Luxembourg's Ministry of Agriculture, Viticulture and Rural Development has announced that there are currently two confirmed cases of avian influenza (virus type H5N1) in the Grand Duchy.
As of 29 November 2021, two cases of avian influenza have been confirmed in wild geese in Remich and Wintrange in south-eastern Luxembourg.
In order to prevent the introduction of the virus into poultry flocks, additional measures are being implemented until further notice throughout the territory of Luxembourg:
- feeding and watering must take place in premises which are not accessible to wild birds;
- poultry must be kept in closed rooms;
- poultry may have access to exit areas provided that the latter are protected by nets to prevent any contact with wild birds;
- biosecurity rules must be scrupulously respected;
- all poultry gatherings (poultry exhibitions) are prohibited;
- any abnormal poultry mortality should be reported to a veterinarian.
In case of discovery of an ill or dead wild aquatic bird (goose, duck or swan), the public is advised against touching the animal. Instead, this should be reported to the Veterinary Services Administration via email: firstname.lastname@example.org or via tel.: 247-82539.
Depending on the evolution of the disease, these measures will be updated.
The Agriculture Ministry recalled that the consumption of eggs and poultry meat remains safe for public health.