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  • Austria: Government confirms H5N1 in 4 smuggled birds from Bali, Indonesia

    [Source: Die Presse, full text in German (LINK). Automatic translation.]
    Bird flu alert to the Vienna airport

    11.06.2013 18:24 | | EVA WINROITHER (The Press)


    A couple tried to smuggle into the country 60 exotic birds. At least one of the animals was infected with the H5N1 avian influenza virus. However, the authorities calm: There was no risk of infection.

    Vienna. they have smelled the dogs. As a Czech couple last Thursday at 13.45 clock at Vienna's Schwechat airport was going through customs, the two sleuths have posted immediately.

    The officers then made an unusual discovery. About 60 exotic birds were crammed into two suitcases. Only 23 of the animals alive, 37 were already dead The dead animals were used for post-mortem examination to age-Institute for Veterinary Disease brought to Mödling. The live animals were quarantined in the Vienna Zoo. Everything is routine so that is always handled when smuggling animals show up in Austria.

    Monday night came in the matter, however, a turning point.

    At least one of the dead birds - it was paradise birds, mynahs, parrots Amadinen and bristle head - the H5N1 bird flu virus was detected.

    The virus is deadly for the birds, as well as for people. However, it is not easily transmitted from animals to humans. From person to person H5N1, could not be transferred (see below).

    In the detected virus is now but a particularly aggressive H5N1 strain. "This H5N1 strain first appeared in Europe," says Pamela Rendi-Wagner, head of section of the Department of Public Health in Gesundheitsministeirum. You can not exclude to 100 percent, therefore, that a transmission from human to human is possible. The danger they hold but "very low".

    Those eight people who had direct contact with the birds, are currently being treated as a precaution anyway with the flu drug Tamiflu. Furthermore, they should in the next ten days at least twice a day and pay attention to measure fever flu symptoms.

    This affects the border veterinary, customs officers and keepers at Schönbrunn. So far no one was ill. "What is a good sign, namely the average incubation period lasts five days," said Rendi-Wagner. And had now elapsed. Lucky for those affected, because the age was able to prove the bird flu until five days after picking up the animals. Rendi-Wagner explained that with the extensive tests that had to be made for the provision of bird flu. Also the border veterinarian could not find the disease of animals. "There was no suspicion." Most of the animals were found dead on the transport conditions and not the bird flu.

    The surviving birds at Schönbrunn have now killed for safety.

    Also, they are still being tested to the H5N1 virus. The animals have all the time been in quarantine, so the virus would not have spread well in Schonbrunn.

    The Czech couple had smuggled the animals from Bali via Doha / Qatar to Vienna. When customs inspection they said they want to take the animals to a friend in the Czech Republic.

    The couple - who lives in the Czech Republic - was still displayed on Thursday for violations of the protection of species, the Animal Transportation Act and the Animal Disease Act. At that time it was not clear that an animal was infected with bird flu. Meanwhile, sources in the Ministry of Health, the Czech authorities have been informed. Whether the Czechs are suffering from bird flu, the Health Ministry did not know. It is for the Czech authorities to find them.
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    Re: Bird flu alert to the Vienna airport (Die Presse, June 12 2013, edited)

    Source: ORF (Public Broadcasting Company), full text in German: http://noe.orf.at/news/stories/2588249/ - Automatic translation.


    Avian influenza virus in smuggled animals

    Last week, customs officials have discovered 60 birds in travel bags to the airport Schwechat, 39 were already dead now turned out to be: an animal was infected with the bird flu virus. There is no risk to the public.

    In a normal luggage control customs officers discovered two travel bags total of 60 birds. It was mainly parrots and birds of paradise. A couple from the Czech Republic, the animals had apparently packed in Bali in their travel bags. About Doha Schwechat the birds should then be brought to the Czech Republic.

    But when the officers of the Customs and Border Authority opened the bags, 39 birds were already dead, the surviving animals were initially housed in the quarantine station of the Vienna Zoo. In the studies by the Agency for Health and Food Safety (AGES), it turned out that one of the dead animals with avian pathogens by strain A (H5N1) was infected.


    After the results of AGES templates, all surviving birds were killed by the border veterinary service. This was announced by the Ministry of Health on Tuesday. All contact persons have been informed and will be treated as a precaution. You are doing well, it is from the Ministry of Health.

