Archive | July 1, 2017

Dozens of cattle killed by ‘mysterious disease’ in Kurram, Pakistan

A least 40 cows and goats have been killed due to outbreak of a mysterious disease in Toda Cheena area of Central Kurram Agency.
 
Residents of the small village say every house has been affected due to the disease. Muhammad Saleem, a local resident, told TNN that his three cows expired during the last one week. He said this disease affects healthy cattle within a day or two and kill them.
 
The area people said the disease has killed 30 cows and 13 goats in the village so far. They demanded the government to send doctors for vaccination of cattle in the area.
 
Veterinary physician Inzar Gul told TNN that from the symptoms it seems the cattle have been affected from anthrax disease. However, he said it could be verified only after tests.
Courtesy of menafn.com
 

Thousands of dead fish found in the river Elsa, Italy

A multitude of fish along the Elsa River again hit the Valdelsa. The reports have come from the fishermen of the area, always on the front line to defend the eco-fluvial system that, in addition to this increscerous episode, was again the focus of the foam that in the night of Tuesday had affected the stretch Which from the Zambra leads to the bridge dividing Certaldo and Badia into Elmi. The two phenomena took place within 24 hours and in the place, after the fishermen’s reports, the law enforcement officers and Arpat of Siena made some withdrawals.
 
The next pick that will serve to give a response to a debate that has been leaking for many years in the bed of the Elsa River hit now, besides the presence of foams, by a very significant fish. The latest responses from Arpat, which worked in tune with Empoli, Siena and Florence, led to a report on the environmental health of the river where it was said that “the origin of the foam may consist of rains after prolonged periods of absence Of the same, in the dilution of both the anthropic and built soils (square streets, etc.) and the agricultural and natural soils, to which the rinsing of white sewers can be added, where during various periods of drought various types of substances can be deposited.
Courtesy of iltirreno.gelocal.it
 

190,000 birds killed due to bird flu in South Korea

South Korea has imposed a temporary nationwide ban on poultry transportation as it struggles to contain an outbreak of the highly pathogenic H5N8 virus, which has led to the slaughter of some 190,000 birds.
 
The first case in this outbreak of the virus was confirmed in the southern island of Jeju on June 2, and four more cases have been confirmed in different locations across the country.
 
On Tuesday, Seoul raised the national bird flu alert to its highest level, as it counted more than 180,000 chickens, ducks and other birds be culled, the agriculture ministry said.
 
“We hope that the outbreak will be contained soon with the bird flu alert raised to the top ‘grave’ level,” a ministry official told AFP.
 
“Grave” is the final step on the four-level alert system, and means officials can ban any movements of vehicles carrying birds, shut poultry stores or animal slaughterhouses, vaccinate poultry, and disinfect any vehicles on the road.
 
Under the 24-hour poultry transport ban that took effect Wednesday, all birds—and bird farmers—were banned from travelling, with farms subjected to disinfection.
 
The worst outbreak of another strain—H5N6, the most highly contagious strain of avian flu ever to hit the South—was recorded late last year when a record 30 million birds were slaughtered, which sent egg prices soaring.
 
The World Health Organization warned earlier this year that the strain has caused “severe infection” in humans.
Courtesy of phys.org
 

140,000 birds killed due to bird flu in Zimbabwe

One of Zimbabwe’s biggest poultry producers, Irvine’s Private Limited, has culled 140,000 birds following an outbreak of avian influenza at its premises which killed 7,000 others, as the government quarantined the affected site to prevent the spread of the virus.
 
A press statement published by the company Tuesday said that the company had identified and contained a form of avian flu on an isolated site just outside Harare.
 
“Irvine’s, together with the Zimbabwe Veterinary Department, have responded by placing the affected site under quarantine and the entire flock that was affected has been culled and disposed of in accordance with the relevant veterinary regulations,” the company said.
 
Avian flu is a virus that occurs naturally among wild aquatic birds and affects domestic poultry and other birds and animals.
 
Principal director in the Department of Livestock and Veterinary Services Unesu Obatolu-Ushewokunze told state media that the outbreak involved the serotype H5 N8 of the avian flu virus which had been spreading around the world since 2010 but had not shown any risk to humans.
 
“All trade partners, veterinary authorities of neighboring countries and the World Organization for Animal Health have been notified as necessary,” she said.
Courtesy of allafrica.com
 

40,000 lbs of fish die in a reservoir in Fujian, China

Raising a year of fish, and then a few days you can catch the market, unexpectedly, a few days after a few days there have been a lot of death, who lives in Zhangzhou Zhangpu County, the old town of Gao Lincun Zheng Huaiyang a misery.
 
