Increase in avian influenza virus outbreaks in Europe
12 February 2020
Outbreaks of A(H5N8) A(H5N1) avian influenza viruses have been reported in the central eastern part of Europe since the beginning of January. To minimise risk, people that are exposed to potentially infected birds should avoid direct unprotected contact to birds or their droppings and take appropriate personal protection measures.
Since the beginning of January, outbreaks of high pathogenic A(H5N8) and low pathogenic A(H5N1) avian influenza viruses have been reported in the central eastern part of Europe. These outbreaks in poultry holdings and wild birds, reported to the World Organisation for Animal Health and listed in the Global Animal Disease Information System (EMPRES-i) of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), have been detected in countries such as the Czech Republic, Denmark, Germany, Hungary, Poland, Romania, Slovakia, and Ukraine.