Avian influenza troubles poultry sector in Asia, Africa
First cases of avian flu for 2017 reported in Cambodia
New outbreaks of highly pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI) in poultry have been confirmed in India, Japan and Nigeria, and the first cases of the year have been reported in a backyard flock in Cambodia.
Asia: Cambodia reports first outbreak of the year
Cambodia’s veterinary authority has confirmed to the World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE) an HPAI outbreak caused by the H5N1 virus in a backyard flock. The outbreak, which killed 68 birds and led to the destruction of a further 322, was in Svay Rieng province, which is in the south-east of the country near the border with Vietnam. The most recent confirmed outbreak of the disease in the country was in May of 2016, in Kampot province.
As well as this HPAI outbreak, a low-pathogenic avian flu of the H7N3 type has killed more than 90 percent of a flock of 4,000 village ducks in the province of Thom in central Cambodia. According to the report sent to the OIE, the ducks died within days of being allowed out to range.
The number of HPAI outbreaks in Japan this winter has now reached 10, according to Japan Times. An estimated 71,000 chickens have been culled in recent days at two farms in Kohoku in Saga prefecture, which is located in the north-west of the island of Kyushu. Around 770,000 eggs have also been destroyed. The presence of an H5 HPAI virus has been detected in the affected birds.
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