Highly pathogenic avian influenza,
Information received on 31/03/2020 from Dr Dietrich Rassow, Director for Animal Health and Animal Welfare, Chief Veterinary Officer, Directorate of Animal Health and Animal Welfare, Federal Ministry of Food and Agriculture, Berlin, Germany
Report type Immediate notification
Date of start of the event 27/03/2020
Date of confirmation of the event 31/03/2020
Report date 31/03/2020
Date submitted to OIE 31/03/2020
Date event resolved 13/05/2020
Reason for notification Recurrence of a listed disease
Date of previous occurrence 26/09/2017
Manifestation of disease Clinical disease
Causal agent Highly pathogenic avian influenza virus
Serotype H5N8
Nature of diagnosis Clinical, Laboratory (basic), Laboratory (advanced)
This event pertains to a defined zone within the country
Related reports Immediate notification (31/03/2020)
Follow-up report No. 1 (02/04/2020)
Follow-up report No. 2 (13/05/2020)
Follow-up report No. 3 (25/06/2020)
New outbreaks (1)
Outbreak 1 (20-015-00008) Bülstringen, Börde, Sachsen-Anhalt
Date of start of the outbreak 27/03/2020
Outbreak status Resolved (13/05/2020)
Epidemiological unit Farm
Affected animals
Species Susceptible Cases Deaths Killed and disposed of Slaughtered
Birds 20087 394 137 19950 0
Affected population fattening turkeys
Summary of outbreaks Total outbreaks: 1
Total animals affected
Species Susceptible Cases Deaths Killed and disposed of Slaughtered
Birds 20087 394 137 19950 0
Outbreak statistics
Species Apparent morbidity rate Apparent mortality rate Apparent case fatality rate Proportion susceptible animals lost*
Birds 1.96% 0.68% 34.77% 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 Restriction zones have been established. Epidemiological investigations are going on. Culling has started.
Control measures
Measures applied
  • Movement control inside the country
  • Surveillance outside containment and/or protection zone
  • Surveillance within containment and/or protection zone
  • Screening
  • Traceability
  • Quarantine
  • Official destruction of animal products
  • Official disposal of carcasses, by-products and waste
  • Stamping out
  • Zoning
  • Disinfection
  • 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) 31/03/2020 Positive
Future Reporting
The event is continuing. Weekly follow-up reports will be submitted.
Map of outbreak locations