Infectious Diseases 2007

Infectious Diseases 2007

Two human cases of avian influenza reported in Egypt

28 December, 2007 Two women in Egypt have tested positive for a lethal strain of avian influenza.
The UN health agency said a 50-year-old woman was hospitalized with the H5N1 strain of the disease on Dec. 24 and is in critical condition. A 22-year-old female chicken seller from Menofia Governorate infected with the same strain was hospitalized Dec. 26 and is recovering in intensive care. Read More

Avian Influenza claims human victim in Vietnam

28 December, 2007 Vietnam confirmed yesterday that avian influenza has killed a 4-year-old boy from a northern province. The boy died at the Paediatrics Hospital in Hanoi on December 16, five days after he was admitted to a hospital in Son La province, 320km north-west of Hanoi. The boy was transferred to the hospital in Hanoi on December 14 after his symptoms were identified similar to avian influenza. Read More

Pakistan: First Avian influenza human case confirmed by the WHO

27 December, 2007 The first case of human infection with H5N1 avian influenza has been confirmed in Pakistan. Laboratory tests conducted by the WHO H5 Reference Laboratory in Cairo, Egypt and WHO Collaborating Center for Reference and Research on Influenza, in London, United Kingdom have confirmed the presence of avian influenza virus strain A(H5N1) in samples collected from one case in an affected family. Additional laboratory analysis, including gene sequencing, is ongoing. Read More

Australia: Raw eggs linked to salmonella outbreak

26 December, 2007 Improper use of raw eggs has been blamed for 50 cases of food poisoning in New South Wales (NSW) in the past three weeks.
A group of 35 people fell ill, probably from salmonella, after eating homemade fried icecream with a coating made of raw egg batter at a party. There were also 11 cases from another gathering where raw egg was used in caesar salad dressing and chocolate mousse. Read More

New avian influenza case reported in Germany

26 December, 2007 Germany has found a new case of avian influenza in a small poultry farm in the northeastern state of Brandenburg.
This is the third case of avian influenza in ten days in Germany.
The H5N1 virus was detected among 15 chickens in the poultry farm in Brandenburg, which surrounds the German capital Berlin. Read More

Egypt Reports 16th Human Death From avian influenza

26 December, 2007 A 25-year Egyptian woman has died of avian influenza after she apparently contracting the disease from domestic fowl.
Ola Youness Mohammad, from Bany Suwef Governorate, some 200 kilometers (130 miles) south of Cairo, tested positive on the H5N1 strain of avian influenza after she was admitted to hospital last Friday (21/12). Read More

Indonesian woman dies from avian influenza

26 December, 2007 The Ministry of Health of Indonesia has announced a new case of human infection of H5N1 avian influenza. A 24-year-old female from West Jakarta municipality, DKI Jakarta province developed symptoms on 14 December, was hospitalized on 19 December and died on 25 December. The source of her exposure is currently under investigation. Read More

Russia: 600,000 birds culled on Russian farm

25 December, 2007 More than 600 000 chickens on the Gulyai-Borisovskaya farm in the Rostov-on-Don region have been destroyed to prevent the virus from spreading.
The virus has also sickened birds in a neighboring Tselinsky district, and authorities say they're taking steps to keep it from spreading. Read More

Vietnam: Avian influenza H7N3 LP strain

24 December, 2007 The avian influenza A\H7N3 strain, previously recorded in Korea, Canada and Holland, has reemerged in several Asian countries including Vietnam, according to the National Steering Committee for Avian Influenza Prevention and Control.
The committee held a conference on Tuesday in Ha Noi to discuss the country’s response to the recent reoccurrence avian influenza disease. Read More

Dominican Republic: Low pathogenic avian influenza H5N2

24 December, 2007 Two outbreaks of Low pathogenic avian influenza H5N2 were found in poultry live markets. Read More

Egypt: New cases of avian influenza

24 December, 2007 Avian influenza cases were detected in Ashmoon, Menoufiyah, according to reports reaching security head Maj. Gen. Mohamed Tolba. Read More

Summary of HPAI situation in Germany for 2007

22 December, 2007 USDA Foreign Agricultural Service - Gain Report: A summary of the HPAI situation in Germany for 2007. This year, HPAI was confirmed in 326 wild birds, two commercial farms, and one backyard flock, all in Eastern and Southern Germany. Poultry consumption rebounded from the HPAI related decrease that had occurred in 2006. Read More

Poland reports fresh outbreak of H5N1 avian influenza

22 December, 2007 Laboratory tests have confirmed a fresh outbreak of deadly H5N1 avian influenza in the same area of northern Poland where the virus was discovered earlier this month.
The presence of the H5N1 virus has been confirmed by the State Veterinary Institute in chickens found on an egg-producing farm in the district of Zuromin. Preparations were under way to cull birds on four poultry farms in the village of Sadlowo Parcele, where 186,000 egg-laying hens are found. Read More

Overview of the HPAI (H5N1) situation in the world

20 December, 2007 according to a preliminary report from the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), in 2007 there has been an improvement in the general HPAI (H5N1) situation worldwide, but there is still a risk of recurrence and spread of the infection, and the disease is becoming enzootic in some regions. Except for sporadic outbreaks in wild birds, most of the H5N1 cases this year occurred in domestic poultry, such as chickens, turkeys, geese, ducks, and quail. Read More

Indonesia: An Indonesian man died of avian influenza

18 December, 2007 The Ministry of Health of Indonesia has announced the death of a previously confirmed case of H5N1 infection. The 47-year-old male from Tangerang District in Banten Province died on 13 December. Read More

First human avian influenza cases in Pakistan

18 December, 2007 Eight cases of avian influenza among people have been confirmed in Pakistan, the first such cases in the country. The cases of H5N1 avian influenza were confirmed in Pakistan's remote North-West Frontier province. One patient died, six recovered and one remained under medical supervision in the cities of Abbotabad and Mansehra. Health officials believe that another person's death was likely caused by avian influenza, but has not been confirmed. Read More

Italy: an outbreak of Newcastle disease

Italy 18 December, 2007 The disease was diagnosed in pigeons.
Outbreak Location: Piemonte. Read More

Avian Influenza reappears in Germany

Germany 17 December, 2007 The H5N1 strain of avian influenza, was found among birds kept in Brandenburg outside Berlin. Eleven birds kept in a coop were killed and a security zone of three kilometers was put in place. The birds were kept with nine other chickens in the Oberhavel region, northwest of Berlin. Read More

Hong Kong Bird Reserve Closed After H5N1 Case

Hong Kong 17 December, 2007 Wild heron in Hong Kong has tested positive for the H5N1 bird flu virus, prompting authorities to close a bird reserve on the border with China.
The grey heron, a migratory species, was found sick on December 5 near the reserve. It later died and tests confirmed it was infected with the H5N1 avian influenza. As a precautionary measure, the Mai Po Nature Reserve will be temporarily closed to visitors for 21 days. Read More

Benin confirms H5N1 virus in two avian influenza cases

Benin 17 December, 2007 Two outbreaks of avian influenza among poultry in Benin have been revealed by tests to be of the deadly H5N1 strain. The test results from a laboratory in Italy had confirmed the H5N1 virus in the cases discovered earlier this month north of the capital Porto Novo and on a farm in the commercial capital Cotonou. Read More

Saudi Arabia: Avian influenza in ostriches

17 December, 2007 Saudi Arabia's agriculture ministry has ordered 13,500 ostriches to be destroyed following a new outbreak of avian influenza in the kingdom.
The outbreak of the H5N1 was diagnosed at a farm in the Al-Kharj region, 80 kilometres (50 miles) south of Riyadh.
Last month, the Saudi authorities ordered nearly four million birds culled in the face of at least 14 separate outbreaks of avian influenza. Read More

First human case of Avian Influenza in Myanmar

Myanmar 14 December, 2007 The Ministry of Health in Myanmar has confirmed the country's first case of human infection with the H5N1 avian influenza virus. The case is a 7-year-old female from Kyaing Tone Township, Shan State (East).
The case was detected through routine surveillance following an outbreak of H5N1 in poultry in the area in mid-November. She developed symptoms of fever and headache on 21 November 2007 and was hospitalized on 27 November. She has now recovered. Samples taken from the case tested positive for H5N1 at the National Health Laboratory in Yangon, and the National Institute of Health in Thailand. The diagnosis was further confirmed at the WHO Collaborating Centre for Reference and Research on Influenza, National Institute of Infectious Diseases in Tokyo, Japan. Read More

Local cluster of psittacosis after bird show in the Netherlands

the Netherlands 14 December, 2007 On 14 November 2007, a general practitioner in the Nijmegen region of the Netherlands. The bird show, organised by the local bird society, took place between 31 October and 4 November. The birds arrived on 31 October at the show’s premises and were inspected for the contest on 1 November. In the following days, the show was open to the public. According to the organisation committee, about 200 people, mainly members of bird societies in the region of Nijmegen and their families, visited the show. On 15 November, it became clear that at least 18 people, all connected to the local bird association, had become ill with the symptoms mentioned above after visiting the show. Read More

Pakistan: Avian Influenza claims 2 lives in Mansehra

13 December, 2007 For the first time in the history of Pakistan, Avian Influenza has been confirmed among human beings after two brothers died at a local hospital in Peshawar. The blood samples of both brothers were sent for formal testing in Laboratory, it was found that both brothers died due to Avian Influenza virus (H5N1). Read More

Indonesian man tests positive for avian influenza

Indonesia 13 December, 2007 The Ministry of Health of Indonesia has announced a new case of human infection of H5N1 avian influenza. A 47-year-old male from Tangerang City, Banten Province developed symptoms on 2 December and was hospitalized on 9 December. The source of his exposure is currently under investigation. Read More

Avian Influenza Hits Russian Poultry Farm

Russia 12 December, 2007 About 500,000 chickens will be culled at a poultry farm in southern Russia, where 35,000 birds have died from avian influenza H5N1 since late November. The birds started dying on November 29, and preliminary analysis showed H5N1 was involved.
Quarantine restrictions have been introduced at the border of the Krasnodar Territory. Read More

H5N1 avian influenza new sites found in Poland

Poland 12 December, 2007 The H5N1 avian influenza virus has been found in two new sites in Poland.
A new site was found at a small farm near the city of Elblag, in northern Poland.
Avian influenza was also detected in wild birds near the town of Orneta, northeastern Poland.
Poland has suffered a spate of recent outbreaks. Read More

Indonesia confirms 114th human avian influenza infection

Indonesia 12 December, 2007 The Ministry of Health of Indonesia has announced a new case of human infection of H5N1 avian influenza. A 28-year-old female from Tangerang City, Banten Province developed symptoms on 1 December, was hospitalized on 7 December and died in an AI referral hospital on 10 December. The case worked as a road side seller of decorative plants. Poultry and poultry cages were located in the vicinity of her business. Investigations are ongoing into the source of her infection. Read More

Fourth H5N1 outbreak in Poland

9 December, 2007 A fourth outbreak of H5N1 avian influenza has been found in central Poland, about 50 km from three sites found last week.
The latest cases of the virus were the first of avian influenza among poultry as opposed to wild birds reported earlier. They are also the first cases of the H5N1 virus in Poland since 2006, when several swans were infected. Read More

