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  • Denmark - 1 new outbreak of highly pathogenic avian influenza H5N8 in a seal in 2021 (OIE, April 19, 2022)

    Immediate notification
    Influenza A viruses of high pathogenicity (Inf. with) (non-poultry including wild birds) (2017-), Denmark

    ...

    General Information

    COUNTRY OR ZONE
    COUNTRY

    DISEASE
    Influenza A viruses of high pathogenicity (Inf. with) (non-poultry including wild birds) (2017-)

    STARTED ON
    30-09-2021

    ANIMAL TYPE
    TERRESTRIAL

    GENOTYPE/ SEROTYPE/ SUBTYPE
    H5N8

    CONFIRMED ON
    14-02-2022

    REASON
    Unusual host species

    CAUSAL AGENT
    Highly pathogenic avian influenza virus

    ENDED ON
    30-09-2021

    DISEASE CATEGORY
    OIE-listed

    REPORTED ON
    19-04-2022

    LAST OCCURRENCE
    -

    Epidemiology

    SOURCE OF EVENT OR ORIGIN OF INFECTION
    - Unknown or inconclusive


    EPIDEMIOLOGICAL COMMENTS
    The harbor seal was examined in connection with Danish surveillance programme for diseases in wildlife. In total 29 harbor seals and 15 grey seals were examined in 2021, influenza A virus of high pathogenicity was only detected in the one habor seal reported in this report. Cases of avian influenza in seals is known to occur on rare occasions. Further information (in Danish) is available at: https://www.ssi.dk/aktuelt/nyheder/2...za-i-dansk-sael
    ...

    Outbreaks

    ob_101583 - Feddet strand


    OUTBREAK REFERENCE
    -

    STARTED ON
    30-09-2021

    EPIDEMIOLOGICAL UNIT
    Not applicable

    DETAILED CHARACTERISATION
    -

    NUMBER OF OUTBREAKS
    -

    ENDED ON
    30-09-2021

    AFFECTED POPULATION DESCRIPTION
    A harbor seal (Phoca vitulina) was found dead on the beach in Municipality of Assens in september 2021. On February 14th 2022, Statens Serum Institute confirmed influenza A virus of high pathogenicity (H5N8) in samples from the seal.

    APPROXIMATE LOCATION
    Feddet strand

    FIRST ADMINISTRATIVE DIVISION
    Veterinary Inspection Unit East

    SECOND ADMINISTRATIVE DIVISION
    Assens

    THIRD ADMINISTRATIVE DIVISION
    -

    GEOGRAPHIC COORDINATES
    Lat : 55.208

    Long : 9.987


    SPECIES MEASURING UNIT SUSCEPTIBLE CASES DEATHS KILLED AND DISPOSED OF SLAUGHTERED/KILLED FOR COMMERCIAL USE VACCINATED
    Harbor Seal (Phoca vitulina):Phocidae-Carnivora NEW Animal - 1 1 0 0 0
    TOTAL Animal - 1 1 0 0 0
    - NEW Animal - 1 1 0 0 0
    TOTAL Animal - 1 1 0 0 0

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    https://wahis.oie.int/#/report-info?reportId=52535
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    -Nelson Mandela

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