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Latest News about the Avian Influenza (bird flu)

Find information about avian influenza in Denmark.

1 October, free status, 2019:

Denmark has regained its status as an avian influenza free country  in accordance with the provisions of Article 10.4.3. of the OIE Terrestrial Animal Health Code after the detection of low pathogenic avian influenza H5N2 in a holding with game birds  on 28 June 2019.
 
The Danish self-declaration is published on the OIE homepage:http://www.oie.int/self-declaration 

23 July, 2019: Lifting of low-pathogenic avian influenza (LPAI) restricted zone

The restricted zone of 1 km around the mallard holdi​ng near the town Fuglebjeg in the municipality of Næstved on the island of Zealand has today 23 July been lifted. There are no more restricted zones left in Denmark.

 

28 June, 2019: Low-pathogenic avian influenza H5 confirmed in a commercial mallard holding in Denmark

On 28 June 2019, low pathogenic avian influenza H5 was confirmed in a commercial holding with mallards kept for breeding and hatchery near the town Fuglebjerg in the municipality of Næstved on the island of Zealand.

The holding comprises approximately 3,000 mallards (breeding animals and offspring) and approximately 5,300 hatching eggs. No clinical signs of avian influenza have been observed in the animals. The mallards were tested in accordance with the Danish surveillance programme for avian influenza in game birds for restocking.

The mallards at the infected holding will be killed, and the carcasses will be disposed of by rendering.

The Danish Veterinary and Food Administration has established a restriction zone of 1 km around the infected holding and is implementing the necessary measures in accordance with Council Directive 2005/94/EC.

There are no other commercial poultry holdings within the restriction zone around the infected holding.

 

8 April, 2019: Lifting of low-pathogenic avian influenza (LPAI) restricted zone

The restricted zone of 1 km around the mallard holdi​ng near the town Brenderup in the municipality of Middelfart on the island of Funen has today 26 March been lifted. There are no restricted zones left in Denmark.

26 March, 2019: Lifting of low-pathogenic avian influenza (LPAI) restricted zone

The restricted zone of 1 km around the poultry holdi​ng near the town terndrup in the municipality of Rebild in the Nothern part of Jutland has today 26 March been lifted. There is still one restricted zone left in Denmark due to the outbreak of LPAI in mallards on the island of Funen on 14 March. This zone is expected to be lifted on 8 April 2019. 


14 March, 2019: Low-pathogenic avian influenza H7 confirmed in a commercial poultry holding in Denmark.

On 14 March 2019 low pathogenic avian influenza H7 was confirmed in a commercial poultry holding with mallards kept for breeding near the town Brenderup in the municipacity of Middelfart on the island of Funen.
 
The holding consists of approximately 3.300 mallards (breeding animals). Clinical signs have not been observed among the animals. The mallards were tested in accordance with the Danish serological surveillance programme for avian influenza in game birds.
The mallards at the infected holding will be killed and the carcasses will be disposed at a rendering facility.
 
The Danish Veterinary and Food Administration has established a restricted zone of 1 km around the holding is implementing the necessary measures in accordance with Council Directive 2005/94/EC.
 
There are no other commercial poultry holdings within the established restricted 1 km zone around the infected holding.
 

28 February, 2019: Low-pathogenic avian influenza H5 confirmed in a commercial poultry holding in Denmark.

On 28 February, 2019, low-pathogenic avian influenza H5 was confirmed in a commercial poultry holding with organic laying hens, located near the town of Terndrup in the municipality of Rebild in the Northern part of Jutland.
 
The holding consists of approximately 7.000 layers. Clinical signs have not been observed among the animals. The layer hens were tested in accordance with the Danish serological surveillance programme for avian influenza in poultry.
 
The hens at the infected holding will be killed and the carcasses will be disposed at a rendering facility.
 
The Danish Veterinary and Food Administration has established a restricted zone of 1 km around the holding is implementing the necessary measures in accordance with Council Directive 2005/94/EC.
 
There are no other commercial poultry holdings within the established restricted 1 km zone around the infected holding. 

14th and 15th January, 2019: Detection of highly pathogenic H5N6 Avian Influenza in two wild birds in Denmark.

