Highly pathogenic avian influenza reported in Germany

By Georgi Gyton contact

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Related tags: Pathogenic avian influenza, Bird, Influenza

The outbreak was discovered at a turkey fattening holding
The outbreak was discovered at a turkey fattening holding
An outbreak of the highly pathogenic avian influenza strain H5N8 has been discovered in Germany, with more than 30,000 birds reportedly susceptible to the disease.

So far there have been 5,000 cases, resulting in 1,880 deaths – equivalent to a 37.60% fatality rate - in Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, Northern Germany. The bird population affected is a turkey fattening holding in the district of Vorpommern-Greifswald.

A report was issued to the World Organisation for Animal Health yesterday (6 November), from the Bundesministerium für Ernährung, Landwirtschaft und Verbraucherschutz (BMELV).

It also stated that culling had already started and that dead birds were being disposed of safely.

It is the first time a case of H5N8 has been reported in the country since March 2009.

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