Win or Lose, Trump Will Remain a Powerful and Disruptive Force

first_img– Advertisement – That gives him a power base to play a role that other defeated one-term presidents like Jimmy Carter and George Bush have not played. Mr. Trump has long toyed with starting his own television network to compete with Fox News, and in private lately he has broached the idea of running again in 2024, although he would be 78 by then. Even if his own days as a candidate are over, his 88-million-strong Twitter following gives him a bullhorn to be an influential voice on the right, potentially making him a kingmaker among rising Republicans.- Advertisement – WASHINGTON — If President Trump loses his bid for re-election, as looked increasingly likely on Wednesday, it would be the first defeat of an incumbent president in 28 years. But one thing seemed certain: Win or lose, he will not go quietly away.Trailing former Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr., Mr. Trump spent the day trying to discredit the election based on invented fraud claims, hoping either to hang onto power or explain away a loss. He could find a narrow path to re-election among states still counting, but he has made clear that he would not shrink from the scene should he lose.- Advertisement – “If anything is clear from the election results, it is that the president has a huge following, and he doesn’t intend to exit the stage anytime soon,” said former Senator Jeff Flake of Arizona, one of the few Republican officeholders to break with Mr. Trump over the past four years.That following may yet enable Mr. Trump to eke out a second term and four years to try to rebuild the economy and reshape the Republican Party in his image. But even from out of office, he could try to pressure Republican senators who preserved their majority to resist Mr. Biden at every turn, forcing them to choose between conciliation or crossing his political base.Until a new generation of Republicans steps forward, Mr. Trump could position himself as the de facto leader of the party, wielding an extraordinary database of information about his supporters that future candidates would love to rent or otherwise access. Allies imagined other Republicans making a pilgrimage to his Mar-a-Lago estate in Florida seeking his blessing. The president has survived all of that and a string of bankruptcies and other failures through a life of celebrity and populist appeals that gave him the aura of a winner that he nurtured. From his time in real estate and reality television, he has been part of the country’s pop culture firmament for 30 years, a recurring figure in movies, television shows and his own books. Updated Nov. 4, 2020, 6:36 p.m. ET Exit polls showed that regardless of prominent Republican defectors like Senator Mitt Romney of Utah and the Never Trumpers of the Lincoln Project, Mr. Trump enjoyed strong support within his own party, winning 93 percent of Republican voters. He also did somewhat better with Black voters (12 percent) and Hispanic voters (32 percent) than he did four years ago despite his often racist rhetoric. And after his high-energy blitz across battleground states, late-deciding voters broke his way.Some of Mr. Trump’s arguments carried considerable weight with members of his party. Despite the coronavirus pandemic and the related economic toll, 41 percent of voters said they were doing better than when he took office, compared with only 20 percent who described themselves as worse off. Adopting his priorities, 35 percent of voters named the economy as the most important issue, twice as many who cited the pandemic. Fully 49 percent said the economy was good or excellent, and 48 percent approved of his government’s handling of the virus.“If he is defeated, the president will retain the undying loyalty of the party’s voters and the new voters he brought into the party,” said Sam Nunberg, who was a strategist on Mr. Trump’s 2016 campaign. “President Trump will remain a hero within the Republican electorate. The winner of the 2024 Republican presidential primary will either be President Trump or the candidate who most closely resembles him.”Not all Republicans share that view. While Mr. Trump will no doubt continue to speak out and assert himself on the public stage, they said the party would be happy to try to move beyond him if he loses and he would be remembered as an aberration.