Nov 13, 2007 (CIDRAP News) – The avian influenza virus found this week in turkeys at a farm in Suffolk, England, is the lethal H5N1 variety, veterinary officials announced today.Laboratory experts are still running tests on the samples to gain clues about the strain’s origin, according to a press release today from the United Kingdom Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA). The farm is located near Diss, about 107 miles northeast of London.Authorities have declared a 3-kilometer protection zone and a 10-kilometer surveillance zone around the farm, plus a much wider restriction zone. Farmers in the zone are required to isolate poultry from wild birds, and movements of birds out of the zone are banned. DEFRA also banned bird-related gatherings in England, including bird shows and pigeon racing.The BBC said 6,500 poultry at the farm would be culled. The farm produces mostly turkeys but also raises ducks and geese.”A full epidemiological investigation and tracings of any dangerous contacts are underway and all possible sources of the outbreak will be investigated,” the DEFRA statement said.Fred Landeg, DEFRA’s acting chief veterinary officer, told BBC News today that initial genetic sequence data suggest that the outbreak strain is closely related to H5N1 viruses found recently in the Czech Republic and Germany, “which does suggest a possible wild bird source.””However, at this stage we are looking with an open mind as to the origin, and all potential sources of the origin will be investigated,” Landeg said.Previous news reports said the turkeys were free-range, which could have allowed them to come into contact with wild birds. Landeg said there is a lake at the affected farm that attracts a number of wild fowl, the BBC reported.Wild birds were initially suspected as the cause of an H5N1 outbreak in February at the Bernard Matthews turkey farm in another part of Suffolk, about 70 miles from London, but officials said later that the source was probably contaminated turkey meat imported from Hungary.The H5N1 findings at the Matthews farm represented the first outbreak of the lethal virus in British poultry. However, authorities also identified the virus in a wild swan that washed up on a Scottish shore in 2006 and in an imported pet bird in 2005.Today’s confirmation of H5N1 represents yet another infectious disease setback for Britain’s farmers. A laboratory leak of the foot-and-mouth disease virus from a vaccine research and production facility sparked outbreaks at five cattle farms in August and September. Veterinarians have also recently reported outbreaks of bluetongue disease in English cattle herds.See also:Nov 12 CIDRAP News story “UK reports H5 flu outbreak in turkeys”
Press Association But with turnover increasing by nine per cent to £206.1m and external debt down by 29 per cent to £45.1m – courtesy of an interest-free, inter-company loan from owners Fenway Sports Group – Ayre is upbeat about their future performance. This year’s finances will be boosted by a huge new television deal while the club, second in the Barclays Premier League table and six points clear of fifth-placed Tottenham, are on course to qualify for the Champions League – participation in which brings in an estimated £20m minimum. “These results demonstrate that the financial health of the club continues to make good progress as we continue our journey to transform the club on and off the pitch,” Ayre told the Liverpool Echo. “Over the past four or five years revenue has been consistently increasing from around £170m in 2009 to over £200m today – and external debt has decreased significantly to less than £50m. “With a hugely supportive ownership group, we have taken a measured approach to bring back financial stability to this great club by ensuring it is properly structured on and off the pitch.” The club have signed a number of significant sponsorship deals in the current season, which will only continue to bolster commercial revenues which rose to £97.7million in the year to May 2013, up from £63.9million. “These financial results are now up to 18 months old and we have continued to make further progress since this reporting period,” Ayre added. “Our strong links remain with our existing partners, signing new deals with Standard Chartered, Garuda Indonesia and Carlsberg, and we have recently announced five new partnerships which endorses the global appeal of the LFC brand.” Figures released for trading up to the end of May 2013 show the Reds made a loss after tax of £49.8m. The previous year the deficit was £40.5m, but that was for a 10-month period as the club re-aligned their accounting period with the football season. Ayre also praised the leadership of FSG, led by principal owner John Henry, which has seen external debt reduced by nearly £200million since they bought the club in October 2010. “With a hugely supportive ownership group we have taken a measured approach to bring back financial stability to this great club by ensuring it is properly structured on and off the pitch,” said Ayre. “During the period (of the most recent accounts), we signed six new players including Daniel Sturridge, Philippe Coutinho and Joe Allen, and we extended seven players’ contracts which included Daniel Agger, Martin Skrtel, Martin Kelly, Lucas Leiva and Raheem Sterling – adding depth and strength to the squad while continuing to develop young talent. “In addition, nine players were transferred out and eight players were loaned out. “We have also seen good progress being made regarding a proposed stadium expansion at Anfield. “Given where Liverpool Football Club was only a few years ago, the progress that has been made since FSG acquired the club has brought back much-needed stability with an ambitious vision which everyone is focused on.” Liverpool made a near-£50million loss in their last financial year but managing director Ian Ayre insists the club are heading in the right direction with reduced debts and record turnover.
It doesn’t take long to analyze Montebello High School’s opponent, Foothill, for tonight’s 8:30 CIF-Southern Section Division I girls water polo championship game. The key word: defense.. Montebello lost to Foothill earlier this season, 6-3, but the score was tied, 3-3, with five minutes to play. “Then we gave them a couple of easy goals, and that was the difference,” Clements said. “But otherwise, I thought we outplayed them the whole game.” Montebello is led by Priscilla Orozco, who has been a four-year standout for the Oilers. Clements, asked what position she plays, merely said, “Wherever she wants to. We know she’ll be a key focus for their defense.” Along with Orozco, Clements also cited senior Kimberly Romero as the “center of the defense, and offensively, one of our better shooters.” But he quickly emphasized the Oilers’ approach is based on an offense that relies on everyone contributing almost equally. “I also expect a big game from Sarah Orozco (Priscilla’s sister),” Clements said. “She played her best game of the year in the semis (an 8-7 win over Corona del Mar Friday).” Foothill, 27-1, is the Sea View League champion and the division’s No. 1-seeded team. Montebello, 24-5, is the Almont League champion and the division’s No. 3 seed. [email protected] (562) 698-0955, Ext. 3046 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Montebello coach Ken Clements describes the Knights’ defense as “very solid,” then offered as evidence this tidbit from their semifinal against Newport Harbor: “(Foothill) had 11 ejections, including the goalkeeper once, and Newport couldn’t score on any of them,” Clements said. “Foothill isn’t as fast as CdM (Corona del Mar), but what they lack in speed they make up for with size and a very physical game.”