A week ago, in More Avian Flu Dispatches From Western Russia, we looked at this summer's growing HPAI H5 epizootic which has now affected at least a dozen Federated States in Western Russia since early June.
The OIE has published its latest notification (Follow-up report No. 7) adding 4 fresh outbreaks from the Republic of Tartarstan, the Chuvash Republic and Ulyanovsk Oblast while overnight Mari El's office of Rosselkhoznadzor (Federal Service for Veterinary and Phytosanitary Surveillance) has announced their first outbreak of HPAI this summer.
About Avian Influenza registration in the Republic of Mari El
Office of Rosselkhoznadzor for the Nizhny Novgorod region and the Republic of Mary El announces bird flu registration in the Republic of Mari El.
As a result of laboratory tests SBD Mari El Republic "Republican Veterinary Laboratory" 31.07.2018g. in pathological material taken from the fallen, hens, contained in the personal subsidiary plots in n. New Medvedevsky district of the Republic of Mari El, revealed the genetic material of the influenza A virus (Influenza virus A), pathological material sent for analysis to the State Organization "ARRIAH" (Mr. . Vladimir).
Currently, the disadvantaged section are specialists gosvetsluzhby Republic of Mari El under the control of the Office of Rosselkhoznadzor for the Nizhny Novgorod region and the Republic of Mari El. 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.
Additionally, there are multiple Russian language news reports this morning of outbreaks reported in the Udmurt Republic. Typical of the reports is this story from the Rossiyskaya Gazet.
Bird flu found in two districts of Udmurtia
Text: Jan Shamaeva (Izhevsk)
Bird flu found in farms and residents Igra Debyossky District of Udmurtia.
The region has got the virus from birds, which on July 22 and sold illegally has delivered a businessman from Chuvashia, informs the press service of the Government of Udmurtia.
- This republic is unsuccessful on avian influenza, which led to the disease and mass death of poultry. The first report was received on July 30 the village Sepozh Igrinsky District, on July 31 - in the village of Zur. Also on the research is pathological material from dead birds from the village and the village Debesy Tolen Debyossky District, - said in a statement.
Now Veterinary Service carries out in these localities complex anti-epizootic measures. Organized by the traffic police on duty at the posts, held backyard bypassing working "hot line": 8 (3412) 949-917, 949-918.
For information on the import of sick birds reported to the police, the Federal Security Service and the Investigation Department of the TFR in Udmurtia.
While avian flu outbreaks in Western Europe have largely abated with the arrival of summer, Russia - for the second year in a row - finds itself battling widespread unseasonal outbreaks of HPAI H5 (presumably H5N8, but not yet confirmed).
Since migratory birds following the Black Sea/Mediterranean Flyway will be crossing Western Russia when they return to Europe, the Middle East and Africa this fall, outbreaks such as we are seeing in Russia are obviously a concern.
Two years ago, migratory birds picked up and 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.
Making what is happening today in Western Russia more than of just passing interest to Europe's poultry industry.