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Latest News about the Avian Influenza (bird flu)

Find information about avian influenza in Denmark.

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 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 “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 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.

 
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. See map for further details: http://fvst.gis34.dk/

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.

02 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.

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 holdi​ng 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 A​​​alborg 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 influe​nza 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 "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 18. July 2018