Masses of dead birds found in Krāslava; avian flu suspected

The Food and Veterinary Service (PVD) has received information from ornithologists regarding at least 200 dead seagulls on an island in the Daugava, city of Krāslava. On Monday, May 8, PVD inspectors sent 15 samples of dead birds for laboratory tests for avian influenza, the PVD said.

The information is also examined and samples are taken in several places in Latvia, from which there have been reports of dead wild birds.

The service reminded the public that last week, in the area of the Daugavpils Esplanade pond, high-pathogenic avian influenza H5N1 was laboratory-confirmed in dead birds.

The PVD calls on residents not to visit the mentioned territory and not to touch dead birds, in order not to endanger their health and prevent the further spread of the disease.

In addition, the PVD calls on poultry keepers to observe biosecurity requirements more carefully than ever and to immediately inform their veterinarian or the PVD about the illness or sudden death of poultry.

Highly pathogenic avian influenza is an acute, highly contagious infectious disease of birds characterized by high mortality. Reservoirs and ponds are regarded as common distribution points of the virus for wild birds, especially waterfowl, which can develop the disease without characteristic symptoms. Poultry can become infected through contact with infected wild birds. Birds can also be infected via contaminated water, feed or objects such as shoes, clothing, and equipment which carry the virus.

Seen a mistake?

Select text and press Ctrl+Enter to send a suggested correction to the editor

Select text and press Report a mistake to send a suggested correction to the editor

Related articles


Most important