Monday, January 30, 2006

avian influenza synopsis as of January 30 2006

  • Officials in northeastern Bulgaria discovered more than 100 dead birds(frozen) near the Durankulak and Shabla lakes Saturday. Officials have taken samples from the birds and are currently testing for signs of the H5N1 strain of avian influenza.

    It is assumed that the birds died as a result of the extreme low temperatures in eastern and central Europe last week. Until the test results are returned, authorities have cordoned off the area around the lakes and have restricted all access to the area.

  • Saudi Arabian authorities have tested a number of falcons and found evidence of infection of an H5 strain of avian influenza.

    Over the weekend the Saudi Press Agency reported that 5 falcons have been tested for avian influenza and that 37 falcons, including the 5 tested, have been culled(slaughtered and disposed of) as a preventive measure.

    Even though the presence of an H5 strain of the avian influenza virus has been detected, authorities are still waiting for confirmation of the “N” subtype. This is the first time an H5 strain of avian influenza has been detected in Saudi Arabia.

  • Chinese authorities have confirmed that a Magpie Robin that died earlier this month, See original story posted here, was infected with the avian influenza virus.

Posted by john T. on 01/30 at 01:48 PM
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