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Iceland Reports Extensive Wild Bird Mortality From H5N1 Avian Influenza

05/08/2022

Egg-NewsAccording to a May 6th ProMED report, citing the Reykjavik Grapevine, veterinarians in that nation have diagnosed H5N1 in seven wild bird species in 16 locations.  Affected birds include a barnacle goose (Branta leucopsis), with this species having experienced high mortality in Scotland earlier in 2022, a white-tailed sea eagle (Haliaeetus albicilla), a raven (Corvus corax), susceptible in common with other corvids in many nations in the E.U., Asia and North America, black-backed gulls (Larus marinus), as affected in the Province of Newfoundland and Labrador, Canada and both white-fronted geese (Anser albifrons) and greylag geese (Anser anser). The distribution of cases and the variety of species affected attests to the widespread distribution of H5N1 virus. 

 

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Preventive measures have been taken at the Reykjavik Park and Zoo and poultry keepers have been warned to protect flocks.  Iceland is a resting point in westward migration from Northern Europe through the Orkneys, the Faroe Islands and onto Greenland terminating in the Maritime Provinces of Canada.