December 14, 2010


Avian influenza (62): South Korea (GN) H5N1, wild bird, RFI

South Korean quarantine officials found two dead eagle owls infected with the virulent strain of bird flu in the central western part of the country on Friday [10 Dec 2010].

. . . The wild birds were found dead in Seosan, 151 km south of Seoul [map at].

Local quarantine officials carried out routine tests and discovered the birds had the H5N1 strain of the influenza virus, the ministry said.

ProMED Mail -
12 Dec 2010
Location: Seosan, South Chungcheong, South Korea - Map It

Related (Follow-up) Story

Virus-Like Structure Calls Into Question Origin of Diseases Such as “Mad Cow”

A Yale University researcher has found virus-like genetic material within samples of Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease (CJD) and scrapie, a finding that challenges scientific consensus on the nature of these deadly brain-wasting diseases.

. . . In the study, published this week in the online edition of the Journal of Neurovirology, Manuelidis reports extracting new circular virus-like DNA sequences from infectious particles of three samples of CJD and scrapie.

These viral signatures would not be expected to be found in CJD or scrapie samples if infected prions were the sole culprits in the disease, she said.

Health News Digest -
10 Dec 2010

Journal Article Cited

Deer Affected by Disease

Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife officials say they have found more deer dead from adenovirus hemorrhagic disease than in the past.

. . . He says a couple of months ago, they were finding about one to two dead deer every day in the Cove Palisades Park and Crooked River Ranch area, but the numbers are going down now.

KBND News/Talk 1110 -
09 Dec 2010
Location: Oregon, USA - Map It

Sperm Whale Beaches Itself At Torrey Pines State Beach

A baby sperm whale kept rescuers from SeaWorld busy into the early morning hours Monday after it came ashore at Torrey Pines State Beach, a video photographer said.

The square-faced gray-brown colored mammal turned up at around 9:30 Sunday night, the photographer said, near the San Diego La Jolla Underwater Park.

. . . The photographer said the veterinarian told him the baby whale beached itself because of being lost or being sick.

KGTV San Diego -
13 Dec 2010
Photo courtesy of KGTV 10 News
Location: Torrey Pines State Beach, California, USA - Map It

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