Hall called for the immediate testing and electronic tagging of birds to identify infected ones and trace where they go, the story said. No birds have been killed to control the outbreak, because some of the birds are protected species. WHO statement on human case in Vietnamhttp://www.who.int/csr/don/2005_06_28/en/index.html WHO and United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) officials reported the increased death toll among birds at a refuge in Qinghai province, according to an Agence France-Presse (AFP) report today. See also: AFP quoted Julie Hall, the WHO’s communicable-disease expert in China, as saying, “This is the first time we’ve seen large numbers of migratory birds dying from bird flu. So the virus has obviously changed to be more pathogenic to animals. What it means for humans we don’t know.” Wild waterfowl are recognized as the natural reservoir for all influenza A viruses and commonly carry them without getting sick, according to the WHO. A WHO official said 20 birds a day are still dying at the refuge, but the outbreak appears to be waning, according to an Associated Press report today. WHO and FAO officials voiced concern that China had tested only 12 birds, all of them dead, AFP reported. The officials worried that infected but asymptomatic birds could spread the virus to distant places when they migrate in August and September. WHO officials expressed concern that only two people have been tested for avian flu in connection with the outbreak, AFP reported. They also urged China to supply virus sequencing information as soon as possible so that experts can assess whether the virus has become more pathogenic. Also today, the World Health Organization (WHO) said Vietnam had confirmed another human case of H5N1 infection. That brings the WHO’s tally of human cases in Vietnam since December to 60, with the number of deaths remaining at 18. The case occurred in May in the northern province of Ha Tay. Hall said no human cases have been reported, but the presence of the virus in new bird species could mean an increased risk for humans. Initial reports of the outbreak, in May, said 178 birds had died of H5N1 flu. China later increased the number to 519 in an official report, and a Chinese official subsequently raised the number to more than 1,000. The dead birds were said to include five species. Jun 28, 2005 (CIDRAP News) About 5,000 migratory birds have died of avian influenza at a wildlife sanctuary in northwestern China, close to five times as many as reported previously, United Nations officials who visited the site said today.
Latest posts by Mike Mandell (see all) ELLSWORTH — As the sun’s rays seeped through the clouds late Saturday morning, the light shining down upon Kinsley Ray Archer’s name provided the perfect backdrop for a moment of peace.An hour earlier, the last batch of participants had crossed the Kinsley Ray Memorial 5K finish line behind the Down East Family YMCA’s James Russell Wiggins Center. With more walkers than runners on hand, the event unfolded not as a competitive race to the finish but as a joyous parade of smiling faces and sky-blue T-shirts down Shore Road and Pond Avenue.Although these few minutes of silence, in which a small crowd huddled around a tree and engraved bench dedicated to Kinsley Ray in Knowlton Park, were in stark contrast to the earlier scenes at DEFY, they were no less powerful; after a morning that began with gray skies, the final image was that of the sun gleaming off a memorial to a baby girl those around her called “a ray of sunshine.”Those moments and more captivated an entire city Saturday morning as the Ellsworth community came together for a day few will ever forget. A DEFY record of 650 people participated in the race in honor of Kinsley Ray, who died of acute myeloid leukemia at the age of 4 months Dec. 10.This is placeholder textThis is placeholder text“People rally together in times like this, and the generosity is amazing,” Holly Archer, Kinsley Ray’s mother, said following the race. “I’ve seen people that I haven’t seen in years and people that have traveled states to be here. It shows the type of community we have here.”The stage for the Kinsley Ray Memorial 5K was set in the weeks following her passing as DEFY’s Robin Clarke was brainstorming ideas to support Holly and her husband, Brian “Buddy” Archer. Clarke started by reaching out to one of the Archers’ best friends, Chelsea Sawyer.At the time, Clarke and Sawyer weren’t certain as to what they wanted to do to help. Yet with one of DEFY’s biggest road race’s, the Jerry Kaufman 5K, set to enter its 12th year in 2019, the timing felt right for the race to take on a new cause. The Kaufman family gave the OK for the event to take a new form, and preparations began.As co-organizers, Clarke and Sawyer planned for the event to be a big one from the start. Yet neither could have dreamed of the turnout the race generated or the lengths to which everyone from family friends to random strangers would go to show their support for the couple.“When you look around and see just how many people came out for this, it really makes my jaw drop,” Sawyer said. “So many people went the extra mile to make this happen because this family really deserves it.”DEFY Fitness Director Robin Clarke lists off award winners following the Kinsley Ray Memorial 5K on May 4. Clarke organized the race with an Archer family friend, Chelsea Sawyer. ELLSWORTH AMERICAN PHOTO BY MIKE MANDELLSawyer said the event raised more than $11,000 for the Lymphoma & Leukemia Society between donations and registration fees. Local businesses were present to provide coffee, a post-race lunch, a giant tent and other amenities free of charge.Bar Harbor’s Judson Cake finished with a time of 16 minutes, 37 seconds to win the race, and Dara Knapp of Columbia Falls reached the chute in 20:27 to finish as the top female runner. The first-, second- and third-place runners in each age bracket received medals.The top runners, though, knew this event was about more than personal records, hardware or bragging rights. The cause hit close to home for one of the award recipients, Tamera Murphy, and the Trenton native spoke up when she was called forward to collect her medal.“I’m a five-year lymphoma survivor, and I have MS,” Murphy, who placed second in the women’s 60-69 age group, told the crowd. “If I can run it, anybody can.”As Cake, an officer with the Bar Harbor Police Department, received his trophy, he pointed to a police emblem on his sweat-stained shirt. The gesture was one of solidarity with Brian Archer, a deputy with the Hancock County Sheriff’s Office.With the bulk of Archer’s co-workers there in support, the line of deputy cruisers stretched the entire length of the Ellsworth Elementary-Middle School parking lot. After all the family had been through, no one was going to miss this uplifting occasion.Judson Cake of Bar Harbor points to a police badge on his shirt after the Kinsley Memorial 5K on May 4 at DEFY. Cake, an officer with the Bar Harbor Police Department, made the gesture in solidarity with Brian Archer, father of Kinsley Ray and a deputy with the Hancock County Sheriff’s Department. ELLSWORTH AMERICAN PHOTO BY MIKE MANDELL“Seeing the whole community come out like this is everything we wanted and more,” Sawyer said. “It just really warms your heart.”Clarke said earlier in the week that Saturday’s race could be either a one-time event or an annual race in Kinsley Ray’s memory. That decision, she said, is up to the Archer family.“It could just be something we do this year, or it could be for the next 20 years,” Clarke said. “When that time comes, we’ll find another good cause.”Saturday, though, was a time to remember rather than look ahead. From the starting line to the packed awards ceremony in the DEFY gymnasium to the somber moments in Knowlton Park, there were hugs, there were tears and there was healing for a couple that needed it most.As they took a moment to reflect on it all, Holly and Brian Archer gave each other a long embrace in the middle of the park. On day filled with emotions of all kinds, it was just one reminder of the daughter they will keep in their hearts forever and the community that gave them five hours they will remember the rest of their lives.“It’s just so overwhelming,” Holly said. “The kindness everyone has shown us just truly is amazing. It’s what’s gotten us through this whole time.” Latest Posts Bio Mike MandellMike Mandell is the sports editor at The Ellsworth American and Mount Desert Islander. He began working for The American in August 2016. You can reach him via email at firstname.lastname@example.org. Ellsworth runners compete in virtual Boston Marathon – September 16, 2020 Hospice volunteers help families navigate grief and find hope – September 12, 2020 MPA approves golf, XC, field hockey, soccer; football, volleyball moved to spring – September 10, 2020