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  • Slovenian: H5 positive swans

    Slovenia sends bird flu samples for testing-EU
    12 Feb 2006 12:35:03 GMT
    Source: Reuters

    BRUSSELS, Feb 12 (Reuters) - Slovenia has sent samples of avian influenza H5 found in a swan to Britain for further tests to see if it is of the highly pathogenic variety, the European Commission said on Sunday.

    "The Slovenian authorities today informed the European Commission of a confirmed case of avian influenza virus H5 in (a) swan," the Commission said.

    The Commission said the Slovenian Laboratory for Avian influenza made the first analysis and sent samples to the EU Reference Laboratory for Avian Influenza in Weybridge, Britain.

    http://www.alertnet.org/thenews/newsdesk/L12749484.htm

  • #2
    Re: Slovenia

    Since Greece and Italy have been confirmed already Slovenia is no longer afraid to let it be known that they have Bird Flu (But Only In Swans!!!)

    Well, it is a step in the right direction. Some honesty is better than no honesty at all. ABBF no longer applies in a few more countries.

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    • #3
      Slovenian: H5 positive swans

      Slovenia sends bird flu samples for testing-EU
      12 Feb 2006 16:28:18 GMT

      Source: Reuters

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      (Adds Austrian health ministry saying virus is H5N1)

      BRUSSELS, Feb 12 (Reuters) - Slovenia has sent samples of avian influenza virus H5 found in a swan to Britain for further tests to see if it is of the highly pathogenic variety, the European Commission said on Sunday.

      "The Slovenian authorities today informed the European Commission of a confirmed case of avian influenza virus H5 in (a) swan," the Commission said.

      Neighbouring Austria's health ministry said the Slovenian veterinary authorities had told Austria they had found the highly pathogenic H5N1 strain of the virus, but Slovenian authorities said they were only sure it was H5.

      A Commission spokesman added: ""It is likely H5N1, but we don't have the confirmation from Weybridge yet."

      The area where the swan was found is less than 10 km (6 miles) from the Austrian border, the Commission said.

      The Commission said the Slovenian Laboratory for Avian Influenza made the first analysis and sent samples to the EU Reference Laboratory for Avian Influenza in Weybridge, Britain.

      Dead swans discovered in Greece, Italy and Bulgaria tested positive for the highly pathogenic version of the H5N1 strain of the virus on Saturday.

      The Commission said Slovenia was taking similar measures to those three countries, including establishing a 3 km (2 mile) protection zone around the area where the swan was found and a surveillance zone of 10 km (6 miles).

      Austria will confine poultry to cages within the Austrian part of the 10 km zone, the Austrian health ministry said.

      "The Slovenian authorities are in close contact with their Austrian counterparts since the 10 km area crosses the Slovenian-Austrian border," the Commission said.


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      • #4
        Slovinia, bird flu in swans.

        Was going to post in breaking news, so if someone wants to copy/paste feel free. I can not post there.

        http://english.people.com.cn/200602/...13_242254.html

        The Slovenian authorities urged on Sunday all people to take caution but remain calm over the fact that the first case of bird flu was registered in the country, said reports reaching here from Ljubljana.
        "People should stay away from wild birds - they should not feed them or try to touch them," said Cadonic Spelic, head of Slovenia's Veterinary Administration.
        The veterinary watchdog received a report late on Saturday that a mute swan, which was found dead early on Thursday near Maribor, the second largest city in Slovenia, was infected with the H5 strain of the bird flu virus.
        Samples were being sent to the EU's reference laboratory in Britain's Weybridge, to confirm whether the virus is that of deadly H5N1 strain, Spelic told the Slovene Press Agency, adding that results should be back within a week.
        The Slovenian government called for calm, saying that the confirmation of the H5 strain of bird flu in a wild bird does not represent a grave danger for the health of Slovenians.
        Meanwhile, the country's Health Ministry said that the bird flu is only rarely passed on to people. It said that people should avoid unnecessary contact with birds, but that the consumption of cooked poultry does not present a health risk.
        Source: Xinhua

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        • #5
          Re: Slovinia, bird flu in swans.

          Vienna - An infected swan was found dead near the Austrian border marking Slovenia's first case of bird flu, authorities said Sunday. A European Commission spokesman said the detected virus belonged to the H5 group. An exact diagnosis by the E.U. Reference Laboratory in Weybridge in Britain, where samples had been sent for further testing, was expected on Monday.
          According to the Austrian Health Ministry, first tests had revealed that the virus was H5N1, which is dangerous for human beings.
          At first, there had been confusion over the exact location of the find. A farmer had discovered the animal in Koblerjev zaliv in Maribor, but had taken it to his farm in St. Primoz and informed the authorities there.
          In Slovenia, a protection zone of three kilometres around the area where the swan had been found was established. A further surveillance zone of 10 kilometres crossed the Slovenian border and extended to the Austrian province of Styria.
          First official statements in Austria had said that the province of Carinthia, which also borders on Slovenia, would be affected by the measures. Deputy Carinthian Governor Martin Strutz later accused the Slovenian authorities of a 'chaotic information policy'.
          In Styria, an emergency plan was set up for the villages in question. Among other measures, there would be a ban on keeping poultry in the open air, and the animals would be examined by veterinarians.


          http://news.monstersandcritics.com/h...ustrian_border

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          • #6
            Suspected H5N1 in Slovenia - dead grey heron

            Suspected H5N1 in Slovenia - dead grey heron 5 km from the town of Slovenj Gradec.

            Neuer Infektionsherd in Slowenien

            http://derstandard.at/?url=/?id=2343433

            Östlich von Slovenj Gradec - Krankheit rückte weiter nach Westen - Insgesamt sechs Vögel auf H5-Virus positiv getestet

            Laibach - In Slowenien breitet sich die Vogelgrippe offenbar weiter aus. Bei einer im Ort Legen fünf Kilometer östlich von Slovenj Gradec (Windischgraz) verendeten Graureiher sei das H5-Virus festgestellt worden. Rund um den neuen Infektionsherd nahe der Kärntner Grenze sei eine drei beziehungsweise zehn Kilometer breite Schutzzone erklärt worden, berichtete die slowenische Nachrichtenagentur STA am Dienstagabend unter Berufung auf die Laibacher Veterinärbehörden.

            Damit ist die Vogelgrippe in Slowenien weiter nach Westen vorgedrungen. Da der Ort Legen mehr als zehn Kilometer von der Kärntner und steirischen Grenze entfernt ist, dürften die Schutzmaßnahmen nicht auf österreichisches Gebiet reichen.

            Keine zusätzlichen Maßnahmen

            Bei weiteren fünf verendeten Vögeln sei der Vogelgrippe-Verdacht bestätigt worden. Sie seien aber bei den zwei bisherigen Infektionsherden Muta und Marburg (Maribor) aufgefunden worden, sodass keine zusätzlichen Schutzmaßnahmen notwendig seien. Von den Untersuchungsergebnissen seien die Bürgermeister der Städte Marburg und Slovenj Gradec sowie die österreichischen und EU-Behörden informiert worden, teilte die slowenische Veterinärbehörde (VURS) weiter mit.

            Unklar sei, ob die sechs Vögel mit der für den Menschen gefährlichen Variante der Vogelgrippe (H5N1) infiziert waren. Entsprechende Untersuchungen sollen durch das EU-Referenzlabor im britischen Weybridge vorgenommen werden. (APA/STA)

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