Israel Confirms Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza Outbreaks
The country of Israel reported highly pathogenic avian influenza (AI) outbreaks in poultry and wild birds during December 2020, according to the latest World Organization for Animal Health (OIE) report.
The OIE stated last time that the virus was diagnosed in Israel was in January 2020 in a Bonelli's eagle in the desert. And the last time that it was diagnosed in a commercial farm was in April 2019, in a northern turkey farm.
Due to the ongoing circulation of various strains (H5N1, H5N2, H5N8, H7N8, etc), outbreaks of AI continue to be a global public health concern. There are many AI virus strains, which are usually classified into two categories according to the severity of the disease in poultry: low pathogenic strains, which typically cause few or no clinical signs in poultry, and highly pathogenic strains, which can cause severe clinical signs and potentially high mortality rates among poultry, says the OIE.
The OIE avian influenza Vaccine Bank has been closed, but it paved the way for the creation of foot-and-mouth disease, rabies (dogs), and Peste des petits ruminants Vaccine Banks.
Avian influenza is not related to the annual flu virus.