South Korea has H5N1 in poultry after 3-year lull

first_imgNov 27, 2006 (CIDRAP News) – South Korea has reported its first outbreak of H5N1 avian influenza in nearly 3 years, on a poultry farm in North Jeolla province, about 100 miles from Seoul.The virus was detected in dead poultry on a farm in the city of Iksan that raises parent stock for broiler chickens, according to a report that a South Korean livestock official filed Nov 22 with the World Organization for Animal Health (OIE). The report said the outbreak caused 6,500 deaths among 13,000 susceptible birds. The results were confirmed at the National Veterinary Research and Quarantine Service in Anyang.The source of the outbreak is unknown, though Reuters reported that the farm lies on a bird migration route.The last poultry outbreak in South Korea occurred in December 2003 and prompted the culling of 5 million birds. No human cases of H5N1 illness have ever been reported in the country, but South Korea’s Center for Disease Control and Prevention said in September that five workers who helped cull poultry nearly 3 years ago showed evidence of past infection with H5N1 avian influenza, though they had not been ill.According to a report today in the Korea Times, the South Korean agriculture ministry has begun culling 236,000 poultry on six Iksan poultry farms. A 3-kilometer quarantine zone was set up around the outbreak site, and a 10-kilometer surveillance zone covers 200 poultry farms in Iksan, Sochon, and Kumgang. Authorities have also banned the sale and shipment of poultry, eggs, and related products from the area and have set up checkpoints to inspect trucks.Farms in the surveillance zone raise more than 50 million chickens and ducks, the Times reported.Several media outlets reported today that South Korean health officials plan on culling cats, dogs, and other animals such as pigs in the area to control the spread of the disease. The Associated Press (AP) said South Korea culled dogs and cats along with 5.3 million birds during its last outbreak in 2003.However, Peter Roeder, an animal health expert with the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), told the AP that he questions the validity of culling cats and dogs. “It’s highly unusual, and it’s not a science-based decision,” he said. “We’ve got absolutely no reason to believe they’re important.”Meanwhile, surveillance samples from apparently healthy birds on a farm 87 miles north of the outbreak site have tested positive for avian influenza, and more tests are being done to determine if the strain is highly pathogenic, according to another report today in the Korea Times. The virus was detected in a pair of chickens hatched from eggs purchased in mid November from a breeding farm in the Iksan area.Ministry officials told the Times that the highly pathogenic virus is unlikely because there have been no mass chicken deaths on the farms.Elsewhere, the H5N1 virus was detected in two turkeys that died in early November in Ivory Coast, according to an Agence France-Presse report last week. The turkeys came from a livestock camp at a village near Abidjan in the south. The country’s last outbreak in poultry was in May.Health officials told AFP that health and safety measures had been taken and that people who were exposed to the birds were under medical supervision.See also:Nov 23 OIE notice on H5N1 in poultry in South Korea 21 CIDRAP News article “Five Koreans had H5N1 virus but no illness”last_img read more

Hoey breaks course record

first_img The Northern Irishman notched eight birdies in a blemish-free round to sit one shot ahead of David Lipsky, Carlos Pigem and Hung Chien-yao. The five-time European Tour title winner was understandably delighted after setting a new benchmark at the Black Mountain Golf Club. “I’m very happy with that,” Hoey said. “I know the course is scoreable because there’s not a lot of rough, but the wind picks up and the last few holes were tricky today.” He added: “It has been a long time since I had a bogey-free card. I was talking to my coaches recently about throwing in double bogeys too often, so to be bogey-free and have no fives on the card and a course record is a nice start. “I putted well and it suits me that if you have a bit of length off the tee, you can cut a few corners and reach the par fives in two.” Lipsky, who will look back with regret on an eighth hole bogey, completed the trio behind Hoey on seven under by finding back-to-back birdies on the 17th and 18th holes. India’s Shiv Kapur is nicely poised just behind them on six under, while Englishman Matt Ford is one of eight in contention on five under after a round of 67. Kapur said: “You wake up in the morning hoping for a good day and I couldn’t have asked for a better result. It all comes down to holing a few putts and early on I managed to do that, which set the tone for the rest of the day.” Ryder Cup star Thomas Bjorn and t ournament ambassador Thongchai Jaidee are five shots behind Hoey but still in the mix if they can have a good weekend. Press Associationcenter_img Michael Hoey carded a course record 64 to lead the way at the True Thailand Classic after a low scoring opening day. last_img read more

