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 Januaryfar 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.” “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.jsp
Dutch metal industry scheme PME failed to pay pensions on time to 40,000 of its 167,000 pensioners last Monday.It blamed the mishap on an IT glitch, and said the mistake was rectified by the next day.According to the €47bn pension fund for metalworking and electro-technical engineering, something went wrong when its provider MN sent a batch of payment orders to ING Bank.“The batch had become stuck somewhere in the system,” said Ellen van Amersfoort, the scheme’s spokeswoman. As a consequence, the payments weren’t transferred on PME’s fixed payment day, the 24th of the month. This led to phone calls from worried pensioners.The pension fund said it didn’t know exactly yet what had gone wrong, but emphasised that it would launch a thorough investigation to find the cause, “as this is not allowed to happen again”.Van Amersfoort, who joined PME five years ago, said she couldn’t remember any similar incident. “We are always very conscientious when it is about payments,” she said.Michel Cleij, spokesman for MN, which also serves the €72bn metal sector scheme PMT, also said he wasn’t aware of any such payment incidents during the past five years.“The payment process consists of several checks, ahead of as well as after the payments, with a statement showing whether payments have been successful,” he said.“Therefore, on Tuesday morning we already knew about the mistake. But around the same time, pensioners started to get in touch with us.”Problems with benefits payments are rare in the Dutch pensions sector.Administrative problems are usually about mistakes in granting pension rights, sending mandatory letters for new and leaving participants too late, or mistakes in invoices.Last year, MN abandoned an innovation project aimed at reducing costs and decreasing the number of administrative errors.
Ireland found themselves thrust back into the path of one of world football’s superpowers when they were drawn into the same Euro 2016 qualifying group for the campaign which gets under way in September. Ireland will launch their preparations in earnest in Dublin on Wednesday evening when they tackle Serbia in a friendly following a victory over Latvia and a draw in Poland in November as new management duo Martin O’Neill and Roy Keane launched their reign. John O’Shea is determined to set the record straight as Ireland prepare to meet the force of Germany once again. “But there are lots of other teams in the group as well who will be confident of taking their chances too to qualify because of the extra team that can qualify also. “But we are fully aware. Look, we will see how Germany do in the World Cup in the summer beforehand as well, so we will know the quality we are going to be facing.” A convincing victory over an admittedly limited Latvian team and a hard-fought 0-0 draw in Poznan eased O’Neill and Keane into their new roles, but the hard work began in earnest this week as the pair started the process of honing their squad for the new campaign. Serbia will represent a significantly stiffer test, and that is exactly what the manager wants with the draw for Euro 2016 in Nice having served to focus minds on the task ahead. O’Neill said: “It’s very close now. That’s focused attention, [last] Sunday in Nice. “From my viewpoint – maybe not from the players’ at this point, they have still got big club matches to go – but from my viewpoint, it’s something I will be concentrating on now. “I know that there’s a World Cup still to be played, but for me, yes absolutely, September, it will honestly fly around now.” O’Neill has signalled his intention to play an attacking brand of football where possible, a contrast to Trapattoni’s famously conservative approach. However, he will not adopt a gung-ho approach as he attempts to mould his team and playing style. He said: “We want to try to score more goals, and the very natural thing is you want to try to create more chances to score more goals, so that’s something we would be looking to try to do if it’s at all possible. “We have only had a couple of sessions, these are easy words for me to use at this moment. “It’s nice, it’s comfortable and then Serbia keep ball for 10 minutes in the game and then you’re asking, ‘Where is this freedom of expression?’, so just be steady. “Serbia will be a real test for us for a start. Also, these matches in the Euros will be major tests for us, so while it’s nice to hear these type of words that we are talking about, we have to earn the right to express ourselves. I think that’s really important.” Press Association But memories of a 6-1 humiliation by the Germans at the Aviva Stadium in October 2102 and a 3-0 defeat in Cologne in the reverse fixture 12 months later remain painfully fresh for those men who were on the receiving end. Sitting alongside O’Neill, central defender O’Shea said: “Well look, you know how good they are. “You want to test yourself against the best players, but also you can’t be greedy all the time and say you want the easiest group or you want this and you want that. “You get who you get and you have to get on with it. Germany will be a massive test for us, but look, I know the man alongside of me and we are not going to be having a team-talk beforehand thinking, ‘We are going out and we are not going to win this game’. “That’s something that’s going to be very positive to look forward to.” The Dublin demolition job very nearly cost then manager Giovanni Trapattoni his job, and his tenure was effectively on a downward slope from that moment on. But professional pride dictates that the Irishmen who were so ruthlessly ripped apart that night are determined to atone for that capitulation this time around. O’Shea, 32, said: “Definitely. Particularly at home especially, that will definitely be the case.
The striker is expected to have a medical at Anfield in the next 48 hours.Meanwhile, Manchester City have invested more money in English talent.They’ve completed the signing of highly-rated 18 year old, Patrick Roberts from Fulham. The total transfer fee is likely to arrive at 11 million pounds.