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Avian Influenza Diagnosed on a Goose Farm in Poland


A spokesperson for veterinary regulators in the Wielkopolska Region of Poland with a high population of diverse poultry confirmed that 6,000 geese on a farm will be depopulated as result of exposure to H5N8 avian influenza.  Geese in Eastern Europe are traditionally free-ranged and if this is the case on the affected farm, it may be presumed that contact with migratory waterfowl was responsible for the outbreak.  There have been six cases of H5N8 avian influenza diagnosed in Poland since December 1, 2019. Eight Eastern European nations have reported H5N8 infection in backyard and commercial flocks and spread westwards is anticipated based on a seasonal outbreak in 2016/2017.