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Event title

Bhutan - Bird flu outbreak in Samtse under control

Event category

Biological origin - Epidemic (animal)



Event date (UTC)

2023-03-16 06:00:47

Last update (UTC)

2023-03-16 06:00:47





Area range

Local event

Address/Affected area(s)

Singaygang, Tashichhoeling Gewog

The March 13 bird flu outbreak in Singaygang, Tashichhoeling (Sipsu) in Samtse has been brought under control, according to the officials from Incident Operation Centre. Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza (HPAI-H5N1) is an extremely contagious viral disease in domestic poultry and wild birds. The disease causes high mortality in domestic poultry. The samples were sent to the National Centre for Animal Health (NCAH) at Serbithang, Thimphu earlier this week for laboratory tests. The outbreak has reportedly affected three local backyard poultry farms in Singaygang; the flu has so far killed more than 40 chickens and over 2,000 chickens are affected. Infected chickens will have to be culled to stop further spread of the flu. According to the dzongkhag livestock officials, the infection started from a dead jungle fowl which was found nearby the village earlier this month. Can HPAI-H5N1 infect humans? It can if a person comes in contact with the infected birds and their products.

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