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

Gov. Wolf Signs Bills to Preserve French Azilum Historic Site, Honor Longtime Firefighter

first_imgGov. Wolf Signs Bills to Preserve French Azilum Historic Site, Honor Longtime Firefighter June 21, 2019 Press Release Harrisburg, PA – Today, Gov. Tom Wolf signed into law Act 10 of 2019, formerly House Bill 223, which will transfer ownership of the French Azilum Historic Site, Bradford County, from the Department of General Services to a local preservation group, French Azilum Inc., which will operate it. The bill requires the group to preserve the historic site, which was the location of a planned settlement built for refugees fleeing the French Revolution.“French Azilum is an important piece of Pennsylvania’s history, and this local group has already shown commitment to ensuring its longevity as a site of cultural heritage,” said Gov. Wolf. “This bill ensures many future generations will be able to visit and learn from French Azilum.”Gov. Wolf also signed into law on Friday Act 11 of 2019, formerly Senate Bill 43, which names a portion of U.S. Route 30 in Westmoreland County “J. Edward ‘Hutch’ Hutchinson Memorial Bypass.” Hutchinson was an active member of the Greensburg Hose Co. No. 3 for more than 78 years and served in the Marine Corps during World War II.center_img SHARE Email Facebook Twitterlast_img read more

Mrs. Marian Anita (Cook) Lloyd

first_imgMrs. Marian Anita (Cook) Lloyd, age 84, of Vevay, Indiana, entered this life on March 3, 1936 in Batesville, Indiana. She was the loving daughter of Fred J. and Mary M. (Mulford) Cook. Marian was raised in Batesville, Indiana where she graduated from Batesville High School. Marian was united in marriage to Thomas K. Tellas. She was later united in marriage to George Irvin Lloyd on March 3, 1960 until he passed away in December 1997. Marian was employed as a janitor for the Switzerland County Sheriff’s Department and the Vevay Laundry Mat. She was also employed in the kitchen for Ogle Haus Inn in Vevay, Indiana. Marian cut tobacco for several years and enjoyed her weekly segment with Ken Trimble on WIKI regarding the show Survivor that she loved to watch. She enjoyed helping children at the YMCA and eating at AJ’s Diner in Vevay, Indiana. Marian passed away at 1:54 a.m., Sunday, August 2, 2020, at her residence.Marian will be missed by her companion of 20 years, Jeff Gunnoe of Vevay, IN; her grandsons, Brent Waldo and his wife, Amanda of North Vernon, IN and Bruce Waldo and his wife, Linda of Sunman, IN; her great-grandchildren, Emily and Connor Waldo and her best friend, Katherine “Sue” Bruce of Vevay, IN.She was preceded in death by her parents, Fred J. and Mary M. (Mulford) Cook; her 1st husband, Thomas K. Tellas, died October 24, 1998; her 2nd husband, George Irvin Lloyd, died December 1997; her daughter, Janice Irene Waldo, died September 12, 1999; her granddaughter, Brenda Waldo, died August 14, 1978 and her son-in-law, William H. Waldo, died March 1, 1998.Due to COVID-19 and keeping with the CDC guidelines, masks are required along with social distancing. Friends may call 10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m., Thursday, August 6, 2020, at the Haskell & Morrison Funeral Home, 208 Ferry Street, Vevay, Indiana 47043.Due to COVID-19 and keeping with the CDC guidelines, masks are required along with social distancing. Funeral services will be conducted at 11:00 a.m., Thursday, August 6, 2020, at the Haskell & Morrison Funeral Home, 208 Ferry Street, Vevay, Indiana 47043.Interment will follow in the Cliff Hill Cemetery in Versailles, Indiana.Memorial contributions may be made to the Mrs. Marian Anita (Cook) Lloyd Memorial Fund for a monument c/o Haskell & Morrison Funeral Home. Cards are available at the funeral home or online at www.haskellandmorrison.comlast_img read more

City Officials Ask PBC Mayor for CARES Act Reimbursements

first_imgThe letter explains that on June 10, Gov. Ron DeSantis announced that Florida counties that have already received payment from the U.S. Treasury should provide funds to their municipalities “on a reimbursement basis for expenditures eligible under the CARES Act.”The CARES Act is a $2 trillion economic relief package that was passed by Congress in March. A portion of that money established the $150 billion Coronavirus Relief Fund, which was designed to help state and local governments.In May, Palm Beach County officials said they were given $261 million in funds related to the CARES Act.Boca Raton Councilman Andy Thomson states in the letter to Mayor Dave Kerner that Palm Beach County has “already received direct payment from the U.S. Department of Treasury…” and the county “should be reimbursing municipalities for their eligible expenditures.”In the letter, Boca Raton Councilman Andy Thomson said his city spent more than $2 million on supplies and personal protective equipment related to COVID-19.Thomson said “we have not received any indication as to when Palm Beach County will be issuing these critical reimbursements” and “how such reimbursements will be processed.”In addition, the letter was signed by Democratic U.S. Reps. Ted Deutch, Lois Frankel and Alcee Hastings. Leaders from several municipalities sent sent a letter Wednesday to the mayor of Palm Beach County, in an effort to recoup costs spent so far this year battling the coronavirus.The group who signed the letter includes officials from various positions from Boca Raton, Boynton Beach, Delray Beach, Jupiter and West Palm Beach.last_img read more

Chief Forbush talks about emergency response

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThisALPENA, Mich.– As Chief Forbush arrived at the scene of the fire on Tuesday, he already had an idea of what needed to be done. That’s because firefighting involves plenty of planning ahead.“We do a thing called pre-incident planning,” Forbush said, “And when we do a pre-plan, we’re looking for where the exits are, where the utility shutoffs may be, any hazardous materials that may be there, any fire protection or sprinkler systems that may be there, so that we know ahead of time how to interface with the existing systems that are there.”Pre–incident planning also includes things like construction surveys, examining floor plans, and estimating the amount of water necessary for different sizes of fires. With that knowledge already in mind, firefighters can quickly decide their plan at the scene.In this case, the department knew the ceiling had already become weakened and they couldn’t send people inside.As Chief Forbush put it, they had to use a defensive strategy, which meant stopping the fire from reaching the neighboring Thunder Bay Theatre. Thanks their planning and swift response, that’s just what they were able to do.AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThisContinue ReadingPrevious Civic Theater reopened for two-night showNext Spruce man to appear in courtlast_img read more