Highly pathogenic influenza A viruses (infection with) (non-poultry including wild birds),
Information received on 19/07/2018 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 08/07/2018
Date of confirmation of the event 16/07/2018
Report date 19/07/2018
Date submitted to OIE 19/07/2018
Date event resolved 19/09/2018
Reason for notification Recurrence of a listed disease
Date of previous occurrence 15/04/2018
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 (19/07/2018)
Follow-up report No. 1 (17/08/2018)
Follow-up report No. 2 (11/09/2018)
Follow-up report No. 3 (19/12/2018)
New outbreaks (1)
Outbreak 1 Vejrĝ, Lolland, East
Date of start of the outbreak 08/07/2018
Outbreak status Resolved (08/07/2018)
Epidemiological unit Not applicable
Affected animals
Species Susceptible Cases Deaths Killed and disposed of Slaughtered
Common Eider:Somateria mollissima(Anatidae) 1 1 0 0
Affected population On 8th July, a common eider (Somateria mollissima) was found dead on the island of Vejrĝ, municipality of Lolland. The bird was found among several other dead wild birds of different species, but mostly eiders. On July 16th, the National Veterinary Institute confirmed highly pathogenic influenza A virus (H5N6) in the samples from one eider; the other birds were unsuitable for testing.
Summary of outbreaks Total outbreaks: 1
Total animals affected
Species Susceptible Cases Deaths Killed and disposed of Slaughtered
Common Eider:Somateria mollissima(Anatidae) 1 1 0 0
Outbreak statistics
Species Apparent morbidity rate Apparent mortality rate Apparent case fatality rate Proportion susceptible animals lost*
Common Eider:Somateria mollissima(Anatidae) ** ** 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
  • Unknown or inconclusive
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 laboratory (National laboratory) Common Eider reverse transcription - polymerase chain reaction (RT-PCR) 16/07/2018 Positive
Future Reporting
The event is continuing. Weekly follow-up reports will be submitted.
Map of outbreak locations