Experts urge including cats in avian flu precautions

first_imgApr 5, 2006 (CIDRAP News) – Growing evidence of H5N1 avian influenza in cats suggests they may play a role in spreading the virus, signaling a need for new precautions, according to a team of medical and veterinary researchers from the Netherlands and Italy.”Cats could be more than a dead-end host for H5N1 virus,” says a commentary article published today in Nature. The authors are Thijs Kuiken, Ron Fouchier, Guus Rimmelzwaan, and Albert Osterhaus of Erasmus Medical Centre in Rotterdam and Peter Roeder of the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization in Rome.They call for efforts to protect cats from the virus and to test those with possible exposure to it—recommendations that are not included in existing official guidelines for controlling avian flu.Infections in cats were first observed in Thailand in early 2004, the article notes. In one case, 14 cats in a household near Bangkok died of the infection. In addition, tigers and leopards in two Thai zoos died after eating infected chicken carcasses.The researchers point to several other observations indicating that cats “are more than collateral damage in avian flu’s deadly global spread and may play a greater role in the epidemiology of the virus than previously thought.”Fatal infections in cats have become common in Indonesia, Thailand, and Iraq, where the virus is endemic in poultry, they write. Veterinarians in both Indonesia and Iraq have reported a high incidence of sudden death in cats during poultry outbreaks of avian flu.In addition, dead or sick cats infected with H5N1 virus turned up in Germany soon after the virus was detected in wild birds there, the researchers note.They also note that experiments at Erasmus Medical Centre have shown that cats can be infected with the virus by respiratory and gastrointestinal routes and by contact with other infected cats. The infected cats all excreted the virus from the nose, throat, and rectum. It is unknown how long cats can shed the virus or whether they can spread it to humans, poultry, or other species, the article says.Nonetheless, the researchers write that cats “may provide the virus with an opportunity to adapt to efficient transmission within and among mammalian species, including humans, thereby increasing the risk of a human influenza pandemic.”Therefore, despite the uncertainties, official guidelines for controlling the spread of avian flu should consider the potential role of cats, the authors say.”In areas where H5N1 virus has been detected in either poultry or wild birds, we recommend taking steps to prevent contact between cats and infected birds or their droppings, and to quarantine and test cats suspected of such contacts, or cats showing clinical signs suggestive of H5N1 influenza,” the article states. That means keeping cats indoors where possible.They also say that other carnivores, such as dogs, foxes, members of the weasel family, and seals, may be susceptible to the H5N1 virus. Therefore they recommend testing for the virus if unusual illness or death rates occur in such animals in areas where avian flu is endemic.last_img read more

Jamaican pastor lashes out at ‘injustices’ faced by gays

first_img 83 Views   no discussions Sharing is caring! Share Share Tweetcenter_img Rev Sean Major-Campbell (right) greets Counsellor of the South African High Commission to Jamaica, Peter Makwarela, after a religious service to mark International Human Rights Day and the life and work of Nelson Mandela yesterday at Christ Church, Vineyard Town, St Andrew. (PHOTO: JOSEPH WELLINGTON)Religious leaders have often come out against the lifestyle of homosexuals, also called gays, but one clergyman yesterday defended them, saying he was disappointed that more Christians were not speaking out against the injustices faced by the men, who are often scorned by the society.“How many Christians have you heard calling out for any kind of help for those young men who have taken refuge in the gully,” said Rev Sean Major Campbell, priest at Christ Church, Vineyard Town in St Andrew.He was speaking about an incident last week in which eight men, who police said were members of the homosexual community, were arrested in connection with a series of robberies in and around the New Kingston area.“We need to repent as a church as we have too often been agents of negative silence,” said the Anglican priest.The man of the cloth was speaking during Jamaicans for Justice’s (JFJ) Church Service to commemorate International Human Rights Day and the life and work of Nelson Mandela.Rev Campbell said that he was aware that some members of the group (homosexuals) may have turned to crime, but said that was an issue for the police to deal with.“But do they have any humanity on which we share common ground?” the clergyman asked his congregation made up of regular worshippers, Jamaican human rights officials, and visitors from the South African High Commission.“Who will be the John the Baptist of Jamaica, or will we leave it to civil society to usher in the kingdom of righteousness, peace and justice?” he asked.The clergyman said that the issues with homosexuals were just part of larger problems that Christians needed to speak out against. He said that it was important for Jamaicans, the Church included, to recognise the human rights of all people, bar none.“It is a shame that in a country like Jamaica we are more likely to hear the voice of civil society speaking out for human rights while the Church remains quiet until some issues such as horse racing or Lotto comes to the fore,” he said.Rev Campbell said that Christians would do well to hear the advice of Archbishop of Cape Town, Desmond Tutu, who said that the Christians should not be just pulling out people out of the river, but should be going upstream to find out who is pushing people in.“Has it reached home to us that we are to be agents of justice – a major criterion for an experience of the Kingdom of God?” the pastor asked.Dr Carolyn Gomes, outgoing JFJ executive director, said that she was encouraged by the call for the human rights of all to be acknowledged.She was supported by Susan Goffe, chairperson of JFJ.Goffe said that over time, in many different situations and circumstances, the church had been one of the foremost voices on behalf of the rights of the oppressed and those who are abused, but said that there were others who needed to come on board.“I think that Father Sean’s exaltation to the church to speak loudly and consistently on the issue of human rights is a very timely welcome call,” said Goffe.Jamaica Observer Share FaithLifestyleNewsRegional Jamaican pastor lashes out at ‘injustices’ faced by gays by: – December 9, 2013last_img read more

