Infectious Diseases 2007

Infectious Diseases 2007

Avian influenza outbreak reported in Russia

Russia 1 October, 2007

Hundreds of thousands of birds at a poultry farm in Russia's southern Krasnodar Terroritory are being destroyed following an outbreak of avian influenza.

The lethal H5N1 avian influenza virus was discovered after some 500 chickens died on September 4.
The day after the infection was confirmed, 22,000 birds were slaughtered. Officials say by the time the operation ends, 248,000 chickens will be culled in an effort to prevent the outbreak from spreading.
In 2006, more than a million birds were culled, slightly less than the number recorded in 2005.
Officials consider Russia's Krasnodar Territory at higher risk for avian influenza because it is on the route migrating birds take.