“Controlling avian influenza is an enormous challenge for the veterinary community,” Dr. Ilaria Capua, head of virology at Italy’s Istituto Zooprofilattico Sperimentale delle Venezie, said in a speech yesterday. “Local administrations in different parts of the world are not well prepared. The virus is changing as it moves to new ecosystems and hosts. We need money. We need resources.” Threat to humans persistsOther presentations at the conference underlined avian flu’s persistent but unpredictable threat to human health. A study of more than 900 people in four provinces of Thailand where there had been serious human cases of H5N1 flu found no mild or asymptomatic infections, according to Dr. Rapeepan Dejpichai of the Thai Ministry of Health, underlining a growing impression among some scientists that H5N1 is a difficult disease to catch. Episodes such as those are of particular concern to scientists who worry that underfunded animal-health efforts could leave humans vulnerable to a resurgence of H5N1 or another novel strain. “There is certainly variability in the response to commercial vaccines,” he said. “We are not getting very many new vaccines that are closely matched to the [wild] strains, and I think protection over time will suffer.” Vaccinating poultry and ducks to contain avian flu has been controversial. It reduces birds’ clinical symptoms, keeping them alive and preserving their economic valuethough not necessarily their utility as a trade good, because some countries refuse to import vaccinated chicken. It decreases viral shedding, slowing disease transmission, but it does not block infection entirely, potentially allowing the virus to spread silently. Despite investments by international aid agencies, the animal-health system in Africa remains so poorly funded that “we have had several experiences of samples being stuck in countries for weeks when they should have been sent to reference laboratories,” said Dr. Stella Chungong of the World Health Organization. “When you talk about capacity in Africa, you are really talking about very basic issues of specimen collection, transportation, and storage.” “Freedom from infection has not been sustained in the region,” she said. “There has been a recurrence of cases in most of the affected countries, with some countries having continuing outbreaks. The virus may be endemic in some countries.” That is also true in Europe and the Russian Federation, where “the reemergence of the virus in a number of countries does suggest we are moving toward endemicity,” even though some countries have deployed vaccinations against the disease, said Dr. Ian Brown of the British government’s Veterinary Laboratory Agency. It is not clear what is driving the slippage, Dr. David Swayne, director of the Southeast Poultry Research Laboratory, said in a separate session: The influence could be immunologic pressure within vaccinated poultry or the birds’ exposure to ducks that harbor other viral strains. But a study of a recent outbreak in Wales and England of H7N2 flua mild strain not thought to cause serious human diseaserevealed three people ill enough to be hospitalized and possibly 23 people who had contracted a flu-like illness, according to Dr. Jonathan Nguyen-Van-Tam of London’s Public Health Services Laboratory. Despite the apparent slowdown in human infections and deaths, H5N1 flu is continuing to evade detection and control efforts, recurring in birds in some areas that were thought clear, becoming permanently entrenched in others, and mutating in a way that renders long-used poultry vaccines less effective, according to conference presenters. Jun 21, 2007 TORONTO (CIDRAP News) Declining public interest in the deadly H5N1 strain of avian influenza and its pandemic potential has sparked alarm among animal-health experts, who worry that shifting priorities will derail the funding still needed to control the disease in birds. And according to papers presented at the conference, vaccination may be driving the virus’s evolution. Isolates gathered in northern Vietnam in December 2005 are not only more virulent than earlier samples, but less likely to be controlled by vaccines that once contained the virus successfully, said Dr. David Suarez of the Southeast Poultry Research Laboratory in Athens, Ga. Bird outbreaks keep returningIn Southeast Asia, the area from which the virus began spreading in late 2003, there have been multiple H5N1 bird outbreaks just in the past month, along with Vietnam’s first human death in two years, said Dr. Watanee Kalpravidh of the United Nations’ Food and Agriculture Organization. Prominent veterinary scientists attending the International Conference on Options for the Control of Influenza, a meeting of about 1,500 flu experts this week in Toronto, urged their colleagues to remember that the virus will remain a human health threat as long as it circulates in birds and mammals. “I’ve never understood why the medical community does not call for more support for the veterinary community, to say that if we could control flu in animals it would have a profound effect on controlling a possible pandemic,” said Dr. Michael Perdue of the WHO’s Global Influenza Programme. “But because it causes both animal infections and sporadic human infections, [avian flu] is not like any other disease. It has competing mandates.”
