No new cases of avian flu recorded, says Saudi ministry

No new cases of avian flu recorded, says Saudi ministry
Updated 21 April 2018

No new cases of avian flu recorded, says Saudi ministry

No new cases of avian flu recorded, says Saudi ministry

JEDDAH: The Ministry of Environment, Water and Agriculture announced on Friday that no cases of H5N8 avian flu had been recorded in Saudi Arabia in the previous 24 hours.

The ministry said 13,923 samples had been collected from the Saudi regions since the beginning of the spread of the disease.

The results revealed that 182 of these samples tested positive. As many as 4,068 birds were culled in the previous 24 hours.

On the other hand, awareness and survey campaigns will continue in all regions of the Kingdom.

In January, the Saudi Wildlife Authority (SWA) enforced a ban on the hunting of migratory birds to help prevent avian influenza. The migratory birds include houbara bustards, passerines, pelicans, cranes and turtle doves.