Highly pathogenic avian influenza,
Czech Republic
Information received on 20/01/2020 from Dr Zbyněk Semerád, Director General, State Veterinary Administration, Veterinary Administration, Prague, Czech Republic
Report type Immediate notification
Date of start of the event 17/01/2020
Date of confirmation of the event 17/01/2020
Report date 20/01/2020
Date submitted to OIE 20/01/2020
Date event resolved 25/03/2020
Reason for notification First occurrence of a listed disease
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 (20/01/2020)
Follow-up report No. 1 (17/02/2020)
Follow-up report No. 2 (27/03/2020)
New outbreaks (1)
Outbreak 1 Stepanov nad Svratkou, Zdar nad Sazavou, Vysocina
Date of start of the outbreak 17/01/2020
Outbreak status Resolved (18/01/2020)
Epidemiological unit Backyard
Affected animals
Species Susceptible Cases Deaths Killed and disposed of Slaughtered
Birds 15 6 6 9 0
Affected population Death of 6 hens out of a total of 12. The farm also kept 3 ducks.
Summary of outbreaks Total outbreaks: 1
Total animals affected
Species Susceptible Cases Deaths Killed and disposed of Slaughtered
Birds 15 6 6 9 0
Outbreak statistics
Species Apparent morbidity rate Apparent mortality rate Apparent case fatality rate Proportion susceptible animals lost*
Birds 40.00% 40.00% 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
  • Vaccination permitted (if a vaccine exists)
  • No treatment of affected animals
Measures to be applied
  • Movement control inside the country
  • Surveillance within containment and/or protection zone
  • Traceability
  • Official disposal of carcasses, by-products and waste
  • Stamping out
  • Control of wildlife reservoirs
  • Zoning
  • Disinfection
Diagnostic test results
Laboratory name and type Species Test Test date Result
State Veterinary Institute (SVI) Prague (National laboratory) Birds reverse transcription - polymerase chain reaction (RT-PCR) 17/01/2020 Positive
Future Reporting
The event is continuing. Weekly follow-up reports will be submitted.
Map of outbreak locations