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H5N1 strikes poultry in South Korea, Russia

first_imgApr 14, 2008 (CIDRAP News) – Animal health officials in South Korea yesterday said an H5N1 avian influenza outbreak was confirmed at a fourth farm, amid reports of several more suspected outbreaks, a day after Russia’s agriculture ministry said the virus had struck birds in the far eastern part of the country.Kim Chang-sup, an agriculture ministry official, said government tests confirmed an H5N1 outbreak at a chicken farm in Yeongam, about 236 miles southwest of Seoul, according to an Apr 12 report from the Associated Press. Yeongam is a county in South Jeolla province, which borders North Jeolla province, where recent outbreaks have been reported at farms in Gimje and Jeongeup.Kim said birds from six other suspected outbreaks are being tested for the H5N1 virus. However, Xinhua, China’s state news agency, reported yesterday that South Korean officials said 29 suspected or confirmed H5N1 outbreaks have been reported since the virus reemerged in late March after a year’s lapse.Ryu Chul-hyuk, a South Jeolla provincial official, told the AP that authorities have culled 470,000 chickens and ducks at 20 farms within 1.8 miles of the latest confirmed outbreak.Experts in South Korea have noted some differences in the pattern of the country’s recent H5N1 outbreaks, the Korea Times, an English-language newspaper, reported today. Past outbreaks occurred during cooler months, whereas the most recent outbreaks have surfaced during warmer weather. Also, the fresh outbreaks have hit ducks, whereas previous outbreaks only involved chickens, according to the Times report.South Korea’s food and agriculture ministry, however, appeared to downplay the developments and said warmer weather would kill off the virus, the Times report said. The ministry will release an interim report on the H5N1 outbreaks on Apr 16 or 17, according to the Times.Elsewhere, agriculture officials in Russia recently confirmed an H5N1 outbreak in chickens at a village in the far eastern region of Primorye, according to an Apr 12 report from Agence France-Presse. The outbreak marks the first recurrence of the disease in Russia since December 2007, when the virus hit backyard poultry in the Rostov region in western Russia, according to past reports from the World Organization for Animal Health (OIE).In a report filed with the OIE on Apr 11, Russian officials said the virus struck 21 unvaccinated chickens and 7 guinea fowl. The remaining 14 birds, which included 6 ducks, were destroyed. Officials reported that the source of the virus was probably “hunted wild ducks and geese.”See also:OIE reports on 2008 South Korean and Russian H5N1 outbreakslast_img read more

Mikaelsen adjusting to life away from Norway

first_imgUW volleyball outside hitter adjusting to life in Madison after delay in reaching states, not being able to speak her native Norweigan on court.[/media-credit]Traveling across the world is difficult enough, but attending college and playing volleyball in a foreign country would be much more daunting. Freshmen outside hitter Julie Mikaelsen has taken on that challenge in Madison, and she has handled it well. Mikaelsen has provided a spark for Wisconsin’s volleyball team, while adjusting to a new country and college life.A couple years ago, Mikaelsen’s volleyball coach in Norway contacted one of Wisconsin’s assistant coaches, Colleen Bayer. Mikaelsen was interested in playing volleyball at an American university.“I really wanted to go to a school in America, because I wanted to study and play volleyball so I’d have an education after I’m done playing volleyball,” Mikaelsen said.Mikaelsen would have been a freshman at Madison last year, but due to complications with the NCAA, she wasn’t able to attend the university for another year. Because of the delays, the team has been in communication with her for the past few years.“The team’s actually known her for quite a while,” Bayer said. “She was able to come on two different official visits which is kind of unusual, so they actually got to know Julie quite a bit in the two years that she was coming to us.”There were obviously going to be challenges that Mikaelsen would have to face when leaving Norway for Madison.“It’s really hard to transfer from playing volleyball in Norway to going here,” Mikaelsen said. “It’s talking English all the time. You wake up sometimes and the only thing I want to do is talk in Norwegian, but at the same time my teammates are really nice. They help me a lot to fit into the team, and that’s helped me a lot.”At times, it has also been hard for Mikaelsen to communicate with her teammates on the court.“When things get really moving quickly, she wants to speak in Norwegian,” Bayer said. “Obviously she knows she can’t get it, so she does get a little tongue-tied, but I think that’s getting better. She’s getting really good at giving directions in English.”Mikaelsen has provided a new energy for the Badgers. On Sunday, she came off the bench to provide seven kills that helped Wisconsin get its first Big Ten victory.“I think that she’s definitely brought an energy and a fire that we needed out of a position that we hadn’t really secured a solid starter,” sophomore Kirby Toon said. “She’s definitely brought an entire new type of play, and that’s helped make our team more dynamic.”Toon was originally supposed to be Mikaelsen’s roommate last year until the NCAA made her wait another year, so Toon has been in contact with her for a long time.“I knew her pretty well coming in, so she was more comfortable talking with me than with being with the whole group,” Toon said. “But now she’s definitely opened up and is very comfortable with the entire team, making jokes and being sarcastic.”Despite some of the language and cultural differences, Mikaelsen has enjoyed her time here.“I feel I’ve got a lot of friends, and school’s been going pretty good,” Mikaelsen said. “I just enjoy being here. I take it as an experience instead of thinking too much about missing home and just have fun.”In terms of volleyball, Mikaelsen is also trying to adjust to a different style of play than what she’s used to in Norway. The main difference is the speed of play is much faster here than in Norway. “In Norway it’s really slow [paced],” she said. “If I hit the ball the same way I hit it here in Norway, I’d probably get a kill every time, but here they pick it up like every single time.”It’s tough for any freshman to leave home and adjust to college life. Mikaelsen has been impressive in the way she’s adjusted to American culture and a new brand of volleyball.“It’s been hard, but at the same time it’s been a really big experience,” Mikaelsen said. “Because I play in the Field House in front of 6,000 people, I play with great people, and I really love the team. Overall it’s a really fun experience, but at the same time it’s hard, so it’s both hard and fun.”last_img read more