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PostPosted: Fri Dec 19, 2014 5:30 pm 
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Media reports cite dead ducks in Emsland Germany that are H5 positive.

H5N8 confirmed

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PostPosted: Fri Dec 19, 2014 5:31 pm 
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bird flu suspected avian influenza in Emsland

tb / df Meppen. The situation seemed after the avian influenza case in Cloppenburg to just relax, there came late Friday afternoon, the message from Meppen. Suspected bird flu in a duck stall in Emsland - the county with more than 30 million poultry

By Tobias Böckermann and Dirk Fiss

The authorities practiced in moderation, County and Department of Agriculture spoke of a "suspicious result" in their own checks in the stable. In two animals, evidence of the influenza virus H5 would have resulted. Further samples were analyzed now at State Office for Consumer Protection and Food Safety (LAVES) and the Friedrich-Loeffler-Institute (FLI).
First results on the weekend


The first results are expected even on weekends. The Laves will find here is whether it is bird flu. The FLI is then able to say whether it is the highly contagious H5N8 variant, which was demonstrated recently in the district of Cloppenburg.
Security forces on alert

If confirmed avian influenza is suspected should the ani
mals of the farm in the northern Emsland killed and a restricted zone around the holding to be established. The authorities did not want to comment on that detail exactly where the court is located. Also, the number of ducks they did not have. According to information provided by our editorial staff security forces are on fire, police and other agencies on alert readiness.
Fear of outbreak

The fear of an outbreak of bird flu is just in the Emsland great, because there are more than 30 million poultry are kept in partially confined space. After the detection of H5N8 in the Netherlands, a confinement of poultry had been arranged in the chicken stronghold. An outbreak would inevitably result in major economic loss. Just two months ago, some poultry farmers had let their mast stables are vacant to a non-hazardous for human pathogens called ILT to get under control.
Routes of infection unclear

As the ducks could have been infected, is completely unclear. According to the county they were not kept free. The Ministry of Agriculture also confirmed that there was no contact with the 've been operating in Cloppenburg, was detected in the turkey stock H5N8. The 20,000 animals have now been killed, as well as tens of thousands of other poultry from the environment of the house. According to the district of Cloppenburg examinations of the samples were the possibility that other avian flu cases in the region not yet been completed. So clear can not be given, according to a spokesman before the message came from Emsland.
First loosened restrictions

Despite the bird flu suspected there have been eased on Friday evening, the restrictions on the movement of poultry in the districts of Cloppenburg, Ammerland and empty. In the region had been necessary after it had been detected in the Turkey Farm in Barßel ​​highly pathogenic avian influenza H5N8 variant for 72 hours a transport ban on poultry.
Not clear yet

Ready for slaughter chicken could for example not be transported to the slaughterhouse, but had to stay in the barn first. Wanted to give the all-clear district Cloppenburg on Friday but did not. Still had not been examined from farms all samples, said a spokesman circle on demand. 20,000 turkeys from the company concerned had been culled. Tens of thousands more animals from neighboring farms were also killed as a precaution.
Kept at stable duty

As with the ducks from the Emsland is also at the turkey unclear how they could have been infected with bird flu: Even in Cloppenburg a stable duty was imposed. To which the farmer should have kept. Among professionals transmission via migratory birds is considered a possible transmission. But humans could also carry the pathogen in the stables as well as rodents. The cause of research would last, so the county.
Bioeier 18 yards locked

Meanwhile, announced the Ministry of Agriculture in Hanover on Friday night the same the next bad news for poultry farmers: feed samples from 17 out of 18 examined laying hen farms had shown evidence of plant protection products. "Clearly we're dealing with a gross violation of the eco-regulation", said Agriculture Minister Christian Meyer (Green).
The 18 companies that had contaminated supplies based in the Netherlands, are now allowed to market any eggs for six weeks since the last feeding date. The farms are located exactly in the region that is now ravaged by bird flu: in the counties Emsland, Ammerland and the County of Bentheim.

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PostPosted: Fri Dec 19, 2014 6:05 pm 
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PostPosted: Sat Dec 20, 2014 11:46 am 
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In the German Meppen, which is near the Dutch border, at a duck farm was discovered a second case of bird flu. It is the dangerous variant H5N8 .
Meppen is located in the German state of Lower Saxony, about 35 kilometers from Emmen.

CONTROL AT OTHER COMPANIES
The Ministry of Agriculture in Hanover reports that all 10,000 birds to be culled. In a radius of 3 kilometers poultry to be checked. In this area there are 18 poultry farms with a total of 180,000 animals. At this time, apply provisionally bans.

EARLIER, BIRD FLU
Last Monday was found even though bird flu in Lower Saxony. When it came to a turkey breeding, about 35 kilometers from the border town of Groningen Nieuweschans. Some 20,000 animals were slaughtered.

