Archive | January 8, 2017



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350,000 birds to be killed due to bird flu in Quilpue Chile

Bird Flu
The Chilean company Agrosuper reported the presence of a strain of bird in one of its plants flu turkeys, but said in a statement that no infected humans.
According Agrosuper, the H7 flu strain was detected “early form” in one of its plants in Quilpue, 116 kilometers northwest of Santiago.
Tito Pizarro, head of public policy at the Ministry of Health, said that avian influenza “affects turkeys and no risk for human consumption”, but added that employees who work directly with contaminated birds do have possibilities of contagion.
However, he clarified that so far there are no patients in the plant. Speaking to state television, Pizarro said that the kind of influence is rarely detected contagious among humans while handling sick birds.
Still, 350,000 birds were slaughtered to prevent the H7 avian influenza continues to expand among animals. Agrosuper is a group of food companies engaged in the production, distribution and marketing of fresh, frozen pork, chicken, turkey, salmon and processed meat products.
Its sales line the thousand 100 million dollars a year and dominates 55% of the national market selling chickens.
The first human bird flu occurred in Hong Kong in 1997 with the H5N1 strain and was known as avian influence, since it was detected in chickens. Then there were cases in Asia , Africa , Europe , Indonesia , Vietnam and the Middle East.
Symptoms of the disease in humans include coughing, diarrhea, difficulty breathing, fever higher than 38 degrees Celcius, headache, malaise, muscle aches and sore throat.
Treatments vary according to symptoms. The disease can be fatal.
A statement from the Agricultural and Livestock Service (SAG), quoted by Agrosuper, states: “avian influenza is currently present in many Asian, European and African countries, and its dissemination is often associated with migratory birds. That SAG maintains a solid surveillance plan in order to detect as soon as possible the possible entry of the disease. “
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20,000+ chickens killed due to bird flu in Yunlin, Taiwan

Bird Flu
Over 20,000 chickens have been exterminated in Taiwan amid a bird flu outbreak, the Bureau of Animal and Plant Inspection and Quarantine (BAPHIQ) has announced.
BEIJING (Sputnik) – A decision to put 23,000 chickens to death at a farm in Taiwan’s western Yunlin County was made after an inspection revealed that the birds were infected with the H5N8 strain of avian influenza virus, BAPHIQ said on Thursday.
Last month, thousands of chickens, as well as ducks, were put to death across Japan amid bird flu outbreaks.
China reported several cases of human infections with bird flu virus last month. China has been imposing bans on poultry imports from countries affected by bird flu. Curbs are already in place against some 60 nations, including Japan and South Korea.
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Hundreds of thousands of ducks to be killed due to bird flu across France

Bird Flu
Hundreds of thousands of ducks are to be culled in three areas of France following a severe outbreak of bird flu.
The measure will cover all free range ducks, plus geese, in the Gers, Landes and Hautes-Pyrenees areas.
It will begin on Thursday and could continue for more than two weeks.
The areas affected are in southwestern France, where most foie gras – made from duck and goose liver – is produced.
Farms which confine their birds and run a full production cycle – from ducklings to end products – will be exempt from the cull.
The virus has spread quickly over the last month.
France’s agriculture ministry said in a statement: “The principle is to quickly kill the species most affected to date by the virus.”
Marie-Pierre Pe, from foie gras makers’ group CIFOG, said an initial 800,000 birds would be killed in the next week.
More could be slaughtered if the virus can not be brought under control, she told Reuters.
The H5N8 strain of the virus has been discovered in several other European countries, and in Israel, in the last two months.
While it kills poultry, it has not been detected in humans.
Bird flu has also been confirmed in chickens and ducks in a backyard on a premises in Carmarthenshire in southwest Wales, and at a Lincolnshire farm with 5,000 turkeys.
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Large number of dead sea birds found washed up in the Bay of Gibraltar, Spain

