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Low-Path Bird Flu Hits Belgium

by 5m Editor
29 December 2008, at 1:50p.m.

BELGIUM - The veterinary authorities have notified the World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE) about two cases of low-pathogenic avian influenza (LPAI).

The immediate notification report was submitted to OIE on 24 December. It describes two cases of LPAI. The first case - in Bocholt in the province of Limburg - began on 19 December and involved a total of 5,000 birds (ornamental birds, including 4,000 ducks and geese and 1,000 hens and pheasants). The second case was in Buggenhout in East Flanders (Oost-Vlaanderen). It involved 1480 free breeding geese.

In each case, only one bird showed signs of disease, and all birds were destroyed.

The presence of the H5N2 has been confirmed.

Further Reading

- You can visit the Avian Flu page by clicking here.