New fears of human-to-human avian influenza in China

7 December, 2007 Chinese officials said today that the father of a Chinese man who recently died of H5N1 avian influenza has been hospitalized with an H5N1 infection, raising the possibility of a new family cluster and sparking fears of human-to-human transmission.
China's health ministry said the 52-year-old man was admitted to the hospital after he came down with a fever on Dec 3, according to a statement today from Hong Kong's Centre for Health Protection. The man's samples were sent to the Chinese Centre for Disease Control and Prevention, where tests for the H5N1 virus were positive.
The man is from Nanjing in Jiangsu province in the eastern part of the country. Read More

Highly pathogenic avian influenza in Benin

Benin 6 December, 2007 Benin reported its first outbreaks of avian influenza in chickens and said the virus may have been introduced into the West Africa nation by illegal poultry imports from Ghana.
Test results to determine the exact strain of the highly pathogenic avian influenza virus are pending, according to a report to the World Organization for Animal Health in Paris. Read More

Man dies of avian influenza in China

China 4 December, 2007 A 24-year-old male from Jiangsu Province was hospitalised on 27 November after being diagnosed with pneumonia. The man's condition deteriorated in hospital and he died on on 2 December. The man, surnamed Lu, had no contact with dead poultry. The case was confirmed by the national laboratory on 2 December. Read More

Poland: Turkeys culled in Polish avian influenza outbreak

Poland 2 December, 2007 Poland's veterinary service has culled 4,200 turkeys following an outbreak of deadly H5N1 avian influenza on two poultry farms northwest of Warsaw.
Two turkey farms in Uniejow near Plock, some 80 km (50 miles) northwest of Warsaw, were cordoned off after the outbreak was discovered and routine precautions were carried out.
Poland's previous avian influenza outbreak was in wild swans in the northern city of Torun in 2006. Read More

A Human Chlamydophila psittaci case after culling of H5N1-positive ducks

30 November, 2007 In late August 2007, an outbreak of highly pathogenic avian influenza A virus (HPAIV) of subtype H5N1 was reported in a large duck farm in Wachenroth, in the county Erlangen-Höchstadt, state of Bavaria, in Southern Germany (index farm). Daily mortality among ducklings was approximately 2% and the presence of HPAIV H5N1 was confirmed in several samples. Protection and observation zones were installed according to German legislation, and over 165,000 animals were subsequently culled. The epidemiological contact investigation of the flocks led to the identification of H5 infection of ducks in two other farms in the nearby county of Schwandorf (contact farms 1 and 2). The Friedrich-Loeffler-Institute, the Federal Research Institute for Animal Health in Germany, confirmed the presence of the Asian lineage of HPAIV H5N1. Culling of another 205,000 ducks was started at these two sites on 7 September, exactly two weeks after the first outbreak. Read More

Saudi Arabia: New avian influenza case detected in Riyadh

29 November, 2007 Two new cases of avian influenza were detected at separate egg production facilities in south of Riyadh. Nearly 216,000 birds have been culled or are in the process of being destroyed following the discovery of the H5N1 virus. Read More

First Suffolk avian influenza epidemiology report published

29 November, 2007 Defra has today published the initial epidemiology report into the H5N1 avian influenza outbreak in Suffolk.
The report concludes that, at the time of writing, the outbreak is confined to the index case which is also the first case and a secondary case as a result of transmission by vehicles, people or other things on the sites.
It has not been possible, at this stage, to categorically identify the source of the outbreak. This initial report states that no evidence has so far been found to indicate introduction via infected poultry or poultry products or vehicles/people transporting them, from countries which have undisclosed infection in their domestic turkey, geese and duck population. Read More

Romania: Avian Influenza found in Danube Delta

Romania 28 November, 2007 Avian Influenza was detected on a small farm in Romania's eastern Danube Delta, leading authorities to slaughter 90 hens and ducks to prevent the disease from spreading. Preliminary tests on 15 birds that died at the farm showed they were infected with the H5 subtype of Avian Influenza.
No quarantine has been imposed around the farm, located in Murighiol, a delta village some 250 kilometers (155 miles) northeast of the capital, Bucharest. Read More

Myanmar reports avian influenza outbreak at chicken farm in northeast

Myanmar 24 November, 2007 Myanmar has detected a new outbreak of avian influenza among chickens in an eastern district near the Chinese border. Unusual deaths of chickens at a farm in a village in Shan State's Keng Tung township were reported on Nov. 18, and laboratory tests confirmed that H5N1 was detected in some of them. Read More

South Korea reports new low pathogenic avian influenza case

South Korea 24 November, 2007 South Korea's agriculture ministry said it had discovered a low pathogenic avian influenza strain (H7N8) at a poultry farm in the south west of the country.
The ministry plans to cull 13,000 fowl, including 3,800 ducks infected by the virus, in a bid to prevent the spread of the strain of avian influenza.
The latest case occurred at a poultry farm in Gwangju, South Jeolla province, about 250 km from Seoul. Read More

Avian influenza virus isolates from Germany in 2006 and 2007

24 November, 2007 In spring 2006, highly pathogenic avian influenza virus (HPAIV) of subtype H5N1 was detected in Germany in 343 dead wild birds, as well as in a black swan (Cygnus atratus) kept in a zoo, three stray cats, one stone marten (Martes foina), and in a single turkey farm. In 2007 (June-July) the virus reoccurred in 96 wild birds at six geographically separate locations in the Southeast of Germany. In addition, a backyard mixed duck and goose holding was affected. Read More

Hong Kong finds egret with avian influenza in city park

24 November, 2007 A little egret found in a Hong Kong park has tested positive for the H5N1 avian influenza virus.
The bird was collected at the Tuen Mun Park in the New Territories on Nov. 18, the city's agriculture, fisheries and conservation department said in a brief statement.
It urged Hong Kong residents to avoid personal contact with wild birds and live poultry, and to clean hands after any contact.
It is not the first appearance of the disease in the territory: at least 17 infected birds were discovered in the first half of this year. Read More

Saudi Arabia: Culls 3.2m Birds to Stem Avian Influenza

Saudi Arabia 22 November, 2007 A total of 3.2 million birds on 10 farms have been culled as a preventive measure to curtail the spread of the H5N1 Avian Influenza. Birds in seven farms in Riyadh where the virus was detected were culled. The chickens in another three farms were also culled because the farms are situated hazardously close to the farms where the virus appeared first.
According to a statement by Mohammed Zaid Al-Julaifi, director general of Animal Resources at the Ministry of Agriculture, yesterday: Birds were culled in farms in Al-Kharj, Durma, Muzamiyah Al Hayati and Al Aziziyah poultry market in Riyadh as a preventive measure. Read More

UK: Britain announces poultry cull after new suspected avian influenza outbreak

21 November, 2007 A further 68,000 birds are being slaughtered on a fifth poultry farm in Suffolk in a bid to control the outbreak of avian influenza in the region.
Defra officials say the latest cull - more than double the other five combined - is precautionary and falls within the existing surveillance zone.
The move comes amid fears that workers at the farm have travelled to other farms that are deemed a avian influenza risk.
More than 28,600 turkeys, ducks and geese have already been slaughtered. Read More

Saudi Arabia: Avian Influenza identified in a poultry market

20 November, 2007 A poultry market in the Aziziyah district of Riyadh was cordoned off after inspectors identified four cases of Avian Influenza there yesterday during a random inspection.
An emergency team, assigned by the Ministry of Agriculture to control the virus, cordoned the market off. The team comprises officials from the police, the municipality, the ministries of health and agriculture and the National Commission for Wildlife Conservation and Development (NCWD).
“There are 85 poultry shops in this market and each will have a minimum of 1,000 birds. The team plans to cull the birds and disinfect the whole area to stop the virus from spreading,” said Soliman Al-Buthi, general manager of the Environmental Health Department at the Riyadh Municipality.
He added that municipality is working with the emergency team to tackle the problem. Al-Buthi stressed that the situation is under control and called on members of the public to help the authorities tackle the problem. Read More

UK: H5N1 avian influenza virus found at second farm

UK 19 November, 2007 Laboratory test results have today confirmed H5N1 Avian Influenza in turkeys at one of the Dangerous Contact premises. These premises were confirmed as a Dangerous Contact, and culling was completed on 17th November. As a result of confirming disease this now becomes the second Infected Premises. Read More

UK: No avian influenza found at second farm

UK 16 November, 2007 Turkeys at the second culled farm have tested negative for avian influenza, it was confirmed today. Read More

Saudi Arabia: Another 90,000 chicken die of avian influenza in Riyadh

Saudi Arabia 16 November, 2007 Some 90,000 birds from two more poultry farms in Muzahmiya City, western Riyadh were culled after coming in contact with the avian influenza.
Agriculture Minister Dr. Fahad Balghunayim said in a press statement that teams were formed to take all required measures to prevent the spread of the disease to other farms in the area.
The Agriculture Ministry had announced yesterday the culling of 50,000 chicken in a poultry farm in Riyadh's Kharj district after 1,500 chicken tested positive for avian influenza. Read More

UK: Avian Influenza suspected at second farm

15 November, 2007 Turkeys on a farm close to the avian influenza outbreak in Suffolk are being slaughtered on suspicion of having the disease, Defra said today.
The 5,500 free-range turkeys at Grove Farm in Botesdale, Suffolk, were among birds on four farms due to be culled as a precautionary measure after Defra assessed they had “dangerous contact” with the initial case of the H5N1 strain of the virus. But the cull has since become one of “slaughter on suspicion” after animal health officials turning up to kill the birds found 30 dead turkeys. Read More

Saudi Arabia: Avian Influenza found in Saudi poultry farm

Saudi Arabia 14 November, 2007 The H5N1 strain of avian influenza has been detected at a poultry farm in Saudi Arabia and 50,000 birds have been culled. Tests were carried out after 1,500 birds died in a farm of the Al-Kharj region, 150 kilometers (90 miles) south of Riyadh. All the birds on the farm were subsequently culled. Read More

UK: More turkeys to be culled as precaution

14 November, 2007 Defra are to cull four more turkey flocks as potentially “dangerous contacts” close to the latest outbreak of avian influenza.
It was decided to slaughter a total of 23,000 turkeys, which are linked to the source of the first case of the H5N1 strain of avian influenza as a precaution. Read More

UK: Infected turkeys have H5N1 avian influenza strain

13 November, 2007 Initial tests at the Veterinary Laboratories Agency suggest that free-range turkeys on a Suffolk farm are infected with the H5N1 strain of avian influenza. This is the first outbreak of the H5N1 virus in the UK since February when the disease was found in turkeys at the Bernard Matthews plant, in Holton, also in Suffolk. Read More

Indonesia: 113th human avian influenza case

12 November, 2007 The Ministry of Health of Indonesia has announced a new case of human infection of H5N1 avian influenza. A 31-year-old male from the Bengkalis District, Riau Province developed symptoms on 31 October, was hospitalized on 3 November and died in an AI referral hospital on 6 November. Read More

UK: Avian Influenza in turkeys

UK 12 November, 2007 Defra has today confirmed Avian Influenza in turkeys on a premises near Diss on the Norfolk/Suffolk border after preliminary tests were positive for the H5 strain. The premises also contain ducks and geese. The site of the new outbreak is a farm 107 miles northeast of London, near the town of Diss, that also has ducks and geese. All birds on the premises will be slaughtered. Read More

Indonesia: Woman dies of avian influenza

5 November, 2007 The Ministry of Health of Indonesia has announced a new case of human infection of H5N1 avian influenza. A 30-year-old female from the Tangerang Municipality, Banten Province developed symptoms on 23 October, was hospitalized on 31 October and died in an AI referral hospital on 3 November. Read More

