Disease Reports of Note Q2 2016

The following is a selection of reports through the press.  This does not include all outbreaks.  It should be noted that more reports will be expected from countries with better surveillance systems, and frequency of reporting does not provide an indication of prevalence.

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Outbreak of Foot-and-mouth disease in a herd of unvaccinated cattle.


Bluetongue outbreak in sheep.


Outbreak of Avian Influenza H5N1 on a poultry farm; 15,000 deaths.


Cases of Avian Influenza confirmed at a poultry farm.


African Swine fever virus detected in swine.


Foot-and-mouth disease reported in cattle; SAT2 strain. The current drought situation in the region is contributing to the concentration of a high number of stock in a few water bodies, and increasing the movement of susceptible animals and interactions with wildlife species.


A new round of Foot-and-mouth disease has broken out in 11 villages in the northern region. The recurrence comes just four months after Namibia was declared FMD−free.


Highly pathogenic H5N1 Avian Influenza virus in birds.


Cases of Foot-and-mouth disease reported.

South Africa

Two cases of African Horse Sickness confirmed.

South Africa

Two separate cases of African Swine fever reported on pig farms.


Rift Valley fever virus detected in goats.


Human cases of hemorrhagic Rift Valley fever were reported in Kabale district, barely 2 months after it was declared free of the epidemic. One person was admitted at the hospital after developing signs and symptoms; the samples were confirmed positive. This is the 2nd outbreak of the Rift Valley fever in Uganda in less than 2 months.

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Highly pathogenic Avian Influenza (H5N1) outbreak in backyard chickens and ducks.


Low pathogenic Avian Influenza virus H7N9 reported in Hong Kong, detected in a sample of faecal droppings of live poultry during a routine check.


China has reported a total of six human cases of Avian Influenza A(H7N9).


A human case of H9N2 Avian Influenza reported in a child.


H5N1 Avian Influenza reported in two African lions at Hubei Zoo.


Haemorrhagic septicaemia reported in cattle.


Anthrax reported in cattle and equidae.


Outbreak of highly pathogenic Avian Influenza virus H5N1; 8200 deaths.


Outbreak of Peste des Petits Ruminants virus in goats.


Highly pathogenic Avian Influenza virus H5 reported; strain was not specified. Nearly 500 birds were destroyed.

South Korea

A case of swine fever has been discovered on a hog farm, the first in the country since 2013.


A new bird flu case reported in Taipei. A chicken farm was infected with the H5 Avian Influenza virus.


A joint real-scale simulation exercise on Foot-and-mouth disease (FMD) was performed to maintain the response skills of the veterinary services and to revise plans of disease-free status.


A new outbreak of H5N1 highly pathogenic Avian Influenza has been reported.

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Outbreak of Lumpy Skin disease in cattle. This is the first occurrence of the disease in the country. (Published as breaking news in Issue 2.)


Koi herpesvirus disease reported in carp.


First occurrence of Rabbit Haemorrhagic Disease Virus (RHDV) in the country.


More outbreaks of Bluetongue virus have been reported in France.


Highly pathogenic Avian Influenza H7N7 has been confirmed in a commercial layer flock in the northern part of the country.


More African Swine Fever (ASF) has been reported in wild boar.


First outbreaks of Lumpy Skin disease in the country. A total of 14 outbreaks have been reported. In the absence of preventive vaccination, LSD is likely to continue its spread in western and northern directions, threatening other Balkan countries.


European foulbrood of honey bees reported.


Low pathogenic Avian Influenza virus H7N9 reported. 44,630 birds destroyed.


One outbreak of African Swine fever was reported in wild boar, close to the border with Belarus.


Simulation exercise on Foot-and-mouth disease has been held to train veterinary services for a hypothetical FMD occurrence.


Newcastle disease virus reported in birds.


Outbreak of Lumpy Skin disease in cattle; 478 cases.


Highly pathogenic Avian Influenza virus detected in wild birds during monitoring of an ornithofauna. The isolates belonged to the Asian HPAI virus H5 lineage A/Guandong/1/96.


First Lumpy Skin disease outbreak in cattle.


Rabbit Haemorrhagic Disease Virus reported. Virus Type 2; four outbreaks.


Anthrax virus detected in swine.


Outbreaks of African Swine fever virus reported in pigs.

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Middle East

Iraq Highly pathogenic Avian Influenza virus H5N1 reported; six outbreaks throughout the country. Over 600,000 birds destroyed.

Highly pathogenic Avian Influenza virus H5N1 reported. 20,000 birds died; 60,000 destroyed. 

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North America

USA – California

First birds infected with West Nile virus found this year. The virus has been reported in crows. Samples of mosquitoes tested positive for WNV in different counties.

USA – Colorado

Human West Nile virus case reported.

USA – Florida

A horse tested positive for West Nile virus and for Eastern equine encephalitis (EEE).

USA – Illinois

The state has recorded the first human case of West Nile virus in 2016. In 2015 Illinois had 77 cases, out of which came 9 deaths.

USA – Illinois

A batch of mosquitoes tested positive for West Nile virus.

USA – Mississippi

First human cases of West Nile virus confirmed in 2016. Four cases reported this year so far. In 2015, the state had 38 WNV cases and one death.

USA –Missouri

Low pathogenic Avian Influenza H5N1 in birds.

USA – Nebraska

A person tested positive for West Nile virus; first human case this season.

USA – Oklahoma

Mosquito carrying West Nile virus found in Tulsa.

USA – Pennsylvania

Two pools of mosquitos and one resident of the state tested positive for West Nile virus.

USA – South Carolina

Two people are being treated for rabies after being bitten by a fox that subsequently tested positive for the disease.

USA – South Dakota

The state has its first confirmed human case of West Nile virus this year. The first West Nile virus detection this season was in a mosquito pool.

USA – Texas

Human case of West Nile virus reported; first case in Texas. Mosquito traps tested positive for WNV.

USA – Wisconsin  

Officials reported first bird that has tested positive for West Nile virus.

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A simulation exercise has taken place in the State of Western Australia, based on a Foot-and-mouth disease scenario.

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South America

Mexico A new outbreak of highly pathogenic avian influenza (H7N3 strain) has been reported at a commercial layers farm.


Small hive beetle infestation (Aethina tumida) in beehives.

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