Highly pathogenic avian influenza,
Information received on 10/02/2020 from Dr Dietrich Rassow, Director for Animal Health and Animal Welfare, Chief Veterinary Officer, Directorate of Animal Health and Animal Welfare, Federal Ministry of Food and Agriculture, Berlin, Germany
Report type Immediate notification
Date of start of the event 06/02/2020
Date of confirmation of the event 07/02/2020
Report date 10/02/2020
Date submitted to OIE 10/02/2020
Date event resolved 15/03/2020
Reason for notification Recurrence of a listed disease
Date of previous occurrence 12/06/2017
Manifestation of disease Clinical disease
Causal agent Highly pathogenic avian influenza virus
Serotype H5N8
Nature of diagnosis Clinical, Laboratory (basic), Laboratory (advanced)
This event pertains to a defined zone within the country
Related reports Immediate notification (10/02/2020)
Follow-up report No. 1 (16/03/2020)
Follow-up report No. 2 (13/05/2020)
New outbreaks (1)
Outbreak 1 (20-015-00003) Bretzfeld, Hohenlohekreis, Baden-Wurttemberg
Date of start of the outbreak 06/02/2020
Outbreak status Resolved (15/03/2020)
Epidemiological unit Backyard
Affected animals
Species Susceptible Cases Deaths Killed and disposed of Slaughtered
Birds 69 44 44 25 0
Affected population 49 laying hens, two geese, six ducks, three pheasants, nine captive birds (canaries)
Summary of outbreaks Total outbreaks: 1
Total animals affected
Species Susceptible Cases Deaths Killed and disposed of Slaughtered
Birds 69 44 44 25 0
Outbreak statistics
Species Apparent morbidity rate Apparent mortality rate Apparent case fatality rate Proportion susceptible animals lost*
Birds 63.77% 63.77% 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
Epidemiological comments All poultry and captive birds have been culled and safely disposed of on 07/02/2020. No poultry, poultry products or captive birds have been dispatched.
Control measures
Measures applied
  • Movement control inside the country
  • Surveillance outside containment and/or protection zone
  • Surveillance within containment and/or protection zone
  • Screening
  • Traceability
  • Quarantine
  • Official destruction of animal products
  • Official disposal of carcasses, by-products and waste
  • Stamping out
  • Zoning
  • Disinfection
  • 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
Friedrich-Loeffler-Institut (National laboratory) Birds real-time PCR 07/02/2020 Positive
Future Reporting
The event is continuing. Weekly follow-up reports will be submitted.
Map of outbreak locations