Estonia confirmed the largest outbreak of Newcastle disease

5 November, 2007 Estonia confirmed the largest outbreak of Newcastle disease in its history at an egg production facility owned by the Tallegg company about 8 kilometers due east of Tallinn in Tulli. Ago Partel, Estonia’s Chief Veterinary Officer and head of Estonia’s Food and Veterinary Board reported that 237,000 chickens and 1.65 million eggs will be destroyed at that facility and a quarantine of 10 km surrounding the facility is already in place. Financial losses will be about $2 million USD. In addition, Toivo Novandi, Deputy Secretary at the Ministry of Agriculture stated that Estonia will begin mandatory Newcastle disease vaccinations. The European Commission has yet to react to the outbreak. Read More

Avian Influenza Vaccination: A Commentary Focusing on H5N1 High Pathogenicity Avian Influenza

2 November, 2007 The Council for Agricultural Science & Technology (CAST) has released a special publication on Avian Influenza Vaccination: A Commentary Focusing on H5N1 High Pathogenicity Avian Influenza.
According to CAST, avian influenza, a viral disease of poultry, has a complex epidemiology, and the correct use of efficacious poultry vaccines is a critical component of overall control and eradication. Read More

Pakistan: Avian Influenza in North West Frontier Province (NWFP)

Pakistan 2 November, 2007 Over 45 thousands chicks were burnt and buried by Buttle Ehtsham Breeder Farm after having confirmed that they were suffering from Avian Influenza.
On October 26, the Ehtsham poultry farm got a report about the spread of Avian Influenza, the Livestock Director Mansehra Ali Akbar Khan sent the samples to Islamabad for testing. Read More

Indonesia: A 3-year-old child infected with avian influenza

Indonesia 31 October, 2007 The Ministry of Health of Indonesia has announced a new case of human infection of H5N1 avian influenza. A 3-year-old male from the Tangerang District, Banten Province developed symptoms on 14 October. The case has recovered. Read More

Canada- Interim report: Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza (H7N3)

Canada 30 October, 2007 On September 27, the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) declared an outbreak of HPNAI (H7N3) in Saskatchewan and advised the World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE) of these findings. An interim report of this outbreak was recently published. Read More

Indonesia confirms 89th avian influenza death

Indonesia 25 October, 2007 The Ministry of Health of Indonesia has announced a new case of human infection of H5N1 avian influenza. A 5-year-old female from the Tangerang District, Banten Province developed symptoms on 14 October, was hospitalized on 20 October and died in an AI referral hospital on 22 October. The investigation found that there were poultry deaths in the case's neighborhood in the two weeks prior to her onset of symptoms. Read More

USA: A nationwide salmonella outbreak

13 October, 2007 ConAgra Foods Inc. recalled all its Banquet pot pies and store brand varieties after the products were linked to a nationwide salmonella outbreak.
The company included beef pot pies in the recall after initially saying only the chicken and turkey pot pies should not be eaten. Read More

Indonesia Confirms Death of Boy From Avian Influenza, 88th Fatality

Indonesia 13 October, 2007 Indonesia, with more fatalities from avian influenza than any other country, confirmed a 12-year-old boy died this morning from the virus, making it the country's 88th fatality. Read More

UK: Avian Influenza lessons learned report published

12 October, 2007 Defra has published a lessons learned report following the outbreak of H5N1 highly pathogenic avian influenza in Suffolk in February this year.
The report concludes that the response to the outbreak was effective and highlights the benefits of the contingency planning work over the last six years. Disease was contained to one premises and controlled both quickly and successfully. This view was reflected by stakeholders and operational partners demonstrating their increased confidence in the Government’s contingency planning and ability to respond to a disease outbreak. Read More

Indonesian teenager hospitalized for Avian Influenza

Indonesia 12 October, 2007 The Ministry of Health of Indonesia has announced a new case of human infection of H5N1 avian influenza. A 12-year-old male from Tangerang District in Banten Province developed symptoms on 30 September and is currently in hospital. The investigation team found that he had direct contact with dead chicken near his school in the days before his illness. Read More

Indonesian woman dies of Avian Influenza

Indonesia 8 October, 2007 The Ministry of Health of Indonesia has announced a new case of human infection of H5N1 avian influenza. A 44-year-old female from Pekanbaru City in Riau Province developed symptoms on 1 October and died on 6 October. A team is currently investigating the case to determine the source of her exposure. All of the contacts are being monitored but all remain healthy. Read More

How highly pathogenic avian influenza (H5N1) has affected world poultry-meat trade

USDA 7 October, 2007 In 2003, outbreaks of the highly pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI) H5N1 virus had a major negative impact on the global poultry industry. Initially, import demand for both uncooked and cooked poultry declined substantially, due to consumers’ fear of contracting avian influenza by eating poultry meat. Consumer fears adversely affected poultry consumption in many countries, leading to lower domestic prices, decreased production, and lower poultry-meat exports. These reductions proved to be short-lived, as prices, consumption, production, and exports returned to preoutbreak levels in a relatively short time. As consumers gained confidence that poultry was safe if properly handled and cooked, world demand for cooked poultry increased. Read More

Indonesia reports 86th avian influenza death

Indonesia 2 October, 2007 The Ministry of Health of Indonesia has announced a new case of human infection of H5N1 avian influenza. A 21-year-old male from Jakarta Province developed symptoms on 18 September, was hospitalized on 25 September and died in hospital on 28 September. The investigation found that the case was an egg seller in a traditional market. Read More

Avian influenza outbreak reported in Russia

Russia 1 October, 2007 Hundreds of thousands of birds at a poultry farm in Russia's southern Krasnodar Terroritory are being destroyed following an outbreak of avian influenza. The lethal H5N1 avian influenza virus was discovered after some 500 chickens died on September 4.
The day after the infection was confirmed, 22,000 birds were slaughtered. Officials say by the time the operation ends, 248,000 chickens will be culled in an effort to prevent the outbreak from spreading. Read More

Canada: High-Pathogenic Avian Influenza Found at Saskatchewan Farm

Canada, Saskatchewan 28 September, 2007 Highly pathogenic H7N3 strain of avian influenza has been detected in a broiler breeder operation in Saskatchewan. All 50,000 birds on the premises will be destroyed to prevent the infection from spreading. The farm located in a rural area about 90 kilometers northwest of Regina, has been quarantined by the CFIA. Read More

Thailand: avian influenza outbreak detected in Phichit

Thailand 27 September, 2007 Avian Influenza outbreak has erupted in Taphan Hin district, which is now declared an outbreak-hit zone.
Taphan Hin district chief Tatchapong Paekwamdee Thursday said lab tests had confirmed that the H5N1 virus killed a number of local chicken there.
"As of now, 90 fowls within one kilometre radius from where the infection was detected have been culled," he said.
He added that local livestock officials had now been spraying disinfectants in chicken coops. Read More

Bulgaria: New outbreak of Newcastle disease in Bulgarian poultry

Bulgaria 21 September, 2007 Bulgarian authorities have confirmed a new outbreak of Newcastle disease in poultry in the northwest of the country.
The outbreak occurred in the northwestern village of Smolianovtsi, where about 1,000 chickens, turkeys and geese have already been culled to prevent the disease from spreading, the national veterinary service was cited as saying in a statement, adding that local veterinarians have also begun vaccinating poultry in a 10-kilometre (6. 3-mile) surveillance zone around the outbreak. Read More

Italy: multi-focal epizootics of LPAI A/H5N2 and A/H7N3 in several northern provinces of Italy

Italy 19 September, 2007 Since the end of May, 2007, thirteen LPAI outbreaks caused by a type A AI virus of the H7 subtype have occurred in Italy. Eight outbreaks have been identified in back-yard flocks or in dealer farms supplying the rural and hobby poultry sectors. On 22 August 2007, an H7N3 LPAI virus was
isolated in a meat turkey holding located in the Municipality of Paderno Francia-Corta in the Province of Brescia, Lombardia Region. From 22 to 31 August 2007, another 3 LPAI infected meat turkey holdings were identified in the same Region. Read More

Portugal: Low pathogenic avian influenza confirmed

18 September, 2007 A strain of H5N2 LPAI was detected in Portugal. The H5N2 virus was discovered in two farms that rear ducks (Total of 68,000 birds) in Vila Nova da Barquinha and in Tomar. The flocks were sampled under the National Surveillance Plan for Avian Influenza 2007. Read More

China: Mutation fears in avian influenza outbreak

17 September, 2007 Nearly 10,000 ducks that died of avian influenza at farms near Guangzhou's Panyu district had, been vaccinated against the disease, sparking fears the H5N1 virus may have mutated.
According to Guangdong Animal Epidemic Prevention Center director Yu Yedong, the 9,800 ducks that died at Sixian village had been vaccinated. But he was cited as saying the first vaccination could only be 65 percent effective, while a second shot would have made it 90 percent. Read More

Israel: Multifocal Avian Influenza (H5N1) Outbreak- Israel 2006

Israel - Research 14 September, 2007 During March 2006, an outbreak of highly pathogenic avian influenza (H5N1) occurred in multiple poultry
farms in Israel. The epidemiologic investigation and review of outbreak mitigation efforts uncovered gaps
in planning for and containing the outbreak, thus affording valuable lessons applicable to other countries
in similar settings. Read More

Avian Influenza found in German frozen ducks

Germany 10 September, 2007 Tests on 18 deep frozen ducks at a processing plant at the centre of the current outbreak were positive for the virus, according to a state official. These 18 ducks had been set aside as a routine batch sample at the plant.
The discovery came as officials completed the slaughter of 205,000 ducks on two further units 87 miles (140km) north of Munich after birds were found to have antibodies indicating exposure to the virus. Read More

Indonesia: another avian influenza fatal case

Indonesia 10 September, 2007 The Ministry of Health of Indonesia has announced a new case of human infection of H5N1 avian influenza. A 33-year-old male from Riau Province developed symptoms on 25 August, was hospitalized on 2 September and died in hospital on 6 September . His source of exposure is currently under investigation.
Of the 106 cases confirmed to date in Indonesia, 85 have been fatal (WHO).
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Avian Influenza continues to spread in Germany

7 September, 2007 Authorities identified new cases in two more duck farms.
German authorities have ordered to kill 205,000 ducks after avian influenza was found on two duck farms in Hofing near Bruck, east of Nuremberg in the southern state of Bavaria. Read More

Russia reports 3rd H5N1 avian influenza outbreak in 2007

4 September, 2007 Russia on Tuesday reported its third outbreak this year of the deadly H5N1 strain of avian influenza after 410 birds died on a poultry farm in the country's south, but the growing poultry sector is set to withstand the scare.
Another 414 birds were culled and strict quarantine measures were in place at the farm in the Krasnodar region after local laboratory tests confirmed the presence of the virus in dead birds. Read More

Vietnam: 5 additional H5N1 cases

31 August, 2007 Based on the amended WHO criteria, the Ministry of Health of Viet Nam confirms the following 5 additional cases of human infection with H5N1 avian influenza, including 4 deaths, in the country.
Case 1: Female, 24 years of age, died on June 21, 2007.
Case 2: Male, 29 years of age, recovered.
Case 3: Male 20 years of age, died on June 10, 2007.
Case 4: Female, 22 years of age, died on July 28, 2007.
Case 5: Male, 15 years of age, died on August 1, 2007. Read More

