Season's first cases of avian flu found in Latvia

Laboratory tests have confirmed highly pathogenic avian influenza for six dead swans, the Food and Veterinary Service (PVD) said January 18.

The PVD calls on owners of birds not to let them outside or keep them in fenced structures before any restrictions are imposed, to avoid contact of poultry with wild birds, particularly water birds (swans, ducks), and refrain from purchasing poultry in other European countries during the winter and forthcoming spring months.

Poultry owners should notify the PVD immediately if signs of disease are observed in birds: significantly decreased intake of food and water, increased mortality.

Residents are asked to report on dead wild water birds by calling the PVD at phone 67027402 or by informing the local authority of the nearby PVD.

Under no circumstances should birds be brought home or taken to animal shelters. In rare cases, the H5N1 subtype of the avian influenza can be transferred to humans in direct contact so the dead birds should not be touched.

 

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