Animal Health Technical Working Group (TWG) Meeting on Fleming Fund Project Activities.

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...

  • May/07/2021 12:49 PM
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FMD: Lamgong, Paro

An outbreak of foot-and-mouth disease (FMD) in pigs has been reported from Ngoba village, Lamgong gewog, Paro dzongkhag on 4 May 2021. As per the flash report, the outbreak has started on 2 May and a total of 6 young pigs were affected and one died of the infection, confirmed as FMD by PCR at NVL, Serbithang on 4 May 2021. In line with the National FMD Prevention and Control Plan 2020, all the necessary prevention and control measures have been implemented by the Dzongkhag Livestock Sector, Paro.

  • May/04/2021 6:16 PM
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Rabies: Gelegphu, Sarpang

A rabies disease outbreak was reported from Samdrupling village, Gelegphu gewog, Sarpang dzongkhag on 29 April 2021. The field report shared states that the outbreak has started on 24 April 2021, and a total of 2 adult dogs were affected. 5 dogs and a cat suspected to have exposed have been undergoing PEP and kept under observation. All other necessary prevention and control measures have been implemented in line with the National Rabies Prevention and Control Plan 2017.

  • Apr/30/2021 9:13 AM
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Rabies: Dekiling, Sarpang

A suspected rabies outbreak reported on 1 April 2021 from Chhoekhorling village, Sarpang dzongkhag was confirmed as rabies through rapid antigen test and reported on 21 April 2021. As per the flash report shared on 21 April, a total of 3 dogs, 5 cattle and 1 goat in Chhoekhorling and Jigmeling village have died of the disease, and 20 dogs and 2 cattle suspected to have exposed have been kept under observation. A mass dog vaccination campaign in the area was conducted in December 2020, and most of the dogs kept under observation have received their annual vaccination. In line with the National Rabies Prevention and Control Plan 2017, all the...

  • Apr/26/2021 11:19 AM
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Rabies: Phuentshogling, Chhukha

A doe, adult female goat, in lower Kabreytar, Phuentshogling gewog, Chhukha dzongkhag, suspected of rabies and kept under observation since 19 April 2021, died and tested positive for rabies on 22 April 2021. As per the flash report shared, the case was suspected to have spread from earlier rabies cases reported from the area. All the prevention and control measures have been implemented by the TVH&SL, Phuentshogling, aligning with the National Rabies Prevention and Control Plan 2017.

  • Apr/22/2021 7:26 PM
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Suspected HS: Sangbay, Haa

A suspected outbreak of haemorrhagic septicaemia (HS) in cattle was reported from Babji and Zomtokha villages of Sangbay gewog, Haa dzongkhag on 22 April 2021. As per the flash report shared, the outbreak has started on 18 April 2021 and a total of 6 young cattle were affected, of which 3 died. All the necessary prevention and control measures have been implemented by the Dzongkhag Livestock Sector, including ring vaccination in the protection zone.

  • Apr/22/2021 9:49 AM
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Hands-on training for laboratory technicians on diagnosis of rabies by FAT, 12 - 16 April 2021, NCAH

A 5-day hands-on training for laboratory technicians on rabies diagnosis using Fluorescence Antibody Test (FAT) was conducted from 12th to 16th April 2021 at the National Centre for Animal Health, Serbithang, Thimphu. About 17 participants attended the training, representing the National Veterinary Laboratory, Serbithang; National Veterinary Hospital, Motithang; Regional Livestock Development Centre, Tshimasham, Wangdue, Zhemgang and Kanglung; and Dzongkhag Veterinary Laboratory, Dagana, Tsirang, Thimphu, Lhuentse, Chhukha and Wangdue Phodrang. The training was conducted with the main objective to enhance the laboratory diagnostic capacity...

  • Apr/17/2021 10:16 AM
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Suspected IBD: Darla, Chhukha

A suspected outbreak of Infectious bursal disease (IBD) was reported from Chumilakha village of Darla gewog, Chhukha dzongkhag on 15 April 2021. As per the flash report shared, the outbreak was detected on 14 April 2021 and a total of 35 young (43 days old) broiler chickens have died of the infection. The samples have been referred to the National Centre for Animal Health (NCAH), Serbithang for confirmatory diagnosis. All the necessary control measures have been implemented by the RLDC, Tsimasham and DLS, Chhukha.

  • Apr/15/2021 10:39 PM
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FMD: Ge-nyen, Thimphu

An outbreak of foot-and-mouth disease (FMD) was reported from Zamtog village, Ge-nyen gewog, Thimphu dzongkhag on 15 April 2021. The outbreak has started on 4 April 2021, and a total of 3 bullocks in 2 households were affected; however, no mortality was reported. The serum samples have tested positive to rapid antibody and ELISA (sandwich) tests at the National Veterinary Laboratory (NVL), Serbithang, and O strains were detected. All the prevention and control measures have been implemented, including ring vaccination, by the Dzongkhag Livestock Sector, Thimphu.

  • Apr/15/2021 10:39 PM
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FMD: Dangchhu, Wangdue Phodrang

An outbreak of foot-and-mouth disease (FMD) in cattle was reported from Uesagang village, Dangchhu gewog, Wangdue Phodrang dzongkhag on 1 Apr 2021. As per the flash and follow-up reports shared, the outbreak has started from 28 March 2021, and during the outbreak investigation conducted by a team comprising officials from the RDLC and DLS, Wangdue Phodrang on 2 April 2021, it was found that a total of 12 cattle were affected; however, no mortality was reported. Since cattle from the affected village share common grazing grounds with the cattle and yak herds of Saephu gewog, and with the ongoing FMD outbreak reported from few villages of Saephu...

  • Apr/08/2021 3:20 PM
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