Oct 26, 2005 (CIDRAP News) – Three people from the French island of Reunion who were exposed to birds during a recent visit to Thailand are suspected of having H5N1 avian influenza, and authorities are rushing samples to Paris for testing, according to a BBC News report.A 43-year-old man was hospitalized in Saint-Denis, capital of the Indian Ocean island, on Oct 22 with weakness, headache, and a cough, the BBC reported. One test for H5N1 was inconclusive, but a second test was positive for H5N1, Reuters news service reported. The story did not say which tests were used.The man was part of a group of 20 tourists who were in Thailand from Oct 12 to 19, Reuters reported. He and two fellow tourists suspected of having avian flu had close contact with birds at a park, the BBC said. Reuters said the other two people also were tested but results were not yet available.Even if the tests don’t show H5N1, the urgent response to the situation is representative of actions occurring worldwide as more countries try to manage and reduce the threat of the H5N1 virus to people and poultry.Elsewhere today:China has alerted the World Organization for Animal Health (OIE) to another poultry outbreak, this one in Wangtang village in Hunan Province, which is north west of Hong Kong, separated by Guangdong Province. The report says 545 chickens and ducks died and 2,487 were destroyed.Croatia has confirmed that the H5 flu found in dead swans there was indeed the lethal H5N1 strain.The United Kingdom has announced that a second parrot died of H5N1 in a private quarantine facility in Essex, according to the Times Online. Initial tests on 32 birds that died in quarantine before Oct 16 identified the H5 strain in some birds, according to Margaret Beckett, the Environment and Rural Affairs secretary in the United Kingdom. Taiwan’s representative to the United Kingdom sought an official report of the incident, because Britain has suggested that birds quarantined from Taiwan were the likely source of the virus, BBC reported. Taiwanese authorities deny that. The UK is contemplating a ban on some bird fairs, markets and shows, as well as new quarantine rules, the Times Online reported.Thailand informed the OIE of outbreaks in five villages in three different provinces between Oct 20 and 24, leading to more than 23,000 poultry deaths from illness or culling.Two migratory geese found in Neuwied in Germany are being tested for the virus, the Times Online reported. The BBC said they had tested positive for an H5 subtype and further tests were ongoing to determine the strain. German authorities also ordered that poultry be moved indoors and given only tap water to drink to cut the risk of exposure to migratory birds, which are thought to be transporting the virus, CBS News reported today.In West Bengal state in India, officials are investigating the deaths of 10 migratory birds. About 40 dead birds were found in one bird sanctuary in the last week, but the deaths might have been storm-related, according to a Reuters report today.Indonesia is investigating a spate of poultry deaths on Bali, the Jakarta Post said today. A local animal-health official suggested the chickens may have another poultry disease, which doesn’t spread to people. About 600,000 