Mass Bird Flu Outbreak in Iran Causes Culling of 1.4 Million Hens

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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

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In addition to contagious illnesses such as Avian Influenza and swine fluantibiotic 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

“Livestock health is the weakest link in our global health chain,” the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations stated in a 2013 report.

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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Coronavirus has the Karens and Biden voters cowering

 Coronavirus has the Karens and…

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Biden, Dems prevail as Senate OKs $1.9T virus relief bill

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STATE HOUSE, BOSTON, MA  (02/17/2021) - Gov. Charlie Baker held a State House press conference on Feb. 17, 2021 to announce that COVID-19 vaccine eligibility was expanding to include people age 65 and older. (Pool Photo)
STATE HOUSE, BOSTON, MA (02/17/2021) – Gov. Charlie Baker held a State House press conference on Feb. 17, 2021 to announce that COVID-19 vaccine eligibility was expanding to include people age 65 and older. (Pool Photo)

By HOWIE CARR | howard.carr@medianewsgroup.com | Boston HeraldPUBLISHED: March 4, 2021 at 4:37 p.m. | UPDATED: March 5, 2021 at 7:48 a.m.

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.

Only an infidel or an apostate denies that there is a … mild seasonal virus out there. Half the population cowers in abject terror — afflicted with CDS.https://imasdk.googleapis.com/js/core/bridge3.445.1_en.html#goog_1780612521Read More

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!”

Can somebody shout amen?

Bird Flu Reemerging

https://nation.com.pk/03-Mar-2021/bird-flu-reemerging

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.

Russian poultry banned after bird flu human transmission case

Russian poultry banned after bird flu human transmission case

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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).

In a memorandum order signed on Feb. 26, Agriculture Secretary William D. Dar suspended imports from Russia of domestic and wild birds and their products, including poultry meat, day-old chicks, eggs, and semen.https://73f8b2bd5098cfa08dc5a9ec3998c2d9.safeframe.googlesyndication.com/safeframe/1-0-37/html/container.html

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.

On Feb. 26, the World Health Organization said the risk of human-to-human transmission is low based on current available information, since all close contacts of the cases in Russia were monitored and showed no signs of clinical illness.https://73f8b2bd5098cfa08dc5a9ec3998c2d9.safeframe.googlesyndication.com/safeframe/1-0-37/html/container.html

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

Also see: https://www.poultryworld.net/Health/Articles/2021/3/Russia-reports-first-human-infection-of-H5N8-bird-flu-715690E/

WA Department of Agriculture alerts chicken and poultry owners of potential bird flu threat

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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

Delhi zoo samples positive for bird flu

Authorities had collected seven samples from four different locations in the zoo, which were sent to the National Institute of High Security Animal Diseases (NIHSAD) on February 3, Pandey said.

By: Express News Service | New Delhi | February 10, 2021 4:40:42 amavian influenza, Delhi Zoo, Bird flu, Delhi news, Indian express newshttps://creatives.contextads.live/2020/India/Dec20/CT_Impulse_Dec20/Web/index.html?impTrk=bm90QWxsb3dlZA%3D%3D&isTp=dHJ1ZQ%3D%3D&clkSt=aHR0cHM6Ly9jdXJseXRhbGVzLmNvbS8%2FdXRtX3NvdXJjZT1JRSZ1dG1fbWVkaXVtPUltcHVsc2UmdXRtX2NhbXBhaWduPUJyYW5kaW5n&clkEx=aHR0cHM6Ly9jdXJseXRhbGVzLmNvbS8%2FdXRtX3NvdXJjZT1JRSZ1dG1fbWVkaXVtPUltcHVsc2UmdXRtX2NhbXBhaWduPUJyYW5kaW5n&zoneid=919&bannerid=930&type=NAE&CN=CT_Impulse_Dec20&clickTrack=true“The samples have been found positive for avian influenza virus… All safety measures and protocols are strictly being adhered to and constant monitoring is being done by field staff and a team of veterinarians,” he added.

Samples taken of bird droppings in the Delhi Zoo have been found positive for avian influenza virus, director of the zoo Ramesh Pandey said Tuesday.

Authorities had collected seven samples from four different locations in the zoo, which were sent to the National Institute of High Security Animal Diseases (NIHSAD) on February 3, Pandey said.

“The samples have been found positive for avian influenza virus… All safety measures and protocols are strictly being adhered to and constant monitoring is being done by field staff and a team of veterinarians,” he added.

Officials warn of bird flu rise worldwide

February 8, 2021 2:29 pm

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OLYMPIA, Wash. — If you raise chickens, turkeys or any other poultry, the Department of Agriculture wants to talk to you.

The WSDA is offering a free webinar to help poultry owners protect their birds from avian influenza as cases continue to rise worldwide.

The World Organisation for Animal health reports ongoing outbreaks of bird flu in 26 countries across Asia, Europe, and the Middle East.

The disease can spread rapidly and kill entire flocks.

MAURITANIA: Bird flu kills nearly 267 pelicans in Diawling National Park

By Boris Ngounou – Published on February 3 2021 / Modified on February 3 2021

MAURITANIA: Bird flu kills nearly 267 pelicans in Diawling National Park ©Heidi Besen/Shutterstock

The Mauritanian government has just issued an alert on an outbreak of bird flu in the Diawling National Park. During a biodiversity monitoring of the park, the park curator discovered the carcasses of 245 pelican chicks and a dozen adults of the same species. And according to laboratory tests, these wild birds were victims of bird flu.

The Mauritanian Minister of the Environment and Sustainable Development has ordered the closure of Diawling National Park until further notice. The protected area located 195 km south of Nouakchott, the Mauritanian capital, has been infected by the bird flu virus. This is revealed by the results of laboratory tests carried out on a sample of the 267 pelicans found dead in the park and its surroundings.

