H5N8 outbreaks in central Europe
Today the World Organization for Animal Health (OIE) said Germany reported 24 more outbreaks of H5N8, a highly pathogenic avian influenza. The outbreaks occurred in wild birds and waterfowl found in various locations throughout the country, including in towns along the Baltic Sea and along the Austrian border.
Several towns reported finding H5N8 in just one dead gull, goose, swan, or duck, while other places reported up to five dead birds found in a cluster. Germany first began reporting cases of H5N8 3 weeks ago, as the virus followed seasonal migration patterns that brought birds from Russia to Europe.
Avian Flu Diary (AFD), an infectious disease tracking blog, said the French Ministry of Agriculture is confirming today that H5N8 has been found on seven poultry farms and in two wild birds in that country.
The outbreaks are in in the southwest part of…