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April 17, 2017
 
New strains of H5N8 and H5N6 detected in Romania, Korea (Global Animal Disease Update) (Apr 14, 2017)
 
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New strains of H5N8 and H5N6 were respectively detected in Romania and Korea this week. The following report contains an overview of the disease situation.
 
EUROPE

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

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

The information was received by the OIE on April 11 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 one case found in Emilia-Romagna. 50,000 cases were identified in birds, resulting in 130,773 becoming susceptible and 727 dying. 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.

2.  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 April 12 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 four cases found in Bucuresti, Teleorman and Ialomita. Nine fatal cases were identified in birds, resulting in 33 birds becoming susceptible which were all destroyed. The source of the outbreaks was contact with wild species.

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

ASIA

3.  Reoccurrence of sheep pox and goat pox detected in Mongolia

Reoccurrence of sheep pox and goat pox was detected in Mongolia, the OIE reports.

The information was received by the OIE on April 10 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 February 11, 2015, with ten outbreaks reported in eastern Mongolia. 808 cases were identified in sheep. One sheep died and 672 sheep were destroyed. The source of the outbreaks was unknown.

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

4.  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 April 10 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 11, 2015, with ten cases found in Yunlin county, Chiayi county, Changhua county, Tainan city, Nantou county and New Taipei city. 5,774 fatal cases were identified in birds, resulting in 110,959 birds becoming susceptible which were all destroyed. The source of the outbreaks was unknown.

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

5.  New strain of highly pathogenic avian influenza virus detected in Korea

Reoccurrence of highly pathogenic avian influenza virus, serotype H5N6, was detected in Korea, the OIE reports.

The information was received by the OIE on April 14 from Dr. Oh Soon-Min, Director -Chief Veterinary Officer, General Animal Health Division, Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs (MAFRA), Sejong-si, the Republic of Korea.

The outbreak event was reported to have started on November 16, 2016 with eight outbreaks reported in Eumseong-gun, Geumwang-eup, Chungcheongbuk-do in the southern part of the country and one outbreak in Pochun-si, Yungbuk-myeon, Gyeonggi-dochung in the norther part of the country. 305,568 birds were reported to be susceptible, which were all destroyed. The source of the outbreaks was unknown.

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


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