Police release new evidence against delivery man accused of killing Boca Raton grandmother

first_imgPolice have released new evidence in the investigation of South Florida deliveryman accused of killing a Boca Raton grandmother last summer.21-year-old Jorge Dupre Lachazo is accused of killing Evelyn Udell, a 75-year-old woman, who police say, he beat and burned Udell inside her Boca Raton home on August 20, 2019.According to police, Lachazo worked as a deliveryman who was at Udell’s home installing a new dryer and washer.On Tuesday police released a video of Lachazo being interrogated by police after they arrested him. The video, which is more than two hours long, shows Lachazo ball up into the fetal position in a chair in the corner while speaking with investigators.During the police interrogation, Lachazo told detectives that he made a mistake and asked them to kill him.The discovery also includes photos gathered by investigators at the crime scene last August:PHOTOS: Evidence in the caseWhen police arrived to the scene, Udell was found on the ground against the washer in the laundry room. Police said they also found that the oven and stove burners were on, and a can of Acetone without the lid was on the kitchen counter. Udell’s purse and wallet were also found open.Lachazo is facing charges including first-degree murder with a weapon. Prosecutors said they will seek the death penalty in the case. His next hearing is April 17.last_img read more

Women’s World Cup 2019: Alex Morgan joins Megan Rapinoe, doesn’t sing national anthem

first_img President Donald Trump fires back at Megan Rapinoe: ‘Finish the job!’ Women’s World Cup 2019: Megan Rapinoe stands by White House comments after President Trump tweets Megan Rapinoe: ‘I’m not going to the f—ing White House’ Related News Alex Morgan joined Megan Rapinoe as both U.S. women’s national team stars opted not to sing the national anthem before Friday’s quarterfinal match against France. Rapinoe previously protested in France by not putting her hand over her chest and later stated that she is “not going to the f—ing White House” if they won. She caught the attention of President Donald Trump, who tweeted, in part: “Megan should never disrespect our Country, the White House, or our Flag, especially since so much has been done for her & the team. Be proud of the Flag that you wear. The USA is doing GREAT!”Morgan also has been outspoken about Trump’s administration, and said in May she wouldn’t attend the White House if she were invited. “We don’t have to be put in this little box,” Morgan told Time.com then. “There’s the narrative that’s been said hundreds of times about any sort of athlete who’s spoken out politically. ‘Stick to sports.’ We’re much more than that, OK?”Morgan, along with Rapinoe, was met with a mix of reaction on social media: Baffles me when I see Footballers not singing their national anthem! @alexmorgan13 & Megan Rapinoe. I’d stand their proud singing my anthem, representing my country!Their obviously not! 😶🤨 #WomensWorldCup #FIFAWWC #FRAUSA #USA— Kirsty Jones (@KirstyJones07) June 28, 2019Am I the only one that saw @alexmorgan13 join @mPinoe’s protest by not singing the national anthem?!? #lfg 🇺🇸#FIFAWomensWorldCup19— Liz L-S (@eils16) June 28, 2019I have bled for this Country and permanently damaged my body, so to see @mPinoe and @alexmorgan13 disrespect the Flag while representing the U.S. is disheartening. Bless the rest of the team that belted out the National Anthem proudly. #FRAUSA— Sean Oberdick (@SeanBigO) June 28, 2019Personally, I love that Megan Rapinoe and Alex Morgan don’t sing the national anthem 🤷🏻‍♂️— Tasia Biege (@TBiege) June 28, 2019last_img read more