We’ve another report today illustrating the recent spread of HPAI H5N8 across Europe, with the Rostock Zoo reporting the infection of a white stork, and the immediate culling of others in the zoo. Yesterday Germany reported two wild mallard ducks – shot on New Year’s Eve – tested positive for the virus.
Virtually unknown until its abrupt emergence in South Korea a year ago, H5N8 has – over the past few months – shown up either in wild birds or poultry in China, Russia, Japan, Germany, Italy, the Netherlands, the UK and the Pacific Northwest of the United States.
Two reports on today’s discovery. First a brief announcement on the Mecklenberg-Vorpommern Ministry of Agriculture Governement Portal website followed by a more detailed report on the http://www.mecklenburg-vorpommern.eu website :
No 006/15. - 08/01/2015 - LU - Ministry of Agriculture, Environment and Consumer Protection
At the zoo of Rostock highly pathogenic avian influenza virus H5N8 was detected.
Minister Dr. Till Backhaus, the backgrounds and other measures today to 16 clock pose at a press conference.
Location: Ministry of Agriculture, Environment and Consumer Protection MV
Rostock (AP) - In Rostock Zoo there is a case of avian flu. As the city administration Rostock on Thursday reported a white stork has infected. According to information from the Ministry of Agriculture in Schwerin highly pathogenic H5N8 virus was detected. As the dpa learned the affected animal and the other eight white storks of the zoo have been killed.
More information about the case or the possible consequences for other zoo animals were not available initially. Minister for Agriculture Till Backhaus (SPD) wanted to inform the public in the afternoon. As reported by the Veterinary Zoos of the city has instructed to close the zoo for this Thursday.
Only on Wednesday bird flu was detected in northern Saxony-Anhalt in two wild ducks. The animals had been shot during the game monitoring on 31 December. In both animals, the Friedrich-Loeffler-Institut was detected on Riems the H5N8 virus.
In Mecklenburg-Vorpommern bird flu was (district of Vorpommern-Greifswald) erupted with the same pathogen in early November in an operation in Heinrichswalde with around 31 000 turkeys. About 2,000 animals died, the others were killed. Two weeks later the virus H5N8 was first in Europe in a wild bird on the island of Rügen in Ummanz - proven - a teal.