H5N1 virus detected in 8 countries this spring

26-05-2010 | |

According to a survey conducted by the OIE, the highly pathogenic H5N1 avian influenza virus has been detected in 8 countries this spring. In Egypt, for example, 34 infections were detected from April 1 to May 15.

These infections were found at 8 poultry farms of which 6 farms used vaccination against avian influenza.

In Indonesia, H5N1 is widespread in poultry. Here, poultry is regularly tested for the disease in over 67,000 villages. This shows that on average in 1.5 per thousand villages H5N1 is detected. Regional this can go up to 9 per thousand villages.

Bangladesh showed three outbreaks of H5N1 this spring, while one infection was found in Laos at a farm with 1,000 layers. H5N1 has been found in Mongolia in wild swans. Vietnam reported outbreaks in four provinces and in Israel, H5N1 was found in 2 birds at a zoo.

Natalie Berkhout Freelance journalist