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Infectious H5N8 bird flu spreads to two more governorates in Riyadh

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Riyadh – The infectious bird flu disease (H5N8) has spread to two new governorates in the province of Riyadh in Saudi Arabia.

New cases of the avian influenza were discovered at Al-Quaiya and Dharma.

The H5N8 disease was first discovered at Al-Aziziya Market before hitting the governorates of Al-Kharj and Huraimila.

The Ministry of the Environment, Water and Agriculture reported 8 new cases at a poultry project in Riyadh, which led to the culling of 85627 birds.

The authorities have also culled 1232 birds at 12 locations in the region of Mazahmiya.

Saudi Arabia had confirmed an outbreak of highly contagious bird flu in Riyadh that led to the culling of nearly 16,000 ducks, the World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE) said last Friday.

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