Lower Saxony with 100 million birds a major player in the German market.

NETHERLANDS
The recent outbreak of bird flu in the Netherlands, the poultry until now between 32 and 39 million cost, the LEI Wageningen research institute has calculated.

http://www.nrc.nl/nieuws/2014/12/20/wee ... dse-grens/

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PostPosted: Sat Dec 20, 2014 12:49 pm 
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Bird flu in Emsland: H5N8 confirmed
Many ducks a factory farm stand at the food containers. © dpa - Bildfunk Photographer: Peter FörsterIn a poultry farm in the Emsland the highly contagious bird flu virus H5N8 was detected.
Just yesterday the bird flu suspect had been expressed today is clear: When two animals on a farm in northern Emsland the bird flu virus was detected as the Lower Saxony Ministry of Agriculture announced. This is according to the ministry to the highly contagious and highly pathogenic form of the avian influenza virus H5N8. Thus, the district confirmed the first case of the disease in Emsland. Poultry farmers in the Emsland district must now fear: Around four million animals are under close observation and are also tested for the virus. The approximately 10,100 animals on the affected farm and other animals from 70 smaller neighboring farms should be killed today.

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Marc-André Burgdorf, the head of the department in the Emsland district. © NDR
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The suspicion has been confirmed
Bird flu has reached the Emsland district. The virus type H5N8 was confirmed in two ducks. Councillor Marc-André Burgdorf talks about further measures. video (1:00 min)
Stables in the district under observation
Now, for the time being subject to a restricted area with a radius of three kilometers around the affected operating in Emsland, lie in the additional 18 poultry farms with about 170,000 animals. These farms are now being observed even samples are taken. In the field all transport of animals are prohibited. In addition, the county has arranged a viewing area with a radius of ten kilometers around the affected farm. This includes more than 200 companies with around four million animals. The stables were under observation reinforced, so the county. A transport ban but was not adopted here.

Locked operation after suspected
The samples from the affected rearing and fattening ducks had been passed on Friday to the National Office of Consumer Protection and Food Safety in Oldenburg and the National Reference Laboratory Friedrich-Loeffler-Institute and studied there, according to the ministry. The operation had been locked on the suspicion of the virus.

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION
Questions and answers about avian flu
The Friedrich-Loeffler-Institut has answered the important questions on avian influenza in an information sheet. The link to the document can be found here. (17/12/2014) external
First case in Lower Saxony on Monday
Meanwhile there is for the district Cloppenburg initially clear. On Monday, the first bird flu case in Lower Saxony became known there. The dangerous H5N8 virus was detected in a turkey operation in Barßel. There, 19,000 animals had to be culled. However, were in any of the 60 companies that are in the exclusion zone around the affected farm, discovered abnormalities, said a spokesman for the Ministry in Hanover. In the circles Cloppenburg, Ammerland and empty most breeders are allowed to drive poultry for slaughter since Friday again. The plant must not take any new poultry in the stables until mid-January.

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PostPosted: Sat Dec 20, 2014 7:52 pm 
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12/20/14: Ministry of Agriculture and Environment Saxony-Anhalt informed
Mallard infected with bird flu in Saxony-Anhalt
A found in Anhalt-Bitterfeld dead mallard had been infected with the bird flu virus H5N8. The studies performed at the Friedrich-Loeffler-Institut Riems on the night of Saturday.
discounts
The animal on which external injuries were visible, has been found already on December 07 by a veterinarian in a forest near Köthener country road in Aken on the Elbe. This location is in the stabling area of ​​Saxony-Anhalt. However, the official veterinarians were only on 18/12. set by the Fund in knowledge.
Agriculture Minister Dr. Hermann onco Aeikens said on Saturday that the authorities had immediately taken all necessary measures. These included the clinical and laboratory diagnostic examination of two private poultry farms in the 1000-meter radius and the preparations for the examinations of a commercial poultry farm in the 3000-meter radius. The chickens were held there on 17 / 18th century. 12. umgestallt in four other companies, which would also be controlled. In these establishments no abnormalities were detected.
Furthermore, the Lower Saxony veterinary authorities informed their colleagues in Saxony-Anhalt tested positive with H5N8 in ducks fattening facility in the Emsland district. 8,000 ducks from this operation was on December 17, delivered to a slaughterhouse in Grimme, also Anhalt-Bitterfeld and slaughtered. The slaughterhouse operator has an immediate delivery holds imposed and has indicated that there are no products put on the market.
The arranged in high-risk areas in Saxony-Anhalt on 27 November stabling requirements for poultry shall continue to apply. Aeikens said, "Well turns out that it was right to the end of November to arrange the stabling obligation. I know that the home especially for many pet owners is connected with effort. But an infected wild duck in Mecklenburg-Vorpommern in mid-November has now not been found to be an isolated case. There is no reason for panic, but we must remain vigilant. "
For people there, according to current knowledge, there is no risk of infection by H5N8. So far, no cases of infection with this avian influenza subtype is known worldwide. However, for poultry this type of pathogen is highly pathogenic.
Contact for poultry farmers on issues of stable duty shall be the official veterinarians of the counties and independent cities. An overview of the risk areas and other information are available on the Internet at www.mlu.sachsen-anhalt.de.

