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February 10, 2017
 
New strains of bird flu reported in Europe (Global Animal Disease Update) (Feb 10, 2017)
 
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New strains of bird flu were reported in Europe this week. The following report contains an overview of the disease situation.

EUROPE

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

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

The information was received by the OIE on February 10 from Dr. Loic Evain, Directeur Général adjoint, CVO, Direction générale de l'alimentation, Ministère de l'Agriculture, de l'Agroalimentaire et de la Forêt, Paris, France.

The outbreak event was reported to have started on November 25, with 32 outbreaks in the southern part of France. 60 fatal cases were identified in birds, resulting in 65,080 becoming susceptible, of which 54,056 were destroyed. The source of the outbreaks was unknown.

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

2.  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 February 9 from Dr. Krzysztof Jazdzewski, Deputy Chief Veterinary Officer, Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development, General Veterinary Inspectorate, Varsovie, Poland.

The outbreak was reported to have started on February 6 in Ozorowice, Wisznia Mala, Trzebnicki, Dolnoslaskie. 1,236 fatalities were reported in birds, resulting in 20,775 others becoming susceptible which were all destroyed. The source of the outbreaks was unknown.

Control measures, among others, included screening, disinfection, traceability, surveillance within and outside 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.

3.  New strain of highly pathogenic avian influenza virus detected in Germany

A new strain of highly pathogenic avian influenza virus, serotype H5N5, was detected in Germany, the OIE reports.

The information was received by the OIE on February 9 from Dr. Karin Schwabenbauer, Ministerial Dirigentin and Chief Veterinary Officer, Directorate of Animal Health, Animal Welfare, Bundesministerium für Ernährung und Landwirtschaft (BMEL), Bonn, Germany.

The outbreak was reported to have started on January 23 in Süderau, Steinburg, Schleswig-Holstein. 500 fatalities were reported in turkeys, resulting in 14,110 other 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, traceability, quarantine, surveillance within and outside containment and protection zones, official destruction of animal products, official disposal of carcasses, by-products and waste, control of wildlife reservoirs, and zoning. Vaccination is prohibited and no treatment was given to affected animals.

4.  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 the Czech Republic, the OIE reports.

The information was received by the OIE on February 8 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 9 outbreaks reported across the country. 367 fatalities were identified in birds, resulting in 21,433 others becoming 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, traceability, quarantine, and zoning. Vaccination is prohibited and no treatment was given to affected animals.

ASIA

5.  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 February 10 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 was reported to have started on February 4 in Kouhoku-machi, Saga. 40 fatalities were reported, resulting in 70,743 other 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 and no treatment was given to affected animals.
 


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