Objective: Dead wild bird surveillance is an important tool as an early warning system that avian influenza virus is circulating or is transported with wild (migratory) birds into the Netherlands. The Ministry of Agriculture thinks the time is right to make possible improvements on this system.
On the basis of the results of the evaluation, the following conclusions and recommendations are given: the present thresholds for submitting dead wild birds are OK; b) the majority of European countries have a comparable dead wild bird surveillance system to the Netherlands to detect HPAI virus. A limited number of countries have in addition an active surveillance system: searching actively for dead wild birds in an AI risk period (October - December) and in selected areas. This is considered to be a good option for the Netherlands too; c) there are HPAI virus strains that cause almost no mortality in wild birds. It should be investigated what the possibilities are to search for and test wild water bird faeces for HPAI virus in selected areas; d) Regularly, and specifically at the start of the AI season, ask attention in the local media regarding the dead wild bird surveillance in order to prepare the general public; e) when citizens notify the detection of dead birds, there is often a problem with getting an exact location of the discovery; there is a need for GPS coordinates via the smart phone ?, construction of an app ?; f) Animal ambulances play an important and major role in collection of dead wild birds in municipalities; however, the participation of animal ambulances varies between municipalities. Central coordination may improve participation.
|Effective start/end date||1/01/18 → 31/12/18|