    It comes in Austria again and again that the virus in birds is determined.

    For the public, there is no danger, according to the Ministry of Health. During transportation from the airport to the quarantine station at Schonbrunn for AGES and all precautions have been complied with.

    Links: AGES



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      Re: Bird flu alert to the Vienna airport (Die Presse, June 12 2013, edited)

      Source: AGES, full page in German (automatic translation): http://www.ages.at/ages/presse/press...n-oesterreich/


      CREATED: 11/06/2013

      Information about bird smuggling case avian flu (H5N1) in Austria

      (11/06/2013)

      On 6 June saw the Austrian customs at Vienna's Schwechat airport in two pieces of luggage smuggled 60 birds (of different species of parrots and birds of paradise).

      The birds were brought immediately to the quarantine station of the Schönbrunn Zoo. 39 birds were already dead and were routinely delivered in the AGES to determine the cause of death and carry out further investigation into possible animal diseases.

      In one of the dead animals, the H5N1 virus was detected in the highly pathogenic form.

      Precaution, all concerned (in / BMF, Tiergarten Schönbrunn, official veterinarian of the City of Vienna and provincial health directors) were immediately informed. The hazard potential is to be classified according to veterinary and human medical experts to be low.


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        Re: Bird flu alert to the Vienna airport (Die Presse, June 12 2013, edited)

        Source: Bundesministerium fur Gesundheit, full page in German (automatic translation): http://bmg.gv.at/home/Startseite/akt...H5N1_infiziert


        BMG Information: bird smuggling uncovered - an animal infected with H5N1

        In the normal baggage checks the Austrian Customs discovered on 6 June smuggled birds (of different species of parrots and birds of paradise) in two pieces of luggage, the destination route was the Czech Republic on the airport Vienna-Schwechat. The 60 birds were packed into the two travel bags in tubes. The birds were brought immediately to the quarantine station of the Schönbrunn Zoo.

        39 birds were already dead. All dead birds were routinely in the AGES delivered to determine the cause of death and carry out further investigation into possible animal diseases. In the late afternoon of 10 June was the BMG of the AGES informed of a first intermediate result.

        In one of the dead animals, the H5N1 virus was detected in the highly pathogenic form.

        Precaution, all concerned (in / BMF, Tiergarten Schönbrunn, official veterinarian of the City of Vienna and provincial health directors) were immediately informed.


        Other measures

        Veterinary Medicine:

        The surviving animals were 11 Killed June under the supervision of border veterinary service and the AGES passed on for further investigation and epidemic safe disposal. The review of any cleaning and disinfection measures on site and any transport vehicles was initiated.


        Human medicine:

        Have been since yesterday and as a precaution, all people (1 border veterinarian, 7 inch officials) who have come into contact with animals unprotected, informed and treated prophylactically with antiviral drugs (Tamiflu).

        The two people who smuggled the animals are citizens of the Czech Republic. For this reason, the Czech authorities were immediately informed to take any further steps.


        Assessment of the situation

        The hazard potential is, according to veterinary and human medical experts as a low rate. It is not expected that all 60 animals were infected as in a number of samples no virus was detected.

        Therefore, the virus elimination is limited to a restricted number, the main source of infection is the faeces. With proper handling and maintenance of hygienic measures an infection of people is unlikely to be classified as addition, all birds were always under strict quarantine.

        (11.6.2012)


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          Re: Bird flu alert to the Vienna airport (Die Presse, June 12 2013, edited)

          Apparently the birds came from Indonesia.

          Originally posted by Giuseppe Michieli View Post
          Source: ORF (Public Broadcasting Company), full text in German: http://noe.orf.at/news/stories/2588249/ - Automatic translation.

          Avian influenza virus in smuggled animals

          In a normal luggage control customs officers discovered two travel bags total of 60 birds. It was mainly parrots and birds of paradise. A couple from the Czech Republic, the animals had apparently packed in Bali in their travel bags. About Doha Schwechat the birds should then be brought to the Czech Republic.
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            Re: Austria: Government confirms H5N1 in one smuggled bird from Bali, Indonesia

            [Source: Austria Ministry of Health, full page in German: (LINK). Automatic translation.]
            H5N1, Austria: Birdflu virus confirmed in smuggled birds, update

            <ACRONYM>BMG</ACRONYM> Information: bird smuggling uncovered - animals infected with H5N1


            In the normal baggage checks the Austrian Customs discovered on 6 June smuggled birds (of different species of parrots and birds of paradise) in two pieces of luggage, the destination route was the Czech Republic on the airport Vienna-Schwechat. The 60 birds were packed into the two travel bags in tubes. The birds were brought immediately to the quarantine station of the Schönbrunn Zoo.

