Archive | April 6, 2021

55,000 hens killed due to bird flu in Bulgaria

Bulgarian veterinary authorities will cull 55,000 hens in the northern town of Slavyianovo after a bird flu outbreak was confirmed at a industrial farm there, the fourth since February 3, the food safety agency said late on Monday.

The agency said the four farms have been hit by highly pathogenic avian influenza type A, but did not disclose the strain of the disease.

The predominant strain in Europe at present is H5N8.

Some 160,000 ducks and 99,000 have been culled at three farms in Slavyianovo, some 190 km northeast of Sofia, this month as authorities try to contain the spread of the disease.

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Mass die off of tree martin birds ‘due to cold’ in Western Australia

Conservationists have blamed a summer cold snap for the widespread deaths of a small native bird in Western Australia’s South West.

A low pressure system brought unseasonal cold temperatures and heavy rainfall to southern WA for several days from the weekend.

Parks and Wildlife conservation officer Ben Lullfitz said after the cold weather people had found dead tree martin birds from Augusta to Bunbury.

“It’s a small bird which looks a bit like a swallow, basically they are insect feeders which don’t like cold weather in the summer … which has caused them to get into quite a bit of distress,” he said.

Mr Lullfitz said the birds were unable to feed or regulate their body temperature during the cool conditions.

“We don’t know how many exactly have died but it’s been a widespread event,” he said.

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Millions of oysters die off ‘a mystery’ off coast of Louisiana, USA

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Millions of pounds of oysters were found dead in the Gulf of Mexico, off the coast of the US state of Louisiana in January and harvesters still don’t know what happened, the Associated Press reports.

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209,606+ birds killed due to bird flu in Maharashtra, India

Maharashtra has been struggling with bird flu or avian influenza since more than a month. It has reported deaths of over 40,213 birds in the state since January 8 and has culled over 200,000 poultry birds following confirmation of bird flu from ICAR-National Institute of High-Security Animal Diseases (NIHSAD), Bhopal, till date. The figures include around 137,305 poultry birds in Navapur tehsil of Nandurbar district in the last two days (Sunday and Monday).

On Monday, 105,305 poultry birds were culled at four farms in Navapur to contain the spread.

The culling process is started only after receiving a confirmation of bird flu from ICAR-NIHSAD – the central laboratory for bird flu testing. The culling is being done within a one-km radius of the poultry farm affected by the virus.

This is the second time the state is dealing with bird flu in the last 15 years. In 2006, it was limited to Navapur, which was the epicentre of the disease in the Nandurbar district, but this time, the scenario is different. The zoonotic disease has spread to 45 epicentres covering 20 districts across the state.

However, 41 epicentres have been issued sanitisation certificates, indicating they are free from the virus and consumption of poultry products has been allowed in these areas. These epicentres will continue to be monitored for the next three months, government officials said.

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50,000 birds killed due to bird flu in Algeria

Algeria has reported an outbreak of highly pathogenic H5N8 bird flu on a poultry farm, the Paris-based World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE) said on Tuesday.

The virus killed 50,000 birds on a farm in the town of Ain Fakroun in the northeast of the country, with the remaining 1,200 birds in the flock slaughtered, the OIE said, citing a report from Algeria’s agriculture ministry.

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Thousands of fish die suddenly in a lake in Ponorogo, Indonesia

Thousands of tilapia cultivated in Ngebel Lake have died since Monday (8/2/2021) yesterday. Residents suspect that tens of tons of fish suddenly died of sulfur gas poisoning from the bottom of the lake since Sunday (7/2/2021) night. The head of the Milled Fish Cultivation Group, Yoso Ngebel, Pujo Widodo, said that the phenomenon of sulfur gas coming out of the bottom of the lake occurs almost every year. However, usually sulfur gas does not come out during the rainy season. “Before the sulfur gas comes out, usually the farmers have emptied their kerambanya,” said Pujo to , Tuesday (9/2/2021).

However, the community missed predicting the time for sulfur gas to come out from the bottom of the lake. Sulfur gas comes out when farmers are about to harvest tilapia. As a result, thousands of tilapia fish died suddenly and floated on the surface of the water. According to Pujo, a group of farmers could lose up to tens of millions of rupiah, depending on the number of cages they have. Most of the dead fish were used as catfish food. Meanwhile, fish that can be saved are sold cheaply. Not only tilapia, many residents cultivate carp and catfish in Ngebel Lake. The two fish commodities were able to survive even though gas bursts came out of the bottom of the lake.

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100,000 poultry killed due to bird flu in Vietnam

Vietnam has culled more 100,000 poultry so far this year in a bid to contain the spread of bird flu in the Southeast Asian country, the government said on Monday.

The country has reported outbreaks of the highly pathogenic H5N1 and H5N6 bird flu strains in 14 provinces, the government said in a statement on its website.

“The risk for the outbreaks to spread on a larger scale is very high,” the statement said.

Vietnam has a poultry flock of around 460 million birds, and small-scale bird flu outbreaks have occurred sporadically in the country during the past few years.

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1.15 MILLION poultry killed due to bird flu in Chiba and Miyazaki, Japan

New cases of avian influenza believed to be of a highly pathogenic strain have been confirmed at poultry farms in both Chiba and Miyazaki prefectures, their prefectural governments announced on Sunday.

Chiba Prefecture decided to cull all of some 1.15 million chickens raised at the affected farm in the town of Tako to prevent the spread of the virus and requested the dispatch of the Self-Defense Forces for help to complete task swiftly.

This is the seventh bird flu outbreak at a farm in Chiba since December last year, following an outbreak confirmed at a farm in the nearby city of Asahi only on Saturday.

Meanwhile, the 11th farm bird flu case in Miyazaki this season hit a poultry facility in the town of Shintomi. The prefectural government is culling all of around 240,000 chickens raised there. The facility is located only about 500 meters away from a farm where the viral outbreak occurred in late January.

Restrictions have been imposed on the transfers of eggs and chickens from all farms within 10 kilometers of the facilities newly hit by the disease in the two prefectures.

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Distances: 117 km NW of West Valley City, United States / pop: 136,000 / local time: 13:20:39.7 2021-04-06

71 km W of Brigham City, United States / pop: 18,700 / local time: 13:20:39.7 2021-04-06


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Depth: 10 km

Distances: 58 km SE of Bāneh, Iran / pop: 104,000 / local time: 19:42:25.3 2021-04-06

2 km WNW of Marīvān, Iran / pop: 91,600 / local time: 19:42:25.3 2021-04-06