Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Laos: Reports Of H5N1 Outbreak In Poultry


While the more recent arrivals to the avian flu scene (H7N9, H5N8, H5N6, H5N5, etc.) tend to get the bulk of our attention these days, venerable H5N1 - the granddaddy of HPAI H5 viruses, which first appeared 2 decades ago - continues to make its mark in places like West Africa, Indonesia, Egypt and the Middle East, Vietnam, and other parts of Asia.
On Monday we saw reports of outbreaks in Vietnam, and today we have a local media report of a recent outbreak in Laos, carried both by state run Vientiane Times, and echoed by China's Xinhua. 
 The Laotian media report (link) requires a subscription, but Xinhua reports has the details.  

Lao people warned against H5N1 bird flu risk

Source: Xinhua | 2017-02-21 23:28:48

VIENTIANE, Feb. 21 (Xinhua) -- People are advised to eat only cooked food, stay in clean environments and drink boiled water to prevent against the H5N1 avian flu, which has been detected at Donhay village in the Lao capital.

The outbreak was the fourth reported H5N1 outbreak this year in Vientiane, Lao Deputy Minister of Agriculture and Forestry Bounkhouang Khambounheuang told the state-run Vientiane Times on Tuesday.

So far, more than 700 poultry have been culled in total, as part of efforts to prevent the spread of the disease. The affected cases were poultry raised by local villagers, rather than those of a commercial operation.

"The virus outbreak is now under control," Bounkhouang said. The strain was diagnosed as the H5N1 virus after veterinarians brought samples of the dead chickens in Donhay village to the Animal Health Center on Feb. 14.

Control measures have been put in place, including the "red zone" where disease was found, covering 500 meters. Poultry in this zone must not be moved. The orange zone is a precautionary zone, covering 2 kilometers and then there is also a green zone, covering 10 kilometers.

Head of the Epidemiology Division of Vientiane Health Department Chanthalay Sayavong said that even though there are not any reports of human infection, health officials continue to campaign for public awareness to avoid the virus transferring from animals to humans. Enditem

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