Articles worth reading
Image : Binh Duong, Dak Lak take measures against Zika virus

Binh Duong, Dak Lak take measures against Zika virus

person Orange Themes access_time Nov 05,2016

Binh Duong (VNA) –The southern province of Binh Duong has instructed its health department to coordinate with relevant agencies in implementing measures to prevent and fight Zika virus. The province on November 4 declared the epidemic caused by Zika

Image : Why Antarctica is Earth's petri dish

Why Antarctica is Earth's petri dish

person Orange Themes access_time Mar 18,2017

Yahoo News Some studies have revealed critical insights, such as the infamous hole in the ozone layer that appears over Antarctica during the region’s spring. In 1985, British Antarctic Survey scientists discovered that there was about half as much

Image : The Latest: Netanyahu says Kerry speech 'disappointment'

The Latest: Netanyahu says Kerry speech 'disappointment'

person Orange Themes access_time Dec 28,2016

Yahoo News WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on United States-Israeli relations (all times local):

Latest blog articles

Bird flu expands in Vietnam, striking 2 more provinces

access_time Mar 13,2017 chat_bubble_outline 57 views


Strains of bird flu has been detected in a chicken breeder flock in the northern province of Bac Ninh and the birds will be culled to stop the virus from entering the food system, report government officials.

Bird flu expands in Vietnam, striking 2 more provinces

No people were affected in the outbreak, which was primarily of the H5N1 strain. The risk of human infection in poultry outbreaks is low, although in China people have died this winter amid an outbreak of the H7N9 virus in birds.

The flock in Bac Ninh has been placed under quarantine, along with many other poultry farms within a 10-km radius of the site, said Nguyen Nhan Lung, head of the provincial Department of Animal Health.

Other flocks in the quarantined area are being tested, Mr Lung added.

Mr Lung also noted the Department had informed the World Organization for Animal Health (OIE) and international trading partners of the outbreak.

According to a report from the OIE the outbreak in Bac Ninh is the second one in recent days of the highly pathogenic H5N1 avian flu virus, raising the number of affected provinces in Vietnam so far this year to seven.

In addition to Bac Ninh, the outbreaks struck backyard birds in the southern province of Tay Ninh.

Both events began on March 3, and taken together, the virus killed 2,050 of 6,600 susceptible poultry. The surviving birds were culled, with other response steps taken, including vaccination, disinfection of the affected premises, and stepped-up surveillance.

Various strains of the virus have spread globally over the past two years, said the OIE in a report, creating concern among scientists about the next pandemic.

Forty new countries have reported avian influenza since November 2016, according to the OIE, with the total number of countries affected now standing at 77 with outbreaks of 13 different strains of the virus.

Authorities in the respective countries have culled millions of birds in affected areas to control the outbreaks, said the OIE.

Government officials across the spectrum and producers have stepped up biosecurity in response to the new cases, as well as to the ongoing outbreaks in Asia, Europe and Africa that have led to the destruction of hundreds of millions of birds and killed dozens of humans.

Bird flu viruses don’t usually spread to people except by close contact with infected birds, but health authorities caution that people everywhere should always be alert to the possibility.

Vietnam government officials are advising producers to be more vigilant about keeping all people and vehicles from entering their farms unless they absolutely have a need to be there.

Farmers may want to implement a ‘Danish entry’ where anyone entering or leaving the barn must sit on a bench, take their boots off, swing their legs around to the ‘clean’ side, put on new boots and clothing that stay in the barn, and reverse the process when they leave.

The most effective method to rapidly eliminate the virus and its spread to humans, according to the OIE, is to rely on the principle of culling (or stamping-out) and continuous monitoring until the virus is completely gone from the flock.

Merkel wants to beef up sanctions against Russia: newspaper

BERLIN (Reuters) - Angela Merkel wants to get other European Union member countries to agree to step up sanctions against Russia because of its role in the war in Syria, a German newspaper cited sources close to the German chancellor as saying.The issue of sanctions is due to be discussed at an EU summit on Thursday and Friday. Both the EU and the United States have already imposed economic and other sanctions on Russia for its seizure of the Crimean peninsula from Ukraine in 2014, and for its… chat_bubble_outline Read More...

China conducts flyover of waterways near Japan, Taiwan

BEIJING (AP) — China patrolled the waters of a series of hotly contested islands Sunday, a day after staging a flyover of two strategically important waterways near Taiwan and Japan.Chinese government statements said both weekend exercises were routine. The exercises come shortly after Taiwanese President Tsai Ing-wen spoke to U.S. President-elect Donald Trump, in a call strongly denounced by China, which considers Taiwan to be Chinese territory.At least 10 Chinese planes on Saturday flew over… chat_bubble_outline Read More...

Vietnam’s Kido sells snack business for $90 mln

Mondelez International Inc., the maker of Oreo cookies and Milka chocolate, has bought out Vietnam’s Kinh Do Corp’s snack business after acquiring the remaining of 20 percent stake for VND 2 trillion ($90 million). The transaction gives Mondelez 100 percent ownership of Kinh Do Corp.’s snack unit, helping the world's second-largest confectionary company to gain a strong foothold in the Vietnamese market. Mondelez acquired the majority 80 percent stake two years ago for $370 million as part of… chat_bubble_outline Read More...

In liberal Boston, College Republicans see club membership triple

Perhaps it was only inevitable that in America’s most Democratic state, Nilo Asgari’s elephant sticker would get her in trouble.Amid the intense fervor of the 2016 election, the Boston University student was eating lunch when a fellow student spotted the Republican emblem on her phone case and accosted her.“He came up and started yelling at me,” says Ms. Asgari. “He didn’t know anything about me.” Trump's biggest executive actions, explained [/url]" data-reactid="8">Recommended: Trump's… chat_bubble_outline Read More...

Key Q&A on the Fillon scandal in France

Paris (AFP) - Francois Fillon, the rightwing candidate for the French presidential election, has apologised for paying his wife as a parliamentary aide and hopes to draw a line under a scandal dubbed "Penelopegate".Here is the furore explained in five key questions:- Who is Francois Fillon? -He was prime minister from 2007-2012 under rightwing president Nicolas Sarkozy, the high point of a career that saw him first elected to parliament in 1981.He emerged as the surprise presidential nominee… chat_bubble_outline Read More...

folder_open Assigned tags

Comments

Loading...

Trends in Singapore

Trends in Indonesia

Trends in Philippin