Infectious Diseases 2008

Infectious Diseases 2008

Switzerland detects first avian influenza case in two years

27 March, 2008 Switzerland reported its first case of avian influenza in two years, after diagnosing a wild duck with the disease.
The H5N1 virus was detected in a wild duck on Lake Sempach, near Lucern, during a regular detection programme in which 200 specimens obtained from birds were tested.
The duck shows no symptoms of the disease, said the office, adding that the detected virus is almost identical with those detected in Europe last year.
This case brings the total number of H5N1 cases detected in Switzerland to 33.
Previous cases were detected in February and March 2006 in wild birds found dead in the Lake Leman and Lake Constance regions.