chickens were culled on Bali last year because of H5N1, the story added.The European Union (EU) has banned imports of captive live birds, but not poultry, BBC reported today. In the past 3 months, about 232,000 wild birds were imported there for resale, an EU official said. In addition, the European Food Safety Authority issued a statement saying there is no evidence that consumers risk contracting avian flu by eating properly cooked poultry and eggs.See also: CDC information on banned bird importshttp://www.cdc.gov/flu/avian/outbreaks/embargo.htmChina’s OIE report todayhttp://www.oie.int/downld/AVIAN%20INFLUENZA/China%20Follow-up%20report%20No5.pdfThailand’s OIE report yesterdayhttp://www.oie.int/downld/AVIAN%20INFLUENZA/Thailand%20Follow-up%20Report%20No74.pdfJan 21, 2005, CIDRAP News story on animal smuggling and quarantine issues in the US
The subsidiary of state railway operator PT Kereta Api Indonesia (KAI) said it would comply with health protocols for rail transportation during the new normal period, as the government gradually relaxed restrictions to reopen the economy.The company will operate trains at 70 percent of their passenger capacity during the first phase of reopening, as stipulated by Transportation Ministry Circular No.14/2020 on the maintenance of physical distance between passengers.“We are preparing to provide our customers with prime service during the new normal period. Our staff will implement health protocols; we will disinfect our facilities; and there will be seat blocking to prevent the spread of COVID-19,” he said in a press release on Wednesday.The government’s large scale social restrictions (PSBB) led transportation companies throughout the country to suspend their services. Railink will require passengers to wear face masks, maintain physical distance and have their temperatures checked before departure and during the trip, Mukti added.Railink’s parent company, KAI, resumed 14 long-distance and 23 local passenger train routes on June 12, after it suspended all passenger train service in April following the government’s ban on the Idul Fitri tradition of mudik (exodus).Read also: Turkey eyes Indonesian infrastructure projects, new capital developmentBased on KAI data, since the relaxation of the restrictions, long-distance rail ridership grew to about 4,100 passengers on June 22 from about 1,100 passengers on June 12.Ridership on inner-city trains increased 35 percent from June 12 to about 25,300 passengers on June 22.“The increase in passengers signals strong public trust in KAI services during the new normal,” KAI spokesperson Joni Martinus said in a press release on Tuesday.Topics : Airport train operator PT Railink is planning to resume service between Jakarta stations and Soekarno-Hatta International Airport on July 1.The company’s acting president director, Mukti Jauhari, said on Wednesday that Railink would have 50 scheduled daily departures in July. The company suspended operations in April because of the pandemic.Read also: ‘New normal’ exposes poor railway infrastructure
