Wild Birds not a vector of HPAI viruses

German Federal Research Institute for Animal Health (FLI) Statement, 2015

VOGELWELT 135: 131-145


“No evidence has been found anywhere in the world..(for ) the “wild bird hypothesis” as explanation for the introduction of highly pathogenic AIV in Europe.

..It is an error to focus the monitoring effect on wild birds, free range and back yard poultry . This should urgently be replaced by effective controls and actions in factory poultry farming.

..Wild birds are threatened by release of perilous viruses from poultry holdings to the environment”.

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