            39 birds were already dead. All dead birds were routinely in the <ACRONYM>AGES</ACRONYM> delivered to determine the cause of death and carry out further investigation into possible animal diseases.

            In a first intermediate result of the H5N1 virus was detected in the case of a highly pathogenic form of the dead animals.

            Precaution, all concerned (in / BMF, Tiergarten Schönbrunn, official veterinarian of the City of Vienna and provincial health directors) were immediately informed.

            Meanwhile, all 60 animals were examined. Here, the H5N1 virus could be clearly demonstrated previously in four other birds that investigations are still ongoing. Among the animals that tested positive were two birds that were upon arrival in Vienna still alive.


            Other measures

            Veterinary Medicine:

            The surviving animals were 11 Killed June under the supervision of border veterinary service and the <ACRONYM>AGES</ACRONYM> passed on for further investigation and epidemic safe disposal. The review of any cleaning and disinfection measures on site and any transport vehicles was initiated.


            Human medicine:

            Precaution were all people (1 border veterinarian, 7 inch officials) who have come into contact with animals unprotected, informed and prophylaxis with antiviral drugs (Tamiflu) treatment.

            The two people who smuggled the animals are citizens of the Czech Republic. For this reason, the Czech authorities were immediately informed to take any further steps.


            Assessment of the situation

            The hazard potential is, according to veterinary and human medical experts as a low rate. It is not expected that all 60 animals were infected as in a number of samples no virus was detected. Therefore, the virus elimination is limited to a restricted number, the main source of infection is the faeces. With proper handling and maintenance of hygienic measures an infection of people is unlikely to be classified as addition, all birds were always under strict quarantine.

            (06/13/2013)

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              Re: Austria: Government confirms H5N1 in 4 smuggled birds from Bali, Indonesia

              [Source: Austria Ministry of Health, full page in German: (LINK). Edited.]
              H5N1, Austria: Birdflu confirmed in more smuggled wild birds


              In the normal baggage checks the Austrian Customs discovered on 6 June smuggled birds (of different species of parrots and birds of paradise) in two pieces of luggage, the destination route was the Czech Republic on the airport Vienna-Schwechat. The 60 birds were packed into the two travel bags in tubes. The birds were brought immediately to the quarantine station of the Schönbrunn Zoo.

              39 birds were already dead. All dead birds were routinely in the <ACRONYM>AGES</ACRONYM> delivered to determine the cause of death and carry out further investigation into possible animal diseases. In a first intermediate result of the H5N1 virus was detected in the case of a highly pathogenic form of the dead animals. Precaution, all concerned (in / BMF, Tiergarten Schönbrunn, official veterinarian of the City of Vienna and provincial health directors) were immediately informed.

              Meanwhile, the testing of all 60 birds were completed. Here, the H5N1 virus has been clearly demonstrated in a total of six birds. Affected were five and a mynah bird of paradise.


              Other measures

              Veterinary Medicine:

              The surviving animals were 11 Killed June under the supervision of border veterinary service and the <ACRONYM>AGES</ACRONYM> passed on for further investigation and epidemic safe disposal. The review of any cleaning and disinfection measures on site and any transport vehicles was initiated.


              Human medicine:

              Precaution were all people (1 border veterinarian, 7 inch officials) who have come into contact with animals unprotected, informed and prophylaxis with antiviral drugs (Tamiflu) treatment.

              The two people who smuggled the animals are citizens of the Czech Republic. For this reason, the Czech authorities were immediately informed to take any further steps.


              Assessment of the situation

              The hazard potential is, according to veterinary and human medical experts as a low rate, because after the first investigations showed that not all 60 animals were infected and in several samples no virus was detected. Therefore, the virus elimination is limited to a restricted number, the main source of infection is the faeces. With proper handling and maintenance of hygienic measures an infection of people is unlikely to be classified as addition, all birds were always under strict quarantine.

              (06/17/2013)

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