Eleventh Bird Flu Outbreak in Bhutan

BHUTAN - On 20 April, the Royal Kingdom of Bhutan reported a new outbreak of Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza to the World Organization for Animal Health (OIE), bringing Bhutan's total to 11 outbreaks so far in 2012, reports USDA.
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The outbreak occurred in a backyard poultry flock in Yangbari village, Mongar district. This was previously reported by the Bhutanese press on 11 April 2012.

On 9 March, Bhutan reported its 10th outbreak to the OIE. The outbreak occurred in a backyard poultry flock in the Burkey area of Chhukha district. One bird was reported dead and 131 birds were destroyed. Chhukha district has experienced more HPAI findings that any other Bhutanese district.

The government of Bhutan is taking measures to contain spread of avian influenza. These include quarantine, movement control, clean-up and disinfection of the contaminated premises, and culling.

According to USDA, as of 20 April, the 11 outbreaks in Bhutan had involved 7,133 birds, of which 370 had dieed and 5,642 were culled. The presence of the H5N1 sub-type of the virus has been confirmed in each outbreak.

Charlotte Johnson

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