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Israel Reports HPAI in Emus at Zoo

by 5m Editor
7 May 2010, at 6:16a.m.

ISRAEL - One outbreak of highly pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI) has been reported at a small zoo in central Israel.

The veterinary authority sent an Immediate Notification dated 7 May to the World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE).

According to the report, the outbreak started on 29 April at Ein Gedi in Hadarom, and two emus died.

It adds that, on 29 April 2010, an emu in a mini zoo of the kibbutz Ein Gedi showed feed refusal and weakness. On 1 May 2010 it died and was buried. On 2 May 2010, its mother showed the same clinical signs and died two days later. On 6 May 2010, they were found to be positive to H5N1 (PCR from the brain).

In the mini zoo were also one more emu (the father, in the same enclosure) and in other enclosures: two quails, 20 peacocks, 70 finches, 20 cockatiels and two chickens. None of these birds showed clinical signs. All the birds were culled and buried on spot. There are no commercial birds in the 10 kilometres radius. The location of Ein Gedi is in the lowest altitude of the world.

The last outbreak of HPAI in Israel was in February this year.

Further Reading

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