Highly pathogenic avian influenza in German duck

13-03-2009 | |

In the southern German state of Bavaria one of 39 wild ducks shot in January was positive for HPAI H5N1, 38 were negative for influenza A.

The cause of the infection of the bird could not be found. The place where the birds were killed is inside a risk zone, thus free-range holding of poultry is forbidden. There are no poultry holdings in the neighbourhood.

Measure that are applied to control the situation is basic control of wildlife reservoirs and further screening. Vaccination is prohibited and affected animals are to be euthanized and destroyed.

Natalie Berkhout Freelance journalist
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