Egypt finds more H5N1 in poultry

first_imgJan 22, 2009 (CIDRAP News) – Veterinary authorities in Egypt today reported H5N1 avian influenza outbreaks in two governorates, as Chinese officials beefed up their avian flu reporting system and took other measures to limit human exposure to the virus.Both of Egypt’s outbreaks involved backyard poultry, according to reports posted today on the Web site of Egypt-based Strengthening Avian Influenza Detection and Response (SAIDR). The project, funded by the US Agency for International Development with assistance from Johns Hopkins University, is designed to help Egypt coordinate avian flu efforts with its international partners.One of the outbreaks involved 53 chickens, ducks, and geese in Reva village in Asyut governorate. The vaccination status of the birds is not known. Asyut governorate is located in the middle of Egypt on the banks of the Nile River.In the other outbreak, the virus struck 15 chickens, ducks, and geese in Seila Ezbet Edris village in Faiyum governorate. All of the birds had been vaccinated in 2008, the SAIDR report said. Faiyum governorate is in north-central Egypt, about 80 miles southwest of Cairo.Elsewhere, provincial officials in eastern China yesterday banned the raising of poultry in Shandong province’s cities to curb the transmission of the H5N1 virus to humans, Agence France-Presse reported. Xinhua, China’s state news agency, said the ban, which went into effect yesterday, follows the Jan 17 death of a 27-year-old woman from an H5N1 infection. She was from Jinan, Shandong’s capital.A statement from the World Health Organization on the woman’s death said investigators were still trying to determine the source of the woman’s infection.In other developments, China’s health ministry said today that it launched a daily avian influenza reporting system for humans and birds, according to a report from the Associated Press. The action follows four recent H5N1 cases in China, three of them fatal.The health, agriculture, and commerce ministries have ordered provincial departments to provide daily reports on infections, the AP report said. Daily reporting was also conducted during previous outbreaks of H5N1 and SARS (severe acute respiratory syndrome).See also:Jan 19 WHO statementlast_img read more

Holy Week celebrations in East Nusa Tenggara canceled over COVID-19 outbreak

first_imgA celebration of Holy Week, popularly known as Semana Santa, in the town of Larantuka in East Flores, East Nusa Tenggara (NTT) has been canceled because of the COVID-19 pandemic.Larantuka bishop Mgr. Fransiskus Kopong Kung decided to cancel the series of prayers and the procession in a meeting attended by the priests of Larantuka and the Semana Santa committee on Saturday.“We preserve tradition but we also nurture life and humanity. Protecting lives is a manifestation of faith,” the bishop said, saying that in order to protect lives, people had to support the government’s call for residents to stay at home and, therefore, the 2020 Semana Santa should be canceled.The Semana Santa is Larantuka’s unique blend of Portuguese ritual with local tradition, which originated from the 16th century. This year, the Semana Santa was planned to take place in April, during which thousands of Catholic pilgrims from around Indonesia would have gone to join the commemoration. Read also: COVID-19: Jakarta limits Nyepi rituals, suspends prayers at mosque, church for two weeksPreviously, East Flores Governor Antonius Gege Hadjon had made a statement annulling the Bale Nagi movement, preventing the East Flores diaspora living outside the NTT province from returning to see the Semana Santa, according to the letter obtained by The Jakarta Post on Tuesday. The letter limited people’s mobility from and to the East Flores regency.The NTT provincial government has canceled the use of two boats that were to be used free of charge by people in the sea procession of Semana Santa.NTT secretary Benediktus Polo Maing asked the priests on Tuesday to inform Catholic people about the cancellation of the boats in the Semana Santa events. (aly)Topics :last_img read more

Last ditch attempt to buy Gold Coast house at auction pays off

first_imgWhen $580,000 was called, the Morgans made a final bid of $581,000 when the hammer came down.While no strangers to buying property, their purchase was still a shock. The Southport duplex attracted a lot of attention at auction.“It’s the first time (we’ve bought) at auction, we normally do it through private treaty,” Ms Morgan said.“But we’re really excited, it’s like a new chapter.”They attended The Event intending to buy on the day but only if the price was right.“We were happy to walk away if it wasn’t,” Mr Morgan said.“We’ve spent a lot of time researching and trying to find the right property.” They were attracted to the duplex on Meyer St because it was in a medium density zone, they could renovate it and it offered good rental return.The sale proved to be a bargain for the Morgans with property records showing both two-bedroom residences last sold for $645,000 in April 2017.More from news02:37International architect Desmond Brooks selling luxury beach villa8 hours ago02:37Gold Coast property: Sovereign Islands mega mansion hits market with $16m price tag1 day agoMore than 80 properties went under the hammer yesterday as 11 sold prior to the auction. MORE NEWS: Fancy your own luxury resort? Ray White Surfers Paradise Group’s The Event drew a big crowd.A QUICK decision to bid an extra $1000 ensured Aaron and Celeste Morgan would walk away from the nation’s biggest auction event with an old duplex in their names.The pair were among several prospective buyers vying for the Southport property at Ray White Surfers Paradise Group’s auction extravaganza The Event on the Gold Coast yesterday.As the first property to go under the hammer at Royal Pines Resort, it attracted plenty of attention.A $300,000 offer kicked off the auction when a bidding frenzy broke out, with offers gradually climbed in mostly $10,000, $5000 and $1000 increments. MORE NEWS: Nation’s largest auction event tipped to rake in millions Ray White Queensland chief executive Tony Warland said there was nothing quite like The Event.“It’s not just a day of bidding and purchasing, it’s essentially a property expose where people are able to take advantage of a suite of stalls that offer services to assist home buyers and sellers,” he said. “January is exceptionally busy for all of our businesses on the Gold Coast, with auction events running throughout a 10-day period across the region.“Stock levels are lower than this time last year and because of this we’re seeing a huge amount of inquiry that results in properties being on the market for a shorter period. “The auction method in particular helps reduce days on market and to increase competition.”The number of properties sold at The Event had not been finalised at the time of publication. Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayNext playlist itemMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 1:58Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -1:58 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedQuality Levels720p720pHD576p576p360p360p216p216pAutoA, selectedAudio Tracken (Main), selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.This is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.Close Modal DialogThis is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:00Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:00 Playback Rate1xFullscreenWhy location is everything in real estate01:59last_img read more