- "On 22 July 2005m the first AI outbreak was identified
in a backyard flock at
- Suzdalka in the Novosibirsk region. The Competent Veterinary
Authorities (CVA) the mission team that from the 22 July up to 07 October
2005, 50 AI outbreaks detected in six Siberian regions : Novosibirsk, Altai,
Chelyabinsk, Kurgan,Tiumen. In Kalmikya region, which is located in the
European Russia northwest Caspian Sea, the presence of AI was suspected,
but no final results are Nevertheless, a few positive PCR results for AI
viruses of the H5 subtype were from wild birds monitored in two unaffected
regions (Tomsk and Kalmikya)."
- The above comments from the mission team investigating
H5N1 in Russia indicate that H5 was PCR confirmed in Tomsk and Kalmikya.
Kalmikya is adjacent to the Caspian Sea (see map), indicating H5 has been
in Europe for some time.
- The report also indicated that the screening was not
comprehensive, and H5N1 may have been in additional provinces where screening
- Moreover, the report listed H5N1 positive birds identified
by hunters. The positives included wild duck, laughing gull, rook, northern
stover, crow, pigeon, sandpiper, oyster catcher, little grebe. black-winged
stilt, phalatrope, little tern, pied wagtail, green sandpiper, white headed
plover, starling, coot, mallard sparrow hawk, buzzard, turtle dove, garganey,
- The above list indicates H5N1 was widespread in wild
birds and was readily transferred between species. These data indicate
that H5N1 is likely to appear in southern and western Europe in the upcoming
- H5N1 clearly is not dying out, but rather is expanding
its geographical reach as well as its host range.
- H5N1 is on track to go global in the next 12 months.
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