Infectious Diseases 2007

Infectious Diseases 2007

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.
See: Saudi arabia: avian influenza - Falcon and Saudi authorities have culled 37 falcons