Tests confirm 5th BSE case in Canadian cow

first_imgApr 17, 2006 (CIDRAP News) – A 6-year-old dairy cow in British Columbia, Canada, has been confirmed as that country’s 5th case of bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE). Testing conducted at the National Centre for Foreign Animal Diseases in Winnipeg, Canada, showed the cow had BSE, the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) announced yesterday. No part of the animal has entered the human food or animal feed chain, Canadian authorities said. The CFIA is investigating how the cow became infected, with special attention to feed practices early in the cow’s life. The cow was from a farm in Fraser Valley. She was identified through Canada’s nationwide BSE surveillance efforts. Four BSE cases have been found in Canada, the first one in May 2003, CIDRAP has reported previously. The last confirmed case was identified in Jan 2006 in a 6-year-old cow in northern Alberta. The first case led to a 2-year ban on shipments of live Canadian cattle into the United States. The US border was reopened in July 2005 to Canadian cattle younger than 30 months old. See also Because of government safeguards, the case does not affect the safety of Canadian beef, another CIDRAP story cited the CFIA as saying last week. Tissues where BSE is known to concentrate in infected animals are removed from all cattle slaughtered in Canada. In addition, cattle at increased risk are tested, and the use of cattle protein in cattle feed is banned. Apr 14 CIDRAP News storyhttp://www.cidrap.umn.edu/cidrap/content/other/bse/news/april1406bse.htmllast_img read more

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Silence complicates efforts to gauge readiness of food industry

first_img(CIDRAP Source Weekly Briefing) – Several large, influential food companies and organizations contacted by Weekly Briefing had little or nothing to say about their pandemic preparedness plans. One crisis planner says that such companies need to face the realities of a pandemic—and that not sharing information is counterproductive for all.”I think that’s the wrong approach,” says Jay Schwarz, vice president for information systems with the wholesale and retail grocery company Alex Lee, referring to some organizations’ lack of transparency about their plans. “Now that we have this just-in-time global economy, I think many people don’t realize just how bad [food-delivery problems] could get.”Alex Lee has readily shared copies of the company’s pandemic plans with the grocery industry. At a meeting of the North Carolina Retail Merchants Association in fall 2006, Schwarz stressed the importance of industry cooperation during a pandemic to ensure the continuity of the food supply. “We just can’t compete on this one,” he says. “It’s simply that important.”In the event of a pandemic, Schwarz says, any grocery organization would be overwhelmed by all the extra business if competitors have to close. “If only one grocery chain does a great job, there’s no way they’ll be able to handle [the excess demand],” he says.Difficulties in obtaining information from major food industry players are outlined here:ConAgra Foods Inc., Omaha, Neb., convened a pandemic task force more than a year ago but will not disclose any details, says spokeswoman Stephanie Childs. ConAgra, which has 27,000 employees, manufactures and markets brands such as Chef Boyardee and Orville Redenbacher’s to retailers and food service providers.C&S Wholesale Grocers, Keene, N.H., rarely releases information to the media, a spokeswoman says. C&S, which employs 20,000 people, supplies supermarkets such as Safeway, A&P Food Mart, and BJ’s Warehouse.Despite repeated requests for an interview over 2 weeks, no one at the Food Marketing Institute, Crystal City, Va., was available for comment, according to spokesman Bill Greer. The organization conducts programs in research, education, industry relations, and public affairs for the 1,500 food retailers and wholesalers that make up its membership—and that represent three fourths of all retail food stores in the United States.No one at the National Grocers Association (NGA), Arlington, Va., could address pandemic planning, according to spokeswoman Christine Cunnick. NGA is the national trade association of independent retail and wholesale grocers.—Mary Van Beusekomlast_img read more

