Rift Valley fever,
Information received on 19/07/2020 from Dr Zakaria Mohamed Mustafa Elkhatal, Director General, National Centre for Animal Health (NCAH), Ministry of Agriculture, Animal & Marine Wealth, Tripoli, Libya
Report type Follow-up report No. 6
Date of start of the event 12/12/2019
Date of confirmation of the event 13/01/2020
Report date 18/07/2020
Date submitted to OIE 19/07/2020
Reason for notification First occurrence of a listed disease in the country
Causal agent Rift Valley fever virus
Nature of diagnosis Laboratory (basic)
This event pertains to the whole country
Related reports Immediate notification (15/01/2020)
Follow-up report No. 1 (03/02/2020)
Follow-up report No. 2 (13/02/2020)
Follow-up report No. 3 (27/02/2020)
Follow-up report No. 4 (09/05/2020)
Follow-up report No. 5 (24/06/2020)
Follow-up report No. 6 (18/07/2020)
Follow-up report No. 7 (26/10/2020)
Outbreaks There are no new outbreaks in this report
Source of the outbreak(s) or origin of infection
  • Illegal movement of animals
  • Vectors
Epidemiological comments To complete the project (SORO.LIB 801.CHA) about Rift Valley fever in Libya, sample collection (from sheep and goats) from the Southern area was completed by the surveillance team. The total number of samples is 426. The following signs were reported by the surveillance team: abortion in all stages of gestation, new-born deaths after respiratory manifestation and diarrhoea in some cases. The signs appeared in goats that were involved in illegal movement.
Control measures
Measures applied
  • Control of vectors
  • Disinfection
  • Quarantine
  • Traceability
  • Surveillance within containment and/or protection zone
  • Surveillance outside containment and/or protection zone
  • Vaccination prohibited
  • No treatment of affected animals
Measures to be applied
  • Ante and post-mortem inspections
  • Vector surveillance
Future Reporting
The event is continuing. Weekly follow-up reports will be submitted.