“There will never be another Trump,” said former Representative Carlos Curbelo of Florida. “Copycats will fail. He will gradually fade, but the scars from this tumultuous period in American history will never disappear.”Indeed, Mr. Trump failed to reproduce his fluky 2016 success when he secured an Electoral College victory even while losing the popular vote to Hillary Clinton. For all of the tools of incumbency, he failed to pick up a single state that he did not win last time, and as of Wednesday, he had lost two or three, with a couple of others still on the edge. – Advertisement –center_img The last defeated president to try to play a power-broker role after leaving office was Herbert Hoover, who positioned himself to run again after his loss in 1932 to Franklin D. Roosevelt and became an outspoken leader of the conservative wing of the Republican Party. While he wielded significant influence for years, it did not regain him the nomination nor change the verdict of history. At the very least, he has 76 days left in office to use his power as he sees fit and to seek revenge on some of his perceived adversaries. Angry at a defeat, he may fire or sideline a variety of senior officials who failed to carry out his wishes as he saw it, including Christopher A. Wray, the F.B.I. director, and Dr. Anthony S. Fauci, the government’s top infectious diseases specialist in the middle of a pandemic.And if he is forced to vacate the White House on Jan. 20, Mr. Trump is likely to prove more resilient than expected and almost surely will remain a powerful and disruptive force in American life. He received at least four million more votes than he did in 2016 and commanded about 48 percent of the popular vote, meaning he retained the support of nearly half of the public despite four years of scandal, setbacks, impeachment and the brutal coronavirus outbreak that has killed more than 233,000 Americans. For Mr. Trump, who cares about “winning, winning, winning” more than almost anything, being known as a loser would be intolerable. On Election Day, during a visit to his campaign headquarters, he mused aloud about that. “Winning is easy,” he told reporters and staff members. “Losing is never easy. Not for me it’s not.”To avoid such a fate, the president sought on Wednesday to convince supporters that the election was being stolen simply because state and local authorities were counting legally cast ballots. The fact that it was not true evidently mattered little to him. He was setting up a narrative to justify legal challenges that even Republican lawyers called groundless and, should those fail, to set himself up as a martyr who was not repudiated by the voters but somehow robbed by unseen nefarious forces.Mr. Trump himself has a long history on the other end of fraud allegations. His sister asserted that he got someone else to take his college-entrance exam. The daughters of a Queens foot doctor claimed that their late father gave Mr. Trump a diagnosis of bone spurs to protect him from the draft for the Vietnam War as a favor to Fred Trump, his father. And his business dealings have often ensnared him in allegations and law suits.The younger Mr. Trump paid $25 million to students of his Trump University to settle fraud accusations. His charitable foundation was shut down after the authorities found a “shocking pattern of illegality.” He participated in dubious tax schemes during the 1990s, including instances of outright fraud, according to a New York Times investigation. And Michael D. Cohen, his estranged lawyer and fixer, wrote in a recent book that he rigged two online polls on Mr. Trump’s behalf. “It isn’t like his Twitter account or his ability to control a news cycle will stop,” said Brad Parscale, the president’s first campaign manager in this election cycle. “President Trump also has the largest amount of data ever collected by a politician. This will impact races and policies for years to come.” He has been, for millions, a symbol of gold-gilded aspiration and wealth. He was the star of a popular television series for 14 seasons, one that introduced him to the country long before he ran for office. And once he did, his boisterous rallies bonded his supporters to him in a way that underscored how much of a cultural phenomenon he is.For months, as his chances of being re-elected dwindled, Mr. Trump told advisers — sometimes joking, sometimes not — that should he lose he would promptly announce that he was running again in 2024. Two advisers said they anticipate he will make good on that declaration if his legal challenges fail and is defeated, a move that if nothing else would allow him to raise money to finance the rallies that sustain him.When he appeared likely to lose his original campaign in 2016, he and some of his family members talked about starting a media property, loosely conceived of as “Trump TV.” Some of those discussions have continued into this year, according to people familiar with them.“There’s no question that he is one of the greatest polarizing political figures of modern history,” said Tony Fabrizio, one of Mr. Trump’s pollsters. “His supporters adore him and his opponents revile him. There is no middle ground on Donald Trump.”Peter Baker reported from Washington, and Maggie Haberman from New York. Other presidents evicted after a single term or less — like Gerald R. Ford in 1976, Mr. Carter in 1980 and Mr. Bush in 1992 — tended to fade back into the political shadows. Mr. Ford briefly contemplated a comeback, Mr. Carter occasionally criticized his successors and Mr. Bush campaigned for his sons, but none of them remained major political forces within their party for long. Politically, at least, each of them was seen to various degrees as a spent force.last_img read more