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Bangladesh, Saudi Arabia report first H5N1 outbreaks

first_imgMar 23, 2007 (CIDRAP News) – Agriculture officials in Bangladesh and Saudi Arabia have confirmed outbreaks of H5N1 avian influenza in birds, a first for each country.The outbreak in Bangladesh struck chickens at a state-run poultry farm in Savar, near the capital, Dhaka, the Associated Press (AP) reported today. Government sources said farm workers had recently culled all 30,000 chickens at the farm after many of them died mysteriously, the AP said.Preliminary tests at local laboratories suggested in February that the chickens died of exotic Newcastle disease, a respiratory virus that is fatal to birds, but the government later sent samples to a lab in Thailand for more tests, the AP reported.Bangladeshi Health Minister S. M. Matium Rahman told the AP that no human cases have been reported, but citizens have been put on alert. As a precaution, officials culled about 8,000 chickens today on five private farms near Dhaka.The World Health Organization (WHO) said it would work closely with Bangladesh to curb the spread of the disease, and WHO representative Duangvadee Sungkhobol told reporters today there is no need to panic, because the outbreak has been handled very carefully, the AP story said.The report said an H5N1 outbreak could devastate Bangladesh’s poultry industry, which includes about 150,000 farms and does $750 million of business annually.Saudi officials cite single outbreakMeanwhile, the agriculture ministry in Saudi Arabia said yesterday that the H5N1 virus had been confirmed in samples obtained by a citizen in the eastern part of the country who reported several bird deaths at home earlier this month.The Saudi Press Agency (SPA) said the outbreak involved turkeys, parrots, peacocks, and ostriches on private land, according to an AP story published today. An SPA statement said the birds were destroyed and the site was sterilized.H5N1 avian flu has been reported in several countries near Saudi Arabia, including Egypt, Israel, Jordan, Iraq, Kuwait, and Sudan. Egypt has had 26 confirmed human cases since February 2006, half of them fatal.Online records of the World Organization for Animal Health (OIE) show that H5N1 has been found in birds in about 60 countries, not counting Saudi Arabia and Bangladesh.In other news this week, H5N1 has been found in crows in Islamabad, the capital of Pakistan, according to a Reuters report yesterday. Up to 70 dead crows were found in and around the city recently, and 2 of 8 birds tested were found infected, the story said.The virus first turned up in Pakistan in February 2006, prompting the culling of 40,000 birds in North West Frontier Province. The Islamabad zoo was temporarily closed last month after four peacocks and a goose died of the infection, according to the story.In Myanmar, about 38,000 birds have been destroyed as a result of five outbreaks in Yangon, the capital, over the past 3 weeks, says a Mar 21 Agence France-Presse (AFP) report.Three countries listed as weak linksAlso this week, international officials at a meeting in Verona, Italy, listed Egypt, Indonesia, and Nigeria as the three countries least able to deal with H5N1 outbreaks in birds, according to a Mar 22 AFP report.Bernard Vallat, head of the OIE, told AFP, “There are still three countries that are not capable of managing the situation: Indonesia, Egypt and Nigeria, which harbour reservoirs of the virus that can take off elsewhere.”Joseph Domenech, chief veterinarian for the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), told AFP, “The lack of a national strategy, the lack of political involvement and the disorganization of these countries mean that lots of outbreaks, as well as human cases of the disease, arise.” He said he was most concerned about Indonesia.However, the two officials said they don’t expect to see as many bird outbreaks of H5N1 this year as occurred last year.Vallat told AFP, “On the medical level you see a reduction in terms of viral quantity. The presence of the disease in the population of wild birds is lower than last year when there was a surge in the virus.”Wild birds may be growing more resistant to the virus, or the strain may be declining, Vallat said.Domenech commented that most countries have gotten faster at detecting and responding to the virus, according to AFP. But he said it would be unrealistic to think that the virus can be eradicated soon, as it “continues to circulate and can reappear at any time.”See also:Saudi Press Agency news releasehttp://www.spa.gov.sa/English/details.php?id=434749OIE chart of countries with H5N1 outbreaks in birdshttp://www.oie.int/downld/AVIAN%20INFLUENZA/A_AI-Asia.htmlast_img read more