Zheng Huaiyang that he raised the reservoir in the incident for nearly 20 years of fish, suddenly there is such a situation, is the reservoir upstream last year just put into operation the waste disposal plant generated by the sewage.
 
At present, Zhangpu County Environmental Protection Bureau has been on the reservoir and waste treatment plant wastewater samples were sampled.
 
Herald reporter came to the high forest in the village of Hongwei reservoir. Just near, to smell a thick smell, Zheng Huaiyang’s father is a basket of a basket to the shore salvage dead fish. And the water is also floating on many dead fish, some undead fish also surfaced, and some have begun to roll.
 
A hook machine is digging at the reservoir side for burying dead fish. While the side of about 8 cubic meters of the pit, has been filled with dead fish, about 5000 pounds heavy. “Just dug to dig three, small pit also buried a lot of the.” Zheng Huaiyang said.
 
According to him, this reservoir is his uncle Wang Qianlong in 1997 to the village contract, covering about 50 acres. “Some fish have abnormalities, including carp, carp, silver carp, tilapia and other varieties, large nearly 5 pounds, there are small adult palm size. Some species have been able to catch a few days to market, and now almost all dead “Zheng Huaiyang said, June 4 morning died about 9,000 pounds.
 
As of 10 o’clock last night, dead fish about 4 million jin. However, dead fish is still constantly surfaced.
Courtesy of china.huanqiu.com
 

Thousands of dead fish found in the Concho River in Texas, USA

Dead fish are surfacing in the Concho River and washing ashore close to Miles on the Runnels/ Tom Green County line.
 
Thousands of fish are dying and Texas Parks and Wildlife officials are trying to figure out why.
 
The corpses of bass, carp, perch and catfish have all been found along the river bank near Mullins Crossing and about four miles south of HWY 67 in Tom Green County. Area residents first spotted the washed up fish over the weekend, with even more turning up on Monday.
 
One long-time resident we spoke to wonders whether it’s a harmful algae that’s to blame for the death of the fish.
 
Although it’s still unclear what killed the fish, the Inland Fisheries Division, a department with Texas Parks and Wildlife, went to the area and took a water sample that will be sent off for testing.
Courtesy of conchovalleyhomepage.com
 

Massive die off of fish in Puget Sound in Washington, USA

Thousands of anchovies washed up on the shores of Puget Sound in Washington last week after hot weather over the Memorial Day weekend changed the feeding patterns of the fish, state wildlife officials say.
 
The fish reportedly began to wash up on beaches at Case Inlet near Belfair, Washington, early last week and continued to do so throughout the week, KOMO News reported.
 
“It’s sad. It’s really sad,” resident Kristen Wiseman told KOMO of the scores of dead fish scattered on the beach near her home.
 
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State fish biologists told the news station the hot weather last weekend prompted the fish to swim closer to the shore to feed on plankton. When the tide went out, the anchovies became trapped and died from a lack of oxygen.
 
“And so now it’s lots of fish using up lots of oxygen trapped in shallow rapidly warming water and effectively what happens is the fish get cooked,” Dr. Dayv Lowry, a Department of Fish and Wildlife research scientist, told KOMO.
 
According to weather.com meteorologist Chris Dolce, temperatures in the area reached the mid-80s over the holiday weekend, which is about 20 degrees warmer than average for the area in late May.
 
The large fish die-off is not new or alarming, biologists told KOMO, adding the die-off will not affect the huge population of anchovies that live in the sound.
 
Other species in other areas of the sound aren’t faring as well. According to the Seattle Times, Seth Book, a biologist with the Skokomish Tribe who has monitored the marine waterway, noted in 2015 several species of marine life are succumbing to low levels of oxygen at depth in Hood Canal.
 
“It’s a dead zone anywhere east of Sister’s Point to Belfair, Mason County. There’s very low oxygen at depth,” said Book, noting die-offs occur every year in the long and narrow Hood Canal, where slow circulation and warmer summer temperatures lead to lower oxygen concentrations in the water.
Courtesy of weather.com
 

Hundreds of dead fish found along the coast of Mullaitivu, Sri Lanka

Recently hundreds of dead fish were seen floating along the shoreline in the seas of Mullaitivu. Captured here are images taken by our correspondent.
 
Fishermen in the area were puzzled as to what caused hundreds of dead fish to congregate on its shores, investigations are still underway to ascertain the cause.
Courtesy of sundaytimes.lk