H5N1 strikes Nigerian poultry farm, Chinese zoo lionsNigeria’s agriculture ministry yesterday reported an H5N1 avian flu outbreak at a commercial farm in Lagos state, and authorities in China said H5N1 has been detected in lions at a zoo in Hubei province.The outbreak in Nigeria began on Jun 22, striking a facility that housed 3-week-old pullets, according to a report posted yesterday by the World Organization for Animal Health (OIE). Of 4,000 susceptible birds, the virus killed 1,355 and the remaining poultry were destroyed to curb the spread of the virus. Officials said poor biosecurity likely played a role in the event, though investigators haven’t pinpointed the source of the outbreak.Nigeria is among a handful of African countries that have reported a recurrence of H5N1 outbreaks in poultry after a several-year hiatus.Jun 28 OIE reportNotification of China’s detection of H5N1 in African lions kept at a zoo in the Hubei province city of Ezhou was made in a statement from the provincial government that was translated and posted by Avian Flu Diary, an infectious disease news blog.Testing was triggered by illness in two African lions who had high fevers. After veterinary officials isolated and began to treat the lions, the male lion suddenly died and a female recovered. No similar illnesses have been seen in the zoo’s other animals.Testing of samples from the lions at a military veterinary hospital was positive for H5N1. Among other response measures, the park’s birds were vaccinated against the virus.The detection is the first known H5N1 infection in lions, though China reported fatal infections in tigers in 2014 and 2015, and Indonesia in 2006 reported H5N1 antibodies in stray cats.Jun 29 Avian Flu Diary post WHO: South America, southern Africa are main flu hot spotsSouth America and southern Africa have reported steady rises in flu activity over the past few weeks, but disease activity is rising more slowly in other Southern Hemisphere countries such as Australia, the World Health Organization (WHO) said in its latest global flu update.The 2009 H1N1 virus and respiratory syncytial virus (RSV) are the main viruses detected in South America, but influenza B is predominant in southern African countries.In South America, flu activity in Brazil seems to have peaked earlier than usual and at a high level that was similar to 2013, when 2009 H1N1 was the dominant strain. Of Brazil’s deaths from severe respiratory infection, almost 71% of patients had underlying health conditions, the WHO said. Elsewhere, flu levels increased in Bolivia and Colombia.In contrast, flu levels in Australia were at or just above baseline levels, with New Zealand also reporting low flu activity.Flu activity from 2009 H1N1 is still under way in some parts of Central America, with levels rising in Panama, the WHO reported. In Africa, flu is increasing steadily in temperate southern regions.Other parts of the world are seeing low flu activity, including the Caribbean countries, other parts of Africa, Asian countries, North America, and Europe.At the global level, influenza A was responsible for about 60% of flu detections, and of the subtyped “A” strains, 86% were the 2009 H1N1 virus while the rest were H3N2, according to the WHO.Jun 27 WHO global flu update
SOUTH AFRICA: A R2·8bn loan agreement was signed by freight operator Transnet and Germany’s KfW Development Bank on June 22.Transnet is to use the proceeds to fund the acquisition of 240 Bombardier Transportation electric locomotives it has ordered as part of its programme to acquire 1 064 locomotives from four suppliers.The loan matures in 15 years, with a five-year interest-only grace period. The agreement was negotiated in rand terms and thus has no currency risk for Transnet.
PENSACOLA, Fla. – The University of West Florida volleyball team clinched their fourth straight Gulf South Conference East Division championship on Saturday, sweeping the University of Alabama-Huntsville, 3-0, at the UWF Field House. The win came in UWF’s annual Dig Pink game, celebrating breast cancer awareness.UWF moves to 22-6 and finishes their 2010 GSC regular season with a 9-1 record. Melissa Wolter’s squad is 41-3 in GSC regular season matches since 2007.Katie Johnson and Kara Gonzalez each smacked ten kills in the win, while the Argonaut team hit an even .300. Tricia Tirabassi added 24 assists while Anna Stoecklein hit double-figures with ten digs.Gonzalez tallied two block assists, giving her 276 for her UWF career. That ties the all-time mark set by former Argo Kristy Krause, who played for UWF from 2000-03.UAH (9-23, 2-7 GSC) hit .094 on the evening. Lauren Simmons and Kelsey Williams each had six kills to pace the Chargers.West Florida opened the match in a bit of a haze, conceding the first four points of the opening set. But freshman Molly Pearce gave UWF a 7-6 lead with a service ace, and Chelsea Wilhoite collected four service aces in a five-rally stretch to spark a 9-0 Argonaut run. The home side took the opening stanza, 25-15.The Chargers played UWF tight at the outset of the second frame, but Wilhoite broke a 10-all deadlock with a kill, starting a run of four consecutive West Florida points. Johnson ended the set with a kill of her own, giving the Argos a 25-18 win.UWF put a touchdown on the board before the Chargers ever scored in the third set, taking a 7-0 lead on the serve of Johnson. Four straight UAH errors gave the Argos a 21-11 lead, and Mailande Parker ended the match with a kill, giving UWF another 25-15 set win.Wilhoite chipped in nine kills, while Chandler Carney and Abby Timmer added four each. The Argonauts tallied ten service aces as a team, with five credited to Wilhoite.By virtue of their GSC East crown, West Florida will host the 2010 GSC Tournament, which begins on November 12. The top four teams from both the East and West divisions will compete in the event.UWF begins the final week of the regular season on Tuesday, when they host NAIA member Spring Hill. First serve starts at 7 pm.Print Friendly Version No. 25 Argonauts Sweep UAH, Clinch GSC East Title Share Chandler Carney had four-kills in a 3-0 sweep of UAH
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