Tuesday, 24 January 2017

World Health Organization call on all countries to monitor closely outbreaks of the deadly Avian-Flu virus as deadly flu pandemic expected to hit humans.

Click on image to enlarge: Picture shows the exploding growth of Avian-Flu across Europe and Asia, yellow squares indicate bird only outbreaks red indicates bird flu has jumped to humans.


  • Different strains of bird flu have been spreading across Europe and Asia since late last year, leading to mass culling of poultry in certain countries and some human deaths in China.
  •  World Health Organization to call on all countries on Monday to monitor closely outbreaks of the deadly virus in birds and poultry and to report promptly any human cases that could signal the start of a flu pandemic.

Italian authorities on Monday ordered the cull of some 20,000 turkeys, after an outbreak of highly pathogenic H5N8 avian influenza was confirmed in a farm in the northeast of the country.
The outbreak was discovered in the farm at the outskirts of the town of Mira in Venice province on Saturday, according to the epidemiological surveillance service of the Veneto region. Preventative seizure of the farm was adopted immediately to avoid the spread of the disease, and the presence of the highly contagious H5N8 virus was confirmed by health authorities on Monday.
Of the 20,500 turkeys overall at risk in the commercial farm, some 6,000 were infected, and 600 died of the virus, the Italian health authority for animal health and food safety (Izsv) said.
As a result, it was ordered the "immediate slaughter of all captive turkeys on the site," the mayor of Mira said in a statement.
City authorities also upheld the seizure of the factory, and imposed a strict sanitary surveillance zone around it.
As due in such cases, the Italian government has reported the outbreak to the World Organization for Animal Health (OIE) in Paris.
The outbreak is the first detected among poultry, the Izsv stated.
Also on Monday, the H5N8 virus was confirmed in a wild swan, which had been found dead in the province of Gorizia at the border with Slovenia.
Italy had already reported three bird flu cases (with different variants of the virus) in wild birds in the northeast on Dec. 28, Jan. 5, and Jan. 10.


Kuwait reported an outbreak of the highly contagious H5N8 bird flu virus in ducks, geese and pheasants, the World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE) said on Monday, citing an official Kuwaiti report.
Some 144 birds were found dead in the region of Al Jarah, according to the report posted by the Paris-based OIE.
Different strains of bird flu have been spreading across Europe and Asia since late last year, leading to mass culling of poultry in certain countries and some human deaths in China.
This prompted the World Health Organization to call on all countries on Monday to monitor closely outbreaks of the deadly virus in birds and poultry and to report promptly any human cases that could signal the start of a flu pandemic.
The H5N8 virus is highly deadly for poultry but has never been found in humans.


Bangladesh reported an outbreak of the highly contagious H5N1 bird flu virus at a poultry farm in Dhaka, the World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE) said on Monday, citing a report from the Bangladeshi agriculture ministry.
Of 3,000 Sonali type poultry at risk from the outbreak, 732 died from the virus and the rest were slaughtered, according to the report posted by the Paris-based OIE. The farm was located in Dhamrai, a division of the capital city of Dhaka, the report said.
Different strains of bird flu have been spreading across Europe and Asia since late last year, leading to mass culling of poultry in certain countries and some human deaths in China.

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