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Preparedness, surveillance and response

Six new locations in Kelantan with avian flu

Avian flu H5N1 has been detected in six new locations in Kelantan, as the authorities foiled multiple attempts to smuggle chickens out of the affected areas. The total number of locations affected by H5N1 increased from 28 to 34 in just a single day

March 27, 2019
The Star Malaysia

Bird flu breaks out in Myanmar southern region

Bird flu has recently broken out in Dawei, Myanmar’s southern Tanintharyi coastal region, China’s Xinhua news agency reported. According to an announcement of the Ministry of Health and Sports, more than 1,800 chickens were culled to prevent spread of the virus

July 26, 2017
New Straits Times, Vietnam plus

Health Ministry warns of bird flu

The Ministry of Health in Cambodia warned people to be aware of the new avian influenza strain H7N9, which has spread to poultry in China and neighbouring countries. Health Ministry spokesman Ly Sovann said that in the past two years, Cambodia has not had any cases of avian influenza H5N1 infecting people, despite it spreading to poultry in Svay Rieng province early this year. However, he said officials are concerned about the new avian flu H7N9, which has been spreading in China, Vietnam and Laos

July 25, 2017
Khmer Times

Vietnam reports outbreak of H5N1 bird flu in north: OIE

Vietnam has reported an outbreak of highly pathogenic H5N1 bird flu among backyard birds in the northern province of Ha Nam, the World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE) said, citing a report from the Vietnamese farm ministry. The virus was detected at a backyard location with 1,135 birds. It directly killed 300 birds, with the rest of the flock slaughtered, the report said

July 12, 2017

South Africa confirms two more cases of H5N8 bird flu on poultry farms

South Africa`s agricultural department confirmed two more outbreaks of highly pathogenic H5N8 bird flu have been detected on commercial layer farms in the provinces of Gauteng and Mpumalanga. Two previous outbreaks of avian flu in recent weeks have also been detected in South Africa, including on a farm belonging to poultry producer Astral

July 12, 2017

China program to vaccinate poultry against bird flu will be nationwide

China`s program to vaccinate poultry against the H7N9 strain of bird flu will be carried out nationwide from this autumn, the country`s agriculture ministry said. The government had previously said the program would initially only be applied in some provinces, with other areas allowed to receive vaccinations if approved by veterinary authorities. The step is part of a drive against bird flu after human cases of the virus spiked in the country last winter, claiming at least 268 lives since October

July 12, 2017

Four H7N9 cases reported in SW China

Southwest China`s Yunnan Province reported four cases of human infection of the H7N9 bird flu virus, local health authorities said. The cases were discovered in Wenshan Zhuang and Miao Autonomous Prefecture. Of the four patients, one has fully recovered and three others are still in hospital for treatment, said a statement of the Yunnan provincial health and family planning commission

June 28, 2017
xinhuanet, french.china.org

Authorities confirm bird flu case in southern Belgium

Belgian health authorities said they have confirmed a case of bird flu in southern Belgium concerning the highly contagious H5N8 virus, and established a 3km perimeter around the area where the transport of birds and eggs was forbidden. In the perimeter around the village of Wangenies, just outside of Charleroi, authorities also introduced a ban on feeding birds outside. The measures will stay in place for at least three weeks

June 27, 2017
Reuters, Brussels Times, La Libre Belgique

Genetic analysis of H7N9 finds adaptations, clade patterns

In the latest genetic analysis of H7N9 avian influenza samples from China, researchers said viruses circulating in the current fifth wave fall into two geographically separate clades of Yangtze River Delta lineages that have undergone substantial adaptation. Most human cases in the current wave are from the YRD lineage, which aren`t as reactive to existing candidate vaccine viruses. The YRD viruses have formed two subsets, YRD-1 and YRD-2. Within the YRD-2 subset, the team observed two clades, one (YRD-2a) circulating in central and eastern China and the other (YRD-2b) mainly found in eastern Guangdong province, its likely origin. They said the YRD-2b clade also includes the recently identified highly pathogenic H7N9 viruses

