Meanwhile, back in Europe, both H5N8, and its recently reassorted progeny H5N5 continue to turn up in wild and migratory birds, and cause outbreaks in poultry. While H5N8 remains the biggest threat threat to poultry in Europe, H5N5 has been described as `highly aggressive' by the German Agriculture Minister, raising concerns over seeing a `second wave'.
As of last Friday (see OIE: Macedonia Reporting HPAI H5 In WIld Birds), H5N5 had been reported in 7 European nations (The Netherlands, Italy, Montenegro, Germany, Greece, Slovenia, Poland, and Macedonia).
Today, the Landesportal Schleswig Holstein has announced the detection of HPAI H5N5 in wild birds in three more locations in Schleswig-Holstein. While the extent of H5N5's spread is still being evaluated, it has been reported in European locations more than 1,000 kilometers apart over the past few weeks.
Avian influenza virus remains active
Again wild birds have been found in Schleswig-Holstein, which have died of the disease.
The highly pathogenic H5N5 pathogen subtype was detected in a swan in Steinburg, a duck in Rendsburg-Eckernförde district and a cormorant in Neumünster. This has the Friedrich Löffler Institute, established a national reference laboratory for avian influenza, since the beginning of nine cases of avian flu in wild birds.
Observation is reinforced
In order to assess the situation comprehensively, the country has strengthened the monitoring of wild birds. The circles are stopped by decree to take samples in all found dead Wilvögeln. Citizens can report the find dead wild birds with the regulatory agencies.
Safeguards shall continue to apply
To reduce the risk of infection in poultry, the country-wide duty remains stable.
Biosicherungsvorkehrungen in poultry houses to prevent infected animals via contaminated footwear, vehicles or objects. Further restriction areas are around the area where a died of avian influenza wild bird furnishings. In these areas, the transport of poultry products or live poultry is prohibited. Thus the risk of spread of disease is to be minimized on animal transport.
So far, no cases have been reported worldwide observed, where people have been infected with the H5N5 virus.