Highly pathogenic influenza A viruses (infection with) (non-poultry including wild birds),
Information received on 06/12/2020 from Dr Tamir Goshen, Acting Director, Veterinary Services and Animal Health, Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development, Beit Dagan, Israel
Report type Follow-up report No. 4
Date of start of the event 12/10/2020
Date of confirmation of the event 14/10/2020
Report date 06/12/2020
Date submitted to OIE 06/12/2020
Reason for notification Recurrence of a listed disease
Date of previous occurrence 03/02/2020
Manifestation of disease Clinical disease
Causal agent Highly pathogenic influenza A virus
Serotype H5N8
Nature of diagnosis Clinical, Laboratory (advanced)
This event pertains to the whole country
Related reports Immediate notification (14/10/2020)
Follow-up report No. 1 (19/10/2020)
Follow-up report No. 2 (26/10/2020)
Follow-up report No. 3 (29/10/2020)
Follow-up report No. 4 (06/12/2020)
New outbreaks (1)
Outbreak 1 (Hula valley) Hula valley, Tsefat, Hazafon
Date of start of the outbreak 01/12/2020
Outbreak status Resolved (03/12/2020)
Epidemiological unit Natural park
Affected animals
Species Susceptible Cases Deaths Killed and disposed of Slaughtered
Northern Shoveler:Anas clypeata(Anatidae) 1 0 0 0
Affected population The wild bird showed neurological symptoms and it was not clear if because of trauma or disease. Samples have been sent to the lab. The duck, after fast recovery, has been released to the wild, before the positive answer returned from the lab.
Summary of outbreaks Total outbreaks: 1
Total animals affected
Species Susceptible Cases Deaths Killed and disposed of Slaughtered
Northern Shoveler:Anas clypeata(Anatidae) 1 0 0 0
Outbreak statistics
Species Apparent morbidity rate Apparent mortality rate Apparent case fatality rate Proportion susceptible animals lost*
Northern Shoveler:Anas clypeata(Anatidae) ** ** 0.00% **
*Removed from the susceptible population through death, destruction and/or slaughter
**Not calculated because of missing information
Source of the outbreak(s) or origin of infection
  • Contact with wild species
Epidemiological comments October is the migration season from Europe where 500 million birds are passing over Israel. Most likely, the virus has been introduced by migratory birds.
Control measures
Measures applied
  • Movement control inside the country
  • Quarantine
  • 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
Kimron Veterinary Institute, Avian Diseases Laboratory (National laboratory) Black Swan pathogen isolation by egg inoculation 26/10/2020 Positive
Future Reporting
The event is continuing. Weekly follow-up reports will be submitted.
Map of outbreak locations