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March 27, 2017
 
New strains of bird flu reported in Europe and Asia (Global Animal Disease Update) (Mar 17, 2017)
 
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New strains of bird flu were reported in Europe and Asia this week. The following report contains an overview of the disease situation.
 
EUROPE

1.  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 World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE) reports.

The information was received by the OIE on March 21 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 19 cases found in Constanta and Teleorman. 216 cases were identified in birds, resulting in 501 becoming susceptible, 167 dying 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, control of wildlife reservoirs and zoning. Vaccination is prohibited and no treatment was given to affected animals.
 
ASIA

2.  Reoccurrence of Newcastle disease virus detected in Israel

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

The information was received by the OIE on March 21 from Dr. Nadav Galon, Director, Veterinary Services and Animal Health, Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development, Bet Dagan, Israel.

The outbreak was reported to have started on December 21, 2013, with 23 outbreaks found in Hazafon, Haifa and Hadarom. The number of cases identified is not calculated because of missing information. 3,903,100 birds became susceptible, 131 died, 14 were destroyed and 139,950 were slaughtered. The source of the outbreaks was unknown.

Control measures, among others, included movement control inside the country, screening, disinfection, quarantine and zoning. Vaccination is permitted but no treatment was given to affected animals.
 
3.  New strain of highly pathogenic avian influenza virus detected in China

A new strain 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 24 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 March 19 in Yongzhou, Dongan, Hunan province. 29,760 cases were identified in birds, resulting in 18,497 fatalities and 171,179 becoming susceptible, which were all destroyed. The source of the outbreaks was unknown.

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


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