In this file:
· S. Korea confirms another case of highly pathogenic avian influenza
· Belgium announces measures for bird flu outbreak
· Bird flu found in dead swan in County Derry [UK]
· Bird flu case detected in Northern Ireland
S. Korea confirms another case of highly pathogenic avian influenza
Yonhap News Agency (S.Korea)
November 14, 2020
SEOUL, Nov. 13 (Yonhap) -- South Korea said Saturday it has confirmed another case of highly pathogenic avian influenza (AI) in wild birds amid growing concerns over the disease's possible spread to poultry farms.
The fourth outbreak of the highly pathogenic strain of bird flu this year occurred in Icheon, Gyeonggi Province, according to the Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs. The disease was found from a sample of mandarin ducks captured Tuesday.
The government banned the entry of people and vehicles within a 500-meter radius of the location where the sample was collected. A transportation ban was issued on farms within a 10-kilometer range as well.
South Korea has raised its guard against the disease since late October, when it found a highly pathogenic H5N8 strain of bird flu near a creek in Cheonan, 92 kilometers south of Seoul. It was the first avian influenza case in the country in 32 months...
Belgium announces measures for bird flu outbreak
Cases have been detected in the Netherlands, Germany and UK
Times of Malta
Nov 14, 202
Belgium has detected an outbreak of bird flu, leading authorities to order all poultry farmers and individual bird owners to keep the animals confined, the country's food safety agency AFSCA said Saturday.
Avian influenza has recently spread to western Europe after outbreaks in Russia and Kazakhstan this summer.
"Three wild birds that stayed in a bird sanctuary in Ostend tested positive for the H5N8 virus," AFSCA said in a statement on Saturday, adding that the outbreak was confirmed the day before by the Sciensano public health institute.
AFSCA said the new measures would be effective from Sunday and would apply to private poultry houses as well as individuals who keep birds in their homes, in a country where there is a strong tradition of pigeon racing.
"All gatherings of poultry and birds are strictly prohibited," the statement said, adding that preventive measures were imposed on professional pigeon farms on November 1.
France this month...
Bird flu found in dead swan in County Derry
By Conor Macauley, BBC News (UK)
Nov 14, 2020
A wild swan found dead in County Londonderry has tested positive for bird flu.
It was discovered at Lough Beg near Toomebridge earlier this week.
Preliminary results confirmed that it had a similar strain of the disease to that found in poultry flocks and wild birds in Britain.
Public health officials have advised that the risk to public health from this strain of avian influenza is very low, as is the risk to food safety.
A dead falcon in County Limerick also tested positive in recent days.
The chief vet Dr Robert Huey urged poultry keepers to tighten their biosecurity measures to stop transmission to commercial flocks.
Further testing ...
Bird flu case detected in Northern Ireland
David Young, Irish Examiner (Ireland)
Nov 14 2020
A case of avian flu has been detected in a swan in Co Derry.
The H5N8 strain of the virus was confirmed after tests on the dead bird found at Lough Beg.
Chief veterinary officer for Northern Ireland Robert Huey said the discovery was not a surprise, given recent cases in Great Britain and the Republic.
He urged owners of poultry businesses to step up biosecurity precautions to prevent the disease entering their flocks.
The risk to public health from the H5N8 strain of bird flu is classified as very low, with a very low food safety risk, but the virus would have a significant adverse impact on the industry if it was detected in commercial poultry operations.
Dr Huey said: “This detection in Northern Ireland is not surprising as there have been two recent confirmed cases of highly pathogenic avian influenza in poultry in Great Britain.
“There have also been three confirmed cases of H5N8 in wild birds across England and a falcon in County Limerick has tested positive in recent days. In addition, the risk of an avian influenza incursion to the UK increases over the winter months from migrating wild birds.”
Dr Huey said the risk to poultry in Northern Ireland was “moderate”. He said biosecurity levels on individual sites was a crucial mitigation factor...