Highly pathogenic avian influenza,
Information received on 27/07/2015 from Dr. Karin Schwabenbauer, Ministerial Dirigentin and Chief Veterinary Officer , Directorate of Animal Health, Animal Welfare, Bundesministerium für Ernährung und Landwirtschaft (BMEL) , Bonn, Germany
Report type Immediate notification
Date of start of the event 24/07/2015
Date of confirmation of the event 26/07/2015
Report date 27/07/2015
Date submitted to OIE 27/07/2015
Date event resolved 03/09/2015
Reason for notification Recurrence of a listed disease
Date of previous occurrence 01/2015
Manifestation of disease Clinical disease
Causal agent Highly pathogenic avian influenza virus
Serotype H7N7
Nature of diagnosis Clinical, Laboratory (basic), Laboratory (advanced)
This event pertains to a defined zone within the country
Related reports Immediate notification (27/07/2015)
Follow-up report No. 1 (07/09/2015)
Follow-up report No. 2 (02/11/2015)
New outbreaks (1)
Outbreak 1 (15-015-00006) Herzlake, Emsland, Niedersachsen
Date of start of the outbreak 24/07/2015
Outbreak status Resolved (03/09/2015)
Epidemiological unit Farm
Affected animals
Species Susceptible Cases Deaths Killed and disposed of Slaughtered
Birds 10104 50 50 10054 0
Affected population Laying hens
Summary of outbreaks Total outbreaks: 1
Total animals affected
Species Susceptible Cases Deaths Killed and disposed of Slaughtered
Birds 10104 50 50 10054 0
Outbreak statistics
Species Apparent morbidity rate Apparent mortality rate Apparent case fatality rate Proportion susceptible animals lost*
Birds 0.49% 0.49% 100.00% 100.00%
*Removed from the susceptible population through death, destruction and/or slaughter
Source of the outbreak(s) or origin of infection
  • Unknown or inconclusive
Epidemiological comments The competent authority had immediately placed the affected holding under veterinary restrictions. All poultry of the affected holding has been culled and safely disposed of on 26 July 2015. The areas under veterinary restrictions have been established. Poultry from three non-commercial holdings situated in a 1-km radius around the infected holding were pre-emptively culled and the carcasses safely disposed of on 27 July 2015. Epidemiological investigations have been initiated immediately. According to current knowledge no poultry or poultry meat has been dispatched to other Länder, EU Member States or to third countries. Table eggs have been moved within the Province of Niedersachsen only but not to EU Member States or third countries.
Control measures
Measures applied
  • Movement control inside the country
  • Screening
  • Disinfection / Disinfestation
  • Quarantine
  • Stamping out
  • Control of wildlife reservoirs
  • Zoning
  • Vaccination prohibited
  • No treatment of affected animals
Measures to be applied
  • No other measures
Diagnostic test results
Laboratory name and type Species Test Test date Result
Friedrich-Loeffler Institute (National laboratory) Birds polymerase chain reaction (PCR) 26/07/2015 Positive
Future Reporting
The event is continuing. Weekly follow-up reports will be submitted.
Map of outbreak locations