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.
calendar icon 14 March 2014
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The veterinary authority has sent an Immediate Notification dated 12 March to the World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE).

It describes an outbreak starting on 9 March at Laar in the state of Lower Saxony (Niedersachsen), affecting a flock of 38,323 free-range layers.

A drop in egg production was observed and 48 birds died. A further five hens were culled for diagnostic purposes and the remaining 38,270 have been culled.

The presence of the H5N1 subtype low-pathogenic virus has been confirmed.

A Follow-up Report dated the following day, 13 March, states that no poultry have been moved to other regions in Germany, Member States or third countries.

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