The H7N7 subtype of this virus has been confirmed for swan carcasses detected in Druskininkai. SFVS experts warn that there is evidence that this strain of bird flu virus can infect not only other birds but also humans.
According to SFVS, during 2020. This is the first case of the H7N7 subtype of avian influenza virus in Europe during the avian influenza epidemic that began in October and continues to this day. To date, a strain of this virus has been detected relatively rarely in European countries, last recorded in Italy in 2016. poultry farms.
Given the potential danger of the detected strain of avian influenza, experts strongly recommend that when a dead wild water bird is found, do not touch it with any hand and inform the SFVS immediately.
The European Commission’s Food Safety Agency (EFSA) has identified 60 species of wild birds that are confirmed to be infected with the highly pathogenic avian influenza virus during the last epidemic. The most common virus in Europe is found in white-tailed boars, mute swans, gray geese, porpoises, terns, and more. for birds in contact with open water bodies. These are mainly representatives of the flock of geese and lichens.
The SFVS recalls that during the migratory period of birds, the virus transmitted by wild waterfowl can be transmitted mechanically on clothing, footwear or vehicles. The protection and prevention of the introduction of the virus into poultry holdings can only be achieved on a daily basis in strict compliance with on-farm biosecurity measures.
Infected poultry stop eating, drinking, breathing hard, their rags and beards turn pale, the tissues of the head and neck swell, and bruises appear on the skin and mucous membranes. All birds kept on the farm can die from the disease.
It is very important to inform the territorial SFVS departments as soon as possible in case of deaths or mentioned signs of wild or poultry birds, to inform the 24-hour free SFVS telephone line 8 800 40 403 or to a private veterinarian.