Low-pathogenic avian flu hits Idaho game farm

first_imgSep 5, 2008 (CIDRAP News) – Agriculture officials in Idaho announced yesterday that they were investigating an outbreak of low-pathogenic avian influenza at a game farm in the southwestern part of the state after a federal lab confirmed the virus in pheasants.The virus has been identified as subtype H5N8, according to a Sep 3 report that the US Department of Agriculture (USDA) filed with the World Organization for Animal Health (OIE). The farm contains about 30,000 game birds that are raised for hunting activities, the report said. Besides pheasants, the farm has chukars, partridges, and mallard ducks.State officials quarantined the farm on Aug 29 but have not culled any birds at the site, located in Payette County. However, Larry Hawkins, a USDA spokesman, said 300 birds that the farm shipped to California for a bird dog event before the virus was detected were quarantined and culled, the Associated Press (AP) reported today.The farm’s owner did not report an unusual number of bird deaths, but in late August sent three dead pheasants to a lab at Pennsylvania State University for a diagnostic work-up, according to the OIE report. The lab found Pasturella and Mycoplasma in the samples. Routine tests also revealed avian influenza. Sequence testing at the USDA’s National Veterinary Services Laboratory led to the H5N8 finding on Sep 3.The virus seems to trace back only to the pheasant pen, which contains about 1,000 birds, the report said.Officials have not determined the source of the virus but suspect that it came from contact with wild birds. Bill Barton, a veterinarian with Idaho’s Department of Agriculture, told the AP that the pheasants were kept in an outside pen that was covered with plastic mesh. He said they could have been exposed to the virus from wild birds that flew or roosted overhead.David Halvorson, DVM, a veterinary pathologist and avian flu expert at the University of Minnesota in St. Paul, told CIDRAP News that a wild-bird source of the virus sounds plausible. “They [the game birds] are like live decoys. They’ll attract wild birds to their pens because of the feed and water,” he said.Though low-pathogenic H5N8 hasn’t been seen in the United States over the past several years, there’s nothing alarming about finding the virus at the Idaho farm, he said. “It’s not unusual to find an oddball low-path virus.”Barton said the findings of the investigation will determine how long the birds should be quarantined and if culling is necessary, the AP reported. He said authorities are testing birds at farms within a 2-mile radius of the site and disinfecting the affected game farm.See also:Sep 4 Idaho Department of Agriculture press releaselast_img read more

Fast reaction: 3 quick takeaways from Syracuse’s surprising upset of No. 17 Virginia Tech

first_img Published on October 15, 2016 at 7:27 pm Contact Jon: jrmettus@syr.edu | @jmettus Despite blowing a lead in the fourth quarter, Syracuse (3-4, 1-2 Atlantic Coast) held on to upset No. 17 Virginia Tech (4-2, 2-1), 31-17, at the Carrier Dome on Saturday. It’s the Orange’s first win over a ranked opponent since 2012, when it beat then-No. 11 Louisville.First-year SU head coach Dino Babers is now 32-0 when entering the fourth quarter with a lead.Here are three quick takeaways from the win.Holding onAfter entering the second half with a 17-3 lead and the fourth quarter with a 17-9 lead, the Orange blew it in the fourth, letting Virginia Tech tie the game at 17-17 with 13:53 left. It looked like the game was going to slip out of Syracuse’s hands until SU shot back with two fourth-quarter touchdowns.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textOn the ensuing drive after VT’s tying score, the Orange drove 75 yards the other way to take the lead again. SU quarterback Eric Dungey hurried under center to lunge into the end zone at the goal line.The defense followed up with a three-and-out stop, including a pass breakup on third down that would have gone for a first if caught.The Orange drove 37 yards this time to score — on a run where Dontae Strickland broke weak tackles near the goal line — and went up by 14 before the defense forced a fumble with less than four minutes left in the game, all but sealing the victory.Shutting them downSyracuse’s defense turned in the best half of its season (considering the opponent), holding Virginia Tech to just three points in the first half. The Hokies went 3-for-10 on third down and were held to 213 yards, despite running a no-huddle offense.Syracuse’s biggest stop in the first half came on Virginia Tech’s first drive of the second quarter as the Hokies were trying to respond to SU’s score that put the Orange up 14-3.With Virginia Tech at Syracuse’s 38-yard line, linebacker Zaire Franklin stopped VT quarterback Jerod Evans twice in a row on third and fourth downs. The first run up the middle went for no gain and on fourth down, Franklin burst into the backfield on the left side run to tackle Evans two yards behind the line of scrimmage.De’Jon Wilson picked up a sack in the first half, starting in place of Kendall Coleman, who was suspended for the first half after being called for targeting against Wake Forest a week earlier. Redshirt freshman Christopher Frederick made two big tackles in place of starter Cordell Hudson who was out with an injury.Inspector GadgetDino Babers has never been shy of running trick plays or going for it on fourth down. But coming into the game, Syracuse had been unsuccessful on most of its attempted gadget plays, including a pass by Sterling Hofrichter against Notre Dame and a throw to Eric Dungey over the middle of the field against South Florida.Then on the first play of the second quarter, Eric Dungey pitched the ball back to Strickland. The line run blocked and Virginia Tech’s secondary froze, reacting to the pitch. Strickland cocked back and lofted a pass deep to receiver Brisly Estime who ran untouched to the end zone for the 84-yard score.The play put the Orange ahead 14-3.SU tried a wide receiver pass in the second quarter when Dungey threw behind the line to receiver Ervin Philips, who then ran forward a few steps before hurling it to receiver Steve Ishmael for a first down.The Orange tried a similar play near the end of the third quarter. Dungey threw it back to Philips, who was then chased down by two defenders and dropped for a 10-yard loss before he could throw it again. Comments Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more