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

Australian Open: Murray to Bid Tennis Goodbye after Melbourne

first_imgMurray is determined to play on and call time on his illustrious career after the Wimbledon fortnight, but he conceded he was unsure if he could play through the pain over the next six months.The Scot, champion at Wimbledon twice after landing his maiden Grand Slam title at the US Open in 2012, walked out of his press conference in tears after being asked about the status of his hip, to which he initially replied: “not great”.He returned a few minutes later and struggled to remain composed as he came to terms with therealisation he could be forced into retirement regardless of how he performs at the Australian Open.“Obviously I’ve been struggling for a long time, and I’ve been in a lot of pain for about 20 months now,” said Murray, who is scheduled to face Spaniard Roberto Bautista Agut in the first round on Monday.  “I’ve pretty much done everything that I could to try and get my hip feeling better and it hasn’t helped loads. I’m in a better place than I was six months ago but still in a lot of pain. It’s been tough.“I’m going to play. I can still play to a level, just not a level that I’m happy playing at. But it’s not just that. The pain is too much really and I don’t want to continue playing that way.”Murray revealed he had spoken to his coaching team and management during training in Florida last month, and he outlined his intention to get through to Wimbledon before retiring.“I told them I can’t keep doing this, and I needed to have an endpoint because I was playing with no idea when the pain was going to stop,” he added. “I told them I think I can get through this until Wimbledon. That’s where I’d like to stop playing, but I’m also not certain I will able to do that.”When asked if the Australian Open could be his final tournament, he said: “Yes, I think there’s a chance of that for sure because I’m not sure I’m able to play through the pain for another four or five months.“I have an option to have another operation, which is a little bit more severe than what I’ve had before in having my hip resurfaced, which will allow me to have a better quality of life and be out of pain.“That’s something I’m seriously considering right now. Some athletes have had that and gone back to competing but there’s obviously no guarantees with that and the reason for having an operation like that is not to return to professional sport, it’s just for a better quality of life.”Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram Andy Murray is set to retire after Wimbledon in the summer but admitted the Australian Open could be his final tournament.In an emotionally-charged press conference ahead of the first Grand Slam event of the year in Melbourne, Murray revealed he was still troubled by the hip injury that has plagued him for the last 18 months.The 31-year-old underwent surgery on the problem a year ago, but he is still unable to play without pain in his troublesome hip, and he is considering going under the knife again to ensure “a better quality of life” once he quits professional tennis.last_img read more

Caroline wins second English senior title

first_img17 May 2019 Caroline wins second English senior title Cheshire’s Caroline Berry was queen of the greens today as she claimed her second win in the English Senior Women’s Amateur Championship at Enville Golf Club in Staffordshire.She holed a 25-footer for birdie on the 15th to close out the final, defeating Paula Carver of Sussex by 4/3.“To say I am thrilled is the understatement of the world,” said Berry, from Bromborough Golf Club.“It gets harder and harder and these youngsters are getting better and better. But sometimes you have the feeling that it’s your year and I felt good coming in to this, good about my game and good about my putting.”Berry’s game was in all-round great shape in the final, but her putting was outstanding and she holed a number of clutch putts to keep or extend her lead.In one rare aberration on the 11th, she misjudged a putt from off the green, sending it about 20ft past the pin, but she simply rolled in the return to win the hole with a par.“My putting has been the strongest part of my game,” said Berry. “Usually it’s my driving but I struggled little bit at the start of the week. But I felt I hit the ball better and better as the week went on.”She last won this championship at Littlestone in 2010, but counts this as the sweeter win. “That’s not to take anything away from the girls I played then, it was a really good win. But the standard this week! I had to beat three people who played for England last year to get to the final.”There was special praise for her husband and caddy, Geoff, who is the Bromborough club professional. “Geoff is a star,” she said “I do think two heads are better than one.”Berry clinched her place in the final this morning after winning a tight match against senior international Jackie Foster (Bishops Stortford) on the 18th.  In earlier matches she defeated internationals Karen Jobling (Richmond) and Sue Spencer (Whittington Heath) after beating Jane Sly (Mill Ride) in the first round.Meanwhile Carver (Worthing) defeated Clarissa Bushell (West Sussex) 3/2 in an all-Sussex semi-final clash. Earlier, she beat Amanda Mayne (Saltford), Jan Harrison (Launceston) and Janette McWhirter (Appleby).This was only Carver’s second appearance in the championship and she commented after the final: “I just didn’t get enough pars, but that takes nothing away from Caroline, she played very solidly.”In the over 60s Ann Howard Trophy, Nottinghamshire’s Carol Wild (pictured below) successfully defended her title. She beat Sheree Dove-Wilde (Camberley Heath) by one hole.“I am ecstatic, I can’t believe it” said Wild, who is the captain of Notts Ladies Golf Club. “I thought it would be tough and I felt the pressure coming into this, even though I’m playing well and my handicap has come down.”Click here for full scores in the championship Wendy Taylor SalverClick here for full scores in the Ann Howard TrophyImages copyright Leaderboard Photography Tags: English Senior Women’s Amateur, Enville Golf Clublast_img read more