Pakistan reports another H5N1 outbreak

first_imgFeb 18, 2008 (CIDRAP News) – Livestock officials in Pakistan said yesterday that the H5N1 avian influenza virus hit chickens in the northwestern part of the country, the region where December outbreaks were linked to suspected human-to-human transmission of the virus and Pakistan’s first confirmed human case.Rafiq-ul-Usmani, a food and agriculture ministry official, said samples from a poultry farm near Abbottabad, in North-West Frontier province, were positive for the H5N1 virus and that culling at the farm had begun, Reuters reported yesterday.About 5,000 chickens have been culled at the farm, Ali Akber Kahn, a Mansehra district livestock minister, told Dawn, one of Pakistan’s English-language newspapers, yesterday. He said authorities sealed the area around the farm and were vaccinating poultry in other areas to control the spread of the virus.So far no workers at the farm had shown signs of infection, he told Dawn.Pakistan’s last outbreaks struck two commercial farms near Karachi , according to a Feb 4 report from the World Organization for Animal Health (OIE).Elsewhere, government officials in Bangladesh said today that H5N1 outbreaks have spread to 43 of the nation’s 64 districts, according to a report from Agence France-Presse (AFP). So far workers have culled about 800,000 birds, the report said.M.M. Kahn, a senior official with the Bangladesh Poultry Association, told AFP that the H5N1 outbreaks have shuttered at least 40% of the country’s 150,000 commercial farms and have put 500,000 people out of work.Yesterday workers began slaughtering 150,000 birds at a farm in a suburb of Dhaka, the capital, signifying the first outbreak in the city, the Associated Press (AP) reported yesterday. Mohammad Salahuddin Ahmed, director of the country’s livestock ministry, said more than 100 workers were assisting with the cull. “We are very cautious so that the virus can’t spread to local neighborhoods,” he told the AP.The outbreak in Dhaka occurred at the Omega farm, according to media reports. Kahn told AFP that the Omega farm is known for its rigorous adherence to biosafety regulations and that an outbreak there shows the virus is out of control, despite assurances from the government.See also:OIE reports on 2008 Pakistan outbreakslast_img read more

Spirited away: Safe full of cash vanishes from Japan ninja museum

first_imgThe city’s Mie University set up the world’s first research center devoted to ninja in 2017, and opened a graduate course a year later. They came in the dead of night; no one saw them and nobody knew they were there. Moments later, the Japanese ninja museum was missing a safe full of cash.Under cover of darkness, thieves vanished with the 150-kilogramme (330-pound) strongbox containing around $9,500, paid as admission fees to the Iga-ryu Ninja Museum in central Japan.The museum is dedicated to the legend of the ninja — the covert martial arts masters and agents of sabotage who prowled the shadows in feudal times, and were famous for secrecy and stealth. But police called to investigate the crime found that the culprits had been less than subtle — having forced their way into the museum office with a crowbar, Kyodo News agency reported.The safe, which was stolen in the early hours of Monday, contained takings from around 1,100 weekend visitors, the Asahi Shimbun daily reported.The museum, in Iga, features a traditional ninja house and offers interactive experiences, allowing visitors to learn about ninja skills, throw star-shaped weapons, and watch ninja shows.Iga, which is 350 kilometers (220 miles) southwest of Tokyo, is home to one of the two most famous ninja clans.center_img Topics :last_img read more

Power Smart encouraging conservation this summer

first_imgFor more information on conserving energy, visit She recommends affordable ways to conserve, including drawing the blinds during the day and planting trees in front of windows to block the heat from the sun.In fact, she says conserving can simply start with a power bar.[asset|aid=1528|format=mp3player|formatter=asset_bonus|title=080cf775453e880db471903962213ba9-Cailey Borland 2_1_Pub.mp3]The overall goal for BC Hydro is to become energy self-sufficient by 2016.Advertisement Photo: Cailey Borland, far left, and two other representatives, pose with their Prius Power Smart Car on Tuesday – Christine Rumleskie/Energeticcity.caSummer has finally arrived, and members from Power Smart are in Fort St. John to encourage conservation.- Advertisement -Representative Cailey Borland says summertime is around the corner, and there are many ways to cool down without wasting energy.She says BC Hydro is concerned with conservation because of the growing demand for electicity.[asset|aid=1527|format=mp3player|formatter=asset_bonus|title=080cf775453e880db471903962213ba9-Cailey Borland 1_2_Pub.mp3]Power Smart is also recruiting people to join its online Team Power Smart group. The goal is to get 210 thousand members to join, where each person commits to conserving ten per cent of their energy consumption.Advertisementlast_img read more