Infectious Diseases 2021

Infectious Diseases 2021

Avian influenza in Tibet, South Africa & Romania

22 May, 2021

China has reported an outbreak of H5N8 avian influenza in Nagqu City, southwest China's Tibet Autonomous Region. The highly pathogenic disease has been detected among wild birds in two areas of Nagqu, including a national wetland park. So far, 268 wild birds have been infected and killed.
South Africa: Approximately 134,000 chickens have died or been culled in the Western Cape as a result of a avian influenza outbreak affecting the province. Avian influenza (H5N1), has been detected at four poultry farms in the Western Cape so far. The infected farms are situated near Worcester, Malmesbury, and Hopefield. An avian influenza outbreak was first detected in Gauteng last month where at least two farms in the East Rand have been affected.
Romania: On May 6, the Romania's Institute for Diagnosis and Animal Health (IDAH) confirmed an HPAI outbreak, sub-type H5N8, in a 180,000-bird commercial poultry farm located in the village of Ungheni in Mores County (central Romania). This marks Romania’s first commercial HPAI outbreak, to date, in 2021, although several cases in wild birds were detected earlier in the year. On May 9, the virus was also confirmed in a 60-bird backyard flock located in the village of Cristuru-Secuiesc in neighboring Hargitay County. This holding had earlier purchased live poultry from the HPAI-affected farm in Ungheni. Romania’s most-recent previous commercial HPAI outbreak occurred in January 2020 on a single farm with 18,700 laying hens