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  • UK - HP H5N6 Avian Influenza in Mute Swan in Dorset - OIE - January 10, 2018

    Highly pathogenic influenza A viruses (infection with) (non-poultry including wild birds),
    United Kingdom
    Information received on 10/01/2018 from Dr Nigel Gibbens, Chief Veterinary Officer, Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, LONDON, United Kingdom
    Summary
    Report type Immediate notification
    Date of start of the event 09/01/2018
    Date of confirmation of the event 09/01/2018
    Report date 10/01/2018
    Date submitted to OIE 10/01/2018
    Reason for notification New strain of a listed disease in the country
    Causal agent Highly pathogenic influenza A virus
    Serotype H5N6
    Nature of diagnosis Clinical, Necropsy
    This event pertains to a defined zone within the country
    New outbreaks (1)
    Outbreak 1 (WB AIV 2018/01) Dorset, ENGLAND
    Date of start of the outbreak 09/01/2018
    Outbreak status Resolved (09/01/2018)
    Epidemiological unit Natural park
    Affected animals
    Species Susceptible Cases Deaths Killed and disposed of Slaughtered
    Mute Swan:Cygnus olor(Anatidae) 3 3 0 0
    Affected population Three wild mute swans found dead.
    Summary of outbreaks Total outbreaks: 1
    Total animals affected
    Species Susceptible Cases Deaths Killed and disposed of Slaughtered
    Mute Swan:Cygnus olor(Anatidae) 3 3 0 0
    Outbreak statistics
    Species Apparent morbidity rate Apparent mortality rate Apparent case fatality rate Proportion susceptible animals lost*
    Mute Swan:Cygnus olor(Anatidae) ** ** 100.00% **
    *Removed from the susceptible population through death, destruction and/or slaughter
    **Not calculated because of missing information
    Epidemiology
    Source of the outbreak(s) or origin of infection
    • Unknown or inconclusive
    Control measures
    Measures applied
    • Official disposal of carcasses, by-products and waste
    • 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
    Animal and Plant Health Agency (APHA), Weybridge (OIE Reference Laboratory) Mute Swan real-time reverse transcriptase/polymerase chain reaction (RRT-PCR) 09/01/2018 Positive
    Animal and Plant Health Agency (APHA), Weybridge (OIE Reference Laboratory) Mute Swan virus sequencing 09/01/2018 Positive
    Future Reporting
    The event is continuing. Weekly follow-up reports will be submitted.
    Map of outbreak locations

    ...
    http://www.oie.int/wahis_2/public/wa...reportid=25663
    Last edited by Pathfinder; January 10th, 2018, 01:34 PM.
    “Addressing chronic disease is an issue of human rights – that must be our call to arms"
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  • #2
    Bird flu probe widens after 3 infected swans found in nature reserve owned by one of Britain's richest women


    Thursday, Jan 11th 2018

    Animal health experts are expected to begin inspecting a number of poultry farms today after three wild swans tested positive for the deadly H5N1 (should be H5N6, GvdH) strain of bird flu.

    Restrictions on the movement of captive birds are in place following the discovery of the dead swans on the Abbotsbury Swannery, an open reserve in the Chesil Beach area of Dorset, during routine surveillance.

    The Health Protection Agency (HPA) is monitoring about 12 staff at the reserve for signs of the disease, though the risk of infection is said to be low.

    John Houston, general manager at Abbotsbury Tourism Ltd, said the birds were found by a member of staff at the swannery and Defra was notified as part of standard procedure."

    Our main concern is the welfare of the swans, our staff and the general public," Mr Houston said.

    "We are working closely with Defra to ensure that this outbreak is contained and that the number of swans affected is limited."
    Mr Houston said the HPA had advised there was almost no risk of infection among swannery staff, but they had begun a course of Tamiflu tablets as a precaution.Three of the staff are full-time, while the others were identified as coming into contact with the swannery for different reasons, including deliveries.

    The Department for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) has set up control and monitoring areas around the Abbotsbury site to try to contain the outbreak.

    Severe movement restrictions apply within the zones, with bird owners only permitted to move their flocks under special licence from Defra.

    The control area extends approximately 15 miles (25km) to the south-east of Abbotsbury, and includes the town of Weymouth, Chesil Beach and the Portland Bill headland, while the larger monitoring area of some 20 miles also covers the town of Dorchester.

    Within the control and monitoring areas, bird gatherings such as poultry auctions and pigeon races are banned, and owners of poultry and other captive birds are required to house their flocks where possible.

    Hunting wild birds and releasing game birds is also banned in protection zones.All commercial poultry premises in the area are to undergo inspection by Defra officials for signs of the disease.

    Defra said that no disease has been found in domestic birds, and that there were no plans to cull wild flocks as this may disperse birds further.
    Animal health experts are expected to begin inspecting a number of poultry farms today after three wild swans tested positive for the deadly H5N1 strain of bird flu.
    “Addressing chronic disease is an issue of human rights – that must be our call to arms"
    Richard Horton, Editor-in-Chief The Lancet

    ~~~~ Twitter:@GertvanderHoek ~~~ GertvanderHoek@gmail.com ~~~

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    • #3
      This is an article from 2008. It is ten years old. And in those days, it was HP H5N1. They quote Prime Minister Gordon Brown, whose time as a Prime Minister ended in 2010.

