May 4, 2015
  

Reoccurrences of highly pathogenic avian influenza virus detected in Asia and the Americas (Global Animal Disease Update) (week ended May 1, 2015)

  
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Reoccurrences of highly pathogenic avian influenza virus were detected in Asia and the Americas this week. The following report contains an overview of the overall disease situation.
 
   

ASIA PACIFIC

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


The information was received by the OIE on April 24 from Dr. Ping-Cheng Yang, Vice President, Agriculture Technology Research Institute, Council of Agriculture, Hsinchu City, Chinese Taipei.


The outbreak was reported to be on January 7, 2015 at Yunlin county and Pingtung county. 13,137 cases were identified in birds, resulting in 25,780 birds becoming susceptible. All infected birds died and all other birds were destroyed. The source of the outbreaks was unknown.


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

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


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


The information was received by the OIE on April 27 Dr. Dong Pham Van, Director General, Chief Veterinary Officer, Department of Animal Health, Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development, Hanoï, Vietnam.


The outbreak was reported to be on March 12, 2015 at Ha Nam. 1,606 cases were identified in birds. 301 infected birds died and all other birds were destroyed. The source of the outbreaks was unknown.


Control measures, among others, included movement control inside the country, disinfection of infected premises and dipping. No vaccination and treatment were given to the affected animals.


3. New strain of bluetongue virus detected in Australia


A new strain of bluetongue virus, serotype 5, was detected in Australia, the OIE reports.


The information was received by the OIE on April 28 from Dr. Mark Schipp, Chief Veterinary Officer, Ministry of Agriculture, Canberra, Australia.


The outbreak event was reported to have started on January 8 at Northern Territory. Six cases were identified in cattle, resulting in 24 cattle becoming susceptible. The source of the outbreaks was unknown.


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


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


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


The information was received by the OIE on April 28 from Dr. Martine Dubuc, OIE Delegate for Canada, Chief Food Safety Officer Vice-President, Science Branch, Health Ministry, Canadian Food Inspection Agency, Ottawa, Canada.


The outbreak was reported to have started on April 22 in Bright, Ontario. Five fatal cases were identified in turkeys, resulting in another 7,920 becoming susceptible, which were all destroyed. The source of the outbreak was inconclusive, reportedly from contact with wild species.


Control measures, among others, included quarantine, movement control inside the country, screening and zoning. Vaccination is prohibited and no treatment was given to the affected animals. Disinfection of infected premises is to be applied.

   

  
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