Highly pathogenic avian influenza,
Information received on 24/10/2016 from Dr Tashi Samdup, Director General, Department of Livestock, Ministry of Agriculture and Forests, Thimphu, Bhutan
Report type Immediate notification
Date of start of the event 10/10/2016
Date of confirmation of the event 20/10/2016
Report date 24/10/2016
Date submitted to OIE 24/10/2016
Date event resolved 16/10/2016
Reason for notification Recurrence of a listed disease
Date of previous occurrence 11/2015
Manifestation of disease Clinical disease
Causal agent Highly pathogenic avian influenza virus
Serotype H5N1
Nature of diagnosis Laboratory (basic), Laboratory (advanced)
This event pertains to a defined zone within the country
Related reports Immediate notification (24/10/2016)
Follow-up report No. 1 (13/12/2016)
New outbreaks (1)
Outbreak 1 Alubari, Wangkha, Bjabcho, Chhukha
Date of start of the outbreak 10/10/2016
Outbreak status Resolved (16/10/2016)
Epidemiological unit Backyard
Affected animals
Species Susceptible Cases Deaths Killed and disposed of Slaughtered
Birds 3000 13 13 61 0
Affected population Affected population is backyard poultry in one household.
Summary of outbreaks Total outbreaks: 1
Total animals affected
Species Susceptible Cases Deaths Killed and disposed of Slaughtered
Birds 3000 13 13 61 0
Outbreak statistics
Species Apparent morbidity rate Apparent mortality rate Apparent case fatality rate Proportion susceptible animals lost*
Birds 0.43% 0.43% 100.00% 2.47%
*Removed from the susceptible population through death, destruction and/or slaughter
Source of the outbreak(s) or origin of infection
  • Unknown or inconclusive
Epidemiological comments The outbreak has occurred in a backyard, free-ranging poultry population. While interviewing the owners of the birds, none of them mentioned source of infection. Further investigation on the source of infection will be followed-up. Only a small number of birds in an isolated pocket was affected. No further infection in flocks in close proximity was detected.
Control measures
Measures applied
  • Movement control inside the country
  • Screening
  • Disinfection / Disinfestation
  • Dipping / Spraying for control of vectors or parasites
  • Quarantine
  • Stamping out
  • Zoning
  • 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, Thimphu (National laboratory) Birds real-time PCR 13/10/2016 Positive
National Institute of High Security Animal Diseases (NIHSAD), Bhopal, India (OIE Reference Laboratory) Birds real-time PCR 20/10/2016 Positive
Future Reporting
The event is continuing. Weekly follow-up reports will be submitted.
Map of outbreak locations