Saudi agriculture official: Bird flu cases at Riyadh farm under control

Saudi Arabia’s Ministry of Environment, Water and Agriculture identified several cases of bird flu at a poultry farm in Riyadh and has killed 35,000 birds. (File/AFP)
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Updated 07 February 2020

Saudi agriculture official: Bird flu cases at Riyadh farm under control

  • Saudis were urged not to hunt migratory or wild birds in order to prevent the risk of contracting the virus
  • 35,000 birds who had been in contact with the infected birds were killed to prevent the spread of the virus

RIYADH: Saudi Arabia’s Ministry of Environment, Water and Agriculture identified several cases of bird flu at a poultry farm in Huraymila, Riyadh and has killed 35,000 birds who had been in contact with the infected birds.
Ministry spokesman Dr. Abdullah Aba Al-Khail said that the subtype of the Influenza A virus diagnosed was H5N8 which only affects birds and cannot be transferred to humans.
The spokesman noted the importance of biosecurity at such facilities and called on poultry farmers to be vigilant, put in place appropriate preventive measures when dealing with birds, and not to introduce new birds during the current period.
He also urged Saudis not to hunt migratory or wild birds in order to prevent the risk of contracting the virus, and to inform the Livestock Emergency Room (on the toll-free number 8002470000) of any suspected cases, or instances of multiple bird deaths.


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