Archive | March 19, 2014

10.1 MILLION Poultry Killed Due To Outbreak Of Avian Flu In South Korea

South Korea has culled over 6 percent of poultry in the country to curb a bird flu outbreak that has hit farms and migratory birds nationwide, government officials said on Friday.

That brings the total number of farm birds slaughtered to 10.16 million, close to a record 10.2 million during an outbreak in 2008, according to data from the agriculture ministry.

No human infection has been reported, but a dog tested positive for bird flu antibodies, suggesting it had been exposed to the disease without being infected, the ministry said in a statement.

Asia’s fourth-largest economy has had four bird flu outbreaks in the past 10 years, without any cases of human infection reported.

Sales of chicken in one of Seoul’s largest markets dropped by more than half on average last month in the wake of the latest outbreak, according to a ministry official. No nationwide data is available.

South Korea’s first case of H5N8 bird flu – different from the strain that has caused human deaths elsewhere in Asia – was found on January 17 at a duck farm in North Jeolla province, around 300 km (186 miles) southwest of Seoul.

Some 28 poultry farms across the nation have been hit by the disease, the ministry said.

South Korea has been stepping up disinfection measures for migratory birds, the suspected source of the present outbreak, at 37 sites across the country. It also curbed the movement of some livestock workers in affected areas.

China has seen a wave of human H7N9 bird flu cases and deaths in 2014.

1,150 Poultry Die Suddenly In Bengkulu, Indonesia

A total of 1,150 birds in the village of Rawa Indah, District Ilir Talo, Seluma, Bengkulu, was found dead suddenly, last a few days.

This incident makes people worry that there is a bird flu outbreak. Acting Great Swamp Village Chief, Tohir Saputro, explained, the death of poultry that originated from cattle belonging Suwarno, a citizen. The same thing then happened to the other animals in the region.

“This condition makes people afraid of the bird flu outbreak, so I immediately coordinate with the health department,” said Tohir, Thursday (03/13/2014).

One member of the team Hall Vertiner Lampung Province, DVM Sulisnawati, visit the location. He said it was still awaiting the results of laboratory tests to ascertain whether the deaths of thousands of birds from exposure to bird flu virus or not.

“We can not be sure of now. Yet when viewed from its characteristics, is suspected of having bird flu virus,” said Sulisnawati.

In addition to monitoring in the village of Rawa Indah, officials from the health department also brought some samples of dead birds, among other organs, and the birds in a weak condition.

According to village officials, the death of thousands of birds in the village occurred since Wednesday (12/03/2014). Poultry carcasses discarded by their owners in a way buried, not burned.

Hundreds Of Dead Fish Found In A Creek ‘Is A Mystery’ In Babenhausen, Germany

Hunderte tote Fische in Groß-Umstadt und Babenhausen

Mysterious fish kill in a creek between upper and Umstadt Babenhausen. There are several hundred dead animals have been discovered since Tuesday. The police have taken water samples and determined now is whether – and if so who – has illegally dumped chemicals into the Richer Bach.

Zentner way dead fish, especially trout, have been taken out of the creek. The “death of distance” is about 8 to 10 kilometers in length. Frank Horneff, spokesman from the competent county darmstadt the castle, said to FFH: “Something I’ve never seen”.

7,500 Chickens Killed Due To Avian Flu In Macau, China

Macau culled 7,500 chicken after discovering the H7-type avian influenza in live poultry for the first time in the city, authorities said on Thursday, adding the birds had been imported from mainland China.

The decision to slaughter the chickens comes after Hong Kong’s cull of around 20,000 chicken in January, after the deadly H7N9 bird flu virus was found in poultry also imported from China.

Macau authorities discovered a positive H7 sample in a batch of poultry imported from the mainland Chinese city of Zhuhai on Wednesday.

“To ensure public health, authorities have decided to take decisive action and ordered the emergency measures of culling, sealing off and disinfection,” a government statement released Thursday said.

They did not give details on which strain of H7 flu was found.

