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

Earl Thomas drills receiver in Ravens’ first padded practice

first_img“Got my attention a little bit and then I went, ‘Oh, it’s Earl,’” Harbaugh said, via the team’s webiste. “‘OK. Good job Earl. Nice play.’”Thomas, 30, inked a massive four-year contract worth $55 million with Baltimore in March after spending the previous nine seasons in Seattle. The six-time Pro Bowl and three-time All-Pro selection has the 10th most interceptions (28) of any active player in the NFL and ranks 23rd in the league in total combined tackles (684). Earl Thomas is already turning heads in Baltimore.The veteran safety brought the intensity Saturday at M&T Bank Stadium as the Ravens practiced in full pads for the first time during training camp and destroyed rookie free-agent wide receiver Sean Modster with a halting hit. Robert Griffin III injury update: Ravens quarterback fractures thumb, expects to be fine by start of season Leonard Fournette says last season ‘humbled’ Jaguars A.J. Green injury update: Bengals wide receiver out 6-8 weeks with torn ankle ligaments Related News Take a look:EARL 😤@Earl_Thomas— Baltimore Ravens (@Ravens) July 28, 2019Thomas’ tackle even got coach John Harbaugh’s attention — for a brief moment.last_img read more

Edmonton Oilers’ Adam Larsson lands on LTIR after reportedly playing through broken bone in opener

first_imgEdmonton Oilers defenseman Adam Larsson has been placed on long-term injured reserve after breaking a bone during Wednesday’s season opener against the Vancouver Canucks.The eight-year veteran blocked a shot in the first period but finished the game with a fractured fibula, logging 22:19 of ice time in the 3-2 victory. “He’s got a broken bone that’s going to take some time to heal,” head coach Dave Tippett said on Thursday. “He’s disappointed, tough break for him.”He will reportedly not need surgery to repair the right fibula in his lower leg.“He’s got a broken bone that’s going to take some time to heal. He’s disappointed, tough break for him.”Coach Tippett on Larsson’s foot injury that occurred in the 1st last night, adds no surgery required. No definitive timeline for recovery yet.— Edmonton Oilers (@EdmontonOilers) October 3, 2019The 26-year-old is expected to miss six to eight weeks, the team reported on Thursday. The #Oilers have announced that defenceman Adam Larsson will be out of action for six to eight weeks with a fractured right fibula.Here’s to a speedy recovery for Larss.— Edmonton Oilers (@EdmontonOilers) October 3, 2019Larsson appeared in all 82 games last season, recording 20 points (three goals, 17 assists) and averaging 21:37 on-ice, third-most among Oilers’ defenseman.Evan Bouchard has been called up during his absence, providing an opportunity for the 2018 first-round pick to get a solid look against NHL competition. He played in seven games for the Oilers last October, recording a lone goal in his final appearance on Oct. 27 — the only point during that stretch for the young defenseman before being returned to the London Knights (OHL). In a corresponding move, defenseman Ethan Bear was also sent down to Bakersfield (AHL).last_img read more