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Monday 1 May 2017

Bird flu security measures stepped up as Germany culls 30,000 chickens

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.
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.

Sarah Collins

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.

The state announced new protective measures, including ordering special protective clothes to be worn in stalls, and the complete cleaning and disinfection of all vehicles used to transport poultry.

Ahead of the Christmas season with high demand for goose, duck and chicken, farmers are concerned about the impact of an outbreak.

Cases have been reported recently elsewhere in Europe, including Switzerland, Austria and Hungary.

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