News Update April, 17 2014
Avian Influenza in Poultry
North Korea (HPAI H5N1). The North Korean veterinary authority and the World Organization for Animal Health (OIE) reported two outbreaks of H5N1 in the P'yongyang region on April 16th. The first outbreak confirmed 46,217 bird deaths. It is unknown at this time how many birds died at the site of the second outbreak. Control measures being applied include screening and zoning, movement control throughout the county, and quarantine.
Japan (HPAI H5). Japanese health officials confirmed an outbreak of highly pathogenic H5 avian influenza earlier this week at a poultry farm in the Kumamoto prefecture. To prevent the disease from spreading, 168,000 chickens were culled. Additionally, authorities have been sanitizing areas around the two contaminated farms, disinfecting vehicles that come in and out of the region, and are testing birds at nearby farms to ensure the disease has not spread. This is the first case of avian influenza in Japan in three years.
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