Bird flu found in northern regions of Latvia

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Avian influenza H5N1 which has been raging in the eastern parts of Latvia has also been detected in Cēsis and Madona municipalities, as reported by the Food and Veterinary Service (PVD).

Citizens' reports were received in the service regarding dead black-headed gulls in Veselava parish and in Madona. The results of the Bior Scientific Institute now confirm avian influenza. 

Dead wild birds, particularly waterfowl, should be reported by calling the PVD hotline 67027402 or by informing the nearest PVD administration.

The PVD calls on residents 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.

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