June 26, 2017

South Africa bans sale of live hens to contain bird flu

South Africa has banned the sale of live hens throughout the country in a bid to control an outbreak of highly contagious H5N8 bird flu, but no humans have been affected, the government said. Exports of processed poultry products, live chickens and fresh produce will continue depending on the requirements of importing countries, the department of agriculture said. "To date, no human cases of infection with avian influenza H5N8 have been reported. However, people handling wild birds, sick or dying poultry must wear protective clothing and wash their hands with disinfectants," the department said

June 26, 2017

Bird flu pandemic worse than 2009 swine flu outbreak could be on its way to Britain

Shadow Health Secretary Jonathan Ashworth urged the Government to say what measures it is taking to improve preparedness to deal with such an outbreak. Scientists fear a bird flu pandemic worse than the 2009 swine flu outbreak could be heading Britain’s way. More than 1,300 bird flu victims have been identified, mostly in China. Of those, 476 have died, a rate of more than one in three. There are also victims in Indonesia, Egypt and Vietnam, and two cases in Canada of people travelling from China

June 24, 2017
The Mirror, The Sun

Ten H7N9 cases confirmed in China as poultry outbreak noted

The Hong Kong Centre for Health Protection (CHP) reported 10 additional cases of H7N9 avian flu, all in men, including 2 deaths. Nine out of the 10 patients had known exposure to live poultry or poultry markets. The men`s ages range from 31 to 79, and the cases are reported from a wide swath of China, including two each in Beijing and Sichuan, and one each in Anhui, Guizhou, Hebei, Jiangsu, and Tianjin provinces and in Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region

June 23, 2017

South Africa reports outbreak of H5N8 bird flu, industry body says

South Africa reported an outbreak of highly pathogenic H5N8 bird flu at a farm in the Free State province, agricultural industry body group AgriSA said. Poultry producer Astral confirmed that the H5N8 bird flu strain was found on its Villiers farm on the outskirts of the Free State province. The company said the farm had been quarantined and the site affected would be depleted of all birds. "Astral assures all stakeholders that everything is being done to contain this incident. If this incident is contained to that specific site and/or farm Astral’s contingency plans do ensure continued operations with no impact,” Astral Managing Director, Agriculture, Gary Arnold said

June 23, 2017

A bird flu pandemic looms but the US is holding back the fight

Just two mutations could turn H7N9 flu into a deadly airborne strain, but restrictions meant to protect us from a possible pandemic are making it harder to combat the next one. This year, H7N9 in China acquired a mutation that makes it kill birds, and possibly people, faster. “Without animal infection studies, we can only speculate what might happen,” says Paulson. “Biology is complex, so we can predict that one set of mutations will influence transmission, but it is only that, a prediction.” But neither Paulson nor Fouchier are allowed to make viruses with these mutations. After Fouchier created transmissible H5N1, a regulatory committee in the US tried to stop the work being published, saying terrorists could use it to create a lethal pandemic. There were also fears that other labs would try to copy the work without sufficient containment, and a dangerous virus might then escape. The H5N1 work was finally published, but the US halted Gain-of-Function (GOF) research for flu viruses, and for SARS and MERS

June 20, 2017
New Scientist

Sept foyers de H5N8 HP détectés en Belgique

Since June 1st, Belgium and Luxembourg have been hit by the H5N8 virus which seems to be spreading through markets, and 8 cases have been identified so far

June 20, 2017
Reussir Aviculture

China reports additional H7N9 avian flu, Health officials meet in Hong Kong

The China National Health and Family Planning Commission reported an additional five human cases of avian influenza A(H7N9), including one death during the week of Jun. 9 through 15. The four male patients and one female, who came from Beijing, Guangxi, Guizhou, Hunan and Zhejiang and were aged from 41 to 68, had onset from April 25 to June 6. Among them, three were known to have exposure to poultry or poultry markets

