Highly pathogenic influenza A viruses (infection with) (non-poultry including wild birds),
Information received on 02/03/2018 from Dr Per Starcke Henriksen, Chief Veterinary Officer, Danish Veterinary and Food Administration, Ministry of Environment and Food of Denmark, Glostrup, Denmark
Report type Immediate notification
Date of start of the event 13/02/2018
Date of confirmation of the event 01/03/2018
Report date 02/03/2018
Date submitted to OIE 02/03/2018
Date event resolved 15/04/2018
Reason for notification Recurrence of a listed disease
Date of previous occurrence 19/04/2017
Manifestation of disease Clinical disease
Causal agent Highly pathogenic influenza A virus
Serotype H5N6
Nature of diagnosis Laboratory (advanced)
This event pertains to the whole country
Related reports Immediate notification (02/03/2018)
Follow-up report No. 1 (26/03/2018)
Follow-up report No. 2 (15/05/2018)
Follow-up report No. 3 (22/06/2018)
New outbreaks (1)
Outbreak 1 (HPAIwb2018-1) Valbygård skov, Slagelse, East
Date of start of the outbreak 13/02/2018
Outbreak status Resolved (01/03/2018)
Epidemiological unit Forest
Affected animals
Species Susceptible Cases Deaths Killed and disposed of Slaughtered
White-tailed Eagle:Haliaeetus albicilla(Accipitridae) 1 1 0 0
Affected population On February 13th, a white-tailed eagle (Haliaeetus albicilla) was found dead in a forest near Slagelse. On March 1st, the national veterinary institute confirmed the presence of highly pathogenic influenza A virus (H5N6) in the samples from the eagle.
Summary of outbreaks Total outbreaks: 1
Total animals affected
Species Susceptible Cases Deaths Killed and disposed of Slaughtered
White-tailed Eagle:Haliaeetus albicilla(Accipitridae) 1 1 0 0
Outbreak statistics
Species Apparent morbidity rate Apparent mortality rate Apparent case fatality rate Proportion susceptible animals lost*
White-tailed Eagle:Haliaeetus albicilla(Accipitridae) ** ** 100.00% **
*Removed from the susceptible population through death, destruction and/or slaughter
**Not calculated because of missing information
Source of the outbreak(s) or origin of infection
  • Contact with wild species
Epidemiological comments According to article of the Terrestrial Animal Health Code, Member Countries should not impose bans on the trade in poultry and poultry commodities in response to notification on the presence of any influenza A virus in birds other than poultry.
Control measures
Measures applied
  • 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
National Veterinary Institute (National laboratory) White-tailed Eagle reverse transcription - polymerase chain reaction (RT-PCR) 01/03/2018 Positive
Future Reporting
The event is continuing. Weekly follow-up reports will be submitted.
Map of outbreak locations