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Report says chikungunya could return in Europe next spring

first_imgNov 6, 2007 (CIDRAP News) – Health experts who investigated Europe’s first chikungunya outbreak involving transmission by local mosquitoes recently reported that cases could occur again next spring unless vigorous mosquito surveillance and eradication measures are used to control the disease in Italyand prevent its spread to other parts of Europe. See also: The outbreak was largely contained to two neighboring villages where the man and his cousin lived, but authorities reported that transmission through infected mosquitoes has occurred in at least three other towns. Chikungunya, spread by Aedes albopictus mosquitoes, usually causes fever, headache, fatigue, nausea, vomiting, muscle and joint pain, and a rash, according to the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The disease is not life-threatening, but fatigue or joint pain can last for weeks to months. There is no vaccine or specific antiviral treatment for the illness, which is caused by an Alphavirus. In late August, Italy’s health ministry confirmed an outbreak of chikungunya in the Emilia-Romagna region of northeastern Italy.About a week later, health authorities said the outbreak represented the disease’s first foothold in Europe, according to Sep 6 report in EurosurveillanceWeekly. Local vegetation was thick and many backyards had plant pots and watering containers that harbored mosquitoes. Soon afterward, experts from the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC) and the World Health Organization (WHO) traveled to Italy to assess the risk of chikungunya to the local population and the potential for its spread to other European countries. In late October the investigators posted their findings on the ECDC’s Web site. Four factors helped the virus become established in Emilia-Romagna region, the investigators found: The virus was introduced by a visitor returning from an area where chikungunya is endemic. The United States has recorded some chikungunya cases among returning travelers but has not reported any transmission of the disease.Though two mosquito species that can spread the disease are found in the southeastern United States, CDC expert Dr. Ned Hayes has said the risk of indigenous transmission is probably low because lifestyle factors such as air conditioning and window screens protect people from heavy exposure to the mosquitoes. Careful surveillance and rapid mosquito-control measures will be the keys to preventing or limiting a recurrence of the disease in 2008, the report says. It notes data gaps on A albopictus populations in some areas of Europe where the vector could reside. A albopictus is found in several other European countries, including Albania, France, Belgium, Montenegro, Switzerland, Greece, Spain, Croatia, the Netherlands, Slovenia, Bosnia, Herzegovina, and possibly more, according to the Eurosurveillance Weekly report. Human population density was sufficient for disease transmission. The investigators wrote that a better understanding of the climate, humidity, and light needed to support A albopictus populations is needed to help predict the geographic spread of chikungunya. As of Sep 21, Italian authorities had reported 292 suspected cases of chikungunya, of which 125 had been confirmed, according to the ECDC-WHO report. The outbreak started in late June when a local resident who had traveled to India fell ill with the disease. Soon afterward, the virus was believed to have spread among local A albopictus mosquitoes. Sep 6 Eurosurveillance reporthttp://www.eurosurveillance.org/ViewArticle.aspx?ArticleId=3262 CDC information on chikungunyahttp://www.cdc.gov/ncidod/dvbid/chikungunya/ “The current epidemic is a unique opportunity for better understanding of risk factors and virus and vector dynamics, in order to allow for a correct preparedness on the European level to prevent or limit future outbreaks,” the report states. Sep 10 CIDRAP News story “Chikungunya fever gains foothold in Europe” Investigators said mosquito activity was expected to continue through October but could extend into November, depending on weather conditions. A albopictus populations were dense in the region, but surveillance had not yet noted their presence because it was so recent. Infected mosquitoes could reappear in the spring of 2008 when mosquito eggs hatch, the authors reported. Further, if the region has a mild winter, local mosquito activity could persist, causing sporadic cases that could maintain mosquito-to-human transmission cycles until spring, they added.last_img read more

