Bird flu security measures stepped up as Germany culls 30,000 chickens
Published 15/11/2016 | 16:00
Brussels has called for “vigilance” following recent outbreaks of avian influenza in the EU.
The most recent outbreak, on a turkey farm in Hungary, has led the EU to ask for farmers to step up security measures on farms across the bloc.
This outbreak was caused by a rapidly spreading strain of bird flu known as H5N8, originating in Asia and detected in a wild swan in the same area the week before.
Further wild birds - mainly ducks near lakes and rivers - were found positive for for the same strain in Poland, Croatia, Germany, Austria, Switzerland and Denmark.
The Netherlands is investigating a possible occurrence of the virus but there are no reports of any strain of the virus in Ireland.
The Commission says the outbreaks are down to “seasonal circulation”.
A flock of 30,000 chickens has been destroyed in the German state of Schleswig-Holstein after a strain of bird flu was detected in their enclosure, authorities say.
The animals were killed on Sunday and Monday as a precaution to try to contain the H5N8 strain of the virus, which can easily spread among birds - but is not known to infect humans.