The panel concludes that rural tourism in the Split-Dalmatia County has been growing in recent years, but overall it is still at a low level. The cooperation of all institutions, the creation of a destination and a real tourist product, and learning from those who have already done so, are extremely important for its development. Iskustva iz prve ruke u radu s turistima, trendove i potražnju, podijelila je Ivana Kapić iz Turističke agencije Nova Sol Split. ‘‘Uz krevet i neizostavni bazen danas je gostima u ruralnim krajevima nužno ponuditi dodatne sadržaje u objektu poput igrališta za djecu, vinskog podruma i tsl. ” rekla je Kapić. The Imotski Tourist Board is the only tourist board in the Split-Dalmatia County, and its director Luka Kolovrat stated that the past few years have recorded extremely good results, ie an increase in both the number of accommodation facilities and the number of overnight stays. “There are several factors that have led to this positive change and growth – transport infrastructure and the tunnel of St. Ilija is an exceptional wind in our backs, and there is also the prevailing trend for family houses, the step forward of the renters themselves, the emergence of several strong travel agencies, media advertising and various incentives, “said Kolovrat. The destination Dalmatinska zagora, which was declared the most successful rural tourism destination in 2018 at the Days of Croatian Tourism, was presented by the director of the Sinj Tourist Board, Monika Vrgoč. ” From year to year we record an increase in the number of accommodation facilities. In the period 2016-2017. the increase in the number of newly opened accommodation facilities was 60%, and in the period 2017-2018. 40%, ” said Vrgoč Photo: HGK The panel, which was held as part of the Adriatic Gastro Show on February 8, was organized by HGK ŽK Split with the aim of reviewing the situation in rural tourism, the potential we have and opportunities for stronger development of this important and underdeveloped segment of tourism, which can greatly enrich tourism. offer and extend the season. HGK County Chamber Split, as part of the Adriatic Gastro Show, held a panel “Rural tourism 365 Split-Dalmatia County” Cristina Vojić Krajcar from the Istrian Tourist Board and Stefano Landi, president of the Italian consulting company SL&A Turismo e Territorio, presented how they do it in destinations that are ahead of everyone in terms of rural tourism, and presented the experiences of Tuscany in a short video. Assistance to agricultural farms in applying for tenders is provided by LAG Adrion, whose activities were presented by the head of the LAG, Ivanka Ribičić, while Vinarija Matković, one of the members of the LAG, was highlighted as an excellent example of rural tourism development. Domagoj Matković, the owner of the Matković winery, which has been operating since 1998, opened a wine tasting last year, which has already resulted in significant business results. The Split-Dalmatia County, as well as Croatia, has a significant natural and socio-cultural basis for the development of rural tourism, said Nataša Bušić from the Croatian Chamber of Commerce in the Split County Chamber. and added ” However, this basis is not sufficiently and properly used, and despite the huge potential of rural tourism in our county and Croatia, compared to that in the coastal part, occupies a relatively small share and is still not sufficiently developed.” Cover photo TZ Splitsko-dalmatinska županija / Source: HGK
LASITH Malinga has told Dimuth Karunaratne he will retire from ODIs following the first match against Bangladesh, according to the Sri Lanka captain.The 35-year-old had already announced plans to quit cricket following next year’s T20 World Cup, yet his final ODI appearance is set to come this week.Sri Lanka face Bangladesh in a three-match ODI series, starting on Friday, but Karunaratne is expecting to be without Malinga following the opener in Colombo.“We need to find a wicket-taking bowler because Malinga is not available after this series,” the skipper told a news conference.“He is going to play the first match. After that, he is retiring. That’s what he said to me. I don’t know what he said for the selectors but, for me, he said he is playing only one match.”Malinga has taken 335 wickets in 225 ODIs, sitting third on his country’s all-time list, with 13 dismissals at the recent Cricket World Cup.Karunaratne added ahead of taking on Bangladesh: “As the captain of Sri Lanka, after the World Cup, we need to build a good team.“We are trying to find some new talent, so we are giving some chances to the youngsters in this series. We want to play a good cricket series.”
INDIA captain Virat Kohli criticised his team and skirted around questions about his own on-pitch behaviour as New Zealand completed a 2-0 Test series win in Christchurch.The Kiwis coasted to a seven-wicket victory after bowling out India for just 124 in their second innings.“We were completely outplayed in this series,” said Kohli, who had a top score of 19 in four innings.“We were not positive enough, we were not brave enough.”India, who lead the World Test Championship (WTC) table, also lost the first Test by 10 wickets.Kohli was animated at times during the second Test and when questioned by a journalist about accusations he swore at his opposite number Kane Williamson and at the crowd, replied: “What do you think?“You need to find out exactly what happened and then come with a better question. You can’t come here with half questions and half details of what happened.“And also, if you want to create controversy, this is not the right place to be. I had spoken to the match referee and he had no issues with what happened.”Victory moves New Zealand up to third in the WTC table, one place above England and a spot behind Australia. The top two teams meet in the final at Lord’s in June 2021. (BBC Sport).
Officials are currently investigating a fire that occurred at the Casa del Monte Mobile Home Park, Saturday morning.The structure was fully engulfed when firefighters arrived at the scene, according to the Palm Beach County Fire Rescue.Firefighters were able to contain the fire and are protecting nearby exposures.The area has reportedly been linked to gang violence in recent weeks.No other information is available at this time.