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2010-03-17 06:45:00

The first European case of bird flu in over a year was discovered Monday at a Romanian poultry farm, the European Commission reported. The outbreak was discovered at a facility in Tulcea County near the Ukrainian border, a statement released by the organization on Tuesday reveals. As a result, all poultry on the infected farm were destroyed and a two-mile zone of protection was established by security personnel. "The presence of the virus was confirmed on two hens that were found dead on a...

2009-07-10 11:48:00

HARRISBURG, Pa., July 10 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Hunters will see similar dove and early Canada goose seasons and bag limits, both of which open Sept. 1, as part of Pennsylvania's 2009-10 migratory bird seasons announced today by Pennsylvania Game Commission Executive Director Carl G. Roe. Dove hunters, once again, will have the opportunity to participate in a triple-split season. During the first season (Sept. 1-26), hunting will start at noon and close at sunset daily. The second and...

2009-04-08 23:33:52

Japanese researchers say they've found 10 raccoons that show signs of having fought off previous bird flu infections. The discovery marks the first time anyone in Japan has seen mammals with bird flu virus antibodies, The Yomiuri Shimbun reported Wednesday. Researchers said the raccoons likely infected with the H5N1 virus by eating the carcasses of infected birds or through antibodies passed on by their parents. The findings from the Tokyo University and Yamaguchi University study were...

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2009-03-06 07:15:00

An investigation found that wild birds spread a deadly flu virus that ravaged a Hong Kong farm last year and caused the premature slaughter of 90,000 chickens.  The December outbreak of the deadly H5N1 bird flu virus was the first discovered at a Hong Kong poultry farm in six years. It raised fears about the city's biosecurity measures and whether the deadly H5N1 virus had mutated. "As with many epidemiological studies of this nature, it is difficult to determine the exact cause of the...

2009-02-11 10:12:09

The government of Vietnam has announced emergency measures to prevent the spread of a bird flu epidemic from poultry to humans. Thousands of infected birds have been culled since Type A bird flu was discovered in seven provinces, the Vietnam news service VNS reported Wednesday. The latest province to suffer an outbreak is Bach Ninh where more than 100 ducks found dead on two farms tested positive for the H5N1 virus. Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung has ordered all government offices and...

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2009-02-10 13:23:41

A spokesman for China's Health Ministry said on Tuesday the country is puzzled by eight human cases of bird flu in January, which appeared independent of any known case in birds, Reuters reported. Five Chinese died in January from H5N1 in far-out regions without any reported presence of the virus in birds on the mainland, reports indicated. Experts have questioned whether bird flu is widely present but undetected in China, after several dead birds that washed up in Hong Kong tested positive...

2009-02-10 11:57:19

Panasonic says families of overseas workers in Africa and other regions are being ordered home to Japan in anticipation of a severe flu outbreak. Workers will remain in their posts while their families return home by September from Africa, Eastern Europe, the Middle East, Russia, South America and Asia, excluding Singapore, said Panasonic spokesman Akira Kadota. Panasonic fears an outbreak of influenza, including H5N1 bird flu, Kadota said, noting the H5N1 virus has been confirmed in more...

2009-02-09 07:14:11

Health officials say a Vietnamese woman in the northern border province of Quang Ninh has tested positive for the H5N1 bird flu virus. Vietnam's National Institute of Hygiene and Epidemiology said Ly Tai Mui, 23, was admitted to a provincial general hospital Feb. 3 after showing signs of fever, coughing and breathing difficulties, the Voice of Vietnam reported Monday. After initially being diagnosed with severe pneumonia, NIHE officials took blood samples that proved positive for the H5N1...

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2009-02-02 13:30:00

Experts say flu season has made a slow start this winter, with widespread illness only being reported in Virginia and New Jersey, the Associated Press reported.Dr. Nancy Cox, influenza chief at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, told a meeting of flu specialists on Monday it has been kind of a "ho-hum year."However, doctors say influenza usually ramps up in February, long after many people have forgotten the fall's campaigns to get vaccinated. Last year, there was even a spike in...

2009-01-26 14:07:00

The sixth case of a human infected with bird flu in China has been found, a local health official said Monday. The man in southwest China's Guizhou province was in stable condition, and none of the people with whom he has had contact has fallen ill so far, Xinhua reported. The local health official said 26 people were no longer under surveillance Sunday. The patient became ill Jan. 15 in Guiyang City and tested positive for the H5N1 strain of avian influenza, the Chinese state-run news agency...


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  • A somewhat riotous parade, accompanied with the blowing of tin horns, and other discordant noises; also, a burlesque serenade; a charivari.
'Callithump' is a back-formation of 'callithumpian,' a 'fanciful formation' according to the Oxford English Dictionary. However, the English Dialect Dictionary, says 'Gallithumpians' is a Dorset and Devon word from the 1790s that refers to 'a society of radical social reformers' or 'noisy disturbers of elections and meetings.'
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