On November 23rd Russia reported two outbreaks of HPAI H5 in backyard birds in the Republic of Kalymkia (see OIE Notification Of HPAI H5 In Western Russia).
While the full subtype was not identified, sequence analysis showed they belonged to HPAI H5 clade 188.8.131.52., the same as H5N8.
Late yesterday, Russia's Rosselkhoznadzor (Federal Service for Veterinary and Phytosanitary Surveillance) posted the following small notice on another outbreak at a large state run poultry operation in Astrakhan Oblast, about 200km east of Kalymkia.
On the outbreak of bird flu in the Astrakhan region
December 7, 2016
Flash is registered in the State Enterprise Poultry Factory "Harabalinskom", in pathological material samples from the dead birds revealed the genome of influenza A H5 subtitle. Measures are taken to control the outbreak and prevent the spread of disease.© Central body
Admittedly not the most verbose report we've ever seen. Luckily, a follow up piece published today in the Astra Volga fills in some details.
On the poultry farm measures are being taken to combat the virus
December 8, 2016, 12:10
Quarantine for 30 days is entered at the poultry farm "Harabalinskom" in the Astrakhan region due to the outbreak of avian influenza, according to the regional veterinary service.
According to the agency, the material selected on the poultry farm identified RNA genome of influenza A virus, the H5 subtitle, preliminary diagnosis of avian influenza.
"Mortality poultry occurred in one shop. They were immediately taken measures to localizing the disease and prevent its spread to other shops. Order of the Governor of Astrakhan Region set quarantine highly pathogenic avian influenza for a period of 30 days ", - said in a statement.On the poultry farm measures are being taken to combat avian influenza. Exhibited quarantine posts, imposed a ban on the import and export of products and feed for poultry.
Poultry Farm "Harabalinskom" is a state-owned enterprise, is located in the region's property. The factory was founded in 1975. On the poultry farm work ten plants for egg-laying hens and four workshops for rearing.
It was reported that this is the second case of bird flu in Russia in recent years. The first in this year's event was recorded in the private farms of Kalmykia. The disease is brought, likely migratory birds.