Kill the Birds & Save the World

Here is a blood thirsty little game for you for the new year, from Galaxy Graphics.
You have to kill the birds (chickens actually) and stop the Bird Flu traveling from Thailand to the UK, via China and Turkey! 
Here is the link to the game:

Mass Deaths of Thai Fighting Cocks caused by Bird-Flu?

Thai Fighting Cocks are being tested for the Bird-Flu virus, following mass deaths of the Warrior Chickens in Thailand.

The officials of the Health Ministry of Thailand fear a possible Bird-Flu outbreak during this winter.

Some 800,000 health volunteers spread throughout the country have been assigned to monitor sick poultry and people.

Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Health, Prat Boonyawongvirot said Saturday he had urged volunteers to inform health officials immediately if any poultry perished.

“Then they’ll be checked for the virus,” he said.

The Permanent Secretary said that the ministry had equipped district and provincial hospitals with sterile rooms to treat bird-flu patients.

The ministry also stressed that children should stay away from chickens or birds that fell ill or died under inexplicable circumstances.

Suspicious mass deaths of fighting cocks in Nong-pangpuay village of Kaoliew district have been reported.

The dead chickens had symptoms similar to those caused by the bird flu virus.


Headman Yongyuth Thongchoop said that the officials were trying to investigate the cause of the mass deaths of chickens in the area and will destroy the carcasses.

However, villagers protested against officials who tried to get samples of dead chickens to test in the lab, because they do not want their prized possessions to be culled, he said.

Phin Khanjiek, a villager, said he wants authorities to confirm the virus infection before sacrificing his fighting cock because he had bought it at a high price.

Dr Thawat Suntrajarn, director-general of the Disease Control Department, said the Bureau of Epidemiology was monitoring 2,036 patients suffering from general flu and pneumonia admitted to hospitals across country.

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As of Thursday, no bird-flu cases have been reported in those patients.


The strange death of Bird-Flu rapid response team member.

We have previously addressed in this blog, the “Cull” of the poultry being carried out within the quarantine zone set up by the Manipur State Government around the farm in Chingmeirong in Imphal East, where the recent outbreak was discovered.

As reported, there have been many arrests made of the poultry farmers within the zone who were suspected of trying to flee the quarantine zone with their live stock.

To add to this real human drama, we now have a strange death of one of the “Cullers” responsible for the destruction of the poultry within the quarantine zone.

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A member of the rapid response team of Manipur’s veterinary department, which has been engaged in culling poultry since bird flu was detected in the state last week, died today after reportedly consuming formalin, a solution being used to spray the burial sites of culled birds.

Salam Babuyaima, a 53-year-old grade IV employee of the department, collapsed around 8.30am, when the team was preparing to depart for the day’s culling operations in Imphal East and West districts. He died at Jawaharlal Nehru Hospital an hour later.

Veterinary and health officials, who carried out routine health check-ups of the team this morning, ruled out any connection between his death and avian influenza.

The health officials said Babuyaima was found fit during the check-up.

Culling of poultry started on Thursday, following confirmation the previous day that more than 100 birds had died of the deadly H5N1 strain of bird flu at a farm in Chingmeirong in Imphal East.

Officials said that before leaving for work today, Babuyaima was asked to keep an eye on the materials collected by his team for the operations.

“He was holding an 800ml bottle of formalin and spray equipment. The team went down with the items from the quarantine while the grade IV employee lagged behind. On being asked, he said he had consumed formalin,” an official statement said.

Babuyaima collapsed on his bed in the quarantine ward and was immediately rushed to the hospital, where he died.

The formalin he consumed was highly concentrated, an official said.

Veterinary and health officials informed chief minister Okram Ibobi Singh who has decided that the post-mortem report would be made public to dispel any fear regarding the cause of the death.

Veterinary director Th. Dorendro Singh also said the post-mortem report would be made public.

Officials are tight-lipped about why the employee consumed formalin. Investigations are on. Culling operations continued today in spite of the incident, however, progress was slow.

While 16,000 poultry were killed by 3.30pm yesterday, only 9,800 were killed by the same time today.

Here is alink to the news Item from the The Telegraph:

“Bird-Flu Panic in India” is not just another Headline Hype.

The Bird-Flu outbreak in the North East state of Manipur is creating havoc with the lives of the residents of the state as the Government launches emergency measures to fight the H5N1 Virus.

Following are a few news reports of the effects that the Bird-Flu outbreak is having in many parts of the country.

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In Manipur, the Government has imposed a ban on the sale of Poultry. The police have shutdown all poultry shops.

Most poultry shops in Imphal, the capital of Manipur, including the traditional Murgi Bazar (Chicken Market) of Khwairamband remained closed for the second consecutive day on Friday.

