This rapid risk assessment details an outbreak of highly pathogenic avian influenza virus A(H5N8) at a turkey holding in Germany reported by the German authorities on 6 November 2014.
Those at risk are mainly people in direct contact with diseased turkeys or their carcasses – e.g. farmers, veterinarians and those labourers involved in culling. Local health authorities may consider actively monitoring poultry workers exposed at the affected holding.
The public health threat is considered to be very low since to date, no human infections with this virus have ever been reported world-wide.