France Finds Strain Of H5N8 Bird Flu In Wild Ducks

  • France Finds Strain Of H5N8 Bird Flu In Wild Ducks

France Finds Strain Of H5N8 Bird Flu In Wild Ducks

Yesterday (24 November), a case of high risk H5N8 bird flu was confirmed in the German state of Lower Saxony and about 16,000 turkeys have been culled, authorities say.

Outbreaks of avian flu, primarily the highly pathogenic H5N8 strain, have been reported in Denmark, Finland, Germany and Sweden over the past week.

Dutch authorities destroyed some 190,000 ducks on Saturday at six farms following an avian flu outbreak.

The slaughter involved six farms, following the discovery of a virus in the village of Biddinghuizen, some 70km (43 miles) east of Amsterdam.

The virus later spread to Japan, North America and Europe, causing outbreaks at poultry farms between autumn 2014 and spring 2015.

The type of bird flu found on the farm in Biddinghuizen, in the Dutch province of Flevoland, is still unknown and is now being investigated. This density makes the animals more vulnerable to disease outbreaks.

However, the agriculture department has said that there is no danger associated with eating eggs or other poultry products that have come from the Aniagra farm or others affected by avian influenza. They found the H5N8 in Aniagra Farm, southwest Sweden, on Thursday.

Ongoing monitoring and testing of wild birds and domestic poultry in the European Union plays an important role in the detection and protection against exposure and subsequent spread of the virus in poultry across Europe.

An outbreak of bird flu virus in Karnataka was reported by the World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE) on Friday, citing a November 11 report from the Indian agriculture ministry.

Further notifications of HPAI A (H5N8) viruses detected in wild birds and poultry holdings have been made by seven additional European countries.