Poland formally free from avian influenza – GAIN



48 industrial and 12 yard farms had been hit in 2023

calendar icon 15 September 2023

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Poland regained the standing of a rustic formally free from Extremely Pathogenic Avian Influenza (HPAI) in early August, in accordance with a latest US Division of Agriculture (USDA) World Agricultural Data Community (GAIN) report.

In 2023, 48 industrial poultry farms and 12 yard farms had been contaminated with HPAI, situated in 9 Polish provinces. HPAI outbreaks led to culling of over a million birds. 

Slaughter duck farms and slaughter turkey farms had been probably the most impacted, accounting for nearly 70% of HPAI-culled birds. HPAI-free standing will permit Poland to renew exports of poultry meat to non-European markets, which had been restricted when the illness was current within the nation.

The World Group for Animal Well being (WOAH) printed Poland’s self-declaration on regaining the standing of a rustic free from extremely pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI) on August 2, 2023. In accordance with Article 10.4.6 of the Terrestrial Animal Well being Code, if an HPAI an infection in poultry happens in a rustic beforehand freed from avian influenza, restoration of free standing might happen 28 days after the stamping-out coverage is utilized (together with culling the birds and finishing up cleansing and disinfection). 

The actions associated to the eradication of the illness within the final HPAI outbreak in poultry in Poland had been accomplished on July 4, 2023. Subsequently, the interval of 28 days from the date of ultimate disinfection expired on August 2, 2023, which allowed for submitting a declaration to WOAH.

In 2023, 60 HPAI outbreaks occurred on Polish poultry farms, together with 48 industrial poultry farms and 12 yard farms. The contaminated farms had been situated in 9 Polish provinces, together with 31 farms in western Wielkopolskie province.