Denmark suspects, Sweden confirms H5N1 in birds

first_imgMar 15, 2006 (CIDRAP News) – The avian influenza spotlight shifted to Scandinavia today as Denmark reported finding an H5 virus in a wild bird and Sweden confirmed suspicions that wild ducks were infected with H5N1 virus, according to news agencies.In addition, a sketchy report out of Azerbaijan said a dead stray dog was found infected with bird flu in Baku, the capital. The report didn’t specify the viral strain. There have been no previous confirmed reports of H5N1 avian flu in dogs.In Denmark, the Family and Consumer Affairs Ministry said a buzzard found on a beach south of Copenhagen was infected with an H5 virus, according to an Agence France-Presse (AFP) report. The story said authorities would send a sample from the bird to the European Union reference laboratory in Britain for further testing.”We can confirm the first case of bird flu has been found in Denmark,” Minister for Family and Consumer Affairs Lars Barfoed was quoted as saying.Although this marked the first case of H5 avian flu in Denmark, a milder strain turned up in ducks on a farm in September 2003, AFP reported.In Sweden, the National Board of Agriculture said a European Union laboratory had confirmed H5N1 virus in two wild ducks found on the southeastern coast, according to an Associated Press (AP) report today.Sweden first reported suspected cases of avian flu in wild ducks in late February. By Mar 10 there were reports of 13 ducks infected with H5 viruses, but there was no confirmation of H5N1 until today.In Azerbaijan, a state commission in charge of fighting avian flu reported the infected dog, according to a Reuters story. The commission was quoted as saying, “A dead stray dog has been found, and after analysis type A bird flu was discovered. The medical investigation is continuing.” The commission said the dog died Mar 9 in Baku. There was no indication whether the virus was an H5 or some other strain.The report comes a few days after the discovery of an H5N1-infected stone marten (a weasel-like animal) in Germany and weeks after reports of a few infected domestic cats in Austria and Germany. Other nonhuman species that have been infected with H5N1 avian flu, either naturally or experimentally, include tigers, leopards, palm civets, ferrets, rats, pigs, cynomolgus macaques, and New Zealand white rabbits.In Afghanistan, authorities today said preliminary test results left them all but certain they were facing an H5N1 outbreak in birds, according to an AP report.Testing at a United Nations lab in Rome was expected to confirm the outbreak in the next 24 hours, said Mustafa Zahir, director of the government’s environment department, according to the story.”We are 99 percent certain,” Zahir was quoted as saying.The military government of Myanmar reported it had killed 5,000 poultry within 2 miles of the farm where the country’s first outbreak of H5N1 was found last week, according to an AP report today.Meanwhile, AFP reported that Myanmar’s rulers were maintaining a news blackout about the outbreak, leaving farmers worried and unsure how to prevent the disease.The country’s tightly controlled news media have not carried any stories about the outbreak, AFP reported. The only available information has come from short-wave radio and from posters that authorities have placed in Mandalay’s markets, where poultry vendors have been banned, the story said.A farmer named Shi, who has 750 chickens on the outskirts of Mandalay, said officials had given her no information about bird flu and no instructions on what to do with her chickens, according to AFP.”I still don’t know what the symptoms of bird flu are, so how can I know if my chickens will die of bird flu?” Shi was quoted as saying.Elsewhere in Southeast Asia, researchers announced the launching of a study in Vietnam, Thailand, and Indonesia on the dosage of oseltamivir (Tamiflu) given to bird flu patients, according to the AP.Many countries are stockpiling oseltamivir in the hope that it will help protect people if the H5N1 virus evolves into a human pandemic strain. However, as noted in the AFP report, the virus has shown resistance to the drug in a few cases in Vietnam. The report gave no details on what the study involves.According to a study published last December, a Vietnamese girl died of avian flu even though she began receiving oseltamivir within the first 2 days of illness, the recommended window for effective treatment. The authors of the study said that a higher dosage of the drug or longer treatment course might be needed to ensure effectiveness.See also:Dec 22, 2005, CIDRAP News story “Tamiflu resistance in avian flu victims sparks concern”last_img read more

