Thursday, December 19, 2013

MASS FISH/ANIMAL DIE-OFF: The Latest Incidents In Europe - Hundreds Of Dead Fish Is A Mystery In The Ringvaart Canal, Netherlands; Thousands Of Sheep And Goats Killed Due To Disease In Greece; Hundreds Of Dead Fish Found In A Pond In Poeldijk, Netherlands; 700,000 Chickens Killed By Tidal Surge And Flooding In Lincolnshire, England; Hundreds Of Dead Fish Causes Concern In Velen, Germany; And Hundreds Of Fish Found Dead In River Disturbs Locals in Bolton, England!

December 19, 2013 - EUROPE - The following constitutes the latest incidents of mass animal and fish die-offs in Europe:

Hundreds Of Dead Fish Is A Mystery In Ringvaart Canal, Netherlands.

The cause of death of fish in the circular canal in Moorabbin remains a mystery. The fish had a lack of oxygen, but that lack of oxygen which has arisen is unclear.

In November and December were hundreds of dead fish were found at the level of the Oostpolderweg.

The laboratory tests on samples of the water did not succeed. According to Marco Marechal of the Water Board Schieland and Krimpenerwaard there is no more extensive research.

It is extraordinary that, according to Marechal fish die at this time of the year. A lack of oxygen in the water coming summer ever more common. Then, the plants which are caused by a lot of oxygen from the water extract. That is not the case.

The Water Board is now holding more frequent monitoring in the area.  - Omroepwest. [Translated]

Thousands Of Sheep And Goats Killed Due To Disease In Greece.

Information received on 15/12/2013 from Mr Spiros Doudounakis, Director, Animal Health Directorate, Directorate General of Veterinary Services / Animal Health Directorare , Ministry of Rural Development and Food , ATHENS, Greece on sheep and goat pox.

Here is a summary:

Immediate notification (16/08/2013)
Follow-up report No. 1 (30/08/2013)
Follow-up report No. 2 (06/09/2013)
Follow-up report No. 3 (20/09/2013)
Follow-up report No. 4 (03/10/2013)
Follow-up report No. 5 (09/10/2013)
Follow-up report No. 6 (27/10/2013)
Follow-up report No. 7 (04/11/2013)

Follow-up report No. 8 (17/11/2013)
Follow-up report No. 9 (14/12/2013)

- OIE.

Hundreds Of Dead Fish Found In A Pond In Poeldijk, Netherlands.

In a ditch on the Casembrootlaan in Poeldijk are hundreds of dead fish were found Tuesday.

The Delfland found the fish after reports from local residents. They have now been removed from the water.

Where the fish death to be lost, is not yet clear. The water board has taken samples of the water, in order to ascertain that.

The Water Authority asks finders not to touch the dead fish or take. Yourself away They can better contact with the water. - Omroepwest. [Translated]

700,000 Chickens Killed By Tidal Surge And Flooding In Lincolnshire, England.

Swamped: A flooded chicken farm on the A1077 between Winteringham and South Ferriby

Hundreds of thousands of chickens died in the tidal surge which swamped North Lincolnshire a week ago.

The flood-wrecked farms on the outskirts of South Ferriby and Winteringham supplied poultry to the 2 Sisters plant in Scunthorpe.

Nick Murray, the spokesman for 2 Sisters, confirmed the number of birds killed had been 700,000.

Mr Murray said: "Our hearts go out to our farmers who faced the full force of last week's tidal surge. - Scunthorpe Telegraph.

Hundreds Of Dead Fish Causes Concern In Velen, Germany.
Ramsdorfer anglers have discovered hundreds of dead fish in K├╝ckelbach in Velen. The cause of the fish kill, the experts suggest an introduction. - Borkenerzeitung. [Translated]

Hundreds Of Fish Found Dead In River Disturbs Locals in Bolton, England.

Hundreds of dead fish have been discovered in a river close to a reservoir.

An investigation has been launched following the “disturbing” find at Bradshaw Brook near Bolton.

Some of the fish were photographed lying on the surface of the water by walker Gary Fleming as he passed the river on Sunday.

Mr Fleming, from Ramsbottom , who was walking with a friend, said: “When you looked at the river, you couldn't miss them. It was quite disturbing.”

Bradshaw Brook connects Wayoh reservoir and the Jumbles reservoir, both of which are used by United Utilities to provide many north Manchester homes and businesses with non-drinking water.

They are part of three connected reservoirs, which also include the Turton and Entwistle Reservoir.