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Steve Bannon makes beheading comment about Fauci on War Room podcast

first_imgFormer top Trump aide Steve Bannon’s podcast was permanently suspended by Twitter and had an episode yanked from YouTube after he implied that FBI Director Christopher Wray and leading government infectious-diseases expert Dr. Anthony Fauci should be beheaded and have their heads put on pikes outside the White House.Those comments by Bannon on Thursday came while he is free on a $5 million release bond in a federal criminal case in which he is accused of defrauding donors to a nonprofit group purportedly dedicated to building a wall on the southern border of the United States.- Advertisement – “I’d actually like to go back to the old times of Tudor England, I’d put the heads on pikes, right, I’d put them at the two corners of the White House as a warning to federal bureaucrats. You either get with the program or you’re gone – time to stop playing games.”“Blow it all up, put Ric Grenell today as the interim head of the FBI, that’ll light them up, right,” Bannon said.Grenell is a hard-core Trump loyalist who served as former acting director of national intelligence and ambassador to Germany.Bannon’s co-host Jack Maxey then said, “You know what, Steve, just yesterday there was the anniversary of the hanging of two Tories in Philadelphia, these were Quaker businessmen who had cohabitated, if you will, with the British while they were occupying Philadelphia.”“These people were hung. This is what we used to do to traitors,” Maxey said.Bannon replied, “That’s how you won the revolution. No one wants to talk about it.”“The [American] revolution wasn’t some sort of garden party, right?” Bannon said. “It was a civil war. It was a civil war.”Twitter said it suspended Bannon’s account because of the remarks on “War Room.”A Twitter spokeperson in a statement said, “The @WarRoomPandemic account has been permanently suspended for violating the Twitter Rules, specifically our policy on the glorification of violence.”YouTube removed the episode, but other War Room episodes remain available.Alex Joseph, a spokesperson for YouTube, which is owned by Google, said, “We’ve removed this video for violating our policy against inciting violence. We will continue to be vigilant as we enforce our policies in the post-election period.”YouTube has a three-strikes policy before an account is terminated. While the Bannon show’s channel is still available, the strike from this incident temporarily disables uploading for at least a week, according to YouTube.Bannon’s spokeswoman, in an emailed statement, said, “Mr Bannon did not, would not and has never called for violence of any kind.” “Mr. Bannon’s commentary was clearly meant metaphorically. He previously played a clip of St. Thomas More’s trial and was making an allusion to this historical event in Tudor England for rhetorical purposes,” the spokeswoman said.“Mr. Bannon has been openly critical of FBI Director Chris Wray for weeks and has called for his firing for his failure to investigate and address Hunter Biden’s hard drive and that has been in Director Wray’s possession since in Dec 2019,” she said.“In addition, Mr. Bannon has supported comments from the White House calling for the immediate firing of Dr. Fauci.”In a 2016 interview with The Hollywood Reporter, Bannon compared himself to the famous chief minister to England’s King Henry VIII, who had him beheaded.“I am Thomas Cromwell in the court of the Tudors,” Bannon said in that interview.Bannon was arrested Aug. 20 off the coast of Connecticut aboard a 150-yacht owned by Chinese billionaireBannon and three associates, Timothy Shea, Brian Kolfage and Andrew Badolato, are accused of defrauding donors as they raised more than $25 million to build a wall along the southern border for the We Build the Wall nonprofit group.Bannon has pleaded not guilty in the case.He is free on a $5 million bond secured by $1.75 million in cash or property while awaiting his trial, scheduled for next May.Acting U.S. Attorney Audrey Strauss, after the men were charged, said in a statement, “The defendants defrauded hundreds of thousands of donors, capitalizing on their interest in funding a border wall to raise millions of dollars, under the false pretense that all of that money would be spent on construction.”“While repeatedly assuring donors that Brian Kolfage, the founder and public face of We Build the Wall, would not be paid a cent, the defendants secretly schemed to pass hundreds of thousands of dollars to Kolfage, which he used to fund his lavish lifestyle.”Prosecutors say Bannon received $1 million in funds from We Build the Wall, and that to divert that money used a separate nonprofit he had already created, whose ostensible purpose was “promoting economic nationalism and American sovereignty.”  A spokeswoman for Bannon said that he was not suggesting that Fauci and Wray actually be beheaded, but was speaking metaphorically by referencing the bloody politics of Tudor-era England. She also said he has “never called for violence of any kind.”A spokesman for prosecutors in the Southern District of New York declined to comment Thursday night when asked whether they will ask a Manhattan federal court judge to either revoke Bannon’s bond, or to issue a gag order on him.Bannon made the remarks about Wray and Fauci on his “War Room: Pandemic” podcast, when he was discussing a hypothetical second term for President Donald Trump.- Advertisement – – Advertisement – Bannon ran Trump’s 2016 campaign and served as a senior White House advisor until Trump fired him in August 2017.Bannon during the podcast said, “Second term kicks off with firing Wray, firing Fauci.”“Now I actually want to go a step farther, but I realize the president is a kind-hearted man and a good man,” Bannon continued.- Advertisement –last_img read more

