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Friday, December 11, 2015
Germany - Bird Flu News More Details Released of German Bird Flu Outbreak
GERMANY - More details have been revealed about the outbreak of low pathogenic avian influenza announced earlier this week, in a report by the German authorities to the World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE).
Tuesday, December 08, 2015
Germany - Bird Flu News Germany Reports H5N2 Avian Flu Outbreak
GERMANY - The rural German district of Cham in Bavaria has reported a low pathogenic outbreak of H5N2 avian influenza.
Monday, November 09, 2015
Germany - Bird Flu News International Egg Commission Talks Avian Flu and Biosecurity
GERMANY - Avian influenza (AI) was an important topic of discussion at this year’s International Egg Commission Global Leadership Conference in Berlin, where some of the biggest names in egg production gathered to discuss its prevention and control.
Tuesday, July 28, 2015
Germany - Bird Flu News New Avian Flu Outbreak in Germany
GERMANY - There has been a new outbreak of highly pathogenic avian flu in Niedersachsen in the west of Germany.
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Tuesday, June 16, 2015
Germany - Bird Flu News Low Pathogenic Avian Flu Outbreak in Germany
GERMANY - There has been an outbreak of low pathogenic avian influenza in Niedersachsen in Germany.
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Thursday, March 05, 2015
Germany - Bird Flu News Avian Flu Returns to Germany
GERMANY - A low-pathogenic H7N7 virus has caused an outbreak of avian flu in a turkey flock in Lower Saxony (Niedersachsen).
ThePoultrySite News Desk
Friday, January 23, 2015
Germany - Bird Flu News Bird Flu Hits Zoo Birds in Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania, Germany
GERMANY - Four chickens died at a zoo in Anklam in the region of Vorpommern-Greifswald on 20 January. They were among a group of 98 birds of six species (with geese, ducks, pigeons, psittacides and quails) kept for non-commercial purposes. The H5N8 virus has been identified and 47 of the birds have been destroyed.
World Organisation for Animal Health
Wednesday, January 14, 2015
Germany - Bird Flu News Bird Flu Measures Relaxed in Lower Saxony
GERMANY - The state of Lower Saxony has confirmed no new cases of H5N8 highly pathogenic avian influenza in poultry although some disease security measures remain in place as the virus has been detected in seagulls away from domestic poultry.
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Friday, January 09, 2015
Germany - Bird Flu News Wild, Zoo Birds Test Positive for H5N8 High-path Bird Flu Virus
GERMANY - A day following reports of two cases of H5N8 avian influenza in mallard ducks at Saxony-Anhalt, the Ministry of Agriculture in Schwerin report an additional case in a white stork at the Rostock Zoo, according to a report dated 8 January.
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Tuesday, December 23, 2014
Germany - Bird Flu News Germany Battles Avian Flu, Brings in Movement Controls
GERMANY - Following a new outbreak of H5N8 highly pathogenic avian influenza at a duck farm in Lower Saxony, the federal agriculture ministry has ordered a veterinary inspection of all ducks and geese before transportation.
ThePoultrySite News Desk
Thursday, December 18, 2014
Germany - Bird Flu News German Bird Flu Outbreak Confirmed as H5N8
GERMANY - The latest highly pathogenic avian influenza outbreak in turkeys on turkey farm in Lower Saxony has been confirmed as the H5N8 variant.
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Wednesday, December 17, 2014
Germany - Bird Flu News High-Path Bird Flu Returns to Germany
GERMANY - A turkey farm in Lower Saxony has been hit by the H5N8 highly pathogenic avian flu virus.
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Wednesday, December 10, 2014
Germany - Bird Flu News Outbreaks of Bird Flu in Germany Confirmed
GERMANY - Highly pathogenic avian influenza, H5N8, has been detected in poultry and wild duck in two previously reported isolated outbreaks in Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania.
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Sunday, November 23, 2014
Germany - Bird Flu News H5N8 Bird Flu Virus Detected in German Wild Bird
GERMANY - The H5N8 avian influenza virus has been detected in a wild bird in Europe for the first time. It was found in north-east Germany, in the same state as the earlier outbreak in poultry but more than 50km away from the farm.
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Monday, November 17, 2014
Germany - Bird Flu News Avian Influenza A(H5N8) Detected in Europe
GERMANY - Germany has become the first European country to report an outbreak of highly pathogenic avian influenza caused by an A(H5N8) virus genetically similar to one spreading in the Republic of Korea since January.
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Friday, November 07, 2014
Germany - Bird Flu News New Strain of Avian Influenza Detected in German Poultry
GERMANY - With a new outbreak of highly pathogenic avian influenza confirmed at a turkey farm in northern Germany, a whole range of measures have been introduced to control the spread of the virus.
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Tuesday, October 28, 2014
Germany - Bird Flu News Hundreds of Seals Die of Avian Flu in Germany
GERMANY - Hundreds of dead seals have been washing up on Germany's North Sea coast since the beginning of October. Researchers have now found the cause of death: the avian flu virus of the strain H10N7.
Since early October, 609 dead or dying seals have been found on the coasts of the German North Sea islands of Sylt, Heligoland, Amrum and Föhr.
Deutsche Welle
Monday, October 13, 2014
Germany - Bird Flu News Low Pathogenic Avian Influenza Detected in Germany
GERMANY - There has been one new outbreak of H5N2 low-pathogenic avian influenza reported in North Rhine-Westphalia.
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Monday, June 30, 2014
Germany - Bird Flu News Germany Returns to Bird Flu-Free Status
GERMANY - After three months following the disinfection of all affected establishments and no further outbreaks, Germany declared itself free from notifiable avian influenza with effect from 13 June 2014.
There was one outbreak of low-pathogenic H5N1 in a free-range layer flock in Lower Saxony in March 2014.
Friday, March 14, 2014
Germany - Bird Flu News Low-pathogenic Bird Flu Reported in German Poultry Flock
GERMANY - A flock of free-range hens has been found with the low-pathogenic form of the H5N1 avian influenza A virus in Lower Saxony, near to the border with the Netherlands.
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Avian Influenza

