Silent carriers: possible culprits in avian flu transmission?

first_imgApril 12, 2005 (CIDRAP News) – Although an 8-year-old Cambodian girl’s death was caused by the H5N1 virus, it’s not clear how she developed avian flu.She had been in contact with infected chickens in February, “but the exposure period is too long,” said Megge Miller, a World Health Organization (WHO) official in Cambodia, in an Agence France-Presse (AFP) story. The girl became sick on Mar 29 and died on Apr 7, news reports said.Follow-up evaluation of people who had contact with the girl during her illness showed that none of the 13 tested for H5N1 had contracted the virus.”Human-to-human transmission as a source of the girl’s infection appears unlikely, as none of her known contacts were sick with similar symptoms before she became ill,” a WHO news release said today.Ducks may have caused her illness, Miller said.”We’re looking at the potential of the role of ducks as asymptomatic carriers,” Miller told AFP in a story yesterday. Ducks are known as silent carriers of H5N1 because they may carry and spread large amounts of the virus without appearing sick.Department of animal health officials were considering whether to cull all poultry within 3 miles of the girl’s home in Kampot province, AFP reported.Elsewhere in Asia, officials in Hong Kong and southern China announced today that the culling of 8,000 chickens in Shenzhen was not due to avian flu, news outlets reported.The chickens, which were culled and buried after suffering “abnormal health conditions” were part of a flock of 100,000 in Shenzhen, which provides chickens for Hong Kong, according to an AFP story.”A report was received from the State General Administration of Quality Supervision, Inspection and Quarantine, which confirmed that some of the chickens in the farm had been found to have respiratory tract disease,” according to a statement reported today by AFP. “Initial tests on the avian influenza virus were conducted on other live chickens in the farm and all results were negative,” the statement noted. See also: Today’s WHO news release on avian flu: read more

2016 Kansas Wheat Festival is 3 weeks away; Sponsorships are needed

first_imgSubmitted to Sumner Newscow — Kansas Wheat Festival is quickly approaching on July 6-10. The Wellington Area Chamber of Commerce still has several key sponsorships open. First come, first serve. Sponsorships can be split or shared.  “We are so thrilled to have TECT Aerospace as the premier sponsor this year for the 116th Kansas Wheat Festival,” said Annarose White, Wellington Area Chamber of Commerce Executive Director. The following Kansas Wheat Festival events that have sponsorships and those that still need sponsorships: Picnic in the Park - Available (Featuring the Sumner Regional Medical Center, Health Fair)Little Texas (Thursday Night Street Dance) –  Bank of CommerceFriday Night – Kansas Wheat Parade – GKN AerospaceThe Mudbugs (Friday Night Street Dance) – BNSF Railroad Family Fun Day   – $1,500 – Available (Two $750 or Three $500).Across the Pond (Saturday Night Street Dance) – $3,000.Grand Prize – $2,000 – Kansas Star Casino.Downtown Art Exhibit – The Chamber is also looking for donors for this event. Contact Skeet Sirmons at [email protected] if interested in volunteering or contributing financially. ———Banners can be made:The Chamber is also looking for businesses and community groups to also pay to advertise on concert fencing. A $50 donation is available if you already have a banner or $50, plus the cost of making the banner if you need another banner made. There are two companies that can help you make banners:  Sunflower Custom T’s in downtown Wellington and the high school during the school year. There are other contributing sponsorship opportunities available for $250 (like the D&L Train Rides).———This year’s parade theme is:From Wheat To Wings. An entry form sponsored by GKN Aerospace can be found here.———30th Aniversary of the Medallion Hunt – Registration is next Monday, June 20 through Thursday June 23 from 5:30 – 7:30 p.m. in front of Memorial Auditorium. For additional questions, contact Margaret Horton ([email protected])———More entry forms are online. The Wellington Chamber can deliver print packet of information to you at———Carnival Posters are in – wristbands are $23 each this year (just like last year).———Little Texas is coming to Wellington.Don’t forget: Little Texas Concert is Thursday, July 7 at 9 p.m. Mark Bowling and Carter Green will be opening up for Little Texas at 8 p.m. There will be VIP seats available at $40 each. ———Button Prizes – Please drop off any button prizes at the Chamber Office – We are specifically hoping for gift certificates. ———The Chamber is also looking for a lot of Slow pitch softball teams.———Also, there is a goal to have an expanded food court.last_img read more