On the heels of last week's report of a bird flu outbreak at a commercial turkey farm (see Russia: Rosselkhoznadzor Reports Bird Flu Outbreak In Rostov Region), the government's Federal Service for Veterinary and Phytosanitary Surveillance is now reporting the discovery of avian flu in a small flock in a suburb of Moscow.
Clarification of avian influenza virus in the Noginsk municipal district, Moscow region April 24, 2017
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Office of Rosselkhoznadzor for Moscow City, Moscow and Tula regions inform the citizen Zlatovoy detecting bird flu outbreak in the personal subsidiary plots TP (Moscow Region, Noginsky area Yamkinskoe ri, d. Pochinki).
April 21, at the request of a citizen Zlatovoy ETC. nominative of 13 heads of chickens contained in LPH, the corpse of dead birds was selected pathological material and sent to study in the BS MO "Moscow Regional Veterinary Laboratory". April 21, 2017 based on the results of laboratory tests BS MO "Moscow Regional Veterinary Laboratory" has been revealed the genetic material of the pathogen avian influenza.
To confirm the diagnosis of pathological material samples sent to the State Organization "ARRIAH" (Vladimir).
Currently, the State Veterinary Service of the Moscow region the complex of organizational, economic and animal health measures in accordance with the order of the Russian Federation Ministry of Agriculture of 27.03.2006 number 90 "On approval of rules for combating avian influenza."
Held forced disinfection area. The corpses of birds have been incinerated. Disinfection farm buildings and equipment. The nearest settlements are conducted homestead rounds in order to monitor possible contamination.
Although it hasn't received near the attention as has HPAI H5 in Europe, Russia has been waging its own battle against HPAI this winter, with a number of those outbreaks in and around Moscow (see Rosselkhoznadzor: Avian Flu Outbreak In Moscow Region).
While HPAI H5N8 and H5N1 are currently its biggest concerns, Russian officials are keenly aware of the dual threats posed by H7N9 and H5N6 - both of which loom large on Russia's eastern and southern borders.
Last summer - although we didn't realize it at the time - a bird die off at Ubsu-Nur Lake in central Russia was our first clue that a new, more virulent version of H5N8 had emerged (see EID Journal: Reassorted HPAI H5N8 Clade 188.8.131.52. - Germany 2016),
Which is why - given all of the bird flu subtypes potentially passing through that part of the world via migratory flyways - we'll be keeping a particularly close eye on bird flu reports out of Russia over the summer.