Avian flu reported in Siberian poultry deaths

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first_imgJul 22, 2005 (CIDRAP News) – A news report from Russia today said that an H5 strain of avian influenza has killed hundreds of poultry in Siberia, though a Russian report to the World Organization for Animal Health (OIE) said the disease was still unidentified.The outbreak was reported in the Novosibirsk region of southwestern Siberia. If it turns out to be H5N1 avian flu, it will mark the virus’s first known extension into Russia and Central Asia. The virus has plagued much of Southeast and East Asia since late 2003 and infected more than 100 people, killing at least 55.The outbreak was described as an H5 avian flu in a report from the Russian news service Newsru.com, which quoted Alexander Shestopalov, head of the zoonoses laboratory at the State Scientific Center for Virology and Biotchechnology (“Vector”). (The report was translated and published by ProMED Mail, a service of the International Society for Infectious Diseases.)”Further serotyping of the virus is expected today Fri, 22 Jul 2005,” Shestopalov was quoted as saying.Meanwhile, the OIE published an alert today from another Russian official saying that more than 350 poultry in Siberia have died of a disease that could be avian influenza.Dr. Evgueny A. Nepoklonov, head of the Russian Ministry of Agriculture and Food’s main veterinary department, reported that the outbreak has killed geese, ducks, turkeys, and chickens in five villages in the Novosibirsk region.”Some clinical signs allow suspecting that the outbreak is caused by highly pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI),” the report says. “However, some details of the outbreak are not typical for HPAI (no evident species specificity, and the pattern of spreading within a settlement).” He said laboratory test results were expected tomorrow.According to the Newsru.com report, the Russian Emergency Situations Ministry said today that more than 500 birds died in the outbreak, including 300 in one district and 240 in another. Officials said no human cases have been found.Because of the outbreak, the chief sanitary inspector for Moscow said today that authorities would stop food shipments from the Novosibirsk region to other parts of Russia, according to a MosNews.com report today.Nepoklonov’s report to the OIE said the poultry began showing signs of illness Jul 15 and began dying Jul 18. The birds were in “non-commercial premises of open type,” he said.Yesterday, other Russian officials asserted and denied that an H5 virus had been identified in the outbreak, according to reports from MosNews.com and Reuters.MosNews.com quoted Viktor Beltsov, a spokesman for Russia’s Emergencies Ministry, as saying that an investigation “showed the presence of the AH5-type bird flu virus.”But Reuters reported that Sergei Dankvert, the country’s chief animal and plant safety officer, would not confirm that. “The reason behind the accident could be bad water, feed poisoning, Newcastle disease or bird flu,” he said.The chief veterinary officer for the Novosibirsk region, Muhamed Amirokov, said today that samples from dead birds were being tested by several laboratories and that results were expected in 3 to 4 days, according to a Reuters report. “As of today, we have no proof that we have bird flu,” he said.See also:ProMED mail posting with translation of Newsru.com reportlast_img read more

Marshalltown checkers fly for Lauritzen

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first_imgMARSHALLTOWN, Iowa (April 22) – It was night number two of points racing at Marshalltown Speedway on Friday and the on-track action was nothing short of spectacular.Ronn Lauritzen took the win in the Xtreme Motor Sports IMCA Modified feature and while he had breathing room at the finish line, the racing behind him was a shootout to the finish.Lauritzen started sixth and got around early leaders Jon Snyder and Jake Strayer by lap eight. He set sail on the top of turns three and four, then dove low in turn one, keeping his momentum the rest of the way to the checkers.Tim Ward, with a last-second effort, took the runner-up spot, after starting ninth.  Brian Irvine started eleventh and took third, while Strayer and Snyder completed the top five.The Class Too Tough to Tame, the IMCA Sunoco Stock Cars proved once again why that name sticks. Three-wide racing, sometimes more, was common through most of the 20-lap feature.Dave Atcher claimed the top spot from Todd Reitzler at lap four, and was content to let the cars battle for position behind him. He started sixth and outran a stout field of cars in capturing the win. Steve Meyer came from 10th to finish as the runner up, Donavon Smith started eighth and took third, early leader Reitzler finished fourth and Trent Murphy was fifth.Clint Luellen took top honors in the Karl Chevrolet Northern SportMod feature but had to hold off some hard charging competition. Luellen grabbed the lead from Jayme Duinink with a handful of laps in the books, and managed to fend off the pack to capture the win.Jake McBirnie was second, just ahead of last week’s winner, Jared VanDeest, who had started 13th. Randy Roberts, the Frostbuster winner, came from ninth starting spot to finish fourth, and Cory Rose rounded out the top five.Eric Stanton made it back-to-back wins in the IMCA Sunoco Hobby Stock division. He started tenth on the field, took command at lap eight, and sailed home to a comfortable win. Dustin Elliott finished second, Nathan Ballard came from ninth starting to third, and Garrett Eilander and David Simpson finished fourth and fifth, respectively.last_img read more

EveryMatrix ups commitment to Kids Academy as it celebrates five years

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first_img Related Articles MoneyMatrix boosts wire transfer options by integrating Klarna’s Sofort August 24, 2020 Erik Nyman joins EveryMatrix as US lead August 6, 2020 Share Share Industry platform and systems provider EveryMatrix has reaffirmed its commitment to maintain and expand its Kids Academy corporate social responsibility programme as it celebrates five years of the initiative.The project aims to offer Romanian children the chance to access quality education that would be otherwise unavailable to them, across computer science, mathematics and English.Ebbe Groes, Group CEO of EveryMatrix, commented: “This project started almost five years ago when we’ve decided to be more involved in the community, and what more suitable way than to take care of the future generation.“Our three teachers are helping the kids to do their homework; they host interactive learning classes and are there to assist the kids overcome rough times in their family life by counselling them.“Beside sponsoring the centres with modern equipment and supporting the kids to travel to contests, we are also hosting fundraising events for them, such as Baking Day or Let’s Play D’Arts, where employees get involved and spend time helping the cause.“We’ve seen amazing results, kids who made great progress in both their personal and academic lives, and we are committed to keep and expand this project for many years.”Over the last five years, EveryMatrix has offered its education programme across two day centres which have been managed by Bucharest’s Child Protective Services. Earlier this year the firm got involved in its third centre in order to grow the number of beneficiaries.This year, the Kids Academy programme has been listed as a Non-Governmental Organisation and is now supporting over 100 pupils per year. Three full-time teachers have been hired to help the children learn valuable information which will help them later in their academic and professional lives. StumbleUpon Submit PartnerMatrix drives user engagement with two new deals August 13, 2020last_img read more