Infectious Diseases 2007

Infectious Diseases 2007

Russia reports 3rd H5N1 avian influenza outbreak in 2007

4 September, 2007

Russia on Tuesday reported its third outbreak this year of the deadly H5N1 strain of avian influenza after 410 birds died on a poultry farm in the country's south, but the growing poultry sector is set to withstand the scare.

Another 414 birds were culled and strict quarantine measures were in place at the farm in the Krasnodar region after local laboratory tests confirmed the presence of the virus in dead birds. The highly pathogenic H5N1 strain was responsible for the deaths of birds at the Lebyazhye-Chepiginskoye farm, in the same region where the virus was detected in dead domestic birds in January. Russia's second outbreak of 2007 occurred in February, when several cases in towns around Moscow were traced to the capital's best-known pet market. Russian poultry producers last year supplied about 53 percent of the country's consumption.