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

(Update: Monday, 8:30 p.m.) Fort Worth woman dies after 2-car accident on U.S. 160 at turnpike gate

first_imgby Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — Ethel McClintock, a 65-year-old female from Fort Worth, Texas, was killed in a two-car accident which occurred at 9:41 a.m. Monday on U.S. Highway 160 at the Kansas Turnpike Exit No. 19 gate.McClintock was a passenger in a 2009 Subaru Outback that was going eastbound on U.S. 160. Amy Gaither, a 42-year-old female from Oxford, was driving westbound in a 2005 GMC Envoy with four children all 14 years and younger.According to the Kansas Turnpike Authority accident report, the driver in the Subaru Outback attempted to make a left turn onto the I-35 entrance at the toll booth plaza. Gaither’s front struck vehicle No. 1 right front in the west bound lane at U.S. 160.Sophia McGee, an 8-year-old of Fort Worth, Texas, was also injured. According to another media report, there were eight people injured in the accident.For larger version of the pictures above, click here.Follow us on Twitter. Close Forgot password? Please put in your email: Send me my password! Close message Login This blog post All blog posts Subscribe to this blog post’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Subscribe to this blog’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Follow the discussion Comments (8) Logging you in… Close Login to IntenseDebate Or create an account Username or Email: Password: Forgot login? Cancel Login Close WordPress.com Username or Email: Password: Lost your password? Cancel Login Dashboard | Edit profile | Logout Logged in as Admin Options Disable comments for this page Save Settings Sort by: Date Rating Last Activity Loading comments… You are about to flag this comment as being inappropriate. Please explain why you are flagging this comment in the text box below and submit your report. The blog admin will be notified. Thank you for your input. +13 Vote up Vote down redfanx2 · 272 weeks ago God, please watch over these victims and rescue crews! Report Reply 0 replies · active 272 weeks ago -1 Vote up Vote down Wondering · 272 weeks ago Was it 160 or on the turnpike? Report Reply 1 reply · active 272 weeks ago 0 Vote up Vote down mom2mykids · 272 weeks ago 160 turnpike entrance Report Reply +7 Vote up Vote down Monty Schmitz · 272 weeks ago This entrance is a very dangerous whether vehicles are entering or leaving the turnpike. I have experienced drivers turning into or leaving make extreme moves that may cause accidents like this one. I believe the engineering of this intersection was very poor. Also, that they should re-engineer to make it safer. Report Reply 0 replies · active 272 weeks ago +4 Vote up Vote down mom2mykids · 272 weeks ago I agree Monty…just wondering why they haven’t lowered the speed limit to about 45 in that area….this is a horrible area….and it would save lives…. Report Reply 0 replies · active 272 weeks ago +3 Vote up Vote down KSU Mom · 272 weeks ago What about an update about the Gaither family?? Report Reply 0 replies · active 272 weeks ago +2 Vote up Vote down Harold Gaines · 272 weeks ago I live just east of the entrance. Many drivers seem to not realize that not all traffic on US 160 is headed to the turnpike. I cannot say how many times drivers have turned right in front of me as I was heading west, seemingly expecting me to turn north onto the turnpike. As much as I don’t like them, what is needed is a roundabout. They DO work to lower speeds and increase safety at intersections. Lowering the speed limit won’t work, in my opinion; it will be universally ignored. I’m not holding my breath on ANY action being taken, though. Report Reply 1 reply · active 271 weeks ago 0 Vote up Vote down Steven T · 271 weeks ago I don’t get it – can you please explain? I looked on Google Earth, and to me – I live out West where roads are hilly, curvy, and visibility is limited – this looks like the safest, most visible, totally obvious intersection one could imagine. It is only 2.5 miles from town. Why would any vehicle intending to enter the turnpike from the eastbound lane be going more than 30-35 mph, and then slow to almost stopping to check oncoming traffic before turning left? And how in the name of goodness could anyone who has a driver license and is 40+ years old possibly make a left onto the turnpike right in the path of a westbound vehicle? Can you not see westbound traffic coming a mile (literally??) away from the eastbound left turn lane, and see clearly that such a vehicle is moving fast and not veering right towards the turnpike entrance? Is it just me, or is this “accident” being taken for granted way too easily and blamed on the road without question, when obviously, unless there is some hidden info I am missing, obviously the driver of the Subaru was not paying attention at all and did something overtly negligent and deadly for no more reason than – what? What would possibly be the reason to make such a left turn without first scanning the oncoming lanes?? Left turns cross traffic lanes – That is the first rule of driving!! Why is this driver a “victim” and not the “perpetrator” or at least the “cause” of this event?? “Accident” is a word that should be reserved for situations that are very difficult to avoid, or which are caused by random events converging. This was no accident – it was the result of a driver who was either not looking at all when crossing highway traffic, or who looked and chose to be in a hurry rather than be safe. If we as a society stopped making excuses for inexcusable driving decisions, and started holding people accountable for the easily avoidable damage they cause, maybe drivers would wake up, take precautions, be aware of their surroundings, and not be so careless about their behavior behind the wheel. If I fire a rifle into the sky, thoughtless of the danger of a stray bullet, and the bullet falls a mile away and kills someone, I would get charged with a homicide, manslaughter, even though the probability of such a thing is negligible. Apparently, driving a car into that same person because I was too hurried to bother checking the roadway before turning into traffic is somehow acceptable…Why?? Monty – you describe the things you see drivers doing as “extreme,” and yet you propose that the road be re-engineered. It is a flat, straight road! Don’t you think that perhaps it is our driving habits and laws – and consequences for violations – that need to be re-engineered?? Someone making an “extreme” move in this place should lose their license, at least. Such a person has no regard for human life, and is so self-centered or ignorant of the dangers so as to (at least) question their continued privilege of operating a piece of heavy equipment in public. 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