On 14 January 2019 highly pathogenic Avian Influenza (H5N6) was detected in a wild white-tailed eagle. The eagle was found dead near the city Kalby, municipality of Næstved on the southern part of Zealand. It is the first wild bird found positive of Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza since september 2018. On 15 January Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza (H5N6) was also detected in a common buzzard. The buzzard was found dead in Rørvig in the municipality of Odsherred on the northern part of Zealand.
 
The bird was tested at the National Veterinary Institute  in accordance with the specified procedures in the Danish surveillance programme for avian influenza by routine sampling of dead wild birds. 

There have been no outbreaks of avian influenza in poultry in Denmark since an outbreak of low pathogenic avian influenza on 26 June 2018. In connection with this outbreak, the Danish Veterinary and Food Administration implemented the control measures in accordance with the European Union's Council Directive 2005/94/EC.

According to point 8 of Article 10.4.1 in the OIE Terrestrial Animal Health Code “infection with influenza A viruses of high pathogenicity in birds other than poultry, including wild birds, should be notified in accordance with Article 1.1.3. However, a Member Country should not impose bans on the trade in poultry and poultry-commodities in response to such a notification, or other information on the presence of any influenza A virus in birds other than poultry, including wild birds". Therefore Denmark is still considered as a country free of highly pathognic avian influenza.
 
The Danish Veterinary and Food Administration continues to monitor the situation closely.
 

28 September, free status, 2018:

Denmark has regained its status as an avian influenza free country  in accordance with the provisions of Article 10.4.3. of the OIE Terrestrial Animal Health Code after the detection of low pathogenic avian influenza H5N2 in a holding with game birds  on 26 June 2018.
 
The Danish self-declaration is published on the OIE homepage: http://www.oie.int/en/animal-health-in-the-world/self-declared-disease-status/ 
 

August-September, 2018: Detection of highly pathogenic H5N6 Avian Influenza in wild birds in Denmark.

Highly pathogeninc Avian influenza ( H5N6) has been detected in several wild birds located to the sea-area, "Smålandsfarvandet", between southern Zealand and Lolland-Falster. The situation can be followed here.
 
The birds 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 dead wild birds. 
 
The Danish Veterinary and Food Administration continues to monitoring the situation closly, and local poultry owners are advised to shield their poulty from contact with wild bird to enhance biosecurity.  
 
There have been no outbreaks of avian influenza in poultry in Denmark since an outbreak of low pathogenic avian influenza on 26 June 2018. In connection with this outbreak, the Danish Veterinary and Food Administration implemented the control measures in accordance with the European Union's Council Directive 2005/94/EC.

According to point 8 of Article 10.4.1 in the OIE Terrestrial Animal Health Code “infection with influenza A viruses of high pathogenicity in birds other than poultry, including wild birds, should be notified in accordance with Article 1.1.3. However, a Member Country should not impose bans on the trade in poultry and poultry-commodities in response to such a notification, or other information on the presence of any influenza A virus in birds other than poultry, including wild birds". Therefore Denmark is still considered as a country free of highly pathognic avian influenza.
 

15th August, 2018: detection of highly pathogenic H5N6 Avian Influenza in a wild bird in Denmark.

Highly pathogenic Avian Influenza (H5N6) was detected in a wild Mute Swan. The swan was found dead among 3 other dead swans at a beach near the ciyt Korsør, municipality og Slagelse. It is the 2nd bird found positive og High Pathogenic Avian Influenza during this summer. Finding positive wild birds is unusual at this time of year, as it is typically found in migratory birds.
 
The bird was tested at the National Veterinary Institute  in accordance with the specified procedures in the Danish surveillance programme for avian influenza by routine sampling of dead wild birds. 

There have been no outbreaks of avian influenza in poultry in Denmark since an outbreak of low pathogenic avian influenza on 26 June 2018. In connection with this outbreak, the Danish Veterinary and Food Administration implemented the control measures in accordance with the European Union's Council Directive 2005/94/EC.

According to point 8 of Article 10.4.1 in the OIE Terrestrial Animal Health Code “infection with influenza A viruses of high pathogenicity in birds other than poultry, including wild birds, should be notified in accordance with Article 1.1.3. However, a Member Country should not impose bans on the trade in poultry and poultry-commodities in response to such a notification, or other information on the presence of any influenza A virus in birds other than poultry, including wild birds". Therefore Denmark is still considered as a country free of highly pathognic avian influenza.
 