Avian influenza found in southern German poultry farm

Germany 25 August, 2007 Authorities have closed off a poultry farm in southern Germany after an outbreak of avian influenza.
Local veterinary authorities said late on Friday checks at the farm in the Erlangen-Hoechstadt area in Bavaria had discovered birds infected with the H5N1 virus.
The farm contains around 44,000 birds. Read More

Indonesia: Another Avian influenza human case confirmed

Indonesia 23 August, 2007 The Ministry of Health of Indonesia has announced a new case of human infection of H5N1 avian influenza. A 28-year-old female from Tabanan District, in Bali Province developed symptoms on 14 August, was hospitalized on 18 August and died in hospital on 21 August. The case was a poultry trader. The case investigation found that she collected poultry from villages where outbreaks of avian influenza in poultry had occurred and were later confirmed by rapid testing.
Of the 105 cases confirmed to date in Indonesia, 84 have been fatal. Read More

Pakistan culls chickens after H5N1 Avian Influenza found

Pakistan 21 August, 2007 Pakistani authorities have detected an outbreak of the H5N1 strain of avian influenza at a poultry farm in a northwestern town and have culled more than 35,000 birds.
Several outbreaks of H5N1 strain of avian influenza have been found in birds this year in Pakistan, where the virus first appeared in early 2006. Pakistan has had no human cases. Read More

Italy: LPAI found in Ravenna Italy

Italy 21 August, 2007 An outbreak of low pathogenic avian influenza strain H5N2 and antibodies to the H7 strain had been detected in northern Italy, near Ravenna, earlier this month during regular avian influenza checks on farms and birds culled, Health Ministry said in a statement.
All affected birds -- 10,000-12,000 ducks and geese on an industrial farm and about 200 chicken and guinea-fowls on a small farm -- had been culled and bird movements' monitoring had been tightened in 10-km areas around the farms. Read More

Egypt: H7 strain of avian influenza detected in Egypt

Egypt 20 August, 2007 A case of the H7 strain of avian influenza was detected in Egypt after a migrant bird in Sharqiya governorate in the Nile Delta tested positive to the H7 virus.
Egyptian Health Minister Hatem el-Gabali was cited as confirming the discovery of the avian influenza case when addressing the Heath Committee of the Shura Council on Monday, adding a sample of the virus will be sent abroad for further analysis, the Egyptian official MENA news agency reported.
After a migrated bird from East Europe found in a pond in Sharqiya was tested positive to the H7 strain of the disease, al- Gabali was cited as saying he contacted Minister of Agriculture Amin Abbaza to hold an emergency meeting of the anti- bird flu committee to assess the situation. Read More

Indonesia confirms 83rd Avian Influenza death

Indonesia 16 August, 2007 The Ministry of Health of Indonesia has announced a new case of human infection of H5N1 avian influenza. A 17-year-old female from Tangerang District, in Banten Province developed symptoms on 9 August , was hospitalized on 13 August and died in hospital on 14 August . Of the 104 cases confirmed to date in Indonesia, 83 have been fatal (WHO). Read More

Indonesia: a fatal human case of H5N1 avian influenza

Indonesia 14 August, 2007 The Ministry of Health of Indonesia has announced a new case of human infection of H5N1 avian influenza. A 29-year-old female from Bali Province developed symptoms on 3 August and was hospitalized on 7 August. She died on 12 August. The case's five-year-old daughter was sick with a respiratory illness in the days preceding the onset of illness in the confirmed case. The daughter's onset of symptoms was 26 July, she was hospitalized on 30 July but died without suspicion of avian influenza infection on 3 August in the district hospital. The child had contact with sick and dead poultry before becoming ill (WHO). Read More

France report more H5N1 in birds

France 14 August, 2007 Four ducks found dead in a pond in eastern France have tested positive for the H5N1 strain of avian influenza.
The four ducks were found Aug. 8 in an area known as Diane Capelle, in the Moselle region.
Since late June, five dead swans found in the region also have tested positive for the H5N1 strain of the virus. Two of them were found in the Diane Capelle area, while the other three were found about 15 kilometers (9 miles) from the site. Read More

Nebraska poultry with avian influenza

Nebraska, USA 8 August, 2007 A flock of turkeys in Seward County tested positive for the disease, prompting four countries to temporarily ban the import of Nebraska poultry.
Karen Eggert is with the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service. She explains that the turkeys tested positive for the antibodies that indicate a possible exposure to avian influenza.
Four countries (Japan, Russia, the Philippines and Turkey ) have temporarily banned the import of Nebraska poultry. Read More

Germany detects H5N1 avian influenza in two dead ducks

Germany 4 August, 2007 Two ducks found dead near Munich in southern Germany tested positive for the H5N1 avian influenza virus and a third was infected with a milder strain, a state laboratory said.
The three ducks were found dead near Speichersee, a lake to the northeast of Munich, Elke Reinking, spokeswoman for the Friedrich-Loeffler-Institut, said on Friday. The surrounding area would be searched for any other dead birds (Reuters). Read More

Italy: H7N3 in ornamental birds

1 August, 2007 Low pathogenic avian influenza (LPAI) H7 outbreak in a holding with ornamental birds in the commune of Fiesso Umbertiano, province of Rovigo, region of Veneto is confirmed. The specific strain was found to be H7N3 and is closely related to another strain detected in May. Read More

Estonia: Newcastle Disease

Estonia 31 July, 2007 Newcastle disease was diagnosed in a poultry farm at Plolde, Abja. Read More

India: India reported an outbreak of avian influenza among poultry

Northeastern region of India 25 July, 2007 The first since it declared itself free of the disease last August. A total of 132 birds died at the Manipur farm over six days beginning July 7. Laboratory tests on the chickens that died at a single farm in Chingmeirong village of Manipur's East Imphal district, confirmed that the birds had been infected by the highly pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI-H5) strain. Read More

Egypt: Egyptian woman tests positive for avian influenza

Egypt 25 July, 2007 The Ministry of Health and Population of Egypt has announced a new human case of avian influenza A(H5N1) virus infection. The case is a 25-year-old female from Damietta Governorate. Her infection has been confirmed by the Egyptian Central Public Health Laboratory and by the WHO H5 Reference Laboratory, US Naval Medical Research Unit No.3 (NAMRU-3). She developed symptoms on 20 July and was hospitalized the following day. Read More

Indonesia: Human infection of a/H5N1

11 July, 2007 The Ministry of Health of Indonesia has announced a new case of human infection of H5N1 avian influenza. A 6-year-old male from Banten Province developed symptoms on 1 July and was hospitalized on 5 July. He died on 8 July. Read More

Avian influenza detected in another two Czech commercial poultry flocks

Czech Republic 11 July, 2007 Some 71,000 egg-laying hens raised on two farms in the eastern Czech Republic (Chocen and Netreby) are to be culled as tests revealed that they have been infected with the avian influenza virus. Rapid tests have so far revealed that the animals have been infected with the H5 type of the virus. Read More

Newcastle disease in Honduras and Romania

Honduras ; Romania 10 July, 2007 Honduras: Newcastle diseases was diagnosed in poultry in Copan.
Romania: Two outbreaks were recorded in backyard poultry in Iacobeni and Moara Ciornei. Read More

Low Pathogenic Avian Influenza found in Virginia

USA: Virginia 10 July, 2007 During routine, pre-slaughter testing on July 6, 2007, officials with the Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services determined that a turkey flock (54,000 birds) in Shenandoah County tested suspicious for antibodies of presumed low pathogenic avian influenza (LPAI). Read More

Dozens more H5N1 avian influenza cases in Germany

Germany 6 July, 2007 German authorities reported 38 new cases of H5N1 strain of avian influenza.
The regional authorities in Sangerhausen in the state of Saxony-Anhalt said 38 dead birds found on the shores of an artificial lake near the town of Kelbra had all tested positive. Read More

Avian Influenza outbreak, strain H5N1 confirmed in France

France 5 July, 2007 Tests on three swans found dead in northeast France, in a pond near the town of Assenoncourt, have confirmed the presence of the H5N1 strain of bird flu, which is potentially deadly to humans, the agriculture ministry said today. Read More

Germany: German state says H5N1 found in wild bird

Germany 4 July, 2007 Two more wild birds have tested positive for the H5N1 strain of avian influenza in Germany.
The two cases were reported in the eastern state of Thuringia .
The Thuringian health ministry said a black-necked grebe found dead in Kelbra near Erfurt was infected with the H5N1 strain of avian influenza.
About 100 birds were found dead and about 40 were being tested for avian influenza, Germany's Friedrich-Loeffler Institute said. Read More

Viet Nam: Two people hit by avian influenza

Viet Nam 29 June, 2007 Viet Nam has confirmed two new human cases of influenza A(H5N1) virus infection, the first human cases to have been reported from Viet Nam since November 2005. Both cases have been confirmed by the National Institute of Hygiene and Epidemiology (NIHE) and by the WHO H5 Reference Laboratory, US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Read More

Czech, German AI virus have same origin

Czech Reublic & Germany 28 June, 2007 The comparison of parts of the H5N1 viruses from a swan found dead in Nuremberg and the virus isolated in the Czech republic, accomplished at the Friedrich Loeffler institute in close co-operation with the European Union reference laboratory for aviהre influenza in Weybridge (UK), resulted in a very large similarity of 99.5%. Read More

Avian Influenza found in second German state

Germany 27 June, 2007 A second outbreak of avian influenza in Germany was confirmed, with three swans killed by the H5N1 virus in a small town close to Leipzig.
At the end of last week, half a dozen swans killed by the virus were found in a turgid urban pond in Nuremberg in Bavaria state.
The health ministry in Saxony state in Germany's east said three dead swans were found in the Frohburg district, south of Leipzig, and a quick test established they were infected with the dangerous H5N1 virus. Read More

Czech: Avian influenza revealed at another poultry farm

Czech Republic 27 June, 2007 Avian influenza was discovered at a broiler farm (27,800 broilers) in Norin, east Bohemia. Norin is located four kilometres from Tisova where the first Czech case of the H5N1 strain of avian influenza was revealed at a turkey farm last week.
Meanwhile other tests confirm the presence of the avian influenza virus in a swan in that died in Lednice, south Moravia. Read More

Indonesia: Avian influenza patients in reach 101

25 June, 2007 The latest human case affected by avian influenza virus is a three-year-old girl from Pekanbaru, Riau province,The The 3-year-old female developed symptoms on 18 June and has since recovered. Of the 101 cases confirmed to date in Indonesia, 80 have been fatal. Read More

Egypt: New case of human avian influenza infection

Egypt 23 June, 2007 A four-year-old Egyptian boy has tested positive for H5N1 avian influenza virus, raising the total human cases of infection in the country to 37, the boy victim, Emad Mohamed el-Daramalli, from the Upper Egypt province of Qena. He developed symptoms on 20 June and was admitted to hospital on 21 June. He is receiving treatment and is in a stable condition. Read More

Avian Influenza found in southern Germany

Germany 23 June, 2007 Authorities posted caution signs around two Bavarian lakes today after seven dead birds tested positive for the H5N1 avian influenza virus, the first cases reported in Germany this year.
Nuremberg city authorities warned people to keep their dogs leashed and stay away from waterfowl after five swans, one duck and one goose all tested positive for H5N1. Read More

