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March 3, 2017 

New strains of bird flu reported in Asia and Europe (Global Animal Disease Update) (Mar 3, 2017)
 
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New strains of bird flu were reported in Asia and Europe this week. The following report contains an overview of the disease situation.
 
EUROPE

1.  First occurrence of highly pathogenic avian influenza virus detected in Czech Republic

A first occurrence of highly pathogenic avian influenza virus, serotype H5N8, was detected in the Czech Republic, the World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE) reports.

The information was received by the OIE on February 27 from Dr. Zbyněk Semerád, Director General, State Veterinary Administration, Veterinary Administration, Prague, Czech Republic.

The outbreak event was reported to have started on January 4, with six cases found in Moravskoslezsky, Plzensky, Jihocesky, Kralovehradecky and Karlovarsky. 38 fatal cases were identified in birds, resulting in 102 birds becoming susceptible and all remaining birds were destroyed. The source of the outbreaks was contact with wild species.

Control measures, among others, included movement control inside the country, screening, disinfection, quarantine and zoning. Vaccination is prohibited and no treatment was given to affected animals.

2.  Reoccurrence of Newcastle disease virus detected in Romania

Reoccurrence of Newcastle disease virus was detected in Romania, the OIE reports.

The information was received by the OIE on February 28 from Dr. Marius Grigore, Director, Head of Unit Animal Health Department General Sanitary Veterinary Directorate, National Sanitary Veterinary and Food Safety Authority, Bucharest, Romania.

The outbreak event was reported to have started on February 1, with three cases found in Giurgiu and Arges. 61 fatal cases were identified in birds, resulting in 99 birds becoming susceptible and all remaining birds were destroyed. The source of the outbreaks was unknown.

Control measures, among others, included movement control inside the country, disinfection, traceability, control of wildlife reservoirs and zoning. Vaccination is permitted but no treatment was given to affected animals.

3.  New strain of highly pathogenic avian influenza virus detected in Romania

A new strain of highly pathogenic avian influenza virus, serotype H5N8, was detected in Romania, the OIE reports.

The information was received by the OIE on February 28, from Dr. Marius Grigore, Director, Head of Unit Animal Health Department General Sanitary Veterinary Directorate, National Sanitary Veterinary and Food Safety Authority, Bucharest, Romania.

The outbreak event was reported to have started on November 24, 2016, with six cases found in Arges, Bucuresti and Constanta. 50 fatal cases were identified in birds, resulting in 57 birds becoming susceptible and all remaining birds were destroyed. The source of the outbreaks was unknown.

Vaccination is prohibited and no treatment was given to affected animals.

4.  Reoccurrence of lumpy skin disease detected in Liechtenstein

Reoccurrence of lumpy skin disease was detected in Liechtenstein, the OIE reports.

The information was received by the OIE on March 1 from Dr. med. vet. Peter Malin, Chief Veterinary Officer, Ressort Gesundheit, Amt für Lebensmittelkontrolle und Veterinärwesen, Schaan, Liechtenstein.

The outbreak event was reported to have started on February 28, with one case found in Unterland, Liechtenstein. One case was identified in cattle, resulting in 191 cattle becoming susceptible and four cattle were destroyed. The source of the outbreaks was unknown.

Control measures, among others, included movement control inside the country, disinfection, and official disposal of carcasses, by-products and waste. Vaccination is permitted but no treatment was given to affected animals.

5.  Reoccurrence of highly pathogenic avian influenza virus detected in Italy

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

The information was received by the OIE on March 1 from Prof. Dr. Romano Marabelli, Chief Veterinary Officer, Secretary General, Ministry of Health, Rome, Italy.

The outbreak event was reported to have started on January 21, with two outbreaks occurring in Veneto. 29 cases were identified in birds, resulting in 192 birds were coming susceptible, eight birds dying and 21 were destroyed. The source of the outbreaks was unknown.

Control measures, among others, included movement control inside the country, screening, traceability, surveillance within containment and protection zones, and zoning. Vaccination is prohibited and no treatment was given to affected animals.

6.  New strain of highly pathogenic avian influenza virus detected in Poland

A new strain of highly pathogenic avian influenza virus, serotype H5N8, was detected in Poland, the OIE reports.

The information was received by the OIE on March 1 from Dr. Pawel Niemczuk, Chief Veterinary Officer, Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development, Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development, Varsovie, Poland.

The outbreak event was reported to have started on November 5, 2016, with one case found in Lubuskie. 24 fatal cases were identified in birds, resulting in 41 birds becoming susceptible and all remaining birds were destroyed. The source of the outbreaks was unknown.

Control measures, among others, included screening, disinfection, traceability, surveillance within and outside containment and protection zones, official destruction of animal products, official disposal of carcasses, by-products and waste, and zoning. Vaccination is prohibited and no treatment was given to affected animals.

ASIA

7.  New strain of highly pathogenic avian influenza virus detected in Chinese Taipei

A new strain of highly pathogenic avian influenza virus, serotype H5N6, was detected in Chinese Taipei, the OIE reports.

The information was received by the OIE on March 1 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 was reported to have started on February 5, with eight outbreaks found in Tainan city, Yunlin county and Chiayi county. The number of cases identified is not calculated because of missing information. 12,410 birds became susceptible, 4,073 birds died and all remaining birds were destroyed. The source of the outbreaks was unknown.

Control measures, among others, included movement control inside the country, screening, disinfection, quarantine and zoning. Vaccination is prohibited and no treatment was given to affected animals.

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

Reoccurrence of highly pathogenic avian influenza virus, serotype H7N9, was detected in the People's Republic of China, the OIE reports.

The information was received by the OIE on March 1 from Dr. Zhang Zhongqui, Director General, China Animal Disease Control Centre, Veterinary Bureau, Ministry of Agriculture, Beijing, People's Republic of China.

The outbreak was reported to have started on February 18, with six cases found in Guangdong. The number of cases identified is not calculated because of missing information. The source of the outbreak was unknown.

Control measures, among others, included movement control inside the country, screening, disinfection and quarantine. Vaccination is permitted but no treatment was given to affected animals.

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

Reoccurrence of highly pathogenic avian influenza virus, serotype H5N2, was detected in Chinese Taipei, the OIE reports.

The information was received by the OIE on March 1 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 was reported to have started on January 11, 2015, with 11 outbreaks found in Yunlin county, Tainan city and Chiayi county. 11,233 fatal cases were identified in birds, resulting in 115,300 birds becoming susceptible and all remaining birds were destroyed. The source of the outbreaks was unknown.

Control measures, among others, included movement control inside the country, screening, disinfection, quarantine and zoning. Vaccination is prohibited and no treatment was given to affected animals.

AMERICAS

10.  First occurrence of bluetongue virus detected in Ecuador

A first occurrence of bluetongue virus was detected in Ecuador, the OIE reports.

The information was received by the OIE on March 1 from Dr. Diego Alfonso Viscaino cabezas, Ingeniero Agrónomo, Ministro de Agricultura, Ganaderia, Acuacultura y Pesca, Ministro de Agricultura, Ganaderia, Acuacultura y Pesca, Quito, Ecuador.

The outbreak event was reported to have started on January 8, 2016, with five outbreaks occurring in Pastaza, Zamora Chinchipe, Morona Santiago and Chimborazo. 18 cases were identified in cattle, resulting in 19 cattle becoming susceptible and one cattle dying. The source of the outbreaks was unknown.

Vaccination is permitted but no treatment was given to affected animals.
 


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