Infectious Diseases 2006

Infectious Diseases 2006

Suspected case of H5N1 avian influenza in Rotterdam zoo

12 August, 2006

Two young owls which died in a zoo in Rotterdam are suspected of having the H5N1 avian influenza virus, the Dutch farm ministry said late on Saturday.
The Netherlands, Europe's second biggest poultry producer after France, has never reported a case of the highly pathogenic avian influenza strain.
A ministry spokeswoman said further tests were being conducted, but it was suspected that the birds died of a highly pathogenic strain of the virus. Final test results are due in the coming days.
No other dead birds have been found, and authorities are currently testing other birds in the zoological garden, most of which were vaccinated against the avian influenza virus (The 2 young infected owls had not been vaccinated).
The Dutch suffered a devastating outbreak of an H7N7 avian flu strain in 2003 that led to the culling of about a third of the poultry flock, some 30 million birds.