Infectious Diseases 2007

Infectious Diseases 2007

Germany: German state says H5N1 found in wild bird

Germany 4 July, 2007

Two more wild birds have tested positive for the H5N1 strain of avian influenza in Germany.
The two cases were reported in the eastern state of Thuringia .
The Thuringian health ministry said a black-necked grebe found dead in Kelbra near Erfurt was infected with the H5N1 strain of avian influenza.
About 100 birds were found dead and about 40 were being tested for avian influenza, Germany's Friedrich-Loeffler Institute said.

Meanwhile, France suspects H5N1 avian influenza virus in swans.

Three swans found dead in eastern France may have been killed by the H5N1 avian influenza virus.
A suspicion of highly pathogenic avian influenza has also been reported in the district of Gmunden, Upper Austria, based on clinical signs of the disease in a number of wild birds. The Austrian national authorities have sent samples from these birds to the national reference laboratory and expect results on the strain of the virus in the coming days.