Infectious Diseases 2007

Infectious Diseases 2007

Avian Influenza found in German frozen ducks

Germany 10 September, 2007 Tests on 18 deep frozen ducks at a processing plant at the centre of the current outbreak were positive for the virus, according to a state official. These 18 ducks had been set aside as a routine batch sample at the plant.
The discovery came as officials completed the slaughter of 205,000 ducks on two further units 87 miles (140km) north of Munich after birds were found to have antibodies indicating exposure to the virus.
Both farms had links with the original farm in the current outbreak, which came to light on 25 August when an abnormally high mortality rate was detected in a flock of nearly 170,000 ducks. More than 400 birds died in a short period.
Investigations into the source of the virus are ongoing but straw contaminated with the H5N1 virus was the likely source of an outbreak.
Adding weight to that theory are the large numbers of wild birds seen in central and southern Germany in recent months, including wild ducks near Munich.
After the disease struck 4,000 birds at Wachenroth, animal health officials culled more than 129,000 birds.