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News Update September 28, 2017


Avian Influenza in Wild Animals

Switzerland (HPAI H5N8)

Highly pathogenic H5N8 avian influenza was detected in Port Valais and Fribourg, Switzerland on August 25, 2017. The outbreak caused the death of three Mute swans and two mallards. The source of the outbreak is unknown and is considered resolved. Control measures applied include surveillance within the containment zone, zoning, vaccination prohibition, and no treatment of affected animals.

Avian Influenza in Poultry

Italy (HPAI H5N8)

Highly pathogenic H5N8 avian influenza was detected in Padova, Italy on September 19, 2017. The outbreak caused the death of 92 birds and the additional culling of 1,332. The source of the outbreak is unknown and is considered ongoing. Control measures applied include movement control within the country, screening, traceability, official disposal, stamping out, zoning, vaccination prohibition, and no treatment of affected animals.   

Nigeria (possible H5N8)

Highly pathogenic H5N8 avian influenza was reported in the Oluyole area of Nigeria on September 12, 2017. The hatchery where the virus was found has been shut down and stopped from doing any business going forward. Containment measures will be applied once the test results are confirmed.

South Africa (HPAI H5N8)

Highly pathogenic H5N8 avian influenza was detected in the Maquassi Hills, South Africa on September 1, 2017.   This virus infected 132 birds and an additional 54,000 are believed to be susceptible. The source of the outbreak is unknown and is considered ongoing. Control measures applied include surveillance within the containment zone, traceability, quarantine, vaccination prohibition, and no treatment of affected animals.


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