first_imgJun 16, 2006 (CIDRAP News) – When avian flu struck a poultry flock in Denmark last month, the owners waited 2 weeks to notify authorities, thereby increasing the risk of human infection, according to a report in the Jun 15 Eurosurveillance Weekly.The outbreak, which thus far is Denmark’s only one in domestic birds, began in a backyard holding in Funen county on May 3 with the death of four birds out of 102 free-ranging poultry on the farm. It peaked May 5 and 6, when 30 birds died, and ended May 12, according to the report.The outbreak killed 47 birds, all of which were in one flock of 50 birds on the backyard farm. Three other flocks in different areas of the farm were unaffected.Veterinary authorities were alerted the evening of May 17, and avian flu was confirmed May 18.In the meantime, according to the report, the two farm owners had close contact with the birds, including culling sick birds without wearing masks or gloves. They reported getting bird blood on their bare hands in the process.In addition, the farm had visitors on several occasions during the outbreak, and three visitors bought eggs for home cooking during this time.”Avian influenza A/H5N1 is currently not a very contagious virus for humans,” the report says, “but there is a small and real risk of infection for people who have close contact with sick birds.”All the people who might have been exposed to avian flu virus during the outbreak took oseltamivir for postexposure prevention. Fortunately, follow-up with farm owners, visitors, and others who might have been at risk has revealed no signs of avian flu.”At present,” the report states, “it is impossible to know whether avian influenza H5N1 has become endemic in Danish wild birds, or if it has not, whether it is likely to be reintroduced later.”It is therefore important to maintain timely surveillance, preparedness, and communication lines between relevant stakeholders.”Molbak K, Trykker H, Mellergaard S, et al. Avian influenza in Denmark, March-June 2006: public health aspects. Eurosurveill 2006 Jun 15;11(6):E060615.3 [Full text]last_img read more


first_img The 26-year-old Italian goalkeeper allowed Samir Nasri’s tame shot to squirm from his grasp and over the line as Manchester City snatched a 2-2 draw with the Black Cats at the Etihad Stadium on Wednesday evening. Until that point, it looked as if Connor Wickham’s double would hand the visitors an unlikely and invaluable victory which could have proved hugely significant in their fight for Barclays Premier League survival. But although he was devastated on the final whistle, Mannone will be between the posts again at Stamford Bridge on Saturday evening, and Poyet will have no qualms about retaining his services. The 46-year-old Uruguayan said: “That’s why when you have a son, the first thing you say is, ‘Don’t play in goal. Any position but in goal’. “It doesn’t matter how well you play for 89 minutes, it doesn’t matter how many saves or crosses you catch, if you make one mistake, it is going to cost you a goal. “It’s the worst position to be part of. But the goalkeepers know that and the have to live with that and they have cope with that. “I think Vito wants just to play again as soon as soon as possible. I have got no doubts he is going to play (at Stamford Bridge), it’s not a problem for me.” The Black Cats headed south still six points adrift of safety and ruing the two which slipped from their grasp in midweek. However, they did so having restored a measure of pride and confidence with their performance against a City side who never really got to grips with them. Poyet knows life will be no less difficult against title-chasing Chelsea, but he is looking for a performance of similar character to keep alive their survival hopes. Gus Poyet is confident Vito Mannone has the mental strength to bounce back from his costly midweek howler when struggling Sunderland visit Chelsea. He said: “The idea is to play and believe in what you do and stay in the game, don’t give up, don’t throw the game away in 20 minutes because not a long time ago, Arsenal after 20 minutes were down to 10 and 3-0 down at Stamford Bridge, and that’s a difficult one to take because then you don’t have too many options to change. “The idea is to start strongly to make it difficult, but at the same time to put them under pressure.” Poyet, of course, spent four years at Chelsea as a player, but will not allow old friendships to deflect him on his return. He said: “Before the game and after the game is going to be great because I have got so many friends, even in the tunnel. “The idea is just to make sure during the game, I just concentrate on us and don’t look for anything apart from trying to get something from the game.” Press Associationlast_img read more