Mr Fleming went to the reservoir cafe to report the discovery to the United Utilities, which operates the reservoirs.

A joint investigation has been launched by United Utilities and the Environment Agency.

It is understood the dead fish were first spotted last Friday.

A spokesman for the Environment Agency said: “After receiving reports of fish in distress at Bradshaw Brook our fisheries officers attended the site.

“On arrival, they found hundreds of fish dead in the water.

“Investigations to determine the cause of this incident are ongoing.”

A spokeswoman for United Utilities said there had been no further reports of dead fish since the weekend. She confirmed the firm was working with the Environment Agency investigation.

Earlier this year, the Lancashire Wildlife Trust carried out a clean-up of Bradshaw Brook and removed various objects from the river, including a child's bike, a shovel and building materials.

The Environment Agency is urging people to report any signs of fish in distress to their incident hotline on 0800 80 70 60.  - Manchester Evening News.

PLAGUES & PESTILENCES: Half Of U.S. Chicken Breasts Harbor Antibiotic-Resistant "Superbug" Bacteria - USDA Criticized For Lax Salmonella Regulation!

December 19, 2013 - UNITED STATES - Half of all raw chicken breasts in the U.S., including organic brands, may contain harmful, antibiotic-resistant “superbug” bacteria, according to research by Consumer Reports. The research, released early Thursday, calls for stricter limits on medicines used on livestock and warns that it may be more difficult to treat people if they become ill after eating contaminated chicken.

In an analysis of more than 300 raw chicken breasts nationwide, Consumer Reports found that more than half of the samples contained fecal contaminants and about half harbored bacteria that is resistant to commonly prescribed antibiotics. Researchers tested for six types of bacteria and found that almost all of the chicken, especially those purchased at your local grocer, contained potentially harmful bacteria. According to Reuters, 49.7 percent of the chicken tested carried bacteria that is resistant to three or more antibiotics.

The fear is that Americans eating this meat will contract an antibiotic-resistant form of Salmonella infection that would make outbreaks almost uncontrollable. Salmonella infections are caused by eating raw or uncooked meat, eggs, or poultry products.  Infections usually come about when chicken is undercooked  or improperly handled. Officials believe that if cooked correctly, the affected chicken will be safe for consumption. Symptoms include nausea, vomiting, abdominal pain, and diarrhea. According to Mayo Clinic, although most symptoms of Salmonella infection subside after about five days, it could take several months for one’s bowels to return to normal.

Since 2012, there have been at least two multi-state Salmonella outbreaks in the U.S. Just this year, an outbreak linked to Foster Farms in California sickened at least 300 people across 18 states. In all, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) says that at least 523 people in 29 states have been sickened in Salmonella outbreaks stemming from contaminated chicken, according to Food Safety News. That number could leap to as many as 15,000 if one includes the suspected unreported cases.

Pew Health Group believes that the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) needs to improve its regulation of raw chicken, according to The Hill. “When you have more than 500 people getting sick from chicken, the government policies and the system in place to ensure that that chicken is safe are not working,” said Sandra Eskin, director of the Pew Health Group Food Safety Campaign. “The Food Safety and Inspection Service should go beyond what it is proposing in its recently released ‘Salmonella Action Plan' and do more to target Salmonella, which is responsible for more hospitalizations and deaths than any other bacterium or virus.” Pew suggests establishing new limits for chicken in processing facilities, making unannounced visits to farms and facilities, and regularly updating its standards.

While the Consumer Reports research is troubling, researchers believe that properly cooking poultry to at least 165 degrees will kill the bacteria. They also recommend using separate cutting boards for raw meat to avoid cross-contamination of other foods. For more information on Salmonella and how you can keep yourself safe, visit - Medical Daily.

PLAGUES & PESTILENCES: Health Official Urges Caution As More H7N9 Cases Are Reported In China!

December 19, 2013 - CHINA - People traveling to China should take health precautions as 10 more H7N9 avian flu cases have been reported there since October, Taiwan's Central Epidemic Command Center said Tuesday.

Center spokesman Chou Jih-haw said the 10 cases included three in Guangdong province, five in Zhejiang province and two in Hong Kong.

There have been 142 confirmed cases of the H7N9 virus in China since the outbreak began at the end of March, he said. Of those patients, 47 have died.

Chou noted, however, that the cases have been sporadic and said there were no indications that the H7N9 strain has been transmitted from one person to another.

The center reminded people intending to travel to China to monitor their personal health, refrain from coming in contact with fowl, and make sure to eat only well-cooked poultry and eggs. - Focus Taiwan.