Highly pathogenic avian influenza situation in the Czech Republic

The occurrence of highly pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI) of subtype H5 in poultry in the Czech Republic. 

From 4th January to 23rd February 2017 in total 32 highly pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI) outbreaks was confirmed in the Czech Republic:

  • 31 HPAI H5N8 outbreaks in 10 regions (Southern Moravian, Central Bohemian, Southern Bohemian, Olomouc, Liberec, Moravian-Silesian, Ústí nad Labem, Pardubice, Hradec Králové and Plzeň region); non-commercial back-yards flocks 28 outbreaks and commercial holdings 3 outbreaks
  • 1 HPAI H5N5 was confirmed in the Zoological garden Liberec (region Liberec) in captive birds.

Please be informed that no poultry products and animals were sent from infected holdings and all measures taken by the State Veterinary Administration are in accordance with EU legislation.

  • The occurrence of highly pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI) of subtype H5 in wild animals in the Czech Republic.

Since 4th January 2017 the HPAI H5N8 virus was confirmed in 52 wild birds found dead (40 swans, 8 ducks, 2 goose, 2 heron) in 13 region of the Czech Republic (Prague, Southern Moravian, Southern Bohemian, Central Bohemian, Moravian-Silesian, Zlín, Olomouc, Hradec Králové, Karlovy Vary, Pardubice, Ústí nad Labem, Liberec and Vysočina region). 

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Workshop on ASF surveillance and wildlife management

ASF

 

BTSF GF-TADS Workshop – One day workshop on ASF surveillance and wildlife management 
Olomouc, 12th October 2017 (NH Collection Olomouc Congress, Legionárská 21. 779 00, Olomouc, Czech Republic)  

Time Contents Trainer  
9:00 - 9:15 Welcome, introduction, aims Experts, Host country representative  

9:15 - 10:10 Wild Boar ecology (Geographical distribution, Demography, Census and hunting methods) AIM: participants will have an overview of the wild boar management system through the infected countries in order to compare densities, census methods and the different demographic structure resulting from different management strategies 

10:10 - 11:00 ASF in wild boar in Eastern Europe (Geographical spread, epidemiological role played by the wild boar, transmission patterns, risk factors) AIM: participants will have an overview of the main epidemiological  characteristics of ASF epidemiology. Modes of transmission (direct and  indirect) will be presented; the concept of wild boar threshold density and Critical Community size will be discussed in the light of the possible density dependent eradication of the infection. Presentation of the concept of ASF virus environmental contamination and its role in virus maintenance and spreading.  

11:15 -11:50 ASF International legislation; legislation within the EU, OIE legislation, diagnostic standards of the UE diagnostic manual, EU and Terrestrial Code surveillance models 

11:50 - 12:45 ASF surveillance in wild boar (early detection in free areas; monitoring in infected areas; sampling and epidemiological parameters estimation); AIM: Participants receive key info in order to understand which surveillancestrategy (passive vs active, Ag detection vs Ab detection) is the best choice in the framework of ASF early detection in free areas and monitoring in infected areas.  

12:45 -14:00 Wild boar data collection in ASF infected areas (management units: hunting vs administrative units; seasonality: biological periods vs calendar year; structure of the sampled population: age and gender classes; prevalence in dead vs hunted animals);  AIM: participants will receive advice on how to organize the data in order to fill the most common gaps observed when Wild boar management and hunting derived data are collate together with Domestic animal health data.  

14:35 - 15:10 ASF in wild boar: practical management (designing a wild boar infected area; set quotas and hunting bags); AIM: Participants will receive information regarding the main strategies and their implementation in wild boar infected areas in order to achieve the eradication of the virus.  

15:10 - 15:45 Biosecurity in ASF in wild boar infected areas (role of biosecurity measures during hunting; safe disposal of carcasses and infected hunted animals, practical organization of biosecurity facilities in Hunting ground; management of hunted animals while waiting ASF test results); AIM: participants will be informed regarding the role of biosecurity and how to arrange the minimum set of measures in hunting grounds.  

15:45 - 16:00 Group exercise a) surveillance; b) population management; c) data collection and reporting Participants   

16:45 -17:30 Discussion on exercise results Participants and experts   

17:30 Closure of the training 

 

Food Safety and Nutrition Strategy for 2014 – 2020

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Following the first decade of the 21st century, a fairly calm period with respect to food safety, the European Union, and thus also the Czech Republic, entered a turbulent period characterised by increased public and media interest in food safety and quality matters, namely due to numerous food scandals that hit the EU and the CR in the last two years. It is obvious that even though the food safety system in the EU is considered to be the most comprehensive in the world after the major food law revision in 2001, it continues to show deficiencies which allow for food scandals of international scope. For the competent authorities of the Member States, the CR inclusive, this confirms the fact that the food safety system shall be dynamic, flexible and responsive to the changing conditions.  

In 2012, the so called methanol affair unfolded in the CR which despite having its roots in illegal production badly affected the economy of “legal” producers and distributors of alcoholic drinks. Most importantly, though, dozens of people died as a result of methanol poisoning and many others will suffer from lifelong consequences. Regarding the scope, it has been the worst ever food related emergency in the history of the Czech Republic. On the other hand, the cooperation among the competent authorities across the individual sectors has proven very efficient in addressing this emergency.  

Despite the facts referred to above, the level of food safety in the CR can be considered very good and stable over a long period of time. It is repeatedly confirmed by results of official controls and monitoring of contaminants in food and also for instance by the numbers of foodborne diseases, including food poisoning reported to EPIDAT system. The outcomes of public opinion surveys conducted by the Ministry of Agriculture in 2011 and 2012 indicate that this opinion on the Czech food is also shared by consumers. 

The presented Food Safety and Nutrition Strategy for 2014 – 2020 (hereinafter referred to as the “Strategy“) is the key document of the CR in the field of food safety and nutrition, a follow-up to the previous strategic documents of 2001, 2004, 2007 and 2010. It was compiled jointly by the participating ministries, non-governmental and consumer organisations.
  
The document complies with the Strategy for Growth of Czech Agriculture and Food Sector, which perceives the increased stress on quality and safety of Czech food production to be one of the ways of enhancing the importance of food sector in the domestic market and boosting the growth of its export performance.  

 

Find the document here:
• Food Safety and Nutrition Strategy for 2014 - 2020 

  

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