Wednesday, June 5, 2013

Bird Flu: OIE Reports LPAI in Utrecht, Netherlands

NETHERLANDS - The Dutch veterinary authorities have reported an outbreak of low pathogenic avian influenza at a poultry farm in Utrecht.

The World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE) received an immediate notification on 3 June 2013. The outbreak was initially observed on 31 May and on 1 June, a polymerase chain reaction (PCR) test was conducted at the Central Veterinary Institute in Lelystad, confirming the presence of the H7N1 virus.

A total of 10750 birds showed signs of susceptibility, out of which 5000 cases were reported. All 10750 birds were destroyed.

According to the OIE, on 1 June 2013, a 1 km protection zone has been established. In this one-km zone there are 11 other premises with poultry.