FAO reports human H5N1 case in Egypt
Egypt has reported a new human case of H5N1 avian influenza, according to the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), apparently marking the first case there this year.
The case occurred in the Akhmem district of Sohag governorate and was confirmed Mar 6, according to the FAO’s EMPRES (Global Animal Disease Information System) database, which lists cases reported by national authorities. The database indicates that the patient is alive but gives no other.
Egypt had a surge of more than 140 human H5N1 cases in the first half of 2015.
Mar 7 FAO EMPRES item on case
Avian flu battles continue in Taiwan and Nigeria
Taiwan and Nigeria are continuing to battle multiple outbreaks of highly pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI) of various strains, according to reports their governments filed with the World Organization for Animal Health (OIE) yesterday.
Taiwan reported that an H5N8 outbreak was detected Feb 23 on a farm housing 20,350 chickens in Yunlin county. The virus killed 10,691 birds and prompted destruction of the rest to prevent further spread.
The H5N2 virus struck a chicken farm in Changhua county and a goose breeding farm in the city of Tainan, with both events surfacing Feb 24, officials told the OIE. Of 15,950 birds on the two farms, 3,031 died and the rest were culled to prevent further outbreaks.
The three outbreak sites are in the western and southwestern sectors of the island nation. Taiwan has been hit by many H5N2 and H5N8 outbreaks over the past year.
In Nigeria, H5N1 outbreaks surfaced on one chicken farm each in the Federal Capital Territory and Benue province, in one backyard flock in Benue province, and in two backyard flocks in Plateau province. The capital area lies in central Nigeria, while Plateau borders it on the east and Benue is in the southeast.
The farms and flocks housed a total of 3,582 layers and pullets, 310 of which died and the rest were culled. The outbreaks started between Feb 27 and Mar 2. Like many previous reports from Nigeria, this one cited poor farm biosecurity as a contributing factor in the outbreaks.
Mar 7 Taiwan report on H5N8
Mar 7 Taiwan report on H5N2
Mar 7 Nigeria report on H5N1