Sep 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 release
Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error Bryant soon asked out of the game so he could ice his shoulder. He then informed both Scott and Lakers trainer Gary Vitti he felt strong enough to play. Bryant entered the game with five minutes remaining and mostly used his left hand to dribble, pass and shoot. He then left with just over a minute left and went to the locker room.“I said, ‘You all right? He said, ‘Yeah, I’m good. It’s just bothering me a little bit. Once I get warmed up I’m fine,’” Scott recalled about his conversation with Bryant last month about his right shoulder. “After that point I never thought about it.”Scott then looked back at that situation in retrospect.“The first thing you think about is, ‘Man, I remember us talking about this a couple of months ago, so we both kind of went back to that,’” Scott said. “He asked me, ‘Did you remember? I said, ‘Yeah I remember when we talked about it. But you never really brought it back up and neither did I.’ I thought it was just a dead issue.”But Scott does not believe how he played Bryant is a dead issue. Scott continued criticizing himself on playing Bryant an average of 35.6 minutes in the first 27 games. So much that Scott said he apologized to Bryant via text message about giving him such a heavy workload.“I don’t know if the wear and tear of playing so many minutes early is a result of what’s happening to him right now,” Scott said. “I thought about that. It made me almost sick.” What did Bryant say?“His response was like, ‘No that ain’t it,’” Scott said. “He tried to make me feel better, and he tried to add some more humor to it.”Bryant provided more humor when he tweeted, “This is what happens when I pass too much!” Scott let out a hearty laugh when he heard about Bryant’s joke.“Well, good,” Scott said, laughing. “He didn’t blame it on coach playing him too much.”Scott tried handling Bryant with care in recent weeks by sitting him out in eight of the past 15 games. Scott took this approach in hopes to preserve the Lakers’ 36-year-old star for the 2015-16 season. Though that strategy did not work. Scott reported that Bryant “sounded great” when they talked Thursday both before his MRI exam and when he drove to the airport later that day to fly back to Los Angeles for Friday’s reexamination. Yet, Scott and Bryant do not plan to talk again until Saturday. With Scott anxiously waiting on the final verdict, he saw the landscape ahead on the significance Bryant’s recovery will have both in writing his last chapter and recruiting free agents this offseason.“He has a lot of respect around this league, so I think him talking to players about coming here and what we’re trying to rebuild is very important,” Scott said. “Hopefully he’ll be a healthy Kobe and be ready to play again next year if that’s the case.”QUOTE: “He doesn’t want to go out this way.” — Lakers coach Byron Scott on if Kobe Bryant will retire after an MRI revealed a torn rotator cuff in his right shoulder “It would be very disappointing if he’s gone for the season,” Lakers coach Byron Scott said before the Lakers (12-31) faced the San Antonio Spurs (27-17) on Friday at AT&T Center. “It’s already disappointing we know it’s a tear. But we don’t know to what degree. We know we’re going to miss him for a length of time. We just don’t know how long yet.”If Bryant becomes sidelined for the rest of the 2014-15 season, this would mark the third consecutive time his season was cut short because of injury. Bryant tore his left Achilles tendon in April 2013 and stayed sidelined for eight months. Bryant then played in six games last season before fracturing his left knee, an injury that kept him out for the rest of the 2013-14 campaign. Through 35 games this season, Bryant averaged 22.3 points on a career-low 37.2-percent shooting, 5.7 rebounds and 5.6 assists in 34.5 minutes per contest.Amid all the question marks, Scott scoffed at any idea Bryant would retire instead of returning for the final year of his contract next season worth $25 million. “This is one of the toughest guys I’ve ever been around as far as dealing with injuries and things like that and being able to come back,” Scott said. “Everybody said he was done after the Achilles and he came back pretty strong. Knowing him the way I know him, I know he doesn’t want to go out this way.”Scott reported that Bryant complained about minor pain in his shoulder about a month-and-a-half ago, but that the Lakers’ star downplayed the injury. Bryant aggravated the injury when he threw down a baseline dunk in third quarter of the Lakers’ loss on Wednesday to New Orleans. SAN ANTONIO — Kobe Bryant will encounter something more difficult than a swarming defense. He will also experience something perhaps just as frustrating as falling short of winning an NBA championship.In the next few days, Bryant will have to weigh his NBA future. Bryant had an examination Friday with Dr. Steve Lombardo at Kerlan Jobe Orthopaedic Clinic that confirmed the MRI results that said he has a torn rotator cuff in his right shoulder. He discussed about possibly having season-ending surgery, but it remains unclear if this marks the end of his 2014-15 season. The Lakers’ star talked about other “various options,” according to a league source familiar with the situation, and wants to conduct more research before determining his next step. Bryant plans to meet with sports-medicine specialist Neal ElAttrache at Kerlan Jobe Orthopaedic Clinic on Monday. Then, the Lakers expect Bryant will make a final decision on how to treat his right shoulder.