By NewsDesk @bactiman63
The risk of avian influenza is high in Germany, according to the Friedrich Loeffler Institute (FLI).
The bird flu events have reached a second high point in February, officials note saying the current epidemic in Germany have exceeded those of 2016/2017.
In Germany, around 1,000 HPAIV H5 cases have been detected in wild birds and 133 outbreaks in poultry, six of them in birds kept in zoos or similar facilities, since October 30, 2020.
In addition, a large number of European countries continue to report wild bird cases or outbreaks of HPAIV subtype H5 in kept birds on a daily basis.
The current spring migration of Nordic waterfowl can contribute to the supraregional distribution. Therefore, the risk of spreading in waterfowl populations and entry into poultry holdings and bird populations (e.g. zoological facilities) continues to be classified as high. At present, there is also a high risk of entry through the spread of the virus between poultry holdings (secondary outbreaks). A high poultry density and (outpatient) live poultry trade pose particularly high risks. Biosafety in poultry keeping should continue to be checked and optimized.
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