The Federal Government says it has killed more than 329,556 chickens in 62 farms following reports of bird flu outbreaks in several parts of Nigeria.
The disease, which has been reported since January 29, 2021, continues to threaten poultry farmers.
From January to April 5, an estimated 421,947 chickens were infected with the H5N1 virus, which has now spread to 20 Local Government Areas in eight states of Nigeria.
A source from the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development confirmed that at least 329,556 chickens on 62 farms in the affected states were killed.
The Chief Veterinary Officer of the Federation, Dr. Adeniran Alabi, said Nigeria had not reported any outbreaks for almost two years except on January 29 in Nassarawa Local Government Area of the state. Kano.
He said the main way they were fighting the disease now was to identify, kill, spray and pay compensation to the owners of the farms.
“We encourage other farmers to put in place the strictest bio-security measures that can prevent the spread of the disease from coming into their farms” Mr Alabi said.
He said their ministry had long been carrying out disinfection in live bird markets and poultry in the affected state poultry markets, which he said was a major obstacle to its spread.
He said the Ministry of Agriculture was working hand in hand with the Nigerian Center for Disease Control (NCDC) in sampling the virus in people working in such farms to expand research on it.
Himachal Pradesh, which witnessed a temporary lull in bird flu cases, has once again reported deaths of migratory birds and this time the bar headed geese seem to be the latest victim of the H5N1 virus.
Principal Chief Conservator of Forests (Wildlife) Archana Sharma said 27 birds were found dead during the last three days at the state’s Pong Dam wetland.
This development comes just two months after the avian influenza, which ravaged the region, had resulted in the death of over 5,000 migratory birds. Of these, 70 percent were the bar headed geese.
The virus was first confirmed in the state in March, when 14 bird carcasses were spotted on March 25.
“We have collected samples from the carcasses which have been sent for tests in Jaladhar. Only when we get back the reports will we be able to confirm the presence of H5N1 virus,” Sharma said.
Officials believe that there is no cause for concern as most of the migratory birds that visit the Pong Dam wetland every year have already returned to their natural habitats near Tibet, China and Magnolia.
Some wildlife experts are also of the view that the birds which died might have come to the state from wetlands in Punjab, Haryana and Rajasthan.
However, as a precautionary measure, the wetland sanctuary has been closed for visitors.
The Russian Union of Poultry Producers (NUPP) has issued a statement ensuring customers that poultry products on the grocery shelves are safe for consumers despite the rising avian influenza (AI) fears.
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In late February, Russia reported the first case of bird flu (H5N8) being passed from birds to humans. 7 workers at a poultry farm in Russia’s south were infected with the H5N8 strain in an outbreak dating back to December 2020. This incident is believed to the first confirmed case of H5N8 poultry-to-human transmission in the world.Transmission of Avian influenza is on the minds of consumers, but test after test prove that meat is safe. Photo: Bert Jansen
On 12 March, Anna Popova, head of consumer health watchdog Rospotrebnadzor, raised concerns that the new AI strain could mutate further, leading to a possible human-to-human transmission. “The prediction that this could happen is deemed highly probable,” Popova said, adding that there is still time to prepare for the new threat and to develop new tests and a vaccine. “We want to be prepared for it and warn the entire global community that the danger exists,” she said.
Concerns could impact consumption in Russia
Russian poultry farmers warned that concerns regarding the AI infection could impact poultry consumption in the country. In the statement, the NUPP ensured that, with all sanitary measures in place, the virus would not make it into the supply chain. Broiler meat and other poultry products are safe to eat when properly prepared. “No infected birds made it into the food chain, and consumers can remain confident in the safety of poultry meat. Safeguards are in place to ensure the safety of customers,” the NUPP said.
The workers at the farm where the AI outbreak was confirmed in December of 2020 likely got infected due to lack of compliance with sanitary regulations. “In the case of a recorded contamination of several employees of a small enterprise in February [when the poultry-to-human transmission was official confirmed], the theory is that safety measures were breached and the farm was non-compliant with veterinary and sanitary requirements by employees,” the NUPP said. Sergei Lakhtyukhov, chairman of NUPP, called AI in Russia “accidental and self-limiting”, adding that both market regulators and business unions are constantly monitoring the presence of AI to ensure the safety of customers.
According to reporting in Outbreak News, the bird flu case involved a 50-year-old man living in Hechi, Guangxi province. He became symptomatic on 16 February and began medical treatment for severe pneumonia on 17 February. He died on 2 March.
