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Germany reports outbreak of H5N8 bird flu in backyard flock in Bretzfeld

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    Germany reports outbreak of H5N8 bird flu
    Australian Associated Press10 February 2020

    Germany has reported an outbreak of the highly pathogenic H5N8 bird flu virus in a backyard in the southwestern part of the country, the World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE) says.

    The virus killed 44 birds out of a flock of 69 in Bretzfeld in the Baden-Wurttemberg region, the Paris-based OIE said, citing a report from Germany's food and agriculture ministry...

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    Highly pathogenic avian influenza,
    Information received on 10/02/2020 from Dr Dietrich Rassow, Director for Animal Health and Animal Welfare, Chief Veterinary Officer, Directorate of Animal Health and Animal Welfare, Federal Ministry of Food and Agriculture, Berlin, Germany
    Report type Immediate notification
    Date of start of the event 06/02/2020
    Date of confirmation of the event 07/02/2020
    Report date 10/02/2020
    Date submitted to OIE 10/02/2020
    Reason for notification Recurrence of a listed disease
    Date of previous occurrence 12/06/2017
    Manifestation of disease Clinical disease
    Causal agent Highly pathogenic avian influenza virus
    Serotype H5N8
    Nature of diagnosis Clinical, Laboratory (basic), Laboratory (advanced)
    This event pertains to a defined zone within the country
    New outbreaks (1)
    Outbreak 1 (20-015-00003) Bretzfeld, Hohenlohekreis, Baden-Wurttemberg
    Date of start of the outbreak 06/02/2020
    Outbreak status Continuing (or date resolved not provided)
    Epidemiological unit Backyard
    Affected animals
    Species Susceptible Cases Deaths Killed and disposed of Slaughtered
    Birds 69 44 44 25 0
    Affected population 49 laying hens, two geese, six ducks, three pheasants, nine captive birds (canaries)
    Summary of outbreaks Total outbreaks: 1
    Total animals affected
    Species Susceptible Cases Deaths Killed and disposed of Slaughtered
    Birds 69 44 44 25 0
    Outbreak statistics
    Species Apparent morbidity rate Apparent mortality rate Apparent case fatality rate Proportion susceptible animals lost*
    Birds 63.77% 63.77% 100.00% 100.00%
    *Removed from the susceptible population through death, destruction and/or slaughter
    Source of the outbreak(s) or origin of infection
    • Unknown or inconclusive
    Epidemiological comments All poultry and captive birds have been culled and safely disposed of on 07/02/2020. No poultry, poultry products or captive birds have been dispatched.
    Control measures
    Measures applied
    • Movement control inside the country
    • Surveillance outside containment and/or protection zone
    • Surveillance within containment and/or protection zone
    • Screening
    • Traceability
    • Quarantine
    • Official destruction of animal products
    • Official disposal of carcasses, by-products and waste
    • Stamping out
    • Zoning
    • Disinfection
    • Vaccination prohibited
    • No treatment of affected animals
    Measures to be applied
    • No other measures
    Diagnostic test results
    Laboratory name and type Species Test Test date Result
    Friedrich-Loeffler-Institut (National laboratory) Birds real-time PCR 07/02/2020 Positive
    Future Reporting
    The event is continuing. Weekly follow-up reports will be submitted.
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