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Avian influenza

From February 3th 2017 until March 24th 2017, five cases of HPAI (subtype H5N8) have been identified in Belgium in wild birds or captive birds other than poultry. The first outbreak was detected in captive birds, the four others in wild birds. Since March 24th, no infection by the virus HPAI H5N8 has been confirmed any more.

No outbreak of HPAI in poultry has been identified since 2003.

Avian influenza is not present in Belgian poultry farms. Poultry and poultry products from Belgium remain safe.

Since avian influenza is not present on poultry farms, Belgium is still considered as « free » of this disease pursuant to the definitions contained in the OIE terrestrial code (chapter 10.4).

In Belgium, permanent biosecurity measures are in place in the higher risk areas (resting places and/or areas with a high density of migratory birds), so as to avoid any contact between domestic poultry and wild birds.


General declaration of the CVO on the situation concerning highly pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI) and lowly pathogenic avian influenza (LPAI) in Belgian domestic and wild birds.

Attestation of the Director General of the OIE concerning avian influenza in Belgian poultry.

Report to the OIE (15/03/2017)

Report to the OIE (28/03/2017)

Report to the OIE (18/04/2017)

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