Two cases of H5N8 avian flu recorded in KSA

Arab News - - SAUDI ARABIA -

case was re­ported reached 12, 829. Out of the sam­ples, only 171 were tested pos­i­tive for the virus.

Bird flu strains have hit poul­try flocks in a num­ber of coun­tries across the world in re­cent years, with some types of the dis­ease also caus­ing hu­man in­fec­tions and deaths.

H5N8 is highly path­o­genic to birds (high death rates) and was first dis­cov­ered in Ire­land in 1983. Since then it has been re­ported in nu­mer­ous lo­ca­tions around the world.

This strain, how­ever, has not caused any hu­man in­fec­tions so far any­where in the world.

Ac­cord­ing to an Arab News re­port pub­lished in Jan­uary, the Saudi Wildlife Au­thor­ity (SWA) en­forced a ban on the hunt­ing of mi­gra­tory birds to help pre­vent avian in­fluenza.

The mi­gra­tory birds in­clude houbara bus­tards, passer­ines, flamin­gos, pel­i­cans, cranes and tur­tle doves.

They tem­po­rar­ily stay, mainly in Al-Hair in Riyadh, Al-As­far Lake, Jubail Ma­rine Pro­tected Area, Do­mat Al-Jan­dal in Al-Jouf, Farasan Is­lands and Wadi Aljizan. They will leave at the start of spring.

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