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LPAI in Cataluna Affects Breeding Hens

21 May 2013

SPAIN - The Spanish veterinary authorities have reported one outbreak of low pathogenic avian influenza (H7N1) at a farm in Cataluna.

The World Organisation for Animal Health received an immediate notification (also a final report) on 20 May 2013. According to the report, the outbreak was first observed on 9 May 2013 and pre-confirmed on 14 May. The affected population comprises breeding hens.

Out of 12358 susceptible birds, 133 cases and deaths were reported. The remaining 12225 birds were destroyed.

A polymerase chain reaction (PCR) test was conducted on 14 May at the Poultry Health Centre of Catalonia (CESAC) and real-time PCR was conducted at the Central Veterinary Laboratory in Algete on 17 May. Both tests confirmed the presence of the H7N1 virus.

Although the source of the outbreak has not yet been determined, the situation has been contained and no further outbreaks are expected to occur.

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