Monday, January 30, 2017

OIE Notification: HPAI H5N5 In Mute Swan - Greece


This morning we learn of yet another HPAI H5N5 detection - this time in Northeastern Greece - very near the Turkish border.  This makes the 3rd European country in a week  (Germany, Slovenia, & Greece) to report this emerging subtype.
As discussed in some depth earlier today in  Germany: HPAI H5N2 Detected In WIld Birds In Baden-W├╝rttemberg,  Clade H5 viruses have a proclivity for spinning off viable reassortant viruses.  

While we've only seen 3 H5N5 poultry outbreaks thus far - all in Germany - in the past few weeks it has been reported in wild birds in a half dozen European countries, increasing the risk of seeing more farms affected. 

My thanks to Lisa Schnirring for the heads's up on this OIE release

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