Jan 24, 2007 (CIDRAP News) – Hungary today announced an H5N1 avian influenza outbreak at a goose farm, signaling the first appearance of the disease in Europe this winter.A European Union (EU) statement said Hungarian authorities notified the EU of an H5N1 avian flu outbreak in Csongrad County in southeastern Hungary, Reuters reported today. The EU said veterinarians tested some geese after several deaths were reported in a 3,000-bird flock; the remaining geese were culled.Hungarian veterinary officials told Bloomberg News today they will send samples tomorrow to an EU lab in the United Kingdom to confirm the results.Appearing on public television today, chief veterinarian Miklos Suth said a surveillance zone was set up around the farm, which is in an isolated location, making spread of the disease unlikely, Bloomberg reported.Hungary’s first H5N1 outbreaks involved a handful of mute swans in Bács-Kiskun County in the south-central region in April 2006, according to the World Organization for Animal Health (OIE). The following June, the disease was detected on several goose farms in the same county.Twenty-six nations in Europe reported their first H5N1 outbreaks in wild birds or poultry in late 2005 and early 2006, according to Bloomberg. The last previous outbreak in Europe occurred in Germany last August, according to information published by the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO).See also:OIE animal health databasehttp://www.oie.int/wahid-prod/public.php?page=homeNov 22, 2006, FAO avian flu bulletin with chart of H5N1 outbreaks by countryhttp://www.fao.org/docs/eims/upload/217700/aidenews_nov06_no44.pdf
Russia on Thursday rolled out a drug approved to treat patients suffering from the novel coronavirus, its state financial backer said, as the number of infections there surpassed half a million.The first deliveries of the new antiviral drug, registered under the name Avifavir, were made to some hospitals and clinics across the country, Russia’s RDIF sovereign wealth fund said in a press release. RDIF has a 50% share in a joint venture with the drug’s manufacturer ChemRar that runs the trials.The health ministry gave its approval for the drug’s use under a special accelerated process while clinical trials, held over a shorter period and with fewer people than many other countries, were still underway. Topics : With 502,436 cases, Russia has the third highest number of infections in the world after Brazil and the United States, but has a relatively low official death toll of 6,532 – something that has been the focus of debate.The Moscow health department on Wednesday raised its death toll for the month of May, citing changes in the way it determines the cause of death for patients suffering from other health problems.Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov on Thursday denied there was anything untoward with Russia’s official coronavirus death data after the World Health Organization said this week that Russia’s low death rate was “difficult to understand”. There is currently no vaccine for COVID-19, the disease caused by the new coronavirus, and human trials of several existing antiviral drugs have yet to show efficacy.RDIF chief Kirill Dmitriev last week told Reuters the plan was for ChemRar to manufacture enough of the drug to treat around 60,000 people a month.Dmitriev on Thursday said more than 10 countries had made requests for Avifavir supplies.Negotiations were underway to supply the drug to almost all of Russia’s regions, with seven of its more than 80 regions receiving Thursday’s initial deliveries, Dmitriev added.
“We were definitely tired, so having a good second string, that definitely helps us,” Wyett said. “Knowing that we’re going to have to do this throughout the season, being mentally and physically prepared is key,” he added. Josh Dunst/Daily Trojan This Friday, the Trojans will travel to play the defending national champion, Long Beach State, at 7:00pm in Walter Pyramid. Moss and Wyett led the Trojans on defense as well, each with five digs in the match. Moss, junior middle blocker Vecas Lewin and redshirt junior middle blocker Tyler Resnick each supplied 4 blocks as well to secure the win. USC took the first set easily by the score of 25-22. The Railsplitters took an 18-10 lead in the second set, but USC snagged the next 7 points en route to a 25-20 victory. At the end of the third set, the Railsplitters had a two-point lead, but once again the Trojans finished strong, scoring 4 points to win the match 25-23. Moss, Wyett and senior co-captain Gianluca Grasso led USC with 19, 17 and 9 kills, respectively. The score stayed close in both the first and second sets until the Trojans pulled through at the end for final scores of 25-20 and 25-21. Lindenwood ramped it up in the third set, managing a 20-18 lead before the Trojans tied it again. The Lions and the Trojans traded points until USC pulled ahead for a 32-30 victory. USC managed a 24-23 lead in the first set, but Barton closed in on the Trojans scoring the final 3 points to secure the frame. The Bulldogs and the Trojans traded leads in the second set until USC dominated for a 25-21 final. Barton then maintained a lead throughout the third set for a 25-17 finish. The Bulldogs secured the match as USC gave up a 24-22 lead in the fourth set for a final score of 26-24. “There were a couple times where we let the fatigue get to us,” Wyett said. “When we lost to Barton, we were definitely pretty tired and we kind of underestimated them going into the match. Looking back we definitely know we had the talent to beat them but we weren’t mentally prepared for that game.” Wyett and Moss lead the Trojans to a 3-0 victory over Lindenwood on Sunday with 19 and 11 kills respectively. Senior libero Matt Douglas led the Trojan defense six digs, while Grasso and sophomore setter Chris Hall each had five. The men’s volleyball team recorded two victories and one loss last weekend at the Off The Block Grow The Game Challenge in Lebanon, Tenn, bringing their overall record to 4-2. This was the second road trip in a row for the Trojans, having played in the Hawaiian Airlines Rainbow Warrior Classic two weekends ago. Back to back road trips meant inevitable fatigue for the Trojans. The Trojans fell to Barton College 3-1 in the second round of the tournament on Saturday. Bulldogs junior right sider Angelos Mandilaris and senior outside hitter Vasilis Mandilaris had 15 kills each to lead Barton offensively in their victory over the Trojans. On Friday, outside hitters senior Ryan Moss and redshirt senior captain Jack Wyett combined for 24 kills to lead the Trojans to a 3-0 win over the Lincoln Memorial Railsplitters.