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Supari denies H5N1 caused girl’s death

first_imgNov 13, 2008 (CIDRAP News) – Indonesian Health Minister Siti Fadilah Supari today denied reports that a 15-year-old girl who recently died had H5N1 avian influenza.News services—citing one of the girl’s doctors and a local health official—reported yesterday that tests from two laboratories showed that the girl from central Java, who died Nov 7, had the virus. If the reports are correct and the World Health Organization (WHO) recognizes her infection, her illness will be listed as Indonesia’s 138th H5N1 case and 113th death.However, Supari said today that two laboratory tests came back negative, according to reports from Agence France-Presse and Xinhua, China’s state news agency. “Both of the laboratory tests showed that she was negative of bird flu, so the total death toll (of bird flu) remains 112,” she told Xinhua.The girl reportedly lived near a poultry slaughterhouse.News about human H5N1 infections in Indonesia since June has been difficult to evaluate, because the health ministry said then it would no longer promptly report H5N1 cases, instead giving only periodic updates. Some health officials have said the lack of prompt reporting will hamper efforts to monitor the world’s pandemic risk level.In other developments, 17 people from Sudiang subdistrict in Indonesia’s South Sulawesi province have been hospitalized in Makassar for symptoms that resemble avian influenza, the Jakarta Post reported today. Thirteen of the patients are children.Andi Kurina Bintang told the Post that the patients had high fever, coughing, and breathing difficulty. “Rapid tests showed they may be infected with H5N1 avian influenza virus, but we are waiting for blood test results to come back from the Hasanuddin University lab,” she said.She said 31 chickens had died in the subdistrict the week before three toddlers became ill, according to the Post report.Sulistiawati, a livestock official in Makassar, told the Post that rapid tests on several of the chickens were positive for the virus.See also:Nov 12 CIDRAP News story “Indonesian sources say teen died of H5N1 infection”last_img read more

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Invitation to employers to exhibit at the Job Days in Tourism 2018.

first_imgJob Days in Tourism 2018 this year will be held in Osijek (January 17.01), Zagreb (January 26.01) and Split (February 02.02), organized by the Ministry of Labor and Pension System, the Ministry of Tourism, the Croatian Employment Service, the Croatian National Tourist Board, the Croatian Chamber of Commerce, the Croatian Chamber of Trades and Crafts, the Croatian Employers ‘Association and the Hotel Employers’ Association. tourism sector.On this occasion, the Croatian Chamber of Commerce invites employers exhibitors to apply to participate how to introduce yourself to potential new employees in tourism, ie to present your vacancies and to meet people looking for a job directly.As they point out from the Croatian Chamber of Commerce, employers do not bear the costs of renting an exhibition space and participation is possible without additional costs. Also, the exhibition places will have a customized visual identity and the possibility of holding individual interviews with interested persons.Over 10.000 visitors, unemployed people, students of the final grades of secondary catering schools and others interested in working on seasonal jobs are expected at the other Days of Jobs in Tourism. The Job Days in Tourism are the right opportunity to promote jobs in tourism and motivate all those who are looking for a job, whether they have worked in tourism or not, as well as young people who are just entering the labor market. The activities of the one-day Job Days in Tourism 2018 will include the presentation of employers at the stands, panel discussions, promotion of competence centers in tourism, promotion of occupations, active employment policy measures and the educational corner of all institutions involved in the organization.The application form for participation in the capacity of the exhibitor’s employer is located here, and due to the great interest and limited number of applications, apply as soon as possible, and no later than January 05.01.2018, XNUMX.Side dish: EMPLOYER REGISTRATION for presentations at the Tourism Job Days 2018. Related news:FINALLY FOUND SOLUTION AGAINST LACK OF LABOR IN TOURISMLABOR MARKET IN 2017: 34% MORE ADVERTISEMENTS, MOST FOR TOURISMA NEW LAW ON THE PROVISION OF TOURISM SERVICES HAS BEEN ADOPTEDlast_img read more

