Romanian commercial turkey flocks affected by avian influenza
Ending January, the Institute for Diagnosis and Animal Health reported a Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza outbreak in Romanian turkey flocks.
Ending January, the Institute for Diagnosis and Animal Health (IDAH) reported a Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza outbreak (H5N1 subtype) in Romanian turkey flocks.
This outbreak was detected in a farm with 65,000 turkeys in Codlea, Brasov County, Central Romania. After that, another 2 cases were found affecting 153,000 turkeys in total.
The avian flu cases were reported in three farms within the same area and from the same company. Therefore, it was hypothesized the contamination was possible due to the farms sharing the personnel, feed transport trucks, and trucks for disposing of animals.
"The full farm inventories -- including all materials which could pose a risk of infection spreading -- will be culled/destroyed in the upcoming days. In addition, the process of culling more than 220,000 birds is in progress."
After outbreak confirmation, the Sanitary-Veterinary and Food Safety Authority established surveillance and protection zones around the affected places to avoid the spread of the virus. One of the measures is the restriction of the movement of birds, personnel, vehicles, and feed for at least 30 days after the conclusion of cleaning and disinfection.
The USDA report indicated that the surveillance zone is of 10-km radius, and there are:
- three turkey farms,
- three broiler farms,
- 10 laying hen farms,
- one breeding hen farm,
- two slaughterhouses, and
- one hatchery farm.
"All of these farms have been inspected and are monitored. Sample testing has raised no further suspicions so far. Monitoring intensified at the border level as
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