November 19, 2020


3,2000 turkeys culled in Sweden after bird flu detected on farm


The Swedish Board of Agriculture said 3,2000 turkeys have been culled at a farm in the Skane region after bird flu was detected there, stopping all Swedish poultry exports outside of the European Union for a minimum of three months, Reuters reported.


Katharina Gielen, a department head at the Swedish Board of Agriculture, said there is only one infected farm in the country, but they are unsure how much the virus has spread among wild birds, so there is a possibility of another infected farm.


She said 1,400 turkeys at the farm had already died from bird flu before the cull was ordered.


Sweden's case follows the discovery of several bird flu outbreaks across Europe. Britain, Denmark, France, Germany, and the Netherlands have all reported bird flu cases in the past few weeks.


Swedish authorities are monitoring other farms in the vicinity of the infected farm for signs of bird flu and have called on the public to report dead wild birds.


-      Reuters