Highly pathogenic avian influenza,
Ireland
Information received on 11/12/2020 from Dr Martin Blake, Chief Veterinary Officer, Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine, Agriculture House, Dublin, Ireland
Summary
Report type Immediate notification
Date of start of the event 09/12/2020
Date of confirmation of the event 10/12/2020
Report date 11/12/2020
Date submitted to OIE 11/12/2020
Reason for notification First occurrence of a listed disease in the country
Causal agent Highly pathogenic avian influenza virus
Serotype H5N8
Nature of diagnosis Laboratory (advanced)
This event pertains to a defined zone within the country
New outbreaks (1)
Outbreak 1 Knockananna, Co. Wicklow, Wicklow
Date of start of the outbreak 09/12/2020
Outbreak status Continuing (or date resolved not provided)
Epidemiological unit Farm
Affected animals
Species Susceptible Cases Deaths Killed and disposed of Slaughtered
Birds 127 5 0 127 0
Affected population Small free roaming turkey fattening flock. No other poultry on the same holding.
Summary of outbreaks Total outbreaks: 1
Total animals affected
Species Susceptible Cases Deaths Killed and disposed of Slaughtered
Birds 127 5 0 127 0
Outbreak statistics
Species Apparent morbidity rate Apparent mortality rate Apparent case fatality rate Proportion susceptible animals lost*
Birds 3.94% 0.00% 0.00% 100.00%
*Removed from the susceptible population through death, destruction and/or slaughter
Epidemiology
Source of the outbreak(s) or origin of infection
  • Unknown or inconclusive
Epidemiological comments On December 9th 2020, 5 turkeys out of a flock of 127 were euthanised on suspicion on avian influenza due to coughing, cyanosis and swollen eyes in 2 birds. On December 10th 2020, the Irish Central Veterinary Laboratory confirmed the presence of avian influenza subtype H5N8 in the birds.
Control measures
Measures applied
  • Surveillance within containment and/or protection zone
  • Official destruction of animal products
  • Official disposal of carcasses, by-products and waste
  • Stamping out
  • Process to inactivate the pathogenic agent in products or by-products
  • 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
Irish Central Veterinary Research Laboratory (National laboratory) Birds real-time PCR 10/12/2020 Positive
Irish Central Veterinary Research Laboratory (National laboratory) Birds virus sequencing Pending
Future Reporting
The event is continuing. Weekly follow-up reports will be submitted.
Map of outbreak locations