USDA lab confirms low-path H5N1 strain in Virginia turkeys

first_imgJul 17, 2007 (CIDRAP News) – The US Department of Agriculture (USDA) today confirmed that turkeys at a Virginia farm were exposed to the low-pathogenic North American strain of the H5N1 avian flu virus.Today’s announcement follows a USDA statement 6 days ago that testing at the National Veterinary Services Laboratory (NVSL) in Ames, Iowa, revealed the birds had antibodies to an H5N1 virus, indicating they were possibly exposed to a low-pathogenic strain, but further testing was needed to pinpoint the specific virus.Preslaughter testing had revealed that samples from the birds suggested they had antibodies to an H5 influenza virus, but Virginia’s agriculture department, in a Jul 9 statement announcing the outbreak, said none of the birds had shown any signs of illness or had died unexpectedly.”We can say for certain that this is not highly pathogenic H5N1 circulating in parts of Asia, Europe, and Africa,” said John Clifford, the USDA’s chief veterinary officer, in a USDA press release. He said the North American H5N1 stain is not a threat to human health and causes minor sickness or no noticeable symptoms in birds.State and industry officials have culled about 54,000 turkeys at the farm, and because the poultry producer participates in the expanded National Poultry Improvement Plan, it will be reimbursed 100% for the costs associated with the cull, Clifford said.In September 2006 the USDA published an interim rule that expanded the voluntary cooperative federal, state, and industry program to provide compensation for low-pathogenic H5 and H7 poultry outbreak eradication, the USDA press release said.Surveillance in the area surrounding the affected Shenandoah Valley farm is continuing, but so far all tests have been negative, Clifford said.The North American H5N1 strain is commonly detected in apparently healthy birds during routine surveillance, according to the USDA.See also:Jul 17 USDA press releaseJul 11 CIDRAP News article “USDA: turkeys may have been exposed to mild H5N1″USDA fact sheet on low-pathogenic H5N1last_img read more

Arsenal chief ‘dines’ with Jose Mourinho as pressure builds on Unai Emery

first_imgAdvertisement Emery is under increasing pressure at Arsenal (Picture: Getty)Robin van Persie criticised Emery last week for failing to communicate his wishes to the squad due to his poor grasp of English.AdvertisementAdvertisementMourinho, of course, has no such problem and the Arsenal board are said to be seeking a manager that can effectively communicate his ideas.Arsenal want a manager who is familiar with the Premier League and who won’t be at a language disadvantage when it comes to explaining what he wants to his players.The board have watched on as Emery has ostracised Mesut Ozil from the first team squad and Mourinho’s relationship with the German is said to be another key factor in the Portuguese’s favour.More: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man CityOzil worked with Mourinho at Real Madrid and Arsenal have grown concerned by the fractures in the dressing room that has developed in recent months.Arsenal’s 1-1 draw with Watford on Saturday occurred against the back-drop of the ongoing Granit Xhaka controversy.Emery allowed the Arsenal team to pick Xhaka as their captain, but the midfielder could now be stripped of those duties after telling fans to ‘f*** off’ in a game last week.MORE: Unai Emery suggests Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang could become new Arsenal captainMORE: Mesut Ozil sends message to Arsenal fans after demoralising Wolves draw Comment Mourinho is keen on linking up with Arsenal (Picture: Getty)Arsenal have opened talks with Jose Mourinho over replacing Unai Emery at the Emirates, according to reports.Mourinho has not worked since being sacked by Manchester United almost a year ago and is thought to be keen on replacing Unai Emery at the Emirates.Emery is under increasing pressure at Arsenal and the Times claim the Spaniard has just a few more ‘games of credit’ with the hierarchy at the club.Such is Arsenal’s seriousness about potentially bringing in a new coach, club chief Raul Sanllehi dined with Mourinho last week.ADVERTISEMENT Coral BarrySunday 3 Nov 2019 4:56 amShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link2.4kShares Arsenal chief ‘dines’ with Jose Mourinho as pressure builds on Unai Emery Advertisementlast_img read more