The H5N1 avian influenza virus has hit poultry farms again in South Korea, Myanmar, Bangladesh, and the Palestinian Territories, with Japan and Hong Kong finding it in wild birds, according to new reports to the World Organization for Animal Health (OIE) and local media outlets.

South Korea reported six fresh outbreaks at chicken and duck farms between Feb 17 and Mar 1 in three different provinces, Gyeonggi-do, South Jeolla, and Southern Gyeongsang (Snip) In total, the virus killed 2,360 birds, and 93,140 more were culled to block the virus’s spread.

In Myanmar, the virus struck a farm housing layer chickens in the Sagaing region in the northwestern part of the country (Snip) the country’s fourth of 2011. The virus killed 626 chickens over 5 days, and the remaining 6,074 birds were culled.

In the Palestinian Territories, officials announced the virus was detected at a turkey farm in Jenin governorate of the West Bank. The farmer reported that 50 birds died in one day and that the virus killed all 2,000 birds.

(Snip) in Bangladesh said 7,000 chickens at a farm in Bhola Sadar Upazila were culled after the virus was detected in samples from dead poultry (Snip) The site is in Barisal division in south-central Bangladesh.

(Snip) Japan yesterday reported finding the virus in seven wild birds, including three from Tottori prefecture and one each from Hyogo, Hokkaido, Nagasaki, and Miyazaki prefectures. Affected species included two Mandarin ducks, plus a peregrine falcon, great crested grebe, whooper swan, pochard, and tufted duck.  

(Snip) Hong Kong officials reported that the H5N1 virus was detected in samples from a goose that washed up on shore on Lantau Island (Snip) The source of the bird and the virus was unknown. The report marks the fourth finding of the virus in a dead bird in Hong Kong this year.

http://www.cidrap.umn.edu/cidrap/content/influenza/avianflu/news/mar0411newsscan.html

Bangladesh
•  2,050 chickens culled in Dhamrai (Link)
•  2000 chickens culled in Gazipur, Noakhali (Link)

India
•  Birdflu outbreak in Agartala due to virulent H5 strain (Link) Map: (Link)
•  Mysterious death tragedy occurring in Tripura Sipahijala Zoo (Link)

Malaysia
•  H1N1 still a threat (Link)

Palestine
•  2,000 turkeys diagnosed with bird flu near Jenin (Link)

South Korea
•  South Korea confirms additional bird flu outbreak (Link)

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Commentary
•  Recombinomics: US Pediatric Influenza Deaths Spike Higher In Week 8 Report (Link)

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