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January 23, 2017
 
New strain of H5N8 detected in Croatia, Greece and Poland (Global Animal Disease Update) (January 20, 2017)
 
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A new strain of H5N8 was detected in Croatia, Greece and Poland this week. The following report contains an overview of the disease situation.
 
EUROPE

1.  New strain of highly pathogenic avian influenza virus detected in Croatia

A new strain of highly pathogenic avian influenza virus, serotype H5N8, was detected in Croatia, the World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE) reports.

The information was received by the OIE on January 16 from Dr. Damir Agičić, Assistant to Minister, Chief Veterinary Officer, Veterinary and Food Safety Directorate, CRO Ministry of Agriculture, Zagreb, Croatia.

The outbreak event was reported to have started on January 3, with one outbreak reported in Zagrebacka. 40 fatal cases were identified in birds, resulting in 927 birds becoming susceptible. The source of the outbreaks was unknown.

Control measures, among others, included disinfection and official disposal of carcasses, by-products and waste. Vaccination is prohibited and no treatment was given to affected animals.

2.  New strain of highly pathogenic avian influenza virus detected in Greece

A new strain of highly pathogenic avian influenza virus, serotype H5N8, was detected in Greece, the OIE reports.

The information was received by the OIE on January 17 from Mr. Spiros Doudounakis, Director, Animal Health Directorate, Directorate General of Veterinary Services/Animal Health Directorare , Ministry of Rural Development and Food , Athens, Greece.

The outbreak event was reported to have started on January 12, with one outbreak reported in Peloponnisos. 28,000 cases were identified in birds, resulting in 28,000 became susceptible, which were all destroyed. The source of the outbreaks was unknown.

Control measures, among others, included movement control inside the country, screening, disinfection, traceability, quarantine, surveillance outside and within containment and protection zones, official destruction of animal products, and zoning. Vaccination is prohibited and no treatment was given to affected animals.

3.  Reoccurrence of bluetongue virus detected in Croatia

Reoccurrence of bluetongue virus, serotype 4, was detected in Croatia, the OIE reports.

The information was received by the OIE on January 18 from Dr. Damir Agičić, Assistant to Minister, Chief Veterinary Officer, Veterinary and Food Safety Directorate, CRO Ministry of Agriculture, Zagreb, Croatia.

The outbreak event was reported to have started on September 26, 2016, with five outbreaks reported in Splitsko-Dalmatinska, Sibensko-Kninska, Istarska and Zadarska. Six cases were identified in cattle, resulting in 175 cattle becoming susceptible. One cattle and 19 sheep died. The source of the outbreaks was unknown.

Control measures, among others, included vaccination in response to the outbreaks, disinfection and control of vectors. Vaccination is permitted but no treatment was given to affected animals.

4.  New strain of bluetongue virus detected in Italy

A new strain of bluetongue virus, serotype 4, was detected in Italy, the OIE reports.

The information was received by the OIE on January 17 from Prof. Dr. Romano Marabelli, Chief Veterinary Officer, Secretary General, Ministry of Health, Rome, Italy.

The outbreak event was reported to have started on September 1, 2016, with three outbreaks reported in Friuli-Venezia Giulia. 17 cases were identified in cattle, resulting in 101 cattle becoming susceptible and one cattle dying. The source of the outbreaks was vectors.

Control measures, among others, included movement control inside the country, screening and zoning. Vaccination is permitted but no treatment was given to affected animals.

5.  First occurrence of highly pathogenic avian influenza virus detected in Czech Republic

A first occurrence of highly pathogenic avian influenza virus, serotype H5N8, was detected in Czech Republic, the OIE reports.

The information was received by the OIE on January 18 from Dr. Zbyněk Semerád, Director General, State Veterinary Administration, Veterinary Administration, Prague, Czech Republic.

The outbreak event was reported to have started on January 4, with one outbreak reported in Jihocesky. Nine fatal cases were identified in birds, resulting in 117 became susceptible, which were all destroyed. The source of the outbreaks was contact with wild species.

Control measures, among others, included movement control inside the country, screening, disinfection, quarantine, an zoning. Vaccination is prohibited and no treatment was given to affected animals.

6.  New strain of highly pathogenic avian influenza virus detected in Poland

A new strain of highly pathogenic avian influenza virus, serotype H5N8, was detected in Poland, the OIE reports.

The information was received by the OIE on January 18 from Dr. Krzysztof Jazdzewski, Deputy Chief Veterinary Officer, Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development, General Veterinary Inspectorate, Varsovie, Poland.

The outbreak event was reported to have started on November 5, 2016, with one outbreak reported in Wielkopolskie. 1,652 fatal cases were identified in birds, resulting in 3,859 birds becoming susceptible, which were all destroyed. The source of the outbreaks was contact with wild species.

Control measures, among others, included screening, disinfection, traceability, surveillance outside and within containment and protection zones, official destruction of animal products, official disposal of carcasses, by-products and waste, and zoning. Vaccination is prohibited and no treatment was given to affected animals.

7.  Reoccurrence of African swine fever virus detected in Poland

Reoccurrence of African swine fever virus was detected in Poland, the OIE reports.

The information was received by the OIE on January 18 from Dr. Krzysztof Jazdzewski, Deputy Chief Veterinary Officer, Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development, General Veterinary Inspectorate, Varsovie, Poland.

The outbreak event was reported to have started on May 22, 2014, with seven outbreaks reported in Lubelskie, Mazowieckie and Podlaskie. 11 fatal cases were identified in wild boar. The source of the outbreaks was unknown.

Control measures, among others, included movement control inside the country, screening, control of wildlife reservoirs and zoning. Vaccination is permitted but no treatment was given to affected animals.

ASIA

8.  Reoccurrence of highly pathogenic avian influenza virus detected in Russia

Reoccurrence of highly pathogenic avian influenza virus, serotype H5, was detected in Russia, the OIE reports.

The information was received by the OIE on January 16 from Dr. Evgeny Nepoklonov, Deputy Head, Federal Service for Veterinary and Phytosanitary Surveillance, Ministry of Agriculture, Moscow, Russia.

The outbreak event was reported to have started on December 6, 2016, with three outbreaks reported in Krasnodarskiy Kray and Rostovskaya Oblast. 2,530 fatal cases were identified in birds, resulting in 226,966 birds becoming susceptible, and 219,559 birds were destroyed. The source of the outbreaks was unknown.

Control measures, among others, included movement control inside the country, screening, disinfection, quarantine, official disposal of carcasses, by-products and waste, and control of wildlife reservoirs. Vaccination is permitted but no treatment was given to affected animals.

9.  Reoccurrence of highly pathogenic avian influenza virus detected in Japan

Reoccurrence of highly pathogenic avian influenza virus, serotype H5N6, was detected in Japan, the OIE reports.

The information was received by the OIE on January 16 from Dr. Kazuo Ito, Director, International Animal Health Affairs Office, Animal Health Division, Food Safety and Consumer Affairs Bureau, Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries, Tokyo, Japan.

The outbreak event was reported to have started on November 28, 2016, with one outbreak reported in Gifu. 100 fatal cases were identified in birds, resulting in 78,184 birds becoming susceptible, which were all destroyed. The source of the outbreaks was unknown.

Control measures, among others, included movement control inside the country, screening, disinfection and quarantine. Vaccination is prohibited but no treatment was given to affected animals.
 


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