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February 12, 2018

Bird flu reported across Asia Global Animal Disease Update (February 9, 2018)

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Bird flu was reported in several countries across Asia this week. The following report contains an overview of the disease situations.

ASIA

1.  Reoccurrence of highly pathogenic avian influenza virus detected in South Korea

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

The information was received by the OIE on February 5 from Dr. Oh Soon-Min, Director General - Chief Veterinary Officer, Animal Health Policy Bureau, Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs (MAFRA), Sejong-si, Republic of Korea.

The outbreak event was reported to have started on November 19, 2017, with one outbreak reported in Chungcheongnam-do. 103 fatal cases were identified in birds, resulting in 23,897 others becoming susceptible which were all destroyed. The source of the outbreaks was unknown.

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

2.  First occurrence of highly pathogenic avian influenza virus detected in Afghanistan

A first occurrence of highly pathogenic avian influenza virus, serotype H5, was detected in Afghanistan, the OIE reports.

The information was received by the OIE on February 7 from Dr. Jahangir Miakhail, Acting Director General, General Directorate of Animal Health and Production, Ministry of Agriculture, Irrigation and Livestock, Kabul, Afghanistan.

The outbreak event was reported to have started on January 26, with one outbreak reported in Hirat. 4,450 fatal cases were identified in birds, resulting in 49,550 others becoming susceptible which were all destroyed. The source of the outbreaks was introduction of new live animals, illegal movement of animals, airborne spread and contact with wild species.

Control measures included movement control inside the country, surveillance within containment and protection zones, quarantine, official disposal of carcasses, by-products and waste, disinfection, and ante- and post-mortem inspections. Vaccination is prohibited and no treatment was given to affected animals.

3.  Reoccurrence of highly pathogenic avian influenza virus detected in Chinese Taipei

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

The information was received by the OIE on February 7 from Dr. Tai-Hwa Shih, Chief Veterinary Officer, Deputy Director General, Bureau of Animal and Plant Health Inspection and Quarantine Council of Agriculture Executive Yuan, Ministry of Agriculture, Taipei, Chinese Taipei.

The outbreak event was reported to have started on February 6, with one outbreak reported in Pingtung county. The number of cases identified is not calculated because of missing information. 3,136 birds became susceptible which were all destroyed. The source of the outbreaks was unknown.

Control measures included movement control inside the country, surveillance within containment and protection zones, quarantine, official disposal of carcasses, by-products and waste, disinfection, and ante- and post-mortem inspections. Vaccination is prohibited and no treatment was given to affected animals.

4.  Reoccurrence of highly pathogenic avian influenza virus detected in Iraq

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

The information was received by the OIE on February 7 from Dr. Salah Fadhil Abbas, Director General, Veterinary Directorate, Ministry of Agriculture, Baghdad, Iraq.

The outbreak event was reported to have started on December 28, 2017, with one outbreak reported in Baghdad. 48,400 cases were identified in birds, resulting in 71,200 becoming susceptible, 43,400 dying and all remaining destroyed. The source of the outbreaks was contact with wild species.

Control measures included movement control inside the country, surveillance within containment and protection zones, screening, traceability, quarantine, official destruction of animal products, official disposal of carcasses, by-products and waste, control of wildlife reservoirs, zoning, disinfection, processes to inactivate the pathogenic agent in products or by-products, and ante- and post-mortem inspections. Vaccination is prohibited and no treatment was given to affected animals.

5.  Reoccurrence of foot and mouth disease virus detected in Mongolia
 
Reoccurrence of foot and mouth disease virus, serotype O, was detected in Mongolia, the OIE reports.

The information was received by the OIE on February 7 from Dr. Battsengel Dambadarjaa, Chief Veterinary Officer, Veterinary and Animal Breeding Service, Ministry for Food and Agriculture, Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia.

The outbreak event was reported to have started on January 28, 2017, with seven outbreaks reported in Dundgovi. 482 cases were identified in cattle, 403 cases were identified in goats and 463 cases were identified in sheep, which were all destroyed. The source of the outbreaks was unknown.

Control measures included movement control inside the country, vaccination in response to the outbreaks, screening, quarantine, zoning and disinfection. No treatment was given to affected animals.
 


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