Bhutan Reports 12th HPAI Outbreak of 2012

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Posted on: 29 Nov 2012

The Kingdom of Bhutan reported its 12th case of H5N1 highly pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI) to the World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE) on October 25, 2012.

THIS REPORT CONTAINS ASSESSMENTS OF COMMODITY AND TRADE ISSUES MADE BY USDA STAFF AND NOT NECESSARILY STATEMENTS OF OFFICIAL U.S. GOVERNMENT POLICY Voluntary Public - Date: 11/20/2012 GAIN Report Number: IN2152 India Post: New Delhi Bhutan Reports 12th HPAI Outbreak of 2012 Report Categories: Pest/Disease Occurrences Sanitary/Phytosanitary/Food Safety Poultry and Products Livestock and Products Approved By: Thom Wright Prepared By: Thom Wright Report Highlights: The Kingdom of Bhutan reported its 12th case of H5N1 highly pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI) to the World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE) on October 25, 2012. The outbreak was discovered on October 2, 2012 in Rinchending village, which touches the Indian state of Sikkim on the Bhutan- India border. The OIE report lists 29 birds destroyed and another 496 considered susceptible as of October 25, 2012. General Information: The Kingdom of Bhutan reported its 12th case of H5N1 highly pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI) to the World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE) on October 25, 2012. The outbreak was discovered on October 2, 2012 in Rinchending village, which touches the Indian state of Sikkim on the Bhutan-India border. According to Bhutan’s Ministry of Agriculture and Forests (MOAF), the outbreak was discovered in a flock of backyard poultry, and was introduced through the “illegal movement/introduction of new live animals.” MOAF declined to comment on the suspected provenance of the “new live animals,” although given the outbreak’s proximity to India, it is possible that the birds came from India’s Northeast region, where 7 outbreaks have been reported in 2012. The OIE report lists 29 birds destroyed and another 496 considered susceptible as of October 25, 2012. MOAF reports that Bhutan is taking measures to contain the spread of avian influenza. Control measures are summarized in Bhutan’s “National Influenza Pandemic Preparedness Plan” and “Policy Guidelines for the Management of Compensation Fund in the Event of Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza (HPAI) Outbreak,” (see attached). They include quarantine, movement control, clean-up and disinfection of the contaminated premises, and culling. Table 1. Bhutan: Culling Statistics as of October 25, 2012 Outbreak Location Birds Birds Reported Birds Susceptible Dead Culled 1 Backyard poultry, Tsimasham 2010 87 1923 Chhukha 2 Backyard poultry, Chang Gedaphu, 270 38 232 Thimpu 3 Backyard poultry, Mebesa Chhukha 2010 103 1907 4 Backyard poultry, Bunagu, Chhukha 123 35 88 5 Backyard poultry, Dala, Chhukha 136 8 128 6 Backyard poultry, Kamji, Chhukha 96 8 128 7 Backyard poultry, Maybari, Chhukha 290 3 287 8 Backyard poultry, Wangdigashel, 652 12 632 Chhukha 9 Backyard poultry, Gedu, Chhukha 231 5 226 10 Backyard poultry, Burkey, Chhukha 1050 1 131 11 Backyard poultry, Yangbari, Mongar 265 70 0 12 Backyard poultry, Rinchending, 496 24 29 Chhukha Total 7629 394 5711 Source: OIE Report October 25, 2012
Posted: 29 November 2012