Outbreak News says that from 2014, 30 human cases of H5N6 bird flu have been reported by Chinese health authorities.
Human infections of avian influenza and instances of human-to-human transmission are rare. People typically become infected through close contact with infected birds and poultry or their droppings. Being in contact with contaminated environments like live poultry markets or wet markets is also a risk factor.
Published: 26/02/2021Updated: Saturday, 27 February 2021 8:33 am AEDT
The risk of human-to-human spread of the H5N8 strain of bird flu appears low after it was identified for the first time worldwide in farm workers in Russia, the World Health Organisation says.
A separate bird flu strain, H1N1, that spread rapidly worldwide among humans led the WHO to declare an influenza pandemic in 2009-2010.
The outbreak turned out to be mild among humans although deadly among poultry.
Russia registered the first case of a strain of bird flu virus named influenza A(H5N8) being passed to humans from birds and has reported the matter to the WHO, Anna Popova, head of consumer health watchdog Rospotrebnadzor, said on Saturday.
Seven people in Russia were found to be infected with H5N8 but all were asymptomatic following an outbreak on a poultry farm in the southern oblast (region) of Astrakhan, a WHO statement said.
The death of 101,000 of the farm’s 900,000 egg-laying hens in December had sparked the investigation, it said.
“All close contacts of these cases were clinically monitored, and no one showed signs of clinical illness,” it said.
“Based on currently available information, the risk of human-to-human transmission remains low.”
The WHO advised against any special traveller screening at points of entry or restrictions on travel and or trade with Russia.
Outbreaks of the H5N8 strain were reported last year in poultry or wild birds in the UK, Bulgaria, the Czech Republic, Egypt, Germany, Hungary, Iraq, Japan, Kazakhstan, the Netherlands, Poland, Romania and Russia, according to WHO.
The WHO statement said that developing zoonotic influenza candidate vaccine viruses for potential use in human vaccines remains an essential part of WHO strategy for influenza pandemic preparedness.
Iranian officials ordered the killing of 1.4 million birds last month after a widespread outbreak of H5N8 bird flu was found on over fifty farms across the country. The virus allegedly spread rapidly around the region after an egg farm failed to report a positive case for nearly three weeks, fearing serious fines. A total of 75 million egg-laying hens currently reside on farms in Iran.
“Highly pathogenic avian influenza has been reported in the European Union, Kazakhstan, Japan, Saudi Arabia, Iraq, and Russia. Now all countries on the path of free-flying birds are affected by the wave of the disease,” said Ali Safar Maknali, head of the Iran Veterinary Organization.Advertisement
This news comes shortly after the first cases of human-transmittable bird flu were detected in several farmworkers in Russia in February, raising alarm to the World Health Organization. Anna Popova, head of Russia’s Federal Service for Surveillance on Consumer Rights Protection and Human Wellbeing, had said that the early warning “gives us all, the entire world, time to prepare for possible mutations and react in an adequate and timely fashion.”
The past year has served as a rattling wake-up call around pandemics and disease spread; public health experts now know that the risk of another global outbreak is not a matter of “if”, but rather of “when”. The CDC states that approximately 75% of all infectious diseases from humans come from animals, and unsanitary, crowded conditions on industrialized farms only magnify the potential for disaster.
Animals kept on industrialized farms tend to be incredibly similar genetically, and poor living conditions lead to compromised immune systems. Because of this, a disease outbreak can spread through a herd or flock extremely fast, and mutations spreading to humans are only a matter of time.
“When we overcrowd animals by the thousands, in cramped football-field-size sheds, to lie beak to beak or snout to snout, and there’s stress crippling their immune systems, and there’s ammonia from the decomposing waste burning their lungs, and there’s a lack of fresh air and sunlight — put all these factors together and you have a perfect-storm environment for the emergence and spread of disease,“ said Michael Greger, the author of Bird Flu: A Virus of Our Own Hatching, in a 2020 interview with Vox. Advertisementhttps://www.youtube.com/embed/6bv_LHc8Ujk?version=3&rel=1&showsearch=0&showinfo=1&iv_load_policy=1&fs=1&hl=en-US&autohide=2&start=189&wmode=transparent
In addition to contagious illnesses such as Avian Influenza and swine flu, antibiotic resistance is another major pandemic threat. Because farmed animals are often medicated with antibiotics to supplement their poorly developed immune systems, industrialized farming is the primary source of this deadly issue.Advertisementhttps://896627e4ff9de29283210b1d00920b31.safeframe.googlesyndication.com/safeframe/1-0-37/html/container.html
While the COVID-19 pandemic has caused widespread criticism of “exotic” eating practices in addition to increased racist rhetoric towards Asian nations, westerners must reflect on their own contributions to future pandemics. Billions of farmed animals reside on crowded and unsanitary farms throughout the United States and are every bit as great of a threat to public health as “wet markets”- it is only a matter of time until another serious pandemic could strike.Advertisement
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Covid Derangement Syndrome — it’s real, and there was a massive outbreak of it this week.
