HAMBURG, Nov 17 (Reuters) – Bird flu has been found on
another chicken farm in Germany and a programme to slaughter up
to 70,000 poultry is being prepared, authorities said on
Type H5N8 bird flu was confirmed in a farm near Rostock in
the eastern state of Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, said a spokesman
for the local government authority Landkreis Rostock.
About 4,500 chickens at the farm would have to be culled,
but the farm has several locations and the total could reach
70,000, the spokesman said.
“To combat the outbreak of the disease and prevent it
spreading further, it is necessary from a veterinary medical
viewpoint to cull up to 70,000 poultry at several locations,”
the spokesman said. “Preparations have started.”
A series of outbreaks of bird flu have been reported in
Europe in past weeks with wild birds suspected to be spreading
Around 16,100 turkeys were slaughtered after bird flu was
found on another Germany poultry farm in Mecklenburg-Vorpommern,
authorities said on Monday.
Denmark has ordered 25,000 chickens to be culled after
finding H5N8 bird flu on a farm, authorities said on Monday,
effectively halting the country’s poultry and egg exports to
countries outside the European Union for at least three months.
Other cases have been reported in France and the
Netherlands. Britain ordered a cull of 13,000 birds at a farm in
northwest England after detecting cases there.
Risk to humans from the disease is considered low, but past
outbreaks among farm birds have needed extensive slaughtering
programmes to contain them.
(Reporting by Michael Hogan, editing by David Evans)
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