June 18, 2017
Outbreak News Today

China H7N9 bird flu death toll rose to 37 in May: health authority

China reported 37 human deaths from H7N9 bird flu in May, the national health authority said, up from 24 in April. It also reported 72 cases of human infection from H7N9 bird flu during May, according to a statement posted on the website of the National Health and Family Planning Commission

June 12, 2017

Kelantan almost free from H5N1

Kelantan is close to being declared H5N1-free now that it has passed 72 days without any new cases of the bird flu, the Veterinary Services Department director-general, Dr Quaza Nizamuddin Hassan Nizamm said that if there were no cases after 90 days, the state can be declared free of the virus

June 10, 2017
The Star

South Africa suspends Zimbabwe chicken imports after bird flu outbreak

South Africa said it was suspending all trade in birds and chicken products from neighbouring Zimbabwe after it reported an outbreak of highly pathogenic H5N8 bird flu at a commercial poultry farm

June 8, 2017

South Korea to cull nearly 190,000 farm bids to contain bird flu

South Korea`s agriculture ministry said on Wednesday it has ordered a cull of 186,100 farm birds to prevent the spread of bird flu after more cases of the highly pathogenic H5N8 bird flu were confirmed, this order comes after the government raised the country`s bird flu alert level to the highest level on Monday when the first bird flu case found since early April was confirmed as the H5N8 strain. As of Wednesday, a total of five cases of highly pathogenic avian flu had been confirmed in the country`s four regions, the agriculture ministry said in a statement

June 7, 2017

France reports mild H7 bird flu virus at farm

France last month detected a case of low-pathogenic H7 bird flu virus at a farm in the centre of the country, a report from the French agriculture ministry showed. It was found in the rural district of Saulnay on a farm with 4,980 ducks and pheasants and all the animals were slaughtered, said OIE

June 6, 2017

South Korea raises bird flu alert after confirming first case since April

South Korea said it will raise its bird flu alert level to the second highest after small flocks of farm birds tested positive for the H5N8 virus, the first in the country since early April. In the wake of the discovery the ministry said it will slaughter the birds and launch an investigation into the source

June 3, 2017

Zimbabwe reports H5N8 bird flu at poultry farm: OIE

Zimbabwe has reported an outbreak of highly pathogenic H5N8 bird flu at a commercial poultry farm in Mashonaland East province, the World Organization for Animal Health said. The virus was detected on a farm with 2m birds in Lanark and killed 7,845 animals. Another 75,155 birds were culled, the Paris-based OIE said, citing a report from the Zimbabwe’s livestock and veterinary services

June 2, 2017

Congo reports outbreaks of severe bird flu in Ituri: OIE

The DRC has reported three outbreaks of highly pathogenic H5N8 bird flu among poultry in the north eastern province of Ituri, the World Organization for Animal Health said. The virus was detected among ducks and hens in three villages near the border with Uganda, citing a report from the Congolese agriculture ministry

May 31, 2017

Bird flu outbreak in Shaanxi province kills 20,000 chickens

More than 20,000 chickens died from an outbreak of H7N9 bird flu in north west China’s Shaanxi province, a local government official said. The outbreak occurred at an egg farm run by Lvxiangyuan Ecology based in Yulin, city of more than 3m people

May 31, 2017

Human infection with avian influenza A(H7N9) virus – China

China notified WHO of an additional 23 laboratory-confirmed cases of human infection with H7N9 virus in China earlier this month. At the time of notification (13 May) there had been seven deaths, 15 patients were diagnosed with pneumonia or severe pneumonia and a further case was mild

May 23, 2017
World Health Organization

Two Chinese cities close poultry markets after H7N9 bird flu infections

China said it will shut poultry markets in districts of two cities after H7N9 bird flu infections were detected. One case was of a man who sold poultry at a market in southwest Sichuan province’s Zigong city. In another incident, a man who visited poultry markets in Shandong’s Binzhou city was diagnosed too

May 21, 2017
Reuters, Kuwait Times, China.org

Mexico reports H7N3 bird flu outbreak on commercial farm: OIE

Mexico has reported an outbreak of H7N3 bird flu virus on a farm in the state of Jalisco, the World Organization for Animal Health announced, citing a report from Mexico’s agriculture ministry

