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Low-Pathogenic Bird Flu Hits German Region

19 November 2013

GERMANY - The German veterinary authorities have reported an outbreak of low pathogenic avian influenza (LPAI) at a poultry farm in Thuringen.

The World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE) received an immediate notification on Monday, 18 November 2013. The outbreak was initially observed on 13 November and confirmed on 15 November after a polymerase chain reaction (PCR) test confirmed the presence of the LPAI virus, serotype H5.

A total of 824 birds were found to be susceptible to the outbreak, out of which four cases and deaths were reported. The remaining 823 birds were destroyed.

According to the OIE, preliminary information indicated that from the holding in question no poultry has been recently moved to other regions in Germany, Member States or third countries.

Note by the OIE 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 (2013).

The source of the outbreak remains inconclusive.

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