December 7, 2023


Bird flu outbreak prompts culling of thousands of ducks and geese in east Germany


Approximately 6,700 ducks and geese are slated for culling following the confirmation of a highly pathogenic H5N1 bird flu outbreak on a farm in Schonberg, located in the eastern state of Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, Germany, Channel News Asia reported.


Authorities announced the culling measures as a precautionary response to contain the spread of the disease.


The state agriculture ministry in Mecklenburg-Vorpommern disclosed the presence of the H5N1 bird flu on the affected farm. This outbreak adds to the series of recent bird flu cases reported in Germany, raising alarms among agricultural authorities.


Several other European countries, including France, the Netherlands, and Belgium, have reported recent cases on farms. France, responding to the heightened risk, escalated the bird flu threat level from 'moderate' to 'high'. This adjustment compelled poultry farms to implement containment measures, such as keeping birds indoors, in a bid to prevent the rapid spread of the highly contagious virus.


The evolving situation underscores the persistent threat posed by bird flu, prompting heightened surveillance and preventive measures across European countries to safeguard both domestic and wild bird populations.


-      Channel News Asia

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