USDA, FAO to launch animal disease crisis center

first_img The facility will be run by the FAO in close collaboration with the World Organization for Animal Health (OIE), according to a joint press release from the USDA and FAO. Specialists at the center will provide disease analysis and information and will dispatch resources to prevent and manage dangerous animal diseases. Experts there will also collaborate with the World Health Organization. See also: The United States will provide $1.8 million, and the USDA is sending four veterinarians to help launch the new center, officials said. France, Germany, Italy, the Netherlands, and the United Kingdom will also contribute to the center. The announcement gave no details on the center’s staff size or budget. “All nations will benefit as we work to reduce the risk and spread of highly pathogenic H5N1 avian influenza,” said USDA Secretary Mike Johanns. “The international community has a responsibility to equip countries, especially developing countries, with the expertise and resources necessary for a rapid and effective response to any possible animal disease outbreak.” Samuel Jutzi, head of the FAO’s Animal Production and Health Division, said the crisis center will boost the effectiveness of the FAO’s current operations related to avian flu, which is especially important now that the H5N1 virus is present in at least 32 countries. Jul 14, 2006 (CIDRAP News) – The US Department of Agriculture (USDA) and the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) announced today that a new animal disease crisis management center will begin operating in late July at FAO headquarters in Rome, with an initial focus on H5N1 avian influenza. Jul 14 USDA news releaselast_img read more

Fifth of New Yorkers infected with coronavirus, antibody test suggests

first_imgA total of 3,000 customers at supermarkets across the state of New York were randomly tested for coronavirus antibodies this week, Governor Andrew Cuomo said Thursday.Almost 14 percent of them registered positive, he told reporters. In New York City, 21 percent of tests came back positive.Those would translate to roughly 2.6 million people statewide and around 1.7 million people in the Big Apple as having already had the new coronavirus.Those numbers are way above the 263,460 declared cases across New York state, the epicenter of America’s outbreak, where the virus has killed more than 15,500 people. “It’s vital for any state, I believe, to first get a baseline study of where you are on the infection rate,” Cuomo said.There are uncertainties about the accuracy of antibody tests and the sample was small. But Cuomo noted that, if the data played out across the state it would mean that the death rate for COVID-19 there was only 0.5 percent.That is much lower than the US average and the worst-affected countries in Europe, which are based on confirmed cases.According to Johns Hopkins University, Belgium has a known-case mortality rate of 14.9 percent, France 13.6 percent and the United States 5.5 percent. More than one in five New Yorkers may have already had the new coronavirus, a testing sample showed Thursday, suggesting infections are much higher than confirmed cases suggest.Widespread testing — including for antibodies — is viewed as key to American states being able to lift stay-at-home orders and reopen their shuttered economies.The presence of antibodies means a person has already been infected with the virus and might mean they are immune, meaning they could likely return to work without catching the illness again.center_img Topics :last_img read more

Aqua Twisters Results From Madison Invitational

first_imgThe Madison Invitational Swimming Meet.Team Results.  Girls:  Madison 308, Oldenburg Academy 266, Scottsburg 231, Switzerland County  149 .OA Individual Highlights.Caroline Storms, 100 Free 1st, 200 IM 2nd; Mikaela Fangman , 100 Breast 1st; Erica Geers, 100 Fly 2nd; Elaine Welage, 100 Back 2nd; 200 Medley Relay 2nd (Meredith Maier, Mikaela Fangman, Erica Geers, Caroline Storms); 200 Free Relay 2nd (Meredith Maier, Madelyn Maier, Erica Geers, Caroline Storms).Team Results.  Boys:  Madison 293; Scottsburg 245; Switzerland County 222; Oldenburg Academy 196.OA Individual Highlights.John Pelzel, 100 Breast 1st, 200 IM 1st; 200 Free Relay 2nd (John Pelzel, Jeremy Kelnhofer, Liam Mungcal, Chris Nurrenburg).Submitted by OA Coach Shawwn Storms.last_img read more