After going roughly three months without a new outbreak, last week France reported 2 fresh HPAI detections in Dordogne & Aveyron. Overnight they reported a third new outbreak, once again in Dordogne.
These outbreaks, which began in November of last year, have produced no fewer than 5 new strains of avian flu, including HPAI H5N1, H5N2, and H5N9, along with LPAI H5N2 and H5N3.
All of these new subtypes are described as being of `European lineage' - have not infected humans - and not descended from the more dangerous Asian H5N1 virus.
That said, we've not seen much analysis published on these new viruses. The update appended to the MOA's status site reads:
The current situation in France (updated on 07/26/2016)
In total, to date, 80 of highly pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI) in poultry were detected in 10 southwestern departments of France.
As part of the monitoring strategy accompanied by increased vigilance of the actors in the poultry sector, three other outbreaks were detected, one in Aveyron, the other two in the Dordogne.
The set of management measures has been implemented.
- Another highly pathogenic avian influenza (H5N1) was reported July 25, 2016 on a farm of 24,000 ducks ready to stuff in this town, 400 m from the home of breeding chickens outdoors.