Date: Mon, 25 Aug 2014 17:33:10 +0200 (METDST)

BUDAPEST, Aug 25, 2014 (AFP) - Railway enthusiasts with a taste for nostalgia will soon be able to indulge their Orient Express fantasies after Hungarian Railways said it was launching a luxury Budapest-Tehran train service.   With ticket prices of between 10,000 and 23,000 euros ($13,000-31,000) per person, guests will receive "five-star" treatment including complimentary alcohol right up to the Iranian frontier, after which only "soft drinks and non-alcoholic beer" will be served, its brochure said.

"Iran has been opening up towards the west recently, so we thought the time was right to set this up," Marcella Beke, sales director of the "Nostalgia" branch of the Hungarian state-owned rail operator told AFP Monday.   The first "Golden Eagle-Danube Express" train, which comprises 13 lavishly-decorated wood-panelled 1950s carriages and berths for about 70 guests, will set off from Budapest on October 15.

The two-week trip will cross Hungary, Romania, Bulgaria and Turkey, and take passengers through the ancient Iranian cities of Shiraz and Persepolis before reaching the capital Tehran.    All the berths on the maiden journey have already been snapped up, mostly by British and Australian passengers, Beke told AFP.   "Nostalgia fans needn't panic, another five trips are scheduled for 2015," she said.   The last Orient Express -- which traditionally linked Paris and Istanbul -- ran in 2009, with the luxury Venice Simplon-Orient Express continuing to run services between London and Venice.
Date: 7 Jul 2014
Source: Politics.Hu [edited]
<http://www.politics.hu/20140707/anthrax-outbreak-managed-well-says-farm-minister/>

Officials have handled an outbreak of anthrax in eastern Hungary well, the farm minister said on Saturday [5 Jul 2014]. Sandor Fazekas told journalists that the officials had acted on the matter with appropriate determination and expert understanding. He said investigations by the police and experts were underway to determine the exact cause of the outbreak and find who is responsible.

The case is believed to be linked with the illegal slaughter of 2 cattle at a farm, national health and food safety authorities told MTI on Friday [4 Jul 2014]. Part of the meat was locally used, and the rest was delivered to a company operating canteens, they said.

Eight people are being treated in hospital, and about 50 are getting antibiotics as a precautionary measure following the outbreak in Tiszafured, the chief physician for Jasz-Nagykun-Szolnok County said on Saturday [5 Jul 2014].

The farm ministry told MTI on Friday [4 Jul 2014] that the relevant authorities had carried out every necessary measure in a timely way in order to ensure that infected cattle and derived meat should not spread.
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[ProMED thanks Sabine for sending this report.  It started with 5 human cases and has now reached a total of 8. An earlier report in Hungarian (<http://ekonomika.sme.sk/c/7272366/v-madarsku-liecia-uz-osem-pacientov-nakazenych-antraxom.html?utm_source=link&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=rss>) indicated that the initial 5 cases are now due for release from hospital. In spite of statements that anthrax is not contagious, a summer camp has refused to take 50 children from Tiszafured. And there are unconfirmed reports of livestock illness in a nearby separate village to where the original animal cases were reported to have occurred, in Kocsujfalu.

To find Tiszafured, go to:
<http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tiszaf%C3%BCred> and
<http://www.fallingrain.com/world/HU/20/Tiszafured.html>. - ProMed Mod.MHJ]

[A HealthMap/ProMED-mail map can be accessed at:
<http://healthmap.org/promed/p/112>.]
Date: Fri, 4 Jul 2014 15:04:04 +0200 (METDST)

BUDAPEST, July 04, 2014 (AFP) - Anthrax traces in frozen beef may have infected five people currently under observation in hospital in eastern Hungary, health officials said Friday.   "Five people are being observed in hospital for a suspected infection of the (anthrax) disease," a statement from Hungary's health authority ANTSZ read.     According to the health authority, traces of the potentially lethal bacteria appear to have been found near Tiszafured, 160 kilometres (100 miles) east of Budapest, in frozen beef from cattle which may have been illegally slaughtered.

Some of the infected meat had been delivered to a canteen company, which has now suspended operations, the authority said.    Vaccination of animals exposed to the bacteria had already begun, it added.   "The necessary measures have been taken, there is no longer an immediate danger," the statement said.    It also warned that anyone who thinks they may have eaten the infected beef to contact a doctor immediately.
Date: Fri 4 Jul 2014
Source: Xinhua News Agency [edited]
<http://news.xinhuanet.com/english/health/2014-07/04/c_133461233.htm>

A total of 6 people have been hospitalized with anthrax poisoning in Debrecen [Hajdu-Bihar county] in eastern Hungary, the head of the Kenezy hospital's contagious diseases section told local wire service MTI on Friday [4 Jul 2014]. Earlier reports from the State Public Health and Medical Service and the National Food Safety Office had mentioned 5 such cases.

