Schwerin – the State Minister of Agriculture in Mecklenburg-Vorpommern Till Backhaus (SPD) in Schwerin officially anounced that another case of bird flu has been detected in Mecklenburg-Vorpommern. The H5N8 virus that has been the source of infection of the (currently known) 5 outbreaks in Germany, Holland and the UK and that was previously detected in South Korea has been officially recorded in a wild birds in the Vorpommern-Rügen area (Northern part of Germany).

After the first detection of H5N8 in a wild bird in Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, Germany’s’ Federal Agriculture Minister Christian Schmidt (CSU) has asked the states to extensive precautions. “I urgently call on all poultry farmers to high attention and to adhering biosecurity measures,” said Schmidt.

Poultry should be kept inside and all suspected cases of illness or deaths among birds must be investigated and reported to the competent veterinary offices as soon as possible.

“With that the suspicion is strengthened that wild birds are connected with the cases in Mecklenburg-Vorpommern as well as in the Netherlands and Britain,” the minister said. As a precautionary measure, all German states should consider ordering farmers to keep their animals in the stalls, Schmidt added. On Sunday, November 23,Schmidt ordered a meeting of the extended national crisis teams.

Germany and the Netherlands were working closely together with the aim of preventing a possible spread of the virus and to trace back its origin, the minister said.
The first H5N8 case in Germany was confirmed on Nov. 4 on a poultry farm in Mecklenburg-Vorpommern. Some 5,000 birds were infected by the disease, of which 1,880 died.

Dutch health authorities on Saturday were destroying 8,000 ducks to prevent the possible spread of bird flu, which has infected three farms in a week in the Netherlands, a leading poultry and egg exporter.