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HPAI Outbreaks Reported in Egypt, Russia

23 May 2017

EGYPT & RUSSIA - In the latest avian influenza developments, Egypt reported six more highly pathogenic H5N8 outbreaks, mostly involving backyard poultry, and Russia reported two more outbreaks involving the strain, according to notifications from the World Organization for Animal Health (OIE).

Egypt's outbreaks began between 28 February and 16 April, spanning six different governorates. They include Kafr El Sheikh, Al Qahirah, Gharbia, and Qalyubia in the north; Minya in north central Egypt; and New Valley in the southwest. Five of the events involved backyard birds, and the one in New Valley governorate occurred at a farm.

Taken together, the virus killed 120 of 1,344 susceptible birds. The remaining ones were culled to control the spread of the virus. Also, as part of the outbreak response health officials vaccinated about 543,000 poultry in four of the affected governorates: Gharbia, Minya, Qalyubia, and Kafr El Sheikh.

Elsewhere, Russia reported two more H5N8 outbreaks, one in village poultry in Samara oblast and the other affecting backyard birds in Mari El republic, both in the west. Start dates were 11 May and 17 May, respectively. Between the two locations, the virus killed 32 of 100 birds, and authorities destroyed the remaining ones.

In other Russian developments, authorities are investigating avian flu–contaminated poultry that has been shipped to at least nine regions, according to statements and media reports flagged by Avian Flu Diary, an infectious disease news blog. According to the reports, government officials are looking into allegations of falsified veterinary certificates and lab testing irregularities.

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