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660,000 birds killed due to bird flu in Penza Oblast, Russia

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Russian agricultural holdings Cherkizovo and Damate have been affected by a series of outbreaks of highly pathogenic avian influenza (AI), which were reported in four regions of the country.

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24,000 birds killed due to bird flu in two areas of Ghana

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Ghana has reported two outbreaks of highly pathogenic H5 bird flu on farms, the Paris-based World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE) said on Friday, citing a report from Ghana’s agriculture ministry.

One of the outbreaks killed 5,431 birds out of an 11,000-strong flock on a farm in Boankra in the Ashanti region, while the other killed 5,935 out of 13,188 birds on a farm in Nkawkaw in the Eastern region, the report said.

The remaining birds in the flocks were all slaughtered.

The outbreak in Eastern region followed the illegal movement of birds from the outbreak farm in Ashanti, the report added.

Ghana earlier this year reported an outbreak of highly pathogenic H9N2 bird flu on a farm in the southwest.

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50,000+ ducks killed due to bird flu in Stefanovo, Bulgaria

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50,000+ ducks killed due to bird flu in Stefanovo, Bulgaria

2,279 geese killed due to bird flu in Yunlin County, Taiwan

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A goose farm in southern Taiwan’s Yunlin County was found to have been contaminated by a subtype of H5 bird flu virus and 2,279 birds on the farm were culled, the 68th case of poultry farm infection this year, according to the Council of Agriculture (COA) on Sunday.
 
Several geese on the farm in Yunlin’s Sihu Township were confirmed as having contracted the virus, the council’s Bureau of Animal and Plant Inspection and Quarantine said in a press release.
 
The bureau has reminded the farm’s operators to disinfect the area following the standard operation procedure of destroying the geese.
 
Officials called on all poultry farm operators to keep their birds warm and in a place with good ventilation as temperatures vary considerably between daytime and nighttime.
 
Farm operators should also keep their poultry from coming into contact with local wild birds and migratory birds, said the bureau.
 
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Many ducks killed due to bird flu in Yambol, Bulgaria

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Bulgaria’s authorities reported an outbreak of the highly pathogenic H5N8 bird flu virus on a duck farm in the southeastern region of Yambol, the food safety agency said on Thursday.
 
Authorities will cull all birds at the duck farm in the village of Zimnitsa and have set up a three-km protection zone around it. A ban on the trade and movement of domestic, wild and other birds and trade on eggs has been imposed, the agency said.
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2,000 ducks killed due to bird flu in Precigne, France

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2,000 ducks killed due to bird flu in Precigne, France

16,000+ birds killed due to bird flu in Ghana

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After confirmation by the OIE Reference Laboratory and the delegate from Ghana, please be informed that the molecular and pathogenicity analysis performed confirmed H9N2 low pathogenic avian influenza virus. As this isolate is not OIE notifiable, the report has been removed from WAHIS interface as of 19 Mar 2018.
 
Notification submitted by Ghana’s chief veterinary officer on 14 Feb 2018, notifying an outbreak of highly pathogenic avian influenza which had started on 3 Jan 2018 and was confirmed on 10 Jan 2018. The reason for notification was given as “new strain of a listed disease in the country” and the causal agent, “highly pathogenic avian influenza virus, serotype H9N2”. The outbreak was recorded on a farm with 16 822 susceptible “78 weeks old brown layers in deep litter” of which 4225 cases (deaths) were counted. The remaining 12 597 birds were, reportedly, killed and disposed of. The diagnosis was performed by the Accra Veterinary Laboratory (national laboratory) applying real-time reverse transcriptase/polymerase chain reaction (RRT-PCR), found positive.
The OIE notification above was accompanied by Mod.CRD’s commentary, including the following remark:
“It is well known that LPAI H9N2 circulates in Africa. However, this would be the 1st time that the subtype H9N2 is characterized as a highly pathogenic strain. Further laboratory studies may be needed to fully characterize the virus. If it is indeed a highly pathogenic strain as reported, this would be quite alarming for both animal and public health.”
 
The reporting, by Ghana, of the case demonstrates transparency and deserves to be commended. It is relieving indeed to note that an alarming reassortment of the widespread H9N2 strain into high pathogenicity has not taken place.
 
The event highlights the need for continued vigilance, in Africa and elsewhere, as well as the importance of involving OIE reference laboratories in epidemiological investigations.
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1 MILLION+ chickens killed due to bird flu in various parts of South Korea

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The Ministry of Agriculture, Food, and Rural Affairs confirmed the highly pathogenic H5N6 strain of avian influenza in chickens at three poultry farms in Pyeongtaek and Yangju, Gyeonggi Province, and Asan, South Chungcheong Province, Sunday.
 
Authorities culled more than a million chickens from these farms over the weekend — 800,000 chickens in Gyeonggi Province and 450,000 in South Chungcheong Province — within a three kilometers radius of where the H5 strain was detected in an effort to stop the avian influenza from spreading.
 
The ministry also issued a 48 hour transport ban on all domestic poultry starting on Saturday. Movement of persons or vehicles will be restricted for a week around the confirmed locations of the H5 strain.
 
The first farm to be reported for a suspected case of bird flu on Friday was the one in Pyeongtaek, 65 kilometers south of Seoul. Thirty chickens died there Thursday, followed by 80 more the next day.
 
The highly pathogenic H5 strain was also confirmed at a poultry farm in Yangju, north of Gyeonggi Province. The farm bought egg-laying chicks from the H5N6 virus-confirmed farm in Pyeongtaek.
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24,000 ducks dead due to bird flu in Guangxi province, China

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China reported an outbreak of highly pathogenic H5N6 bird flu at a duck farm in the Guangxi province.
 
The report was given by the Paris-based World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE) on Wednesday, citing a report from the Chinese agriculture ministry.
 
The virus killed 23,950 ducks out of a flock of 30,462 ducks, the ministry said. The remaining birds were all slaughtered, it said.
 
In a separate report, China also reported an outbreak of highly pathogenic H7N9 bird flu in a backyard in the Shaanxi province, the OIE said.
 
The virus killed 810 layers out of a flock of 1,000 birds, it says.
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140,000 birds killed due to bird flu in General Toshevo, Bulgaria

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An outbreak of the highly pathogenic H5N8 bird flu was found on a poultry farm in General Toshevo in the region of Dobrich, said the press office of the Bulgarian Food Safety Agency.
 
Immediate steps were taken to eradicate the outbreak, in compliance with EU laws, including culling some 140,000 birds. A three-kilometre protection zone and a 10-km observation area around the livestock area were set up, and the trade and movement of domestic, wild and other birds, trade in eggs and hatching eggs, the organisation of fairs, markets, exhibitions or other gatherings of poultry or other birds were banned, the agency said.
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