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March 13, 2018
 
Reoccurrences of bird flu reported in three continents Global Animal Disease Update (February 26 - March 9, 2018)
 
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Reoccurrences of bird flu were reported in three continents the past fortnight. The following report contains an overview of the disease situations.
 
EUROPE

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

Reoccurrence of highly pathogenic avian influenza virus, serotype H5N8, was detected in Bulgaria, the World Organisation of Animal Health (OIE) reports.

The information was received by the OIE on February 26 from Dr. Damyan Iliev, Chief Veterinary Officer & Deputy Executive Director, Bulgarian Food Safety Agency, Ministry of Agriculture and Food, Sofia, Bulgaria.

The outbreak event was reported to have started on October 17, 2017, with one outbreak reported in Stara Zagora. 19 fatal cases were identified in birds, resulting in 2,962 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, traceability, quarantine, official disposal of carcasses, by-products and waste, control of wildlife reservoirs, zoning, disinfection, and process to inactive the pathogenic agent in products or by-products. Vaccination is prohibited and no treatment was given to affected animals.

2.  Reoccurrence of highly pathogenic avian influenza virus detected in France

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

The information was received by the OIE on March 5 from Dr. Loic Evain, Directeur Général adjoint, CVO, Direction générale de l'alimentation, Ministère de l'Agriculture et de l'Alimentation, Paris, France.

The outbreak event was reported to have started on December 4, 2015, with four outbreaks reported in Maine-et-loire, Deux-sevres and Ssarthe. The number of cases identified is not calculated because of missing information. 37,118 birds became susceptible, of which 27,000 birds were destroyed. The source of the outbreaks was unknown.

Control measures included screening and traceability. Vaccination is prohibited and no treatment was given to affected animals.

3.  Reoccurrence of African swine fever virus detected in Ukraine

Reoccurrence of African swine fever virus was detected in Ukraine, the OIE reports.

The information was received by the OIE on March 6 from Dr. Andrii Zhuk, First Deputy Head of the State Service of Ukraine on Food Safety and Consumer production, International Cooperation of the State Service of Ukraine on Food Safety and Consumer Protection, Ministry of Agrarian Policy and Food, Kiev, Ukraine.

The outbreak event was reported to have started on October 30, 2017, with one outbreak reported in Chernovtsy. 15 fatal cases were identified in swine. 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, control of wildlife reservoirs, zoning, and disinfestation. Vaccination is permitted but no treatment was given to affected animals.

AMERICAS

4.  Reoccurrence of highly pathogenic avian influenza virus detected in United States of America

Reoccurrence of highly pathogenic avian influenza virus, serotype H7N1, was detected in the United States of America, the OIE reports.

The information was received by the OIE on March 6 from Dr. John Clifford, Official Delegate, Chief Trade Advisor, Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service, United States Department of Agriculture, Washington, United States of America.

The outbreak event was reported to have started on March 3, with one outbreak reported in Missouri. The number of cases identified is not calculated because of missing information. 20,000 birds became susceptible.

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

ASIA

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

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

The information was received by the OIE on February 27 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 January 7, 2015, with one outbreak reported in Yunlin county. 250 fatal cases were identified in birds, resulting in 28,201 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, disinfection, traceability, quarantine, official destruction of animal products, and official disposal of carcasses, by-products and waste. Vaccination is prohibited and no treatment was given to affected animals.
 


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