Togo: H5N1 avian influenza virus found in Togo

22 June, 2007 Laboratory tests have confirmed the presence of the deadly H5N1 virus at a poultry farm in the West African country of Togo.
Samples from the semi-industrial farm at Sigbehoue, about 45 km (28 miles) east of the capital Lome, were sent for tests in neighbouring Ghana after the sudden mass death of poultry at the site. Read More

First H5N1 case confirmed at Czech poultry farm

Czech republic 21 June, 2007 Health authorities have confirmed that hundreds of turkeys on a farm in the Czech Republic have died from the deadly H5N1 strain of avian influenza.
The outbreak occurred on a farm of 6 000 turkeys, and was detected following the death of around 1 800 birds.The farm is in a village of Tisova in the centre of the country.
It is the first time the virus has been detected among domestic poultry in the country.
The first avian influenza case was reported in the Czech Republic in the spring of 2006, with 13 registered incidents since then. Last year, the H5N1 strain was detected among swans. Read More

Chile: Fowl typhoid in Maule (Cauquenes, San Pedro de Armengol, Cauquenes)

China 19 June, 2007 Fowl typhoid is a systemic diseases caused by Salmonella gallinarum. Fowl typhoid can produce disease in poultry in any age. It is an economically important disease of poultry and other birds, with high mortality in young birds. Fowl typhoid has been eradicated from commercially raised poultry in many developed countries, but may persist in backyard flocks. Read More

Wild ducks carrying bird flu virus registered in Siberia

Siberia 19 June, 2007 Wild ducks that had been infected with avian influenza, but recovered from it, were registered in the Altai territory, the Tomsk region.
Around 6 million poultry are located in high-risk zones of the Siberian federal district. Around 4.4 million of them have already been vaccinated. Read More

Hong Kong: H5N1 virus detected from Daurian Starling faeces

Hong Kong 16 June, 2007 H5N1 virus was detected from a faecal swab sample collected from a Daurian Starling at a pet bird shop in the Yuen Po Street Bird Garden (Bird Garden) in Mong Kok.
The faecal swab sample was collected on June 4 for laboratory tests with other swab samples under AFCD's routine avian influenza surveillance programme. Read More

Indonesia confirms 80th avian influenza death

Indonesia 15 June, 2007 The Ministry of Health of Indonesia has announced a new case of human infection of H5N1 avian influenza. A 26-year-old male from Riau Province developed symptoms on 3 June, was hospitalized on 6 June and died in hospital on 12 June. Investigations into the source of his infection indicate exposure to sick and dead poultry. Read More

Egypt reports another avian influenza case

Egypt 12 June, 2007 The Egyptian Ministry of Health and Population has confirmed a new human case of avian influenza A(H5N1) virus infection. The case has been confirmed by the Egyptian Central Public Health Laboratory and by the WHO H5 Reference Laboratory, US Naval Medical Research Unit No.3 (NAMRU-3). Read More

Egypt: Egyptian avian influenza death toll reaches 15

11 June, 2007 A 10 year old girl, from Naqada village in Upper Egypt's Qena province, died on 9/6 morning from the H5N1 strain of the avian influenza virus, officials reported. A spokesperson from Egypt's health ministry confirmed that she was the youngest person to die of avian influenza in the country to date. The previous youngest was a 15-year-old girl who died on 10 April. Read More

Egypt: Egyptian girl tests positive for avian influenza

Egypt 9 June, 2007 A 10-year-old Egyptian girl (Mayada Tohami) from Qena (southern Egypt) has tested positive for avian influenza.
The girl is hospitalized in critical condition. Read More

UK: A LPAI H7N2 virus has been found at a smallholding near St Helens in Merseyside

UK 7 June, 2007 Some of the infected chickens had been bought from a market held in Chelford that was associated with a recent avian influenza outbreak in Conwy, North Wales.
All the farm's birds, including peacocks, have been culled. Four people with influenza like symptoms have tested positive for the virus - two from Wales and two from North West England. Three of these people are known to have had direct contact with infected birds. Read More

Indonesia: Indonesian girl dies on avian influenza

6 June, 2007 The Ministry of Health of Indonesia has announced a new case of human infection of H5N1 avian influenza. A 16-year-old female from Kendal district, Central Java province developed symptoms on 21 May, was hospitalized on 25 May and died in hospital on 29 May. Initial investigations into the source of her infection indicate exposure to dead poultry. Read More

Avian influenza reappears in Malaysia

Malaysia 6 June, 2007 A new outbreak of the deadly H5N1 strain of bird flu has been detected among chickens in the Sungai Buloh area of Selangor state. Malaysia suffered outbreaks of avian influenza among poultry in early 2006. Read More

Chinese soldier dies of avian influenza

China 4 June, 2007 A 19-year-old Chinese soldier has died of H5N1 strain of avian influenza, the country's 17th reported death from the virus, the World Health Organization said today.
The young soldier died on 3 June. Read More

Vietnam: second avian influenza human case in two weeks

Viet Nam 2 June, 2007 Vietnam has confirmed its second human case of the H5N1 avian influenza virus in two weeks an employee at a slaughterhouse in the city had tested positive for the avian influenza virus. Read More

Indonesia: Indonesian man dies of avian influenza

31 May, 2007 The Ministry of Health of Indonesia has announced a new case of human infection of H5N1 avian influenza. A 45-year-old male from Grobogan district, Central Java Province developed symptoms on 17 May, was hospitalized on 26 May and died in hospital on 28 May. Read More

Sales of all poultry have been suspended by a Cheshire market

UK 29 May, 2007 Chelford Agricultural Centre near Macclesfield opened for business yesterday but with new restrictions on poultry sales in place. Officials believe that chickens bought at the market earlier this month may be linked to an outbreak of avian influenza around a small farm at Corwen, North Wales.
The centre's Gwyn Williams said that he had taken the decision to cancel the sale after liaising with the Department of Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA). Read More

China says soldier infected with avian influenza

China 26 May, 2007 The 19-year-old soldier was diagnosed with the disease on May 18th and is receiving treatment at a military hospital.
The soldier developed symptoms of fever, cough and pneumonia on May 9. He was sent to an army hospital on May 14 and has been hospitalized since then.
China's most recent reported human death from avian influenza was in March. Last weekend, China confirmed an outbreak of the H5N1 among poultry in the central province of Hunan. Read More

UK: Four people have tested positive for avian influenza

UK 25 May, 2007 Tests were performed on nine people associated with the farm, and the Health Protection Agency said in a news release that four people had tested positive for the H7N2 strain of the virus.
The Welsh health authorities said that in all but one of the four human cases the virus had spread from poultry. The other case may have been transmitted from person to person. Read More

Avian influenza confirmed in North Wales

North Wales 24 May, 2007 Chief veterinary officer for Wales Dr Christianne Glossop has confirmed a case of avian influenza on a chicken farm in North Wales.
The strain identified is H7N2 low pathogenic avian influenza (LPAI). The farm has been placed under restriction and a 1km restriction zone has been placed around it. The 30 remaining birds on the farm are being slaughtered today. Read More

Indonesia: New case of human AI infection

Indonesia 24 May, 2007 The Ministry of Health of Indonesia has announced a new case of human infection of H5N1 avian influenza. A 5-year-old female from Wonogiri district, Central Java Province developed symptoms on 8 May, was hospitalized on 15 May and died in hospital on 17 May. Initial investigations into the source of her infection indicate exposure to dead poultry (WHO). Read More

Vietnam reports suspected avian influenza case

Viet Nam 23 May, 2007 A 30-year-old man under treatment at Bach Mai Hospital in Hanoi might be the first human case of avian influenza infection in Vietnam since November 2005. The man from Vinh Phuc province was in critical condition. Initial tests on samples taken from him were positive to the H5N1 avian influenza virus strain. Vietnam has vaccinated more than 115 million poultry so far this year, according to the Department of Animal Health. Read More

Pakistan confirms new cases of H5N1 avian influenza

Pakistan 23 May, 2007 A new outbreak of avian influenza has struck three poultry farms in the Pakistani capital, killing 6,000 birds and forcing a cull.
The disease erupted at farms in Chak Shahzad, a suburb of Islamabad, this week.
The disease last appeared in April in northwest Pakistan and the southern port city of Karachi, but it was quickly controlled. Read More

Ghana reports second avian influenza outbreak in poultry

Ghana 22 May, 2007 Veterinary officials in Ghana declared the second outbreak of H5N1 avian influenza virus in the west African country. The latest outbreak was on a farm in Sunyani, a provincial capital 400 kilometres (250 miles) north of Accra.Veterinary officials have culled thousands of birds in Sunyani and had also destroyed animal feed and farm equipment. Read More

Indonesia: 15 additional cases of avian influenza confirmed by the WHO

16 May, 2007 WHO can now confirm 15 additional cases, including 13 deaths of human infection with H5N1 avian influenza that occurred in Indonesia from the end of January 2007 up to the present. The following additional cases of human infection with H5N1 avian influenza have been confirmed: Read More

Ghana: First H5N1 case confirmed in poultry

2 May, 2007 Ghana's first case of the highly pathogenic H5N1 avian influenza has been confirmed by local laboratories and a U.S. naval laboratory in Egypt.
Some 1,600 birds had already been incinerated at the infected chicken farm 20 km (13 miles) east of the capital Accra near the port of Tema. Read More

Serbia and Montenegro: Newcastle in backyard poultry

Serbia and Montenegro 25 April, 2007 Newcastle disease found in backyard poultry in Taras, Zrenjanin, Srednjebanatski, Vojvodina. Read More

Kuwait: Avian influenza found at ostrich farm

22 April, 2007 Kuwait reported a new case of the deadly H5N1 strain of avian influenza, in an ostrich in Wafra in the south of the Gulf Arab state near the Saudi border.
Kuwait has culled around 1.7 million birds, banned import of live birds, closed down the country's zoo as well as poultry shops in residential areas since the first case was reported this year in February. Read More

Egypt: Two new human cases of avian influenza A(H5N1) virus infection

10 April, 2007 The Egyptian Ministry of Health and Population has announced two new human cases of avian influenza A(H5N1) virus infection. The first case, a 2-year-old female from Menia Governorate, developed symptoms on 3 April and was admitted to hospital the following day. She is currently in a stable condition. The second case is a 15-year-old female (Marianna Kameel Mikhail) from Cairo Governorate. Read More

Cambodia: A girl died of avian influenza

6 April, 2007 The Cambodian Ministry of Health was cited as confirming Friday that a 13-year-old girl from Ponhea Kreak district in Kampong Cham province, which borders Vietnam, died of avian influenza on Thursday (05/04). Read More

H5N2 LPAI found in W. Virginia

USA: W. Virginia 3 April, 2007 Turkeys at a farm in West Virginia, Pendleton County have tested positive for what government officials believe is a low-pathogenic avian influenza virus.
Preliminary tests indicated the turkeys had a low-pathogenic H5N2 avian influenza virus.
The samples were collected by an industry group as part of a routine before slaughter, USDA said. The birds showed no sign of illness or mortality. The samples were collected on Friday from a flock of about 25,000 birds that will now be destroyed to prevent the virus from mutating and spreading. Read More

