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 AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORECasino Insider: Here’s a look at San Manuel’s new high limit rooms, Asian restaurant The Spiritual Unity Movement is a nonprofit organization founded in 1976 by the Rev. Patrick Harbula of Thousand Oaks, author of “Magic of the Soul: Applying Spiritual Power to Daily Living.” He has talked and written about personal growth for more than 20 years and is a frequent guest on radio and television talk shows. World Healing Meditation, formerly called Full Moon Meditation, is held at the “Onion,” the unique sanctuary in-the-round that houses the Sepulveda Unitarian Universalist Society. “I love the ambience of the ‘Onion.’ Its incredible shape creates the perfect environment for meditation,” Giles said. Spiritual Unity Movement members believe that meditation at the time of the full moon – a time of high energy flow according to folklore, and synchronized with Buddhists, American Indians and others meditating around the world – is the best time to bring about positive global changes. World Healing Meditation meetings include a candle-lighting ritual, a musical guest, a keynote speaker, guided meditation, 10-15 minutes of silent meditation and a closing ritual. NORTH HILLS – Members of the Spiritual Unity Movement look to the heart of all religions – love, compassion and peace – to create an evening of harmony each month during the full moon. This month’s event will be held Tuesday, when people of all faiths and beliefs are invited to participate in World Healing Meditation, with the goal of bringing peace in the world. “Part of why we meet is that world healing is on a lot of people’s minds. We want to create peace and the best way for that is to start within,” said Janet Giles, a banker and long-time meditator. “When you meditate in a group, there is a powerful feeling of uniting with people. There’s a healing energy. It makes you feel like you’re doing something to promote peace.” Previous guest speakers have included an American Indian shaman, representatives from the Buddhist tradition and Church of Religious Science, a Sufi dancer and authors of self-help books. “Everyone is welcome, whether they do or don’t belong to a faith tradition,” said Harbula, who was raised a Roman Catholic. “What makes it powerful is that you can walk in and not be offended.” Harbula acknowledged that people might dismiss meditation as a “mystical thing associated with sitting cross-legged and wearing white robes.” He believes, however, that meditation is an antidote to anger and stress-related health problems. “Meditating in a group helps people go deeper,” said Harbula, who has been practicing meditation for 30 years and teaching meditation techniques for more than 25 years. “It’s really a profound experience. People don’t want to leave.” The Spiritual Unity Movement will present World Healing Meditation, 7 p.m. Tuesday at the “Onion,” 9550 Haskell Ave., North Hills. Musician Raymond Powers will play the shruti and speaker Judith Shinoda will discuss “Love Thyself and You Heal the World.” Donation: $10. Call (866) 204-2261 or see Holly Andres, (818) 713-3708 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more