Volunteers from the Black Stork Ornithological Group, Verdemar, Agaden and the Somos Tarifa Platform, with the support of numerous local ornithologists, have found a high number of dead birds, Alcas (Alca torda) and Gaviotas (Larus michahellis) in the Bay of Algeciras and the Strait of Gibraltar.
Following the monitoring campaign organized by the various environmental associations as a result of the breakdown of the 400,000 volt high voltage cable that Red Eléctrica de España (REE) maintains to transport energy through the Strait of Gibraltar, ecologists have discovered numerous Dead birds and even many of them have appeared impregnated in a rosaceous oil, according to the ecologists.
The Black Stork Ornithological Collective has given notice to the Regional Ministry of Environment of the Andalusian Government for the birds found to be transferred to the Center for Recovery of Threatened Species (CREA) to analyze the possible causes of the massive mortality.
Las Alcas are migratory Atlantic birds that spend the winter in the Mediterranean crossing the Strait of Gibraltar. The significant number of birds of this species that have been found dead in the area is alarming since they have been found almost a dozen of them dead in a few days and kilometers of coast.
The conservation associations of the Field of Gibraltar expect that the analyzes that can realize the Andalusian administration serve to determine if the deaths have been able to produce by the breakage of the Cable of High Tension of REE or by other circumstances still unknown.
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Hundreds of dead fish found in a lake in Bundaberg, Australia

Fish Kill Alert
“WE SMELT them before we realised what it was.”
“Then we had to step over one that had landed on the path.”
These are the words of a Bundaberg woman disgusted to see “hundreds of dead fish” at Bundaberg Botanic Gardens today.
Monica Banks was taking her daughter to ride the train at a popular tourist spot before lunch when the smell hit her.
The fish were everywhere – not only in the ponds around the gardens.
“We smelt them before we realised what is was then we had to step over one that had landed on the path,” she said.
“It was sad, not a good look for the area especially on school holidays.”
Along with dead fish, she said birds didn’t look well either.
She said there was a daycare centre visiting and the children were asking why the fish were floating upside down.
The NewsMail understands some of the fish are bony bream.
A spokesman said Bundaberg Regional Council was aware of the fish kill and staff were continuing to investigate the circumstances surrounding the deaths.
Mayor Jack Dempsey said it appeared likely recent weather had created unfavourable conditions leading to the death of the fish.
“We have had these types of incidents in the past, as have numerous locations across the state, and usually factors such as recent rain events causing nutrient run-off and subsequent build-up in the ponds as well as extreme heat can negatively impact the fish habitat,” he said.
There is a healthy crop of duck weed in the pond at the moment and Cr Dempsey said it was likely the additional nutrient had been feeding the duck weed which in turn, through its vigorous growth, was extracting oxygen from the water and possibly contributing to the death of the fish.
Council staff were made aware of dead fish found floating in the pond at the cane railway platform on Tuesday evening.
“Obviously the situation progressed overnight to a point where we had a significant number of fish dead by mid-morning,” Cr Dempsey said.
“Staff were brought back from holidays to launch a boat and undertake the removal of the fish about 1pm today.
“The botanic gardens are very popular at this time of year and obviously council is keen to show this mainstream attraction in its best possible light.”
Cr Dempsey said the council did not believe humans had played in the fish kill.
“While the dead fish appear to be an unfortunate part of a natural occurrence, visitors to the Gardens did not appear to be overly perturbed by the event as the fish were reasonably confined in their location,” he said.
No other animals have been affected in the gardens, the mayor said.
“I would like to thank visitors to the gardens for their understanding and also compliment council staff for the urgency they displayed in addressing the disposal of the fish.”
This is the third case of dead animals found at the gardens after a number of fish, birds, turtles and lizards were poisoned by a banned and toxic pesticide in September.
And the dead birds were found at the beginning of November was a result of the birds purging their nest of extra chicks.
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Dozens of birds fall dead from sky in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, USA