In a press release issued on January 30th, 2021, the Mauritanian Minister of the Environment indicated that the H5N1 strain of bird flu is responsible for this sudden mass death of wild birds. According to the same source, the virus comes from another foreign park, located 5 km from Diawling. This is the Senegalese park for the conservation of birds in Djdouj, where such a phenomenon was observed on January 23rd, with the lifeless bodies of 750 pelicans.

More than 100 thousand chickens were killed

In addition to the closure of the park, as did the Senegalese authorities, the Mauritanian Minister of the Environment has suspended all fishing and fruit picking activities in the Diawling park. He has launched an awareness campaign for local residents and workers in the reserve on preventive measures against bird flu. The setting up of a committee to monitor the sudden mortality of these birds was also announced. This committee will have to exchange information with the administrators of the Djoudj park in neighbouring Senegal.

Prior to its spread in the wild, the resurgence of bird flu in West Africa has its origin in Senegal in the poultry sector. It killed more than 100,000 chickens between 14 and 16 January in a poultry farm in the Thiès area. Two days after the outbreak, Mauritania suspended imports of Senegalese poultry and poultry products to prevent the virus from entering its territory. The virus is transmitted from animals to humans, although no cases of the disease have been recorded to date.

Germany culls 14,000 turkeys after bird flu was found on another farm

By Reuters Staff

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HAMBURG (Reuters) – An outbreak of bird flu on farm in the eastern German state of Brandenburg has forced authorities to begin slaughtering about 14,000 turkeys, the state government said on Wednesday, reporting the third outbreak there in recent weeks.

Type H5N8 bird flu was confirmed in a farm in the Uckermark area, the Brandenburg state government said.

A series of outbreaks of bird flu have been reported in Germany and elsewhere in Europe in past months with wild birds suspected to be spreading the disease.

Sweden planned to cull around 1.3 million chickens after bird flu was found on a farm in the country, Sweden’s Board of Agriculture said on Jan. 25.

Risk to humans from the disease is considered low, but past outbreaks among farm birds have resulted in extensive slaughtering programmes to contain the spread.

Bird flu suspected in Himachal as 1,800 migratory birds die

The local administration has already sounded an alert by banning all the human activities within 10-km radius of the Pong wetlands in Kangra district

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With the toll of migratory water birds rising to over 1,800, and almost half of them being endangered bar-headed goose visiting the Pong wetlands, the Himachal Pradesh wildlife authorities on Monday suspected avian influenza as the cause.

Chief Conservator Wildlife of Pong wetlands — one of the largest in northern India, Upasna Patyal said the reason for the deaths is still a mystery. Their carcasses have been sent to different laboratories to determine the cause of death.

“The death of birds could be attributed to bird flu. We are expecting to get results by Tuesday evening. As a protocol, we have imposed prohibitory orders,” she said.

The local administration has already sounded an alert by banning all the human activities within 10-km radius of the Pong wetlands in Kangra district.

The bird flu can spread to human beings and turn fatal.

Besides the bar-headed goose, the other species were the shoveler, the river tern, the black-headed gull and the common teal.

Some birds — including the bar-headed goose — were seen acting strangely before their deaths, she said.

“When you’re seeing that birds are not able to take the flight despite healthy wings, it’s really disturbing. At some distance, you find their carcasses,” she said.

The bird carcasses were sent to the Indian Veterinary Research Institute in Bareilly, the Regional Disease Diagnostic Laboratory in Jalandhar and the Wildlife Institute of India in Dehradun to know their cause of death.

The Rajasthan government last week sounded an alert after confirmation of avian influenza in crows that died in Jhalawar district. Indore in Madhya Pradesh has also reported death of crows.

The mass mortality of poultry birds was reported at one of the largest poultry belt at Barwala near Panchkula in Haryana.

According to the Bird Count India, a partnership comprising organizations and groups, over the past seven-10 days there have been reports of wild birds dying in separate incidents at different locations in the country.

That wild birds die is not necessarily worrying. But it is possible that some of these recent deaths are out of the ordinary, with large numbers dying or reports of diagnoses of H5N1 (avian influenza).

At the moment, no-one knows whether these are causes of larger concern, but it is worth keeping an eye on the situation, it said.

“If you encounter a wild bird that is dead or dying, do not approach it, and under any circumstances do not touch it given the possibility (however small) that it might be infected with avian influenza. H5N1 is a highly contagious virus that can cause severe illness in people,” it warned.

Sensing gravity of the situation, Nature Conservation Foundation (NCF) scientist K.S. Gopi Sundar told IANS that it’s something an alarming situation.

“We are getting reports of death of birds in nature across India. It’s likely to be a disease because the deaths are occurring in multiple locations involving multiple species. It is a dangerous situation and needs multi-stakeholder intervention on priority,” he said.

At the Pong wetlands, preliminary findings of their post mortem have ruled out poisoning as the cause of their death, wildlife officials said.

Every winter, the Pong wetlands are home to over 100,000 birds of nearly 114 species. Among them the bar-headed goose, the northern pintail, the Eurasian coot, the common teal, the common pochard, the northern shoveler, the great cormorant, the Eurasian wigeon and the ruddy shelduck are notable.

According to the Bombay Natural History Society (BNHS), the Pong wetlands are the one wintering grounds in the globe to hold such a large congregation of bar-headed geese.

Most of the wetlands in India have been regularly getting bar-headed geese every winter. But Pong is the only habitat that holds the largest influx of bar-headed geese every winter, a BNHS ornithologist told IANS.