The cull of the 7,500 chicken started at midnight and lasted six hours, a government spokeswoman told AFP.

Images on the government website showed health officials wearing masks and white protective suits placing chicken in large plastic yellow bags at the Nam Yue Wholesales Market.

The market – Macau’s only wholesale market for poultry imports – will be closed for 21 days starting Thursday for disinfection, the government said.

A health department spokesman said that since 1999, there has not been a human case of avian flu in the territory. In the neighbouring southern Chinese city of Hong Kong, the virus has claimed the lives of three men since December last year, and has infected six in total.

An 18-month-old girl, in the latest case announced in the city, was confirmed to carry the virus earlier this month after having recently returned from mainland China.

Hong Kong officials said last month that they were extending for four months a ban on live poultry imports from mainland China to guard against the disease.

The outbreak, which first emerged on the mainland in February 2013, has reignited fears that a bird flu virus could mutate to become easily transmissible between people, threatening to trigger a pandemic.

A total of 72 people died from the H7N9 bird flu strain in China in the first two months of this year, government figures showed, far more than 46 deaths in the whole of 2013.

Flock Of Dead Birds Found On Road ‘Is A Mystery’ In Lancashire, England

This Is Lancashire: The dead starlings in Beaumont Road, Ladybridge

THE mystery appearance of a flock of dead birds in the middle of a busy road has left Ladybridge residents baffled.

Between 20 and 30 dead starlings appeared in Beaumont Road, near the Britannia Hotel, on Sunday afternoon.

Eyewitnesses reported hearing a loud bang before finding the birds in an “X-Files-like” experience, as if they had “fallen from the sky”.

The Royal Society for the Protection of Birds has said it is unlikely they flew into a poisonous air trail as their injuries would be less uniform.

A spokesman said the low-flying birds, which tend to travel in a tight flock, could have been hit by a vehicle or been confused or dazzled and flown into one.

Craig Clarkson, aged 39, who was in Beaumont Road shortly after the birds first appeared, said there were nearly 100 of them, with some lying still alive in the road.

The RSPB spokesman said: “I have heard of a previous discovery of a group of dead starlings, and it was never really established how they got there.

“The most likely reason is that they confused and flew into something, or were dazzled.

“Or they may have been hit by a lorry at speed as they were cutting across the road. They do fly low enough for that.”

Mr Clarkson added: “A guy told us he had heard a loud bang and then found these birds outside.

“It was really weird, like something out of the X-Files.”

Kayleigh Knott, from Farnworth, who was visiting a friend in the area, said: “I’ve heard of things like this happening elsewhere and they’ve never found an explanation.

“This is just so unusual and people need to know why this has happened.”

38,000 Birds Killed Due To Avian Flu In Bentheim, Germany

In Lower Saxony laying hens a mild form of bird flu has been detected. (Icon photo)

Thousands of animals had to be killed: In a laying hen operation in Emlichheim (Lower Saxony) is a mild form of bird flu has been detected. Are affected, according to the relevant county Bentheim in operation around 38,000 hens. The birds are already all been killed.

The farmer had noticed a few days ago that his chickens eat less than usual, say the “news Grafschafter”. He had, therefore, informs a veterinarian.

At the weekend, laboratory results were then shown: the animals are infected, the virus type is for humans but not dangerous. In Emlichheim a restricted area of ​​one kilometer has been set up around the operation.

Hundreds Of Fish Found Dead In A Creek In Rocky Gap, Virginia, America

Inspectors with the Virginia Department of Environmental Quality were on the scene Tuesday after anglers discovered hundreds of dead fish in Laurel Creek near Interstate 77.

“We have an area extending approximately a mile to a mile and a half of fish kill,” J. Alex Sneed of the department’s pollution response program said along the banks of the creek.

The zone with dead fish extends from an Interstate 77 bridge near the East River Mountain Tunnel to where Laurel Creek meets Wolf Creek, Sneed said. The incident was reported at approximately 10:30 a.m. Tuesday after local anglers discovered dead fish in the stream. The Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries had stocked the stream with trout on Monday.

