Avian influenza H5N8: no easing of the stable requirement

Avian influenza H5N8: no easing of the stable requirement

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Avian influenza H5N8: no easing of the stable requirement

The poultry stable obligation to protect against bird flu in Thuringia remains. The authorities currently see no reason to relax the measure. Only a few days ago there had been a new bird flu case in Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania.

No easing of the poultry stall obligation According to a report by the German Press Agency, the health authorities in Thuringia see no reason for a relaxation of the poultry stall obligation to protect against bird flu. As the spokesman for the Ministry of Health, Matthias Hinze, told dpa, so far there has been no new evidence of the particularly contagious H5N8 virus. This would have shown studies of other animals. However, the risk that this virus would be introduced into poultry houses via wild birds is still classified as high.

New bird flu case in Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania The fact that this risk persists was also shown in Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania. Only a few days ago, a new bird flu case was detected there, also with the H5N8 pathogen. This subtype, which previously only circulated in East Asia, has emerged in various European countries in recent months. It is unknown whether the pathogen came to Europe via wild birds or through the feed and poultry trade. So far, the virus has not been identified in humans. Another virus type - H7N9 - however, does. H7N9 is currently rampant in parts of China and has already led to deaths. Since bird flu symptoms are similar to the symptoms of flu, infections are often not recognized. Among others, fever, cough, sore throat, diarrhea or abdominal pain can occur in those affected.

Stable compulsory for over two months The compulsory stable has been in force for a total of 40 Thuringian risk areas since late November. The pathogen was detected in early January in a mallard duck shot at the Auleben ponds (district of Nordhausen). Subsequently, 52 chickens within a radius of one kilometer from the launch site and 30 samples of wild birds were examined. Regions in which migratory birds rest or hibernate are particularly affected by the compulsory stable for chickens, ducks and geese. In these regions, wild birds are also shot to test them for the virus. A total of 50 samples have been examined in Thuringia since the beginning of the year. (ad)

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