Nov 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 Koreahttp://www.oie.int/downld/AVIAN%20INFLUENZA/A2006_AI.phpSep 21 CIDRAP News article “Five Koreans had H5N1 virus but no illness”
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The Morocco international burst through onto Julian Brandt’s pass in the 35th minute and charged towards the goal, skipping past Petr Sevcik and goalkeeper Ondrej Kolar before rifling home the opener.The pair combined again in the final minute with another rapid counter, the Germany midfielder this time slipping Hakimi in down the left and the 20-year-old — on loan from Real Madrid — slotted a neat left-foot finish that made sure of the win.“Hakimi sat on his motorbike and raced away from everybody,” cooed Slavia defender Ondrej Kudela.Ajax took control of Group H with a big 3-0 success at Valencia that put them top with a perfect six points and showed again that they could yet repeat last season’s heroics.Hakim Ziyech opened the scoring for the Dutch champions with an incredible dipping strike on just eight minutes, and Quincy Promes doubled their lead 11 minutes before half-time with his second in as many Champions League games before the break, punishing Daniel Parejo for smashing a penalty high over the bar.Donny van de Beek sealed the points for last season’s semi-finalists when he finished a beautiful passing move in the 67th minute, collecting Dusan Tadic’s brilliant through ball and slotting home the third.Erik ten Hag’s side are three points clear of the La Liga side and Chelsea, who won a tough encounter at Lille thanks to Willian’s 78th-minute volleyed winner that leaves the Ligue 1 outfit bottom without a point after two defeats.Tammy Abraham had given Frank Lampard’s side a deserved 22nd-minute lead with his first ever Champions League goal before more slack set-piece defending allowed Victor Osimhen to level not long after.Zenit St Petersburg top Group G after seeing off Benfica 3-1 in Russia, level on four points with Lyon after their 2-0 win at RB Leipzig.Share on: WhatsApp Salah scores winner after Salzburg makes a 3 goal comeback at Anfield. PHOTO via @ChampionsLeagueParis, France | AFP | Champions League holders Liverpool came out on top of a 4-3 thriller with Salzburg on Wednesday after throwing away a three-goal lead at Anfield before Mohamed Salah’s winner, while Luis Suarez fired Barcelona to a comeback victory over Inter Milan.Salah won the Group E match for Liverpool with his second of the night in the 69th minute, denying Salzburg a point after teenage sensation Erling Braut Haaland had stunned the Reds when he completed an incredible fightback with his 18th goal of the season.The hosts looked to be cruising when Egyptian Salah had added to goals by Sadio Mane and Andy Robertson with a neat finish in the 36th minute, but Hee-Chan Hwang’s brilliant strike shortly before the break gave Salzburg hope.Two goals in four second-half minutes from Takumi Minamino and 19-year-old substitute Haaland, who had only been on the pitch for four minutes when he evaded a dozing Liverpool defence to tap in Minamino’s low cross, left the home crowd stunned.However, Salah spoiled their evening with his sixth goal of the season in all competitions, putting Liverpool level with Salzburg on three points, one behind Napoli after their disappointing goalless draw at Genk.Suarez saved Barcelona’s blushes at the Camp Nou after Lautaro Martinez had scored early for Inter, who then failed to capitalise on their first-half dominance in the Group F clash and lost 2-1.Marc-Andre ter Stegen had to be at his best in the 37th minute to get down low and keep out Martinez’s powerful header, while Stefano Sensi also rued missing the target when well placed shortly afterwards.However Barca moved up a gear in the second half and were deservedly level when Suarez crashed home a superb shot just before the hour mark, and the Uruguayan was at his sharpest to win the match with six minutes remaining.Lionel Messi, a surprise inclusion from the start, suddenly warmed up and skipped past two challenges before laying on Suarez, whose perfect first touch allowed him to sink Inter and draw Barca level on four points with group leaders Borussia Dortmund.– Flamboyant Ajax shine again –The Bundesliga outfit came out on top at Slavia Prague thanks to a pair of counter-attacking strikes from Achraf Hakimi, whose clinical finishing led Lucien Favre’s side to a 2-0 win in the Czech Republic.
The question I get asked most often is “what should we offer other than medical?” How to Protect EmployeesAlthough employees typically will not choose disability coverage as their top requirement, I believe this is one of the best purchases an employer can make. However, disability coverage can double in price when offered as a voluntary coverage – again, one of the reasons I like to see disability as the second employer-paid coverage after medical insurance. Like all other things in life, it depends. What do your employees want? What will be an affordable addition? What will provide the best protection for your employees?What Employees WantThere are surveys conducted all the time, trying to figure out what employees want. You can take a poll of your employees to find out your specific group’s needs. But to give you an idea of what the surveys report, medical coverage is the most important benefit in the eyes of employees. After that, they want dental, vision, life, and disability – in that order. Facebook0Tweet0Pin0Thurston County ChamberBy Sandy Wood, GHB Insurance, broker for the products Thurston County Chamber’s Benefits Trust products We are seeing dental rates range from $40 to $60 per employee, and vision from $7 to $10 – assuming that your company pays about 75% of the employees’ premiums. The cost for $10,000 in life insurance would be about $5, while short term disability and long term disability costs about $25 for each line of coverage – assuming your company pays 100% of your employees’ premiums. Most companies that provide some type of insurance coverage to their employees offer medical. While it is the most expensive, it is also the most utilized. For about $25 per month you can offer financial stability to any employee who becomes disabled. Most people think of disability hitting them after retirement age. But the reality is that about 8% of those age 18 – 64 will be disabled at some point during their working years. Give the People What They WantIf you are not able to afford all the benefits your employees want, consider offering voluntary coverage. Dental, vision, and life insurance rates will increase only slightly when offering these plans to your employees on a voluntary basis. The PricingWhile every group will receive rates based on their number of employees, their ages, and their genders, I can at least provide a guideline. And disability, even a temporary disability lasting less than 2 years, can throw your employee into bankruptcy and homelessness. For more information, contact author Sandy Wood at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 800.789.5011. GHB Insurance, the broker for the products in the Thurston County Chamber’s Benefits Trust, is located at 556 Lilly Road SE in Olympia.
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