Five Kazakhstan regions record avian influenza

Five Kazakhstan regions record avian influenza

More than 14,000 poultry have died in Kazakhstan in less than two weeks. The loss was recorded in five regions of the country at once, including North Kazakhstan, Pavlodar, Karagandy, Akmola and Kostanai regions. This was reported at a briefing in the Central Communications Service by Kazakh Deputy Minister of Agriculture Gulmira Issayeva. She informed that specialists have already found out the source of the infection. They are wild birds, which probably infected the poultry through while using the same reservoirs. Fortunately, experts assured that the disease is not dangerous for people.

“Epizootic research showed that the mortality began with the death of wild birds that are currently migrating from north to south. Reinfection occurred through the use of the same water bodies, where local poultry was infected. The final diagnosis was made after laboratory tests – highly pathogenic avian influenza,” she said.

Entrepreneurs of North Kazakhstan region suffered the most from the avian influenza outbreak. According to the ministry, eleven districts of this region have registered more than 11,000 deaths of the poultry of various species over the period from September 9 to 21 alone. Timiryazev, Shal akyn, Taiynsha, Zhambyl, Kyzylzhar, Magzhan Zhumabayev and Gabit Musirepov districts imposed the quarantine. Sick birds are seized and killed there, a ban was introduced on transit of live poultry from the quarantine zone, hatching eggs, down and feathers, poultry meat and all types of poultry products, feed and feed additives for poultry as well as already used equipment for keeping, slaughtering and cutting poultry.