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Avian flu hits another African nation

first_imgApril 4, 2006 (CIDRAP News) – The H5N1 virus has sneaked across another border, making Burkina Faso the fifth African nation to lose poultry to the virus.H5N1 cases have been found on a “camp site” at Gampela, in the Saaba department of Kadiogo province, according to a report Burkina Faso officials filed with the World Organization for Animal Health (OIE). The site is about 6 miles from Ouagadougou, the capital. The report said 123 helmeted guinea fowl died. The cause was confirmed as H5N1 by an OIE reference laboratory in Padova, Italy.The Burkina Faso minister of animal resources, Toemoko Konate, announced the outbreak in a radio address yesterday that was reported by the United Nations Integrated Regional Information Network (IRIN) today.The small African nation is not prepared to cope with avian flu, international experts warned. Burkina Faso has about 32 million poultry, with 76% of them raised traditionally, IRIN reported.”Burkina is one of those countries that have particularly weak infrastructure,” said Maria Zampaglione, spokeswoman for the World Organization for Animal Health (OIE), as quoted in the IRIN story. It ranks as the world’s third poorest country in the UN Human Development index in 2005, the story noted.The country is also battling a meningitis outbreak, which has killed more than 750 people this year, IRIN added.The OIE and the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) will send a joint mission to the country to advise leaders there how to respond.Cameroon, Egypt, Niger, and Nigeria are the other African countries reporting poultry outbreaks to date.Meanwhile, Pakistan today issued a follow-up report that details two new avian flu outbreaks on commercial poultry farms, one in Charsada, North West Frontier Province, and another in Abbottabad, in the same province. More than 3,000 cases occurred, leading to the slaughter of more than 26,000 birds at the two farms, the report said. The H5N1 virus was first detected in Pakistan in late February.See also:Burkina Faso’s report to the OIEhttp://www.oie.int/downld/AVIAN%20INFLUENZA/A2006_AI.phpOIE follow-up report from Pakistanhttp://www.oie.int/downld/AVIAN%20INFLUENZA/Pakistan_AI_04_04_2006.pdflast_img read more

England become 1st team to score half-a-million Test runs

first_imgJohannesburg: England has become the first team in the world to score 500,000 runs in Test cricket. They achieved the feat during the ongoing fourth and final Test against South Africa being played at The Wanderers.On Friday – the opening day of the Test match — England captain Joe Root’s single through the covers took the Three Lions to a landmark 500,000 run-mark in the longest format of the game. They achieved the feat in their 1022nd Test match. Australia comes second in the list, with 432,706 runs in 830 Tests. India, meanwhile, is third, with 273,518 runs in 540 Tests, followed by West Indies (270,441 runs in 545 Tests). In the third Test played at St George’s Park in Port Elizabeth, England had become the first team to play 500 Test matches on foreign soil. Australia is the second team to play the most away Test with 404 matches they have played so far. India has played 268 Tests on foreign soil in which they have won 51, lost 113 and 104 have ended in a draw. IANSAlso Read: Australia score last-ball win over EnglandAlso Watch: Stage Set for Republic Day 2020 Celebrations in Guwahatilast_img read more