Highly pathogenic avian influenza,
Information received on 25/03/2019 from Dr Salah Fadhil Abbas, Director General, Veterinary Directorate, Ministry of Agriculture , Baghdad, Iraq
Report type Immediate notification
Date of start of the event 17/03/2019
Date of confirmation of the event 22/03/2019
Report date 24/03/2019
Date submitted to OIE 25/03/2019
Date event resolved 17/03/2019
Reason for notification Recurrence of a listed disease
Date of previous occurrence 02/07/2018
Manifestation of disease Clinical disease
Causal agent Highly pathogenic avian influenza virus
Serotype H5N8
Nature of diagnosis Clinical, Laboratory (basic), Necropsy
This event pertains to a defined zone within the country
Related reports Immediate notification (24/03/2019)
Follow-up report No. 1 (25/04/2019)
Follow-up report No. 2 (12/12/2019)
New outbreaks (1)
Outbreak 1 (1) Basrah market, Basrah
Date of start of the outbreak 17/03/2019
Outbreak status Resolved (17/03/2019)
Epidemiological unit Livestock market
Affected animals
Species Susceptible Cases Deaths Killed and disposed of Slaughtered
Birds 5000 5000 2000 3000 0
Summary of outbreaks Total outbreaks: 1
Total animals affected
Species Susceptible Cases Deaths Killed and disposed of Slaughtered
Birds 5000 5000 2000 3000 0
Outbreak statistics
Species Apparent morbidity rate Apparent mortality rate Apparent case fatality rate Proportion susceptible animals lost*
Birds 100.00% 40.00% 40.00% 100.00%
*Removed from the susceptible population through death, destruction and/or slaughter
Source of the outbreak(s) or origin of infection
  • Introduction of new live animals
  • Illegal movement of animals
  • Animals in transit
Control measures
Measures applied
  • Movement control inside the country
  • Surveillance outside containment and/or protection zone
  • Surveillance within containment and/or protection zone
  • Screening
  • Traceability
  • Quarantine
  • Official destruction of animal products
  • Official disposal of carcasses, by-products and waste
  • Stamping out
  • Control of wildlife reservoirs
  • Zoning
  • Disinfection
  • 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
Central Veterinary Laboratory (National laboratory) Birds real-time PCR 22/03/2019 Positive
Future Reporting
The event is continuing. Weekly follow-up reports will be submitted.
Map of outbreak locations