Egypt: Three new human avian influenza cases

1 April, 2007 Ibrahim Mahmoud Helmi, 4 years old, and Mahmoud Mohamed Shalabi, 7, were tested positive to the H5N1 avian influenza virus.
Helmi came from Qena, around 670 kilometres (416 miles) south of Cairo, he was admitted to Qena Hospital on 29 March 2007, treatment with tamiflu started on March 29, 2007. Helmi is brother of the 6-year-old girl, case reported on the 28/03/07.
Shalabi is from Sohag, around 470 kilometres south of Cairo, he was admitted to Menia Hospital on 29 March 2007, treatment with tamiflu started on March 29, 2007.
Both Qena and Sohag were countryside towns along the Nile River. Read More

China confirms human death from avian influenza

29 March, 2007 The Ministry of Health in China has reported a new fatal case of human infection with the H5N1 avian influenza virus. The case has been confirmed by the national laboratory. Read More

Two more infected with avian influenza in Egypt

28 March, 2007 The Egyptian Ministry of Health and Population has announced two new human cases of avian influenza A(H5N1) virus infection. The cases have been confirmed by the Egyptian Central Public Health Laboratory and by the US Naval Medical Research Unit No.3 (NAMRU-3).
The first case, a 6-year-old girl from Qena Governorate, was admitted to hospital on 25 March with symptoms. The second case, a 5-year-old boy from Menia Governorate, was also hospitalised with symptoms on 25 March. Both children remain in a stable condition. Read More

Egypt: Egyptian girl contracted avian influenza

27 March, 2007 The Egyptian Ministry of Health and Population has announced a new human case of avian influenza A(H5N1) virus infection. The case has been confirmed by the Egyptian Central Public Health Laboratory and by the US Naval Medical Research Unit No.3 (NAMRU-3).
The 3-year-old girl from Aswan Governorate developed symptoms on 22 March and was hospitalised on 24 March where she remains in a stable condition. Read More

Bangladesh: avian influenza is spreading

25 March, 2007 Avian Influenza virus has been detected in three poultry farms in Jamalpur. Since the detection of avian influenza in the state-run Biman Poultry Complex, a huge number of chickens of six poultry farms in Savar and Gazipur have been culled. Read More

Saudi Arabia: First H5N1 avian influenza cases detected

23 March, 2007 Saudi Arabia's Ministry of Agriculture confirmed Today the first outbreak of H5N1 avian influenza virus among birds in the country.
After the deadly avian influenza cases being detected among turkeys, parrots, peacocks and ostriches in eastern part of the country, a number of birds have been ordered to be culled.
In addition, the Saudi government has imposed a quarantine blocking the import of live birds into the country and banning the hunting of migrant birds to avoid further spread of the virus. Read More

Bangladesh confirms first avian influenza case at a poultry farm

Bangladesh 23 March, 2007 Tens of thousands of birds have been culled after the country's first outbreak of the H5N1 strain of avian influenza was confirmed on six farms outside Dhaka yesterday. Among more than 42,400 poultry on the six farms in Savar, over 12,000 had died and another 21,000 had been culled over the past few days.
Laboratory tests in Bangladesh and Thailand confirmed a poultry farm at Savar (25 km from the capital Dhaka), run by the state-owned Biman Bangladesh Airlines, was infected by the H5N1 virus. Read More

Baby in Hong Kong infected with H9N2 avian avian influenza

Hong Kong 20 March, 2007 Hong Kong officials have reported that a 9-month-old girl is infected with the strain of avian influenza known as A/H9N2, which has caused mild human illness in the city three times before and is considered capable of evolving into a pandemic strain.
The Hospital Authority in Hong Kong said the baby girl has only mild symptoms but is in isolation at Princess Margaret Hospital.
The same strain infected two girls in Hong Kong in 1999 and a 5-year-old boy there in 2003; all had mild illnesses and recovered. Read More

Egypt: a new human case of avian influenza A(H5N1)

20 March, 2007 The Egyptian Ministry of Health and Population has announced a new human case of avian influenza A(H5N1) virus infection. The case was confirmed by the Egyptian Central Public Health Laboratory and by the US Naval Medical Research Unit No.3 (NAMRU-3).
The 2-year-old boy from Aswan Governorate developed symptoms on 15 March. He was admitted to hospital the following day where he remains in a stable condition. Investigations indicate a history of contact with backyard poultry. No epidemiological link has been found between this case and that of the 10-year-old girl from the same area that was announced on 19 March 2007.
Of the 26 cases confirmed to date in Egypt, 13 have been fatal (WHO). Read More

Egypt reports 25th avian influenza human case

Egypt 19 March, 2007 The Egyptian Ministry of Health and Population has announced a new human case of avian influenza A(H5N1) virus infection. The case was confirmed by the Egyptian Central Public Health Laboratory and by the US Naval Medical Research Unit No.3 (NAMRU-3).
The 10-year-old girl from Aswan Governorate, was admitted to hospital with symptoms on 13 March and her condition remains stable. Read More

Laos confirms second death from avian influenza in a month

16 March, 2007 The Ministry of Health in Lao People's Democratic Republic has reported a second human case of infection with the H5N1 avian influenza virus. The case was fatal.
Initial testing was conducted by the National Centre for Laboratory and Epidemiology in Laos. In line with WHO policy, samples were sent to a WHO collaborating laboratory in Tokyo for diagnostic verification and further analysis. The collaborating centre has now confirmed H5N1 infection.
The 42-year-old female was from Saka village, Pong Hong district in Vientiane province. Read More

Egyptian boy contracts avian influenza virus

Egypt 12 March, 2007 The boy from the Nile Delta province of Ad Daqahliyah Governorate had fallen ill with the H5N1 virus after coming into contact with infected poultry.
The case was confirmed by the Egyptian Central Public Health Laboratory and by the US Naval Medical Research Unit No.3 (NAMRU-3).
The 4-year-old boy was from . He developed symptoms on 7 March 2007, was admitted to hospital on 8 March and his condition remains stable (WHO). Read More

Avian influenza H5N1 continued spreading in several countries

10 March, 2007 Kuwait: Kuwait has detected a new case of avian influenza (H5N1) in Wafra area, raising the total number of the cases to 53 in the Gulf state since late February.
Russia: Tests for avian influenza taken in Ulyap and Jambechyi villages in Adygeya, Russia, were sent to Krasnodar and Moscow and turned positive for H5N1.
Hong Kong: Another bird in Hong Kong has tested positive for H5N1 avian influenza virus.
A long-tailed shrike found dead on March 3 in the densely populated Hung Hom district was confirmed with the H5N1 virus.
It is the latest in a series of cases in which wild birds have been found to be infected with the virus in Hong Kong.
Afghanistan: 13 new cases of the H5N1 avian influenza strain were discovered, including some in the capital.
The latest outbreak comprised six cases of home-raised poultry in the eastern province of Nangarhar, four in Kabul and three in eastern Kunar province.
Vaccination measures were being used. Read More

Laos teenager dies from avian influenza

Laos 8 March, 2007 The Ministry of Health in Lao People's Democratic Republic has confirmed the country's first death from H5N1 avian influenza. The 15-year-old female from Vientiane, whose infection was announced 27 February, died on 7 March after being hospitalized in neighbouring Thailand (WHO). Read More

South Korea reports new outbreak of avian influenza

8 March, 2007 An avian influenza outbreak has been diagnosed in a duck farm in central South Korea.
The outbreak occurred in Chonan, 92 kilometers (57 miles) south of Seoul. It is the seventh avian influenza outbreak reported in South Korea since November.
Quarantine officials will immediately begin slaughtering over 55,000 poultry within the 3-kilometer (2-mile) radius of the outbreak site to stem the spread of the virus.
South Korea has already culled over 2 million birds in recent months. Read More

China: avian influenza in Tibet poultry

7 March, 2007 China has suffered an outbreak of H5N1 avian influenza among poultry in remote Tibet, while the virus also struck down thousands of wild birds in the region.
China reported that 680 fowl died in the outbreak in Chengguan Village near Lhasa, the capital of Tibet, and nearly 7,000 other birds there were culled.
China also reported three separate outbreaks of H5N1 among wild birds in Tibet, including one that killed 28 migratory birds near Lhasa and two others that killed 2,579 and 57 wild birds elsewhere in the region. Read More

Egypt: A new human case of avian influenza

1 March, 2007 The Egyptian Ministry of Health and Population has announced a new human case of avian influenza A(H5N1) virus infection. The case was confirmed by the Egyptian Central Public Health Laboratory and by the US Naval Medical Research Unit No.3 (NAMRU-3).
The 4-year-old girl was from Dakahlea Governorate. She developed symptoms on 25 February, was admitted to hospital on 26 February and her condition remains stable (WHO). Read More

China: Human case of avian influenza confirmed in China

China 1 March, 2007 A human H5N1 case confirmed in Jianou city, Nanping, Fujian Province. The patient is a female (Li), 44 years old.
She became ill with fever and pneumonia on 18 February and was hospitalized on 22 February where she remains in critical condition. The case was laboratory confirmed by the Fujian provincial laboratory on 26 February and by the national laboratory the next day. Read More

Highly pathogenic avian influenza in Myanmar

Myanmar 28 February, 2007 The OIE published a report indicating a new outbreak of H5N1 avian influenza in poultry in Yangon, the country's biggest city.
The H5N1 virus was detected in chickens and ducks in Yangon's western suburbs.
The virus killed 68 birds, and another 1,292 were slaughtered in a bid to contain the disease. Read More

Laos: First avian influenza case in Human

Laos 27 February, 2007 The Ministry of Health in Lao People's Democratic Republic has today reported the first human case of infection with the H5N1 avian influenza virus.
The 15-year-old female was from Vientiane, where she developed influenza-like symptoms on 10 February and was hospitalized in Vietiane with fever and respiratory symptoms on 15 February. She sought medical care in neighbouring Thailand on 17 February and is currently in Nongkhai public hospital where she remains in stable condition. Samples taken by Lao epidemiologists and Thai clinicians were tested by the National Institute of Health in Thailand and were positive for H5N1 infection. The Lao Government is also providing samples to a WHO collaborating centre for examination. Read More

More cases of Avian influenza detected in Kuwait

Kuwait 27 February, 2007 Kuwait confirmed 12 more cases of avian influenza H5N1 in chicken and turkeys (backyard poultry). The turkeys and the chicken came from small farm houses in Wafra, south of Kuwait City, and the northern district of Doha. According to OIE report, vaccination against HPAI is permitted in Kuwait. Read More

Avian influenza was detected in Kuwait

Kuwait 25 February, 2007 Kuwait announced that it had detected avian influenza in poultry and birds and had shut the nation's only zoo (in Al Farwaniyah).
The twenty cases of the H5N1 avian influenza were detected in birds mainly falcons.
The last case of avian flu in Kuwait was discovered in November 2005. Read More

H5N1 avian influenza found in poultry in eastern Afghanistan.

