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

Victor Oladipo could be out until 2020, Pacers president says

first_imgRun Forest Run!!! 🏃 🏃 🏃 🏃 #TrulyUnbreakable #OneDayAtATime #WriteYourOwnStory #FirstDayOfRunningA post shared by Victor Oladipo (@vicoladipo) on Jun 7, 2019 at 3:01pm PDTOladipo averaged 18.8 points, 5.6 rebounds and 5.2 assists in 2018-19 and was selected as an NBA All-Star for the second consecutive season, but was replaced by Nets guard D’Angelo Russell after suffering the injury.​He was named the NBA’s Most Improved Player during the 2017-18 season. View this post on Instagram Since then there have been multiple videos showing his progress, including one he posted to social media at the beginning of June. NBA free agency rumors: Pacers have made Ricky Rubio a ‘top target’ It could still be sometime until Victor Oladipo sees the court.The Pacers guard is expected to be out of the team’s lineup until December or January, team president Kevin Pritchard said after the NBA draft.center_img Pacers’ Tyreke Evans receives 2-year ban from NBA for violating drug policy “He might be out a little bit,” Pritchard said briefly (via the IndyStar). “I’m hopeful he’ll be back December or January.”Oladipo suffered a season-ending injury in late January during a loss to the Raptors as he ruptured his right quad tendon. Related News There wasn’t an immediate timetable on the two-time All-Star’s return following Indiana’s season, but Pritchard said Oladipo will return “200 to 300 percent” better.Oladipo addressed the injury in an emotional Instagram post right after it happened.”I can’t even lie the last few months have been really tough for not only me but for my family as well,” he wrote, in part. “You give it your all, literally your blood, sweat and tears to the game you love and things like this happen. No matter how much hard work and effort you put into perfecting your craft you cannot predict the challenges you’ll face ahead.”last_img read more

Salah retains BBC African Footballer of the Year award

first_img“There have been many good moments in 2018,” he added.“I’m scoring goals and helping the team to get the points to be top of the league. That’s always a great feeling.”Salah also scored twice for Egypt at the World Cup in Russia.Earlier in 2018, Salah won the English double — the Players’ Player of the Year and the Football Writers’ Player of the Year.Salah also won the 2017 CAF Player of the Year and is one of 10 nominees for the 2018 award which will be announced in January.Share on: WhatsApp London, United Kingdom | AFP | Liverpool and Egypt striker Mohamed Salah has capped a sparkling 2018 for club and country by winning the prestigious BBC African Footballer of the Year Award for the second time in a row.“It’s a great feeling to win again. I’m happy and I would like to win it also next year!” said Salah.The 26-year-old, who beat Medhi Benatia, Kalidou Koulibaly, Sadio Mane and Thomas Partey to the award, is just the second player after Jay-Jay Okocha to win it two years running.Yaya Toure is the only other player to have twice won the award in its current form while Nwankwo Kanu won it twice when it was a broader African Sports Personality award.Salah scored 44 goals in 52 games for Liverpool last season, his first on Merseyside after joining them from Roma, and helped them to reach the Champions League final.His club form has continued this season with his winner against Napoli on Tuesday that saw the Reds into the Champions League last 16 taking his tally to 13.last_img read more

The CDC adds four more symptoms to the COVID-19 check list

first_imgHealth officials have added four more symptoms to the growing list of potential coronavirus symptoms.The CDC updated the list recently to include congestion, runny nose, nausea and diarrhea as potential COVID-19 indicators.The original symptom list only included chills, fever, muscle pain, headache, sore throat and a new loss of taste or smell.Officials say symptoms may appear between 2-14 days after exposure, but they most commonly appear around 4-5 days after exposure.The list of symptoms continues to grow as health officials study and learn more about the virus.For a complete list of symptoms and other coronavirus related information, click here.last_img read more

At The Finish Line…Where Only the Truth Matters!

