France confirms 200 avian flu cases in poultry
Battle against highly pathogenic avian influenza continues in Europe
New outbreaks of highly pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI) in poultry have been reported in France, Germany, Poland, Czech Republic and Sweden over the last week.
France’s avian influenza losses mount
The battle continues to gain control over H5N8 HPAI in the duck- and goose-growing center of southwest France.
According to the latest report of the ministry of agriculture to the World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE), 24 outbreaks were confirmed in the second half of January. More than 103,000 birds are confirmed lost to the disease in that report alone, and not all the affected birds were included in the report. Culling is being carried out preemptively, and more than 90,000 birds were destroyed as a result of the latest outbreaks.
On February 9th, France’s ministry of agriculture put the total number of HPAI outbreaks in poultry at 227 - an increase of 29 from last week.
As part of the procedure for testing wild and domestic poultry for the H5N8 HPAI virus, the veterinary service has also been able to detect other avian flu viruses. In the last week, these have included two low-pathogenic viruses – H5N1 in a waterfowl flock, and H5N3 at a duck farm.
New H5N8 HPAI outbreaks in other European countries
According to Germany’s federal ministry of food and agriculture (BMEL), the number of outbreaks has reached 58, including zoos and animal parks - an increase of 17 from a week ago.
Thirty-one outbreaks were confirmed by the German authorities to the OIE…