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Poreč Tourist Board has published a public call for support for events

first_imgThe Tourist Board of the City of Poreč has announced a public call for financial support for events of international, national or regional importance as the main motive for the arrival of tourists in the destination. According to the public invitation, events must contribute to the following goals of improving / enriching the tourist product / offer of the destination Poreč, developing content that enables the extension of the tourist season, increasing catering and other tourist traffic, especially in the pre- and sub-season (hereinafter: PPS) period. tourism, creating a recognizable image of Poreč tourism, raising the marketing value of the destination. The deadline for submitting applications is November 26.11.2018, XNUMX. year, more about the conditions in attached.last_img read more

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Aquatika and NP Una signed an agreement on joint cooperation and synergy

first_imgThis is not the first time that we see the connection and synergy of JU Aquatika in action. Thus, last year a joint cooperation was achieved in the field of tourism of three public institutions from Karlovac County: Public Institution Baraćeva špilja and Visitor Center Ivana’s Fairytale House and Public Institution Aquatika – Freshwater Aquarium Karlovac, as well as cooperation of Aquatika with Plitvice Lakes National Park.  The public institution Aquatika and the Una National Park from Bihać signed an agreement on joint cooperation in the field of tourism, joint promotion, scientific work, monitoring, but also through all other joint projects. We believe that through various joint activities we will be able to increase the number of visits, but also exchange visitors. We will promote the National Park to our visitors, and they will give Aquatika to their visitors, pointed out the director of JU Aquatika, Margarita Maruškić Kulaš, and added: “Within the framework of this Agreement, we will today agree on joint promotion and cooperation on various project activities of both institutions. The most important three points in this cooperation are joint projects in the field of mutual promotion, joint projects in science and research, in Una, and joint promotion on the development of tourism in both regions and I believe that together we will achieve increased visits ” pointed out Maruškić Kulaš. JU Aquatika The destination consists of all participants, and if there is no synergy and coordination, there is no quality tourist product. What is most important in the whole story, the motive for coming is not accommodation, but just quality, diverse and authentic content. “We can say that this is a natural sequence that has long connected our region, especially Bihać and Bosnian Krajina with Banija and Kordun, or Croatia and Bosnia and Herzegovina and the Una River, which is our common resource, our common river, which is largely a border river. However, we believe that rivers connect and should connect people and this is our contribution to show that we are ready to cooperate, but also to connect in different areas, especially when it comes to nature protection and of course creating an environment for sustainable development.Said Mulic. Synergy is so crucial in tourism and tourist destinations, and one should definitely look at the much bigger picture and network through the region. center_img Also, it is normal for certain foreign groups of guests to come to Zagreb, visit Karlovac, then NP Una, Sarajevo, Mostar, Belgrade, Novi Sad, Vukovar and then return to Zagreb. It is tourists from Scandinavia and Chinese tourists who have such similar tours where they visit three or four countries and all important tourist destinations in the area in a week. From Slovenia, Croatia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Serbia and Hungary. NP UNA This cooperation is significant because we finally see a positive example of synergy and the importance of connecting, and the connection of two tourist destinations from two neighboring countries, Croatia and Bosnia. The Una River originates in Croatia and is a natural border between BiH and Croatia. The desire of the Una National Park is to develop the Una Continental Riviera, which would extend along the entire course of the river, regardless of the state border. Praise once again to this excellent cooperation, and especially Aquatika – freshwater aquarium Karlovac, which are the leaders of the trend of connection and synergy in tourism.last_img read more

