Thursday, June 14, 2018

Bulgarian Food Safety Agency Reports Avian Flu At Poultry Farm In Dobrich

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Although  HPAI H5 avian flu reports have dwindled the past couple of months, there are a few hot spots in the world that continue to report outbreaks; including Taiwan, Saudi Arabia, and Bulgaria.
There are, admittedly, other parts of the world where surveillance, testing, and reporting of avian flu is either `suboptimal' or not publicly shared and so we may be missing data.
Since March, Bulgaria has reported recurring outbreaks of HPAI H5N8 - unlike the rest of Europe (with the exception of Italy) - which instead has almost exclusively been reporting the newly reassorted HPAI H5N6 virus since December.
A few recent reports:
Bulgaria: FAO Reporting 4 New Outbreaks Of HPAI H5

Bulgaria Reports Another HPAI H5N8 Outbreak In Poultry
Bulgaria NVS: HPAI H5N8 Outbreak In Commercial Poultry In General Toshevo

While we've not seen any new reports from Italy since March, H5N8 continues to be active in the Middle East (Saudi Arabia, Iraq, Iran, etc.) and parts of Africa (see FAO map below).

http://www.fao.org/ag/againfo/programmes/en/empres/h5n8/situation_update.html


Four days ago the FAO posted 5 outbreak reports of confirmed H5N8 from Bulgaria with observation dates from last April, indicating that the outbreaks were more numerous than initially reported.

10/06/2018: Bulgaria - Influenza - Avian
Confirmed Influenza - Avian in Dobrich, for domestic birds (unspecified bird)
10/06/2018: Bulgaria - Influenza - Avian
Confirmed Influenza - Avian in Plovdiv, for domestic birds (unspecified bird)
10/06/2018: Bulgaria - Influenza - Avian
Confirmed Influenza - Avian in Haskovo, for domestic birds (unspecified bird)
10/06/2018: Bulgaria - Influenza - Avian
Confirmed Influenza - Avian in Plovdiv, for domestic birds (unspecified bird)
10/06/2018: Bulgaria - Influenza - Avian
Confirmed Influenza - Avian in Plovdiv, for domestic birds (unspecified bird)
And yesterday, Bulgarian Agency For Food Safety posted the following (translated) notice, indicating yet another outbreak in Dobrich. While the subtype is not mentioned, based on recent activity, HPAI H5N8 is a pretty good bet.
An outbreak of bird flu was found in a Dobrich poultry farm

13.06.2018

By order of the Executive Director of the Bulgarian Food Safety Agency on 13 June, a primary outbreak of influenza (type A) was announced in a breeding farm for laying hens in the well-being village of Donchevo. All contaminated and contact birds in two of the farm huts will be destroyed in a humane manner.

A 3-kilometer protection zone, which includes the villages Bogdanovo, Donchevo and Opanets, is defined. It is prohibited to trade and move domestic and wild birds, as well as breeding eggs.

The poultry farms in the 10-kilometer zone also remain under surveillance.

Veterinarians will carry out permanent observations of sites in the area, and if there are suspicions of influenza, samples will be taken for testing.

Order № RD 11-1014 of 13/06/2018 declaring a fireplace and taking measures in. Donchevo, Dobrich (13.6.2018g.)

While summer generally provides a respite in avian flu outbreaks - at least in temperate regions of the world - the persistence of HPAI H5N8 in Bulgaria well into June is a reminder that avian flu doesn't always follow the rules.

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