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Foot-and-mouth disease found at fifth UK farm

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first_img A recent DEFRA report said the FMD leak at Pirbright was likely caused by flooding and faulty wastewater drains. Workers have relined the existing drains and sealed manhole covers, pending construction of a new drainage system. See also: The three most recent FMD confirmations were all on farms near the town of Egham, where the virus reemerged less than a week after the United Kingdom’s chief veterinarian announced on Sep 7 that the disease had been eradicated in the area. The disease had been confirmed on two other Surrey farms in early August. FMD is an extremely contagious disease that affects cattle, sheep, pigs, and other ruminants, causing sores in the mouth and on the hooves. The debilitating condition does not usually kill adult animals, but it drastically reduces milk production. The disease very rarely affects humans, according to DEFRA. In the two earlier FMD outbreaks, which were confirmed in early August, veterinary authorities culled nearly 600 animals. A widespread outbreak in Britain in 2001 led to the destruction of 7 million cattle to stop the disease. The latest confirmed outbreak near Egham was announced Sep 18. Yesterday DEFRA said the strain found there, type 01 BFS67, matched the strain in all the other recent outbreaks. Officials believe the cases have resulted from a leak at an FMD laboratory facility in nearby Pirbright that houses a commercial vaccine producer and a government-funded research institute. Sep 7 CIDRAP News story “British blame leaky drain for foot-and-mouth outbreak” “This is a disease which can be easily spotted in its early stages. Immediate reporting of any suspicions is critical to the control of this disease,” she said in the DEFRA statement. “We have a major problem, because without the sunshine to destroy the virus in the field, we’re going to have the virus around for a long time,” he said on the program. Debby Reynolds, the UK’s chief veterinary officer, said in a Sep 19 statement that a postmortem exam of infected cattle on the fifth farm revealed that some of their lesions were more than 10 days old, and she urged farmers to be more vigilant and visually inspect their animals twice a day, rather than once a day as usually recommended.center_img The continuing outbreaks have sparked discussions about vaccinating animals against the disease. Reynolds has said the government stands ready but has not made the decision to order vaccinations yet. The government is hesitant to order vaccinations, because European Union rules would then ban cattle exports for 6 months, the Guardian report said, adding that culling for FMD prompts a shorter 3-month ban. Sep 21, 2007 (CIDRAP News) – Foot-and-mouth disease (FMD) was confirmed on a fifth farm in Surrey in southern England this week, but another feared outbreak near Birmingham in the central part of the country was ruled out. A temporary control zone had been set up around the Solihull farm as a precaution. The farmer alerted authorities when he noticed one of his bulls was frothing at the mouth, which is a possible sign of the disease, the Birmingham Mail reported. On Sep 19, officials reported suspicious symptoms in cattle on a farm in Solihull, near Birmingham, about 100 miles from Egham. But yesterday the UK Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs said lab tests had excluded the disease. Colin Fink, a virologist from Warwick University in Coventry, said on a recent BBC radio program that without vaccination, the virus could become more entrenched as autumn sets in, bringing cool weather that may allow the virus to survive, the London Guardian reported yesterday. Sep 13 CIDRAP News story “Latest UK foot-and-mouth cases linked to earlier ones” Today the United Kingdom Department for Environment, Food, and Rural Affairs (DEFRA) said FMD is suspected on still another farm in Surrey. After a veterinary inspection on a farm within the existing protection zone, officials decided to slaughter the farm’s cattle, the agency said. It was not known how soon test results for the cattle would be available.last_img read more

Talgo couchettes commissioned

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first_imgFROM March 1 German Railway put into service the first of a small fleet of Talgo couchette cars on its InterCityNight services. Some of the initial vehicles were tested in the formation of the Berlin – Bonn service during February.The cars are laid out with a series of alcoves with pairs of seats staggered on each side of a central gangway (PP6 2.96 p6). At night the seats in each alcove convert to form a single berth, and a second berth folds down from the wall above them. Open storage lockers are provided for each passenger, and the berths are screened off by curtains.The design concept is similar to that of traditional Pullman sleeping cars, and will be a welcome alternative for budget-conscious passengers who wish to lie down to sleep rather than use reclining seats. olast_img read more

Anglican debate on gays risks splitting church

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first_imgNZ Herald 30 June 2012Proposals being considered by the Anglican Church could see gay marriage services carried out in churches by gay priests. Bishops and priests are to vote on proposals covering the blessing of same-sex civil unions, the church’s response to requests to marry those couples, and ordination of gay priests. The debate, to be heard next week at a meeting of the church’s ruling body, the General Synod, has created concern it could divide parishes in New Zealand and – if adopted – cause a schism with the international faith. The move comes against a backdrop of acknowledgement that secret blessings are being carried out contrary to church rules, and just weeks after moves to address concerns relating to lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender members by appointing a committee to report on the issue by 2014.…Massey University associate professor Peter Lineham, an expert on English and New Zealand religious history, said he believed the proposals were likely to lead to gay priests and gay marriage. Preliminary votes among the seven dioceses in New Zealand had led to support from four. “The bishops have been walking very carefully because they are nervous they’ll be held responsible for the Anglican Church falling apart.”http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=10816490last_img read more

Sports: Three great comebacks

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first_imgShare on: WhatsApp Miracle number 3 — Medinah— At the 2012 Ryder Cup, the European team trailed 10-4 going into Sunday’s singles after being comprehensively outplayed on the first two days. But Jose Maria Olazabal’s men battled back to win 14.5-13.5 thanks to Martin Kaymer’s winning putt on the last green. Barcelona, Spain | AFP | Three great comebacks in sport after Barcelona defeated Paris Saint Germain 6-1 to make the Champions League quarter-finals on Wednesday:Miracle number 1 — Houston— At the 2017 Super Bowl the New England Patriots defeated the Atlanta Falcons 34-28 in overtime after being 28-3 down at one stage in the third quarter.Miracle number 2 — Istanbul— Liverpool won the 2005 Champions League final against AC Milan despite being 3-0 down at half-time. They then scored three goals in six minutes after the break before going on to take the title in a penalty shootout.last_img read more