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Avian Flu H5N1 Outbreak in Bhutan

29 October 2012

BHUTAN - An outbreak of highly pathogenic avian influenza H5N1 has been reported to the OIE.

The outbreak was reported by Dr Karma Dukpa, Director General, Department of Livestock, Ministry of Agriculture and Forests in Thimpu, Bhutan.

The outbreak occurred in Rinchending, Phuentsholing in Chhukha.

Backyard free-ranging local chickens at Rinchending village were affected in the outbreak, which started on 2 October. The affected village is located beside the Thimphu-Phuentsholing highway, about 5km from Phuentsholing town. In total, there were 24 cases, all 24 birds died as a result. There are 496 susceptible birds.

The cause of the outbreak is believed to be due to the introduction of new live animals or the illegal movement of animals.

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