May 4, 2017

Chongqing declares another case of human H7N9 infection, now stands at four

Chongqing was one of the first cities for a human-H7N9 infection, it says it has another case making its new total 4  

April 26, 2017
China News
April 25, 2017
Health Map

New H7N9 case reported in NE China

A H7N9 patient is in a critical condition in northeast China’s Liaoning Province, local health authorities said. The patient, a 61-year old woman, is receiving treatment in a private hospital. The province has reported four cases of H7N9 this year so far

April 21, 2017
xinhuanet, Cidrap, China.org

Beijing reports 10 H7N9 cases this year

Beijing has reported 10 cases of human H7N9 avian flu cases in 2017 so far, according to the Beijing Center for Disease Prevention and Control. The latest two cases had contact with live poultry and one of them died of the infection after treatment failed

April 18, 2017
xinhuanet, Star Daily, China.org
April 17, 2017
China News

Two new H7N9 cases reported in China's Hunan province

Two new cases of H7N9 infection were reported between March 31 and April 6 in central China Hunan Province, according to the health authorities. Live poultry trading has been suspended in the provincial capital Changsha since March 17, which will last until the end of April. Nationwide, 79 people died in January from the virus, according to the National Health and Family Planning Commission

April 9, 2017
China Daily
April 8, 2017
Asia Pacific Daily, Nampa.org

Woman dies from H3N2 after not responding to Tamiflu in Santa Cruz, Bolivia

A 62 year old woman, with breast cancer, who had influenza type A H3N2, did not respond to treatment with Tamiflu and died on Thursday after intensive therapy in a private clinic in Santa Cruz. She followed on from an earlier victim in the week, a 14 year old girl

April 8, 2017
El Correo del Sur, Los Tiempos, El Diario Sociedad, Pagina Siete, El Dia

Avian flu spreads to more chicken farms in Taiwan

Frozen chickens at three Taiwanese slaughterhouses were found to be infected with H5N2 avian flu virus. As a result, all frozen chickens at three slaughterhouses, two in Kaohsiung and one in New Taipei, have been destroyed for quarantine reasons

April 5, 2017
Focus Taiwan, USAgNet, Ecns

Cathedral falcon had bird flu

A peregrine falcon which was semi-domesticated at Uppsala Cathedral in Sweden has died of bird flu virus H5N8. It was found dead on the steps just outside the church

April 5, 2017
Upsala Nya Tidning, Sverige Radio, svt, HD

Taiwan reports new outbreak of bird flu

Taiwan has confirmed a new outbreak of bird flu at two poultry farms and culled more than 14,000 birds to prevent further infection, according to local health experts. Ducks at Pingdong county were confirmed with the H5N2 virus. A chicken farm in Tainan city had an outbreak of the H5 type virus

March 26, 2017
xinhuanet, Xinhuanet, Radio China International

China confirms outbreak of H7N9 bird flu on Hunan egg farms

China confirmed an outbreak of H7N9 bird flu at a poultry farm in Hunan province in the southern part of the country, according to a Ministry of Agriculture statement. The case comes on the back of a surge in the rate of human infections with H7N9, leading to 161 deaths in China since last October 

March 24, 2017
Reuters, CIDRAP

Vietnam reports new bird flu outbreak

H5N1 virus has hit Vietnam’s southern Can Tho city, raising the number of bird flu-hit localities in the country to six

March 22, 2017
xinhuanet, Voice of Vietnam

Man dies of suspected H1N1, was treated at private hospital for 4 days

Man died of suspected swine flu in Chennai on Tuesday. As of mid-February Tamil Nadu had 1,020 recorded cases of H1N1 with Chennai, Kancheepuram and Tiruvallur accounting for 25% of them. Around 25% of these confirmed cases were recorded and described as due to overcrowding and a floating population, officials said. In Kota, a 23-year old pregnant woman died while undergoing treatment at a government run hospital, she tested positive for swine flu

