NegOcc’s preventive measures vs bird flu in place, says PVO

first_img“However, to further ensure the safety of our poultry industry,gamefowl raisers must avoid going to Luzon, particularly in Nueva Ecija,”Decena stressed. Necessary measures on preventing the entry of avian influenza are beingimplemented like regulating the movement of poultry products, he added. BACOLOD City – The Provincial Veterinary Office (PVO) of NegrosOccidental assured its poultry raisers that safety precautions are in place toprevent the entry of bird flu in the province. In 2017, the bird flu also struck farms in San Luis, Pampanga and the towns of Jaen and San Isidro in Nueva Ecija. A total of 12,000 quails from a farm in Jaen, Nueva Ecija have beenculled and buried on March 14. The Department of Agriculture (DA) confirmed that the avian influenza,under the highly pathogenic strain H5N6, infected a village in Nueva Ecija. Provincial veterinarian Dr. Renate Decenasaid on March 16 that Negros Occidental has a lesser chance of beingcontaminated of the virus since it does not source poultry products from theidentified affected area in Luzon. “We have surplus in supply of poultry products, including chicken, sothere’s no movement of such commodities from the affected place going to theprovince,” Decena said.Negros Occidental already established guidelines on how to safeguard its P7 billionlocal poultry industry. Secretary of Agriculture William Dar, for his part, said that quarantine protocols have been in place in the affected area with a one-kilometer radius, which is designated as a quarantine zone. Some seven kilometers beyond that, meanwhile, will be considered as a surveillance zone. According to the DA, there’s a slim chance that the virus can betransmitted to humans, adding that H5N6 is a virus far less deadly than H5N1. As part of these preventive measures, the PVO, along with the Bureau of Animal Industry, are set to conduct sample testing among birds in identified migratory sites in this province.(With a report from PNA/PN)last_img read more

Syracuse loses in 4 sets to Miami, drops to 5th straight conference defeat

first_img Facebook Twitter Google+ For the first time in Atlantic Coast Conference play this season, Syracuse won the first set of the match. The Orange players clapped, yelled and warmed up on the sidelines while some Miami players folded their arms. Some put their hands in their pockets, but nearly all of them buried themselves in their zip-ups.But the energy wasn’t enough SU.Miami (10-6, 3-2 ACC) clawed out a victory in four sets over Syracuse (7-10, 0-5). After taking the first set 25-22, the Orange was beaten 26-24, 25-16 and 25-21 in the following three. Syracuse could only stave off the Hurricanes in the first set before it broke down.“I felt like (the energy) was pretty good, especially in the first set. I think in the third set, we fell a little flat and that definitely contributed to how we were playing,” said Lindsay McCabe, a senior blocker.In the first and second sets, the Orange was competitive. Syracuse built two runs of five points and held off an answer from Miami. Silvi Uatarra, an outside hitter, ended the first set with a kill, one of her 21 on the night.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textSyracuse and Miami traded points in the second set. Gosia Wlaszczuk and Monika Salkute went for the same ball, only for it to drop, giving the Hurricanes an 18-16 lead. After the Orange came back to tie the set at 24, Miami picked up two straight points to close out the set.As the second set closed out, Miami players looked comfortable for the first time, raising their hands to form a “U,” signaling the set point. The Hurricanes’ confidence translated in the third set, gaining a lead that grew to nine at one point. Miami’s Kelsie Groot blasted a spike to punctuate the set and push the Hurricanes past the Orange for good.Head coach Leonid Yelin thought the team fought well in the first and second sets, but not winning the second set took its toll.“In the third (set) it was just a mental break after we didn’t pull out (the) second (set),” Yelin said.Despite a renewed effort, SU started slowly in the fourth and final set. Miami jumped out to a lead and never looked back. Miami’s Sakile Simmons closed out the game on a block— one area the Orange has excelled in this season.The block broke the Orange’s streak of either tying or out-blocking its opponent.Syracuse’s loss extended a five-game losing streak against ACC opponents, the worst start in conference play in the last decade for the Orange.Said Yelin, “We’re trying so hard, but winning is a very important part to build confidence, especially in a tight game when you’re playing with confidence, everything works better.” Comments Published on October 11, 2014 at 1:04 am Contact Chris: | @ChrisLibonatilast_img read more