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Highly pathogenic avian flu spreading in Europe, South Asia
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H5N8 outbreaks expand to Serbia

http://www.cidrap.umn.edu/news-perspective/2016/12/h5n8-outbreaks-expand-serbia

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Serbia today became the latest country in Europe to report highly pathogenic H5N8 avian influenza, as France and the United Kingdom took new steps to protect poultry flocks from the virus.

Serbia's detection involves swans

Serbia's agriculture ministry said today that the virus was found in six mute swans found dead in a nature park near Novi Sad in the north central part of the country, according to a report to the World Organization for Animal Health (OIE). The outbreak began on Nov 30, and testing at Serbia's national lab were positive for the virus on Dec 2.

Three of Serbia's neighbors—Croatia, Hungary, and Romania—have already been hit by the virus. H5N8 has now been confirmed in 14 European countries, and it is suspected in an H5 outbreak reported by Ukrainian officials in late November. Outside of the region, the virus has also turned up in Egypt, India, Iran, Israel, and Tunisia.

In a related development, Israeli veterinary officials yesterday reported three more H5N8 outbreaks, striking turkey farms in Hadarom, southwest of where H5N8 was first reported in late November, according to another report to the OIE.

The outbreak began on Dec 2 and Dec 5 when farmers noticed an increase in bird deaths. Between the three locations, the virus sickened 23,000 of 45,000 birds, killing 16,800 of them. Authorities culled the remaining poultry.

Officials said the source of H5N8 is contact with wild species and that the affected farms are on the path of migrating birds flying from Europe to Africa.

France, UK actions

Elsewhere in Europe, France's agriculture ministry this morning announced that it raised the avian flu alert to its highest level for the whole country, according to a government statement translated and posted by Avian Flu Diary, an infectious disease news blog.

When H5N8 first turned up in France a few weeks ago, officials put the risk level at moderate, with the level at high for certain wetlands. Since then the virus has spread to at least eight poultry farms, especially in the southwestern part of the country where foie gras production is centered. At about this time last year three other strains wiped out flocks in that area.

Though H5N8 hasn't been detected in Britain, the UK Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA) today as a precautionary step announced a prevention zone for the whole country, which requires poultry and captive birds to be kept indoors or for farmers to take other steps to separate them from wild birds.

DEFRA ordered the protective zone to remain in place for 30 days, and it urged poultry keepers to be alert for any signs of disease, report illnesses promptly to veterinary authorities, and take extra biosecurity measures, such as cleaning clothing and other items before contact with poultry.

H5N6 developments
•Japanese animal health officials yesterday announced two more highly pathogenic avian flu outbreaks at poultry farms, both involving H5N6, in Aomori and Niigata prefectures, which had already reported H5 outbreaks. In a report to the OIE, officials said further testing confirmed N6, which follows earlier confirmation of H5N6 in wild birds.


•In Hong Kong, veterinary officials said additional tests of environmental samples taken on Nov 25 from the Mai Po Nature Reserve that yielded H5N6 also contained DNA from Northern pintail ducks, according to a separate report yesterday to the OIE.


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Birds on six more farms have been destroyed in France after the birds were identified as being connected with the initial outbreak farm.


http://www.thepoultrysite.com/poultrynews/37923/thousands-of-birds-culled-in-france-as-bird-flu-virus-spreads-to-more-countries/

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Thousands of Birds Culled in France as Bird Flu Virus Spreads to More Countries
06 December 2016


GLOBAL - Birds on six more farms have been destroyed in France after the birds were identified as being connected with the initial outbreak farm.

The first outbreak of the H5N8 strain of highly pathogenic avian influenza in France was found last week, just one day before France was due to declare itself free from the disease after the devastating outbreaks of last winter.

Over 13,000 ducks were destroyed on the six farms, which were also in the south western fois gras-producing region that was heavily hit by the disease last year.

Two duck fattening farms were also confirmed as infected in Flevoland province in the Netherlands, resulting in the culling of over 23,000 birds.

In Poland, a goose farm in Lubuskie province has been hit by bird flu, the country's first outbreak of this type of flu on farms. Over 1000 birds were lost to the disease and over 600 more were destroyed to prevent it spreading.

In Iran, two more commercial layer farms have been infected, resulting in the deaths of 1148 birds and another 248,834 being destroyed. The new outbreaks were detected through surveillance measures, and an investigation is ongoing into the source of the outbreak to prevent it's spread. Over 500,000 birds at farms located in a three-kilometre radius around the affected farms have been slaughtered as a preemptive control measure.

Tunisia has reported its first outbreaks in wild birds in Ichkeul Natural Park (wetland). Tunisia is located in the main migratory corridor for wild birds going to Africa from Europe during winter migration. Access to the park was suspended and surveillance measures put in place.

More wild birds have been found dead from the disease in the Netherlands, Romania, Austria and Germany.

Locations of depopulated farms in south west France


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H5N6 bird flu subtype hitting South Korea (H5N8 hitting Europe, Middle East and Africa)

http://www.upi.com/Top_News/World-News/2016/12/06/Bird-flu-virus-spreading-in-South-Korea-from-farm-to-wildlife/9901481039077/

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SEOUL, Dec. 6 (UPI) -- Cases of bird flu are growing in South Korea where at least six farms have reported the presence of the H5N6 virus.

Another cluster of infections was confirmed near a chicken farm in Haenam, South Jeolla Province, South Korean news service Newsis reported Tuesday.

The farm in Haenam has already been designated an infected site, but the pathogen is also spreading among migratory birds in a nearby habitat in Kumho Lake, according to the report.

Provincial authorities conducted an investigation on Nov. 30 of 40 birds from the wildlife habitat. Results showed two Eurasian teals and one spoonbill carrying the H5N6 virus.

South Korean investigators will know by Wednesday whether the confirmed presence of the virus poses the risk of an outbreak of Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza.

A different strain of the virus, the H5N1, known to cause the Asian Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza, has proven to be fatal for poultry, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

The virus can infect humans, and some infections have resulted in deaths, but human-to-human spread is rare, according to the CDC.

The farm near the lake was confirmed an infected site on Nov. 18 and is located less than 10 miles from the wildlife sanctuary.

All six farms that have reported outbreaks are located in Sani-myeon, a district in South Jeolla Province.

Authorities said they have conducted clinical examinations of 210,000 chickens and ducks but no further infections were found.

South Jeolla Province is planning a disinfection of the area.

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Posted Dec 8, 2016, 5:06 am
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