Friday, November 04, 2016

Hungary: HPAI H5N8 Detected At A Turkey Farm


Last week, in Hungary: H5N8 Found In Dead Swan, we saw a single dead swan test positive for HPAI H5N8 in Csongrad County, in the south of Hungary.  

Today, we've a report from Hungary's NÉBIH (Department of Animal Health and Animal Welfare), of an H5N8 outbreak at a turkey farm in neighboring Békés county.

According to Hungarian officials, 9000 birds are to be culled. 

Avian influenza is a peaceful county in poultry
2016. november 4.

It revealed the presence of avian influenza virus in a peaceful county NÉBIH large turkey holdings. The authority shall immediately take the necessary measures. To prevent the spread of the virus killed specialists of veterinary services for animals in addition to compensation by the State. The detected serotypes (H5N8) has never occurred in the context of human disease.

The infected flock greatly increased mortality, the disease also appeared suspicious clinical symptoms. Laboratory tests confirmed the presence of avian influenza NÉBIH.

To prevent the spread of disease, veterinary authorities, according to the epidemiological regulations and state compensation in addition to the total stock Tótkomlós economy, 9,000 turkeys are killed. This authority has already begun on the basis of suspicion in order to protect and export capabilities to maintain healthy stocks. The specialists in the protection zone and the surveillance zone of 10 kilometers around the farm 3 km radius of all the holdings is invited, if necessary, take samples. movement restrictions will take effect in order to prevent the spread of infection.

Protective and surveillance zones map

General disease control measures in the farms of the national chief veterinary orders must be accompanied by at-risk areas (those areas where typically, large numbers of poultry are kept, as well as wetlands and Ramsar Convention defined in the environment) closed retention. According to the rules of the closed hours, the animals must be fed and watered the wild birds protected.

The H5N8 virus strain first caused the beginning of 2014, the epidemic in poultry flocks in Asia, will be published in November 2014 in Europe. Hungary recently had to cope with the disease in February 2015 after a long period free of epidemics.

To minimize the economic damage to the national chief veterinary initiated the establishment of the National Centre for Disease Control and Crisis Management Plan goes into effect. 

While the risk of transmission of this virus to humans is believed low, this virus is a close relative to two viruses (H5N1 & H5N6) that have infected humans in the past, and so a certain amount of caution is warranted (see CDC HAN:HPAI H5 Exposure, Human Health Investigations & Response).

Given the migratory bird flyways, and the generally south and west fall migration, countries across Europe, the Middle East and Africa need to be on the alert for the potential arrival of HPAI H5N8 this fall and winter.