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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

Police to clamp down on trouble

first_img Press Association Police are to clamp down on known troublemakers in a bid to head off problems at England’s friendly clash with the Republic of Ireland in Dublin next month. The two nations meet in the city on June 7, the first time they have done so since rioting England supporters forced the abandonment of a friendly in February 1995. Acquaintances were renewed in May 2013 when Ireland travelled to Wembley for a 1-1 friendly draw, a game which passed without incident. However, after witnessing a deterioration in behaviour among travelling supporters at England’s last four away games, police are to enforce football banning orders for the game at the Aviva Stadium. Assistant Chief Constable Mark Roberts, the National Police Chiefs’ Council Lead on football policing, said: “It has been a point of pride in recent years that England fans’ behaviour has completely moved on from the dark days of the 1980s. “We have been able to tell overseas police colleagues that they will not encounter the sort of problems that used to be associated with England fans. “While the majority of fans continue to behave themselves, in the last four England away fixtures, we have seen a significant amount of drunken anti-social behaviour, unpleasant chanting aimed at provoking home supporters, and a small number of people who seem to take every opportunity to create distress for others. “Regrettably, that means we have to increase our enforcement activity using tactics that proved successful in addressing these problems in the past.” Fans subject to banning orders are already have to surrender their passports and for the first time in four years, will also be required to attend nominated police stations and confirm attendance with a signature. Those who fail to comply will be rounded up by police in a national operation. ACC Roberts said: “Given the deterioration in fan behaviour and the proximity of Dublin, I have reintroduced the requirement to sign on at a police station as well as to surrender passports. “We will be running a national operation to round up those who fail to comply before and immediately after the fixture. “To make triply sure of compliance, these measures will be supplemented with all official England Supporters Travelling Club members being required to collect their tickets in person in Dublin with photo ID. “I am in regular contact with the FA and other partners in the football community and, while there is no specific intelligence as yet to suggest planned disorder, there is sufficient concern to take proactive action to ensure that fans are clear that bad behaviour is not acceptable and will face serious sanctions. “Football policing ‘spotters’ from England will also be present in Dublin and the Aviva Stadium to gather evidence of any bad behaviour and ensure anyone who offends faces the consequences of their actions. We are working closely with An Garda Siochana to support their operation.” last_img read more