ECDC reports increase in avian influenza virus outbreaks in Europe

11 February 2020

Article: 54/603

The European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC) reports that, since the beginning of January 2020, outbreaks of high pathogenic A(H5N8) and low pathogenic A(H5N1) avian influenza viruses have been recorded in the central-eastern region of Europe. Outbreaks in poultry holdings and wild birds have been detected in the Czech Republic, Denmark, Germany, Hungary, Poland, Romania, Slovakia and Ukraine.

Large and small poultry holdings, as well as backyard farms raising different bird species including turkeys, chickens, ducks and geese, were affected. Wild birds found positive include wild waterfowl and a hawk. Control measures according to the Council Directive 2005/94/EC have been implemented, with culling operations of the poultry at all affected premises.

The latest multi-agency situation report on avian influenza indicated only one low pathogenic avian influenza outbreak was recorded between August and November 2019, suggesting that the epidemiological situation is evolving fast and countries at risk should increase their surveillance activities.

Source: ECDC, 7 February 2020