Highly pathogenic avian influenza,
Information received on 19/06/2017 from Dr Jean-François Heymans, Director, Animal Health and Safety of Products of Animal Origin, Federal Agency for the Safety of the Food Chain (FASFC), Bruxelles, Belgium
Report type Immediate notification
Date of start of the event 10/06/2017
Date of confirmation of the event 16/06/2017
Report date 19/06/2017
Date submitted to OIE 19/06/2017
Date event resolved 21/06/2017
Reason for notification Recurrence of a listed disease
Date of previous occurrence 28/03/2017
Manifestation of disease Clinical disease
Causal agent Highly pathogenic avian influenza virus
Serotype H5N8
Nature of diagnosis Clinical, Laboratory (advanced), Necropsy
This event pertains to a defined zone within the country
Related reports Immediate notification (19/06/2017)
Follow-up report No. 1 (21/06/2017)
Follow-up report No. 2 (05/07/2017)
Follow-up report No. 3 (24/07/2017)
Follow-up report No. 4 (29/09/2017)
New outbreaks (1)
Outbreak 1 Waardamme, West-Vlaanderen
Date of start of the outbreak 10/06/2017
Outbreak status Resolved (19/06/2017)
Epidemiological unit Other
Affected animals
Species Susceptible Cases Deaths Killed and disposed of Slaughtered
Birds 4047 1650 500 3547 0
Affected population Trader of birds intended for hobbyists.
Summary of outbreaks Total outbreaks: 1
Total animals affected
Species Susceptible Cases Deaths Killed and disposed of Slaughtered
Birds 4047 1650 500 3547 0
Outbreak statistics
Species Apparent morbidity rate Apparent mortality rate Apparent case fatality rate Proportion susceptible animals lost*
Birds 40.77% 12.35% 30.30% 100.00%
*Removed from the susceptible population through death, destruction and/or slaughter
Source of the outbreak(s) or origin of infection
  • Introduction of new live animals
  • Fomites (humans, vehicles, feed, etc.)
Control measures
Measures applied
  • Surveillance outside containment and/or protection zone
  • Surveillance within containment and/or protection zone
  • Traceability
  • Official destruction of animal products
  • Official disposal of carcasses, by-products and waste
  • Stamping out
  • Zoning
  • Vaccination prohibited
  • No treatment of affected animals
Measures to be applied
  • Disinfection
Diagnostic test results
Laboratory name and type Species Test Test date Result
CERVA (National laboratory) Birds nucleotide sequencing 16/06/2017 Positive
CERVA (National laboratory) Birds real-time reverse transcriptase/polymerase chain reaction (RRT-PCR) 14/06/2017 Positive
CERVA (National laboratory) Birds virus isolation 16/06/2017 Positive
Future Reporting
The event is continuing. Weekly follow-up reports will be submitted.
Map of outbreak locations