Offensive woes continue as losing streak reaches 5

first_imgJanelle Gabrielsen (6) lets out her frustration during UW\’s loss to Minnesota.[/media-credit]Kill percentage in volleyball can often times be compared to batting average in baseball. Just like a .300 average is an indication of a good baseball player, that same number is a mark of quality for a volleyball player as well.But Sunday afternoon at the Field House, the Wisconsin volleyball team didn’t come close to that mark, hitting a measly .026 in its three-set loss to the rival Golden Gophers.The loss pushes the Badgers’ season-high losing streak to five games, and in three of those matches, Wisconsin was unable to take a set from its opponent.Evidently, the Badgers’ biggest problem has been their inability to convert on the attack. Against Minnesota, Wisconsin tallied 36 kills — one more than the Gophers — but once again, the Badgers’ attack errors were devastating in the Minnesota sweep. The Badgers had 33 attack errors compared to only 16 from the Gophers.“Our ball control was not with us today,” UW head coach Pete Waite said. “I think over the course of the entire match, you look at our hitting percentage and it’s way too low to compete in the Big Ten. So, we have to come together here in the next couple of matches coming up and clean things up.”But not only was the ball control lacking Sunday but over the past five games. That fact can only be exemplified by the team’s losing streak, something it had yet to experience before losing to Ohio State on Nov. 7. Before that loss, the Badgers had not lost more than two games in a row all season, but that trend has abruptly ended.“Somehow, I think the group needs to find a way and find the leaders who are going to step up and do that, because it’s something that, this late in the season, we should be playing better ball than we played today,” Waite said.The first set was all Minnesota, as the Gophers quickly got out to a 6-0 lead and led by as many as 14 points at 23-9. Throughout the set, the Badgers committed 11 errors and had only eight kills. Making things even more difficult was the Gophers’ superb blocking, which tallied seven stuffs in the first set.Sophomore setter Janelle Gabrielsen believes the team’s poor serve-receive affected her passing ability, which in turn led to Minnesota blocks and Wisconsin unforced errors.“It made me set to a certain spot that the blockers knew, because I could only set to one option,” she said. “It’s kind of hard for hitters to go against two blockers with the double block, so I guess it did affect us.”The Badgers had a bit more energy in the second and third sets, scoring 21 and 22 points, respectively. However, they were never able to put a halt to the relentless Minnesota attack, which was led by a match-high 14 kills from junior Lauren Gibbemeyer. The blocks also kept coming from the Gophers, who ended with 16 for the game compared to the Badgers’ four.“[Gibbemeyer] is a great athlete,” UW junior Allison Wack said. “She’s always been the type of player who can take her team on her back. … She’s a gamer. She shows up all the time, and you have to find a way to stop her.”Also making things more difficult for the Badgers was the ineffectiveness of freshman Kirby Toon, who had been a strong force on offense until the losing streak. According to Waite, the knee injury Toon suffered last season is finally starting to take a toll on the young athlete’s ability to perform.“I think late in the season here, her knee is really starting to tire, so we want to be careful and cautious,” Waite said. “I think it’s affected her first step to the ball, and she knows that. She would love to be out there, but physically, it’s not time for her right now.”While Toon’s injury may be a factor in the Badgers’ slide from fifth place in the Big Ten, the Badgers’ poor performance has truly been a result of the entire team’s struggles. Against Minnesota, the Badgers’ first-set troubles were reason enough for Waite to abandon the 5-1 offensive scheme in favor of the 6-2, which was used last season.“We’re just trying to find a way for things to start clicking for them right now, for them to get into a rhythm and find some people who can swing and score, and Nellie is generally very good at that,” Waite said. “We gave her the opportunity today and she stepped up a number of times and had some good shots. We just need more people stepping up their games.”With only four games remaining in the regular season, the Badgers’ NCAA Tournament hopes have all but disappeared. However, despite the team’s struggles, Waite is confident in its ability, and he believes its recent results are not a reflection on the talent level of the team but rather its inability to consistently perform well against strong conference opponents.“We played like crud. Bottom line,” Waite said. “We have to play better, and that’s a team we can beat.”last_img read more

D.O. Sportscast episode 6: Matthew Gutierrez breaks down Syracuse’s loss to Miami and big money move to ACC

first_img Comments AdvertisementThis is placeholder text Published on October 23, 2017 at 2:24 pm This week on the D.O. Sportscast, Matthew Gutierrez joins the show to discuss Syracuse’s loss at Miami, which Gutierrez attended and watched the first half of with senior wide receiver Steve Ishmael’s parents. He also breaks down his latest feature, detailing the financial boom Syracuse gained after jumping ship from the Big East for the Atlantic Coast Conference four years ago.Listen to episode six here:center_img Facebook Twitter Google+last_img