The Danish Veterinary and Food Administration continues to monitor the situation closely.

16th July, 2018: Detection of highly pathogenic H5N6 in a wild bird in Denmark

A detection of highly pathogenic avian influenza H5N6 was done in one wild bird (Common eider). It was found dead on a small island in the municipality of Lolland. The bird was found among several other dead wild birds of diffrent species, but mostly eiders. The bird was tested at the National Veterinary Institute  in accordance with the specified procedures in the Danish surveillance programme for avian influenza by routine sampling of dead wild birds.  

There have been no outbreaks of avian influenza in poultry in Denmark since an outbreak of low pathogenic avian influenza on  26 June 2016. In connection with this outbreak, the Danish Veterinary and Food Administration implemented the control measures in accordance with the European Union's Council Directive 2005/94/EC. 

According to point 8 of Article 10.4.1 in the OIE Terrestrial Animal Health Code “infection with influenza A viruses of high pathogenicity in birds other than poultry, including wild birds, should be notified in accordance with Article 1.1.3. However, a Member Country should not impose bans on the trade in poultry and poultry-commodities in response to such a notification, or other information on the presence of any influenza A virus in birds other than poultry, including wild birds". Therefore Denmark is still considered as a country free of highly pathognic avian influenza. 

The Danish Veterinary and Food Administration continues to monitor the situation closely.

27 June, 2018: Low-pathogenic avian influenza detected in a mallard holding in Denmark

​On 26 June a detection of low pathogenic avian influenza H5N2 has been done in a holding with game birds – mallard ducklings near the town Faksinge in the municipality of Vordingborg in the southern part of Zealand.

The population of the holding consists of approximately 2.700 ducklings.

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 by routine sampling of tracheal and cloacal swabs.  

Following an investigation of tracheal and cloacal swabs, low pathogenic H5 was detected in cloacal swabs by PCR followed by sequencing at the National Veterinary Institute the 5 May 2018.

The Danish Veterinary and Food Administration has established a restricted zone of 1 km around the holding and has implemented the necessary measures in accordance with Council Directive 2005/94/EC.

The restricted zone of 1 km around the duck holdi​ng near the town Vinderup in the municipality of Holstebro in the western part of Jutland has today 1 June been lifted. This means that there are no more zones in Denmark due to detection of avian influenza.

1 June, 2018: Lifting of low-pathogenic avian influenza (LPAI) restricted zone 

The restricted zone of 1 km around the duck holdi​ng near the town Vinderup in the municipality of Holstebro in the western part of Jutland has today 1 June been lifted. This means that there are no more zones in Denmark due to detection of avian influenza.

7 May, 2018: Low-pathogenic avian influenza detected in a duck holding in Denmark

​On 5 May a detection of low pathogenic avian influenza H5 has been done in a holding with ducks near the town Vinderup in the municipality of Holstebro in the western part of Jutland.

The population of the holding consists of approximately 9.000 ducks and 12.000 ducklings.
There have not been clinical signs of disease among the animals. The ducks were tested in accordance with the Danish surveillance programme for avian influenza in poultry by routine sampling of blood samples. 

Following an investigation of tracheal and cloacal swabs, low pathogenic H5 was detected in cloacal swabs by PCR followed by sequencing at the National Veterinary Institute the 5 May 2018.

The Danish Veterinary and Food Administration has established a restricted zone of 1 km around the holding and has implemented the necessary measures in accordance with Council Directive 2005/94/EC.

The birds at the infected holding will be killed and destroyed. There has not been any export of neither live birds nor poultry products from the establishment.

There are no other commercial poultry holdings within the restricted zone 1 km around the infected holding.

​​​​25 April, 2018: Status on findings of highly pathogenic H5N6 in wild birds in Denmark

The National Veterinary Institute has confirmed further finding of wild birds infected with highly pathogenic avian influenza H5N6. The total amount of findings are 26 wild birds. 

