FRANCE, Paris. In the latest avian influenza developments, Egypt reported six more highly pathogenic H5N8 outbreaks, mostly involving backyard poultry, according to notifications from the World Organization for Animal Health (OIE).
Egypt's outbreaks began between 28 February and 16 April, spanning six different governorates. They include Kafr El Sheikh, Al Qahirah, Gharbia, and Qalyubia in the north; Minya in north central Egypt; and New Valley in the southwest. Five of the events involved backyard birds, and the one in New Valley governorate occurred at a farm.
Taken together, the virus killed 120 of 1,344 susceptible birds. The remaining ones were culled to control the spread of the virus. Also, as part of the outbreak response health officials vaccinated about 543,000 poultry in four of the affected governorates: Gharbia, Minya, Qalyubia, and Kafr El Sheikh.