22 February, 2007 Afghan authorities were culling poultry after an outbreak of avian influenza H5N1 in chicken in an eastern Afghan city.
Avian influenza was reported in the eastern provinces of Nangarhar and Kunar. The outbreak killed 73 backyard poultry, including turkeys. Read More

Pakistan: Avian influenza outbreak in Pakistan zoo

Pakistan 20 February, 2007 An outbreak of the H5N1 strain of avian influenza has killed at least four peacocks and a goose in the Pakistani capital, Islamabad.
The Marghzar zoo has been shut down temporarily and authorities have been vaccinating birds. Read More

Egypt: A 5-year-old boy from the Nile Delta region tested positive for the H5N1 avian influenza strain

Egypt 19 February, 2007 The boy, 5-year-old Mohamed Ahmed Suleiman of Sharqiya province, was admitted to hospital with symptoms on 14 February, and his condition remains stable. The boy was exposed to sick birds one week prior to the onset of symptoms. Of the 22 cases confirmed to date in Egypt, 13 have been fatal. Read More

Russia: Deaths of hens registered in north of Moscow Region

18 February, 2007 Deaths of hens have been registered in the Taldom district in the north of the Moscow Region amid a avian influenza outbreak.
Avian influenza was confirmed in two private farms outside Moscow - in the southern Domodedovo District and in Odintsovo, to the west. The third avian influenza site was detected Saturday at a private household in the Podolsk district in the south of the Moscow Region. Read More

Laos: New avian influenza outbreak

Laos 16 February, 2007 On February 13, agriculture officials in Laos reported the detection of H5N1 among ducks on a private farm in Phonpapao-thong village, and in Dongsavath village in Sisattanak district.
The last poultry outbreak in Laos occurred in July 2006. Vaccination in Laos is permitted. Read More

Avian influenza kills poultry in Moscow area

Moscow 16 February, 2007 The H5N1 strain of avian influenza has killed poultry in the Moscow region for the first time, said Russia's chief sanitary expert and head of a consumer watchdog, Gennady Onishchenko.
Last month Russia recorded its first cases this year of the H5N1 strain in dead domestic birds. The virus was detected in the Krasnodar region of southern Russia. Read More

China: Vaccination against avian influenza

China 15 February, 2007 According to the Ministry of agriculture of China, China gave 10.6 billion doses of avian influenza vaccine to its poultry last year (2006). China claim, vaccination has been proven to be one of the best options for avian influenza control. China provides free vaccination to prevent avian influenza spreading . Read More

Turkey: Avian influenza in several southeastern villages

Turkey 15 February, 2007 Agriculture authorities announced today that the H5N1 strain of the avian influenza virus has been detected in three villages following an outbreak in another southeastern village.
Authorities said laboratory tests confirmed the strain in the villages of Doluca, in Batman province, and in Akcayir and Yesilalan in neighboring Diyarbakir province. The H5N1 virus was first detected in the village of Bogazkoy earlier this month. Read More

Egypt: Diagnosis of new avian influenza human case.

Egypt 15 February, 2007 The Egyptian Ministry of Health and Population has announced a new human case of avian influenza A(H5N1) virus infection. The case was confirmed by the Egyptian Central Public Health Laboratory and by the US Naval Medical Research Unit No.3 (NAMRU-3).
The 37-year-old female (Nadia Mohammed Abdel Hafez) from the oasis province of Fayyum Governorate was admitted to hospital with symptoms on 12 February 2007 and she died this evening (15/02). She was involved in the slaughter and defeathering of sick birds one week prior to the onset of illness.
Of the 21 cases confirmed to date in Egypt, 13 have been fatal (WHO). She is the third Egyptian to die of the virus in 2007. The last person to die from the disease in Egypt, a teenage girl, also came from Fayyum. Read More

UK: Final confirmation of avian influenza virus strain

14 February, 2007 Laboratory analysis of the Suffolk and Hungary H5N1 avian influenza viruses were completed.
The Veterinary Laboratory Agency (VLA) analysis has revealed a very high similarity (99.96%) between the H5N1 viruses found in Suffolk and the Hungarian outbreaks at the whole genome level. These results indicate that the viruses are essentially identical. Read More

Meat from Suffolk farm was sent to Hungary (Story you have to read to believe)

UK & Hungary 12 February, 2007 Six trucks of poultry products from the farm owned by Bernard Matthews were said to have arrived in Hungary on Thursday (08/02).
The Department for Enviornment, Food and Rural Affairs launched an investigation into the claims made last night by Lajos Bognar, Hungary’s Deputy Chief Vet.
A spokesman for Bernard Matthews would only say: “Bernard Matthews can confirm that it imports meat from Hungary and exports it to Hungary as well. All these imports and exports are regulated and Bernard Matthews adheres strictly to all the regulations.” Read More

South Korea: New avian influenza outbreak

South Korea 10 February, 2007 Health workers in South Korea have begun to cull thousands of chickens after a new avian influenza outbreak was discovered near the capital, Seoul. The case was confirmed in a breeder chicken farm in Iljuk village near Ansung, 80 km (50 miles) south of Seoul. The farm houses more than 130,000 chickens.
The outbreak is the country's sixth since avian influenza reappeared there three months ago after a three-year absence. Read More

Nigeria: Avian influenza resurfaces in fourth northern Nigerian state

Nigeria 10 February, 2007 Avian influenza has reappeared, on poultry farms in a fourth state Bauchi in northern Nigeria. The virus resurfaced last month in three other northern states: Katsina, Sokoto and Kano. Read More

Pakistan confirms third avian influenza case

Pakistan 10 February, 2007 Health authorities confirmed a third case of the H5N1 strain of avian influenza in Pakistan, after samples from dead chickens in the capital Islamabad tested positive.
Two cases of H5N1 in small flocks of chickens and peacocks were reported earlier this week in Rawalpindi, a garrison town adjacent to Islamabad and in the northwest town of Mansehra.
All the three cases have been reported in domestic poultry. Read More

UK: Bernard Matthews admits 'possible' Hungarian avian influenza link

UK 9 February, 2007 Bernard Matthews admitted for the first time today the possibility that it may have been responsible for an outbreak of lethal avian influenza at one of its turkey farms in Suffolk - but said that its paperwork appeared to prove that it had done nothing wrong.
Britain's largest turkey producer is facing an inquiry after it emerged last night that it had imported 37 tonnes a week of partly-processed turkey meat from Hungary despite an outbreak there last month of the H5N1 strain of avian influenza.
After analysis of the virus's DNA showed that the strains from the UK outbreak in Holton and the Hungarian outbreak were probably identical.
The Bernard Matthews firm agreed last night to suspend all further trade between Hungary and the UK. Read More

Turkey confirms return of avian influenza in chickens

Turkey 8 February, 2007 Turkey's farm ministry confirmed on Thursday an outbreak of avian influenza in the southeast of the country, just over a year after the deadly H5N1 strain of the disease killed four children in the region.
The ministry said in a statement avian influenza was found in a village (Bogazkoy) in the Batman province. Read More

Possibile link between the Hungarian and the UK outbreaks.

Uk & Hungary 8 February, 2007 The avian influenza outbreak at a Bernard Matthews' farm in Suffolk may be linked to imports from the firm's plant in Hungary. U.K. officials are looking at a possible link to an outbreak in Hungary, where Bernard Matthews has farms. Deputy Chief Vet Fred Landeg said a possible route of infection was from imported "poultry product". Read More

Newcastle Disease in Bulgaria

Bulgaria 7 February, 2007 Local authorities from the village of Kostelevo have reported an outbreak of the highly contagious Newcastle disease, the agriculture ministry said on Tuesday. The cases were first reported in small farm where authorites imposed a buffer zone to prevent the disease from spreading. Veterinary authorities have culled all 30 chickens, turkeys and ducks at the farm in the village of Kostelevo in northwest Bulgaria. The ministry said there were no poultry farms in the vicinity. (http://hisz.rsoe.hu). Read More

Pakistan: avian influenza in backyard poultry

7 February, 2007 In Pakistan, avian influenza was diagnosed in backyard poultry, the country's first outbreaks of the disease in seven months.
The H5N1 strain of avian influenza was found in the northern city of Rawalpindi (Roomilane). Read More

Egypt: Egyptian girl dies of avian influenza

Egypt 6 February, 2007 An Egyptian girl (Nouri Nadi, 17 years old) has died of avian influenza, bringing the number of confirmed deaths from the disease in Egypt to 12. The 17-year-old female from Fayyoum Governorate developed symptoms on 25 January 2007 and was initially treated for seasonal influenza. She was hospitalized on 1 February with fever and breathing difficulties, and died on 2 February. Read More

UK: Avian influenza H5N1 on a turkey farm

UK 3 February, 2007 Avian influenza H5N1 was confirmed on a Turkey farm at Holton near Halesworth in Suffolk (About 2,500 turkeys are thought to have died). There are 160,000 turkeys at the site in 22 sheds
The Bernard Matthews company produces 8 million turkeys every year in the UK, rearing them on 54 farms throughout Norfolk, Suffolk and Lincolnshire. Read More

Japan: fourth avian influenza outbreak in 2007

Japan 1 February, 2007 The latest outbreak hit a farm in the southwestern prefecture of Miyazaki, Japan's biggest poultry-producing region.
The farm kept about 93,000 birds for their eggs.The H5N1 bird flu has already been confirmed at two other farms in Miyazaki prefecture, and one farm in the western prefecture of Okayama. Read More

Newcastle diseases in Slovakia

Slovakia 31 January, 2007 The case was diagnosed in Dojc (Trnava province). 3 pigeons in one independent unit on the farm, which is separated from another one. They were imported from the Czech Republic. Read More

Nigeria reports first human death from avian infuenza

Nigeria 31 January, 2007 Health officials reported Nigeria's first cases of avian influenza in humans on Wednesday, saying one woman had died and a family member had been infected but was responding to treatment.
The victim, a 22-year old woman in Lagos, died on 16 January 2007, the mother of the 22-year-old died on 4 January with similar symptoms.
Nigeria was the first African nation to report H5N1 avian influenza (08/02/06). Read More

H5N1 strain in Hungary is 99.4 percent same as last year

Hungary 30 January, 2007 The H5N1 avian influenza strain isolated from the outbreak notified by Hungary is 99.4 percent similar to the strain that infected some countries of Europe last year, the OIE's Reference Laboratory for avian influenza in Weybridge (UK) confirmed yesterday.
“This information tells us that the genetic characterisation of the virus isolated in Hungary has still not mutated significantly ” Dr. Bernard Vallat, OIE Director General, explained.
Avian and human influenza viruses are known to be able to mutate or exchange genetic material to form new strains. In certain conditions, these can be more deadly to both animals and humans. Read More

Newcastle disease in Czech Republic

Czech Republic 30 January, 2007 Newcastle diseases was diagnosed in backyard chickens and pigeons in Czech Republic.
ICPI = 1.48 Read More

Russia: H5N1 in domestic birds

Russia 29 January, 2007 Russia has recorded its first cases this year of the highly pathogenic H5N1 strain of avian influenza in dead domestic birds. The virus was detected in dead birds found in three domestic yards (Borodinskaya, Upornaya and Labinsk) in the Krasnodar region of southern Russia. According to the OIE report vaccination is permitted and was applied as response to these outbreaks. Read More

Japan: third avian influenza outbreak

Japan 29 January, 2007 Japan confirmed a fresh outbreak of avian influenza at a poultry farm in the western prefecture of Okayama, the third such case in the country this month.
Tests showed the presence of H5 subtype influenza among chickens at the farm in the city of Takahashi. Takahashi is about 560km west of Tokyo.
Further tests will be carried out to confirm whether the virus was the H5N1 strain. Read More

Indonesia: Indonesian girl dies of avian influenza

Indonesia 29 January, 2007 The Ministry of Health of Indonesia has announced a new case of human infection of H5N1 avian influenza. A 6-year-old female from Magelang District in Central Java Province developed symptoms on 8 January and died in hospital on 19 January (WHO) Read More

