No cases of H5N8 avian flu recorded in Saudi Arabia

As many as 5,182 birds were culled in the past 24 hours ending Sunday. (Shutterstock)
Updated 01 May 2018
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No cases of H5N8 avian flu recorded in Saudi Arabia

  • Bird flu strains have hit poultry flocks in a number of countries across the world in recent years

JEDDAH: The Ministry of Environment, Water and Agriculture on Sunday announced that no cases of H5N8 avian flu have been recorded in the Kingdom in the past 24 hours.

In its daily briefing, the ministry affirmed that the number of samples collected from the Kingdom’s regions since the beginning of the spread of the disease reached 14,096. The results disclosed that 182 of these samples tested positive. As many as 5,182 birds were culled in the past 24 hours ending Sunday. 

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 (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. AN,


Two Holy Mosques program receives international award

The Two Holy Mosques program has received the Sharjah International Cultural Heritage award for its achievements. (SPA)
Updated 22 May 2018
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Two Holy Mosques program receives international award

  • The state adopted the program presented by the SCTH four years ago
  • King Salman’s initiative to care for cultural heritage is one of the outputs presented by the SCTH

RIYADH: The Two Holy Mosques program to care for the Kingdom’s cultural heritage has received the Sharjah International Cultural Heritage award for its achievements.
It was described as an unprecedented national program sponsoring projects and efforts related to all aspects of national heritage.
King Salman’s initiative to care for cultural heritage is one of the outputs presented by the SCTH, sponsored and financed by the country, and it is being carried out as part of the important initiatives of Saudi Vision 2030 with more than SR5 billion ($1.3 billion) allocated in the current phase. The initiative includes 10 courses, each under implementation consisting of a number of main projects that amount to more than 330 in total.
The state adopted the program presented by the SCTH four years ago and financed within the National Transformation Program with more than SR4 billion ($1 billion).
The program includes the establishment of 18 museums in the Kingdom, 80 heritage sites and opening them to visitors, the restoration of 18 villages and traditional towns to visitors.