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December 19, 2016


New strain of bird flu detected in France and Poland (Global Animal Disease Update) (Dec 16, 2016)


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A new strain of bird flu was detected in France and Poland this week. The following report contains an overview of the disease situation.


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


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


The information was received by the OIE on December 13 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 December 1, with six outbreaks reported in Lot-et-garonne, Gers, Pyrenees-atlantiques and Aveyron. 140 fatal cases were identified in birds, resulting in 7,850 birds becoming susceptible, and 950 destroyed. The source of the outbreaks was unknown.


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


2.   Reoccurrence of highly pathogenic avian influenza virus detected in Hungary


Reoccurrence of highly pathogenic avian influenza virus, serotype H5N8, was detected in Hungary, the OIE reports.


The information was received by the OIE on December 13 from Dr. Lajos Bognár, Deputy State Secretary Chief Veterinary Officer, Food Chain Safety Department, Ministry of Agriculture, Budapest, Hungary.


The outbreak event was reported to have started on November 3, with 33 outbreaks reported in Bacs-Kiskun, Csongrad and Bekes. 303,141 birds became susceptible. The number of cases identified was not calculated because of missing information. The source of the outbreaks was fomites, airborne spread and contact with wild species.


Control measures, among others, included quarantine, movement control inside the country, disinfection, traceability, official disposal of carcasses, by-products and waste, surveillance within containment and protection zones, 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 December 14 from Dr. Tomislav Kiš, Assistant to Minister, Veterinary and Food Safety Directorate, Ministry of Agriculture, Zagreb, Croatia.


The outbreak event was reported to have started on September 26, with ten outbreaks reported in Istarska, Licko-senjska, Sisacko-moslavacka and Splitsko-dalmatinska. 11 cases were identified in cattle, resulting in 202 cattle becoming susceptible. The source of the outbreaks was unknown.


Control measures, among others, included vaccination in response to the outbreaks, disinfection and control of vectors. No treatment was given to affected animals.


4.   New stain of highly pathogenic avian influenza virus detected in Poland


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


The information was received by the OIE on December 16 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 December 13 in Lubuskie province in the western part of Poland. 329 fatal cases were identified in birds, resulting in 671 others becoming susceptible, which were all destroyed. The source of the outbreaks was unknown.


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.

 


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