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Sam Mewis: Man City Women star modelling her game on Kevin De Bruyne | Football News

first_imgOne of the reasons Mewis decided to come to England was the historic club rivalries which do not exist stateside.“Getting to experience the Man Utd rivalry is going to be awesome,” she said.“I’m really excited to experience that part of being here, the rivalries are historic and I look forward to those games.“All the opponents are top competitors so any game is a great opportunity to learn and grow as a player. I’m excited to experience all the opportunities I am getting here.” Mewis described playing for Man City Women as an honour and revealed she does watch De Bruyne to help mould her own game.“I have seen him around a couple of times, but not properly met him, no. I am a fan, who isn’t?,” she told the Women’s Football Show.“He is an incredible player and I would try to model my play on him anytime. It’s been a great honour to be here so far.” – Advertisement – Manchester City Women’s Sam Mewis says she tries to model her game on Kevin De Bruyne.The USA midfielder joined Manchester City this summer as one of a number of high-profile arrivals in the Women’s Super League.- Advertisement – Sam Mewis celebrates her opening goal for Man City in the Women's FA Cup final – Advertisement – Georgia Stanway, Sam Mewis and Janine Beckie of Manchester City celebrate with the Vitality Women's FA Cup Trophy following their team's victory in the Vitality Women's FA Cup Final match between Everton Women and Manchester City Women at Wembley Stadium on November 01, 2020 in London, England.– Advertisement –center_img Manchester City’s Sam Mewis says it was an honour to lift the FA Cup trophy following the victory against Everton at Wembley 0:32 She became just the third American to score a goal in an FA Cup final, following Carli Lloyd and Christian Pulisic, as Gareth Taylor’s squad beat Everton in extra-time at Wembley last weekend.“I’m very fortunate, I keep [the women’s FA Cup winners’ medal] right by my bedside table. It was such an honour to play in a final and win with my team-mates. I feel lucky and fortunate.“It was super exciting, a great ball in from Alex and something we had been working on all week.”Mewis relishing historic Manchester derby 0:32 Manchester City’s Sam Mewis says she’s excited about the rivalry with Manchester United and is looking forward to the Manchester derbieslast_img read more

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Joe Biden victory: ‘Now the world sees our vote matters’

first_imgJoe Biden’s election victory was built on overwhelming support from African Americans.Almost nine in 10 black voters backed the Democrat, according to exit polls, although Donald Trump did increase his share compared to 2016. – Advertisement – Black voters were especially influential in Georgia, a longtime Republican state where a huge get-out-the-vote effort is credited with giving Biden the lead (the race is so close there will be a recount).Produced by Chelsea Bailey and Rod Macleod – Advertisement –last_img read more

