Iran, Viet Nam Report More H5N1 Outbreaks

IRAN & VIET NAM - The highly pathogenic H5N1 avian influenza virus struck birds in Iran and Vietnam, as H5N8 outbreaks continue in Europe, including at a large poultry farm in Sweden, according to the latest notifications from the World Organization for Animal Health (OIE).
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H5N1 in Iran, Viet Nam

CIDRAP reports that Iran's H5N1 outbreak began on 15 January, hitting backyard ducks in a village in Mazandaran province in the country's north on the southern coast of the Caspian Sea. The virus killed 10 of 230 susceptible birds, and authorities culled the remaining ducks.

An investigation is under way to identify the source of the outbreak, and active surveillance has been initiated to detect any further outbreaks. The outbreak has been declared as resolved, according to the OIE report. Iran's last H5N1 outbreak occurred in the summer of 2015.

In Vietnam, officials reported a new H5N1 outbreak in backyard birds in Cao Bang province in the north. The event started on 17 April, killing 700 of 2,004 susceptible birds.

Read the full article on the Centre for Infectious Disease Research and Policy (CIDRAP) website here.

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