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Latest News about the Avian Influenza (bird flu)

Find information about avian influenza in Denmark including latest news and results from the Danish screening programme for avian influenza.

7 February 2017: Detection of Infection with influenza A virus of high pathogenicity (H5N8) in birds other than poultry
Infection with influenza A virus of high pathogenicity in birds other than poultry has been confirmed in an open air museum in Maribo, in the municipality of Lolland on the Island Lolland. The birds (3 geese, 4 hens and a cock) have been killed today. The birds were only kept for exhibition and they have not been used for the production of meat or eggs for consumption or for the production of other commercial products. No zones will be established.

22. December 2016: Lifting of high pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI) restriction zones
Today the 10 km surveillance zone was lifted, which was the last restriction zone out of the two restriction zones implemented due to the outbreak of HPAI Influenza in a backyard poultry flock at Skibstrupvej 24 in Ålsgårde, Denmark.  The 3 km protection zone was lifted on 13 December 2016.

Provided that the situation will remain stable and no further outbreaks will be reported, then Denmark expects regaining the status of free from avian influenza on 22 February 2017 three months after the approved cleaning and disinfection according to OIE’s Terrestrial Animal Health Code Article 10.4.3. point 1.

 

29 November 2016: Status on highly pathogenic H5N8 in Denmark
Since the outbreak of HPAI H5N8 in the backyard hobby flock in the municipality of Helsingør there has not been any further outbreaks in Danish holdings. The situations is monitored closely by the Danish authorities and many preventive measures are implemented.
This is supported by the Danish CVO Per Henriksen, who explains “The entire industry in Denmark is working professionally with effective biosecurity in close collaboration with the Danish Veterinary and Food Administration”

The Danish chicken production and food safety is still unaffected of the avian influenza H5N8.

The Danish Veterinary and Food Administration has initiated the screening of all poultry herds within the three km zone according to the EU legislation and take samples from ducks and geese for laboratory analyses for the presence of avian influenza.

 

21 November 2016: Detection of highly pathogenic H5N8 in poultry in Denmark.

A detection of high pathogenic avian influenza H5N8 has been done in a backyard poultry flock in the town Ålsgårde, in the municipality of Helsingør on Zeeland. The population of the backyard poultry flock consists of 35 ducks, 16 geese, 5 turkeys and 13 hens. There were clinical signs among the ducks. Geese, turkeys, and hens had no clinical signs.

Following an investigation of the tracheal and cloacal swabs from the ducks, high pathogenic H5N8 was detected by PCR followed by sequencing at the National Veterinary Institute.

The killing of all birds at the infected holding will be initiated today 21 November 2016.

There has been no export of poultry or eggs from the affected holding to other EU member states or third countries.

The Danish Veterinary and Food Administration has established a protection and surveillance zone of 3 and 10 km around the holding and are implementing the necessary measures in accordance with Council Directive 2005/94/EC.

There has been no export of poultry or eggs from the zones within the last 21 days.
The DVFA continues to monitor the situation closely and will keep you informed.

The last outbreak in Denmark of high pathogenic avian influenza in poultry was in 2006. .

14 November 2016:

Danish Veterinary and Food Administration has ordered that it is mandatory to keep poultry indoor. Ducks, geese, game birds and ostriches can be kept outside but must be fed under roof.

13 November 2016:

An outbreak of HPAI H5N8 has been detected in a chicken breeder holding in Germany which has delivered hatching eggs to a Danish hatchery. As preventive action, the Danish Veterinary and Food Administration has decided to destroy all eggs received from the affected holding within the last 21 days (the incubation period).

10 November 2016: Detection of highly pathogenic H5N8 in wild birds in Denmark.

A detection of highly pathogenic avian influenza H5N8 in wild birds has been done at two localities in Denmark. Both findings were in tufted ducks.

The first detection of HPAI H5N8 was done in a single dead tufted duck found in a moat in the central Copenhagen near the area Christiania. There are no reports of other dead ducks in the area.

The second detection was done in 10 dead tufted ducks collected among up to 50 dead ducks in a wetland area near the town of Stege on the island of Moen southeast of Sealand.

The Danish Veterinary and Food Administration (DVFA) has taken precautionary steps and issued instructions that all free-range poultry should be kept in-door or confined under roof coverage.

The findings were tested at the National Veterinary Institute  in accordance with the specified procedures in the Danish surveillance programme for avian influenza by routine sampling of tracheal and cloacal swabs.

The DVFA continues to monitor the situation closely.

