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January 16, 2020

 

New H5N8 bird flu case in reported in Hungary

 


The National Food Chain Safety Authority (NEBIH) said a second H5N8 bird flu outbreak has been discovered in a duck farm on east Hungary, reported Reuters.

 

All 115,000 ducks on the farm in east Hungary will be culled to halt the spread of the infection.

 

This follows a recently reported H5N8 bird flu case reported on a turkey farm in northwest Hungary just two days ago. 50,000 turkeys on that farm are expected to be culled with movement restrictions imposed.

 

The virus has continued to spread in recent days in Poland, Romania and Slovakia, possibly due to the migration of wild birds and contaminated waterways used by flocks from farms.

 

The NEBIH said this virus strain is similar to the country's 2016 outbreak. However, it has assured the public that Hungarian poultry products are safe for consumption.

 

The H5N8 bird flu has so far not infected any humans in Europe.

 

-      Reuters

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