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Media reports cite H5N8 confirmation in 43 birds in Rostock zoo.

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Bird flu in Rostock Zoo: 43 evidence
Scarlet Ibis goes through shallow water. © picture alliance / perspective picture alliance / perspective Photographer: C. WermterEven a Red Ibis has been infected with the bird flu. Previously, storks and geese were already affected.
After the bird flu cases 60 birds in Rostock Zoo have been killed so far. At 43 birds of highly contagious pathogen H5N8 was detected. The zoo remains still closed to visitors, a spokesman of the Ministry of Agriculture. On Saturday was at a Red Ibis (also: Scarlet Ibis, Scarlet) H5N8 have been diagnosed. Then ten ibises and herons eight were killed. Even with the above preventive killed in the days of the duck H5N8 virus had been discovered. A total of about 500 zoo birds are to be investigated.

Lowest possible loss of biodiversity
An attempt was made to protect the partially rare species in the zoo will, said Agriculture Minister Till Backhaus (SPD): "But it is also clear that we need to make further killings in further discoveries." As the H5N8 virus came to the zoo, is still unclear. A few days ago the highly pathogenic avian influenza virus was discovered initially at a stork. In the following tests, it was found that all twelve white storks and five geese were infected.

Expert: storks have among themselves infected
Storks are more susceptible to influenza virus as ducks and geese, according to the Friedrich-Loeffler-Institute (FLI) on Riems. "This water birds are the natural reservoir for the virus, they sit down for thousands of years with him apart," said FLI spokeswoman Elke Reinking. Water birds showed in contrast to gallinaceans infection despite no signs of disease. The zoo storks could have been infected, according Reinking also because of the close proximity to each other. Generally they are birds in captivity but not more susceptible to viruses than in the wild. How is H5N8 affects songbirds, was not yet known.

According to director Udo nail the zoo holds about 500 birds, including rare species. Also, feed and bedding were investigated. "It is a mystery how the virus has come to the birds," Nagel said. All birds in the zoo are housed in buildings or covered aviaries. The zoo was closed on Thursday.

Kept indoors in risk areas remains
Agriculture Minister Backhaus said, in Mecklenburg-Vorpommern now remains the stable duty in risk areas exist near water. She originally intended to be eased soon. In Rostock had been set up within a radius of ten kilometers to the zoo a surveillance zone are examined in the poultry farms. Within a radius of three kilometers, about 95 amateur poultry farms are known. "So far is a killing these animals is not provided," said Backhaus clear.

Cases in Western Pomerania and Lower Saxony
In early November was H5N8 Virus at a turkey growing operation in Vorpommern Heinrichswalde and shortly thereafter at a wild duck on Rügen been found. Later, there were also cases in Lower Saxony . It is a highly contagious variant which seemed previously only in Asia. As part of the security measures were about 1,000 animals culled and examines been carried out without further pathogen-proof. Also, all 31,000 turkeys of the affected plant in Heinrichswalde were killed. There was a nationwide barn duty prescribed. Hazards to consumers, there was not loud authorities. There were no animals slaughtered in the diseased population and entering the food chain. In mid-December which was kept indoors canceled inRisk areas it is true but still.

Background: Avian influenza - Avian influenza - Influenza Chickens
Avian influenza, avian flu, chicken influenza - the epidemic has different names, meaning often the same. The term "avian influenza" is the oldest and represents the severe course with many deaths, regardless of the pathogen. Since it is clear that it is flu viruses, does veterinarians around the world have agreed to the term "bird flu". Depending on the species of poultry is concerned, is spoken of chicken, goose, or duck influenza. In those established in Mecklenburg-Vorpommern H5N8 pathogen is, according to the Ministry of Agriculture is a highly contagious subtype of avian influenza. So far, H5N8 occurred exclusively on in Asia and has now been demonstrated for the first time in Europe. Transmission to humans has not been identified so far. Last 2013 cases of bird flu in Germany were announced in February and December. This was about the H5N1 virus. Approximately 14,500 ducks in Brandenburg and hundreds of ostriches and chickens in the Black Forest fell victim to the virus. The first cases of bird flu in Germany occurred in February 2006 on the island of Rügen in swans.

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No new H5N8-proof Zoo reopens
Main entrance of the Rostock Zoo © picture-alliance Photographer: Bernd WüstneckOpens partially: the zoo of Rostock.
Rostock Zoo will partially open to the public after the recent bird flu cases again on Wednesday. As the animal kingdom announced on Tuesday, the area around the Darwineum will be available again. Indeed, following the analysis of all samples from birds and feed no further suspected cases of bird flu, as it was said.

Half price, but no dogs
Visitors pay half price. Dogs are not allowed on zoo grounds due to the provided plague mats. Of the approximately 500 birds were in the past few days about 60 killed, because in them the H5N8 virus was detected. The zoo was closed to visitors since Thursday. "I am very pleased that we now have for the zoo of Rostock clarity," said Agriculture Minister Till Backhaus (SPD). Although the loss of 60 animals is very unfortunate. "Fortunately, there has not been a spread of this highly dangerous disease because of our actions."

Dead birds in the urban area
Meanwhile, have been discovered in the Hanseatic city on Tuesday several dead birds. After the NDR information is at the dead birds at least one animal from private keeping, also a dead swan in Gehlsdorf district was found.

Serenity in other animal parks
Marlow Bird Park (District Rostock) were taken since the introduction of compulsory stable in November, all the water from the pond birds in aviaries to prevent contact with wild birds, such as the zoological director, Gudrun Haase said. The nurse checked daily all birds if they look healthy. In Schwerin Zoo, the birds frolicking outdoors more, as the research assistant Sabrina Hoeft said. The zoo lies not in a risk area, it applies not kept indoors. "Actually, we're pretty relaxed."

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