Disease

Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus (MERS-CoV) – Bahrain

On 10 April 2016, the National IHR Focal Point of Bahrain notified WHO of a fatal case of Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus (MERS-CoV). This is the first case reported in Bahrain.

Newcastle Disease – Israel

Nine more outbreaks of Newcastle disease have been found in Israel. The outbreaks occurred in the Hazafon, Haifa and Hamerkaz provinces.

Over 70,000 birds died and 260,000 were destroyed in the nine outbreaks, which occurred in broilers, breeders and backyard chickens. Some of the outbreaks were not detected by clinical signs, but rather by active surveillance measures put in place to combat the disease.

The source of the outbreak was unknown, and the authorities are fighting the outbreak by disinfection, stamping out, movement controls, zoning and quarantine measures.

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