Sunday, October 23, 2016

India: H5N8 Detected At 3rd Location


According to media reports, avian H5N8 has been detected at a second park in New Delhi, bringing to total number of outbreaks to 3 over the past several days.  The following excerpt comes from the Deccan Herald

Bird flu: Threat of infection to migratory birds
New Delhi, Oct 23, 2016, (PTI)
The Centre had yesterday formed a three-member committee to keep a constant vigil around the park, as well as monitor and contain the H5 Avian Influenza.

A total of 40 birds have died of the Influenza in the national capital since October 14. While 12 deaths were reported at the Delhi zoo, 28 ducks died at the Hauz Haas Deer Park. A death was also reported from the Asola Bhatti Wildlife Sanctuary.

The Department of Animal Husbandry, Dairying and Fisheries at the Centre had on Friday said a new bird flu virus subtype, H5N8, has been confirmed in samples from Gandhi Zoological Park, Gwalior.

The government has also issued an advisory to all wildlife/bird sanctuaries in this regard.
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Another report - this time from the Business Standard - suggests the bird die continues today at the Hauz Hass Deer Park, which is about 5 miles south and west of the first outbreak reported on Friday at the New Delhi Zoological Park.

Because of bird flu deaths, the Delhi Zoo has also been ordered shut until further notice.

IANS  |  New Delhi 
So far, we've not seen any reports from poultry farms, but the alert has been raised to look for any signs of infection.
Although some migratory birds have already arrived in the region from their northern nesting areas, the bulk of the migration will occur in November and December.
As you'll recall, it was in November of 2014 when H5N8 turned up in Japan, Western Europe, and the Pacific Northwest.  After causing numerous outbreaks through the spring of 2015, the virus failed to return last fall.

While it is impossible to predict where or when H5N8 will turn up next, the detection of the virus in Russia and of H5N2 in Alaska over the summer - and these recent outbreaks reported from India - certainly suggests that HPAI H5 is alive and well, and on the move again this fall in migratory birds. 

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