Saturday, October 21, 2017

Russia: Rosselkhoznadzor Reports Avian H5 Detected In Rostov Region

Rostov Region of Russia


The Rostov region of Western Russia - which was hard hit last spring with HPAI H5N8 (see Russia: Rosselkhoznadzor Reports Bird Flu Outbreak In Rostov Region) after an outbreak at a major turkey producing facility - has reported fresh outbreaks of avian H5  according to the following report from Russia's Federal Service for Veterinary and Phytosanitary Surveillance.

About Avian Influenza registration on the territory of the Rostov region

October 20, 2017

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The Federal Service for Veterinary and Phytosanitary Surveillance informs about registration of avian influenza in the territory of the Rostov region.

Vrezultate laboratory tests SBD RO "Rostov Regional Veterinary Laboratory" 10.18.2017 in pathological material taken from dead birds (chickens), kept in private farms in Art. Chertkovsky Morozov district of Rostov region, isolated the gene of avian influenza virus.

20/10/2017 diagnosis is confirmed in FGBU "ARRIAH", as well as the virus is identified as an influenza A virus subtype H5 bird.

The experts gosvetsluzhby Rostov region under the control of Rosselkhoznadzor currently unfavorable operating point of Rostov, Volgograd and Astrakhan regions and the Republic of Kalmykia. Measures are taken in accordance with the rules to combat bird flu, approved by Order of the Ministry of Agriculture of Russia from 27.03.2006 number 90.

Chertkovsky district is located in the northwest of Rostov Oblast, near the Ukraine border. One of many Russian media reports published in the past couple of hours is this from
In the Rostov region in chickens and sparrows detected bird flu

Bird flu again found in the Rostov region.

The disease is found in two dead chickens in the backyard of the village Chertkovsky Morozov district, as well as two sparrows selected three hundred meters from the village. The diagnosis is confirmed by experts of the Rostov regional veterinary laboratory and research center ARRIAH.
As reported by the government of the Rostov region, village Chertkovsky recognized as epizootic hearth. Away from it installed dezbarer and veterinary police cordon, the export of poultry from the village is strictly prohibited. In addition, the need to eliminate Chertkovsky birds.

Recall the previous case of bird flu was detected in the Rostov region in April this year.

Admittedly a minor outbreak, with the fall migratory season upon us, we are looking for any signs that avian flu may be headed back towards Europe. Birds that roosted in the high latitudes of Russia over the summer travel generally south and west each fall via five different flyways - two of which (East Atlantic & Black Sea/Mediterranean) cross Europe.

Last October we began seeing reports of H5N8 - first in India, then further west in Kazakhstan, a couple of weeks before Europe's record setting avian outbreak began in earnest.  While one outbreak does not an epizootic make, we'll be watching for additional reports in the weeks ahead.

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