Deadly bird flu in Germany
Tests have confirmed that dead birds found at a poultry farm in southern
Germany were indeed infected with bird flu.
According to a spokeswoman for Bavaria's environment ministry, dead ducks
from the farm in Wachenroth in Bavaria's Erlangen-Hoechstadt area had tested
positive for the highly pathogenic H5N1
strain of the virus.
More than 400 birds died over a brief period of time on the Bavarian farm.
As a precaution, the farm has been sealed off and some 160,000 birds have been
culled, and a nearly 2-mile protection zone has been placed around the farm
while officials investigate the outbreak.
A string of bird flu infections were also registered in Germany last year.
The country also identified several cases of the deadly H5N1 strain in wild
birds in Bavaria in June.
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