Infectious Diseases 2008

Infectious Diseases 2008

Avian influenza detected in Belgian farms

24 December, 2008

Emergency measures have been taken after an outbreak of avian influenza was detected in two farms in northern Belgium.
Control tests showed last Friday that some ducks and geese in a farm in Bocholt, which borders the Netherlands, were infected with the H5 avian influenza virus. Low pathogenic avian influenza H5N2 is responsible for the outbreak in Bocholt. The H5 virus was also detected in a farm in Buggenhout in the province of East Flanders, the neuraminidase has not been identify yet.
Some 5,000 animals had to be slaughtered as a precautionary measure and all poultry within a radius of one kilometer of the farms must be kept indoors. Transport of poultry is forbidden for 21 days.