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Ližnjan Adventure – an interesting project aimed at developing tourism in the Municipality of Ližnjan

first_imgThe area in front of the building of the Municipality of Ližnjan was the starting point of the experiential tour, and with the tasting of olive oil, the attendees visited a small fair of traditional crafts, souvenirs and delicacies. In addition to the traditional, there was also a modern, technological desk of the ATLAS project – namely the stakeholders tested Eye Tracking device, a device for detecting and monitoring the orientation of the gaze, which played an important role in the project in researching and determining locations for valorization.    The tour included only two locations, symbolically, as a part of its natural and cultural wealth that will intrigue and encourage further exploration of the destination.  Registered stakeholders from the tourism sector were presented with a symbolic clip of the hidden potential of (un) discovered natural and cultural heritage in the Municipality of Ližnjan, pointing out the importance of valorization and preservation of local tangible and intangible heritage.  On Monday, July 15, the Ližnjan Adventure was held, a template for an experiential itinerary within the project ATLAS – Adriatic Cultural Tourism Laboratories, organized by the Faculty of Economics and Tourism “Dr. Mijo Mirkovic “.  This was followed by an interpretive walk through Ližnjan, led by a local resident and heritage interpreter, and a visit to the Church of Our Lady of Kuja with a beautiful floor mosaic. From there, the final stage of local research began; tourist stakeholders set out to tour the hills and the underground fortress of Monte Madonna in Šišan. The multi-hour experiential tour was rounded off with a special gathering with fish delicacies and local wines and desserts – again in Ližnjan, where it all began.  As part of the ATLAS project, an experiential video is currently being created that will connect five locations in the area of ​​the Municipality of Ližnjan.center_img The ATLAS project aims to address the main challenges in the region in order to valorize and preserve a rich and diverse cultural heritage, while supporting economic growth and development, while encouraging the sustainable development of innovative cultural tourism models, promoting natural and cultural heritage destinations, and enabling inclusion and accessibility for all. interested stakeholders. No matter how difficult something is, everything starts with the first step. Bravo for a great project and the first swing of the wings, which tomorrow (in a couple of years) can create new arrival motives and an interesting tourist story. Photo: Nikolina Klečina The interior of Istria should be a new next big (and) step for Istria and exactly the authentic and quality content that is missing to complete the entire Istrian tourist mosaic. With a developed coast with large accommodation capacities, the interior of Istria, which is half an hour from the coast, is an excellent complement to the tourist product, which is still relatively undiscovered, but with an incredible amount of potential and tourist stories. But for faster development, they just need a stronger development impulse from the county and the coast. The interior of Istria must be the main ingredient for extending the tourist season. last_img read more

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Flix & Art: Great new added value and connecting culture, art and travel

first_imgThe Flix & Art project includes the following museums: Nikola Tesla Technical Museum, Croatian Museum of Naive Art, Museum of Contemporary Art, Mimara Museum, Hangover Museum, Museum of Arts and Crafts, Croatian School Museum, Ivan Meštrović Museums Zagreb and Split, Museum of Sense Split, Hrvatski Maritime Museum Split. Nikola Tesla Technical Museum Cover photo: Mimara Museum / Flixbus In order to make the most of Croatia’s cultural heritage, FlixBus and a dozen museums in Zagreb and Split have provided the Flix & Art project with special benefits on tickets or souvenir shops and discounts on the next FlixBus trip. Therefore, in the case of a one-day or weekend visit to Zagreb or Split, lovers of travel and research can enjoy the unique and diverse experiences of offering permanent exhibitions and other exhibitions of selected museums and galleries. The rich offer of 160 Croatian general, artistic, technical, archaeological, historical, ethnographic, natural science and other types of museums was visited by more than 5,5 million foreign and domestic fans of museum exhibitions in 2018, according to the Museum Documentation Center.center_img A dozen museums in Zagreb and Split in cooperation with FlixBus have created new added value and synergy through the encouragement of travel and cultural upliftment that provides special benefits for travelers and museum visitors. Croatian Maritime Museum Split FlixBus discounts make from 10% to 50% discount when buying a ticket, depending on the museum, and a Flix & Art booklet will be created with a list of all museum benefits and instructions on how to get them.last_img read more

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