The Manipur poultry farmers are even harder hit with their entire stock of Poultry being taken away and destroyed.

The “panic” seems to have spread to several other states as well, in this vast country.

The State Governments of Orissa, Punjab, Andhra Pradesh Rajasthan and many other states have issued emergency orders to try and prepare for the worse scenario.

There is a great concern in Andhra Pradesh(AP) in terms of an economic loss for the state.

The poultry association is panic struck for they fear a loss of Rs 200 crores (1 Carore is 10000000) a month if egg exports are stopped.

One crore table eggs from the state are exported every month to Gulf countries, including Saudi Arabia and Abu Dhabi.

Due to the bird flu scare last year these countries had banned the eggs from India . The total loss that year was put around Rs 1000 crores.

It is understandable that the poultry trade in that state is scared of a repeat of the same this year

In Punjab (another huge supplier of poultry) the poultry trade was also “consumed by fear” after the news of the pathogenic avian influenza in poultry of Manipur spread.

In Nagaland, right next to the afflicted Manipur, the things are very tense indeed.

The Nagaland Department of Veterinary and Animal Husbandry held a high-level meeting yesterday and decided to intensify the existing ban on import of poultry and pigs and their products from neighbouring Manipur and Myanmar.

They also decided to carry out fogging (de-infection) on all vehicles entering the State from Manipur at Khuzama and Phesama check gates and asked villagers in nearby areas to co-operate with the government officials.

An alert has also been sounded in Rajasthan.

‘We have sounded an alert and have asked the animal husbandry department officials to remain vigilant,’ Prabhulal Saini, Rajasthan’s Agriculture and Animal Husbandry Minister told IANS here on Friday.

He said that surveillance teams comprising of veterinary doctors and assistants have been constituted and they have been asked to visit poultry farms and places where migratory birds come. The teams will submit their reports to the animal husbandry department on a regular basis.

The state has a big poultry industry with over 6.3 million birds, out of which the Ajmer district has over 2.5 million birds. Officials of the animal husbandry department said that to save these birds from the disease, the department has decided to inspect all the poultry farms in the state.

There are similar stories from all over the country arriving every hour.


Prices of Chickens and Eggs Crash as Bird-Flu arrives in India.

The outbreak of the H5N1 virus in the extreme North East of India, at the India-Myanmar border, seems to have had an immediate effect on the psyche of the entire country.

 Even though the capital Delhi is over a thousand Kilometres away from the infected area, a day after the government confirmed the outbreak of bird flu, chicken prices fell by over 20 per cent in Delhi’s wholesale market while eggs became cheaper by Rs 8 per 100 numbers at Barwala in Haryana.“The prices fell to Rs 145 per 100 eggs today from Rs 153 yesterday at Barwala,” a poultry farmer said, adding this would influence prices in Delhi as well.Asked about the impact on chicken prices, he said: “The farm gate prices in Delhi declined to Rs 36 from Rs 46 per kg within a day of the announcement of bird flu.”

The poultry industry did not expect the outbreak of bird flu to hit domestic prices of chicken and egg in most of the major consuming centres in the north and other areas as the incident reported from a remote part of the country.

“We are all preying with all of our might that we do not have a human case of Bird-Flu as that would be absolutely devastating to the Poultry Industry in India”, said an official from the Agriculture Ministry, asking not to be named. India has had no human cases of bird flu as yet.

Control and containment measures were initiated after confirmation of Avian Influenza by the Government of India.

A high level meeting of concerned Departments, agencies and local representatives was chaired by the Chief Minister of Manipur, SHRI OKRAM IBOBI SINGH
on 25th July, 2007 in order to determine the strategy for control and containment.

All chickens and other domesticated birds within five kilometres of the Chingmeirong area (where the virus was detected) would be killed to prevent the spread of avian influenza, officials said.The state government, which described the situation as “very serious”, said it would compensate poultry owners. It was estimated that about Rs 60 lakh would be spent for this, the officials said.About 5,000 chicks and adult chickens at the government -run poultry farm in Mantripurkhri on Imphal’s outskirts would come under the knife along with 1.6 lakh birds being reared in private poultry farms.The culling operation would cover 128 small poultry units. Twenty rapid response teams will initially focus on eight villages surrounding the area of infection, said a statement issued by the Union agriculture ministry in Delhi.

Meanwhile, a report from Churachandpur district said that over 200 fowls in a private farm had died some days ago.

Veterinary experts have rushed over to the area, to collect blood samples.

Here is a news item from the Press Trust of India:

India Confirms Bird-Flu, Central Government Control Room, to Fight the Virus.

No one is really surprised at the current Bird-Flu outbreak in India.

