April 27, 2021

Bulgaria to cull 40,000 hens after bird flu outbreak at industrial farm



Veterinary authorities in Bulgaria will cull 40,000 laying hens in the southeastern village of Krivo Pole following a bird flu outbreak at an industrial farm at the area, the fifth since the start of the year, the food safety agency said on April 23.


The agency said the farm had been hit by highly pathogenic avian influenza type A, but did not disclose the strain of the disease.


The predominant strain in Europe at present is H5N8.


Some 160,000 ducks and 154,000 hens have been culled at four other farms in the Balkan country since February as authorities try to contain the spread of the disease.


- Reuters