Archive | January 9, 2019

Almost 1,000 cattle die suddenly in Santa Fe, Argentina

Livestock Alert

The high temperatures, humidity and the suspicion of toxins in the food as a predisposing factor caused the death of a thousand cattle in at least four Santa Fe feedlots at the beginning of this 2019. The cases, which started by dripping and accelerated with the passing of hours, were detected in the towns of Chañar Ladeado and Cafferata.

The phenomenon, formally attributed to heat stress of animals, also puts on the table the system of “fattening to farmyard” that spread in the country as livestock counterpart of the advance of genetically modified crops and use of agrochemicals in agriculture.

Professionals who work for the producers attributed the sudden death of a few thousand young bullocks between 250 and 300 kilos to the heat as the main cause. Biological and chemical analyzes added as a factor the presence of a fungus in fescue seeds, one of the pastures used in animal feed. Ramiro Aramburu, area veterinarian and director of consulting company that provides services to one of the feedlots affected, said the problem began on 1 or January.

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2,000+ birds killed due to bird flu in Munger, India

Bird Flu

Bird flu scare continues to persist in Bihar as 400 chickens were found dead at a poultry farm at a village in Bikram block in Patna district in the last 24 hours.

More than 2,000 birds, including chicken and ducks have been culled in a village at Munger after tests confirmed H5N1 virus.

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Hundreds of pigs dead from disease in various provinces of Vietnam

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The government warned about both foot-and-mouth disease and bird flu … There are 24 foot and mouth outbreaks in 6 provinces and cities.

While Nhan Dan newspaper talked about these two epidemics in Kon Tum, the VNA newsletter said about Hanoi, Bac Ninh, Hoa Binh and Ha Nam, …

Nhan Dan newspaper reported that on January 3, SDAH Kon Tum province confirmed, currently in Kon Tum province, there are three districts that have foot and mouth disease (FMD) in pigs and avian influenza A / H5N6 are Dak Ha district, Dak To district and Ngoc Hoi district with thousands of birds and hundreds of infected pigs were destroyed.

Previously, from December 28, 2016 to January 2, 2016, the local veterinary service detected FMD outbreaks in pigs in two households in hamlet 1B, Dak La commune, Dak Ha district and six households. Other livestock belonging to Block 5, Block 6, Block 8, City block 10 Dak To town, Dak To district. In Ngoc Hoi district, there are more than two thousand birds of a livestock household in Ngoc Hai village, Bo Y commune infected with influenza A / H5N6 virus.

Mr. Le Duc Hung, Head of Dak To District Animal Husbandry and Veterinary Station, confirmed that FMD has appeared 4/11 city blocks. In addition to the weather factor, the main cause of the occurrence of FMD outbreaks in the province is mainly due to vaccination. Currently, due to small-scale animal husbandry, most pig farmers are difficult households, pigs of these households are only vaccinated against cholera according to the State’s support program, and diseases most of them are not vaccinated, so the risk of outbreaks is very high.

Also in Dak To district, through inspection at the Centralized Slaughtering Center of the district, the Animal Husbandry and Veterinary Station of this district discovered eight porkers of the Purchasing Center waiting for slaughtering infected with FMD. Although these pigs have been recorded and destroyed, people in Dak To town are worried that this is one of the causes of FMD outbreaks in the area because at present, the Cattle Slaughter Center of the district Dak To is a place to supply pork for most people in the town and surrounding communes.

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Thousands of dead fish appear in Los Molinos dam, Argentina

Fish Kill Alert

Between Monday and Tuesday thousands of dead fish appeared on the shores of the Los Molinos dam, many of them large. The first striking fact is that it was only one affected species: the carps. The phenomenon caused the surprise of many visitors to the place and opened questions about the causes, not yet clarified.

The Environmental Police of the Province took samples of the fish to analyze in the laboratory, but this task will take several weeks to provide answers.

Coastal communities had to improvise collection tasks to avoid the bad image and the terrible smell. Those charges were buried.

Until yesterday there were more questions than certainties.

Among the locals, the first hypothesis was that the extreme heat of these days affected that species, which at this time spawns in the low waters of the coasts, where the temperature is higher.

