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    Zimbabwe ostriches hit by suspected Avian bird flu

    October 26, 2006, 00.05 HRS BST

    BULAWAYO – Two ostriches at a farm in Hwange, Matabeleland North, have reportedly contracted a suspected strain of the dangerous bird flu virus in the country’s second such case in recent weeks.

    Zimbabwe suspends poultry exports after avian flu outbreak!

    - click here for past lead story.
    Have your say in our ZimboForums
    Contacted by our sources for comment yesterday, Department of Veterinary Services director, Stuart Hargreaves, could not immediately confirm the outbreak. But he also could not rule it out completely as the province was on alert following a similar outbreak in nearby Victoria Falls and Livingstone in Zambia.

    “There was an outbreak in that province recently, the new suspected cases have not been reported to us, but we had a some cases in Victoria Falls and Livingstone, Zambia where some birds were quarantined,” he said.

    Hargreaves said he was yet to find out from officials on the ground in Hwange on the exact situation.

    Farmers in Hwange and Victoria Falls confirmed the suspected outbreak and are already on high alert.

    “We have reported the case to the veterinary department who promised to carry out tests to establish what it is,” said Samuel Dube who spoke by phone from Deka Mouth in Hwange.

    “I suspect one of my birds (Ostriches) has avian flu, I have called the veterinary department before I could put it down,” he said.

    Dube said the strain suffered by one of his birds could be avian flu, as he had seen such symptoms before on quarantined ostriches in Zambia during the recent outbreak.

    However Hargreaves downplayed the fears saying the department has intensified efforts to prevent a deadly outbreak.

    He said: “At the moment, the situation is calm and we have since resumed ostrich meat, chicken and eggs exports regionally, but we are monitoring any suspected cases of outbreaks.”

    Hargreaves also chairs the national taskforce on avian flu mandated to put in place all necessary measures to detect the influenza virus early. One way of containing the highly contagious outbreak would be tightening restrictions on the movement of poultry and poultry products across the country. Experts have discovered that the strain of virus killing poultry and wild birds on a wholesome scale is being carried around the world by migratory birds. The virus has so far only been transmitted to humans in isolated cases.

    Harare on high alert after bird flu warning!

    - click here for past lead story.
    Have your say in our ZimboForums
    But World Health Organisation (WHO) experts fear the virus may mutate to a form transmittable from human to human, resulting in a global epidemic threatening the lives of millions, comparable to the SARS outbreaks that hit mainly China in early 2003. The spread of the flu from Asia to eastern Europe and then Africa has increased chances of the virus mutating and causing a possible pandemic among humans, said UN bird flu chief David Nabarro.

    The highly pathogenic H5N1 bird flu virus moved rapidly outside of Southeast Asia and spread into Europe, Eurasia, and Africa. The disease has been detected in 53 countries worldwide and threatens to derail significant progress made in international development. Globally, the disease has caused tremendous damage, slaughtering at least 220 million birds, hurting agri-business, trade, and opportunities for economic growth.

    According the WHO, avian flu has infected 247 humans in 10 countries; almost 60 per cent of these cases have been fatal.

    The national taskforce on bird flu has ruled out human infection by the virus.

    The United Nations Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO)’s animal products and health office based in the Italian capital, Rome, warned the disease might continue to spread despite medical research aimed at halting its progress.

    - Daily Mirror

    http://www.gozimbabwe.com/birdflu_061026.html

    yield

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    Re: Zimbabwe ostriches hit by suspected Avian bird flu

    I looked up previous lead story on the same page, and it had the following story below, and now I am not sure if this is an old story or not?

    Zimbabwe suspends poultry exports after avian flu outbreak!

    December 11, 16.51 HRS BST





    "No chickens have been tested positive..." Two ostriches have though, and in a chicken-loving country such as Zimbabwe it could be just a matter of time. Copyright © GoZimbabwe.com


    HARARE - Zimbabwe has suspended all export of poultry products after avian influenza was found at two ostrich farms in the south of the country.
    Harare on high alert after bird flu warning!

    Government veterinary director Stuart Hargreaves said tests at two farms in the southern Matabeleland province had confirmed the existence of the H5N2 variant of avian flu in ostriches.

    As a result, he said all ostrich farms in the country had been placed under quarantine, and exports of all poultry products suspended.

    "Until the full extent of the disease can be established by completion of a national survey, all ostrich farms in the country have been placed under quarantine," he said.

    He said the disease, which has wrecked havoc in Asia and Europe, had not yet been found in chickens.

    "To date, only two ostrich farms in Matabeleland remain positive and no chickens have been tested positive," Hargreaves said.

    Zimbabwe set up a high-level government taskforce after the avian flu outbreak in Asia, to raise public awareness of the disease and to mobilise resources to tackle an outbreak in the country.

