Ebola virus found in Kalimantan’s orangutan
Researchers from Airlangga University’s Avian Influenza-zoonosis Research Center in Surabaya, East Java, report that they have detected evidence of Ebola virus in several orangutans in Kalimantan.
Researcher Chairil Anwar Nidom told The Jakarta Post on Friday that 65 serum samples collected from 353 healthy orangutans between December 2005 and December 2006 tested positive for Ebola virus.
Two surveillance zones identified near bird sanctuaries in Mandya
|Blood samples and droppings of birds will be collected in |
and around Ranganathittu and Gende Hosahalli
bird sanctuaries in Mandya district.
...As part of the plan, the department will collect chicken blood samples and droppings of migratory birds in villages in the 10-km radius of the Ranganathittu bird sanctuary and the Gende Hosahalli bird sanctuary near Mahadevapura in the district. These two places attract a large number of migratory birds from various countries.
“For the first time in the history of these bird sanctuaries, samples are being collected,” K.P. Ravikumar, Assistant Director, Department of Animal Husbandry and Veterinary Services, told The Hindu here on Thursday....Though no unnatural bird deaths have been reported in the bird sanctuaries in the district this year, “abnormal behaviour” of birds cannot be neglected, said another officer.
27 dead doves in Vegas area have bird virus
Wildlife officials in Nevada are asking the public to help look out for sick or dying pigeons or doves in the Las Vegas area after more than two dozen dead doves tested positive for a bird virus. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service says the only birds affected so far are Eurasian collared doves.
...State wildlife veterinarian Peregrine Wolff says the first death was reported late September in a North Las Vegas backyard. Twenty-seven cases have been confirmed but none since Oct. 18.
Wolff says the virus known as PPMV1 (pigeon paramyxovirus-1) doesn't pose any real threat to humans though direct contact with sick birds could lead to eye infections.
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|Image shows the starting point of viral activity in a cell.|
Credit: T Newsome and Dean Procter/The University of Sydney. Read article.
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