31,000 birds killed to outbreak of Avian flu in Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, Germany

H5N8 Virus Alert

A highly contagious flu virus added to poultry farmers in trouble. 31,000 turkeys are killed in Pomerania. The virus was previously known only in Asia. As the disease came to Germany, is unclear.

Heinrichswalde / Schwerin first time, a previously known only from Asia and dangerous avian pathogens in Germany has emerged. The affected turkey operation with about 31,000 animals in the Vorpommern-Greifswald was locked. The turkeys are infected with the influenza virus subtype H5N8. On Thursday began with the killing, which is expected to close on Friday.

Mecklenburg-Vorpommern Ministers of Agriculture Till Backhaus (SPD) said, on the evening cautious confidence that the disease remains limited to operation in Heinrichswalde. In contrast to the first major outbreak of bird flu in February 2006, had previously been discovered in Mecklenburg-Vorpommern not infected wild bird.

In the turkey fattening farm there was increased death rates since the beginning of the month, which would have increased in the past few days, the President of the Friedrich-Loeffler Institute (FLI), Thomas Mettenleiter dpa said. The FLI is the Federal Research Institute for Animal Health.

As the causative agent of avian influenza or bird flu came into the stock, is therefore unclear. The FLI have four experts sent to the site, the search for the causes. Finally, a highly contagious pathogen H5 in 2008 occurred in Germany.

“We have to assume that every highly pathogenic virus can also be a hazard to humans,” Mettenleiter said. For the H5N8 pathogen transmission to humans is not yet been observed – not even in South Korea, where hundreds of thousands of animals had been killed. But experts see no reason to panic.

Backhaus warned, however, it must be crucial to ensure that the virus does not jump to mammals. Within a radius of 50 kilometers around the outbreak of the bird immediately must remain in the stable. Even pet owners in the vicinity of water resting places of migratory birds on lakes and along the Baltic coast to bring their chickens, ducks and geese in the barn.

In the words of the county official veterinarian Holger bird in Anklam the area where animals have in the stable enough over the circle Vorpommern-Greifswald addition to the Uckermark (Brandenburg), the Mecklenburg Lake District and Poland.

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