News from Zurich: Hospital list for rehabilitation is delayed

Hospital list rehabilitation is delayed

The Zurich rehabilitation clinic on the Faltigberg above Wald.

Karin Hofer / NZZ

sho. A total of six complaints were received within the complaint period against the cantonal hospital planning, which the government council decided at the end of August. Five of these relate to the service contracts for acute hospitals, as the health department announced on Friday (18 November). Nevertheless, the hospital lists for acute somatics and psychiatry will come into force as planned at the beginning of 2023.

It’s different in rehabilitation: the canton of Thurgau filed a complaint against the entire list. It can therefore not come into force, which the health department regrets, according to the announcement. The existing rehabilitation hospital list from 2012 remains in force at least for the duration of the complaints procedure. As a result, planned new construction and expansion projects can be delayed. The cantons of Zurich and Thurgau have agreed not to make any further comments during the ongoing process.

Gray heron and peacock spotted with bird flu

Bird flu has been detected in a gray heron in Seuzach.

Bird flu has been detected in a gray heron in Seuzach.

Karin Hofer / NZZ

bye. The H5N1 bird flu virus has been detected in the carcasses of a gray heron and a peacock in the canton of Zurich. This is shared by the Federal Food Safety and Veterinary Office on Thursday (17.11.) with. Together with the cantonal veterinary authorities, the federal government is now preparing measures to protect domestic poultry in the affected area. It is the first case of bird flu in Switzerland this winter, they say.

A gray heron and a peacock in a hobby poultry farm in the municipality of Seuzach are affected by the bird flu virus. The rehabilitation of the animal husbandry is in progress.

According to the Federal Food Safety and Veterinary Office, the H5N1 virus strain can only be transmitted to humans in extremely rare cases and only with very close contact.

In the notification, the competent federal office also refers to rules of conduct for poultry farmers. Feeding and watering places should be protected from wild birds. Before entering the stables, shoes and outerwear should be changed and hands disinfected. Grids of cages must be checked for holes. As a precaution, people who find wild bird carcasses should not touch them and report the find to a police station or the game warden.

Wolf roams around in the Zurich wine country

Farmers in the wine country are currently supposed to pay attention to herd protection.  In the picture sheep and a livestock guardian dog.

Farmers in the wine country are currently supposed to pay attention to herd protection. In the picture sheep and a livestock guardian dog.

Christoph Ruckstuhl / NZZ


A wolf has almost certainly been sighted in several communities in the north of Zurich in the past few days. Two reports from the Zurich wine region seemed particularly reliable, explained Katharina Weber, media spokeswoman for the building department, on Wednesday evening in the SRF «Regionaljournal Zürich Schaffhausen». According to the information, the reports come from two hunters who are familiar with animals. Both said it was a lone animal. It is said that this was seen in Ellikon am Rhein, Truttikon and Buch am Irchel, among other places.

Where the wolf is at the moment is uncertain. It is quite possible that the predator has already moved on, explained Weber. No tears from sheep or other animals were reported. in one Report of the Tamedia newspapers Weber said there was no evidence that there was a pack of wolves in the Zurich region. So far, it has always been a matter of individual animals migrating.

The fishery and hunting administration informed farmers in the Zurich wine region via an SMS warning service. They were instructed to pay attention to herd protection. It is recommended that sheep spend the coming nights indoors.

Wolves have been spotted in the canton time and time again since 2014. The greatest damage was done when a wolf killed 25 sheep on a pasture in Bonstetten on the night of March 24 of this year, all mother sheep with their lambs. It is suspected that the wolf crawled under the electric fence.

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