Oh boy... Via CIDRAP, Lisa Schnirring writes: H5N6 outbreak in Greece is first outside of Asia. Excerpt:
Greek agriculture officials today reported the country's first highly pathogenic H5N6 avian flu outbreak, which signals the first detection of the virus—known to infect people—in birds outside of Asia.
Elsewhere, Nigeria reported six more highly pathogenic H5N1 outbreaks, and four European countries reported more H5N8 detections, according to the latest reports from the World Organization for Animal Health (OIE).
Follow-up tests confirm H5N6 in Greek poultry
The outbreak in Greece involves backyard poultry in a village in Western Macedonia region in the northwestern part of the country, officials said today in an OIE report. The event began on Feb 6 and was mistakenly reported on Feb 16 as H5N8 rather than highly pathogenic H5 other than H5N8 and H5N1. Further lab testing confirmed H5N6 yesterday.
Control measures had already been put in place on Feb 9 after initial tests showing H5 were reported. The virus wiped out the flock of 60 poultry.
H5N6 outbreaks in poultry were first reported by China, Laos, and Vietnam in 2014, and the virus has been linked to 17 human infections in China, 10 of them fatal.
Eight Asian countries have now reported H5N6 outbreaks, most recently Japan, South Korea, Myanmar, and Taiwan.