- Vets have discovered 2 new cases of bird
flu in dead swans found in southern Moravia, State Veterinary Authority
spokesman Josef Duben said. Tests have confirmed the H5 virus in both birds,
and a highly contagious form in one case, he added.
- In all, 14 cases of bird flu have occurred
in the Czech Republic. The previous 12 dead swans were found in South Bohemia
and all of them were infected with the H5N1 strain, dangerous to humans.
- Special measures will now be introduced
in the critical area. The towns and villages situated in the zones of strict
protection and supervision must make a count of all household poultry breeds
and secure containers for the dead birds.
- Local breeders must not keep poultry
in open-air enclosures.
- A ban will be imposed on the transfer
of poultry, eggs and further material, and access to poultry farms will
be limited. Steps will be taken to secure disinfection of the people and
cars in contact with the farms.
- The measures are to last at least 21
days. The previous special measures were cancelled on 10 May 2006.
- According to the recent update (19 May
2006) of EU's Animal Disease
- Notification System (ADNS), 10 new HPAI
cases in wild birds have been added
- this week to the list of 455 wild birds
reported since the beginning of
- 2006 until 12 May 2006 (previous weekly
report). These new cases were
- reported from Germany (5), Poland (one),
and Italy (4, probably detected in
- March). Obviously the new cases in the
Czech republic are not yet included
- in these statistics. See
- - Mod.AS
- Russia, Omsk - Poultry
- Source: Interfax, 16 May 2006
- Tests have confirmed that 86 dead chickens
found in the village of Maksimovka in the Omsk region between 29 Apr and
13 May were infected with the H5N1 bird flu strain, the press service of
the Emergency Situations Ministry's Siberian branch told Interfax on Tuesday
16 May 2006.
- "Examinations have confirmed the
bird flu virus. A total of 3893 domestic birds have already been inoculated
against the disease in the village," the press service said.
- No poultry deaths have been reported
over the last 24 hours, it said. The village has been quarantined.
- Russia, Western Siberia - Poultry
- Source: Interfax, 18 May 2006
- The avian flu virus which killed birds
in the Novosibirsk and Omsk regions in late April-early May 2006 does not
significantly differ from the virus exposed in Siberia during 2005.
- "The H5N1 virus most likely had
the same source as the spring outbreak at Lake Qinghai in China,"
Alexander Shestopalov, head of the laboratory monitoring and studying zoonotic
infections, told Interfax.
- "This year's virus is almost the
same by its pathological characteristics and methods of transmission. It
still has a fecal-oral way of transmission, instead of aerosolic,"
the expert said.
- 2 villages in the Novosibirsk region
and 3 in the Omsk region have registered cases of bird flu in 2006.
- The West-Siberian oblasts Novosibirsk
and Omsk, bordering to their south Mongolia and Kazachstan, were the first
Russian territories to be infected by the H5N1 virus in 2005. The outbreak
began in early July in Novosibirsk, spreading initially to Omsk and Tyumen
and then further west. The outbreak in wild birds in Qinghai, China, had
taken place earlier, probably beginning in May. Alexander Shestopalov might
be right in pointing to similarities between the chronologies of 2005 and
2006. - Mod.AS
- Patricia A. Doyle DVM, PhD
- Bus Admin, Tropical Agricultural Economics
- Univ of West Indies
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