Immediate notification: Highly pathogenic avian influenza in Greece

The following information is derived from the official notification of Greece to the OIE, dated 13 Feb 2006:

1. On 30 Jan 2006, in the sea area of Paralia-Katerini [40 deg 16 min N, 22 deg 35 min E], a fisherman found a dead swan and brought it at the seashore. The veterinary authorities collected the swan and sent it to the NRL immediately. The swan belongs to a "flock" [pod] that arrived some 20 days ago, probably from North due to bad weather conditions. No anatomopathological signs were observed. In addition, the Veterinary Authority of Pieria has been conducting an epizootic survey, since 9 Feb 2006 over the whole area of the Prefecture, far wider than the circle of 10 km around the point of collection. According to this survey, there are no findings of Avian Influenza in the area, while strict biosecurity measures have been applied to all poultry farms, especially to backyard flocks kept at the villages of the whole Prefecture.

2. On 31 Jan 2006, in the area of the village of Stavros [40 deg 40 min N, 23 deg 41 min E], people informed the veterinary authorities about the presence of one swan found dead on the coast. The veterinary authorities collected the swan and sent it to the NRL immediately. The swan belongs to a "flock" [pod] that arrived some 20 days ago, probably from North due to bad weather conditions. No anatomopathological signs were observed. In addition, the Veterinary Authority of Thessaloniki has been applying an epizootic survey, since 9 Feb 2006, at the whole area of the Prefecture, far wider than the circle of 10 km around the point of collection. According to this survey, there are no findings of Avian Influenza in the area, while strict biosecurity measures have been applied to all poultry farms, especially to backyard flocks kept at the villages of the whole Prefecture.

3. On 1 Feb 2006, in the area of the village of Nei Epivates [40 deg 30 min N, 22 deg 54 min E], people informed the veterinary authorities about the presence of one swan found dead on the coast. The veterinary authorities collected the swan and sent it to the NRL immediately.

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