Archive | October 8, 2013

Deadly Ohio Dog Virus Now Killing Dogs In Michigan, America
The alarming, deadly virus which was first reported in California earlier this year and then mysteriously appeared in Ohio is now killing dogs in Michigan. Cases of the virus similar to circovirus (typically associated with pigs) have been reported all across Ohio, and now six Michigan dogs have died from it. There is no name yet for the mysterious illness, but necropsy results from affected dogs in Ohio show the presence of the circovirus that affected the California dogs, reports A Detroit veterinary clinic reports that it has never seen such a rapidly fatal virus, which kills “usually within about 12 to 24 hours of it starting,” said Dr. Lindsay Ruland of the Emergency Veterinary Hospital in Ann Arbor. She speculates that it may possibly be transmitted from humans to dogs, although no humans or other animals have died from the virus. “Traditionally we don’t pass viruses to our pets. This year, I think that there is potential that we are passing it to our pets,” Dr. Ruland said. Dr. Melanie Butera, a veterinarian at Elm Ridge Animal Hospital in Canal Fulton, who treated four dogs that died in the Akron, Ohio, area last month said they all exhibited similar symptoms. The two worst cases came in collapsed and weak, she said, with high heart rates and fluid around their lungs. One of the dogs died. All were around 3 or 4 years old, and none of the owners knew each other or spent time together.“The dogs were so profoundly sick, over such a short period of time,” she said. One of the dogs, who survived the illness, was leaking fluid from his gums.”Symptoms can include lethargy, abdominal pain, lack of appetite, and most notably, vomiting and bloody diarrhea. Dogs displaying these symptoms should be rushed to a vet, especially if someone they’ve been in close contact with is also under the weather. Dogs can be saved, but only if they are treated immediately.“The laboratory confirmation is important because the virus is newly isolated, however we are not prepared at this time to confirm that canine circovirus is the cause of the dog illnesses,” said State Veterinarian Dr. Tony Forshey.“Because the symptoms being exhibited can also be linked to other known illnesses, additional analysis and information is needed to determine if this virus alone or in co-infection contributes to illness and death in dogs.”Circovirus is a novel virus from “a family of viruses that has not been known to cause disease in dogs prior to this year,” said Dr. Butera. It is unknown how the virus is transmitted, but it may be spreading through saliva and feces. Doctors are now recommending that people wash their hands thoroughly with antibacterial soap and hot water before and after touching their pets and their pets’ food, bedding, toys, etc. For the time, none of these items should be shared between animals, especially if people around them have had flu-like symptoms, and contact between dogs should be limited, or avoided altogether if it is known that a dog—or a human who has interacted physically with the dog—has been sick recently.
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Landslide Closes Zamboanga-Pagadian Highway, Philippines

THE continuous rains spawned by the inter-tropical convergence zone (ITCZ) triggered a landslide Tuesday that paralyzed traffic for at least nine hours along the Zamboanga-Pagadian Highway.

The Zamboanga-Pagadian Highway serves as Zamboanga City’s main thoroughfare to the other parts of Zamboanga Peninsula and Northern Mindanao regions.

Mayor Randy Climaco of Tungawan, Zamboanga Sibugay, said in a phone interview that fortunately no one was either killed or wounded since there were no inhabitants where the landslide occurred.

Climaco said the continuous downpour has caused the side cut of a hill to erode around 2 a.m. Tuesday in the village of Upper Tungawan, Tungawan town thereby closing the Zamboanga-Pagadian Highway.

Zamboanga Peninsula police information officer Chief Inspector Ariel Huesca said that at least 20 meters of the highway was covered with mud following the erosion.

Government authorities proceeded to the area and extended assistance to the stranded motorist and conducted clearing operation.

Governor Wilter Palma and the Department of Public Works and Highways have dispatched additional heavy equipment and assisted in the clearing operation.

Climaco said the Zamboanga-Pagadian Highway is now passable citing they were able to clear the highway of debris around 11 a.m. Tuesday.

Landslides Kill At Least 2 In Gabon’s Capital, Africa
An emergency response official says a mother and at least one of her children were killed as heavy rain caused landslides in Gabon’s capital.

Roger Ekogha, lieutenant in the firefighting company that responded to the incident, said the bodies of the woman and her young son had been found buried in mud Tuesday morning and that officials were still looking for the woman’s young daughter.

He said the landslide in Libreville occurred after heavy rainfall began at around 5 a.m. Tuesday, the first significant rain since the end of the dry season in September.

Landslides are common in Libreville’s poor, crowded neighborhoods during the rainy season.

More than 100 police, gendarmes and rescue workers responded to the scene on Tuesday, some using chain saws to clear felled trees.

Landslide Buries A House, Partially Damages Another In Igbaras, Iloilo, Philippines
A landslide has buried a house and partially damaged a neighboring residential structure in the hinterland portion of Barangay Pasong, Igbaras, Iloilo early Monday morning.

Report said portions of the land loosened in the area where the two neighboring houses owned by Leonora Escaurisa and Zenaida Helicania stood.

