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  • Belgium - Highly pathogenic avian influenza H5N8: new contamination in hobby flock in Bassenge, Liege (AFSCA, July 5, 2017)

    Press release

    Avian influenza: new contamination in an amateur breeding in Bassenge

    Measurements in Bassenge, Oupeye, Visé and Riemst (05/07/2017)

    The highly pathogenic H5N8 avian influenza virus was once again found in amateur breeding in Bassenge (Liège), bringing the number of official cases to 13. A temporary buffer zone with a radius of 3 km was delimited around the Site, spread over 4 communes: Bassenge, Oupeye, Visé and Riemst (Limburg).

    Willy Borsus, Minister of Agriculture: "The number of cases detected now stands at 13, but remember that for now, professional breeders are not affected. I insist once again to ask for vigilance from all. "

    Within this zone, movements of poultry, other birds and hatching eggs are prohibited and each keeper must feed and water his poultry indoors. Moreover, the bird and poultry holders of this zone must send to their burgomaster, within 48 hours, an inventory which takes, by species, the number of animals present. This area will be maintained for at least 3 weeks.

    The FASFC recalls that professional holders from all over Belgium and amateurs in areas where wild birds are numerous are obliged to feed and water their poultry indoors permanently. These areas are available on the Food Agency website (http://www.favv.be/santeanimale/grip...nesnaturelles/).

    The FASFC asks each bird holder to be vigilant and to call a veterinarian if his birds are sick or die suddenly.
    Abnormal mortality in wild birds can always be reported on the toll-free number 0800/99777.

    What about the consumption of meat and eggs?

    We can totally reassure the consumer that meat and poultry eggs are wholly healthy and can be eaten safely.

    All the measures can be consulted on the FASFC website:
    - www.afsca.be/santeanimale/grippeaviaire/
    - For the amateurs:
    http://www.favv.be/santeanimale/grip...rsamateurs.asp
    ...
    http://www.favv-afsca.fgov.be/commun...2017-07-05.asp
    "Safety and security don't just happen, they are the result of collective consensus and public investment. We owe our children, the most vulnerable citizens in our society, a life free of violence and fear."
    -Nelson Mandela

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    Highly pathogenic influenza A viruses (infection with) (non-poultry including wild birds),
    Belgium
    Information received on 13/07/2017 from Dr Jean-François Heymans, Director, Animal Health and Safety of Products of Animal Origin, Federal Agency for the Safety of the Food Chain (FASFC), Bruxelles, Belgium
    Summary
    Report type Follow-up report No. 6
    Date of start of the event 22/05/2017
    Date of confirmation of the event 01/06/2017
    Report date 12/07/2017
    Date submitted to OIE 13/07/2017
    Reason for notification Recurrence of a listed disease
    Date of previous occurrence 28/03/2017
    Manifestation of disease Clinical disease
    Causal agent Highly pathogenic influenza A virus
    Serotype H5N8
    Nature of diagnosis Clinical, Laboratory (advanced), Necropsy
    This event pertains to a defined zone within the country
    Related reports Immediate notification (02/06/2017)
    Follow-up report No. 1 (15/06/2017)
    Follow-up report No. 2 (19/06/2017)
    Follow-up report No. 3 (21/06/2017)
    Follow-up report No. 4 (27/06/2017)
    Follow-up report No. 5 (05/07/2017)
    Follow-up report No. 6 (12/07/2017)
    New outbreaks (2)
    Outbreak 1 Wangenies, Fleurus, HAINAUT
    Date of start of the outbreak 29/06/2017
    Outbreak status Resolved (12/07/2017)
    Epidemiological unit Other
    Affected animals
    Species Susceptible Cases Deaths Killed and disposed of Slaughtered
    Birds 78 12 12 66 0
    Outbreak 2 Bassenge, LIÈGE
    Date of start of the outbreak 07/07/2017
    Outbreak status Resolved (12/07/2017)
    Epidemiological unit Other
    Affected animals
    Species Susceptible Cases Deaths Killed and disposed of Slaughtered
    Birds 19 5 5 14 0
    Summary of outbreaks Total outbreaks: 2
    Total animals affected
    Species Susceptible Cases Deaths Killed and disposed of Slaughtered
    Birds 97 17 17 80 0
    Outbreak statistics
    Species Apparent morbidity rate Apparent mortality rate Apparent case fatality rate Proportion susceptible animals lost*
    Birds 17.53% 17.53% 100.00% 100.00%
    *Removed from the susceptible population through death, destruction and/or slaughter
    Epidemiology
    Source of the outbreak(s) or origin of infection
    • Introduction of new live animals
    • Contact with wild species
    Control measures
    Measures applied
    • Surveillance outside containment and/or protection zone
    • Surveillance within containment and/or protection zone
    • Traceability
    • Official destruction of animal products
    • Official disposal of carcasses, by-products and waste
    • Stamping out
    • Control of wildlife reservoirs
    • Zoning
    • Vaccination prohibited
    • No treatment of affected animals
    Measures to be applied
    • Disinfection
    Diagnostic test results
    Laboratory name and type Species Test Test date Result
    Veterinary and agrochemical Research Center (CERVA) (National laboratory) Birds haemagglutination inhibition test (HIT) 27/06/2017 Positive
    Veterinary and agrochemical Research Center (CERVA) (National laboratory) Birds nucleotide sequencing 29/06/2017 Positive
    Veterinary and agrochemical Research Center (CERVA) (National laboratory) Birds nucleotide sequencing 07/07/2017 Positive
    Veterinary and agrochemical Research Center (CERVA) (National laboratory) Birds real-time reverse transcriptase/polymerase chain reaction (RRT-PCR) 26/06/2017 Positive
    Veterinary and agrochemical Research Center (CERVA) (National laboratory) Birds real-time reverse transcriptase/polymerase chain reaction (RRT-PCR) 03/07/2017 Positive
    Veterinary and agrochemical Research Center (CERVA) (National laboratory) Birds virus isolation 19/06/2017 Positive
    Veterinary and agrochemical Research Center (CERVA) (National laboratory) Birds virus isolation 12/07/2017 Negative
    Future Reporting
    The event is continuing. Weekly follow-up reports will be submitted.
    ...
    http://www.oie.int/wahis_2/public/wa...reportid=24281
    "Safety and security don't just happen, they are the result of collective consensus and public investment. We owe our children, the most vulnerable citizens in our society, a life free of violence and fear."
    -Nelson Mandela

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