North Korea confirms avian flu outbreak in poultry

first_imgMar 28, 2005 (CIDRAP News) – North Korea yesterday confirmed recent reports of an avian influenza outbreak among poultry, but officials did not specify whether it involved the H5N1 virus, which has struck nine other Asian countries in the past 16 months.The state-run Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) said the outbreak had led to the killing and burial of hundreds of thousands of chickens on two or three farms in Pyongyang, the capital, according to news services.The statement did not say which strain of avian flu was involved, according to Associated Press (AP) and Reuters reports. Officials said no human cases had been discovered. Only Vietnam, Thailand, and Cambodia have had human cases of the illness since it began spreading in late 2003.South Korea had a number of H5N1 avian flu outbreaks in the winter of 2003-2004, but no outbreaks had been reported in North Korea until about 2 weeks ago. That was when South Korea’s Yonhap news agency reported an outbreak in Pyongyang, saying the information had come from a South Korean businessman who met North Korean officials in Beijing. The North Korean government initially denied the report.The AP quoted the KCNA report yesterday as saying, “A dynamic work is now under way in different parts of the country to combat bird flu that plagues the world.”South Korean government officials yesterday offered to help North Korea prevent the spread of avian flu, according to a report today in the Korea Herald, a South Korean newspaper. The government called an emergency meeting yesterday to discuss the possibility of holding talks with North Korea on technology and tools to fight the disease, the story said.The report also said the South Korean government would step up efforts to keep avian flu from spreading from the north. Plans called for banning poultry products from North Korea and disinfecting vehicles coming from there.When reports of the North Korean outbreak first surfaced, a South Korean company immediately canceled plans to import 40 tons of chicken from the North, the Herald story said.The AP story said the outbreak is a blow to the food supply of a nation that already suffers from food shortages and relies on foreign aid to feed its people.Two days ago, the United Nations’ World Food Program launched a new appeal for food gifts to the secretive communist country, the AP reported. The agency said a lack of supplies was forcing it to cut aid to children and the elderly.In other developments, Cambodian officials said a suspected human case of avian flu had been ruled out in a village where another person had died of the illness last week, according to a Mar 26 Agence France-Presse report.The story said Hon Sopheap, 18, had tested negative for the H5N1 virus. He is from the village of Keatha Vong Leu, near the Vietnamese border, which was also the home of Meas Ran, 28, who died of avian flu last week. He was Cambodia’s second human victim.The same story said 2 of 31 poultry in the village had tested positive for the virus. But Agriculture Minister Chan Sarun said the poultry outbreak had been contained after the culling of 139 chickens and ducks.Unofficially, 74 human cases of avian flu, including 49 deaths, have occurred in Asia since late 2003. Those include 55 cases with 35 deaths in Vietnam, 17 cases with 12 deaths in Thailand, and 2 fatal cases in Cambodia.last_img read more

CNN’s Don Lemon Explains Why Not All “Black Lives Matter” to the BLM Movement

first_imgFinally, some clarification from the CNN oracle, Don Lemon, on why the “Black Lives Matter” movement has been mum on all the tragic deaths of young children of color over the Fourth of July weekend around the nation. Apparently, not all black lives lost are part of BLM’s mission statement, just those taken by police.Don Lemon BLMAt least six children were killed in shootings across the country over 4th of July weekend, police say.The children, ages 6 to 14, were all shot and killed while doing everyday things — riding in mom’s car, walking in a mall, and playing in a yard with their cousins.A 7-year-old girl in Chicago, an 8-year-old girl in Atlanta, and a 6-year-old boy in Philadelphia were among those killed in a spate of shootings over the holiday weekend. Dozens of people were wounded in cities around the U.S.last_img read more

IPL 2020 set to have COVID replacements and the use of Chinese sponsors

first_imgAdvertisement 9i5ieNBA Finals | Brooklyn Vs7xg8Wingsuit rodeo📽Sindre Eriu7( IG: @_aubreyfisher @imraino ) wmkWould you ever consider trying this?😱3imCan your students do this? 🌚b9w8Roller skating! Powered by Firework The IPL Governing Body converged to determine various aspects to ensure the staging of the thirteenth edition of the tournament. A total of 10 points were set in place to be discussed before the meeting and the authorities have made a decision in regard to those. Advertisement The virtual meeting brought out the dates of the competition. After much deliberation on the date of the finale, the fixture will be played on November 10. The tournament is slated to start from September 19.Keeping the current volatile health situation in mind, the body approved the use of unlimited COVID replacements over the course of the tournament. The initial squad size of all of the eight franchises are penned down to 24 members.Advertisement Regarding the sponsorship debacle, the governing body has decided to retain of all its existing sponsors including their main sponsor, Chinese mobile company VIVO.Advertisement An IPL Governing Body member, who chose not to be revealed, claimed that “All I can say is that all our sponsors are with us. Hopefully, you can read between the lines,” Chinese sponsorship soon overtook the heart of the matter after unprecedented clashes between Indian and Chinese troops in Eastern Ladakh in June.The body opted to go on board with the sponsors they have at present since finding a new sponsor in such short notice would have been a difficult proposition. On top of that, during a time in which companies are taking a hit, investment is not the first thing on the mind.“We expect the Home and External Affairs Ministry to give us necessary approvals within another week. The final will be played on November 10 as it enters the Diwali week making it lucrative for the broadcasters,”Governing Council have a careful eye on IPL’s SafetyThe body is also said to be preparing a carefully curated Standard Operating Procedure (SOPs) when it comes to safety measures. The authorities are ensuring every step to minimize the outbreak with the creation of a bio-bubble across the venues.“Also, the BCCI has received presentations from a Dubai based group on creating a medical facility in UAE. The BCCI is also in talks with the Tata group for creating a bio-bubble,”The tournament will see ten doubleheaders across the 2 months where the timings have been tweaked a little from the usual. Matches are expected to flag off from 7:30 PM IST instead of 8:00 PM IST.Apart from the above points, the meeting also gave a green light to the women’s IPL. If you like reading about MMA, make sure you check out Also, follow India’s biggest arm wrestling tournament at ProPanja.comWhat to expect from the IPL GC’s monumental meet   Advertisementlast_img read more