Information received on 10/05/2020 from Dr Ali Al-Qattan, Deputy of Director General of Animal Wealth, Animal Wealth, Public Authority of Agriculture Affairs and Fish Resources, Safat, Kuwait
Report type Follow-up report No. 4
Date of start of the event 09/07/2019
Date of confirmation of the event 28/07/2019
Report date 09/05/2020
Date submitted to OIE 10/05/2020
Reason for notification Recurrence of a listed disease
Date of previous occurrence 19/12/2010
Manifestation of disease Sub-clinical infection
Causal agent Burkholderia mallei
Nature of diagnosis Laboratory (basic), Laboratory (advanced), Necropsy
This event pertains to a defined zone within the country
Related reports Immediate notification (31/07/2019)
Follow-up report No. 1 (08/10/2019)
Follow-up report No. 2 (31/10/2019)
Follow-up report No. 3 (24/12/2019)
Follow-up report No. 4 (09/05/2020)
Outbreaks There are no new outbreaks in this report
Source of the outbreak(s) or origin of infection
  • Unknown or inconclusive
Epidemiological comments B. mallei affected equine farm: The affected equine farm brought under veterinary authority control, quarantine and movement restrictions enforced by the law. Upon our request, the OIE Regional Representative for the Middle East visited Kuwait and evaluated the ongoing surveillance program. He suggested to send the samples from the contact horses of B. mallei affected farm to the OIE Reference Laboratory for glanders in Germany (Friedrich-Loeffler Institute, Jena). Blood samples were then collected in the B. mallei affected farm and tested in the above-mentioned laboratory; all samples turned negative by complement fixation test (CFT). As per the ongoing passive and active surveillance, from 17 December 2019 to 30 April 2020, about 1,754 horses tested in the national laboratory turned negative by CFT. So far, from 15 July 2019 (since outbreak) to 30 April 2020, about 7,914 horses were tested by CFT turned negative by CFT.
Control measures
Measures applied
  • Movement control inside the country
  • Surveillance outside containment and/or protection zone
  • Surveillance within containment and/or protection zone
  • Traceability
  • Quarantine
  • Official destruction of animal products
  • Official disposal of carcasses, by-products and waste
  • Selective killing and disposal
  • Zoning
  • Disinfection
  • Ante and post-mortem inspections
  • Vaccination permitted (if a vaccine exists)
  • No treatment of affected animals
Measures to be applied
  • No other measures
Future Reporting
The event is continuing. Weekly follow-up reports will be submitted.