|June 30th Rosselkhoznador Update|
Although the Russian language media continues to report on fresh HPAI H5 outbreaks in Western Russia, we've seen surprisingly little mention of Russia's avian flu epizootic by their (local or central) Rosselkhoznador Federal Service for Veterinary and Phytosanitary Surveillance.
The most recent update on the central Rosselkhoznador avian flu site is now 3 weeks old.Six weekly reports have been submitted to the OIE (see below), summarizing more than 50 outbreaks since early June, across at least 9 oblasts.
Related reports Immediate notification (13/06/2018)Yesterday's OIE Update (No.5) lists 13 new outbreaks across 4 oblasts, with 7 of those reported from the Chuvash Republic.
Follow-up report No. 1 (20/06/2018)
Follow-up report No. 2 (27/06/2018)
Follow-up report No. 3 (04/07/2018)
Follow-up report No. 4 (11/07/2018)
Follow-up report No. 5 (18/07/2018)
While HPAI H5N8 is strongly suspected, except for a DEFRA report citing H5N8 last week, we've only seen Russia's outbreak described as HPAI H5.Below you'll find the local statement from the Chuvash Republic.
On activities for prevention and control of avian influenza in the Chuvash Republic
July 19, 2018
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Office of Rosselkhoznadzor for Chuvashia and Ulyanovsk Region reported that as of July 18th 2018 on the territory of the Chuvash Republic registered 9 epizootic outbreaks identified disadvantaged 8 points on the highly pathogenic type A subtype H5 bird. Avian influenza is registered in the territory of Batyrevsky, Komsomolsk, Yalchikskogo, Tsivilsky, Ibresinskogo and Krasnochetaysky areas.
Decree of the Head of the Chuvash Republic in all the areas mentioned restrictive measures (quarantine) introduced.
Specialists Gosvetsluzhby Chuvashia, in accordance with the decree of the Cabinet of Ministers of the Chuvash Republic in disadvantaged locations Batyrevsky and Komsomolsk districts organized work for the disposal of poultry of all types and removal of poultry products.
Fixed by Rosselkhoznadzor Office of the Chuvash Republic and the Ulyanovsk region in the endangered zones and surveillance zones are monitored for compliance with the owners of birds animal health rules aimed at protecting places of birds from bringing them into the infectious agent. In cooperation with the specialists of veterinary services districts and heads of rural settlements conducted door-bypass to conduct clinical examination ptitsepogolovya, exercises control over the observance of the birds owners with veterinary and sanitary requirements for the contents of birds and implementation of measures to prevent and control avian influenza.
During the inspection of organized screening of blood samples from the birds for monitoring studies for the presence of avian influenza virus. The samples are sent to study in the laboratory subordinated to the Rosselkhoznadzor (Federal State Budgetary Institution "Tatar MVL" FGBU "ARRIAH") as part of the federal state of epizootic monitoring. Implemented as a detour reservoirs rural settlements endangered zone and the surveillance zone Batyrevsky and Komsomolsk districts, where the presence of waterfowl has been established.
Management professionals conducted explanatory work with the population of the notice of veterinary experts on all cases of sudden mortality or the simultaneous mass disease of birds, their unusual behavior.
During the inspection of violations of veterinary and sanitary requirements for poultry in personal farmsteads of citizens, as well as the free sale of birds and poultry products has been established. The owners provided the poultry content in conditions excluding contact between other species of birds, including wild waterfowl. In total, inspectors visited 34 court in 9 localities Batyrevsky and Komsomolsk districts, conducted clinical examination of 827 heads of birds, in order to monitor the selected 54 samples, which is 7%.
While avian flu outbreaks in Western Europe are currently at their summer nadir, migratory birds following the Black Sea/Mediterranean Flyway will be crossing Western Russia on their southbound trek to Europe, the Middle East and Africa this fall.
As we've seen in the past, they can sometimes pick up avian flu viruses along the way, and deposit them further down the line.
Two years ago, migratory birds delivered a freshly reassorted HPAI H5N8 virus to Germany, which quickly sparked Europe's largest avian epizootic on record, and spread quickly to the Middle East and Africa.
Which is why we're eager to get more details on the virus currently plaguing Western Russia's poultry industry.