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 reports came after another farm in the same area had tested positive last week. One of outbreaks involved the death of 46,217 layers, but 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 H5N8). Japanese health officials confirmed an outbreak of highly pathogenic H5N8 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. Whether the H5N8 virus that has affected more than 70 municipalities and led to the culling of 12 million chickens in South Korea is related to the strain found in Kumamoto is unknown at this time.
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