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Reuters: Tue Nov 25, 2014

(Reuters) - India has found two outbreaks of a highly contagious bird flu virus in the southern state of Kerala, prompting the authorities to cull more than 200,000 birds, the World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE) said on Tuesday.

The virus itself killed about 15,000 infected ducks in Kottayam and another 500 in nearby Alappuzha, the first cases of the disease in the country since February this year, the Paris-based OIE reported on its website, citing data submitted by the Indian ministry of agriculture. 

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20 November 2014, ECDC: Rapid Risk Assessment- Outbreaks of highly pathogenic avian influenza A(H5N8) in Europe

This Rapid Risk Assessment (RRA) summarises the epidemiological, virological and environmental information relating to outbreaks of highly pathogenic avian influenza A virus subtype H5N8 in Germany, the Netherlands and the UK by 19 November 2014, and assesses the risk to public health in the EU/EEA associated with the outbreak. 

View the full document (PDF):  http://www.ecdc.europa.eu/en/publications/Publications/H5N8-influenza-Eu...

 

A 30-year-old woman from Beni Mazar Center in Minia Governorate [Al Minya], Egypt is the 8th confirmed human case of H5N1 avian influenza [AI] reported in 2014 in the North African country.According to a Egyptian Ministry of Health press statement (machine translation), the woman was exposed to sick birds (domestic breeding). The statement notes the patient exhibited symptoms on Tue 11 Nov 2014, including fever, sore throat and cough, difficulty breathing and pain in the joints. 

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