West Nile Fever,
Spain
Information received on 25/10/2017 from Dr Valentín Almansa, Director General, Sanidad de la Produccion Agraria, Ministerio de Agricultura, Alimentación y Medio Ambiente, Madrid, Spain
Summary
Report type Immediate notification
Date of start of the event 24/09/2017
Date of confirmation of the event 25/10/2017
Report date 25/10/2017
Date submitted to OIE 25/10/2017
Reason for notification New strain of a listed disease in the country
Causal agent West Nile fever virus (lineage 2)
Nature of diagnosis Clinical, Laboratory (basic), Necropsy
This event pertains to a defined zone within the country
New outbreaks (1)
Outbreak 1 ALGUAIRE, LERIDA, CATALUNA
Date of start of the outbreak 24/09/2017
Outbreak status Resolved (25/10/2017)
Epidemiological unit Not applicable
Affected animals
Species Susceptible Cases Deaths Killed and disposed of Slaughtered
Northern Goshawk:Accipiter gentilis(Accipitridae) 1 0 1 0
Summary of outbreaks Total outbreaks: 1
Total animals affected
Species Susceptible Cases Deaths Killed and disposed of Slaughtered
Northern Goshawk:Accipiter gentilis(Accipitridae) 1 0 1 0
Outbreak statistics
Species Apparent morbidity rate Apparent mortality rate Apparent case fatality rate Proportion susceptible animals lost*
Northern Goshawk:Accipiter gentilis(Accipitridae) ** ** 0.00% **
*Removed from the susceptible population through death, destruction and/or slaughter
**Not calculated because of missing information
Epidemiology
Source of the outbreak(s) or origin of infection
  • Unknown or inconclusive
Epidemiological comments An apathetic, dehydrated and under-weighed bird was sent to the Centre for wildlife rescue of Vallcalent (Lerida) where it started to present nervous symptoms a few days later. Euthanasia and necropsy were performed on September 24th on the animal; brain haematoma was found.
Control measures
Measures applied
  • Vector surveillance
  • Vaccination permitted (if a vaccine exists)
  • No treatment of affected animals
Measures to be applied
  • No other measures
Diagnostic test results
Laboratory name and type Species Test Test date Result
Veterinary Central Laboratory, Algete (National laboratory) Northern Goshawk nucleotide sequencing 25/10/2017 Positive
Veterinary Central Laboratory, Algete (National laboratory) Northern Goshawk reverse transcription - polymerase chain reaction (RT-PCR) 25/10/2017 Positive
Future Reporting
The event is continuing. Weekly follow-up reports will be submitted.
Map of outbreak locations