After an absence of 14 months, highly pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI) has returned to Iraq.
The H5N8 virus subtype was identified after more than 21,700 poultry died at a farm in the north of the country earlier this month, according to the agriculture ministry.
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The Bulgarian Food Safety Agency (BFSA) has registered the first outbreak of avian influenza in Bulgaria for 2020. The National Reference Laboratory has confirmed the highly pathogenic Influenza H5N8 at a duck breeding farm in Rakovski near Plovdiv. At the moment of the outbreak registration, 5,830 mulards of four age groups are being raised on the farm, said the BFSA press office.
A protection measure is being introduced in the 3 km zone. This means that all farms that are around 25 are subject to inspection. The so-called 10 km surveillance zone have also been put in place. There are a total of 24 farms there.
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Saudi Arabia has reported an outbreak of the highly pathogenic H5N8 bird flu virus on a poultry farm, the World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE) said on Tuesday.
The outbreak, which occurred in the central Sudair region, killed 22,700 birds, the OIE said, citing a report from the Saudi agriculture ministry.
The other 385,300 birds in the flock were slaughtered, it said.
The case was the first outbreak of the H5N8 virus in Saudi Arabia since July 2018.
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Romania has reported an outbreak of the highly pathogenic H5N8 bird flu virus on a farm in the northern part of the country, the first such outbreak in nearly three years, the World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE) said on Wednesday.
The virus killed 11,190 birds out of a flock of 18,699 in the Maramures region near the borders with Ukraine and Hungary, the Paris-based OIE said, citing a report from Romania’s veterinary services.
The rest of the flock was slaughtered, it said.
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Hungarian food safety authority NÉBIH on Wednesday said it detected avian flu virus at a duck farm in Hajdú-Bihar County (about 215 km east of Budapest), marking the second major discovery of the H5N8 strain of the virus in the country in the last few days, state news wire MTI reports.
NÉBIH said it had started to destroy the 115,000 ducks on the farm. It will also establish a 3 km protection zone and a 10 km surveillance zone around the site.
The authority said the ducks were probably infected by wild birds from a nearby lake and advised poultry farmers to keep their birds in enclosed areas.
NÉBIH made the announcement of the discovery of the H5N8 strain of the virus days after finding the same strain at a turkey farm in Komárom-Esztergom County (approximately 80 km northeast of Budapest). As the Budapest Business Journal reported earlier, all 53,500 birds were destroyed at the turkey farm.
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Up to 40,000 poultry are due to be slaughtered after bird flu was found responsible for the deaths of at least 25,000 turkeys in eastern Poland, according to local media and authorities.
Thursday’s mass slaughter of birds comes in the Lubartow area, an important poultry farming region, Polish veterinary authorities said.
It was not clear how the bird flu virus found its way to the farms.
Poland is Europe’s largest poultry producer, according to data from Eurostat, and last had an outbreak of bird flu in 2017.
Andrzej Danielak, president of the Polish Association of Breeders and Poultry Producers, said three farms might be affected, with up to 350,000 birds at risk in a three-kilometre (1.9-mile) radius.
“Veterinary services are implementing virus eradication procedures in this situation,” local authorities in Lubartow county said in a press release issued on Tuesday, adding that the virus was a subtype of the highly pathogenic H5N8 bird flu that can also threaten people.
The H5N8 strain has not yet infected any humans anywhere in the world to date, according to the United Kingdom’s National Health Service.
The authorities said crisis meetings had been held, while footage from private broadcaster Polsat showed police cars blocking a road in the area.
Poland produces about 17 percent of the European Union’s poultry, and exported more than a million tonnes of bird meat in the first half of 2019 – mostly to Germany, the Netherlands, the UK and France, according to the Dutch Ministry of Agriculture, Nature and Food Quality.
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An outbreak of a particularly contagious bird flu virus has been reported in Saudi Arabia, the World Organization for Animal Health (OIE) warns, as the world struggles to contain the spread of a deadly China coronavirus.
The outbreak took place in the central Sudair region, located some 150 kilometers north of the nation’s capital of Riyadh. The disease already killed more than 22,000 birds, the OIE said, citing the Saudi Agriculture Ministry. More than 385,000 birds were also slaughtered out of precaution. This is the first such outbreak since July 2018.
The H5N8 strain of the bird flu, which was detected in Saudi Arabia, was previously considered not particularly contagious for humans. Yet, it has been recently declared to have become increasingly more pathogenic.
Earlier on Tuesday, a similar alarming report about a bird flu outbreak came from Vietnam, where another highly pathogenic virus strain — H5N6 — led to the deaths of 2,200 birds in a village in the country’s north.
On February 1, China, which has already been gripped with a novel coronavirus originated from the city of Wuhan, reported that an outbreak of the deadly H5N1 bird flu virus was detected in its central Hunan province.
While it hasn’t occupied the news spotlight lately, H5N1 is said to be an even deadlier virus to those who contract it. Nearly 60 percent of H5N1 patients die after contracting the sickness, compared to two percent of Wuhan coronavirus (2019 nCoV) patients thus far.
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