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Bhutan Reports HPAI in Sarpang

11 February 2013

BHUTAN - The Bhutanese veterinary authorities have reported an outbreak of highly pathogenic avian influenza affecting farms with backyard free ranging local chicken in Chuzargang and Namkhaling villages, and in backyard and improved chicken in Pelrithang village, all located in Sarpang.

The World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE) received follow-up report no. 9 on 8 February. The causal agent has been identified as HPAI virus, serotype H5N1.

Out of a total of 85956 susceptible birds, 76 cases were identified. The 76 affected birds were found dead. 832 birds were destroyed.

While the source of the outbreaks has not yet been confirmed, illegal movement of animals has been identified as most likely.

Up to 18 January 2013 a total of 76 poultry died in the affected area.

Trace-back investigations revealed that there have been poultry deaths in the area from 14 January 2013 although they were not reported immediately to the local veterinary authorities.

The disease was confirmed through real-time PCR at the National Veterinary Laboratory on 16 January 2013 when four carcasses were positive to tests. Subsequently, the disease was confirmed by HSADL (Bhopal, India) on 31 January 2013.

Several measures have been applied to contain the situation.

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