Wednesday, July 27, 2016

Denmark: Ducks Infected With LPAI H7 Avian Influenza

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From the DVFA (The Danish Veterinary and Food Administration) we are informed of an LPAI H7 outbreak in a flock of ducks on the island of Funen.

Although LPAI H5 and H7 viruses are common in birds - and pose little threat to poultry or to humans - they are taken seriously due to their ability to mutate into HPAI strains (see You Say You Want An Evolution?)
 
Two reports from the DVFA.

Avian flu in Funen gråandebesætning

A herd of mallard ducks on Funen in Brenderup affected by the less severe avian flu H7N7. The crew consists of 3,000 ducklings. To prevent infection and to prevent the virus evolves, the infected ducklings be killed. DVFA create a 1km restricted zone around the farm.

Press release , Published: July 27, 2016

The movement of birds within and to and from the restricted zone are done with DVFA permission. Backyard poultry within the zone must be registered with the Food Authority. See restricted zone here . The killing is carried out in collaboration between the Food Authority and the Emergency Management Agency. There will be a thorough cleaning and disinfection of the property.

Discovered by routine surveillance samples Smitten crew members are discovered during routine surveillance samples are being taken as part of the Danish action plan against bird flu. - 


We consider always low pathogenic bird flu seriously because it can evolve into a highly pathogenic type. I can reassure that the low-pathogenic avian flu is not contagious to humans. Killing and security is done to prevent further problems, says deputy head of the Food Administration, veterinarian Stig Mellergaard.

Backyard poultry within 1km zone must be registered owners of hobby poultry flocks in the restricted zone must let their herd register with the Food Agency to the Board by the crews, located in zone. the registration of the name, address, poultry type and number must be registered with the Food Authority's customer advice on 7227 6900 or via mail

Note: Although machine translators don't handle the term gråandebesætning very well, it roughly translates to  `mallard herd'. 

A second report from the DVFA follows:

On July 27, 2016: Low pathogenic avian influenza in routine samples taken in Funen gråandebesætning

A fynsk gråandebesætning affected by low pathogenic avian influenza type H7N7, which is a less severe type. There implemented the necessary control measures on detection of low pathogenic avian influenza H7N7 including culling of the infected herd. Furthermore creates DVFA one 1 km restricted zone around the farm. The movement of birds within and to and from the restricted zone are done with DVFA permission. The infection in the herd is discovered during routine surveillance samples are being taken as part of the Danish action plan against bird flu. It is important that poultry owners comply with the restrictions within the restricted zone.

In the restricted zone are not allowed to:
  • Moving poultry, other captive birds lay poultry, day-old chicks and eggs within, into and from the restricted zone,
  • Hold fairs, exhibitions, markets, auctions, kapflyvninger or any other collection of poultry or other birds in the restricted zone
  • Expose feathered to reconstruction of wildlife in the restricted zone
  • Remove or spreading used litter, manure or slurry within the restricted zone.
The ban on movement of poultry, other captive birds lay poultry, day-old chicks and eggs do not apply for direct transit through the restricted zone on road or rail.
Authorize the movement can be given of Veterinary Unit under special conditions.

Have you backyard poultry within the zone?
Owners of backyard poultry within the restricted zone must let their poultry register with the Food & Drug Administration to help the Agency to gain knowledge of the crews that are in the zone.

1 comment:

Finn Jensen said...

In 10 years, this is the 7h case of avian flu in Denmark. 6 of those have been in mallard herds for release and shooting. The 7'th case was in duck and goose for meat.

Raising of mallards is apparently very exposed for avian flu!