Ellsworth baseball and softball teams advance to quarterfinals

first_imgELLSWORTH — Baseball and softball playoffs are here, though it certainly didn’t feel like June on Tuesday night.In a cold and rainy Class B preliminary game, the No. 8-seeded Ellsworth baseball team got the job done at home against No. 9 Erskine Academy.The Eagles scored three runs in the first inning en route to a 6-2 win.Ellsworth’s Conor Maguire kicked off the scoring after drawing a walk, then stealing second. Avery Anderson advanced Maguire to third with a sacrifice bunt, and Nicholas Bagley singled to bring him home.This is placeholder textThis is placeholder textGriffin Nightingale and Chris Barnes each followed with RBI doubles as the Eagles ended the inning up 3-0.Ellsworth scored another run in the bottom of the second. Maguire singled, then advanced all the way home on Erskine errors.Erskine scored two runs in the top of the third to cut its deficit to two.Ellsworth scored its final two runs in the bottom of the fifth. With the bases loaded from three walks, Alex Braley and Bradley Smith singled to drive in Nightingale and Zack McGraw.Maguire pitched a complete game, notching six strikeouts and allowing four hits, three walks and two earned runs.Erskine pitcher Ryan Rodrigue allowed six runs in four innings. He walked five and struck out four.Also braving the elements were spectators clad in green Old Town gear, scouting out their next opponent.The Eagle boys, now 10-7, will face the No. 1 Old Town Coyotes in the quarterfinals on Thursday at Old Town. Though the Coyotes remain undefeated this season, Ellsworth only lost to them 1-0 in an earlier matchup.Ellsworth’s Chris Barnes hits an RBI double in the first inning of Tuesday’s home Class B preliminary game against Erskine Academy, giving Ellsworth a 3-0 lead. PHOTO BY TAYLOR VORTHERMSEllsworth’s Maguire and Bagley were also selected for the Class B Penobscot Valley Conference All Star first team this week.The No. 10-seeded Ellsworth softball team upset No. 7 Erskine in a prelim game at Erskine.The Eagle girls used a 20-hit attack to earn the 9-2 win.For Ellsworth, Mariah Brown pitched five scoreless innings. Abby Lynch collected a triple, a double and two singles. Caitlin Bean singled three times with three RBIs. Leah Stevens contributed three singles and scored twice. Shelby Cote added a double and a single.Avery Bond led Erskine with a double and two singles.The Eagle girls will play at No. 2 Old Town on Thursday in the quarterfinals.The No. 13 Mount Desert Island softball team ended its season 6-10 after losing 7-6 at No. 4 Oceanside in Monday’s prelim.In Class C action, the Bucksport and George Stevens Academy baseball teams as well as the Bucksport softball team had byes in the prelims. They will all host opponents in Thursday’s quarterfinals.The No. 8 Sumner softball team beat No. 9 GSA 17-5 at home on Tuesday to advance to the quarterfinals.For Sumner (10-7), Sally Lockhart pitched a four-hitter with three strikeouts, and Savana Turner and Brittney Dyer each rapped a double and two singles.For GSA (5-12), Katrina Limeburner hit a double and single.Sumner will play at No. 1 Mattanawcook in Thursday’s quarterfinals. Bio Latest Posts EHS names new boys’ soccer coach – July 13, 2016 Latest posts by Taylor Vortherms (see all)center_img Part 1: Invisible, incapacitating concussions are sidelining high school athletes – July 19, 2016 Taylor VorthermsSports Editor at The Ellsworth AmericanTaylor Vortherms covers sports in Hancock County. The St. Louis, Missouri native recently graduated from the Missouri School of Journalism and joined The Ellsworth American in 2013. Part 2: When the injury is inside your head, some “don’t get it” – July 26, 2016last_img read more