“We have a significant amount of trout that have been impacted,” Sneed said, estimating the number of dead fish was in the hundreds.

The fish died after area firefighters extinguished a vehicle fire Monday along I-77. Approximately 5,500 gallons of chlorinated tap water and fire fighting foam went down a highway drain and into the creek, he said.

Sneed said the creek should be able to recover, and that there “was no reason to believe” there was any threat to the public.

Besides trout, the contaminated water that flowed into the stream left other species of fish dead.

“It’s really killed everything in the creek,” Sneed said. “It killed all the minnows and other smaller species of fish.”

One resident who lives along Laurel Creek did not know about the dead fish until Sneed and his team arrived and asked if they could check the stream next to his property.

“I was clearing a building out when I heard the dog barking,” said Tony Scott, 42, of Rocky Gap, Va. “They asked if I had seen any dead fish.”

Scott and his wife, Amanda, saw the dead fish when Sneed and his coworkers started seeking out and counting them.

“We counted 43 in a 50-foot span,” Scott said. He frequently fishes in Laurel Creek. “I’ve caught as many as 22 in one day. I guess I won’t be doing that for a while.”

“We do a lot of catch and release,” Amanda Scott said, looking at the stream. “It breaks my heart.”

Scores Of Dolphins, Porpoises, Turtles, Lobsters And Starfish Wash Up Dead In Southern England

Coastguards at Littlehampton have now found five dolphins and porpoises

Coastguards at Littlehampton have now found five dolphins and porpoises along the shores of West Sussex and others have been discovered in Dorset and Cornwall.

Marine experts say the huge waves pounding the beaches have taken a terrible toll because it forced ‘food’ such as sand eels and sprats to seek shelter far out to sea where the dolphins could not catch them.

In the latest find, a male striped dolphin almost seven feet long was spotted lying dead on the beach in Felpham.

Just hours earlier, a young male harbour porpoise, less than 4ft long, was found on the beach at Rustington.


A coastguard spokesman said today: “Residents are advised if they do come across deceased animals on the beach not to touch them as they can harbour harmful bacteria.

“Any dolphins or porpoises should be reported to the coastguard with information passed on to the Natural History Museum which can help identify if there are any environmental factors affecting marine wildlife.

“This winter, marine biologists have seen scores of unusual creatures washed up along the county’s shoreline including dolphins, porpoises, turtles, lobsters, goose barnacles, long-spined sea scorpions, puffins, starfish and whelk eggs.” 

Thousands of puffins and other seabirds have also been found dead along the coast following the severe weather.

Thousands Of Dead Fish Wash Up In Clermont Lagoon, Queensland, Australia

More than 1,500 fish have washed up dead at Hood's Lagoon in Clermont in central Queensland since March 10, 2014

Investigations are underway into the cause of a large fish kill at a central Queensland waterway.

More than 1,500 fish have washed up dead at Hood’s Lagoon in Clermont since yesterday morning.

Isaac council acting chief executive Scott Riley says the issue is not related to water quality problems at Dysart.

He says council workers have observed fish gasping for air.

“I think the issue we are dealing with in Clermont is more of a routine maintenance type of issue that’s linked to the normal maintenance of the town’s supply system, whereas in Dysart, it’s been a water quality issue in terms of the defined supply via the pipeline,” he said.

He says it could be linked to stormwater contamination.

“We have observed fish that have been gasping for air which indicates there may be low levels of oxygen … in the water,” he said.

“It appears that there may have been an event where low oxygen levels were caused when we installed essentially some backwashing of stormwater lines.”

110,000 Salmon Killed Due To Outbreak Of Disease In Troms, Norway

Information received on 13/03/2014 from Dre Kristina Landsverk, Chief Veterinary Officer, Norwegian Food Safety Authority, Ministry of Agriculture and Food, Brumunddal, Norway

11.03.14 Salmon Deaths In Norway