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Horses in Georgetown to be tested for swamp fever today

first_imgThe veterinary staff of the Guyana Livestock Development Authority (GLDA) will be in Georgetown today to take blood samples from horses to test for Equine Infectious Anaemia (EIA), also known as swamp fever.In a social media post, the Agriculture Ministry said the disease was caused by a virus and was transmitted by blood-sucking insects.Further, the Ministry informed, “The horses from which samples will be taken will also be dewormed and given vitamins at no cost to the owner as part of this exercise.”The exercise will commence at 07:00h in central Georgetown and will wind down at 15:00h in Sophia, Greater Georgetown.Officials at the GLDA told Guyana Times that owners of horses had no reason to panic as there was no outbreak of the disease. It was explained that the project is part of the organisation’s animal health work programme for this year.Similar exercises were conducted from Turkeyen to Good Hope on the East Coast of Demerara and from Brickery to Ruimveldt on the East Bank of Demerara on June 18 and 20, respectively.EIA, or swamp fever, is also called horse malaria. The virus attacks the red blood cells of horses causing anaemia, weakness, and even death.Research shows that there is no cure for the disease, and horses are required to be tested regularly.Once a horse is infected, the virus remains in the animal’s body for the rest of its life.A few warning signs of the disease may include slight to high fever for a few days, weakness, weight loss, depression, and even disorientation.Persons with enquiries can contact the GLDA on 220-6556 or 220-6557 for more information.The sudden testing for these animals come at a time when the Trinidad and Tobago Government recently took a stance to ban all poultry items from Guyana after expressing concerns over duck viral hepatitis.A memo dated May 31, 2019, and signed by the twin-island republic’s Senior Veterinary Officer informed the Customs and Excise Division of the ban.The Agriculture Ministry had announced that the GLDA’s hatchery was closed owing to the unusual death of ducklings.“There is an increased mortality rate of ducklings being hatched at our facility; additionally, we were also informed by some farmers that a similar occurrence was taking place on a number of farms throughout the various regions,” the statement said.It was later mentioned that the Muscovy breed was under threat, especially those two to three weeks old. This precipitated surveillance and monitoring exercise targeting the animals. At that time, the deaths were labelled as an “unusual occurrence”.last_img read more

Taylor fined by Leeds as Premier League club confirm interest in defender

first_img1 Charlie Taylor has been fined two weeks’ wages by Leeds after he refused to play at Wigan amid interest from Premier League clubs.The left-back pulled out of the Leeds squad for the final game of the Sky Bet Championship season last weekend and boss Garry Monk said afterwards the club would adopt ‘a strong stance’.Taylor attended a disciplinary hearing on Monday and it is understood he was hit with the maximum punishment.The 23-year-old academy product is out of contract this summer and appears set for a move to the top flight, with West Brom the frontrunners for his signature. Baggies boss Tony Pulis on Thursday morning confirmed his interest in taking Taylor to The Hawthorns.“There are a lot of clubs interested in Charlie Taylor, we’re not the only club interested in him,” said Pulis.“Obviously he’s been on our radar for a bit.“It could go to a tribunal but our club would rather try and sort a deal out with Leeds if we’re going to do it instead of going to tribunal.”Taylor has made 104 appearances for Leeds since making his debut in 2011 but signalled his intention to leave the club last July when he handed in a transfer request. Charlie Taylor: The 23-year-old refused to play in Leeds’ final-day clash with Wigan last_img read more

LGFA NEWS: PICTURE SPECIAL AS DONEGAL U14s MAKE DEBUT

first_imgThe squad of 2014DONEGAL Ladies U14s took to the field at St Mary’s in Convoy on Saturday, most making their competitive debut for their county.And for most of the game against Antrim it looked like it could be a winning debut.But it wasn’t to be. Donegal led 2-07 to 2-04 at half-time but would later rue many missed opportunities in the first half when Antrim scored goals late on to win 5-09 to 2-10.Next Sunday it’s a trip to Down for the girls.    LGFA NEWS: PICTURE SPECIAL AS DONEGAL U14s MAKE DEBUT was last modified: April 6th, 2014 by John2Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:AntrimconvoydonegalLadiesLGFAU14’slast_img read more