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February 10, 2020

Various strains of bird flu across Asia came into attention Global Animal Disease Update (February 10, 2020)

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Various strains of bird flu across Asia came into attention in the past weeks, which The World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE) provided updates on. The following report contains an overview of the disease situations.

1.       Reoccurrence of highly pathogenic avian influenza virus detected in Vietnam

Reoccurrence of highly pathogenic avian influenza virus, serotype H5N6, was detected in Vietnam, the World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE) reports.

The information was received by the OIE on February 4 from Dr. Dong Pham Van, Director General, Chief Veterinary Officer, Department of Animal Health, Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development, Hanoi, Vietnam.

The outbreak was reported to have started on January 18 in Duc Yen, Duc Yen, Dam Ha, Quang Ninh, a northern Vietnam village. 2,200 fatalities were identified in birds, resulting in 3,000 becoming susceptible, of which 300 were killed and disposed of. The source of the outbreaks was unknown.

Vaccination is permitted.

2.       Reoccurrence of highly pathogenic avian influenza virus detected in Saudi Arabia

Reoccurrence of highly pathogenic avian influenza virus, serotype H5N8, was detected in Saudi Arabia, the OIE reports.

The information was received by the OIE on February 4 from Dr. Sanad Alharbi, Director, Livestock Risk Assessment Department, Ministry of Environment, Water and Agriculture, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia.

The outbreak was reported to have started on January 30 on a farm in Sudair, Sudair, Riyadh, Ar Riyad, in central Saudi Arabia. 22,700 fatalities were identified in birds, and 385,300 were killed and disposed of. The source of the outbreaks was unknown.

Control measures included movement control inside the country, surveillance within and outside containment and protection zones, traceability, official disposal of carcasses, by-products and waste, and disinfection.

3.       Reoccurrence of highly pathogenic avian influenza virus detected in People's Republic of China

Reoccurrence of highly pathogenic avian influenza virus, serotype H5N1, was detected in the People's Republic of China, the OIE reports.

The information was received by the OIE on February 5 from Dr. Huang Baoxu, Secretary of the Party Leadership Group, Animal Health and Epidemiology Centre, Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Affairs, Qingdao, China (People's Rep. of).

The outbreak was reported to have started on January 24 on a farm in Jilong village, Dutouqiao township, Shuangqing District, Shaoyang, Hunan. 4,500 fatalities were identified in birds, and 3,350 were killed and disposed of. The source of the outbreaks was unknown.

Control measures included movement control inside the country, surveillance outside containment and protection zones, screening, traceability, quarantine, official destruction of animal products, official disposal of carcasses, by-products and waste, zoning and disinfection. Vaccination is prohibited and no treatment was given to affected birds.

4.       First occurrence of African swine fever virus detected in Philippines

A first occurrence of African swine fever virus was detected in the Philippines, the OIE reports.

The information was received by the OIE on February 3 from Dr. Ronnie Domingo, Officer-In-Charge, Chief Veterinary Officer, Bureau of Animal Industry, Department of Agriculture, Manila, Philippines.

The outbreak was reported to have started on January 29 on backyard farms in Davao. 1,000 fatalities were identified in swine. The source of the outbreaks was unknown.

Control measures included movement control inside the country, screening, disinfection, quarantine, surveillance within and outside containment and protection zones, official destruction of animal products, official disposal of carcasses, by-products and waste, zoning, and ante- and post-mortem inspections. Traceability is to be applied.
 


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