Belgium-Luxembourg: Belgian Avian Influenza H3N1 Outbreak Shows High-pathogenic Behavior

On June 11, 2019, the EU granted Belgium an exception to the state aid rules, allowing it to take eradication and farmer compensation measures to combat an infectious outbreak of Avian Influenza (AI) H3N1, usually only allowed for high-pathogenic AI (HPAI). The outbreak already affected 60 poultry farms as the Belgian government was awaiting EU approval to take adequate measures. Because AI H3N1 is classified as low-pathogenic, Belgian government measures to help farmers deal with the disease would have been deemed illegal state aid without the EU exception.

Belgium-Luxembourg: Belgian Avian Influenza H3N1 Outbreak Shows High-pathogenic Behavior