      This is the outbreak they refer to:

      http://www.flu.org.cn/en/news-13998.html

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      • #4
        The outbreak of 11.01.2008, 3 swans, Abbotsbury Swannery
        2008: http://web.oie.int/wahis/reports/en_...111_152109.pdf
        The outbreak of 10.01.2018, 3 swans, Abbotsbury Swannery
        http://www.oie.int/wahis_2/public/wa...reportid=25663

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        • #5
          12 January 2018

          Eighteen wild birds confirmed with bird flu in Dorset

          The government has confirmed bird flu in 18 wild birds at Abbottsbury, Dorset – 16 in mute swans, 1 Canada Goose and 1 Potchard Duck.

          Defra, via the World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE), has confirmed High Path Avian Influenza in Abbotsbury Swannery, Dorset.

          The virus H5N6 has been found in the birds. The strain, however, is the European strain, as opposed to the Asian strain, which is not associated with humans.

          This strain has already been identified in dead wildfowl found recently in Holland and Germany.

          This is the first case of HPAI in the UK this winter and, although Defra is not expected to raise the risk level for poultry, poultry keepers have been urged to raise vigilance and enhance biosecurity now that the virus is circulating in England.
          The government has confirmed bird flu in 18 wild birds at Abbottsbury, Dorset – 16 in mute swans, 1 Canada Goose and 1 Potchard Duck.
          “Addressing chronic disease is an issue of human rights – that must be our call to arms"
          Richard Horton, Editor-in-Chief The Lancet

          ~~~~ Twitter:@GertvanderHoek ~~~ GertvanderHoek@gmail.com ~~~

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          • #6
            jan 12 2018

            Avian flu found in wild birds in Dorset



            Bird flu confirmed in wild birds in the UK for first time this winter

            Bird flu has been detected in 17 wild birds in Dorset, the Department of Environment, Food and Rural Affairs has confirmed today, with more expected over the coming days.

            This is the first confirmed finding of the virus in the UK this winter and tests have shown it is closely related to the H5N6 strain that has been circulating in wild birds across Europe in recent months. This is different to the strains which affected people in China last year and Public Health England have advised the risk to public health is very low. The Food Standards Agency have said that bird flu does not pose a food safety risk for UK consumers.

            UK Chief Veterinary Officer, Nigel Gibbens, said:
            This is the first time avian flu has been identified in the UK this winter and while the disease does not represent a threat to the public, it is highly infectious and deadly to birds.

            As the virus has been circulating across Europe, this finding has not come as a surprise. But it is vital that anyone who keeps birds - whether a few in a back garden or thousands on a farm - is vigilant for any signs of disease, reports suspect disease to APHA and maintains good biosecurity to reduce the risk of their birds becoming infected.
            While there is no legislative requirement to put restrictions in place when this strain of virus is found in wild birds, the Chief Veterinary Officer has confirmed local measures will be introduced to help manage the potential threat.

            A local ‘avian influenza prevention zone’ will be introduced in the area of Dorset where the diseased birds were found. This means it will be mandatory for all captive bird keepers to put enhanced biosecurity measures in place such as feeding and watering birds indoors to minimise mixing with wild birds, minimising movement in and out of bird enclosures, cleaning and disinfecting footwear and keeping areas where birds live clean and tidy. This will be in place until further notice and will be kept under regular review as part of our work to monitor the threat of bird flu.

            There are no plans to carry out any culls or put movement restrictions in place.

            The risk to domestic poultry nationally remains low, however good biosecurity is essential and bird keepers across the country are reminded to follow our biosecurity advice which includes specific advice for keepers of backyard flocks.

            Poultry keepers and members of the public should report dead wild birds to the Defra helpline on 03459 33 55 77 and keepers should report suspicion of disease to APHA on 03000 200 301.
            Trade should not be affected following the findings in wild birds, according to the rules of the World Animal Health Organisation (OIE).
            Bird flu confirmed in wild birds in the UK for first time this winter
            “Addressing chronic disease is an issue of human rights – that must be our call to arms"
            Richard Horton, Editor-in-Chief The Lancet

            ~~~~ Twitter:@GertvanderHoek ~~~ GertvanderHoek@gmail.com ~~~

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            • #7
              Highly pathogenic influenza A viruses (infection with) (non-poultry including wild birds),
              United Kingdom
              Information received on 15/01/2018 from Dr Nigel Gibbens, Chief Veterinary Officer, Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, LONDON, United Kingdom
              Summary
              Report type Follow-up report No. 1
              Date of start of the event 09/01/2018
              Date of confirmation of the event 09/01/2018
              Report date 15/01/2018
              Date submitted to OIE 15/01/2018
              Reason for notification New strain of a listed disease in the country
              Causal agent Highly pathogenic influenza A virus
              Serotype H5N6
              Nature of diagnosis Clinical, Necropsy
              This event pertains to a defined zone within the country
              Related reports Immediate notification (10/01/2018)
              Follow-up report No. 1 (15/01/2018)
              Outbreaks There are no new outbreaks in this report
              Epidemiology
              Source of the outbreak(s) or origin of infection
              • Unknown or inconclusive
              Epidemiological comments The virus is a reassortant between H5N8 HPAI circulating in Europe and a European N6.
              Control measures
              Measures applied
              • Official disposal of carcasses, by-products and waste
              • Vaccination prohibited
              • No treatment of affected animals
              Measures to be applied
              • No other measures
              Future Reporting
              The event is continuing. Weekly follow-up reports will be submitted.
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              http://www.oie.int/wahis_2/public/wa...reportid=25705
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