Hungary's official health services announced the infections on Friday, saying that the anthrax bacteria had come from cattle. They reported that a farm in nearby Tiszafured [Jasz-Nagykun-Szolnok county] had slaughtered 2 animals which showed clear symptoms of illness earlier in the week. Farm officials did not report the slaughter to animal health authorities as required and instead processed the meat for human consumption.

Some of the meat was distributed among family members and some was sold to a small company that provided hot meals to a number of facilities including childcare institutions, with both buyers and sellers skirting public health laws.

Dr. Istvan Varkonyi of Kenezy hospital reported that all anthrax patients were being treated with antibiotics and all stood a good chance of recovery. The hospital, he added, is also ready to receive additional anthrax patients since the people who participated in the slaughter and dressing of the meat as well as anyone who ate any of the beef was at risk.

Preventive measures ordered by authorities included the antibiotic treatment of all people who had come in contact with the infected cattle as well as of all animals kept in their vicinity. If antibiotic treatment for anthrax infections is begun early enough it can be treated well, officials told MTI.

In parliament, meanwhile, MSZP [Hungarian Socialist Party] MP Zoltan Gogos charged authorities with gross negligence in failing to report the anthrax infection for several days, adding that to his knowledge the 1st hospitalization was 3 or 4 days ago, noting that anthrax does not spread from human to human, had authorities acted immediately, the hospitalizations could have been avoided, he said.

Gogos also claimed that the sick animals had been brought into Hungary illegally, and that the people who imported and slaughtered them were aware that they were ill. He suggested possible political implications, arguing that the owner of the farm was a supporter of Prime Minister Viktor Orban. Gogos pointed to several cases of botulism poisoning from Hungarian-processed foods over the past few weeks and suggested that Hungary might be having serious food-safety problems.
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[I suspect that Zoltan Gogos is merely taking advantage of the situation to try to embarrass the Prime Minister. As Jasz-Nagykun-Szolnok county is close by but not on the Romanian border, all we need to do is note a possible porous border problem and log it away when considering other livestock problems which may be more common in Romania than Hungary.

The account of how and why the frozen meat was in commercial circulation is now clearer though not surprising, and something all of us have seen at one time or another. The previous report had in-contact livestock being vaccinated, not treated with antibiotics. Whatever is being done, the village livestock need to be vaccinated some 7-10 days after any antibiotic treatment, and arrangements made to repeat this vaccination in 2015 and 2016.

To find Tiszafured, go to:
<http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tiszaf%C3%BCred> and to
<http://www.fallingrain.com/world/HU/20/Tiszafured.html>. - ProMed Mod.MHJ]

[A HealthMap/ProMED-mail map can be accessed at:
<http://healthmap.org/promed/p/112>.]
Date: 16 Sep 2013
Source: Reuters [edited]
<http://www.reuters.com/article/2013/09/16/us-hungary-anthrax-sheep-idUSBRE98F0K620130916>

An infection of the deadly anthrax disease has been identified in sheep at a farm in Jaszladany, a village 120 km east of Budapest, the agriculture ministry said on Monday [16 Sep 2013].

Authorities found last week that one sheep in a herd of 210 head had died of anthrax, a disease, which can [infect] humans. The farm was placed under quarantine, the ministry said in a statement. "Humans have not gotten the disease yet, so we don't have that problem," said Endre Kardevan, Secretary of State in the ministry, in a video published on the government's website. "We have controlled the situation," he added. "We have surveyed the full livestock of the village, and vaccination has started."

The ministry said the disease would not spread from human to human. It said several sheep died on the farm and their owner buried them under a thin, 40-centimetre layer of earth. The authorities are now disinfecting the [carcasses] and dung and have visited every house in the village to warn residents of the infection that can spread via infected meat.
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[The disease is truly sporadic in Hungary. The last reported outbreak in sheep was in 2009 in a limited outbreak (6 cases) in a flock in Jasz-Nagykun-Szolnok, and in cattle in 2010 (one outbreak, Borosod-Abauj-Zemplen, 2 cows affected) and in 2012 (2 outbreaks, location not given, 9 animals affected).

When burying anthrax carcasses, they need to be buried at least 2 meters down to discourage any spores from ever reaching the surface.

To find Jaszladany, go to:
<http://www.fallingrain.com/world/HU/20/Jaszladany.html>. - ProMed Mod.MHJ]

[A HealthMap/ProMED-mail map can be accessed at:
<http://healthmap.org/r/1G18>.]
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