Archive | April 2, 2017

23,000 birds killed due to bird flu in Quang Ngai, Vietnam

Quang Ngai Province have culled 23,000 birds since last month in an effort to contain the virus.
Authorities in south-central province of Quang Ngai detected another bird flu outbreak, on Tuesday, forcing them to cull over 4,000 infected chickens.
The Department of Agriculture and Rural Development of Duc Pho District (Quang Ngai) said the deadly virus was discovered at the poultry farm of one Tran Anh Duong in Chau Me Hamlet, Pho Chau Commune.
After a slow die-off began to take hold of his flock, on March 2, Duong contacted the authorities, according to Thanh Nien newspaper.
Provincial-level veterinary health officials collected samples at the farm; the results confirmed the appearance of the H5N6 virus.
This is the third bird flu outbreak in Duc Pho District and the seventh outbreak detected in Quang Ngai Province since February 7, which forced the local authorities to cull over 23,000 birds.
Provincial authorities have authorized livestock and veterinary health officials to use 8,400 liters of iodine to sanitize and sterilize poultry breeding areas.
Vietnam has recorded a total of 15 bird flu outbreaks scattered among 11 communes in seven provinces.
The country has been racing around the clock to snuff out various strains of the H5N1 virus as they rage through farms in neighboring China and Cambodia.
Last month, health and agriculture ministries issued warnings regarding the H7N9 virus, a rare strain first detected in China in March 2013.
So far, Vietnam has not reported any cases of the strain.
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Several dead leopard sharks found washed ashore on a beach in California, USA

Several dead leopard sharks washed ashore in Ocean Beach after the rain last week.
An NBC 7 viewer snapped pictures of the sharks at dog beach.
According to Andrew P. Nosal, Ph.D, a Visiting Assistant Researcher at Scripps Institution of Oceanography, the deaths may be related to the water quality but he could not say for sure.
Nosal said the area where the sharks were found was located near the mouth of the San Diego River. After the recent rainfall, the water quality could have caused the leopard sharks to die and wash ashore.
He added that this occurs every now and then in several locations across the state.
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10,000 dead fish found in dried up stream in Senftenberg, Germany

Thousands of dead fish decay in a dry moat in Mrs village near Senftenberg (Oberspreewald-Lausitz district).
Reason for the mess: the digging usually recycled water and connects the ponds of the surrounding fish farms.
In the spring he dries up regularly – the death sentence for thousands of small fish.
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3 more dead dolphins found washed up on beaches in Southern England, UK

The common dolphin founded washed-up on the beach at Thurlestone on Tuesday morning (Chris Derrick)
Three more common dolphins were reported washed up on South Hams beaches this week.
The dead dolphins were found on the beaches at Challaborough, Thurlestone and Wonwell and reported to the Natural History Museum for post mortem.
More than 100 dolphins have been found dead on south west beaches in the first six weeks of this year alone, with most being found in Cornwall.
‘The alarming fact is that all experts agree that only one per cent of the dolphins killed ended up washed-up on the shoreline,’ Lindy Hingley from Brixham Seawatch explained.
‘It’s a food-related problem, and common dolphins are most affected by fisheries. They travel together in family groups hunting mackerel and the trawlers follow the mackerel too.’
Brixham Seawatch was set up in 1990 to protect and promote awareness of the whales, dolphins and porpoises around our shores. Numbers of these cetaceans are declining at an alarming rate, with the bottlenose dolphin particularly affected. Brixham Seawatch monitors these numbers through collation of reported sightings from numerous sources.
An important activity Brixham Seawatch undertakes is the examination of dolphins, porpoises and whales washed up on our beaches.
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73,500 chickens are killed due to bird flu in Tennessee, USA

