FAO: H5N1 levels in Indonesia raise pandemic risk

first_imgMar 18, 2008 (CIDRAP News) – The United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) today warned that H5N1 avian influenza levels in Indonesia’s poultry are so high that conditions may be ripe for the type of viral mutation that could spark an influenza pandemic.”I am deeply concerned that the high level of virus circulation in birds in the country could create conditions for the virus to mutate and to finally cause a human influenza pandemic,” said Joseph Domenech, the FAO’s chief veterinary officer, in a press release today.Also, new H5N1 virus strains have recently emerged in Indonesia that might limit the effectiveness of the poultry vaccines used there, Domenech said.He said that Indonesia has the world’s highest H5N1 mortality rate and that human cases will keep rising unless the country and its international partners do more to stamp out the virus in birds.The FAO said the disease has hit 31 of 33 provinces in Indonesia and is endemic in Java, Sumatra, Bali, and southern Sulawesi islands. About 20% of the country’s 1.4 billion chickens are spread among 30 million backyard flocks, putting them in close contact with people.Despite “major control efforts,” Indonesia has failed to contain the spread of the virus in poultry, Domenech said. “Indonesia is facing an uphill battle against a virus that is difficult to contain,” he said. “Major human and financial resources, stronger political commitment and strengthened coordination between central, province, and district authorities are required to improve surveillance and control measures.”Problems controlling the virus in Indonesia stem from a highly decentralized administration, poorly resourced national veterinary services, little collaboration with commercial poultry producers, and insufficient national and international financial and human resources, the FAO said. International donors have contributed $25 million to the effort so far, the agency reported.The emergence of the new H5N1 virus strains and the possible lapse in vaccine protection are under investigation by Indonesia’s agriculture ministry, with technical assistance from the FAO and World Organization for Animal Health (OIE) and financial assistance from the United States and Australia, the FAO said.”Also required are more investigations and the development of better poultry vaccines,” Domenech said.The FAO said it has helped train 1,350 “participatory disease surveillance and response teams” that are working to control avian flu in 193 of Indonesia’s 448 districts. By June, more than 2,000 response teams will be working in over 300 districts, the agency said.In other developments, agriculture officials in China recently informed Hong Kong’s Food and Health Bureau that the H5N1 virus struck birds in a poultry market in the city of Guangzhou, in southern China’s Guangdong province, according to an Associated Press (AP) report yesterday. Hong Kong officials said the outbreak is China’s fifth of the year, the report said.The outbreak at the Guangzhou market killed 114 birds, and 518 others were culled to control the disease, the AP reported.Elsewhere, veterinary officials in Vietnam announced on Mar 16 an outbreak in ducks in yet another province, Quang Nam in the central part of the country, according to a Mar 17 report by Thanh Nien News, a Vietnamese news service. The H5N1 virus struck 300 birds, and the remaining ducks, along with poultry on nearby farms, were culled.See also:Mar 18 FAO statementlast_img read more

Could this be your own resort in the suburbs?

first_imgDid someone say Bali?A HOUSE with a pool that could rival the lagoon at Southbank was Queensland’s most drooled over property this week.And it is easy to see why. Even the llamas appear to be smiling.Located at 135 Highwood Road at The Gap, the five bedroom Colonial-style house was built by its current owners, who bought the sprawling 4.2 hectare block neighbouring the Brisbane State Forest back in 2003.MORE NEWS: The $300,000 suburbs on the verge of extinctionMORE NEWS: Million dollar Queenslander rescueThe lagoon-style pool is impressiveIt even has its own swim-up barThe house itself has featured in numerous design magazines, and spans two levels.But it is outside that it smacks of the Bali feels.There is a 150,000L resort-style, saltwater, lagoon pool complete with its own swim-up bar, and a Balinese hut for chillaxing, all framed by palms and native flora.There is also a full-sized, floodlight-lit tennis court for smacking around a few balls between mai tais.The tennis courtBack inside the house, the lower level is home to three bedrooms, a media room, rumpus, craft room and a laundry.More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus13 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market13 hours agoThere is also a huge garage and plenty of storage.Upstairs, there is a study, a guest room and a huge master bedroom with a walk-thru wardrobe, an ensuite that features a large, glass-walled dual shower, claw foot bath, toilet and double-sink and access to the deck.Here are some happy llamas at the propertyAlso on this floor is the open plan living spaces which feature striking timber work, arches, period ceiling lights, classic wall switches and more.That wardrobe would make anyone happyThe country-style kitchen has Colonial cabinetry quartz benchtops and fixtures, complete with a butler’s pantry and sought-after.A formal lounge-dining room, and casual dining and family areas adjoin the kitchen. Other features include an additional two-car garage or shed, private and secure entrance gates with remote control, two huge water tanks, a VacuMaid ducted vacuum system and a Geochron World Clock in the kitchen.It is listed with Harcourts Solutions The Gap.last_img read more

AFCON 2019: Official mascot unveiled

first_imgThe Organizing Committee of the 2019 African Cup of Nations revealed the AFCON 2019 Mascot; The child “Tut” followed by the Pharaoh King Tutankhamun.The AFCON starts on June 21 and ends on July 19. The tournament takes place with the participation of 24 teams in six groups for the first time in the history of the African competition.The Egyptian national team was put in an easy group in the draw which was held in Egypt on Friday.Egypt came in Group A with the Democratic Republic of Congo, Uganda and Zimbabwe in the 2019 African Cup of Nations.Image processed by CodeCarvings Piczard ### FREE Community Edition ### on 2019-05-19 13:44:35Z | http://piczard.com | http://codecarvings.comEgypt won the rights to host the tournament after being selected over South Africa.The 2019 African Cup of Nations was initially scheduled to be hosted by Cameroon. However, Cameroon was stripped of hosting the tournament for serious delays in preparations.Egypt is the most successful nation in the history of the competition as Egypt has won a record of seven titles including three in a row between 2006 and 2010 Source: Egypt Todaylast_img read more