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
–By: Nathan Quao/citinewsroom.com/Ghana Los Angeles FC head coach, Bob Bradley, was full of admiration for former Liberty Professionals forward, Latif Blessing, for his performance against Portland Timbers in Sunday’s 4-1 victory.Blessing was introduced in the 32nd minute to play in a very unfamiliar right back role due to an injury to Steven Beitashour.However, he still managed to give a good showing that left Bradley very happy and impressed and he shared his thoughts on the Ghanaian after the game.“I scoffed at the notion of Latif Blessing as a fullback. At the very least, I’d never have imagined it would work against a team of the caliber of last year’s MLS Cup finalists and with Diego Valeri and Sebastian Blanco lurking.“Latif is going to play that position in his own way and we’ll work with him in terms of some positional details but you don’t try to fill his head with the textbook.”The match was Blessing’s second of the new MLS season and he has played a total of 76 minutes so far. No one is sure if he will get an extended run in the team with Beitashour injured but Blessing is ready to feature for the team in any capacity.“This was my first time playing right back. When we’re at training, sometimes they put me at right back. At any time, I’m always prepared to play right back. When the game starts, they say, ‘Latif, be ready to play right back.’ So I’m ready. I’m ready to play any position they put me in.“As a player, I need to be ready to play anywhere. So any position, yeah, any position — I can play goalie, I can play right back, I can play left back, I can play central mid, so any position you put me.”Blessing and LA FC will travel to face New York City FC on March 17 in their next MLS match.