Hungary: a second outbreak of avian influenza

Hungary 29 January, 2007 The case was diagnosed at a goose farm in Derekegyhaza, 9 km from the site of the first outbreak. The flock consisted of 6000 four week-old and 3 386 eight week-old geese. On 23 January, 6 geese died, the following day the number of deaths was 24, on 25 January – 21, on 26 January - 289. By 27 January altogether 2,596 geese died in the outbreak, the remaining 6790 geese were culled. Read More

Hong Kong confirms dead falcon had avian influenza

Hong Kong 25 January, 2007 An agricultural official, citing dead falcon was infected with the H5 form of avian influenza, citing initial test results.
If confirmed, the bird will be the sixth discovered with the virus this month in a city which is already on high alert for the deadly disease. Read More

Japan confirms fresh H5N1 avian influenza outbreak

Japan 25 January, 2007 Japan on Thursday confirmed another case of the H5N1 avian influenza at a poultry farm in the southwestern prefecture of Miyazaki. More than 1,300 chickens have died since Monday (22/01) at a farm in Miyazaki's Hyuga City. In another Miyazaki town earlier this month, 4,000 chickens died from the H5N1 strain. Read More

Hungary: H5N1 avian influenza confirmed

Hungary 24 January, 2007 The first outbreak of avian in the European Union this year was confirmed today after the EU Commission said the highly pathogenic H5N1 strain had been found in a geese breeding flock in Hungary (Farm near Lapisto, Csongrad County, southeast Hungary).
Tests were carried out for avian influenza after an abnormally high mortality rate was reported in a flock of more than 3,000 geese. All of the remaining flock were culled. Read More

Indonesia: Woman dies of avian influenza

Indonesia 22 January, 2007 The Ministry of Health of Indonesia has announced a new case of human infection of H5N1 avian influenza. A 26-year-old woman from West Java Province developed symptoms on 11 January and died in hospital on 19 January. Initial investigations of the source of her infection indicate that the woman had been involved in the slaughter of sick chickens in the days prior to symptom onset. Read More

South Korea says fifth avian influenza case confirmed

South Korea 20 January, 2007 South Korea has discovered a fifth case of avian influenza despite the culling of poultry after earlier cases. The latest case occurred at a poultry farm (Breeding chickens) in Chonan, South Chungcheong province, around 90 km south of the capital, Seoul, and about 8 km from Asan where the fourth case was found. South Korean quarantine authorities are preparing to slaughter more than 270,000 poultry. The latest outbreak, in the centre of South Korea, is the fifth since the virus reappeared in the country in November after a three year absence. Read More

Egyptian woman dies from avian influenza

Egypt 19 January, 2007 Warda Eid Ahmed, 27, from Bany Suef province, south of Cairo, developed symptoms on 9 January 2007 was transferred to hospital in the capital on Jan. 13 suffering from pneumonia. She died today after six days in hospital.
Another five persons were suspected of having been infected with avian influenza. Read More

Egypt: Tamiflu resistant avian influenza virus

Egypt 18 January, 2007 Viruses with a genetic mutation, linked in laboratory testing to moderately reduced susceptibility to oseltamivir, have been discovered in two persons previously reported with H5N1 infections in Egypt. WHO announced that genetic sequencing had found the N294S change in the isolates (an asparagine, N, to serine, S, mutation at position 294). Both patients had been on treatment with oseltamivir for two days before the clinical samples that yielded the viruses were taken.
The two patients from whom samples were taken were a 16 year-old female and a 26 year-old male from Gharbiyah Province, Egypt (The ages and dates in this update related to the two patients, may differ slightly from earlier reports, but reflect the most recent information provided to WHO).
They were a niece and uncle, respectively, who lived in the same house. Read More

Egypt reports 19th human avian influenza case

Egypt 17 January, 2007 Egypt announced the 19th human avian influenza case on Wednesday after a 27-year-old woman from central Egypt was tested positive.
The woman, identified as Warda Eid Ahmed, came from a small village in central Egyptian governorate of Bany Suef south of the capital Cairo.
The woman was admitted to hospital on Jan. 13. Read More

Indonesia: Avian influenza infected stray cats roam the streets

Indonesia 16 January, 2007 At least 100 stray cats roaming the streets of major cities in Indonesia are infected with the deadly avian influenza H5N1 virus.
The irony is that when tests were conducted on 500 stray cats in Jakarta, Surabaya, Semarang, Bandung, Tangerang and Lampung, and the 100 were found to be infected, they were all released back onto the streets.
Dr C.A. Nidom, head of Avian Influenza Laboratory at the University of Airlangga, said the tests were conducted on Java Island and in Lampung Province of Sumatra Island from September to December last year. Read More

Thailand Reports H5N1 Avian influenza in Wild Birds

Thailand 16 January, 2007 Thailand, found avian influenza in pigeons and other wild birds, prompting the government to intensify surveillance for the lethal virus that threatens to infect humans.
Four pigeons were among a group of wild birds that died last month in the central province of Suphan Buri. Tests confirmed they had the H5N1 strain of avian influenza. Read More

Indonesia: Avian influenza death toll continues to increase

15 January, 2007 The Ministry of Health of Indonesia has confirmed the death of a 22-year-old woman from Tangerang City, Banten Province. The woman, whose infection was announced on 12 January, died later that day.
The Ministry of Health has also confirmed two additional cases of human infection of H5N1 avian influenza.
A 22-year-old woman from South Jakarta developed symptoms on 6 January 2007 and died on 12 January 2007. Investigations into the source of her exposure found reports of bird deaths near her home in the days prior to symptom onset. Read More

Avian influenza returns to Thailand

Thailand 15 January, 2007 Avian influenza H5N1 returns to Thailand and killed ducks in a northern Thai province, the first outbreak reported in more than five months.
Thailand's Agricultural Ministry said 2,100 ducks were culled to contain an outbreak in Phitsanulok province (Northern Thailand ), about 377 kilometers (234 miles) north of Bangkok. Read More

Vietnam: a fresh wave of poultry outbreaks across Asia

15 January, 2007 Avian influenza spread to a seventh Vietnamese province in a fresh wave of poultry outbreaks across Asia.
66 ducks died at a farm in Soc Trang province over the weekend, and tests confirmed they were infected with the H5N1 virus. Read More

Japan confirms avian influenza case in chicken farm

Japan 13 January, 2007 The Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries Ministry has confirmed the cause of the chicken death as avian influenza in the chicken farm in Miyazaki prefecture, which feeds around 12,000 chickens. Over 700 chickens in the farm died on Wednesday and Thursday and and reached 3,800 as of Saturday.
Local authorities will cull the rest chickens in the farm on Sunday (14/01) and take other measures to avoid the spread of the disease. Read More

Indonesia: Two Indonesian die of avian influenza; cluster suspected

13 January, 2007 A 22-year-old woman, a suspected avian influenza patient from Tangerang west of Jakarta, developed symptoms on 3 January 2007, died on Saturday (13/01) morning in Persahabatan Hospital, Jakarta, hours after the death of a 27-year-old suspected avian influenza woman in the same hospital Friday night (12/01).
Separately, an 18-year-old man being treated in hospital was confirmed to have avian influenza after his mother died of the disease on Thursday (11/01), marking a cluster case.
The husband (H. Yusuf) and son (Arif) of the 37-year-old woman (Riyah), from Serpong in west Java, were being treated for symptoms of avian influenza at Persahabatan Hospital. Read More

Vietnam: avian influenza spreads in southern Vietnam

12 January, 2007 A new avian influenza outbreak has been discovered in the southern province of Vinh Long, making the province the 5th location in the country. The five provinces are: Ca Mau, Bac Lieu, Hau Giang, Kien Giang and Vinh Long. Read More

Avian Influenza returns to Nigeria farms

Nigeria 12 January, 2007 New cases of avian influenza have been recorded on two farms in north-western Nigeria.
Some of the infected birds were found in a backyard farm in in Nigeria's northern state Katsina.
There are fears that two other farms, one owned by the chairman of Nigeria's poultry farmers' association, may also be infected. Read More

Japan: Japanese officials are investigating whether dead birds found at a chicken farm in Miyazaki prefecture were infected with avian influenza

Japan 12 January, 2007 About 750 chickens (commercial egg type layers) have died at a poultry farm in the town of Kiyotake, Miyazaki Prefecture (Miyazaki prefecture (Miyazaki-ken) is located on Kyushu island) , and highly pathogenic avian influenza is suspected as the cause. Read More

Indonesian woman dies of avian influenza

12 January, 2007 An Indonesian woman has died of avian influenza, bringing the country's death toll from the disease to 59, a hospital official said.
The 37-year-old woman died yesterday evening.
The woman's husband, 42-year-old, and their son, 18-year-old, as well as two other women had been treated since yesterday at the same hospital for avian influenza symptoms. Read More

S. Korea confirms human avian influenza infection

11 January, 2007 South Korea's disease control agency said it has confirmed a human infection of the avian influenza virus.
The state-run Korea Center for Disease Control and Prevention (KCDC), which conducted tests among 26 residents near four farms in the southwestern region hit by avian influenza in November and December last year, said it has discovered a person whom tested positive for the highly pathogenic H5N1 virus. The person was reportedly working at one of the farms then.
KCDC is testing 59 more people, including farm owners and others who worked around the three poultry farms and a quail farm. Final results are likely to come out by the end of the month.
Despite the positive test results, the infected person has shown no symptoms so far. Read More

China reports first human avian influenza case of 2007

China 10 January, 2007 A Chinese farmer (37-year-old), from the eastern province of Anhui, who contracted the deadly H5N1 strain of avian influenza has fully recovered from the virus and has been released from hospital.
He became symptomatic on 10 December 2006 and was hospitalised on 17 December 2006. The patient was discharged on 6 January and is recovering well. Read More

Indonesian boy dies of avian influenza

Indonesia 10 January, 2007 Deputy Director Tjandra Yoga Aditama of the Persahabtan Hospital was cited as saying that a 14-year-old Indonesian boy died from avian influenza, just days after being hospitalized, the first H5N1 fatality in the country in 2007. Read More

An Indonesian woman was in critical condition after being hospitalized with avian influenza

Indonesia 8 January, 2007 It was unclear how she contracted the virus. The 37-year-old (Ria) from Tangerang, Banten Province, is the second person to be sickened by the disease in less than a week. She developed symptoms on 1 January 2007 and was hospitalized on 6 January 2007.
The other was a 14-year-old boy, Kandun said, adding that both are from the industrial city of Tangerang on the western outskirts of the capital, Jakarta, and are being treated at the Persahabatan hospital. Read More

Indonesia: 14 year old boy critical with avian influenza

8 January, 2007 A 14 year old teenage boy is confirmed to be severely ill following a human infection of avian influenza, and is presently undergoing treatment. He developed symptoms on 31 December 2006 and was hospitalized on 4 January 2007.
This is the first human case of avian influenza in 2007. Read More

Vietnam reports new cases of avian influenza

6 January, 2007 The current outbreak in Vietnam affects 3 provinces in the Mekong basin in southern Vietnam. Read More

Dead bird tested positive for H5 in HK

Hong Kong 5 January, 2007 A wild bird found dead in a shopping district in Hong Kong (Leighton Road, Causeway Bay) has tested positive for H5 avian influenza and government experts said it might have been infected by migratory birds flocking south.
"Preliminary tests show H5 but we will make further tests to confirm ... if it's H5N1," said a government spokesman. Read More