Dec 1, 2008 (CIDRAP News) – Government officials in India recently confirmed an H5N1 avian influenza outbreak in the northeastern state of Assam, according to a Nov 28 report from the World Organization for Animal Health (OIE).The virus struck backyard poultry in a small village, killing 324 of 391 birds, according to the OIE report. Testing on samples from the birds was conducted at the High Security Animal Disease Laboratory in Bhopal, which reported the positive H5N1 findings on Nov 27.India’s last H5N1 outbreak occurred in May, when the virus struck backyard poultry in West Bengal state. That outbreak signaled the end of a 5-month battle against the virus at several sites in West Bengal and Tripura states, both of which adjoin Bangladesh. On Nov 4 India filed a final report on the 42 outbreaks in those two northeastern states.In Assam, officials ordered the culling of all domestic poultry within a 5-km radius of the outbreak site and said owners would be compensated for their birds. The OIE report said authorities have closed poultry markets and curbed the sale and transport of birds in the zone near the outbreak.Manoranjan Choudhury, deputy director of Assam’s veterinary department, said that animal health workers have culled 40,000 of 60,000 poultry that were slated for culling, according to a report today from the Times of India. He said chickens and ducks are affected by the slaughtering activities, which will involve 48 villages. Twenty-two rapid response teams are expected to complete the operations within the next 2 or 3 days, Choudhury told the Times.Officials are investigating the outbreak and have not determined the source, the OIE report said.Despite several poultry outbreaks, India has never reported a human H5N1 case.See also:Nov 28 OIE reporthttp://web.oie.int/wahis/reports/en_imm_0000007566_20081128_154658.pdf
FRANKLIN COUNTY, Ind. — Franklin County Community School bus drivers are asking for your help to “Stuff the Bus” this holiday season.Franklin County bus drivers drive over 2,700 hundred miles of roads every day, and see the needs of many Franklin County children.Bus drivers will have large bags to collect items in need such as soap, shampoo, toothpaste, toothbrushes, laundry care, and toilet paper.When your kid is picked up now through the beginning of Christmas Break you can put your donated items in the bag on the bus.Last year several thousand dollars worth of toys, cleaning supplies, laundry supplies, and personal care items were collected.
Broncos QB Case Keenum was ‘disappointed’ to hear of Joe Flacco trade The #Broncos and #Redskins have agreed to terms on a trade to send QB Case Keenum to Washington for draft picks and with an adjusted contract, sources say. Broncos get Skins 6th, Washington get a 7th.— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) March 7, 2019Keenum is expected to compete with Colt McCoy for the Redskins’ starting quarterback spot. Washington believes veteran Alex Smith will miss all of 2019 after he suffered a gruesome leg injury in November, according to an earlier report from NFL Network. The Ravens reportedly sent Joe Flacco to the Broncos in mid-February. He’ll replace Keenum under center in Denver. Case Keenum is heading to Washington.The Redskins have acquired the 31-year-old quarterback, along with a seventh round pick, from the Broncos, according to a report from NFL Network, which cites unidentified league sources. Denver will receive a sixth-round pick in the deal, the report says. #Broncos QB Case Keenum was the #Redskins top QB target based on price (his deal has offsets) and experience. He’ll come in and have to battle with Colt McCoy when this gets done. Washington checking off a big item on their to-do list.— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) March 7, 2019Keenum had an up-and-down season in Denver after he signed a two-year, $36 million deal with the team in March 2018. He threw for 3,890 yards with 18 touchdowns and 15 interceptions in 16 games. Related News