(aka bird flu, avian flu) is caused by a type of influenza virus that is hosted by birds, but may infect several species of mammals. It was first identified in Italy in the early 1900s and is now known to exist worldwide. A strain of the H5N1-type of avian influenza virus that emerged in 1997 has been identified as the most likely source of a future influenza pandemic.Strains of avian influenza virus may infect various types of animals, including birds, pigs, horses, seals, whales and humans. However, wild fowl act as natural asymptomatic carriers, spreading it to more susceptible domestic stocks.

How to Recognise Avian Influenza
What to look for
  • Ruffled feathers
  • Soft-shelled eggs
  • Depression and droopiness
  • Sudden drop in egg production
  • Loss of appetite
  • Cyanosis (purplish-blue coloring) of wattles and comb
  • Edema and swelling of head, eyelids, comb, wattles, and hocks
  • Green diarrhoea
  • Blood-tinged discharge from nostrils
  • Incoordination, including loss of ability to walk and stand
  • Pin-point hemorrhages (most easily seen on the feet and shanks)
  • Respiratory distress
  • Increased death losses in a flock
  • Sudden death
  • Nasal discharges
For more detail in avian influenza in poultry click here
Poultry Vaccination

Poultry Vaccination as a strategy for controlling AI in commercial birds

Outbreaks of avian influenza in the poultry industry cause devastating economic losses and is generally controlled through extensive culling of infected birds. Alternative strategies also use vaccination as a supplementary control measure during avian influenza outbreaks.

.Advantages of Vaccination
  • Vaccination reduces susceptibility to infection.
  • A higher dose of virus is necessary to infect the vaccinated birds.
  • Vaccinated birds shed less virus.
    - Decreased contamination of the environment.
    - Decreased risk of human infection
  • Used strategically vaccination compliments a stamping out strategy by slowing/stopping the spread of the virus
For more information on poultry vaccination see:

Avian Influenza (Fowl Plague) is a potentially devastating disease, predominantly of chickens and turkeys, although the virus can also affect game birds (pheasants, partridge and quail), ratites (ostrich and emu), psittacine and passerine birds.

Avian Influenza is caused by an orthomyxovirus, or influenza virus and can survive for considerable lengths of time outside of the host and birds are infected through contact with other birds, mechanical vectors such as vehicles and equipment and personnel travelling between farms, markets and abattoirs.

Precautionary requirements include cleaning and disinfection of premises and the establishment of a Biosecurity barrier to help prevent spread of disease is essential.

For more information on biosecurity see the links below

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