Three states announced they were ending the absurd yearlong “mask mandates,” and the left’s collective head exploded in outrage.
The reason is because this isn’t about public health anymore, or even politics, if it ever was. COVID is now the state religion, and the decisions by these GOP governors aren’t seen as a policy dispute, they’re considered heresy.
In New England, the leading prophet of the new faith is Gov. Charlie Baker. On Wednesday, in his daily sermon to the faithful, Tall Deval outlined the significance of the Mask in his strange cult:
“I think the mask mandate has been an important element in both encouraging behavior but also in sending a message about the importance of recognizing and understanding that COVID is still very much with us.”
He sounds like earlier generations of clergymen railing against the devil’s unending temptations, doesn’t he? But his real “message” is — we’re in charge, and you will do what you’re told.
It used to be said, if you want to send a message, call Western Union. Now you just tell people they’re going to be afflicted with prolonged suffering and a gooey death if they don’t obey your orders, no matter how preposterous.
And half the population — the feeble-minded, the Biden voters, the Karens — will instantly comply.
And if they see anyone who’s not toeing the line — wearing a mask — they call the governor’s snitch line.
But there’s a problem with this strange new religion of COVID — what exactly are the rewards for a lifetime of hewing to the straight and narrow?
The theology of COVID offers no heaven at the end of the line, no Paradise, no 72 virgins.
Here is Pastor Parker laying out the meager afterlife the faithful can look forward to if they follow the Book of Panic Porn:
“One of the things nobody knows at this point is whether uh if you are in fact infected and you don’t get sick and you don’t show symptoms, even if you’ve been vaccinated, are you still somebody who could carry it and give it to somebody else who’s not vaccinated?”
In other words, the eternal reward for devout belief is at best … purgatory. You can never get to heaven. COVID is not like, say, original sin, which you can rid yourself of with a baptism. This religion offers no eternal salvation if you accept someone, say Dr. Anthony Fauci, as your savior.
The only message is: Keep wearing the mask, shut up and obey!
To endure, a religion must offer its adherents certain sacraments. Clowns like Parker can’t even deliver theirs — they call them vaccines.
As the congregants have begun to backslide, the cult’s most fervent believers in the media become ever more hysterical about the hellfire and brimstone that await the damned, I mean, mask deniers.
Forget COVID-19, Reuters has discovered an even more malevolent strain in “the Amazon jungle city of Manaus,” wherever that is.
Oh my God, it’s horrible, this Amazon jungle city variant:
“Highly transmissible … unique constellation of mutations … 1.4 to 2.2 times more transmissible than the initial form … new mutated form … evade immunity … reduced protection … .”
In other words, the brand-new Amazon jungle city variant is deadlier than acid rain, paraquat, Alar, mad cow disease, avian bird flu, cyclamates, PCBs, second-hand smoke, bacon, saccharin, aerosol spray, nuclear power, killer bees, cranberries, red dye #4, Y2K and net neutrality — combined!
Remember the 15 days to flatten the curve? That was a year ago. And there is no end in sight.
You can see why a Reformation has begun. But the orthodox reaction to the Reformation will be, as always, savage. The moonbats are now addicted to hating on other people, and with President Trump gone, they’ve turned their wrath on the heretics.
I realized this the other day when I got a text from someone protesting the cult of the Mask with a Dr. Seuss-like poem. I have no idea where the verse came from, but it was funny, so I tweeted it out.
Boy, did the members of the Cult of the Mask hate on me. But it was worth it.
“I will not wear it on my face. I will not wear it anyplace. I will not wear it to get in. I will not wear it on my chin. I will not wear it on my ear. I will not wear it out of fear. I will not wear it. DO NOT ASK! I WILL NOT WEAR YOUR STUPID MASK!”
