Riyadh: Saudi Arabia has reported an outbreak of the highly pathogenic H5N8 bird flu virus on a poultry farm in Riyadh.
In a statement posted on SPA, the Ministry of Environment, Water and Agriculture said that the emergency teams were able to control the epicentre of the outbreak of the virus.
The outbreak, which occurred in Sudair in the central region of the Saudi capital, killed 22,700 birds, the World Organization for Animal Health (OIE) said, citing a ministry report.
The other 385,300 birds in the flock were slaughtered, it said. The case was the first outbreak of the H5N8 virus in Saudi Arabia since July 2018, according to Saudi Gazette.