Avian flu persists in Europe’s top poultry raising nations
France, Germany, Poland, Italy and UK confirm new cases of avian influenza
In the last week, national veterinary agencies have confirmed new outbreaks of highly pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI) in commercial poultry in France, Germany, Poland, Italy and the United Kingdom (U.K.).
France: Number of outbreaks exceeds 260
There have been 263 confirmed outbreaks of HPAI caused by the H5N8 virus in French poultry flocks, according to a ministry of agriculture report dated February 16. That is an increase of 36 for the week.
According to the ministry’s latest weekly report to the World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE), a further 32 new outbreaks have been confirmed. These involved at least 65,000 poultry, and more than 54,000 birds have been culled preemptively in an attempt to gain control over the spread of the disease in selected regions in the south-west of the country.
As part of the procedure for testing wild and domestic poultry for the H5N8 HPAI virus, the veterinary service has also detected a low-pathogenic H5N2 virus in three poultry flocks, affecting almost 5,000 birds, which have all been humanely destroyed.
New HPAI outbreaks in commercial poultry in Germany, Poland, the UK and Italy
According to Germany’s federal ministry of food and agriculture (BMEL), the number of HPAI outbreaks has reached 66, including zoos and animal parks – an increase of eight from the previous week.
The ministry reported 23 new H5N8 outbreaks to the OIE in its most recent weekly report - four of these were in commercial poultry. All these were in turkey flocks, and more…