You don’t have to look far for a sign of the coming apocalypse. Just check the median of Route 22.
That’s where dozens of black birds apparently fell from the sky Friday afternoon, according to state police and multiple witnesses who drove through the area.
Terrence Haynes and his wife were driving east on Route 22 Friday when suddenly traffic slowed near the Route 512 exit. At first, it looked like shredded tires scattered all over the road, Haynes said. As they drove closer, it became clear that the black objects were birds. Haynes estimated that there were at least 20.
“I’m not kidding when I say it was one of the most terrible things I’ve ever seen,” Haynes said Monday.
David Godiska of Whitehall came upon a similar scene around 1:45 p.m. while driving east near what he thought was the Fullerton Avenue exit. Traffic slowed suddenly, he said.
“I thought maybe there was an accident and then I saw something fall from the sky,” he said. “There were some fluttering on the shoulder of the road. I couldn’t avoid hitting them, and I thought that is really strange.”
Godiska estimated that there were dozens of birds. They covered the road and nearby embankments, he said. Godiska said he saw at least five fall from the sky.
Pennsylvania State Police in Bethlehem confirmed that they dispatched a trooper Friday after someone reported the birds. An officer responded to see whether the birds needed to be cleared, but they were not blocking traffic, according to an official who answered the phone in the Bethlehem office. State police counted about 30 birds on the road. No one was injured, police said.
State police said it was possible that the birds were hit by a tractor trailer. But if the birds fell from the sky, it wouldn’t be the first time in recent memory.
In December, residents in southern New Jersey reported a shower of as many as 200 red-winged blackbirds in a housing development surrounded by farm fields, the Philadelphia Inquirer reported. Three weeks before that incident, a couple dozen dead birds were found in the same neighborhood. Earlier in 2016, a similar situation was reported in a North Jersey farming area, the Inquirer reported.
The New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection conducted tests on the dead birds but was unable to determine what made them fall from the sky, the newspaper said.
It is not known what type of birds were killed in the Lehigh Valley incident. Witnesses and state police described the birds as small and black. Godiska said the birds were the size of Starlings.
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Dozens of dead turtles washing up on beaches in Jagatsinghpur district, India

The decomposed carcasses of Olive Ridley turtles are being spotted regularly along the 15 km beach stretch from Nehru Bangla to Jatadhari river in Jagatsinghpur district. The turtles were found floating off the Paradip coast which is close to Gahirmatha Marine Sanctuary, the biggest rookery for Olive Ridley sea turtles.
Though thousands of turtles visit this beach for nesting every year, little has been done for safety of these endangered marine species. Turtle conservationists said carcasses are becoming a common sight on the beach.
Sources said illegal mechanised fishing activities and pollution pose a serious threat to the Olive Ridley turtles on Paradip coast. Despite vigil by Coast Guard, turtle mortality continues. The Fisheries Department has promulgated Orissa Marine Fishing Regulation Act (OMFRA) from November to May on Odisha coast for conservation of turtles. As a part of Operation Oliva, an improvised ship and a dornier aircraft had been pressed into service by the Coast Guard to keep a tab on illegal fishing during the ban period. However, locals alleged that the Coast Guard, Marine Police and forest officials conduct raids on illegal trawlers only after spotting dead turtles.
Apparently, five trawlers were seized and fishermen in them arrested for fishing during the ban period.
Forest Ranger, Kujang, Pratap Mohanty said the turtles have not died in Paradip. “The turtles died in Gahirmatha Marine Sanctuary and the carcasses were washed ashore to the Paradip coast due to northerly wind. We have cremated 36 turtle carcasses recently and 12 teams of security personnel have been deployed on the beach stretch to keep a tab on illegal fishing.
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5 Humpback whales have washed ashore in recent weeks in Hawaii, USA

A dead humpback whale was washed ashore at a nature reserve in Maui, Hawaii. Authorities have closed access to the shoreline and placed warning signs about possible sharks in the waters.  ( Cameron Spencer | Getty Images )
Hawaii’s Department of Land and Natural Resources (DLNR) announced on Friday, Dec. 30, that access to the Ahihi-Kinau Natural Area Reserve in South Maui has been closed after a whale carcass was washed ashore in the area.
The carcass is believed to be that of a humpback whale, and it is the fifth one to be beached on the shoreline in recent weeks. Other whale carcasses have been spotted in several areas, including Kauai, West Molokai, West Oahu and Kailua Bay, since November.
Paul Haake, captain of the Maui Fire Department, said the dead whale was washed ashore and became on a shallow reef Friday morning.
Officers from the DLNR and Maui County have conducted a survey of the surrounding area to find out if there are any sharks that might have been attracted to the dead whale, but no predators have been spotted.
Warning signs have been placed around the shoreline where the carcass was found to let people know about the potential dangers of sharks in the water.
Depending on the dead whale’s movements, the DLNR may also add more warnings or declare other shoreline closures at Makena State Park and other nearby areas.
Haake said shark warning signs have also been placed at Big Beach, though it remained accessible to beachgoers Friday afternoon.
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