Bird flu suspected in France and Austria
Avian Influenza has been confirmed in wild birds in
another region in Germany and suspected in France and Austria.
The French and Austrian authorities have confirmed that there are new
suspected cases of highly pathogenic avian influenza in wild birds in their
territories. Germany has also confirmed the occurrence of disease in Thuringia.
All three Member States are applying the precautionary measures set out
under EU legislation. National laboratories are also working intensively to
determine whether the outbreaks were caused by the H5N1 virus.
In Germany, the national reference laboratory has now confirmed the highly
pathogenic avian influenza
virus in a black-necked grebe (Podiceps
nigricollis) in Thuringia, close to the border with Saxony.
The French authorities have reported a suspicion of the H5 virus in 3 wild
swans found dead in the Moselle department, and are carrying out further tests
in the national reference laboratory to confirm the exact strain of the disease.
A suspicion of highly pathogenic avian influenza has also been reported in
the district of Gmunden, Upper Austria, based on clinical signs of the disease
in a number of wild birds. The Austrian national authorities have sent samples
from these birds to the national reference laboratory and expect results on the
strain of the virus in the coming days.
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