Avian influenza

Turkey barn in Lower Saxony cleared

Avian influenza is particularly widespread this year.
IMAGO / Sven Eckelkamp
Avian influenza is particularly widespread this year.

There is another case of avian influenza in the district of Vechta in Germany. The virus also continues to spread in the Netherlands and northern Italy.

According to the district of Vechta, a turkey farm in Goldenstedt with 12,000 animals is affected. Six dead turkeys tested positive for the H5N8 avian flu virus. The flock was to be culled yesterday, Sunday. The case is the third bird flu outbreak in the district of Vechta in December.

Occurrence in the northeast

In Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania, two new cases of avian influenza occurred over the Christmas holidays. Affected are a small holding with 14 birds in the LK Ludwigslust-Parchim as well as a turkey flock with about 20,700 birds in the LK Rostock. In both cases, the currently dominant virus type HPAI H5N1 was detected. As a result, five poultry farms and one zoo in MV have now been affected by avian influenza since October 2021. In addition, there are 44 HPAI detections in wild birds.

Further cases before Christmas

In the Bavarian district of Weilheim-Schongau, a small hobby farm with around 20 birds was affected. A larger outbreak also occurred in a poultry farm in Garrel in the district of Cloppenburg, where a good 10,000 turkeys had to be killed. However, this outbreak was caused by the low pathogenic avian influenza type H5N3. According to the district, there have been five outbreak farms so far with a total of 74,900 animals, of which 37,200 were turkeys and 37,700 ducks. Meanwhile, the disease situation in Italy has continued to worsen. The Northern Italian Research Institute for the Prevention of Animal Diseases (IZSVe) identified a total of 241 infections on professional farms between mid-October and 19 December.

As a result, a total of around 9 million laying hens, broilers and turkeys were culled. The regions of Veneto and Lombardy, where most of the large poultry farms are located, are particularly affected. The Italian Ministry of Health is currently planning an order prohibiting affected farms from restocking their flocks. Meanwhile, in the Netherlands, a further 64,000 poultry had to be killed as a precautionary measure on Monday last week on a total of three farms near Ysselsteyn in the province of Limburg because of suspected infection with the HPAI virus type H5. This brought the total number of birds culled in the Netherlands since the outbreak of the disease on 26 October to 508,390. With material from AgE