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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

Sixth annual Dame Eugenia Charles lecture set for Thursday

first_img Tweet Share 393 Views   no discussions LocalNews Sixth annual Dame Eugenia Charles lecture set for Thursday by: – November 23, 2011 Sharecenter_img Share Sharing is caring! Dame Mary Eugenia Charles. Image via: GIS NewsThe University of the West Indies Dominica Open Campus will host the Sixth Annual Dame Eugenia Charles Distinguished Public Lecture as part of the Dame Eugenia Charles Distinguished Lecture Series to be delivered by Dr. Tennyson S. D. Joseph, St. Lucian by birth, and Lecturer in Political Science at The University of the West Indies at Cave Hill Campus, Barbados.The Lecture will take place on Thursday, November 24, 2011 commencing at 7:30 pm at the Conference Room of the Fort Young Hotel in Roseau, Dominica. Dr. Joseph will address the subject “Neo-liberalism, Primitive Accumulation and Generational Decline: The Crisis of Political Leadership in the Caribbean.” He has the Ph.D. in Social and Political Sciences from Wolfson College, University of Cambridge; the M.Phil in Political Science from The University of the West Indies; and the BA in History and Political Science, also from The University of the West Indies. Dr. Joseph is a Political Scientist and can be considered one of the University of the West Indies’ quickly rising academics. In an age where academics are criticized, sometimes unfairly, for not “participating” in the social change process, Dr. Joseph stands out as a shining example of what an academic ought to be, setting his views boldly in the context of research, scholarship and an abiding consciousness of the role that social scientists at the University of the West Indies must play within the West Indian society.He has written several articles in refereed journals, contributed to book chapters as well as authored and co-authored books on the subjects of colonialism, decolonization, elections, and other relevant topics in political science. The public lecture series, among other aims, seeks to keep alive the memory of a National Hero of First Rate and reminds the Dominica population at home and abroad of Dominica’s remarkable potential in having produced a citizen who was able to hold her own on the world stage and gain the respect of all, which translated into the indisputable meteoric rise to prominence of a 291 square miles island in the Caribbean, previously little-known. The Lecture Series is not meant to romanticize or venerate Dame Eugenia; rather, it is meant to reflect on the influence, ideas and life of a prominent Dominican citizen and link the foregoing with contemporary political, social and economic issues.Dominica Vibes Newslast_img read more