Infectious Diseases 2022

Infectious Diseases 2022

HPAI confirmed in a Romanian poultry farm

20 March, 2022

On March 18, 2022, the Romania’s Institute for Diagnosis and Animal Health confirmed an HPAI outbreak, sub-type H5N1, in a 33,900 commercial laying hens located in Branistea/Oinacu village, Giurgiu county (southern Romania). All birds will be culled. This marks the first outbreak in nearly one year, as the most recent HPAI outbreak was confirmed in May 2021, in a 180,000-bird commercial poultry farm. Since then there were three separate cases of positive HPAI wild birds in December-January in the eastern region (Galati and Tulcea counties) and an outbreak in a 65-bird backyard holding in the south-eastern region in mid-February.