Final point races of the 2018 season are Sunday, Sept. 30 IMCA Modifieds – 1. Jordan Grabouski, Beatrice, Neb., 1,199; 2. Brandon Beckendorf, Danube, Minn., 1,194; 3. A.J. Ward, Ionia, Mich., 1,190; 4. Cory Sample, Winnemucca, Nev., 1,177; 5. Bricen James, Albany, Ore., 1,170; 6. Zane DeVilbiss, Farmington, N.M., 1,168; 7. Anthony Roth, Columbus, Neb., 1,162; 8. Chaz Baca, Mesa, Ariz., 1,154; 9. Jay Noteboom, Hinton, Iowa, and Drew Armstrong, Alexander, Ark., both 1,149; 11. Kelly Shryock, Fertile, Iowa, 1,147; 12. Tim Ward, Chandler, Ariz., and Matt Szecsodi, Clio, Mich., both 1,145; 14. Tyler Limoges, Redwood Falls, Minn., 1,141; 15. Josh McGaha, Abilene, Texas, 1,140; 16. Troy Cordes, Dunkerton, Iowa, 1,138; 17. Bryce Garnhart, Shannon, Ill., and Joel Rust, Grundy Center, Iowa, both 1,132; 19. Jeffrey Abbey, Comanche, Texas, 1,130; 20. Grey Ferrando, Stayton, Ore., 1,111.IMCA Late Models – 1. Matt Ryan, Davenport, Iowa, 789; 2. Todd Cooney, Pleasant Hill, Iowa, 788; 3. Jeremiah Hurst, Dubuque, Iowa, 787; 4. Andy Nezworski, Buffalo, Iowa, 782; 5. Rob Toland, Colona, Ill., 763; 6. Ryan Dolan, Lisbon, Iowa, 758; 7. Chuck Hanna, Port Byron, Ill., 741; 8. Darrel DeFrance, Marshalltown, Iowa, 731; 9. Chad Holladay, Muscatine, Iowa, 697; 10. Joe Zrostlik, Long Grove, Iowa, 685; 11. Gary Webb, Blue Grass, Iowa, 680; 12. Shawn Cooney, Bondurant, Iowa, and Curt Schroeder, Newton, Iowa, both 669; 14. Justin Kay, Wheatland, Iowa, 650; 15. Joe Ross, Thomson, Ill., 646; 16. B.J. Jackson, Clinton, Iowa, 641; 17. Terry Neal, Ely, Iowa, 640; 18. Nick Marolf, Moscow, Iowa, and Eric Sanders, Sherrard, Ill., both 634; 20. Chad Coyne, Orion, Ill., 571.IMCA RaceSaver Sprint Cars – 1. Kevin Ramey, Fort Worth, Texas, 794; 2. Tyler Drueke, Eagle, Neb., 769; 3. Mike Houseman, Des Moines, Iowa, 765; 4. Zach Newlin, Millerstown, Pa., 761; 5. Austin Mundie, Carrollton, Texas, 746; 6. Matt Richards, Lincoln, Neb., 744; 7. Dusty Ballenger, Harrisburg, S.D., and Trevor Serbus, Olivia, Minn., both 739; 9. Jake Martens, Fairview, Okla., 736; 10. Ethan Barrow, Bloomington, Ind, and Kenneth Duke, Selinsgrove, Pa., both 732; 12. Zach Blurton, Quinter, Kan., and Jeff Wimmenauer, Greenwood, Ind., both 723; 14. Kyle Smith, South Egremont, Mass., 722; 15. Brandon Allen, St. Peter, Minn., 713; 16. Elliot Amdahl, Flandreau, S.D., 711; 17. Colin Smith, Sheldon, Iowa, 709; 18. Jason Martin, Lincoln, Neb., 707; 19. Austin Bishop, Elverson, Pa., 700; 20. Chip Graham, Lewisville, Texas, 698.IMCA Sunoco Stock Cars – 1. Mike Nichols, Harlan, Iowa, 1,200; 2. Damon Murty, Chelsea, Iowa, 1,187; 3. John Oliver Jr., Danville, Iowa, 1,176; 4. Westin Abbey, Comanche, Texas, 1,153; 5. Dan Mackenthun, Hamburg, Minn., 1,144; 6. Jason Wilkinson, Neligh, Neb., 1,138; 7. Mark Adams, Fort Worth, Texas, 1,127; 8. Jason Rogers, Selden, Kan., 1,124; 9. Andy Roller, Waco, Texas, 1,122; 10. Travis Van Straten, Hortonville, Wis., and Troy Burkhart, Hays, Kan., both 1,121; 12. Matt Speckman, Sleepy Eye, Minn., 1,118; 13. Devin Smith, Lake City, Iowa, 1,114; 14. Brian Blessington, Breda, Iowa, 1,113; 15. Colin Heim, Hoxie, Kan., 1,111; 16. Derek Green, Granada, Minn., 1,110; 17. Chris Heim, Hoxie, Kan., 1,103; 18. Luke Sathoff, Jackson, Minn., 1,102; 19. Shelby Williams, Bonham, Texas, and Damon Hammond, Burleson, Texas, both 1,100.IMCA Sunoco Hobby Stocks – 1. Shannon Anderson, New Virginia, Iowa, 1,200; 2. Cory Probst, Brewster, Minn., 1,189; 3. Jeff Ware, Columbus, Neb., 1,181; 