Friday, June 22, 2018

Russia: Saratov Oblast Veterinary Authority Announces Avian Flu Outbreaks


After months of no reports of avian flu out of Russia, over the past 9 days the flood gates have opened, with Rosselkhoznadzor & OIE: HPAI H5 Reported In Kursk Oblast last week, followed two days ago by Russia Reporting Avian Flu Outbreaks In Samara, Penza & Kursk Regions.
Yesterday an OIE report, detailed 16 recent outbreaks in Russia, all listed as HPAI H5. 
Today, the Veterinary Management Agency of Saratov Oblast adds to the list, announcing outbreaks in two private farms in the village Talovka, Kalinin district.  Details, as you will see, are scant.
In the Kalinin district identified bird flu center

According to the results of laboratory studies of pathological material from chickens died in two private farms in the village Talovka Kalinin district, identified the gene of avian influenza pathogen.

Veterinary specialists carry out activities provided for veterinary legislation to eradicate the outbreak and prevent the spread of infection from the source.

This announcement comes just 24 hours after the same agency released the following (translated) cautionary statement due to recent outbreaks in nearby oblasts.

With the leaders of the Saratov factory farms developed measures to strengthen the protection against the introduction of avian influenza

Yesterday, June 20, in the administration Tatishchevsky District Head of Government veterinary region Alexei often met with local producers of poultry products.

Attended by heads of municipalities of the district.

The need for this unscheduled meeting with representatives of the poultry farms caused by the aggravation of the situation of avian influenza in Russia's regions. To date, the disease was registered in the Kursk, Samara, Penza regions.

Interested parties were informed of the emergence of a new threat epizootic well-being of the region - of outbreaks of avian influenza.

On all poultry enterprises in the region have their own system of biological protection against the introduction of enterprises agents of contagious diseases. However, given the current situation, these measures need to be strengthened.

The most vulnerable to infection are private farms. The major risk of skidding of the virus is the import of poultry and poultry products from other regions. In this regard, residents advised to purchase live poultry for breeding and poultry farming products from local poultry farms. With heads of poultry farms agreed to provide opportunities for the purchase of the population of young poultry as meat and oviparous species.

Hopefully we'll get some more details on the exact subtype of avian flu, and some sense of how it is being spread (by birds, or movement of poultry, poultry products, or equipment between farms, etc.) in the coming days.

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