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PostPosted: Mon Dec 22, 2014 7:21 am 
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Germany to step up bird flu testing after new cases discovered
Source: Reuters - Mon, 22 Dec 2014 09:26 GMT

HAMBURG, Dec 22 (Reuters) - Germany will on Monday announce compulsory testing of ducks and geese for bird flu before slaughtering after two more cases of the H5N8 strain of the disease were discovered, the country's agriculture ministry said.

A new regulation forcing all ducks and geese to be tested for bird flu before slaughter will be announced later on Monday under urgent approval procedures, a ministry spokesperson said. It is set to take force on Tuesday, she said.

This is because ducks and geese show late or even no clinical symptoms of the disease and intensified monitoring is needed, she said.

The move follows the confirmation on Saturday of another case of H5N8 bird flu on a farm in the German state of Lower Saxony, a leading poultry production region.

Another H5N8 case was confirmed in a wild duck in the eastern state of Saxony-Anhalt, bringing to five the number of reported cases in the country since November.

Germany, the Netherlands, Britain and Italy have been since November been hit by the H5N8 bird flu strain which has devastated poultry flocks in Asia, mainly South Korea, earlier this year but has never been detected in humans.

More humane free range poultry farming methods introduced in recent years have increased the risk that farm poultry can contract diseases from wild birds.

The first H5N8 case in Germany was confirmed on Nov. 4 on a poultry farm in Mecklenburg-Vorpommern in east Germany.

Britain on Sunday lifted restrictions around a duck farm in northern England where the disease had been discovered. (Reporting by Michael Hogan, editing by Louise Heavens)

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PostPosted: Mon Dec 22, 2014 12:40 pm 
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Information received on 21/12/2014 from Dr. Karin Schwabenbauer, Ministerial Dirigentin and Chief Veterinary Officer , Directorate of Animal Health, Animal Welfare, Bundesministerium für Ernährung, Landwirtschaft und Verbraucherschutz (BMELV) , Bonn, Germany
Summary
Report type Follow-up report No. 4
Date of start of the event 04/11/2014
Date of pre-confirmation of the event 05/11/2014
Report date 21/12/2014
Date submitted to OIE 21/12/2014
Reason for notification Reoccurrence of a listed disease
Date of previous occurrence 03/2009
Manifestation of disease Clinical disease
Causal agent Highly pathogenic avian influenza virus
Serotype H5N8
Nature of diagnosis Clinical, Laboratory (advanced)
This event pertains to a defined zone within the country
Related reports Immediate notification (06/11/2014)
Follow-up report No. 1 (25/11/2014)
Follow-up report No. 2 (09/12/2014)
Follow-up report No. 3 (17/12/2014)
Follow-up report No. 4 (21/12/2014)
New outbreaks (2)
Outbreak 1 (14-015-00005) Neubörger, Emsland, NIEDERSACHSEN
Date of start of the outbreak 20/12/2014
Outbreak status Continuing (or date resolved not provided)
Epidemiological unit Farm
Affected animals
Species Susceptible Cases Deaths Destroyed Slaughtered
Birds 10102 2 10102
Outbreak 2 Aken, Anhalt-Bitterfeld, SACHSEN-ANHALT
Date of start of the outbreak 20/12/2014
Outbreak status Continuing (or date resolved not provided)
Epidemiological unit Not applicable
Affected animals
Species Susceptible Cases Deaths Destroyed Slaughtered
Mallard:Anas platyrhynchos(Anatidae) 1
Summary of outbreaks Total outbreaks: 2
Total animals affected
Species Susceptible Cases Deaths Destroyed Slaughtered
Birds 10102 2 10102
Mallard:Anas platyrhynchos(Anatidae) 1
Outbreak statistics
Species Apparent morbidity rate Apparent mortality rate Apparent case fatality rate Proportion susceptible animals lost*
Birds 0.02% ** ** **
Mallard:Anas platyrhynchos(Anatidae) ** ** ** **
*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
Epidemiological comments All poultry have been culled and safely disposed of.
Control measures
Measures applied
Control of wildlife reservoirs
Stamping out
Movement control inside the country
Screening
Zoning
Disinfection of infected premises/establishment(s)
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.
http://www.oie.int/wahis_2/public/wahid ... rtid=16801

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Sequences released from domestic duck, A/domestic duck/Germany-NI/R3468/2014, in Lower Saxony collected Dec 18.

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