Greece on Alert Following Detection of H5N8 Virus in Wild Swan

Greece’s veterinary services are on increased alert to prevent the transmission of H5N8 avian influenza from wild birds to poultry, after the detection of the virus in a wild swan at the Evros Delta, in northeastern Greece, last December and suspected outbreaks in Bulgaria.

Tests on a wild swan found on Dec ember 14 near the Evros River delta showed the bird
died of H5N8 avian flu, according to a report to the World Organization for Animal Health (OIE).

In a press release issued on Monday, the prefecture of Attica reminded Athenians that it is illegal to keep poultry in non-confined spaces or outdoors.

“Poultry must be kept in confined spaces, with any openings covered by covers that will prevent any contact with wild birds,” the press release said.

Source: ANA-MPA