Category: H5N1

May 15

North Korea’s H5N1 Outbreak

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There was a strain of H5N1 in North Korea reported Tuesday, 14 May, 2013.


A new outbreak of the H5N1 strain of the avian influenza virus has been confirmed at a duck production unit in P’yongyang-Si, resulting in the deaths of more than 164,000 ducks. This is according to the World Organisation for Animal Health who received notification from the Anti-Epizootic Department at the Ministry of Agriculture in Pyongyang yesterday. Ducks in one of the 20 cages showed clinical signs on 19 April 2013 but recovered 3-4 days later. As mortality increased, samples were sent to the Central Veterinary Station on 2 May 2013. In total, one adult cage, 12 fattening cages and 7 duckling cages were infected. More than 2,000 adult duc

ks, 42,000 fattening ducks and 120,000 ducklings younger than 20 days were dead or killed. Movement controls, quarantining an disinfection are part of a raft of measures put in place to control the outbreak.  H5N1 is a highly pathogenic avian influenza virus.



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