Interactive map: The current H5N8 bird flu outbreak

By Georgi Gyton contact

- Last updated on GMT

The first outbreak of H5N8 this year was in the Republic of Korea, in January
The first outbreak of H5N8 this year was in the Republic of Korea, in January

Related tags: Influenza, Livestock, Poultry

With the H5N8 strain of avian influenza reaching poultry farms across the globe, GlobalMeatNews has mapped the spread of the listed disease throughout 2014 in order to give you a visual picture of where the outbreaks have been located.

According to the World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE), H5N8 was first reported as a low pathogenic strain in the state of Idaho in the US, in 2008, and again in the state of California earlier in 2014.

However, a highly pathogenic strain was detected in January this year in the Republic of Korea, with subsequent outbreaks in Japan and China. More recently, there have been outbreaks in the UK, the Netherlands and Germany.

The OIE has reported that the viruses in Europe were identified as being closely related to the outbreaks in the Republic of Korea, but investigations are still continuing.

Further information on avian influenza, and the H5N8 strain in particular, can be found on the OIE’s website, which also includes information on trading recommendations for countries with an influenza A (H5N8) outbreak, and biosecurity measures.

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