March 22, 2017
Times of India
March 21, 2017

H7N9 Fatalities Hit 13 in East China's Jiangxi

Thirteen of the 37 people infected with H7N9 avian flu in China’s eastern Jiangxi province have died since January, the local authorities announced on Saturday. A flower farm owner from Shenzhen died after contracting H7N9 bird flu, as did a resident of Qingyuan City in Guangdong

March 20, 2017
The Poultry Site
March 21, 2017
Shenzen Daily

Vietnam detects deadly bird flu outbreak in central province

The H5N6 strain of the bird flu virus has been identified in northern and central Vietnam. The H5N1 strain has also been circulating in a number of Vietnamese provinces. Vietnam is already battling H5N1 and H5N6 outbreaks in seven provinces with thousands of birds destroyed so far this year 

March 20, 2017
VN Express, VOH Online, Asia Pacific Daily

Two new swine flu cases detected in city

The number of H1N1 virus infected cases in Nagpur has risen to 16, with two more patients testing positive for swine flu. Karnataka also reported that H1N1 seems to spreading rapidly across the state, with cases increasing nearly sharply this year, compared to figures for the whole of last year. Six more people have also tested positive for swine flu from Rajasthan, with three cases in Jaipur, which makes eight cases since January in the city

March 18, 2017
Times of India
March 17, 2017
The Hindu
March 18, 2017
Times of India

Chine: quatre nouveaux cas humains de grippe aviaire H7N9 signalés au Guangxi

There have been four new cases of human H7N9 confirmed in the southern region of Guangxi, making a total of 17 cases here since the start of the year. Reuters reported China was assessing the virus’ prevalence and results were expected in the coming weeks. Since the first outbreak of this bird flu in 2013, 1,320 human cases have been recorded in China, including 492 deaths, according to FAO figures

March 17, 2017
Chine Informations, Xinhuanet, Reuters

Kelantan declares 'state disaster' as H5N1 outbreak spreads

The H5N1 avian flu outbreak in Kelantan has spread to two more districts, Pasir Putih and Bachok besides Kota Baru and Pasir Mas, the new villages affected are in Bachok. The media said ‘this is the first avian influenza outbreak in ten years,’ with some speculating ‘ it may have spread via illegal cock fighting’

March 15, 2017
New Straits Times, Wattagnet.com, The Rakyat Post
March 14, 2017
March 15, 2017
Malay Mail
March 14, 2017

China's confirms sixth bird flu outbreak at duck farm in Hubei province

China confirmed a bird flu outbreak, the sixth case in China since last October, at a duck farm in central Hubei province, according to a Ministry of Agriculture statement. The H7N9 strain of the virus has caused 161 deaths in China since last October. There were 61 fatalities and 160 cases of human infection from H7H9 bird flu up to February, a government spokesperson added

March 14, 2017
March 15, 2017
Shanghai Daily, hk.news.yahoo.com

China bird flu death toll rises to 161 in worst outbreak since 2009

China reported 61 deaths and 161 cases of human infection from H7N9 bird flu in February, the government said, much higher than in previous years, and bringing the death toll in this winter’s outbreak to 161 since October

March 13, 2017
Reuters, Xinhuanet, Reuters, Prensa Latina, cri.cn

Nepal reports severe H5N8 bird flu on farm: OIE

Nepal reported a fresh, severe H5N8 bird flu outbreak on a farm. Vietnam reported outbreaks of H5N1 and H5N6 in northern Cao Bang province. Taiwan reported more farms hit by bird flu with H5N8, H5N2 and H5N6 among the varieties found. Malaysia reported its first H5N1 outbreak in nearly 10 years

March 13, 2017
Reuters, Global Times
March 11, 2017
Focus Taiwan
March 8, 2017

Nepal reports severe H5N8 bird flu on farm - OIE

Nepal reported an outbreak of severe H5N8 bird flu on a poultry farm in the Koshi region OIE said, citing a report from Nepalese authorities. The virus killed 3,650 of the hens exposed, with the remaining animals culled. There was an earlier Nepalese outbreak of H5N1 last month, previously reported