The biologist Federico Kopta, of the Cordoba Environmental Forum, admitted that reason as possible, because the heat reduces oxygen to the water. But he added others as possible complementary: he noted that “Los Molinos follows the steps of San Roque in the presence of nutrients that make the algae proliferate, which, when decomposed, also consume oxygen from the water”. Kopta recalled that the main cause of the presence of algae in these reservoirs is the lack of sewage treatment in their basins. He also added another possible impact: recent floods could drag a greater amount of diverse organic matter into the lake, further reducing oxygen, and affecting fish in shallower waters to a greater extent.

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Hundreds of dead fish appear on a beach ‘a mystery’ in Mar del Plata, Argentina

Fish Kill Alert

A strange scene was recorded by a neighbor from Mar del Plata early Wednesday: when he approached the coast, he noticed the presence of hundreds of dead fish on the sand.

According to the account of the witness to the local environment 0223 , the animals without life could be seen from the breakwater of the fishermen to the Casino. “I can not believe it, it’s undermined,” he is heard telling the name while filming the mysterious episode.

Although it is possible that the animals have been discarded by a boat, the idea that the water has been contaminated is also considered, since, according to the neighbor, some arrived alive from the sea and died when they reached the shore.

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Dozens of dead fish found in lakes in Medellin de Bravo, Mexico

Fish Kill Alert

Dozens of dead fish of the species known as ‘topos’ were found in one of the lakes of the Puente Moreno subdivision, in Medellin de Bravo.

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Dozens of dead birds found on road in Amarillo, Texas, USA

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Dozens of birds are found dead near at the corner of 45th and Coulter.

Amarillo Animal Management and Welfare said they have picked up birds at that location.

The City of Amarillo said the birds might have flown into power lines or cables near the electrical station at the intersection.

Xcel Energy Spokesperson Wes Reeves said they do not have any evidence of birds impacting their facilities at that intersection, and there have been no service interruptions related to animal contact in that area in recent weeks.

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Thousands of dead fish washing up on beaches in Southern Spain

Fish Kill Alert

New stranding of dead fish on the beaches of the South. The Cleaning Service of San Bartolomé de Tirajana has removed during the morning of this Wednesday another 1,000 kilos of trumpeters from the beaches of El Inglés and Maspalomas in which it has been the largest arrival of animal remains to the coast since they began arriving. a few months

While it is true that the frequency and number of kilos collected in recent months has increased, “there is nothing strange in the analytical” obtained after sending several samples to the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine of the University of Las Palmas de Gran Canaria , as confirmed by the Councilor for Coastline Care, José Carlos Álamo, which is why water pollution is ruled out. “Although something similar to what has been happening in recent weeks has never happened to us, everything still points to a natural process ,” the mayor explained.

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Distances: 132 km N of Bucharest, Romania / pop: 1,878,000 / local time: 13:36:04.2 2019-01-09

48 km W of Focşani, Romania / pop: 106,000 / local time: 13:36:04.2 2019-01-09
9 km NW of Grunji, Romania / pop: 3,100 / local time: 13:36:04.2 2019-01-0
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#Snowy #Greece Sees #Temperatures Plunge To -23C

A snowy scene last week in Hortiatis, north of Thessaloniki

A snowy scene last week in Hortiatis, north of Thessaloniki

Greece has been freezing in temperatures as low as -23C (-9F) as some of Athens’ most famous monuments got a dusting of snow.

The -23C figure was recorded in the northern city of Florina and led to road closures and disruption to transport.

Further south in the capital, Athens, snow fell around monuments such as the Temple of Zeus as schools closed and some roads became impassable because of ice.

Courthouses also shut up shop, while there was a minimal service from some other state services and banks.

The cold snap has been going on for several days and Greek officials have said the conditions have led to three deaths.

Some people have been trapped in their homes or cars by heavy snowfall.

More icy weather is forecast on Thursday.

The scene in Artemida, east of Athens
Summer seemed a long way away in Artemida, east of Athens

Heavy rain and snow has also been reported in Cyprus, which is more used to long periods of drought.

Sky News meteorologist Chris England said a north to north-easterly wind was bringing “freezing air” down from Poland, Russia and Ukraine.

He said: “That’ll mostly be coming over the cold land as well – unlike the UK, where cold air moving in is generally warmed a bit by the sea.”

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