Highly pathogenic avian influenza,
Information received on 11/01/2013 from Dr Karma Dukpa, Director General, Department of Livestock, Ministry of Agriculture and Forests, THIMPHU, Bhutan
Report type Follow-up report No. 8
Date of start of the event 30/12/2011
Date of confirmation of the event 08/01/2012
Report date 11/01/2013
Date submitted to OIE 11/01/2013
Date event resolved 17/04/2013
Reason for notification Recurrence of a listed disease
Date of previous occurrence 25/03/2010
Manifestation of disease Clinical disease
Causal agent Highly pathogenic avian influenza virus
Serotype H5N1
Nature of diagnosis Clinical, Laboratory (basic), Laboratory (advanced), Necropsy
This event pertains to a defined zone within the country
Related reports Immediate notification (09/01/2012)
Follow-up report No. 1 (17/01/2012)
Follow-up report No. 2 (18/01/2012)
Follow-up report No. 3 (01/03/2012)
Follow-up report No. 4 (02/03/2012)
Follow-up report No. 5 (09/03/2012)
Follow-up report No. 6 (20/04/2012)
Follow-up report No. 7 (25/10/2012)
Follow-up report No. 8 (11/01/2013)
Follow-up report No. 9 (08/02/2013)
Follow-up report No. 10 (15/08/2013)
Outbreaks There are no new outbreaks in this report
Source of the outbreak(s) or origin of infection
  • Unknown or inconclusive
  • Illegal movement of animals
Epidemiological comments Up to 31 December 2012 a total of 18 poultry died in the affected area. Trace-back investigations revealed that there have been poultry deaths in the area from 19 December 2012 although they were not reported immediately to the local veterinary authorities. The disease was confirmed through real-time PCR at the National Veterinary Laboratory on 29 December when two carcasses were positive to tests.
Control measures
Measures applied
  • Movement control inside the country
  • Screening
  • Disinfection / Disinfestation
  • Dipping / Spraying for control of vectors or parasites
  • Quarantine
  • Stamping out
  • Vaccination prohibited
  • No treatment of affected animals
Measures to be applied
  • No other measures
Diagnostic test results
Laboratory name and type Species Test Test date Result
National Centre for Animal Health, Serbithang (National laboratory) Birds real-time PCR 29/12/2012 Positive
High Security Animal Disease Laboratory, Bhopal, India (Regional Reference Laboratory) Birds real-time PCR 04/01/2013 Positive
Future Reporting
The event is continuing. Weekly follow-up reports will be submitted.