The surprise is in the fact, that with the neighbouring countries of Buma, Bangladesh and China all afflicted with repeated outbreaks of the H5N1 virus, it took so long for the Bird-Flu to manifest itself in the worlds second most populace country.

                                                                                     The Govenment seems to be taking the outbreak of the virus seriously though.

following consultations with Prime Minister’s Office (PMO), the centre has decided to set up a central control room in the Agriculture Ministry, to prevent spread of bird flu to other parts of the country.

The control room that will also have officials from Health and Animal Husbandry Departments will send out alerts across the country and seek information on any suspected cases of ‘bird flu’ in their respective areas.

Agriculture Minister Sharad Pawar, (one of the most powerfull cabinet ministers, with his base in Maharashtra and specially in Mumbai, the financial centre of India) is expected to review the “confirmed reports” of large scale bird flu tha has hit a Chingmeirong farm in Manipur earlier this month.

It is learnt that Pawar would brief the Prime Minister and other senior Cabinet colleagues on the bird flu that has hit the North Eastern state possibly due to a virus H5N1 which must have travelled from across Myanmar and Bangladesh borders. “Situation is grim” said an official on condition of anonimity. “The bird flu is likely to hit the economic sentiment at macro level while the poultry industry and their stocks are bound to be impacted” said this official source.

This is the third case of bird flu that has been reported with earlier cases in Maharashtra and villages bordering Gujarat.
Sources said that the High Security Animal Diseases Laboratory in Bhopal has apparently confirmed the cases of bird flu after serum analysis extracted from the dead chicken in Imphal.

In view of the positive results given by two laboratories viz. HSADL, Bhopal and NIV, Pune, India is required to notify the outbreak of HPAI to the global community through the Office International des Epizooties (OIE) (World Organization of Animal Health).

Such notification is also required to initiate the control and containment operations for Avian Influenza. Accordingly, outbreak of Avian Influenza has been notified in Chingmeirong, East Imphal District on 25th July, 2007.

What is interesting is that the bird flu cases have been reported despite claims that a regular sero-surveillance was being done.

This surveillance includes collection of birds’ serum from across the country that is analysed on monthly basis at five designated laboratories in the country.

However, only the laboratory in Bhopal has the wherewithals for final confirmation of bird flu cases that have had serious impact on even advanced economies of the world.

For a country as large as India to have a single specialised laboratary capable of analysing the H5N1 virus is scandelous, according to the opposition partis in the country.

A spokesman for the opposition said that it was hoped that the Prime Minister’s Office (PMO) and the Agriculture Minister Sharad Pawar will take immideate steps to rectfy this glaring ommission.
Here is a Government of India Press Release:

Bird-Flu Factory-Farm Silver, for Olympic Swimming Legend, Sharron Davies

Bird-Flu Factory Farm Silver, for Olympic Swimming Legend, Sharron Davies

Since the Bird-Flu virus was discovered at one of Bernard Matthews’ turkey farms in Suffolk, England, in the beginning of this year, the ‘bootiful’ Bernard has been accused of a variety of sins.

 He was lambasted for keeping birds in horrible overcrowded conditions and for producing cheap meat for a quick buck.

An animal welfare charity called for a Government inquiry into the poultry industry after a court heard that two members of the staff at a Bernard Matthews plant played “baseball” with live turkeys.

Turkey catchers Daniel Palmer, 27, and Neil Allen, 30, both of Dereham, Norfolk, were secretly filmed hitting birds with a pole at the Bernard Matthews plant in Haveringland, Norfolk.

Both admitted ill treatment and were ordered to carry out 200 hours of community service.

However, after an investigation in to the Bird-Flu outbreak, the British Government’s Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA) found that the Bernard Matthews Turkey Factory Farm had not broken any laws.

To make matters worse, the British Tax Payer had to fork up the money to compensate the Bernard Matthews Turkey Factory Farm for the “loss of the infected Turkeys”.

The British Members of Parliament “reacted with anger after the government confirmed Bernard Matthews will get nearly £600,000 compensation for healthy birds slaughtered following the avian flu outbreak”.

The British House of Commons leader Jack Straw told MPs “All of us are uncomfortable about the reports of high levels of compensation to Mr Matthews’ firm.”

Obviously, the Bird-Flu out break in his Turkey Factory Farm has created a disastrous Public Relations situation for the company.

So now, in an attempt to boost sales in the wake of the notorious bird flu outbreak in the Turkey Factory Farm the Olympic Swimming Legend Sharron Davies MBE, is to be roped in to try and promote the Bernard Matthews Turkey Factory Farm. 

The 43-year-old BBC swimming presenter and former Olympic medallist is a celebrity and a role model for young girls every where.

We have no doubt that she will visit the Turkey Factory Farm to see for herself, as to how the unfortunate birds are kept there before accepting this PR task.