Title: Highly pathogenic #avian #influenza #H5N8, #Kuwait [a #poultry #outbreak].
Subject: Avian Influenza, H5N8 subtype, poultry epizootics in Kuwait.
Source: OIE, full page: (LINK).
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Highly pathogenic avian influenza H5N8, Kuwait
Information received on 22/01/2017 from Mrs. Hanadi Ghuloom Abdul Rahman Mohammad, Deputy Director General for Animal Health, Animal Health Department, Public Authority for Agriculture Affairs & Fish Resources, Safat, Kuwait
- Report type Immediate notification
- Date of start of the event 12/12/2016
- Date of confirmation of the event 20/01/2017
- Report date 22/01/2017
- Date submitted to OIE 23/01/2017
- Reason for notification New strain of a listed disease in the country
- Causal agent Highly pathogenic avian influenza virus
- Serotype H5N8
- Nature of diagnosis Clinical, Laboratory (basic), Laboratory (advanced), Necropsy
- This event pertains to the whole country
- New outbreaks
- Summary of outbreaks
- Total outbreaks: 1
- Outbreak Location - AL JAHRAH ( Sulaibiyah, Sulaibiyah, Al Jahrah )
- Total animals affected: Species - Susceptible - Cases - Deaths - Destroyed - Slaughtered
- Birds - 285 - 200 - 144 - 141 - 0
- Outbreak statistics: Species - Apparent morbidity rate - Apparent mortality rate - Apparent case fatality rate - Proportion susceptible animals lost*
- Birds - 70.18% - 50.53% - 72.00% - 100.00%
- * Removed from the susceptible population through death, destruction and/or slaughter;
- Source of the outbreak(s) or origin of infection
- Unknown or inconclusive
- Epidemiological comments
- Suspicious clinical cases as well as dead birds comprising ducks, geese and pheasants were detected for H5 subtype of avian influenza virus in the National Veterinary Laboratory.
- For further investigation, specimens were submitted to the Animal & Plant Health Agency, OIE Reference Laboratory, UK. Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza (HPAI) H5N8 was confirmed by the molecular sequencing method in the OIE Reference laboratory.
- As soon as H5 subtype was detected in the national laboratory, sick and contact birds kept in the affected premises were culled.
- Carcasses were deeply buried by applying appropriate disinfection procedures.
- Active clinical and serological surveillance were enhanced in surrounding areas of the affected premises.
- New cases or new outbreaks if any will be updated in the follow up reports.
Keywords: OIE; Updates; Avian Influenza; H5N8 ; Poultry; Kuwait.