News update:Mar 9, 2016

Breeding hens culled in Spanish LPAI outbreak

An outbreak of avian influenza has been reported on a poultry farm in northeastern Spain, veterinary authorities have confirmed.

The outbreak, with the serotype H7N1 is restricted to one breeding hen farm in Catalonia. Over 12,000 hens have been culled and eggs and fodder have been destroyed, following the death of 133 birds.

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.

In response, Hong Kong has imposed a temporary ban on poultry imports from Catalonia.

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