Outbreak of Avian Flu in Germany
Avian flu has struck the north-German province of
The state Ministry of Agriculture announced on Saturday that six chickens on
a farm owned by a hobby poultry breeder had been identified as being infected
with the H5N1 strain of the virus, which is also dangerous for humans.
A 3km protection zone around the area of Oberhavel has been set-up. The
outbreak has not been officially reported to all EU member states yet as it must
be formally identified by the Friedrich Loeffler Institut, the German federal
institute for animal health.
It is been investigated as to how the virus reached Brandenburg. Early
reports suggest that it may have spread from Poland, which has recently
experienced an outbreak of avian flu.
According to the PPE, Dutch advisory organisation for poultry health, it is
worrying that the infection has spread to â€œour neighbours' border. This
constitutes a reason for Dutch poultry owners to take even stricter hygiene
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