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Olivia Wilde, Jason Sudeikis Showed PDA 2 Months Before Split News

first_imgAs for the House alum, she revealed in January 2019 how the two stayed in sync amid their busy schedules. “We go out and have a lot of fun,” she explained to Us. “We were both really social people when we met, and we didn’t want to give that up when we became parents, so we’re really consistent about our time with them, but we also prioritize a couple of date nights a week.”Scroll down to see photos of Wilde and Sudeikis in the months before Us confirmed their split. This was not the only friendly get-together between the pair in recent months. In fact, they were seen at the beach on multiple occasions throughout September, as they kicked a ball around and went for another dip in the water.Us Weekly confirmed on Friday, November 13, that Wilde and Sudeikis called off their engagement after seven years. The twosome are parents of son Otis, 6, and daughter Daisy, 4.The Booksmart director and the Ted Lasso star began dating in November 2011, and he proposed in 2013.- Advertisement – Happier times? Olivia Wilde and Jason Sudeikis appeared to be as lovey-dovey as ever two months before news of their split broke.The actress, 36, and the Saturday Night Live alum, 45, were spotted swimming in the ocean together on September 9 in photos published by Just Jared. The now-exes laughed and held onto each other for a warm hug during their outing in Malibu. She wore a black one-piece swimsuit, while he sported colorful striped swim trunks.- Advertisement – Sudeikis gave no hint of trouble in October either when he appeared on The Drew Barrymore Show. “You guys seem like a true definition of, like, a beautiful unit,” the talk show host, 45, said, to which he replied, “Well, that’s very nice of you. I mean, Olivia carries the bulk of that beauty within our little duo. And the kids as well.”The actor reflected on his bond with Wilde in August too. “I just had a hunch that the second I kissed her, I wasn’t going to end up ever kissing anyone ever again,” he told Access Hollywood at the time. “So, it was like I had to be careful with it.”- Advertisement – – Advertisement –last_img read more

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Avian flu can spread among cats

first_imgSep 3, 2004 (CIDRAP News) – House cats can acquire H5N1 avian influenza and pass it on to other cats, Dutch researchers reported this week.Last February two cats in Thailand reportedly died of H5N1 avian flu, but yesterday’s article in the online edition of Science apparently is the first report of cats being experimentally infected with the virus and then spreading it to other cats.Researchers sprayed H5N1 virus into the throats of three cats, according to the report by Thijs Kuiken and colleagues from Erasmus Medical Center in Rotterdam, Netherlands. The virus sample had been isolated from a Vietnamese person who died of the disease.The cats had a fever just 1 day after being exposed to the virus and were excreting virus after 3 days, though in relatively low amounts, the report says. One cat died 6 days after exposure.Two other cats were put in contact with the first group 2 days after the latter had been infected. In addition, the researchers fed infected chicks to three more cats. All of the additional cats became ill with signs like those of the first group.Three other cats were exposed to influenza A (H3N2), a common human strain, and stayed healthy.After the infected cats were euthanized, necropsy showed they had diffuse alveolar damage like that caused by H5N1 infection in humans and monkeys, the report says.The findings suggest that “the role of cats in the spread of H5N1 virus between poultry farms, and from poultry to humans, needs to be re-assessed,” the researchers write. In addition, “Cats may form an opportunity for this avian virus to adapt to mammals, thereby increasing the risk of a human influenza pandemic.”The Dutch report comes about 2 weeks after a Chinese expert on avian flu, Chen Hualan, reported that H5N1 virus had been detected in some pigs in China. The report triggered widespread concern because pigs can harbor human as well as avian flu viruses, creating the potential for the viruses to combine and form a new strain that could spark a human flu pandemic.When H5N1 infection was reported in cats in Thailand last February, the World Health Organization (WHO) said cats had not previously been considered naturally susceptible to flu viruses. At the time, the agency said that pigs, seals, whales, mink, and ferrets were the only mammals besides humans considered susceptible to avian flu viruses. The WHO said only pigs could harbor both avian and human flu strains.Other reports of H5N1 infections in mammals this year included cases last February in a leopard and a tiger in a zoo in Bangkok, Thailand.Kuiken T, Rimmelzwaan G, van Riel D, et al. Avian H5N1 influenza in cats. Science 2004;Sep 2 (early online edition) [Abstract]See also:Feb 20, 2004, CIDRAP News story, “Avian flu jumps to house cats in Thailand”Feb 16, 2004, CIDRAP News story, “Leopard’s death in Thai zoo blamed on avian flu”last_img read more

