Highly pathogenic avian influenza,
Information received on 23/02/2017 from Dr Valentín Almansa, Director General, Sanidad de la Produccion Agraria, Ministerio de Agricultura, Pesca y Alimentación, Madrid, Spain
Report type Immediate notification
Date of start of the event 18/02/2017
Date of confirmation of the event 23/02/2017
Report date 23/02/2017
Date submitted to OIE 23/02/2017
Date event resolved 02/03/2017
Reason for notification New strain of a listed disease in the country
Causal agent Highly pathogenic avian influenza virus
Serotype H5N8
Nature of diagnosis Laboratory (advanced)
This event pertains to a defined zone within the country
Related reports Immediate notification (23/02/2017)
Follow-up report No. 1 (03/03/2017)
Follow-up report No. 2 (30/05/2017)
New outbreaks (1)
Outbreak 1 Sant Gregori, Girona, Cataluna
Date of start of the outbreak 18/02/2017
Outbreak status Resolved (24/02/2017)
Epidemiological unit Farm
Affected animals
Species Susceptible Cases Deaths Killed and disposed of Slaughtered
Birds 17800 723 723 17077 0
Affected population The first suspicion of the disease occurred following mortality in one of the six sheds in the duck farm. Samples were sent to the Central Veterinary Laboratory, Algete, the national reference laboratory, for confirmation and pathogenicity identification. On 23 February, a highly pathogenic H5N8 strain was confirmed.
Summary of outbreaks Total outbreaks: 1
Total animals affected
Species Susceptible Cases Deaths Killed and disposed of Slaughtered
Birds 17800 723 723 17077 0
Outbreak statistics
Species Apparent morbidity rate Apparent mortality rate Apparent case fatality rate Proportion susceptible animals lost*
Birds 4.06% 4.06% 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
Control measures
Measures applied
  • Surveillance within containment and/or protection zone
  • Stamping out
  • Surveillance outside containment and/or protection zone
  • Traceability
  • Movement control inside the country
  • Vaccination prohibited
  • No treatment of affected animals
Measures to be applied
  • Zoning
  • Disinfection
Diagnostic test results
Laboratory name and type Species Test Test date Result
Central Veterinary Laboratory, Algete (National laboratory) Birds real-time PCR 23/02/2017 Positive
Central Veterinary Laboratory, Algete (National laboratory) Birds virus sequencing 23/02/2017 Positive
Future Reporting
The event is continuing. Weekly follow-up reports will be submitted.
Map of outbreak locations