neill had hinted he would use the depth of his squad having already confirmed Derby full-back Cyrus Christie and McGoldrick would be handed debuts, but in the event, he replaced the entire XI which started in Glasgow with Hull midfielder David Meyler wearing the armband. Opposite number Jurgen Klinsmann, who had earlier released DaMarcus Beasley, Jermaine Jones, DeAndre Yedlin and Lee Nguyen ahead of vital MLS play-offs fixtures, retained only four of the men who started the 2-1 friendly defeat by Colombia four days earlier. The home side, understandably in the circumstances, had something of a makeshift look about it with Brady lining up at the back, but it was they who took the lead with just seven minutes gone with McGoldrick at the heart of the action. The striker exchanged passes with Meyler on halfway and then repeated the feat with Pilkington, who ran on to his inviting through-ball before delicately lifting it over the advancing Hamid with the outside of his right foot and into the empty net. Klinsmann’s side might have been level within two minutes had Christie not hacked Diskerud’s steered shot away, and it was they who made much of the running as the half progressed with Alex Pearce managing to block a 20th-minute Altidore header before full-back Johnson clipped the outside of the post with a speculative long-range effort. But despite their relative lack of possession, Ireland managed to pose a threat and could have doubled their advantage when Murphy’s 27th-minute flick-on was returned with interest by McGoldrick, only for Hamid to block his rising strike at point-blank range. Pearce headed the resulting Brady corner over the bar with O’Neill’s men starting to get to grips with the game. Press Association However, they were pegged back with six minutes of the half remaining when Chris Wondolowski headed down Altidore’s cross to Diskerud, who gleefully stabbed home to level. And the Americans would have led at the break had Altidore’s 42nd-minute shot from the lively Alejandro Bedoya’s pull-back flown under, rather than crashed against, the bar. The Sunderland striker provided the threat once again within five minutes of the restart when, after being picked out in acres of space on the right, he unleashed a fizzing drive which Given somehow managed to block with his legs after appearing to be wrong-footed initially. But Ireland responded and after Murphy had come close to restoring their lead, Brady did, combining with McGoldrick before beating Hamid from close range to make it 2-1. O’Neill introduced wingers Aiden McGeady and McClean as he looked to finish the game in style, but it took Given’s intervention once again, this time with his studs, to keep out substitute Bobby Wood’s shot after he had slipped through the cover. The home side gained some breathing space when McClean’s 82nd-minute shot was deflected past the unfortunate Hamid by defender Geoff Cameron after fellow substitute Shane Long had been denied a fine solo effort by the post, and Brady put the icing on the cake with a delicious free-kick three minutes from time. He was involved in the first two goals in a team performance which went some of the way towards easing the disappointment of Friday’s 1-0 Euro 2016 qualifying defeat in Scotland. Ireland were in front with seven minutes played when McGoldrick announced his arrival on the international stage with a telling assist. The Ipswich striker, a beneficiary of the so-called “granny rule”, played in Pilkington with a superbly-weighted pass and looked on as the Cardiff midfielder applied an assured finish to claim his first senior international goal. Daryl Murphy was denied a second goal by keeper Bill Hamid’s instinctive save, but Ireland found themselves playing on the break for much of the first half and finally succumbed when Diskerud levelled with 39 minutes gone. Goalkeeper Shay Given, winning his 127th cap, was grateful for the assistance of both the post and the crossbar as Fabian Johnson and then Jozy Altidore came close to beating him before the half-time whistle sounded. Brady produced a deft 55th-minute finish and then dispatched a late free-kick to cement a 4-1 victory on a night when he shared the headlines with debutant David McGoldrick. Goals from Anthony Pilkington and Brady either side of half-time eclipsed Mix Diskerud’s equaliser, but McGoldrick’s contribution on his first appearance for his country captured the imagination as the Republic brought their 2014 fixtures to a positive conclusion. last_img read more