Friday, March 22, 2013

Cambodia: Poultry tested at border

[Test results are pending]

22 March 2013
 By Kim Yuthana

Police and veterinary officials in Banteay Meanchey province on Wednesday seized 300 chickens and ducks that had been imported from Thailand and were suspected to be infected with H5N1, an official said.

The poultry had entered the province through the Robeang O’Beichoan border post and were being held at the provincial veterinary office while some were tested for the virus, said Pang Vannasedh, deputy director of the Banteay Meanchey Department of Agriculture.

China: 16,000 pigs recovered in Shanghai rivers

The number of dead pigs recovered in the last two weeks from rivers that supply water to Shanghai has risen to more than 16,000.

The government in China's financial hub said Thursday that 10,570 carcasses have been pulled from its Huangpu river. That is in addition to 5,528 pigs plucked from upstream tributaries in the Jiaxing area of Zhejiang province, AP reports.

Authorities give daily updates assuring the public that tests show Shanghai's water is safe, but no official has given any full explanation about the massive dumping of pig carcasses.

Hog farmers have told state media that the dumping of swine carcasses is rising because police have started cracking down on the illicit sale of pork products made from dead, diseased pigs.
The state-controlled Southern Weekly newspaper, citing court documents, said three men were sentenced to life prison in Jiaxing last November for procuring dead pigs to sell their meat. It says the men and their group purchased and slaughtered 77,000 dead pigs in a period of more than two years.

Local officials also told Southern Weekly that the city lacks enough facilities to properly dispose of dead pigs. Hog farming is a major business in Jiaxing. 

China: 231 Dead Pigs Taken from Huangpu River Yesterday...

THE number of dead pigs plucked out of the Huangpu River in Shanghai was 231 yesterday, a drop of 37.4 percent from Tuesday's haul, city government spokesman Xu Wei said.
That brought the total number of carcasses to 10,395 since they were first discovered floating in the river in Songjiang District about two weeks ago.
The Greenery and Public Sanitation Bureau has been strictly monitoring the river upstream to keep pig carcasses from floating down, Xu said.
All the dead pigs fished out yesterday were sent to an incineration center in Fengxian District.
Water authorities said they have strengthened monitoring of water quality and increased the amount of powdered activated carbon used to disinfect the water taken from affected areas. The tap water quality is up to the national standards, Xu said.
To ensure safety, the industrial and commercial watchdogs inspected 1,317 pork retailers. No below-standard pork product was found on sale in the market.

Monday, March 18, 2013

Carbapenem-Resistant Enterobacteriaceae CRE

On March 5, this report was posted as an MMWR Early Release on the MMWR website (


Background: Enterobacteriaceae are a family of bacteria that commonly cause infections in health-care settings as well as in the community. Among Enterobacteriaceae, resistance to broad-spectrum carbapenem antimicrobials has been uncommon. Over the past decade, however, carbapenem-resistant Enterobacteriaceae (CRE) have been recognized in health-care settings as a cause of difficult-to-treat infections associated with high mortality.


Cambodia: Six in 10 Poultry Stall Samples Test Positive For #H5N1 Avian Flu

March 15, 2013

Sixty per cent of environmental samples taken from poultry stalls in Cambodian markets this year tested positive for avian flu, a study by the UN Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) and the Institut Pasteur du Cambodge, in conjunction with the government, shows. 


Sunday, March 17, 2013

#Coronavirus: Remarks by Secretary for Food & Health Dr Ko Wing-man Hong Kong

[This is true, as we witnessed in the 3rd, family member, the sister, in the UK outbreak recently, her immunity was such that she had a mild case and recuperated.]

March 17, 2013
Hong Kong (HKSAR) - Following is the transcript of remarks made by the Secretary for Food and Health, Dr Ko Wing-man, after attending a public function this morning (March 17):

Secretary for Food and Health: Regarding a report saying that not all the patients contracted the new novel coronavirus would display serious clinical symptoms, I think this is a phenomenon which is common to all infectious diseases. That is to say, patients contracting any infectious diseases may demonstrate a wide range of clinical manifestations, including some with very severe symptoms and some with no clinical symptoms at all. I would like to reiterate that this is a common phenomenon for all infectious diseases.

This would remind all of us, including our clinical staff, that we always have to maintain a high level of alert and vigilance. Thank you.

Vietnam: Bình Định Province #H5N1 Suspected in Poultry

March 17, 2013 Translation

Nguyen Lien, Vice Chairman Tran Quang Dieu Ward, Dist. Quy Nhon (Binh Dinh) said: "At noon on 15-3, the local industry functions performed destroyed 2,000 ducks two months of age died of illness of Mr. Chen Chi Can - KV 4, Tran Quang Ward Dieu ".
Prior to that, from 10-3, ducks, 2,000 dead of Mr. Can began spreading garbage. From next day morning on 15-3, his flock Can clean died only a few children. Receiving reports of veterinary ward People's Committee Tran Quang Dieu report to the relevant functional departments of the city. Quy Nhon proceed to destroy all men. "The important thing is that before the destruction of his bite is raising two ducks. However ducks lay 2,000 breeding isolation own normal, healthy, but above 2 months of age there is likely to be prolonged incubation due to new animals at hatching is not fully vaccinated, the owner of the purchase adopted, the sick and dying, "said Lien said.