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Bangladesh - 1 new outbreak of highly pathogenic avian influenza H5N1 in crows in Rajshahi (OIE, February 15, 2016)

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  • Bangladesh - 1 new outbreak of highly pathogenic avian influenza H5N1 in crows in Rajshahi (OIE, February 15, 2016)

    Highly pathogenic avian influenza,
    Information received on 15/02/2016 from Dr Jatindra Nath Das, Director Research Institute, Department of Livestock Services, Ministry of Fisheries and Livestock, DHAKA, Bangladesh
    Report type Immediate notification
    Date of start of the event 01/02/2016
    Date of confirmation of the event 15/02/2016
    Report date 15/02/2016
    Date submitted to OIE 15/02/2016
    Reason for notification Reoccurrence of a listed disease
    Date of previous occurrence 06/2014
    Manifestation of disease Clinical disease
    Causal agent Highly pathogenic avian influenza virus
    Serotype H5N1
    Nature of diagnosis Clinical, Laboratory (basic), Laboratory (advanced)
    This event pertains to a defined zone within the country
    New outbreaks (1)
    Outbreak 1 Rajshahi city, Sadar, Rajshahi, RAJSHAHI
    Date of start of the outbreak 01/02/2016
    Outbreak status Resolved (04/02/2016)
    Epidemiological unit Not applicable
    Affected animals
    Species Susceptible Cases Deaths Destroyed Slaughtered
    House Crow:Corvus splendens(Corvidae) 40 40 0 0
    Affected population On 4 February 2016, the notice of crow deaths was reported to the livestock authority. It was primarily diagnosed as H5 on 10 February 2016 and confirmation of H5N1 was given on 15 February 2016 by the National Reference Laboratory for Avian Influenza.
    Summary of outbreaks Total outbreaks: 1
    Total animals affected
    Species Susceptible Cases Deaths Destroyed Slaughtered
    House Crow:Corvus splendens(Corvidae) 40 40 0 0
    Outbreak statistics
    Species Apparent morbidity rate Apparent mortality rate Apparent case fatality rate Proportion susceptible animals lost*
    House Crow:Corvus splendens(Corvidae) ** ** 100.00% **
    *Removed from the susceptible population through death, destruction and/or slaughter
    **Not calculated because of missing information
    Source of the outbreak(s) or origin of infection
    • Eating of City waste
    Control measures
    Measures applied
    • No vaccination
    • No treatment of affected animals
    Measures to be applied
    • No other measures
    Diagnostic test results
    Laboratory name and type Species Test Test date Result
    National Reference Laboratory for Avian Influenza (National laboratory) House Crow real-time PCR 15/02/2016 Positive
    Future Reporting
    The event is continuing. Weekly follow-up reports will be submitted.
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  • #2
    From earlier this week:

    12:00 AM, February 10, 2016 / LAST MODIFIED: 12:00 AM, February 10, 2016
    Massive number of crows dying in Rajshahi city
    Officials waiting for lab results from capital to determine cause; no human affected so far

    Staff Correspondent, Rajshahi
    Around 50 crows died in different areas of Rajshahi city due to unknown reason in the last seven days.

    Reports of dead crows at Rajshahi Medical College Hospital (RMCH) campus started from February 3 and some 17 crows were found dead near RMCH boundary wall on the next day, said Mizan Uddin, district livestock officer.

    Another dead crow was found near the RMCH's Centre for Nuclear Medicine and Ultrasound premises yesterday.

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    • #3

      Scientists investigating bird flu outbreak in northern Bangladesh crows
      Nurul Islam Hasib,
      Published: 2016-02-18 21:04:30.0 BdST Updated: 2016-02-19 01:15:44.0 BdST

      The government has deployed a large team of scientists who work on humans and animals, livestock experts, and anthropologists to northern Rajshahi district after an outbreak of highly pathogenic avian influenza has been found in crows.

      Director Prof Mahmudur Rahman of the government?s disease monitoring arm, IEDCR, told that the team started got down to business on Wednesday.

      He said the team rushed to the spot after laboratory testing confirmed the crows had H5N1 avian influenza, which is commonly known as bird flu.

      The testing followed the reports of unusual deaths of crows at the premises of Rajshahi Medical College Hospital...