November 19, 2020

Feds change plan for reporting avian flu in wild birds

first_imgNov 3, 2006 (CIDRAP News) – Because federal officials expect to keep finding low-pathogenic H5N1 avian influenza viruses in wild birds, they recently announced a new procedure for reporting the findings: posting them online but not issuing news releases.Since August the US Department of Agriculture (USDA) and Department of the Interior (DOI) have announced 12 avian flu detections as part an expanded wild bird monitoring program, and all have been low-pathogenic forms, which pose no human health risk.Low-pathogenic avian flu viruses often occur naturally in wild birds and cause only minor sickness or no noticeable disease. However, low-pathogenic strains sometimes mutate into deadly strains.In an Oct 26 news release, the USDA and DOI said they expected to find additional cases of the low-pathogenic “North American” strain of H5N1 in wild birds in coming months. The agencies said they would list all routine detections on the National Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza Early Detection System (HEDDS) (see link below). The USDA will also include a link to the list on its Web site.In unusual cases, such as a large number of sick or dead birds or a finding that suggests a highly pathogenic virus, the agencies will issue a news release or hold a technical briefing to alert the media and public, officials said.Since the USDA and DOI switched to online reporting of low pathogenic cases, there have been four new reports of such findings in wild birds. They include mallard ducks killed by hunters in St Claire County, Mich., Grundy County, Ill., and Niagara County, N.Y., and a green-winged teal killed by a hunter in Tuscola County, Mich. Confirmatory testing is underway in all four instances.As they announced the new reporting protocol, the federal agencies said avian flu had been ruled out in a previously announced suspected case in Ohio. In mid October the agencies reported finding H5 and N1 avian flu proteins in apparently healthy ducks in Ottawa County. However, the Oct 26 announcement said confirmatory testing revealed no H5 or N1 subtypes, and no virus could be grown.The USDA said it’s not unusual for a specific subtype to be identified in initial screening tests but not be isolated in confirmatory testing.last_img read more

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Inside Conditions—Michael Vick, PETA and Iraq

first_imgAUBREY BRUCEI am angry, no, completely livid about the constant persecution of NFL quarterback Michael Vick.In December of 2007, Vick was convicted of his role in an illegal dog fighting ring. He was sentenced to 23 months in prison. He served his sentence, paid his “debt of humanity” not his debt to society because he didn’t then and still doesn’t owe society nothing, not one damn thing.A recent espn.com article written by Rich Cimini reported that, “Soon after signing a one-year contract [with the NY Jets] in March, a group in Cortland, NY—home of the Jets’ training camp—started an online petition to ban him from camp. It received more than 20,000 signatures. 20,000 signatures to ban a man from playing professional football?Now before Michael Vick was ever discovered or convicted in regard to “the mistreatment” of animals, one of the most prominent organizations trusted with ensuring the welfare of animals was allegedly operating its own animal genocide ring that was far more diabolical and self serving than the offenses allegedly committed by Michael Vick.last_img read more

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