15 March 2006

Avian influenza (bird flu) high pathogenic H5-type found in Denmark

On 14 March 2006 the Danish Veterinary and Food Administration has found high patho-genic avian influenza (H5) in a wild bird (common buzzard) in the southern part of Denmark. The exact spot is a beach (Svinø) a few kilometres south of the town Næstved. The bird was detected as a result of the existing Danish surveillance system against bird flu.

The Danish Veterinary and Food Research Institute will continue investigations in order to clarify whether it is the H5N1 type already detected in other wild birds in several other EU countries.

A protection zone (minimum 3 km) and a surveillance zone (minimum 10 km) have been es-tablished surrounding the location where the infected bird was found. 

All poultry within the zones must be kept inside and all poultry holdings – including hobby holdings – must be registered. The Danish Veterinary and Food Administration will inspect all poultry holdings in the protection zone in the near future in order to look for possible fur-ther spread of bird flu.
Restrictions on movement of eggs and poultry have been imposed within the zones.

All hunting within the zones is also prohibited.

Information about a positive finding has been distributed to the European Communities, the OIE and to all Danish diplomatic representations.

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