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(aid) - A poultry population with 30,000 chickens in Schleswig-Holstein has been culled because of the avian influenza. The avian influenza A of the H5N8 subtype, which was first detected in waterfowl at the beginning of November, continues to spread. At first the avian influenza was found in waterfowl in Lake Plön and on Lake Constance, now also in chicken and turkey stocks. In order to avoid a further spread of avian influenza, there is now a compulsory stable for farmed poultry in the affected federal states. Caution is advised, especially in risk areas. Risk areas are, for example, gathering places for migrating wild birds as well as resting and resting places at or near lakes, rivers and wetlands.
The Friedrich Löffler Institute strongly recommends the implementation of strict biosecurity measures in all poultry farms. Dead or sick wild birds must be reported immediately to the responsible veterinary authority, poultry farming should be examined more closely and contact of hunters who have come into contact with game birds to poultry should be avoided. In addition, there should be no possibility of contact between free-range poultry and natural waters. The current risk assessment of the FLI is available here: https://www.fli.de/de/home.
Federal Minister of Agriculture Christian Schmidt has convened a crisis team. The federal states, the Friedrich Loeffler Institute, representatives of the economy and experts from the Federal Ministry of Agriculture are involved. An emergency ordinance is to be enacted this week, which also obliges smaller companies to take security measures. A spokesman for the Federal Ministry announced this after consulting a working group of the federal and state governments on November 15, 2016 in Berlin. The necessary measures are adjusted based on the risk of smaller postures based on risk. So far, these requirements only apply to farms with more than 1,000 poultry. Schleswig-Holstein has already issued a corresponding order, which also stipulates strict hygiene rules for hobby owners and farmers in order to prevent the virus from spreading further. Renate Kessen, aid