first_imgJames Harrison (AP Photo/File)Yes, you bring back James Harrison, or anybody else for that matter who can get to the quarterback.  Everybody take a step back and swallow a little pride. Hell, I’d shake Deacon Jones up from the dead if I thought it would help us win.Bill NealOkay, here’s your winners. Kansas out of the South. Michigan State out of the East.  Arizona out of the West and Duke out of the Midwest. Michigan State beats Kansas.  Duke beats Arizona. Duke wins it all. Now give me my billion dollars . . . in all $5’s.The “Zen Master” has done the only thing he can do. He took his show on the road.  Jeannie and the Lakers dumb axx’s didn’t want him. Now the Knicks will rise out of the ashes and put a stop to Kobe’s quest for the elusive sixth ring.A reminder for everyone near and far. The first big, I mean big, party of the year is coming your way Saturday, March 29 at the magnificent Rivers Casino on the North Shore in the Grand Ballroom. Join legends B.B. Flenory, Jennifer Bruce, Myron Brown, Chanel Smith and Master Jacquet Bazemore as we host the Pittsburgh Steeler Super Bowl legends, Mel Blount, J.T. Thomas, Dwayne Woodruff, Andy Russell, Robin Cole, Mike Wagner, Randy Grossman and Louis Lipps. Free parking, cash bar, free hors d’oeuvres, free photographs and autographs. $25 donation at the door. Call (412) 628-4856 for more information.YOU HAVE JUST CROSSED THE FINISH LINElast_img read more

Fall Razor Clam Season Will Open Early At Twin Harbors

first_imgSubmitted by Washington Department of Fish and WildlifeOLYMPIA – Washington’s razor clam season will get off to an early start this year with an evening dig at Twin Harbors beach set for Sept. 19-23The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) approved the dig after marine toxin tests confirmed the clams on those two beaches are safe to eat.Although the department is still developing the digging schedule for fall, state fishery managers saw no reason to delay approving a dig at Twin Harbors, said Dan Ayres, WDFW coastal shellfish manager.“We have an huge number of clams available for harvest this season – particularly at Twin Harbors,” Ayres said. “There are only so many good clamming tides during the year, and we decided there was no time to waste in getting started.”Twin Harbors Beach extends from the mouth of Willapa Bay north to the south jetty at the mouth of Grays Harbor. Clam digging will be allowed there between noon and midnight, although Ayres suggests arriving at the beach one to two hours before evening low tide for best results.Evening low tides during the upcoming dig are as follows:Sept. 19, Thursday, 7:13 p.m.; -0.3 feetSept. 20, Friday, 7:57 p.m.; -0.5 feetSept. 21, Saturday, 8:39 p.m.; -0.5 feetSept. 22, Sunday, 9:21 p.m.; -0.3 feetSept. 23, Monday, 10:04 p.m.; 0.0 feetUnder state rules, harvesters may take no more than 15 razor clams and must keep the first 15 they dig, regardless of size or condition. Each digger’s limit must be kept in a separate container.All diggers must have an applicable 2013-14 fishing license to dig razor clams on any beach. A license is required for anyone age 15 or older.Ayres said WDFW will announce a digging schedule for all state razor clam beaches in the next few weeks, after the public has had a chance to comment on the department’s annual stock assessment and plans for the upcoming season. That report is posted on WDFW’s website at http://wdfw.wa.gov/fishing/shellfish/razorclams/seasons_set.html.State shellfish managers will discuss those plans at a public meeting Sept. 19 at 6 p.m. at the City of Long Beach Depot, located at 102 Third St., NW. Written comments can be submitted to razorclams@dfw.wa.gov through Sept. 30.Several types of licenses, ranging from a combination fishing license to a three-day razor clam license, are available online at https://fishhunt.dfw.wa.gov/. Fishing licenses can also be purchased from sporting goods stores and other vendors, listed at wdfw.wa.gov/lic/vendors/vendors.htm. Facebook88Tweet0Pin0last_img read more