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Highly pathogenic #avian #influenza #H5N8, #Kuwait [a #poultry #outbreak] (#OIE, Jan. 23 ‘17)

Title: Highly pathogenic #avian #influenza #H5N8, #Kuwait [a #poultry #outbreak].

Subject: Avian Influenza, H5N8 subtype, poultry epizootics in Kuwait.

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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

  • Summary
    • 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;
  • Epidemiology
    • 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.