Japan finds H5 virus in swans; India, Vietnam cite outbreaks

Posted On Nov 18 2020 by

first_imgApr 28, 2008 (CIDRAP News) – Animal health officials in Japan were awaiting final tests on four wild swans that recently tested positive for an H5 strain of avian influenza, as authorities in Vietnam and India’s Tripura state moved to quash new outbreaks caused by the highly pathogenic H5N1 virus.Three of the swans were found dead on the shores of Lake Towada in Akita prefecture, in northern Japan, on Apr 21, officials said in a news release, according to a report today from Reuters. The swans were found and tested during heightened surveillance prompted by several outbreaks in South Korea, Japan’s neighbor to the southwest.Authorities have not found any mass bird deaths nearby and said there were no chicken farms within 10 kilometers of the area, Reuters reported.Japan’s last reported H5N1 outbreaks occurred in early 2007, when the virus struck farms in four towns in the southern part of the country and killed a hawk eagle near Kumamoto prefecture, according to reports from the World Organization for Animal Health (OIE).Elsewhere, veterinary officials in India said on Apr 26 that samples from more birds in Tripura state had tested positive for the H5N1 virus, pushing to three the number of areas hit in the state in the past 2 weeks, the Times of India reported on Apr 26.Asim Roy Barman, state animal resources department director, told the Times that the two earlier outbreak sites were within 4 kilometers of the border with Bangladesh, which has had extensive H5N1 outbreaks over the past several months. However, he said the latest outbreak was a surprise to officials because it is 50 kilometers from the Bangladesh border.In early April, Tripura became the second Indian state to report H5N1 outbreaks this year. Nearly all of Tripura state, located in the far northeastern section of India, borders eastern Bangladesh.In other developments, animal health officials in Vietnam said the H5N1 virus has been detected in another province, Son La in the northern part of the country, the Chinese news agency Xinhua reported today.The report said Vietnam’s Department of Animal Health told a local newspaper that the outbreak occurred among chickens and ducks in a backyard poultry flock. Provincial authorities have isolated the site and disinfected the farm to prevent the spread of the virus, according to the report.The animal health department, according to Xinhua, said two other locations in Vietnam are also battling the H5N1 virus: Tien Giang province in the south and Can Tho, an independent municipality that is the largest city in the Mekong Delta.See also:OIE reports on Japanese outbreakshttp://www.oie.int/downld/AVIAN%20INFLUENZA/A2007_AI.php#last_img read more


Syracuse opens season at No. 16 in AP poll

Posted On Sep 16 2020 by

first_img Facebook Twitter Google+ Syracuse will open the season ranked No. 16 in the AP college basketball poll. The Orange is one of seven Atlantic Coast Conference teams ranked in the top-25. Kansas opens the season as the No. 1 team in the country, followed by Kentucky. The other ACC representatives are No. 4 Duke, No. 5 Virginia, No. 8 North Carolina, No. 15 Virginia Tech, No. 17 Florida State and No. 22 Clemson. The ACC’s seven ranked teams are the highest number of ranked teams from a single conference.The Orange could also play another currently ranked team on its schedule: No. 14 Oregon. The Ducks play on the other side of the 2K Classic bracket at Madison Square Garden on Nov. 15 and Nov. 16. If SU and Oregon both won or both lost their first-round meetings — against Connecticut and Iowa, respectively — they’d play the following day.There are four other ACC teams that received votes but weren’t ranked: Notre Dame, Louisville, Miami and North Carolina State. Syracuse opens its exhibition slate on Thursday in a meeting with the College of St. Rose. The regular season begins on Nov. 6 for SU, as Eastern Washington comes to the Carrier Dome for a 7 p.m. tip.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text Commentscenter_img Published on October 22, 2018 at 12:34 pm Contact Billy: wmheyen@syr.edu | @Wheyen3last_img read more