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OIE Reports Low-path Bird Flu in Lower Saxony

29 April 2013

GERMANY - The German veterinary authorities have reported an outbreak of low pathogenic avian influenza at a poultry farm in Lower Saxony.

The World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE) received follow-up report no. 4 on Friday, 26 April. According to the report, the causal agent has been identified as the low pathogenic avian influenza virus (LPAI), serotype H5N1.

A total of 19,000 birds showed signs of susceptibility, out of which 10 cases were reported. All 19,000 birds have been destroyed.

According to the OIE's Animal Health Information Department, H5 and H7 avian influenza in its low pathogenic form in poultry is a notifiable disease as per Chapter 10.4. on avian influenza of the Terrestrial Animal Health Code (2012).

Several control measures have been applied to contain the situation.

The source of the outbreaks remains inconclusive.

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