4. Luke Wassom, Broken Bow, Neb., 1,179; 5. Leah Wroten, Independence, Iowa, 1,168; 6. Tim Gonska, Brainerd, Minn., 1,160; 7. Tathan Burkhart, Hays, Kan., 1,154; 8. Brady Bencken, Oakley, Kan., 1,151; 9. Cameron Wilkinson, Neligh, Neb., 1,150; 10. Roy Armstrong, Beatrice, Neb., 1,143; 11. Cody Williams, Minneapolis, Kan., 1,134; 12. Justin Luinenburg, Reading, Minn., 1,133; 13. Adam Goff, Minot, N.D., 1,118; 14. Brandon Nielsen, Spencer, Iowa, 1,110; 15. Garrett Hager, Hays, Kan., and Shay Simoneau, Damar, Kan., both 1,109; 17. Chanse Hollatz, Clear Lake, Iowa, 1,108; 18. Allyn Myers, Berwyn, Neb., 1,103; 19. Drew Barglof, Sioux Rapids, Iowa, 1,102; 20. Adam Ayers, Adair, Iowa, 1,101.Smiley’s Racing Products Southern SportMods – 1. Gabe Tucker, Carbon, Texas, 1,186; 2. Rodney White, Ector, Texas, 1,159; 3. Jake Upchurch, Grand Prairie, Texas, 1,153; 4. Tyler Bragg, Springtown, Texas, 1,113; 5. Trevor Raney, Sherman, Texas, 1,096; 6. Taylor Florio, Copperas Cove, Texas, 1,091; 7. Kyle Wilkins, Italy, Texas, 1,050; 8. Dustin Robinson, Post, Texas, 1,039; 9. Chris Cogburn, Robinson, Texas, 956; 10. Ryan Thomas, Lubbock, Texas, 952; 11. James Skinner, Burleson, Texas, 951; 12. Cory Williams, Tahoka, Texas, 927; 13. James Hanusch, Belton, Texas, 904; 14. Brayden Wyatt, Wichita Falls, Texas, 896; 15. Chase Vineyard, Davis, Okla., 864; 16. Justin Nabors, Kemp, Texas, 856; 17. J. P. Vasquez Jr., Lubbock, Texas, 833; 18. Cullen Hill, Healdton, Okla., 832; 19. James McCreery, Midlothian, Texas, 803; 20. Kamera McDonald, Keller, Texas, 792.Karl Chevrolet Northern SportMods – 1. Matthew Looft, Swea City, Iowa, 1,196; 2. Lucas Lamberies, Clintonville, Wis., 1,179; 3. Cody Thompson, Sioux City, Iowa, 1,178; 4. Chase Alves, Chandler, Ariz., 1,177; 5. Austin Luellen, Minburn, Iowa, 1,175; 6. Austen Becerra, Carthage, Ill., and Tyler Soppe, Sherrill, Iowa, both 1,170; 8. Jason George, Laveen, Ariz., 1,160; 9. Austin Svoboda, David City, Neb., 1,158; 10. Dakota Sproul, Hays, Kan., 1,157; 11. Tony Olson, Cedar Rapids, Iowa, 1,153; 12. Lance Borgman, Beatrice, Neb., 1,151; 13. Jake McBirnie, Boone, Iowa, 1,147; 14. Colby Fett, Algona, Iowa, 1,145; 15. Tony Rialson, Cottonwood, Minn., and Johnathon Logue, Boone, Iowa, both 1,144; 17. Jorddon Braaten, Central Point, Ore., 1,142; 18. Gage Neal, Ely, Iowa, 1,136; 19. Kelly Jacobson, Fargo, N.D., 1,126; 20. David Siercks, Princeton, Minn., 1,124.Mach-1 Sport Compacts – 1. Ramsey Meyer, Pierce, Neb., 1,196; 2. Dustin Virkus, Clarkfield, Minn., 1,177; 3. Alex Dostal, Glencoe, Minn., 1,163; 4. Barry Taft, Argyle, Iowa, 1,159; 5. Oliver Monson, Clear Lake, Iowa, 1,154; 6. Bubba” Brown Jr., Jackson, Minn., 1,149; 7. Jay DeVries, Spencer, Iowa, 1,145; 8. John Martinez, Beatrice, Neb., and Curtis Miller, Lewis, Iowa, both 1,142; 10. Andrew Harris, South Sioux City, Neb., 1,127; 11. Terry Tritt, York, Neb., 1,090; 12. Kaytee DeVries, Spencer, Iowa, 1,088; 13. Shawn Hein, Beatrice, Neb., 1,079; 14. Howard Watson, Weatherford, Texas, 1,067; 15. Brock Klaith, Marshall, Minn., 1,064; 16. Jeff Klinkefus, Golden, Colo., 1,062; 17. Scott Newbury, Rhome, Texas, 1,053; 18. Joshua Young, Beatrice, Neb., 1,051; 19. Julia Childs, Weatherford, Texas, 1,050; 20. Austin Friedrich, Saint James, Minn., 1,046.