A massive die-off of fish was recorded in the last days at the Chanchera lagoon, located between the towns of Laboulaye and La Carlota, in the southeast of the province of Cordoba. 
Tens of thousands of chickens have been destroyed at a Tennessee chicken farm due to a bird flu outbreak, and 30 other farms within a six-mile radius are being quarantined.
The U.S. Department of Agriculture says 73,500 chickens were destroyed and will not enter the food system. The highly pathogenic H7 avian influenza, or HPAI, can be deadly to chickens and turkeys.
The breeder supplies Tyson Foods Inc. The company said that it doesn’t expect its chicken business to be disrupted, but shares of the Springdale, Arkansas, food producer slid 3 percent in early trading Monday.
Tennessee’s Department of Agriculture declined to name the breeder and would only say it is located in the state’s Lincoln County, just west of Chattanooga.
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Massive die off of fish found in a lagoon in Cordoba, Spain

The phenomenon, which worried locals, was produced by the intense heat of the last few weeks, whose temperatures surpassed the 38 degrees Celsius. 
Roberto Gatti, Member of Commission directive of the Club hunting and fishing of Laboulaye, in dialogue with chain 3 noted that the main species affected is the silverside. 
“The amount of dead fish is very important, can’t say how many there are, but are many deceased Silversides,” he said. 
“We will wait until a little smell that produce these fish and assess what is what was left. “Have died silverside of 25 centimeters, some large, 600 grams, but I didn’t see kilo, dead”, explained at the time that it anticipated is not the first time that this phenomenon occurs.
“Mortality is very large. La Chanchera Lagoon is the last provincial wildlife reserve that has Cordoba towards the South,”he added. 
As for the causes of the episode, Gatti pointed to the lack of oxygen by the intense heat: “the cause is lack of oxygen. We had weeks of 38 ° and 40 °. Water, the day of the slaughter, was 29th. “In addition there is a microscopic alga that is generated under these circumstances, which is very consuming oxygen and producing fish to die of suffocation”. 
And lamented: “99% are Silversides, though some catfish and carp and bream. We can not do anything, it’s a natural problem”.
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55,000 birds killed due to bird flu in Suffolk, UK

About 55,000 birds are to be culled after a new case of bird flu was detected on a farm in Suffolk.
The Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) said the H5N8 strain of avian flu has been found at Grange Farm in Redgrave.
Public Health England said the risk to public health from the virus is very low.
Gressingham Foods confirmed the birds will be culled, even though none of them currently has avian flu.
The strain was detected in the environment, rather than the birds.
The discovery follows investigations after avian flu was discovered on a separate poultry farm near Redgrave last month.
The premises will be cleansed and disinfected to reduce the risk of further spread, Defra said.
A 3km protection zone and 10km surveillance zone are already in place following the previous case.
The Food Standards Agency said bird flu does not pose a food safety risk for UK consumers.
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Large die off of fish in a river in Vaxjo, Sweden

On Wednesday alerted Växjö municipality if a large amount of dead fish that floated around in a stream near Northampton.
After an inspection found Andreas Hedrén, maritime environmental Manager at Växjö municipality, that the fish died from lack of oxygen.
The low water levels in this area have made fishermen is stuck where it is. They didn’t know where they would swim out and in the end have all the oxygen consumed, he told the smålandsposten.
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Massive die off of fish in a lake in Afyonkarahisar Province, Turkey

Veysel Eroğlu, Minister of Forestry and Water Affairs, told Anatolia Agency on 18 February about Eber Lake in his native Afyonkarahisar that he had spent his life dreaming of preparing an action plan to clean up the polluted lake for years, saying: “Now when you go to Eber Lake We have saved Eber Lake from waste water, waste water, erosion.Eber Lake now has life, birds, endemic species, there was no fish in the past, now fish can be kept, ” he said.
However, on the day that Minister Eroğlu made this statement, it appeared that the surface of Eber Lake was filled with dead fish. On February 20, officials in the lagoon discovered that fish deaths occurred a few days ago.
Eber Lake, surrounded by Bolvadin, Tea and Sultandağı districts of Afyonkarahisar, was once one of the most important wetlands of Turkey. However, faced with the threat of extinction due to pollution originating from human press, industry, agriculture and livestock, Eber lost the tinge of color.
Eber is also famous for its cultivation of straw mat produced by underwater reeds, and in recent years it has been on the agenda with mass fish deaths. However, the death of the last collective fish on Lake Eber has reached an appalling size. The rising temperatures in the summer due to the rising fish deaths in the winter season is causing concern in the region.
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