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HPAI in Israeli Pullet Flock

by 5m Editor
27 January 2010, at 12:13pm

ISRAEL - The Israeli veterinary authorities have reported a new outbreak of highly pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI) H5N1 virus in the country.

The World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE) received an Immediate Notification on 26 January. The outbreak was first confirmed in the birds two days previously.

The cause of the outbreak has still not been determined. Seven hundred cases were detected on a farm of 43,000 birds at a farm in Haifa. According to the OIE, the farm has three poultry houses, and the birds are heavy breeder pullets aged 16 weeks. These poultry houses are in a farm under extremely high biosecurity. Clinical signs occurred in only one house.

Two tests – pathogen isolation by egg inoculation and polymerase chain reaction (PCR) – confirmed the presence of the virus.

Further Reading

- You can visit the Avian Flu page by clicking here.