THIKA (Xinhua) -- At least six people have been hospitalized and slaughter houses closed indefinitely in Kiambu County, eastern Kenya after a suspected outbreak of anthrax in the region.

Thika — A slaughterhouse in Makongeni, Thika has been shut down after six people were admitted at Thika level 5 Hospital following an anthrax outbreak suspected to have emanated from the abattoir.

Avian H9N2 and 2009 pandemic H1N1 (pH1N1) influenza viruses can infect pigs and humans, raising the concern that H9N2:pH1N1 reassortant viruses could emerge. Such reassortants demonstrated increased replication and transmissibility in pig, but were still inefficient when compared to pH1N1. Here, we evaluated if a reassortant virus containing the hemagglutinin and neuraminidase of A/quail/Hong Kong/G1/1997 (H9N2) in the A/California/04/2009 (pH1N1) backbone could become better adapted to pigs by serial passaging.

As a result of the quarantine, no meat or animal products including milk and ghee are allowed out of the area.

Vets have ruled out an anthrax outbreak in Laikipia County where a suspected zoonotic disease has killed wild animals in the region.

Maiduguri — The Borno State Commissioner for Health, Dr. Haruna Mshelia, yesterday confirmed the outbreak of Lassa fever in Jere Local Government Area of the state.

The first case of foot-and-mouth disease in South Korea since March 2016 was confirmed, according to the country’s Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs (MAFRA).

ROURKELA: Even as broiler poultry birds remain unaffected by the bird flu virus, an abrupt drop in consumption of chicken has been noticed over the last 25 days leaving poultry vendors and farmers

AHMEDABAD: Why did authorities shift H5N1-infected birds from Hathijan, on city outskirts, to densely populated Memnagar, at the centre of the city?

Incidentally, culling of poultry and bird of other exotic species had to be done in Hathijan village of Ahmedabad a few days ago after outbreak of bird flu was confirmed

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