Germany: the next bird flu victim
The first confirmed case of bird flu in the EU this year has been
confirmed. Germany authorities have informed EU officials of the virus found in
dead birds in Nuremburg, south Germany.
Six dead wild birds - five swans and one Canada goose - have tested
positive for a lethal strain (H5N1) of bird flu
in the southern state of Bavaria. Three more cases of
dead swans were later discovered in Leipzig in the eastern state of Saxony,
bringing the total number to nine.
According to a spokeswoman for the Agriculture Ministry, The government did
not expect the outbreak to spread to other regions of the country.
Investigations are focusing on how the disease entered Germany, with the
possibility of the virus entering from the Czech Republic. Further tests
comparing the latest findings with viruses in Hungary and the Czech Republic
should provide clues as to how the H5N1 strain entered Germany, he added.
Poultry farmers in the Nuremberg region have been ordered to confine all
poultry to closed stalls. A 21-day ban has been imposed on moving poultry or
poultry products in or out of the area, which is now a quarantine zone.
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