While we are waiting confirmation of the exact subtype, avian H5 has been detected among dead tufted ducks collected on the Åland Islands off the Southwestern coast of Finland.
This follows the confirmation earlier this week of H5N8 in two locations in neighboring Sweden.
We should get word later today, or tomorrow, on the pathogenicity and exact subtype. Since HPAI H5N8 is strongly suspected, Finland's Ministry of Agriculture has issued a decree to farmers to protect their poultry from exposure to wild birds.
This (translated) statement from Finland's Food Protection Ministry.
Avian influenza is suspected in a number of wild birds found dead or poultry farm are the symptoms of avian influenza. In this case, must immediately be taken to the vet to contact the municipality or the county veterinarian.
The municipal or county veterinarian assesses whether there is a suspicion of avian influenza. The official veterinarian instructed to dispose of dead birds, when all the birds there is no need to send for examination.
Samples number of deaths
In general basis, mass or deaths can be regarded as a situation in which the same area is found sick or dead on five or more of the swan or a water bird or birds belonging to more than a dozen other species.
Location of discovery of dead birds and its coordinates must be collected, for example, by phone.
Bird number of deaths shall immediately notify the municipal veterinarian or provincial veterinary officer. The official veterinarian responsible for the sending of samples to Evira's Helsinki office.
Dead birds should not be touched
Although the risk of transmission of avian influenza to humans is very small, no dead birds still allowed to touch. If physical contact is already in place, is to wash your hands well with soap and water and disinfected with alcohol-based Hand Sanitizers.
Evira's release 24/11/2016
For more information on avian influenza