Avian influenza A(H5N8) detected in Europe… a journey to the West?
Germany has become the first European country to report an outbreak of highly pathogenic avian influenza caused by an A(H5N8) virus genetically similar to one spreading in the Republic of Korea since January. The virus causes high mortality in poultry. The route of introduction into Germany remains unclear, but the long-distance spread from Asia to Europe indicates that wild birds may play a role. FAO is emphasizing the need for continued vigilance worldwide and heightened efforts on farms to prevent contact between poultry and wild birds. [...]
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