In the plethora of issues that the Pakistani government has to deal with, the reemergence of bird flu is threatening to induce further complications. With the virus reaching Russia even, transmission seems to be taking on a formidable character. Instead of waiting to deal with the problem as it comes, we need a preventative strategy in place that protects the country from the imminent disaster that the bird flu, coupled with Covid-19, could bring.
While Pakistan has not yet experienced any cases of this new variant of the bird flu, H5N8, neighbouring countries seem to be elbow deep into the crisis. India and Iran reportedly culled over 1.4 million poultry birds to contain the transmission of the virus. Unfortunately, the virus seems to have been transmitted to humans as Russia has reported its first case. Clearly, there is an immediate need for precautionary measures to be implemented to protect the nation from the lethal combination of the coronavirus and bird flu.WHO to allocate 227M COVAX shots by end of May
Provincial governments, especially of Sindh and Balochistan, must aid poultry farmers so that disease surveillance is made possible. New laws must be enacted to facilitate routine inspections and enforce protocols for handling poultry along with standards of maintenance. Furthermore, a provision needs to be included that allows the respective governments to allocate funding for research and construction of diagnostic laboratories across the region. Only through such measures will we be able to evade the bird flu crisis completely and focus on eradicating the pandemic and all the hardships it has incurred—economic instability, unemployment, inflation and poor quality of life.
It is beyond our capacity to deal with another outbreak of virus that will threaten lives, businesses and the economy further—as the third wave is already doing. We cannot let it get to a point where we have to play catch up. The government must act diligently and strictly now to avoid a future plagued by intense restrictions and suffering.
THE PHILIPPINES has temporarily banned poultry imports from the Russian Federation after that country reported the world’s first case of human transmission of H5N8 highly pathogenic avian influenza (bird flu).
He also suspended the processing, evaluation, and issuance of sanitary and phytosanitary import clearances for such commodities from Russia.
Reuters reported on Feb. 20 that Russia’s consumer health regulator Rospotrebnadzor announced the world’s first case of H5N8 passed on from birds to humans.Advertisement
According to Anna Popova, head of Rospotrebnadzor, seven workers at a poultry plant in Astrakhan were infected with H5N8 during an outbreak at the plant in December, but added that the outbreak did not spread.
Bird flu can be passed to humans via direct contact with infected live or dead poultry. Previous reported human transmissions were confirmed for other bird flu strains such as H5N1 and H7N9.
Jesus C. Cham, president of the Meat Importers and Traders Association, said the ban on Russian poultry imports will not have an impact on supply.
“It has no effect whatsoever. But the Department of Agriculture should have banned the affected zone and not the entire country. The approaches are inconsistent,” Mr. Cham said in a mobile phone message.
Chicken imports from Russia amounted to 28,000 kilograms as of Jan. 31, equivalent to 0.2% of the country’s total chicken imports of 16.94 million kilograms so far, according to the Bureau of Animal Industry. — Revin Mikhael D. Ochave
WAHINGTON STATE – The Washington State Department of Agriculture is warning bird feeders, farmers and hobby chicken owners about the potential threat of the Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza virus, also known as the bird flu.
According to the World Health Organization for Animal Health reports show a high number of bird flu cases spreading across several countries. And while the Avian virus has not made it to the U.S at this time, experts say it’s important to stay proactive.
The bird flu is mostly found among wildlife birds and is not known to pose a threat to humans, however, when spread to domestic birds like chickens it has the potential to wipe out entire flocks.
“Do as much as you can to keep your poultry separated from wild waterfowl, if your chickens are not protected from wild waterfowl they are at risk for contracting Avian Influenza from wild carriers,” said Karla Salp from the Washington Department of Agriculture.
According to Salp it’s also important to learn about what good biosecurity practices are, “so those can be things like not working with chickens when they are sick or you are sick. Having clothing that is specifically only used for working with your poultry. And monitoring your flock to see if you notice any health issues,” said Salp.
Salp also says if you notice a couple of sick birds call your veterinarian, but if a large number of your poultry are dying it’s important to reach out to the state’s Department of Agriculture who will come out and take a look at what is happening.
To learn more about the bird flu and how to prevent the spread of it the Washington State Department of Agriculture is holding a Defend the Flock free seminar on February 23rd. To register for the event go to: Webex Events