An outbreak of Black quarter (BQ) was reported on 15 July 2021 from Bolphay village of Udzorong gewog, Trashigang dzongkhag. As per the flash report, a total of 2 cattle were affected, including 1 death. All the necessary control and preventive measures have been implemented by the Dzongkhag Livestock Sector, Trashigang.
An adult female dog in Jigmeling village, Dekiling gewog, Sarpang dzongkhag reportedly tested positive to rapid Ag test for rabies on 8 July 2021. All the animals (3 cattle and 3 dogs) suspected to have exposed have been kept under observation. In line with the National Rabies Prevention and Control Plan 2017, all the necessary prevention and control measures have been implemented by the TVH&SL, Gelegphu and DLS, Sarpang.
A cow in Zhungkhar village, Maenbi gewog, Lhuentse gewog was suspected to have died of Anthrax, a disease caused by the spore-forming bacterium Bacillus anthracis, on 5th July 2021. To confirm the disease, necessary samples were collected and referred to NVL, Serbithang. All the necessary prevention and control measures have been implemented by the Dzongkhag Livestock Sector, Lhuentse.
An outbreak of Foot-and-mouth disease (FMD) was reported from Zeal village, Nyishog gewog, Wangdue Phodrang dzongkhag on 17 June 2021 affecting 7 cattle; however, no mortality was reported. All the necessary prevention and control measures have been implemented in line with the Nation FMD Prevention and Control Plan.
An outbreak of foot-and-mouth disease (FMD) in cattle was reported from Papling village, Maedabkha gewog, Chhukha dzongkhag on 26 May 2021. As per the flash report shared, the outbreak which has started on 23 May 2021 has affected 9 cattle in a household; however, no mortality was reported. All the necessary control and preventive measures have been implemented by the Dzongkhag Livestock Sector, Chhukha.
The mass dog sterilization and vaccination campaign launched on 25th March 2021 is still ongoing and the present field clinic at the Dzongkhag Veterinary Hospital, Ramtokto will cover both south and north Thimphu. The earlier field clinic which was set up at Deobum lam has covered the dogs in core town area. As of 11th May 2021, a total of 1363 dogs and 85 cats were sterilized. Of the total dogs sterilized, 1144 were stray and 269 were owned. Dog catching nets and hand petting are the two predominant methods that are being used to catch stray dogs in this campaign. However, 95 stray dogs had to be caught by darting while only 14 stray dogs were...
An outbreak of Anthrax in cattle was reported from Yamringma village of Ramjar gewog, Trashi Yangtse dzongkhag on 11 May 2021. As per the disease outbreak investigation report shared, the outbreak has started on the morning of 10 May 2021 and affected 3 Jersey-cross cows in a private semi-commercial farm. All the necessary prevention and control measures have been implemented by the RLDC, Kanglung and DLS, Trashi Yangtse.
A suspected outbreak of goat pox was reported from lower Yagang village of Darla gewog, Chhukha dzongkhag on 8 May 2021. As per the flash report, the outbreak has affected a total of 31 goats of 3 different households, and 10 died of the infection. For confirmation of the disease, samples will soon be referred to the National Veterinary Laboratory, NCAH, Serbithang. All the prevention and control measures have been implemented.
An outbreak of foot-and-mouth disease (FMD) was reported from Chumina village of Loggchina gewog, Chhukha dzongkhag on 8 March 2021. As per the report shared by the Regional Livestock Development Centre, Tsimasham, a total of 20 cattle were affected; however, no mortality was reported. The outbreak was suspected to be an extension of the FMD outbreak reported earlier from Somelakha village, one of the nearby villages. The FMD affected areas could not be accessed at the moment due to Covid-related travel restrictions; however, all the necessary prevention and control measures have been advised for implementation through telephone communication.
Under the Ministry of Agriculture & Forests, various organizations involved for AMR activities under Fleming Fund Project include National Veterinary Laboratory, two Regional Livestock Development Centres under Department of Livestock (DoL) and National Food Testing Laboratory, Bhutan Agriculture and Food Regulatory Authority (BAFRA). Since, two different organizations are involved, it is necessary to improve co-ordination of Fleming Fund activities. Hence, a two-day Animal Health TWG meeting was held w.e.f. 4th to 5th of May 2021 at Tashi Namgay Resort, Paro. The main objectives of the meeting were to review the activities carried out, discuss...