(Akt. 25.11.2021 12:51)
Avian influenza was detected in a small company in Lower Austria.
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On Thursday AGES confirmed the first case of avian influenza in Austria in a small chicken farm in Fischamend. At the same time, there is also the all-clear, because there is no danger for people.
Avian influenza was diagnosed in a small chicken farm in Fischamend (Lower Austria). The chickens either died or were killed under official supervision, and operations were closed. There is “no danger to humans” and there is “no transmission through food”, according to AGES.
Avian influenza in Austria: compulsory stable for farms
The Ministry of Health, in agreement with the Ministry of Agriculture, the federal states and taking into account the scientific expertise of AGES, has now issued a stable requirement for those farms that keep more than 350 poultry in the risk areas. A relevant regulation should be available on Thursday. The last avian influenza occurred in Austria in spring 2021, also in a small business.
Avian influenza (“bird flu”) is a disease in birds caused by influenza A viruses of subtypes H5 and H7. The subtype H5N1, which AGES has now proven, is highly pathogenic for birds, which means that it is very disease-causing, and often leads to many deaths, especially in domestic poultry flocks. Infections with H5N1 have not yet been detected in humans in Europe.
Avian influenza is currently spreading rapidly in Europe
The spread of avian influenza in Europe is particularly strong this year: highly pathogenic avian influenza viruses also circulated in wild bird populations in the summer months. Due to the current autumn migration of migratory birds on various migratory routes, the virus is spreading across Europe. Indigenous wild birds, especially ducks and geese, also play a role in the spread. This autumn, however, the virus has not yet been detected in native wild birds.
Poultry farmers should pay particular attention to compliance with biosecurity measures, such as feeding in covered areas. Direct and indirect contact between poultry and wild birds should be avoided at all costs. If there are unclear health problems in poultry farms, a veterinary examination should be carried out. Wild water birds and birds of prey found dead must be reported to the locally responsible veterinary authority (official veterinarian), this contributes to early detection.