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Libya - FAO warns about ongoing H5N1 bird flu poultry outbreaks, "at least" 4 human deaths in last 2 years - March 16, 2016

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  • Libya - FAO warns about ongoing H5N1 bird flu poultry outbreaks, "at least" 4 human deaths in last 2 years - March 16, 2016

    "FAO" warns of the spread of avian influenza in Libya on the whole region

    Wednesday 16-03-2016 |16:38
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    Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) has warned that thebird flu outbreak in Libya poses a growing threat to public health and the livestock sector, not only in Libya, but in the Middle East and North Africa region as a whole.
    This came in a workshop held by the (FAO ) today under the title "emergency assistance to fight bird flu in poultry and other birds in Libya , " and at the request of the Government of Libya, within the technical cooperation project between thetwo sides a program, where the workshop was held in the Tunisian capital, spoke during which Mr. Amordia Theompejano, sub - regional coordinator Organization of the United Nations Food and Agriculture in North Africa and the representative of the "FAO" in Tunisia.
    a statement for "FAO", distributed in Cairo, for the Amordia Theompejano as saying that the
    first outbreak of bird flu in Libya was in December 2014, where he was for this disease negative impact farmers Libyan economy in general, and caused the deaths of at least four people since then ..
    explained Theompejano: "it 's in 2015, it had been receiving more than 10 suspected cases per month in Libya , noting the high mortality rate in some farms in the eastern part of Libya, but in the Tobruk area have been reported more than 109 suspected cases with the death of more than 140 thousand birds. "
    he continued:" in addition to the human casualties, caused the disease in significant economic losses to farmers estimated at more than 10 million dollars, due to a lack of qualified human resources and lack of proper equipment, lack of in- depth study of the causes of this phenomenon and measure their damage, so the TCP project aims to assist the Veterinary services Libya to determine the reasons the bird "H5N1" flu and stop the spread and reduce the negative effects on health and food security by strengthening the capacity to manage this crisis. "
    the workshop overview on the status of bird flu in the world , and in Libya, were also identified three working teams, I took up, a review of the bird and contingency plans and improve influenza control strategy, eat second team , strengthening thecapacity of veterinary services, while the third team focused on a better knowledge of the bird flu situation and the selection of appropriate control strategy, it concluded the workshop to approve the project work plan.
    the workshop aims to introduce the manifestations and causes of bird flu in Libya, and to agree on a unified concepts of work, and to identify the objectives and strategies of the project and the methods of measuring the expected results.
    attended the opening session of the workshop both Professor Malik Zarla, Director General of Veterinary Services in Tunisia, and Dr. Rashid Boujdour representative of the World Organization for Animal Health in North Africa, and Dr. Faraj Bakkar ,head of the international cooperation Bureau, the National Center for Health Animal Libya, also participated in the workshop specialists from Tripoli and white despite the logistical difficulties. It will be followed by the workshop which will be held for a one - day training course lasts for two days dedicated to veterinarians in Libya.

  • #2
    There are no human bird flu cases confirmed by WHO 2014-2016. Our WHO confirmed case lists:

    2014 link
    2015 link
    2016 link

    In fact WHO does not list any human H5N1 cases ever. link

    So what is going on?


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      FAO organizes a workshop to control Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza in Libya

      From left, Mohamed Alansi, Prof. Malek Zrelli, Dr. Rachid Bouguedour, & Dr. Farag Bakkar during the workshop opening ceremony.

      March 16, 2016/Libya--The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) held today its first inception workshop on "Emergency assistance for the control of Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza in poultry and other domestic birds in Libya."
      The workshop, which was held in Tunisia, provided technical assistance for the implementation of the Technical Cooperation Programme (TCP) project and will be followed by two days' training for veterinaries from Libya. The opening ceremony was attended by Prof. Malek Zrelli, Director General of Veterinary Services, Tunisia, Dr. Rachid Bouguedour, Representative of OIE in North Africa & Dr. Farag Bakkar, Head of International Cooperation Office, National Centre for Animal Health, Libya
      Mr. Mohammed Al-Ansi, Operations & Liaison Officer, OiC, FAO Libya delivered the opening speech on behalf of Mr. Lamourdia Thombiano, sub-regional coordinator for FAO in North Africa in Tunisia, said in his inaugural speech: "The first outbreak of highly pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI) was reported in the Libya in December 2014. The spread of HPAI since its first detection in Libya has been progressive. During 2014-2015, HPAI had negative impact on the farmers and the country's economy and caused death of at least four people since December 2014.A further spread of HPAI in Libya would be an increased risk to public health and livestock sector not only in the country but also in the region."
      He added :" In 2015, more than 10 suspected outbreaks were reported monthly and high mortality rate is observed in some farms in the Eastern Part of Libya. In Tobruk area more than 109 suspected outbreaks were reported with a death of more than 140 000 birds."
      "In addition to human cases, the disease has caused significant economic losses to farmers estimated at more than USD 10 million. Due to the lack of qualified human resources and lack of appropriate equipment, these outbreaks were not deeply investigated. The present project aims to assist the Libyan Veterinary Services to stop the spread of HPAI "H5N1" and reduce its negative impact on human health and food security through reinforcement of management capacities of the current health crisis", Thombiano concluded.
      The inception workshop aims to build common understanding on the background, concept, objectives, expected outputs and implementation strategies of the project; the participants came from Libya (Tripoli and Al-Baida) despite of logistical challenges.
      The workshop was attended by experts from the FAO sub-regional office in Tunisia and experts from FAO HQ in Rome.
      The workshop offered an overview on the situation of Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza in the world and Libya, and the participants were divided in three working groups to achieve three outputs: output 1, HPAI control Strategy and contingency plan are reviewed and improved; output 2, Capacities of the veterinary services are strengthened; output 3, HPAI situation is better known and the appropriate control strategy is implemented. The workshop concluded its activities by validation of the project work plan.