Thursday, January 16, 2014

PLAGUES & PESTILENCES: The Latest Outbreak Of Bird Flu Across Asia - Hundreds Of Ducks Die Suddenly Due To Bird Flu In Giriwoyo, Wonogiri, Indonesia; South Korea Slaughters Poultry Amid H5N1 Bird Flu Scare, 24 Farms Quarantined; Indonesians In China Warned Against Bird Flu; And 50,000 Birds Killed Due To Avian Flu In Hubei, China!

January 16, 2014 - ASIA - The following constitutes the latest outbreak of the bird flu virus across Asia:

Hundreds Of Ducks Die Suddenly Due To Bird Flu In Giriwoyo, Wonogiri, Indonesia.
Illustration of bird flu control. (Doc / JIBI / Daily Jogja)

Communities and farmers are asked to be aware of the spread of bird flu or avian influenza (AI). Because in the village / district Giriwoyo, Wonogiri, the ducks have been found positive for AI virus or bird flu. A total of 282 ducks belonging to a farmer in the village in a row dead since Saturday (04/01/2014) until Tuesday (14/01/2014).

Information compiled Solopos, com, Thursday (16/01/2014), it belongs Kaminudin poultry, Damesan Hamlet, Village / District Giriwoyo, Wonogiri. In early January, the breeder seeds to bring as many as 1,520 ducks from three locations. Ie from Baki, Sukoharjo much as 420 tails, Sragen some 1,000 animals and 100 birds from around the rest of the District Winton.

Of that amount, approximately 282 of whom died tail. The death of the ducks were not in unison. Head of Animal Health Department of Animal Husbandry, Fisheries and Maritime Affairs (Keswan Nakperla), Winton, Surip Surono, while accompanying the Head of Nakperla, Rully Pramod explains, poultry duck was dead since Saturday (04/01/2014) until Tuesday (14/01/2014 ).

Admittedly, the number of cases of AI in Winton last year has decreased. "In 2013, eight cases of poultry deaths occurred in four districts. officers checking the results of the samples of dead birds only one positive AI. Negative seven other locations. This year one location, "said Surip.

Head of Department of Animal Husbandry, Fisheries and Maritime Affairs (Disnakperla) Winton, Rully Pramod, said Giriwoyo dead ducks tested positive for AI virus. He asked the rest of the birds that look unhealthy to be separated or quarantined so it does not blend in with the other ducks. "Of the three ducks were examined for the laboratory, three tested positive for AI or bird flu."

Admittedly, the officer is difficult to detect the origin of birds because birds of the three sampling sites into one. "The results of the investigation officer, poultry belonging Kaminudin imported from Sragen, Sukoharjo and Winton. Dropping the last on January 10. We are still investigating the origin of birds that tested positive for AI. Disnakperla've asked the farmers not to take the seeds out of the area terendemis AI. "

In another section, Rully said Winton has coordinated with DKK to conduct an examination of the per person, including the owner of the poultry. "A lot of people in and out of the cage so that even conducted the medical examination. We have coordinated with DKK to perform health checks. Mainly due to the owner direct contact with poultry. "

Rully asserted, public awareness about AI AI has grown so that cases can be decreased. "Nakperla also tighten supervision of livestock traffic so that any seeds get into Winton. If the bird seed originating from endemic areas of AI are not allowed into Winton. " - Solopos. [Translated]

South Korea Slaughters Poultry Amid H5N1 Bird Flu Scare, 24 Farms Quarantined.

South Korea started culling thousands of poultry after a preliminary test indicated the first possible outbreak of bird flu since 2011, officials said.

A suspected case of avian influenza was reported yesterday at a poultry farm in Gochang in North Jeolla Province, some 300 kilometers southwest of Seoul, the agricultural ministry said.

Local authorities had already began culling all of the more than 20,000 ducks on the farm, it said.

Quarantine measures were also enforced at 24 other farms in four different provinces that were known to have purchased ducks from the Gochang farm.

Further testing from Gochang was under way, but the ministry said it was “highly likely'' it would be confirmed as H5N1 avian flu.

The last outbreak in South Korea occurred in 2011, when more than six million poultry were culled at more than 280 farms across the country. - The Standard.

Indonesians In China Warned Against Bird Flu.
Indonesian Embassy in Beijing has issued a letter of warning to Indonesian nationals against the spread of bird flu cases in China.

The embassy issued the warning after it received an official report from Chinese Agricultural Ministry about the outbreak of H5N1 bird flu virus in a number of areas in the country.

It was reported that the outbreak of bird flu was discovered on January 13, in the cities of Wan Jia in Yang Xin district, and Huang Shi in Hubei province.

