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

The Royal Blue Hotel opened in Dubrovnik as part of Importanne Hotels & Resort

first_img906.232 overnight stays were realized in hotels, 7% more than last year, and 399.823 overnight stays in households, 15% more than in the first five months of 2018. The fifth hotel in a row to complete the construction of five ‘five stars’ hotels – Royal Blue, the company Importanne Hotels & Resort. Importanne Hotels & Resort consists of 5 hotels in Dubrovnik: Neptune, Ariston, Royal Palm, Royal Princess and Royal Blue. The last hotel – Royal Blue, completed the construction of five ‘five stars’ hotels in a row. The hotel has 81 luxuriously decorated rooms and two a la carte restaurants, La Castille and Zoë. Most overnight stays were made by guests from the United Kingdom, Germany, the United States, Croatia, France, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Finland, Spain, China, Canada, Sweden, South Korea, etc.center_img During May 2019, there were 230.695 arrivals in the Dubrovnik-Neretva County, 8% more than in May 2018 and 749.089 overnight stays, 1% more than in May 2018.  “The company Importanne Hotels & Resort ‘has been providing its guests with an unforgettable holiday experience for years, as evidenced by the high medals won at the Days of Tourism by placing in the top three positions within the category of five and four star hotels. they point out in a statement. During the five months of 2019, 512.954 arrivals were registered in the Dubrovnik-Neretva County with 1.487.453 overnight stays. Compared to 2018, arrivals increased by 23% and overnight stays by 9%.last_img read more

Super Falcons Target 10th AWC Win against Lioness

first_imgThe Nigerian side which landed in batches at the capital city, Yaounde, on Wednesday afternoon were welcome to a noisy and hostile reception.A team official expressed disappointment at the flight frustration suffered moving to Yaounde after a tiring game against South Africa on Tuesday.“Honestly, it was a terrible experience and we are disappointed. The environment was hostile and the LOC mapped out plans to frustrate us,” an official told the media. “They communicated our schedule to us which stated departure for 9am from Douala airport, we left Buea at 5.30am and the players couldn’t sleep after a stressful match-day. They abandoned us at the airport and we waited for about six hours before the first batch could travel by air. The most shocking moment was how hostile the Cameroonians are at the airport. “The second batch later traveled by road after a technical issue with the aircraft; we boarded and the flight started smoking. We have to run for our lives and traveled by road to Yaounde, we are disappointed.“Nigerians shouldn’t panic, we are aware of the antics and the plans to frustrate the group. However, this is the moment we need our High Commission and the Federation to give us adequate support. It will be a collective effort to conquer the hosts and we are determined to win.”A Super Falcons player, who spoke on anonymity, lamented the hostile reception by the hosts’ city dwellers, insisting they were more determined than ever to retain the title.“It is really not too nice a reception from the Cameroonians in Yaounde. Though we are not bothered by their hostilities as we know all they are to win the title.“We are ready and looking forward to the final. We have never lost a final and this time will not be an exception”, a player said.The players are currently lodged at the Djeuja Palace Hotel and expected to resume training on Thursday by 5pm local time at the Omnisport Stadium, Yaoundé.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram After a not too convincing victory against South Africa in the semifinal of the Africa Women Championship, where the Super Falcons had to rely on Desire Oparanozie’s goal from the free kick to earn a lone goal victory, the Florence Omagbemi-led side will today take on host nation, Cameroon, in their quest to win the AWC for an unprecedented 10th time.In the first semifinal game, Raissa Feudjio scored  in the 71st minute as the Indomitable Lioness defeated the Black Queens of Ghana by a lone goal to set up the repeat of 2014 final where the Super Falcons  won 2-0 in Windhoek, Namibia.last_img read more