Bhutan Reports Another HPAI Outbreak

BHUTAN – The Bhutanese veterinary authorities have reported another outbreak of highly pathogenic avian influenza at two villages in Mongar.

The World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE) received Follow-up Report No. 6 on Friday, 20 April. The outbreak has affected backyard free-ranging chicken in two villages, Yangbari and Patong.

Out of 265 susceptible chickens, 70 cases were reported. The 70 chickens were reported dead.

One carcass tested positive to real-time PCR on 5 April. However, subsequently 16 samples from the affected and nearby villages tested negative to H5N1.

Clinical and laboratory surveillance within a 3-km-radius showed no new cases. Therefore, at this stage, this could be a suspected H5N1 outbreak.

The source of the outbreak remains inconclusive.

Source: ThePoultrySite News

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