Tuesday, November 08, 2016

Germany: Bird Die Off - Preliminary Tests Suggest HPAI H5N8 - Ministry


As I mentioned in my last blog, there has been a bird die off in Germany - about 170 miles west of the confirmed H5N8 outbreak in Poland - that is under investigation.  Approximately 150 birds have reportedly died since the weekend in and around Great Plön Lake.

We now know that preliminary testing, conducted by the Friedrich Loeffler Institute (FLI), suggests the virus is H5N8. 

This report, issued by the Schleswig-Holstein Ministerium für Energiewende, Landwirtschaft, Umwelt und ländliche Räume indicates they will hold a press conference at 1600 hrs local time today (1200 hrs EST) to announce the final test results.

date 11/08/2016
KIEL. After the discovery of more than 100 dead waterfowl on Great Plön Lake and smaller lakes in the area first investigation pointed a suspicion of avian influenza. The Friedrich Loeffler Institute (FLI) - the national reference laboratory for avian influenza - showed excitation of subtype H5N8 in the early hours of Tuesday (November 8, 2016). However, investigations of the FLI are not yet complete.

It is currently being analyzed, whether the virus is the highly pathogenic or low type (high or low sickening). Only if these findings are known, it can be established whether there are in fact avian influenza and the measures to be taken. The results of the FLI should be available in the afternoon.

Invitation to press conference

The results will be notified Agriculture Minister Robert Habeck at a press conference. Until then, no further information will be provided. We therefore ask to refrain from individual inquiries; Sound bites, there will be after the roundtable.

Press conference
Ministry of Energy Transition, Agriculture, Environment and Rural Areas
space 1211C
Mercatorstraße 3
24106 Kiel

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