March 13, 2017
March 14, 2017
The Himalyan Times
March 15, 2017
The Himalyan Times

Bird flu expands in Vietnam, striking 2 more provinces

Strains of bird flu have been detected in a chicken breeder flock in the northern province of Bac Ninh and the birds are to be culled, to prevent the virus from entering the food chain

March 13, 2017
Voice of Vietnam

South Korea culls 50,000 farm birds as 2 new bird flu cases confirmed

South Korea has culled 50,000 farm birds as two new cases of bird flu emerged (H5N6 and H5N8 strains). Part of Vienna’s Schoenbrunn Zoo has been closed to the public, after the highly contagious H5N8 bird flu virus was found in a penguin. More than 500,000 animals have been culled in the Moscow area in response to a bird flu outbreak. Malaysia is reporting an outbreak of highly contagious H5N1 bird flu in the northern part of the country, OIE said on Wednesday, citing a report from the Malaysian agriculture ministry. Bird flu outbreaks have been detected in some provinces in Vietnam’s southern Mekong Delta (H5N1). Hong Kong authorities reported that a man has contracted H7N9 in Fuzhou, in Fujian Province. Karnataka state is reporting an alarming rise in H1N1 cases, it is now three times as high as it was as last year, now with 274 cases reported. Finally, USDA reported that the Tennessee strain of H7N9 bird flu that has hit a farm in the state, is genetically distinct from the China virus, which has infected humans

March 8, 2017
Reuters, Reuters, Agrarheute, Reuters, South China Morning Post
March 9, 2017
March 7, 2017
Economic Times, Bloomberg

France detects possible bird flu outbreak on northern farm

French authorities reported a possible outbreak of bird flu on a poultry farm near the port town of Dunkirk. A case of H5N8 bird flu was detected in the far north of France late last year among wild birds. The type of flu in this new case was not indicated 

March 1, 2017

Lithuania reports H5N8 bird flu outbreak in swans: OIE

Lithuania reported an outbreak of the highly contagious H5N8 bird flu virus in the central part of the country, OIE said, citing a report from the country’s veterinary services

February 27, 2017

China reports six new bird flu cases, one death

China is reporting six new cases of H7N9 bird flu, including one death in Hunan, after live poultry markets were shuttered in the province last month. This brings the total number of fatalities to 162 since last October. Health authorities said the cold and wet weather in Hunan played a role in the spread of the virus. The Huffington Post described the H7N9 outbreak as the worst bird flu epidemic in China since 2013

April 2, 2007
April 2, 2017
South China Morning Post, China.org, Correio do Brasil, The Star Kenya, 20 Minutos.com, The Huffington Post

Health systems

Novartis sued by bird flu guinea pig

In 2007, Novartis engaged a company based in Germany and Poland to test a vaccine. This company did so in a clinic in the Polish city of Grudziadz. The subjects – homeless and poor people – were reportedly paid around CHF2 ($2) to be tested on what they thought was a vaccine for normal flu. Although no deaths have been directly proved as a result of the trial, the director of a homeless centre in Grudziadz told a Polish paper that in 2007 there were 21 deaths in the centre, compared with the average of about eight. Now, one of the subjects, Grzegorz S., has launched a civil suit against Novartis

July 13, 2017
Swiss Info
July 14, 2017
The Local

Communicable diseases

Why Chinese scientists are more worried than ever about bird flu

Chinese scientists are more worried about bird flu now than ever before. In an interview with Guan Yi, director of Hong Kong University’s virology lab, he explained how his work studying the evolution of avian influenza has led him to conclude H7N9 is more lethal than it was ten years ago, now it can kill chickens in a day. The virus is mutating fast and in rare cases where humans catch it, a third of them die. He fears a global pandemic and says preventing it depends on how well the governments of individual countries collaborate

April 12, 2017

WHO says bird flu outbreaks raise alarm, but human risks still low

WHO says the risk of sustained human transmission of H7N9 bird flu in China is low, but because the surge in human cases there is worrying the situation requires constant monitoring

March 1, 2017