According to the report, 3,200 chickens have died of H5N1 and 46,800 infected ones have been culled by the local city administrations.

Since early January 2014, some 20 bird flu cases have been reported, and on January 15, three H7N9 cases were also reported in the provinces of Shanghai, Fujian and Zhejiang.

Following the outbreak of H5N1 and H7N9 cases in China, the Indonesian Embassy in China has warned the Indonesian nationals in the country to stay alert and keep themselves safe from the deadly disease. - Antara News.

50,000 Birds Killed Due To Avian Flu In Hubei, China.

- OIE.

GLOBAL FOOD CRISIS: Australian Scientists Microchip Bees - Monumental Effort To Map Movements And Halt Diseases!

January 16, 2014 - AUSTRALIA - Australian scientists are gluing tiny sensors onto thousands of honey bees to track their movements in a trial aimed at halting the spread of diseases that have wiped out populations in the northern hemisphere.

Detail of bees on their hive in Paris in this September 24, 2010 file photo. Credit: Reuters/Jacky Naegelen/Files

Scientists at the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO), Australia's national science agency, said the microchips could help tackle so-called colony collapse disorder, a situation where bees mysteriously disappear from hives, and the encroachment of the parasitic varroa mite.

Scientists will use tweezers to glue on the sensors, weighing about 5 milligrams and measuring 2.5 millimeters (a little more than 1/16 of an inch) square, after soothing the bees to sleep by refrigeration.

Some young bees, which tend to be hairier than older bees, need to be shaved before the sensor can be glued on.

Scientists will examine the effectiveness of pesticides in protecting the bees from colony collapse disorder and varroa mite.

The study will also enable farmers and fruit growers to understand and manage their crops, given the honey bee's crucial role in the pollination of crops globally, the CSIRO said in a statement issued on Wednesday.

A honey bee carrying pollen lands next to the entrance of a beehive in Utting at Lake Ammersee, around 30 km
(18.75 miles) south of Munich, in this March 29, 2007 file photo. Credit: REUTERS/Michaela Rehle/Files

Honey bees swarm on a honeycomb at a farm in Jordan Valley in this February 8, 2010 file photo.
Credit: REUTERS/Ali Jarekji/Files

"Honey bees play a vital role in the landscape through a free pollination service for agriculture, which various crops rely on to increase yields," the CSIRO's Paulo de Souza, who is leading the project, said in the statement.

"Using this technology, we aim to understand the bee's relationship with its environment."

Scientists plan to fit sensors on 5,000 bees in the southern island state of Tasmania over the Australian summer.

The radio frequency identification sensors work like an electronic tag for cars on a toll road, recording when insects pass a checkpoint. That will allow scientists to build a three-dimensional image of the insects' movements, a process described as "swarm sensing".

The scientists are working on shrinking the sensor to 1 mm square so they can be attached to smaller insects, including mosquitoes. - Reuters.

MONUMENTAL SPACE WEATHER ANOMALIES: Why Has The Sun Gone To Sleep - Scientists Are Really "Baffled" By The Mysteriously Strange Behavior Of Our Stellar Object; "Solar Lulls" Seem To Coincide With Bitterly Cold Winters?!

January 16, 2014 - SUN - Scientists are saying that the Sun is in a phase of "solar lull" - meaning that it has fallen asleep - and it is baffling them.

History suggests that periods of unusual "solar lull" coincide with bitterly cold winters.

Rebecca Morelle reports for BBC Newsnight on the effect this inactivity could have on our current climate, and what the implications might be for global warming. - BBC.

WATCH: Why has the Sun gone to sleep?

RATTLE & HUM: "What Was That Boom" - Mysterious Loud Boom Shake And Rattle Homes In Rock Island, Illinois?!

January 16, 2014 - UNITED STATES - What was that boom? That's what many people in Rock Island were saying Tuesday morning, January 14, 2014.

People from all over Rock Island, as well as Milan and Moline, say they heard it around 6:50 a.m.

Questions came in from Twitter, Facebook as well as phone calls.

Did you hear that? They said they heard a loud boom sound that shook their house and rattled things hanging on the walls.

What made the sound?

We made a lot of calls to try to track down its origin.

We called the Rock Island Arsenal, fire departments, quarries and anyone we could think of who may have the answer.

No one did. Was it thundersnow?

KWQC-TV6 meteorologist Kevin Phelps says its unlikely.

At the time of the boom, it was snowing heavily as a quick moving front passed through the area. But, the National Weather Service says there was no cloud to ground lightning.

Unfortunately that means we still have no answer. - KWQC.