Infectious Diseases 2007

Infectious Diseases 2007

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. He explained that poultry in the radius of 5 kms from any farm found with the virus have been destroyed.
Al-Julaifi said that the export of poultry has been suspended due to the current situation.
There are more than 340 licensed poultry farms across the country and they produce nearly 480 million birds annually.