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Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza In The Netherlands

by 5m Editor
4 April 2003, at 12:00am

NETHERLANDS - Follow-up report No. 5 (via OIE) on the avian influenza outbreak in the Netherlands.

See also: 23 May 2003, 16 May 2003, 9 May 2003, 2 May 2003, 25 April 2003, 18 April 2003, 11 April 2003, 28 March 2003, 21 March 2003, 14 March 2003, 7 March 2003, 7 March 2003

Information received on 2 April 2003 from Dr Frederik H. Pluimers, Chief Veterinary Officer, Ministry of Agriculture, Nature Management and Fisheries, The Hague:

End of previous report period: 27 March 2003 (see Disease Information, 16 [13], 82, dated 28 March 2003).

End of this report period: 2 April 2003.

New outbreaks:

Location No. of new outbreaks
province of Gelderland 45
province of Utrecht 4

Description of affected population in the new outbreaks: 41 flocks of layer hens, 4 flocks of broiler parents, 1 flock of ducks, 2 flocks of turkeys and 1 small backyard flock.

Total number of animals in the new outbreaks:

species susceptible cases deaths destroyed slaughtered
avi 1,150,759 ... ... 1,150,759 0

Diagnosis: see follow-up report No. 2.

Epidemiology:

A. Source of agent / origin of infection: the type of strain (highly pathogenic avian influenza virus subtype H7) isolated on one of the infected holdings strongly suggests introduction via waterfowl.

B. Mode of spread:

- Contiguous contacts.

- Human contacts.

- Transport contacts.

Control measures: see follow-up report No. 2.

Source: OFFICE INTERNATIONAL DES EPIZOOTIES - 4th April 2003

5m Editor