First H5N1 Bird Flu Outbreak for Five Years in Laos01 April 2014
LAOS - An outbreak of highly pathogenic avian flu is reported in a village poultry flock in the north-west of the country - the first for more than five years.
The veterinary authority sent an Immediate Notification dated 31 March to the World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE).
The report outlines an outbreak of highly pathogenic avian influenza in a village poultry flock at Nator Ngai in the region of Xayabury in north-west Laos. The region borders Thailand.
The outbreak started on 13 March, affecting 457 birds in the flock of 5,142. The remaining birds were destroyed.
According to the report, the affected birds were introduced into the village one week before the outbreak.
The outbreak is now described as 'resolved'.
The presence of the H5N1 sub-type of the virus has been confirmed.
The last outbreak in the country was in December 2008.
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