The loosened soil buried the residential structure owned by the Escaurisa family while that of their neighbor Helicania was partly damaged in the aftermath of the landslide.

Although the Escaurisa family lost all their household appliances and belongings, they were fortunate enough that no injuries were reported among members of the family during the freak incident.

No one was reportedly not at home as the wife reportedly left to attend to their children in school while the husband was also working at the time.

Meanwhile, the two affected families took shelter at the barangay hall in Barangay Pasong proper.

Landslide Kills Six People In Sudan
Six people were killed and five others injured as a result of a landslide of a lime hill in Dar Al-Salam town, Umm Durman City, central Sudan, on Tuesday.
One of the wounded is in critical condition, Dr. Mohammad Sayed, director of Omm Durman Hospital, told Sudan News Agency (SUNA) tonight.
The accident, just a link in a chain, resulted from overuse of limestone from the hill by local residents, the report said, noting that the police services prevented locals from excavating in the area.

Typhoon Fitow Affects 4.56 Million People In East China
Typhoon Fitow has affected the life of 4.56 million people in East China’s Zhejiang and Fujian provinces, the State Flood Control and Drought Relief Headquarters said on Monday.

The 23rd typhoon hitting China this year landed in Shacheng Township of Fuding city at 1:15 am Monday, packing winds up to 151 km per hour.

About 4.35 million people in Zhejiang were affected with fallen houses and flooded grain. Two were killed by the storm. It affected about 210,000 people in neighboring Fujian, according to the headquarters.

The headquarters adjusted the emergency level from level two down to level three, but warned enhanced prevention efforts as Typhoon Fitow, along with the approaching Typhoon Danas, will continue to haunt the provinces with more rainstorms forecasted.

Five people were killed, and 4 others missing as Typhoon Fitow hit east China’s Zhejiang Province, affecting more than three million people.

Ni Wenlin, 55, from Dongtou County, Wenzhou, died when a strong wind blew him off a hill late Sunday night, according to Wenzhou Flood-Control Headquarters. He was with five others on the way to rescue a fisherman from a nearby port.

Typhoon Fitow continued to weaken as it moved westward across the mainland on Monday, after packing winds of more than 200 kilometers an hour, forcing hundreds of thousands to evacuate and paralyzing transportation services.

The typhoon was downgraded to a tropical depression with its center located in Jian’ou, Fujian province, at about 9 am on Monday, moving southwest at a speed of 20 km per hour.

Typhoon Fitow affects 4.56 million people in E China

Tropical Depression Twentyfour Is Forecast To Strike The Philippines As A Typhoon At About 18:00 GMT On 11th October
Tropical depression Twentyfour is forecast to strike the Philippines as a typhoon at about 18:00 GMT on 11 October. Data supplied by the US Navy and Air Force Joint Typhoon Warning Center suggest that the point of landfall will be near 16.3 N, 122.5 E. Twentyfour is expected to bring 1-minute maximum sustained winds to the region of around 120 km/h (74 mph). Wind gusts in the area may be considerably higher.

According to the Saffir-Simpson damage scale the potential property damage and flooding from a storm of Twentyfour’s strength (category 1) at landfall includes: Storm surge generally 1.2-1.5 metres (4-5 feet) above normal. No real damage to building structures. Damage primarily to unanchored mobile homes, shrubbery, and trees. Some damage to poorly constructed signs. Some coastal road flooding and minor pier damage. There is also the potential for flooding further inland due to heavy rain.

The information above is provided for guidance only and should not be used to make life or death decisions or decisions relating to property. Anyone in the region who is concerned for their personal safety or property should contact their official national weather agency or warning centre for advice.

Odisha Government Sounds Cyclone Alert In 14 Districts, Asks Home Ministry To keep Helicopters Ready
Odisha Government today sounds cyclone alert in 14 districts. The state government asked the Union Home Ministry to keep helicopters ready for rescue and relief operations. The depression over the north Andaman Sea might intensify into a deep depression and a cyclonic storm by tomorrow. The Ministry of Home Affairs and the National Disaster Management Authority have been requested to make advance arrangements to keep in readiness IAF helicopters and NDRF personnel at short notice. It may be noted that Bhubaneswar Met Centre has warned that a cyclonic storm is likely to lash the Odisha coast on Friday. Bhubaneswar Met Centre in a release said a depression which has formed over the north Andaman Sea and lies centred about 1450 km east-southeast of Paradip this morning would intensify into a deep depression and further into a cyclonic storm by tomorrow. The system, Met department said, would move west-northwestwards towards north Andhra Pradesh and Odisha coast during the next 72 hours and have a landfall on Friday. Under its impact squally weather would persist along and off Odisha coast over the next 48 hours during which many parts of the state would experience thunder showers and heavy rains.
Odisha Government sounds cyclone alert in 14 districts, asks Home Ministry to keep helicopters ready




Kp Index is at level 5
Scale of G1


Power systems: weak power grid fluctuations can occur.
Spacecraft operations: minor impact on satellite operations possible.
Other systems: migratory animals are affected at this and higher levels.



***BE ALERT***