One case of H5N8 avian flu recorded in Al-Kharj

A photo taken January 31, 2017 shows two doves eating food leftovers from a coffee table at a cafe in the Saudi capital Riyadh's central street of Tahliya. (AFP)
Updated 17 April 2018
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One case of H5N8 avian flu recorded in Al-Kharj

  • Bird flu strains have hit poultry flocks in a number of countries
  • Saudi Wildlife Authority enforced a ban on the hunting of migratory birds

RIYADH: The Ministry of Environment, Water and Agriculture on Monday announced detection of two cases of H5N8 avian flu in Al-Kharj governorate, reported the Saudi Press Agency.
Saudi authorities are actively taking measures to contain the virus. In its daily briefing, the ministry affirmed that the number of samples collected from different parts of the Kingdom since the first case was reported reached 13, 861.
Bird flu strains have hit poultry flocks in a number of countries across the world in recent years, with some types of the disease also causing human infections and deaths. H5N8 is highly pathogenic to birds (meaning high death rates) and was first discovered in Ireland in 1983.
Since then it has been reported in numerous locations around the world. This strain, however, has not caused any human infections so far anywhere in the world.
According to an Arab News report published in January, the Saudi Wildlife Authority enforced a ban on the hunting of migratory birds to help prevent avian influenza.
The migratory birds include houbara bustards, passerines, flamingos, pelicans, cranes and turtle doves.


Saudi Arabia’s King Abdulaziz competition for memorizing Quran kicks off in Madinah

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Saudi Arabia’s King Abdulaziz competition for memorizing Quran kicks off in Madinah

JEDDAH: The King Abdulaziz International competition for memorizing, reciting and interpreting the Qur’an in its 40th edition will kick off at the Prophet’s Mosque in Madinah, under the patronage of King Salman.
The competition will start on Muharram 26 in the Islamic calendar, corresponding to Oct. 6 in the Gregorian calendar, until the beginning of Saffar (Oct. 10).
Minister of Islamic affairs, Endowments, Dawah and Guidance, Abdullatif Al-Sheikh, commended King Salman for his special care and attention for the competition.
Al-Sheikh said this international challenge encourages Muslims to memorize, recite and interpret the Qur’an.
He noted that the ministry has completed its preparations to receive participants for the competition.
This is the first time this major competition will be held at the Masjid Al-Nabawi (Prophet’s Mosque) in Madinah.