Jul 25, 2005 (CIDRAP News) – A Russian official has identified the avian influenza virus that has been killing poultry in Siberia as H5N2, a strain that is not dangerous to humans.But another Russian official reported to the World Organization for Animal Health (OIE) yesterday that the virus had not yet been fully identified. The poultry outbreaks in the Novosibirsk region of southwestern Siberia were first reported last week.Alexander Shestopalov, an official at the State Scientific Center for Virology and Biotechnology, identified the virus as H5N2, according to a Jul 22 report by Interfax, a Russian news agency.”This virus is considerably less pathogenic for poultry than H5N1, which is found in Southeast Asia, and is absolutely harmless to humans,” Shestopalov was quoted as saying.But in a report to the OIE yesterday, Dr. Evgueny A. Nepoklonov, head of the Main Veterinary Department at the Ministry of Agriculture and Food in Moscow, said the N, or neuraminidase, number of the virus had not yet been determined. He confirmed that the virus had been “preliminarily” identified as an H5.Nepoklonov’s report, published on the OIE Web site, said outbreaks of avian flu were reported in nine villages in the Novosibirsk region.He didn’t mention how many birds had died, but said the mortality rate was low, from 1% to 2.6%. He told the OIE last week that more than 350 birds had died.”An epidemiological analysis has shown that the disease started in a flock in contact with wild waterfowl at open water reservoirs,” Nepoklonov’s report says. “This is proposed as the primary source of the virus. In addition, there is evidence of the disease in wild birds.” He also said no outbreaks had occurred at commercial poultry farms.Shestopalov said the virus came from the Mediterranean region and probably was brought to Novosibirsk by migrating birds, according to the Interfax report.H5N2 viruses have not been known as harmful to humans. Mexico had a series of outbreaks of highly pathogenic H5N2 in poultry from 1995 to 2003 without any human cases. A small outbreak of the virus occurred at a farm near San Antonio, Tex., in February 2004, with no human cases.More than 100 people have been infected with H5N1 viruses and more than 50 have died in Southeast Asia since late 2003.See also:CIDRAP overview “Avian influenza: Agricultural and wildlife considerations”
Former Oklahoma City Thunder player Nick Collison speaks during a ceremony to retire his number, before an NBA basketball game between the Thunder and the Toronto Raptors on Wednesday, March 20, 2019, in Oklahoma City. (AP Photo/Rob Ferguson)OKLAHOMA CITY — Nick Collison’s No. 4 jersey was retired by the Oklahoma City Thunder during a ceremony before their game against the Toronto Raptors on Wednesday night.It’s the first number the Thunder have retired since the franchise moved to Oklahoma City in 2008. The Seattle SuperSonics drafted Collison out of Kansas in 2003 and he spent his entire 15-year career with the club.ADVERTISEMENT TJ Dillashaw gives up UFC 135-pound title because of drug test Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title “I used to play with Nick,” Ibaka said. “He was one of the guys who really helped me in my first year in the league, when I was 19. Playing tonight, the same day they’re going to retire his jersey, it’s really special.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title View comments Tom Brady most dominant player in AFC championship history MOST READ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LATEST STORIES Eugenie Bouchard’s bid for Australian Open spot ends in qualifying Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Rogue cops marked as Gamboa’s targets in his appointment as PNP chief Collison averaged only 5.9 points and 5.2 rebounds per game for Seattle/Oklahoma City, but played a key role in developing the team’s Oklahoma City culture and became known as “Mr. Thunder.”Mayor David Holt declared Wednesday to be “Nick Collison Day” in Oklahoma City.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissSPORTSCoronation night?SPORTSThirdy Ravena gets offers from Asia, Australian ball clubs“I could never have expected something like this,” Collison said. “But it’s really a special night for me and my family. It’s been a long run. To be able to have the career I had here and then have a celebration like that, I feel very fortunate. That kind of goes without saying, but it’s amazing for me. It’s a good feeling coming back. I don’t know how to feel for something like this. It’s like nothing can prepare you for it.”Among his former Thunder teammates who attended the ceremony were Kevin Durant of Golden State and Serge Ibaka of the Raptors. Neither were mentioned during Collison’s pregame speech, but current Thunder star Russell Westbrook was. Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Japeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for Ginebra Phivolcs: Slim probability of Taal Volcano caldera eruption Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines?
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