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OIE: Highly pathogenic avian influenza, Israel
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Information received on 25/04/2019 from Dr Tamir Goshen, Acting Director, Veterinary Services and Animal Health, Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development, Beit Dagan, Israel
Report type Immediate notification
Date of start of the event 20/04/2019
Date of confirmation of the event 24/04/2019
Report date 25/04/2019
Date submitted to OIE 25/04/2019
Reason for notification Recurrence of a listed disease
Date of previous occurrence 14/02/2017
Manifestation of disease Clinical disease
Causal agent Highly pathogenic avian influenza virus
Serotype H5N8
Nature of diagnosis Clinical, Laboratory (advanced), Necropsy
This event pertains to a defined zone within the country
New outbreaks (1)
Outbreak 1 (MA´´ALE GILBOA) MA´´ALE GILBOA, Yizreel, Hazafon
Date of start of the outbreak 20/04/2019
Outbreak status Continuing (or date resolved not provided)
Epidemiological unit Farm
Affected animals
Species Susceptible Cases Deaths Killed and disposed of Slaughtered
Birds 13500 350 200 13300 0
Affected population 17 weeks old turkeys. The farm is divided into 6 pens. Mortality has been seen only in one quarter of one pen. Mortality in this part of the pen reached about 30% (200/700). Stamping out is enforced over the whole farm.
Summary of outbreaks Total outbreaks: 1
Total animals affected
Species Susceptible Cases Deaths Killed and disposed of Slaughtered
Birds 13500 350 200 13300 0
Outbreak statistics
Species Apparent morbidity rate Apparent mortality rate Apparent case fatality rate Proportion susceptible animals lost*
Birds 2.59% 1.48% 57.14% 100.00%
*Removed from the susceptible population through death, destruction and/or slaughter
Source of the outbreak(s) or origin of infection
  • Contact with wild species
Epidemiological comments Israel is on the migration route of wild birds coming from Africa to Europe. The farm is located in an aquaculture area with multiple fish ponds, attracting migrating birds.
Control measures
Measures applied
  • Movement control inside the country
  • Surveillance outside containment and/or protection zone
  • Surveillance within containment and/or protection zone
  • Screening
  • Quarantine
  • Stamping out
  • Zoning
  • Vaccination prohibited
  • No treatment of affected animals
Measures to be applied
  • Official disposal of carcasses, by-products and waste
  • Disinfection
Diagnostic test results
Laboratory name and type Species Test Test date Result
Kimron veterinary Institute, Avian Diseases Division (National laboratory) Birds pathogen isolation by egg inoculation 25/04/2019 Pending
Kimron veterinary Institute, Avian Diseases Division (National laboratory) Birds real-time PCR 24/04/2019 Positive
Northen Avian Diseases Laboratory, Egg and Poultry Board (Private Laboratory) Birds real-time PCR 24/04/2019 Positive
Future Reporting
The event is continuing. Weekly follow-up reports will be submitted.
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