November 11, 2020
German state authorities orders all poultry kept indoors after bird flu discovery
Authorities from Schleswig-Holstein state, Germany ordered all poultry farmers to keep their birds indoors after bird flu was detected at two farms in the region, Reuters reported.
After one case was discovered in the state last week, another poultry farm confirmed the type H5N8 bird flu on November 9.
The Schleswig-Holstein state Agriculture Ministry said the order to keep poultry indoors will be difficult for farmers but must be done to prevent the virus from spreading.
The ministry said bird flu is spreading quickly among wild birds, as authorities investigate the deaths of 3,000 wild birds in Schleswig-Holstein state.
Europe has recently reported highly pathogenic bird flu outbreaks, with the Netherlands and the UK ordering culls where cases were detected.