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OIE: Highly pathogenic avian influenza (H5N8), Israel
submited by kickingbird at Dec, 15, 2020 10:49 AM from OIE

Information received on 12/12/2020 from Dr Tamir Goshen, Acting Director, Veterinary Services and Animal Health, Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development, Beit Dagan, Israel
Report type Follow-up report No. 10
Date of start of the event 12/10/2020
Date of confirmation of the event 13/10/2020
Report date 12/12/2020
Date submitted to OIE 12/12/2020
Reason for notification Recurrence of a listed disease
Date of previous occurrence 03/02/2020
Manifestation of disease Clinical disease
Causal agent Highly pathogenic avian influenza virus
Serotype H5N8
Nature of diagnosis Clinical, Laboratory (advanced)
This event pertains to the whole country
Related reports Immediate notification (13/10/2020)
Follow-up report No. 1 (14/10/2020)
Follow-up report No. 2 (15/10/2020)
Follow-up report No. 3 (19/10/2020)
Follow-up report No. 4 (26/10/2020)
Follow-up report No. 5 (29/10/2020)
Follow-up report No. 6 (01/11/2020)
Follow-up report No. 7 (04/11/2020)
Follow-up report No. 8 (12/11/2020)
Follow-up report No. 9 (06/12/2020)
Follow-up report No. 10 (12/12/2020)
New outbreaks (1)
Outbreak 1 (GILGAL) GILGAL, Jericho, Yerushalayim
Date of start of the outbreak 08/12/2020
Outbreak status Resolved (10/12/2020)
Epidemiological unit Farm
Affected animals
Species Susceptible Cases Deaths Killed and disposed of Slaughtered
Birds 18500 200 100 18400 0
Affected population 16 weeks old turkeys. Sudden death. In the beginning of 2020 a Bonelli´´s Eagle has been found positive to the virus in the same area. The migration route is passing over this area.
Summary of outbreaks Total outbreaks: 1
Total animals affected
Species Susceptible Cases Deaths Killed and disposed of Slaughtered
Birds 18500 200 100 18400 0
Outbreak statistics
Species Apparent morbidity rate Apparent mortality rate Apparent case fatality rate Proportion susceptible animals lost*
Birds 1.08% 0.54% 50.00% 100.00%
*Removed from the susceptible population through death, destruction and/or slaughter
Source of the outbreak(s) or origin of infection
Most likely by wild migrating birds
Epidemiological comments Epidemiological investigation is ongoing. The last time that the virus was diagnosed in Israel was in January 2020 in a Bonelli´s eagle in the desert. The last time that it was diagnosed in a commercial farm was in the north of the country in April 2019, in a turkey farm.
Control measures
Measures applied
Movement control inside the country
Official disposal of carcasses, by-products and waste
Stamping out
Vaccination prohibited
No treatment of affected animals
Measures to be applied
Surveillance outside containment and/or protection zone
Surveillance within containment and/or protection zone
Diagnostic test results
Laboratory name and type Species Test Test date Result
Kimron Veterinary Institute, Avian Diseases Laboratory (National laboratory) Birds real-time reverse transcriptase/polymerase chain reaction (RRT-PCR) 09/12/2020 Positive
Kimron Veterinary Institute, Avian Diseases Laboratory (National laboratory) Birds virus sequencing 04/11/2020 Positive
Future Reporting
The event is continuing. Weekly follow-up reports will be submitted.
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