Picture: МЗХГ Sofia. Minister of Agriculture, Food and Forestry Rumen Porozhanov held working meetings with the Bulgarian Food Safety Agency and the directors of the regional food safety directorates, his ministry said. The talks focused on the measures and preparedness to respond in view of the complicated situation caused by the recent bird flu outbreak and African swine fever. In regard to the outbreak of а highly pathogenic bird flu found on 13 June on a laying hen farm in the village of Donchevo, Dobrich, measures have been taken to prevent, limit and eradicate the disease. Farms across the country are being checked for implementing biosecurity measures. Updated information on African swine fever was also presented at the meeting. Since the beginning of June, the disease has reached Tulcea, Romania, 160 km away from the Bulgarian border. Preventive measures are being taken, such as reduction in wild boar population, enhanced control and … [Read more...] about Bulgarian agriculture minister holds meetings to discuss bird flu outbreak
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BEIJING (Reuters) – China has reported the first human case of the H7N4 strain of bird flu in a woman in an eastern coastal province, though she has since recovered. The winter is traditionally the high season for bird flu infections. In a statement late on Wednesday, the Hong Kong government’s Centre for Health Protection said it had informed of the case by mainland China’s health ministry, the National Health and Family Planning Commission. According to the commission, this was the first case of human infection with the H7N4 strain in the world, the Hong Kong government said. The case involved a 68-year-old woman in Jiangsu province who developed symptoms on Dec. 25, was admitted to hospital on Jan. 1 and discharged on Jan. 22. “She had contact with live poultry before the onset of symptoms. All her close contacts did not have any symptoms during the medical surveillance period,” the Hong Kong government said. It cited the Chinese Centre for Disease … [Read more...] about China reports first human case of H7N4 bird flu
Travellers hoping to head to China for the New Year celebrations have been given a health warning after an outbreak of bird flu. The country has been hit by human cases of the avian influenza virus known as bird flu , so travellers are being reminded of the risks of contracting the virus during their visits. Those flying out of the UK to China are advised to take extra care in order to protect themselves. The majority of reported human cases in China, have had close contact with birds and have originated from several provinces and municipalities across mainland China and Taiwan. Visitors have therefore been urged to avoid exposure to live poultry and visit medical specialists before travelling. Read More Health news The warning comes in anticipation of Chinese New Year on February 16. Public Health England (PHE) and the National Travel Health Network and Centre (NaTHNaC) are reminding UK travellers of the risk of avian flu ahead of a popular time to visit the country. The UK is … [Read more...] about ‘Bird flu’ warning issued ahead of Chinese New Year celebrations
BIRD flu is an infectious virus which affects many species of birds and certain strains can pose a threat to humans.As of May 2017 two reports from the Government reveal that the H5N8 strain of the disease has been confirmed at sites in Norfolk and Lancashire as well as Lincolnshire and Suffolk. In January 2018 a case of the H5N6 strain of bird flu was confirmed in Dorset affecting 17 wild birds. Here's all there is to know.The Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) has revealed on January 12, 2018, that a case of the H5N6 strain of bird flu has been discovered in 17 wild birds in Dorset.They have said this does not pose a food safety risk and that the risk to people's health was "very low".Defra’s chief veterinary officer, Nigel Gibbens, said: “This is the first time avian flu has been identified in the UK this winter  and while the disease does not represent a threat to the public, it is highly infectious and deadly to … [Read more...] about What is Bird Flu, where is there an outbreak in the UK, how is it affecting farmers across Europe and can humans catch it?
Authorities struggling to fight disease with low budget and few resources 0SHARES Share Tweet Email Authorities struggling to fight disease with low budget and few resources. PHOTO: FILE KARACHI: Karachi is under threat of seasonal influenza H1N1, commonly known as swine flu. So far, 38 cases of the virus have been reported in the city. Karachi Health Director Dr Tahir Aziz Shaikh confirmed on Tuesday that the provincial government is in possession of a report detailing 38 cases of swine flu tested by Aga Khan University Hospital (AKUH). “Confirmation of swine flu cases in Karachi is not surprising, given the spread of the virus in different parts of Punjab,” he said, adding that we must keep the disease from spreading. An emergency meeting was called this week after six deaths due to swine flu were reported in Punjab. “The number of deaths caused by swine flu is negligible. Viral infections are common during the months of … [Read more...] about Govt flounders as 38 cases of swine flu reported in Karachi