Wednesday, February 15, 2006

Bird Flu Reaches Africa

The H5N1 bird flu virus has been confirmed in north-central Nigeria. Scientists had feared the virus would reach Africa, where human poverty and disease could combine with millions of highly susceptible backyard poultry to produce many human infections, and potentially a human pandemic virus.

But New Scientist can reveal that the location of Africa’s first reported outbreak should not come as a surprise. The region affected is right beside a major wintering ground for two relatively common species of duck. Those ducks shared breeding grounds in Siberia last summer with birds that winter in Turkey and around the Black Sea, where the virus also appeared recently.

“We are facing a serious international crisis,” said Samuel Jutzi, head of animal health at the UN Food and Agriculture Organisation in Rome, Italy. He is pleading for any further die-offs of poultry in the region to be reported immediately.

The World Animal Health Organization (OIE) in Paris, France, reported on Wednesday that 40,000 poultry, mainly laying hens, have died since 10 January at a commercial farm near Igabi in Kaduna state, a small town 150 kilometres south of the northern city of Kano. The owners initially tried antibiotics.

But the cause has now been confirmed as H5N1 by the OIE’s collaborating centre for bird flu in Padua, Italy. There is no word yet on whether it is the highly pathogenic strain that has killed at least 88 people in East Asia, Turkey and most recently Iraq.


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AGRI-INFO/FEBRUARY 15, 2006



TITLE: BIRD FLU VIRUS REACHES AFRICA


ALAM BA NINYO NA ANG KINATATAKUTANG BIRD FLU VIRUS AY NAKAPASOK NA SA PINANGANGAMBAHANG MGA BANSA SA AFRICA?

ITOYMATAPOS NA MAKUMPIRMA NG MGA EKSPERTO NA ANG H5N1 BIRD FLU AY NAKAPASOK NA SA NORTH-CENTRAL NIGERIA.

NANGAMBA ANG MGA EKSPERTO NA MAKAPASOK SA AFRICA ANG BIRD FLU VIRUS DAHIL SA POSIBLENG LUMALA PA ANG SITWASYON KAAKIBAT DITO ANG KAHIRAPAN AT PAGLAGANAP NG SAKIT SA NATURANG REHIYON AT LALU PANG MAGRESULTA SA HUMAN INFECTIONS AT MAGING HUMAN PANDEMIC VIRUS.

AYON KAY SAMUEL JUTZI, PINUNO NG ANIMAL HEALTH NG UN FOOD AND AGRICULTURE ORGANIZATION SA ROMA, ITALY, NAHAHARAP TAYO NGAYON SA MATINDING INTERNATIONAL CRISIS, DAHILAN PARA MAKIUSAP SIYA NA KAILANGANG PATAYIN NA ANG MGA POULTRY NA MERONG INFECTION NG BIRD FLU.

NABATID NA BATAY SA REPORT NG WORLD ANIMAL HEALTH ORGANIZATION SA PARIS, FRANCE, UMABOT SA 40-LIBONG MGA MANOK KARAMIHAN AY MGA PAITLUGIN AY NAMATAY SIMULA PA NOONG JANUARY 10 SA ISANG COMMERCIAL FARM MALAPIT SA IGABI, KADUNA STATE.

BAGAMAN, KUMPIRMADO NANG ITO AY SANHI NG H5N1 AVIAN FLU VIRUS, WALA PANG KATIYAKAN KUNG ITO AY MAITUTURING NA HIGHLY PATHOGENIC STRAIN NA KUMITIL SA BUHAY NG MAY 88 KATAO SA SILANGANG ASYA, TURKEY AT KAMAKAILAN SA BANSANG IRAQ.

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