Avian flu outbreaks wax, wane

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first_imgApr 17, 2006 (CIDRAP News) – Poultry deaths due to the H5N1 avian influenza virus are spreading in some parts of the world as cases decline elsewhere.In Pakistan, the health of four poultry workers was being tracked following an outbreak of H5N1 on a farm near Islamabad, according to a story today by Reuters news service. About 3,500 birds on the farm were culled recently. Authorities were asking people in a 3-mile radius of the farm if they were experiencing any avian flu symptoms, the story said.Although they haven’t found any human infections since the poultry outbreaks began in February, officials expressed concern because a lack of resources is affecting monitoring, Reuters reported.”An effective system needs money, and that is what we don’t have,” said Rana Ikhlaq, deputy commissioner of the agriculture ministry.The Pakistani Agriculture Ministry confirmed the poultry outbreak on Sunday.Concerns about a potential outbreak in the West African country of Ivory Coast rose earlier this month when five dogs died after eating poultry carcasses from a large bird die-off in the town of Bondoukou, according to the Independent Online (IOL) Web site from South Africa. Bondoukou is 500 kilometers east of the city of Abidjan.Authorities in Ivory Coast today announced that local tests showed the outbreak was not related to the H5N1 virus, according to Today Online of Singapore. The tests were conducted at Bingerville laboratory in Abidjan. The results have not been confirmed at a World Health Organization (WHO) lab. In addition, authorities did not offer an explanation for the rapid deaths of more than 200 chickens found dead at the end of March in the village of Soko.Two villages in Cambodia have confirmed the influenza virus in poultry since Mar 20. About 700 birds were involved in an outbreak in Tuol Prich village in Kompong Speu province, and about 247 birds died or were culled in Kamakor village of Kompot province, Cambodian authorities confirmed Apr 13 in a report to the WorldOrganization for Animal Health (OIE).In Russia, the H5N1 virus is waning, according to a story today in Russian News and Information Agency Novosti (RIA Novosti).”The bird flu situation has now improved, and the number of quarantine zones has been sharply reduced,” Agriculture Minister Alexei Gordeyev said. “Birds are being vaccinated in migration stopover areas for wild birds.”Fourteen towns in four regions continue to have avian flu outbreaks in Russia today, the agriculture ministry announced today, according to RIA Novosti. About 1.1 million birds have died and roughly another 300,000 have been culled, the story noted.See also: Apr 13 OIE report from Cambodiahttp://www.oie.int/downld/AVIAN%20INFLUENZA/A2006_AI.phplast_img read more


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first_imgThe Bengals put together one of the worst offensive showings in recent “Monday Night Football” history, limping to a 27-3 blowout loss to the Steelers in Pittsburgh.Cincinnati’s only points of the game came on a 28-yard field goal by Randy Bullock on the final down of a four-play drive in the first quarter. It was that kind of night for quarterback Andy Dalton and a once-potent roster that has regressed each year since 2015. Poor offensive line play and untimely penalties were the root causes of the team’s struggles. Dalton went down a whopping eight times for a loss of 69 yards against a relentless Pittsburgh defense. The 0-4 Bengals were also flagged eight times for 60 yards, pinning the Bengals into even deeper holes.A few more stats to tag along: Cincinnati averaged 2.3 yards per passing attempt (lowest in the NFL this season), 3.8 yards per rushing attempt, and went 0-for-3 in its red zone trips.Somehow, though, the Bengals won the time-of-possession battle, edging the Steelers by 28 seconds. So maybe the evening wasn’t a complete loss. MORE: Bengals vs. Steelers final score: Steelers defense shuts down Bengals in winTo put into context just how bad Cincinnati was offensively, we have to do some digging into recent “Monday Night Football” history. Since 2000, just five out of 650 teams playing on Monday night recorded three or fewer points while averaging three or fewer yards-per-play. The Bengals, of course, tallied three points against the Steelers and averaged 2.7 yards per play.Cincinnati’s drive chart from the dismal performance is below.Drive ResultDrive LengthPunt7 plays, 33 yardsField goal4 plays, 5 yardsPunt3 plays, -1 yardPunt3 plays, -5 yardsFumble9 plays, 46 yardsEnd of half3 plays, 17 yardsPunt3 plays, -11 yardsPunt6 plays, 2 yardsInterception16 plays, 67 yardsDowns11 plays, 19 yardsThe Bengals had as many drives totalling negative yards (three) as they did eclipsing 20 yards (three). Even their three “lengthy” drives resulted in a punt, fumble and interception. Only two drives went longer than eight plays; those possessions were the final two of the game and resulted in an interception and turnover on downs.last_img read more