 

9 November 2016:

Due to outbreak of highly pathogenic avian influenza H5N8 among wild birds in EU countries close to Denmark, Denmark is taking extra precaution in an effort to protect poultry against wild birds. In a press release to day The Danish Veterinary and Food Administration  recommends commercial poultry holdings and owners of backyard poultry to keep their poultry inside. Findings of dead wild bird in Denmark will be investigated for avian influenza.

 

31 August 2016

The restricted zone around the holding near the town Nibe in the municipality of Aalborg in the northern part of Jutland has today 31 August 2016 been lifted. This means that there are no more zones in Denmark due to detection of avian influenza.

19 August 2016

The restricted zone around the holding in Brenderup in the municipality of Middelfart in the north-western part of Funen has today 19 August 2016 been lifted. The established restricted zone around the holding near the town Nibe in the municipality of Aalborg in the northern part of Jutland  is still maintained but will be lifted 31 August 2016.

8 August 2016: Low pathogenic avian influenza H5N2 in a mallard holding in Denmark

A detection of low pathogenic avian influenza H5N2 has been done in a holding with game birds - mallard ducklings - near the town Nibe in the municipality of Aalborg in the northern part of Jutland.

The population of the holding consists of 1200 three to seven weeks old mallard ducklings. The production of mallards is a specialised game bird production meant for release in nature for hunting purposes.

There have not been clinical signs of disease among the animals. The ducklings were tested in accordance with the Danish surveillance programme for avian influenza in poultry and game birds for restocking by routine sampling of tracheal and cloacal swabs.

Following an investigation of the tracheal and cloacal swabs, low pathogenic H5 was detected by PCR followed by sequencing at the National Veterinary Institute. Virus isolation has been initiated.

The holding is put under official movement restriction and restricted zone of 1 km has been in established around the holding in accordance with Council Directive 2005/94/EC.

Denmark handles the LPAI outbreak according to the EU Council Directive 2005/94/EC and follows the precautionary approach and kills all the affected animals in order to mitigate the risk of mutation or reassortment of the avian influenza virus.

There are no other commercial poultry holdings within the established restricted zone 1 km around the infected holding. Owners of backyard poultry in the restricted zone are informed to register their holding on the website of the Danish Veterinary and Food Administration.


No animals from the affected flock have been exported.

​27 July 2016: Low pathogenic avian influenza H7N7 in a mallard holding in Denmark 

A detection of low pathogenic avian influenza H7N7 has been done in a holding with game birds - mallard ducklings - near the village Brenderup in the municipality of Middelfart in the north-western part of Funen.

The population of the holding consists of 3050 three weeks old ducklings, 50 geese and 5 hens with chickens. The production of mallards is a specialised game bird production meant for release in nature for hunting purposes.

There have not been clinical signs of disease among the animals. The ducklings were tested in accordance with the Danish surveillance programme for avian influenza in poultry and game birds for restocking by routine sampling of tracheal and cloacal swabs.

Following an investigation of the tracheal and cloacal swabs, low pathogenic H7N7 was detected by PCR followed by sequencing at the National Veterinary Institute. Virus isolation has been initiated.

The holding is put under official movement restriction and restricted zone of 1 km has been in established around the holding in accordance with Council Directive 2005/94/EC.

Denmark handles the LPAI outbreak according to the EU Council Directive 2005/94/EC and follows the precautionary approach and kills all the affected animals in order to mitigate the risk of mutation or reassortment of the avian influenza virus.

The owner of the outbreak herd has three other premises with game birds in the vicinity of the outbreak holding within the restricted zone. Sampling of these animals will be done today, and measures on these will be taken according to the laboratory results.

There are no other commercial poultry holdings within the established restricted zone 1 km around the infected holding. Owners of backyard poultry in the restricted zone are informed to register their holding on the website of the Danish Veterinary and Food Administration.

No animals from the affected flock have been exported.


3 September 2013

Denmark has regained its status as a notifiable avian influenza free country according to the requirements of article 10.4.3 of the OIE Terrestrial Animal Health Code after the outbreak of LPAI (H7N7) in a mallards holdning in Viborg municipality on 31 May 2013.

Read more on other websites
 
 
 
Booklets/Reports
The report “Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza H5N1 in Denmark, Spring 2006” provides a comprehensive description of the avian influenza epidemic in wild birds in Denmark and in the Baltic area in the spring of 2006. The report covers the epidemiology of the disease including a description of the outbreak in a Danish backyard poultry holding with 102 animals and the disease control measures applied. A description of the Danish avian influenza surveillance of wild birds and of poultry and game birds in 2006 and the results hereof is presented.
Last Modified 8. February 2017