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Avian influenza H5N8 avian influenza among Peking ducks in Philadelphia (Storkow) - 9500 animals killed

An outbreak of avian influenza has been officially confirmed in a private poultry population in Philadelphia, a district of Storkow (Oder-Spree). All 9,500 Peking ducks had to be killed.

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The first case of avian influenza occurred in a poultry flock in the Oder-Spree district. Affected is an animal herd in Philadelphia, a district of the city of Storkow (Mark). The district administration announced on Monday. 9500 Peking ducks had to be killed.
According to the announcement, the animal owner himself initiated investigations because he wanted to get to the bottom of the cause of the losses. Avian influenza virus, the avian influenza virus, was suspected. Official sampling by the district veterinary and food office (VLÜA) by the Berlin-Brandenburg State Laboratory and the Friedrich Loeffler Institute (FLI) confirmed the suspicion. The outbreak of the highly pathogenic avian influenza, subtype H5N8, was officially established on March 13, 2021.
A total of 9500 Peking ducks had to be killed and disposed of in accordance with animal welfare. The three stables affected must now be cleaned and disinfected. A corresponding animal disease general order has already been issued. It can be viewed on the district's homepage and will be published on Wednesday in the corresponding print editions of the Märkische Oderzeitung.

Bird plague restricted area of ​​three kilometers around stables

A restricted area is designated within a radius of three kilometers around the stables, and an observation area within a radius of ten kilometers, according to the district. In these areas, poultry may only be kept in stalls. They need the best possible protection against the avian influenza virus. Poultry hunting is also prohibited in the restricted areas.
The general disposal also includes appropriate maps for better clarity. These are also available on the district's website.
Since the beginning of November 2020, the causative agent of "highly pathogenic avian influenza" (fowl plague) has appeared in wild birds across Germany and increasingly also in Brandenburg - in recent weeks it has also increasingly been found in poultry holdings and bird populations of zoological institutions. The Friedrich Löffler Institute estimates the risk of avian influenza pathogens from wild birds being high.
Therefore, on December 12, 2020, the Oder-Spree district issued a "general animal disease order with a risk-based housing order". "The surveillance measures for wild birds found dead or sick have been stepped up in order to reduce the risk of avian influenza spreading to poultry populations," the press release said.
All poultry farmers are asked to review and strengthen their "biosecurity measures". Dead wild birds can be reported via the VLÜA's hotline 03366 35-2020.
There is more about avian influenza in Brandenburg on a topic page.