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Avian influenza
‘Significant increase’ in reports of highly pathogenic avian influenza in Europe

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DEFRA'S International Disease Monitoring (IDM) team is emphasising the importance of biosecurity to reduce the risk of highly pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI) affecting UK poultry this winter. The team has been monitoring outbreaks of H5N8 HPAI in Europe and says that the number of reports has increased significantly since November 11.

In an assessment of the outbreaks, published on November 18, the IDM team says that, while reports of H5N8 are currently limited to eight European countries (Austria, Croatia, Denmark, Germany, Hungary, the Netherlands, Poland and …

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