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Another Vietnamese boy reported dead of avian flu

first_imgJan 6, 2005 (CIDRAP News) – The death of a 6-year-old Vietnamese boy from avian influenza was reported today, marking the second fatal case reported in Vietnam this week.The boy, from the southern province of Dong Thap, died just 3 hours after being hospitalized with a high fever and respiratory failure Dec 30, according to an Agence France-Presse (AFP) report.The Jan 4 death of a 9-year-old boy from Tra Vinh province, also in southern Vietnam, was reported by news services yesterday. If tests confirm H5N1 avian flu in both cases, they will bring the number of such deaths in Vietnam in the past year to 22.The World Health Organization (WHO) said today it had been notified that initial tests in both cases identified the H5 subtype of flu virus and that further tests were under way.The deputy director of the Hospital of Tropical Diseases in Ho Chi Minh City, Tran Tinh Hien, said tests have already shown the 6-year-old boy had the H5N1 virus, according to the AFP report.An official at the provincial hospital where the boy was treated said it was not clear how the boy had contracted the virus, because there was no evidence that he had had contact with infected poultry, the AFP story said.Another avian flu patient in Vietnam, a 16-year-old girl, remained hospitalized today in critical condition, according to the WHO. Her case was reported in late December.Meanwhile, Vietnam News, a government-controlled newspaper, today published a report that the 9-year-old boy who died this week did not have avian flu. The story quoted an official at the Hospital for Tropical Diseases in Ho Chi Min City as saying the boy, named Thach Phung, had died of hepatitis.The story said doctors at the hospital “have rejected initial fears” that the boy had avian flu, but it gave no explanation for the conflicting reports.The WHO said, “All three of these most recent cases have occurred in the southern part of the country, where poultry outbreaks have been recurring since December of last year.”The agency said close contacts of the three case-patients are being monitored for signs of illness and health authorities in Vietnam have taken steps to improve case detection.See also:Jan 6 WHO statementhttp://www.who.int/csr/don/2005_01_06a/en/last_img read more

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Avian flu spreads westward in Russia

