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Avian flu outbreaks emerge across the globe

Highly pathogenic avian flu outbreaks have affected countries in Europe, Asia and Africa in the past week. Countries hit are the Netherlands, India, South Africa and Saudi Arabia.

Dutch officials have reported that an outbreak of H5 poultry reported near the city of Oldekerk has been confirmed as reassortant H5N6, according to a report from the OIE.

Photo: Mark Pasveer
Photo: Mark Pasveer

CIDRAP reported the virus killed 230 of nearly 28,000 susceptible birds, with the remaining birds culled to control the virus spread. In a separate report, officials also reported H5N6 in a wild duck found dead in North Holland.

South Africa, which has been hit hard by avian influenza, has reported another H5N8 outbreak in backyard poultry. Further H5N8 cases have been found in seabirds in the Western Cape province.

In Saudi Arabia, officials have reported 7 more cases of H5N8 bird flu on farms in Riyadh province, which killed nearly 38,000 birds. The remaining 450,000 susceptible birds were also destroyed.

And in India, authorities have detected H5N1 in house crows in the city of Pardeep in Orissa state in the eastern part of the country. The event has led to the death of more than 170 crows but the source of the virus is not known.

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  • Lino Tioli

    Hypochlorous Acid has been demonstrated able to contrast Newcastle disease in live poultry if fogged on air. Why couldn't it contrast, in continuous ( 2/3 time a day) fogging in barn, the AI ? I remember that Hypochlorpos Acid, ph neutral, non toxic, not corrosive, 100% biodegradable in few time, is active ( Thorn RM) against most pathogens. This question is persecuting me.

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  • yakubu adamu

    It is true. I have lost 10 chickens this week (27th April 2018) due to Bird Flu. We need more enlightenment on the symptoms here in the rural areas of northern Nigeria.
    Yakubu Adamu, Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria, Nigeria

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