Mainly Sea Eagles and common buzzards have been infected, but the infection has also been observed in other birds including hooded crows, gulls, swans and great cormorant. The findings have been made in Northern Jutland, Zealand, Lolland, Bornholm, Fyn and Als.

11 April, 2018: Status on findings of highly pathogenic H5N6 in wild birds in Denmark

 

The National Veterinary Institute has confirmed further finding of wild birds infected with highly pathogenic avian influenza H5N6. The total amount of findings are 13 wild birds. 

Mainly Sea Eagles have been infected​, but the infection has also been observed in other birds including hooded crow, gulls, swan and common buzzard. The findings have been made in Northern Jutland, Zealand and Lolland.​

23 March, 2018: Detection of highly pathogenic H5N6 in four wild birds in Denmark

A detection of highly pathogenic avian influenza H5N6 was done in four wild birds (White-tailed sea eagles). Two birds was found in the Northern part of Jutland (Hurup and Hjardemaal), one bird was found on Zealand (Naestved) and one birds was found on Lolland (Maribo). 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 dead wild birds. 

There have been no outbreaks of avian influenza in poultry in Denmark since an outbreak of highly pathogenic avian influenza on 21 November 2016. In connection with this outbreak, the Danish Veterinary and Food Administration implemented the control measures in accordance with the European Union's Council Directive 2005/94/EC.

According to point 8 of Article 10.4.1 in the OIE Terrestrial Animal Health Code “in-fection with influenza A viruses of high pathogenicity in birds other than poultry, including wild birds, should be notified in accordance with Article 1.1.3. However, a Member Country should not impose bans on the trade in poultry and poultry-commodities in response to such a notification, or other information on the presence of any influenza A virus in birds other than poultry, including wild birds". Therefore Denmark is still considered an avian influenza free country.

The Danish Veterinary and Food Administration continues to monitor the situation closely.

2 March, 2018: Detection of highly pathogenic H5N8 in a wild bird in Denmark

A detection of highly pathogenic avian influenza H5N6 was done in a wild bird (White-tailed Sea Eagle) in the municipality of Slagelse on Zealand, Denmark.

There are no reports of other affected birds in the area. The finding was 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.

According to point 8 of Article 10.4.1 in the OIE Terrestrial Animal Health Code “in-fection with influenza A viruses of high pathogenicity in birds other than poultry, including wild birds, should be notified in accordance with Article 1.1.3. However, a Member Country should not impose bans on the trade in poultry and poultry-commodities in response to such a notification, or other information on the presence of any influenza A virus in birds other than poultry, including wild birds.”

The Danish Veterinary and Food Administration continues to monitor the situation closely.

11 April, 2017: Lifting of restrictions in relation to HPAI H5N8

The Danish Veterinary and Food Administration has decided to lift the restrictions imposed in November 2016 in relation to containment of poultry indoor or in runs covered by solid roof and in relation to exhibitions, gatherings and shows of poultry and other captive birds as of Wednesday 12 April 2017.

The decision is based on a risk assessment which conclude that the number of HPAI H5N8 positive wild birds have reduced within the last weeks to a level where it is acceptable to lift the provisions on containment of poultry.

Rules about biosecurity measures as feeding and watering under roof and separation between domestic ducks and geese from other poultry are always in force.

22 February, 2017: Denmark has regained its status as an avian influenza free country

Denmark has regained its status as an avian influenza free country according to the requirements of article 10.4.3 of the OIE Terrestrial Animal Health Code after the detection of HPAI (H5N8) in a backyard poultry flock on 21 November 2016.

A final report on the outbreak is available under "Booklets/Reports". The report contains a description of the control measures applied including stamping out, cleaning and disinfection, establishment of protection and surveillance zones, screening in zones and the Danish surveillance programmes for avian influenza in poultry, other captive birds  and wild birds.

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.
 
Read more on other websites
 
 
 
Booklets/Reports
The report "Final report on the outbreak of highly pathogenic avian influenza H5N8 in a backyard poultry flock in Denmark, November 2016" provides a detailed description of the control measures applied including stamping out, cleaning and disinfection, establishment of protection and surveillance zones, screening in zones and the Danish surveillance programmes for avian influenza in poultry, other captive birds  and wild birds.
 
 
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 2. October 2019