first_imgAug 15, 2005 (CIDRAP News) – Avian influenza has cropped up in chickens near Russia’s Ural Mountains, possibly signaling a continued westward march of the deadly H5N1 virus, news services in Russia reported today.The Chelyabinsk region along the southern end of the Urals is the sixth area in Russia to have been hit by avian flu outbreaks recently, according to Agence France-Presse (AFP) and Reuters. The Urals separate Siberia from European Russia.A regional official said 60 chickens in the village of Oktyabrskoye died over the weekend, according to an online report by Mosnews.com. The report said testing had detected an H5N1 virus in the dead birds. However, the AFP and Reuters reports said it was not yet known if the virus was H5N1.Other parts of southwestern Siberia that have reported recent outbreaks of avian flu include Novosibirsk, Altai, Omsk, Tyumen, and Kurgan, all to the east of Chelyabinsk, according to AFP. But the H5N1 strain has been identified only in the Novosibirsk, Altai, and Omsk outbreaks, the report said.The Siberian outbreaks have killed 10,896 wild and domestic birds, according to an RIA Novosti news agency report quoted by AFP. Hundreds of thousands of birds have been culled since the first in the series of Russian outbreaks was reported in Novosibirsk on Jul 21, according to Mosnews.com. No human cases have been reported.Russia’s top government epidemiologist, Gennady Onischenko, warned that migrating birds could spread avian flu to Russia’s major agricultural region and on to the Middle East and Mediterranean Sea this fall.”An analysis of bird migration routes has shown that the contagious A (H5N1) virus may spread from western Siberia to the Caspian and Black Sea areas this fall,” said Onischenko, as quoted by an RIA Novosti report today. “Some birds nesting in the affected regions (the Novosibirsk and Altai territory) migrate to the above-mentioned areas for winter or stop there on their way to Africa or Europe.”He added that bird migration routes run through Azerbaijan, Iran, Iraq, Georgia, Ukraine, and Mediterranean countries, raising a risk of outbreaks there as well, according to the story. Onischenko made the statements in a letter to regional directors of the Federal Service for the Oversight of Consumer Protection and Welfare.Russia’s Agriculture Ministry said all sick and infected birds in Chelyabinsk were being destroyed, and Russian media reported that roads leading to the affected village were cordoned off in an effort to contain the outbreak, according to Reuters.A Russian agricultural official said the Chelyabinsk outbreak is near a lake that borders the Kurgan region and Kazakhstan, where other avian flu outbreaks have been reported recently, according to the Mosnews.com report.Meanwhile, a Russian journalist named Maria Pashkova, who was hospitalized after visiting an area affected by avian flu, has been tested for the illness, according to an RIA Novosti report today. Results of the test are expected later this week.Mosnews.com reported that Pashkova had already recovered from her illness. Four other Russians were hospitalized with suspected avian flu recently, but all four tested negative, the RIA Novosti story said.last_img read more

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H5N1 outbreaks confirmed near Moscow

first_imgFeb 19, 2007 (CIDRAP News) – Russian officials today confirmed that suspicious bird deaths in three towns on the outskirts of Moscow were caused by highly pathogenic H5N1 avian influenza.The H5N1 outbreak killed 34 backyard poultry, including chickens, ducks, geese, turkey, and pigeons, Russian officials wrote in a report to the World Organization for Animal Health (OIE). The affected communities include Babenki, Pavlovskoye, and Shihovo. The Times of London reported today that some of the outbreak sites are within 30 miles of Moscow.A Moscow live-bird market named Sadovod is suspected as a source of the outbreak, because birds from the market were introduced into the backyard flocks, the OIE report said. Authorities closed and quarantined the market Feb 17, the Associated Press reported.Authorities destroyed 196 birds and have quarantined the outbreak areas, the OIE report said. Russia’s Emergency Situations Ministry said more than 94 million birds had received an avian flu vaccine in 2006, The Times reported.Health officials are monitoring 5,453 residents near the outbreak areas, including 20 who had contact with the infected birds, Gennady Onischchenko, Russia’s chief epidemiologist, told The Times today. No human H5N1 cases have been reported in Russia.The H5N1 outbreaks are the first ever confirmed near Moscow but not the first in Russia this year. In late January, officials confirmed three backyard poultry outbreaks in the Krasnodar region, in southwestern Russia near the Black Sea.In other avian flu news, the World Health Organization (WHO) today confirmed Egypt’s latest case, in a 5-year-old boy from Sharkia governorate, 60 miles northeast of Cairo. Egyptian officials reported his case Feb 16. He was admitted to the hospital Feb 14 and is in stable condition, the WHO said. He is Egypt’s 22nd WHO-confirmed case-patient.The boy was exposed to sick birds a week before he got sick, the WHO said. His contacts were described as healthy and under close observation.See also:OIE reports on Russian outbreakhttp://www.oie.int/downld/AVIAN%20INFLUENZA/A2007_AI.phpFeb 10 WHO statementhttp://www.who.int/csr/don/2007_02_19/en/index.htmllast_img read more

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