DATE: August 20
DETAILS: Russian authorities have confirmed an outbreak of avian influenza on a 500,000-bird commercial farm in Kostromskaya, a region to the north-west of the country.
According to the disease report, sequencing analysis showed the virus (H5N2) belonged to the Asian strain which has been detected in multiple wild bird and poultry cases across Asia, Africa and Europe since 2014.
The latest outbreak of H5N2 HPAI is overlapped by three migration flyways - the Central Asian, the West Asian and the East Atlantic and it is this flyway which also brings wild migratory waterfowl to the UK.
Therefore, as the autumn migration season approaches, the risk to the UK will start to increase. If wild birds are involved in the long-distance movement of the virus, poultry farms in north-east and north-west Europe may be at risk in the coming months.
ProMED- Mail: http://www.promedmail.org/post/5978602
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