Peanuts not likely at fault for spike in Salmonella -killed birds

first_img He said he has no suspicion that the rash of dead birds is related to the human outbreak. Keel said his lab tests birds that people find dead around their feeders and send in. The lab has tested “a couple hundred” since January—far more than the four or five that are sent in for testing in a typical year. To reduce the spread of Salmonella, the NWHC recommends cleaning feeders with a 10% solution of bleach in water, changing feeder locations regularly, and adding more feeders to reduce crowding. “We did do some strain typing, and our preliminary data indicate no relation” to the strain involved in the human outbreak, said Keel, who supervises the diagnostic service for the ongoing wildlife study. Burkmann Feeds recall news releasehttp://www.burkmannfeeds.com/index.php?tpl=recall Western Trade Group Inc. of Port Angeles, Wash., recalled roasted peanuts in February because they contained peanuts from Peanut Corp. of America, the firm blamed for the nationwide outbreak. The firm’s recall notice said the feed-grade peanuts had been sold to makers of livestock and bird feed in Iowa, Kentucky, Missouri, and North Dakota. Mar 18, 2009 (CIDRAP News) – Salmonella infections have been killing more wild birds than usual in the US Southeast this winter, but the increase does not seem related to the nationwide human disease outbreak tied to tainted peanut products, according to federal wildlife scientists. Western Trade Group Inc. recall noticehttp://www.fda.gov/oc/po/firmrecalls/westerntrade02_09.html “We don’t regularly get pine siskins; they’re typically a more northerly bird. Periodically they come down here. They move down in extremely dense flocks. It’s not uncommon to see Salmonella outbreaks among them,” he said. Like Keel, Ramsay said the reasons are unclear. “It seems like it’s a cyclical thing. Back in 1998 we had a large peak also, not only on the East Coast but also in the Midwest. It seems like every once in a while we get outbreaks that occur over a large area and in large numbers. We’re not exactly sure what causes that as yet.” M. Kevin Keel, DVM, PhD, of the Southeastern Cooperative Wildlife Disease Study at the University of Georgia in Athens said testing so far has shown that the birds have been dying of a different Salmonella strain than the one in the human outbreak. Pine siskins predominateKeel said most of the Salmonella-infected dead birds have been pine siskins and goldfinches, though some cardinals and other birds have died of salmonellosis as well. Salmonella is not uncommon in birds found dead around feeders. But this year it’s “really widespread,” and it’s not clear why, Keel said. In a Mar 11 press release about the recall, Wild Birds Unlimited said, “Initial tests have found no correlation between any bird deaths and the recalled food; a different strain of Salmonella was found in deceased birds in North Carolina than what we detected in the recalled food.”center_img “We really don’t know why this year has been much more extreme,” he said. “If it hadn’t occurred till the pine siskins arrived, we’d have thought it was them, but some cases occurred before they got here. They certainly are the dominant species affected now.” See also: “It seems from probably around Maryland down through Appalachia we’ve been seeing an increase in Salmonella,” he said. “It is Salmonella Typhimurium, and we see outbreaks of this type in birds every year, but usually not to this extent,” Keel told CIDRAP News. Salmonella Typhimurium is also the serotype involved in the human outbreak, but the bird strain does not match genetically with the human cases, he said. He said he was not aware of an unusual level of Salmonella-related bird deaths in regions other than the Southeast, with the possible exception of Washington state. A cyclical phenomenon?Nathan Ramsay of the US Geological Survey’s National Wildlife Health Center (NWHC) in Madison, Wis., said his center also has been seeing an increase in bird deaths related to Salmonella in the Southeast. Bird feed recallBurkmann Feeds, a Kentucky company, recently recalled 150 bags of bird feed after the North Carolina Department of Agriculture found Salmonella in one sample. In a statement, Burkmann said one of its peanut suppliers had sold the company some peanuts that were subject to a recall and had not informed the company. Ramsay, who is the lead necropsy technician at the NWHC, said the center has not run genetic tests on Salmonella isolates from birds this winter, but said “there doesn’t seem to be any connection” with the human outbreak. Salmonellosis is a common cause of death in birds at bird feeders, according to the NWHC. The pathogen can spread from bird to bird through direct contact or through food or water contaminated with feces from an infected bird or mammal. Infected birds may appear healthy but can shed the organism in their feces. Burkmann makes bird feed for Wild Birds Unlimited (WBU) franchise stores in the Southeast. The recalled peanuts were used in certain lots of Burkmann’s WBU Wildlife Blend and WBU Woodpecker Blend, the company said. The firm said it had recalled those lots and informed all the customers who bought the products. Mar 11 Wild Birds Unlimited recall news releasehttp://www.wbu.com/news/pressreleases/2009_0311_recall.pdf NWHC information on salmonellosis in birdshttp://www.nwhc.usgs.gov/disease_information/other_diseases/salmonellosis.jsplast_img read more

Arsenal appoint Ljunberg interim manager

first_imgRelatedPosts Runarsson joins Arsenal on four-year deal Arsenal, Wolves want Michael Olise Akpom pens Middlesbrough loan deal Arsenal have confirmed a temporary successor to Unai Emery for Sunday’s Premier League clash at Norwich City.The Gunners have pulled the trigger on Emery amid their worst run of results since 1992.Thursday’s Europa League defeat to Eintracht Frankfurt was the final nail in Emery’s coffin.Arsenal legend Freddie Ljungberg will take the reins for the time being.He was Emery’s assistant first-team coach before the axing.A statement from Arsenal read: “The decision has been taken due to results and performances not being at the level required.“We have asked Freddie Ljungberg to take responsibility for the first team as interim head coach. We have full confidence in Freddie to take us forward.“The search for a new head coach is underway and we will make a further announcement when that process is complete.”Tags: ArsenalFreddie LjungbergUnai Emerylast_img read more

Chester the Therapy Dog makes debut at Oscoda Area Schools

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThisALPENA, Mich. — An unsuspecting therapist will be doing all he can to build morale at Oscoda Area Schools. He’s a 9-month-old puppy named Chester who will be working with students one–on–one.The golden labradoodle is on track to being a certified therapy dog. On Monday, teachers met Chester for the first time a week before classes start.Charlotte’s Litter and PAWS for People, two pet therapy programs, say dog therapy is beneficial. Chester has the capacity to build self–confidence and social skills. He can also decrease anxiety at the same time, especially among students on the autism spectrum.Special education teacher Ellen Doherty said, “we have students that experience trauma that Chester could be influential and help them.”Doherty hopes to interact with her students on a deeper level. As tempting as it is to pet Chester on the belly, students and staff are advised not to do it. Interacting with him in certain ways can compromise his training. All paws must be on the ground when anyone is petting Chester.“Chester goes through a whole process where he’s desensitized,” said Valerie Thomas. She is Chester’s trainer. Therapy dogs can start training as early as seven weeks of age. From that time on, Thomas has been exposing Chester to as much as possible to elements such as large crowds and sudden noises.Rebecca Brooks, assistant principal at Richardson Elementary in Oscoda, said “consistency is key to success.” Staff will be following Chester’s success. “I think they understand how much he can help the students.”AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThis Tags: Chester the Therapy Dog, Oscoda Area SchoolsContinue ReadingPrevious Local and state agencies partner to increase recyclingNext City of Alpena Risk Reduction Officer, Andy Marceau, selected for state fire safety boardlast_img read more