    Hargreaves said the taskforce, comprising health and agriculture experts, was on alert and working on curbing the outbreak in Matabeleland province.

    This is the first known case of avian flu in the country.

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    • #3
      Re: Zimbabwe ostriches hit by suspected Avian bird flu

      (apparently this is a current story, and I saw "Duchy" also started a thread on today's headlines)

      Zimbabwe ostriches hit by suspected bird flu

      October 26, 2006, 2 hours, 19 minutes and 9 seconds ago.

      By www.andnetwork .com

      Two ostriches at a farm in Hwange, Matabeleland North, have reportedly contracted a suspected strain of the dangerous bird flu virus in the country’s second such case in recent weeks.

      Contacted for comment yesterday, Department of Veterinary Services director, Stuart Hargreaves, could not immediately confirm the outbreak. But he also could not rule it out completely as the province was on alert following a similar outbreak in nearby Victoria Falls and Livingstone in Zambia.
      “There was an outbreak in that province recently, the new suspected cases have not been reported to us, but we had a some cases in Victoria Falls and Livingstone, Zambia where some birds were quarantined,” he said.

      Hargreaves said he was yet to find out from officials on the ground in Hwange on the exact situation.

      Farmers in Hwange and Victoria Falls confirmed the suspected outbreak and are already on high alert.

      “We have reported the case to the veterinary department who promised to carry out tests to establish what it is,” said Samuel Dube who spoke by phone from Deka Mouth in Hwange.

      “I suspect one of my birds (Ostriches) has avian flu, I have called the veterinary department before I could put it down,” he said.

      Dube said the strain suffered by one of his birds could be avian flu, as he had seen such symptoms before on quarantined ostriches in Zambia during the recent outbreak.

      However Hargreaves downplayed the fears saying the department has intensified efforts to prevent a deadly outbreak.

      He said: “At the moment, the situation is calm and we have since resumed ostrich meat, chicken and eggs exports regionally, but we are monitoring any suspected cases of outbreaks.”

      Hargreaves also chairs the national taskforce on avian flu mandated to put in place all necessary measures to detect the influenza virus early. One way of containing the highly contagious outbreak would be tightening restrictions on the movement of poultry and poultry products across the country. Experts have discovered that the strain of virus killing poultry and wild birds on a wholesome scale is being carried around the world by migratory birds. The virus has so far only been transmitted to humans in isolated cases.

      But World Health Organisation (WHO) experts fear the virus may mutate to a form transmittable from human to human, resulting in a global epidemic threatening the lives of millions, comparable to the SARS outbreaks that hit mainly China in early 2003. The spread of the flu from Asia to eastern Europe and then Africa has increased chances of the virus mutating and causing a possible pandemic among humans, said UN bird flu chief David Nabarro.

      The highly pathogenic H5N1 bird flu virus moved rapidly outside of Southeast Asia and spread into Europe, Eurasia, and Africa. The disease has been detected in 53 countries worldwide and threatens to derail significant progress made in international development. Globally, the disease has caused tremendous damage, slaughtering at least 220 million birds, hurting agri-business, trade, and opportunities for economic growth.

      According the WHO, avian flu has infected 247 humans in 10 countries; almost 60 per cent of these cases have been fatal.

      The national taskforce on bird flu has ruled out human infection by the virus.

      The United Nations Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO)’s animal products and health office based in the Italian capital, Rome, warned the disease might continue to spread despite medical research aimed at halting its progress.

      - Daily Mirror

      http://www.andnetwork.com/index?serv...tory&sp=l54642

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      • #4
        Re: Zimbabwe ostriches hit by suspected Avian bird flu

        TY Yield. It helps us geographically track the virus. Now we watch to see any mysterious illnesses in that part of the world that may be H5N1.
        Please do not ask me for medical advice, I am not a medical doctor.

        Avatar is a painting by Alan Pollack, titled, "Plague". I'm sure it was an accident that the plague girl happened to look almost like my twin.
        Thank you,
        Shannon Bennett

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        • #5
          Re: Zimbabwe ostriches hit by suspected Avian bird flu

          Originally posted by Shannon
          TY Yield. It helps us geographically track the virus. Now we watch to see any mysterious illnesses in that part of the world that may be H5N1.
          Each year osrtiches in southern Africa test positive for H5N2. It is likely that this outbreak will be like the earlier outbreaks.

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          • #6
            Re: Zimbabwe ostriches hit by suspected Avian bird flu

            Thank you Niman for the correction. Was unaware of the H5N2 virus in ostriches.
            Please do not ask me for medical advice, I am not a medical doctor.

            Avatar is a painting by Alan Pollack, titled, "Plague". I'm sure it was an accident that the plague girl happened to look almost like my twin.
            Thank you,
            Shannon Bennett

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