Fears bird flu in turkeys in Østfold

Fears bird flu in turkeys in ØstfoldA turkey in profile.Photo: Gorm Kallestad / SCANPIX (FRB)

Veterinary Institute informed Friday that they have detected antibodies to avian influenza in samples from a rafter of turkeys  in Østfold.
The samples were taken in connection with a routine check of the flock , the National Veterinary Institute said. Subsequent tests will be taken by the FSA.
The Veterinary Institute will conduct several laboratory analyzes of these samples to confirm or deny whether the  turkey actually have got  bird flu.
According to the FSA, they have not detected clinical symptoms in the turkey population. They will take new samples for further diagnosis this weekend. The population is cordoned off.
Avian influenza can occur in highly pathogenic and low pathogenic forms. Highly pathogenic avian influenza has never been detected in poultry in Norway, while low pathogenic avian influenza was detected in a hobby flock of poultry in Oslo in 2008.


Source: NTB scanpix / Norway Today