While the onset of spring has seen a sharp decline in the number of avian flu reports out of Europe we continue to see some lingering bird flu activity in western Russia.
Last week Russian officials announced the discovery of avian flu in a small flock in a suburb of Moscow, while two weeks ago (see Russia: Rosselkhoznadzor Reports Bird Flu Outbreak In Rostov Region) we learned of a large avian flu outbreak at the nation's largest turkey producer.Today, Russia's Federal Service for Veterinary and Phytosanitary Surveillance is reporting - somewhat cryptically - on the detection of `genetic material of bird flu virus' among poultry products shipped to Krasnodar from the Rostov Region. These appear to be linked to the poultry producer mentioned above.
The type of avian flu has not been specified in these reports, although HPAI H5 is a pretty good bet. The precise `product(s)' - and whether any have reached store shelves - is equally vague.Even if bird flu positive products have been sold to the public, the risk of human infection is likely very low (particularly if the virus is H5N8). If live birds, or eggs, have been sent to poultry facilities in Krasnodar, then there is a genuine risk of seeing this outbreak spread.
This from Rosselkhoznadzor, followed by a report from TASS.
About the discovery in the Krasnodar region of poultry products, containing the genetic material of the virus of avian influenza
May 2, 2017Studies of poultry products produced by "Evrodon" Rostov region received for implementation in different business entities of the Krasnodar Territory, held in GBU "Kropotkin edge veterinary laboratory." When held on April 28-29, 2017 laboratory tests had identified the genetic material of bird flu virus (type A), the results are confirmed, "ARRIAH" FGBU.© Central body
Infected with avian influenza virus of poultry products entered the Krasnodar region from the following suppliers: LLC "Trading House" Indolina "Oktyabrsky district of Rostov region, LLC" RHM - Taurus ", Rostov-on-Don, Rostov region," Company "Elitgrupp" Mr. Rostov-on-Don, Rostov region LLC "Krasnodar Grocery Home» Krasnodar, Krasnodar Krai.
Infected products identified April 27, 2017 on the territory of "Krasnodar Grocery Home» Sochi, dropped out of the enterprise without veterinary accompanying document in an unknown direction. Information on this fact sent to the law enforcement bodies to take measures to search for products.
This fact suggests that the avian influenza virus infected poultry products has been implemented outside of the Rostov region.
Rosselkhoznadzor addressed to the heads of executive authorities of the Russian Federation on the need for comprehensive measures to prevent the introduction of the agent highly pathogenic avian influenza in the territory of the Russian Federation, to strengthen control over the movement of the Russian Federation poultry and poultry products.
And this from TASS.
Products "Evrodon" bird flu, got beyond the Rostov region
May 2, 13:01 UTC + 3
Information on this fact sent to the law enforcement bodies to take measures to search for products
MOSCOW, May 2. / TASS /. Part of the production of agricultural holding "Evrodon", the largest turkey producer in Russia infected with bird flu came to the realization of the limits of the Rostov region. It is reported by Rosselkhoznadzor .
"Infected products identified April 27, 2017 on the territory of LLC" Krasnodar grocery house "(Sochi), dropped out of the enterprise without veterinary accompanying documents to an unknown destination. This fact suggests that the avian influenza virus infected poultry products has been implemented beyond the Rostov region ", - said the agency.
Information on this fact sent to the law enforcement bodies to take measures to search for products.
Rosselkhoznadzor recalls that during April 28-29, laboratory studies have identified genetic material of bird flu virus (type A). Virus infected poultry products entered the Krasnodar region of the Trading House "Indolina" (Oktyabrsky District, Rostov region), "RHM - Taurus" (Rostov-on-Don), the company "Elitgrupp" (Rostov-on-Don) and "Krasnodar grocery home ".
The first outbreak of bird flu in the Rostov region were reported to "Evrodon" company in December 2016. Then it was necessary to destroy the 160 thous. Heads of birds. The company has estimated its losses in the amount of more than 1 billion rubles.
However, in late April 2017, Rosselkhoznadzor newly discovered bird flu at one of the "Evrodon". The company explained that management has taken measures to prevent the possible spread of the disease and euthanasia of birds held on the specified site (all were destroyed 42 thous. Heads). The cost of culling the company estimated at 16 million rubles.