Croatia: outbreak of H5N5 among poultry
Croatia reports 4 outbreaks of avian influenza H5N5. The virus was detected among poultry in farms and backyards in Spickovina in the Krapinsko-Zagorska region.
Suspicion on the disease for two neighbouring holdings (Spickovina 1 and Spickovina 2) was notified at the same time on the 8th March 2017 following an increased mortality in birds. According to the observation of authorised veterinarian on the neighboring area there are two small ponds on which wild ducks gather. AI subtype H5N5 in poultry was confirmed on the 13th March 2017.
Croatia has already detected H5N8 avian influenza, another severe strain that has swept across Europe since last year, leading to widespread slaughtering of poultry.