New bird flu cases in Ger­many, Aus­tria and Switzer­land

Kuwait Times - - HEALTH & SCIENCE -

Ger­many, Switzer­land and Aus­tria re­ported new out­breaks of a se­vere strain of bird flu yes­ter­day in the lat­est in a se­ries of cases across Europe. The H5N8 virus has also been found in Hun­gary, Poland, the Nether­lands, Den­mark and Croa­tia. In Ger­many, the state of Sch­leswig-Hol­stein re­ported one case of bird flu con­firmed at a farm where 30,000 chick­ens would now be culled. The state’s agri­cul­ture min­istry said an area of 3 square km (1.2 square miles) had been sealed off.

In Ber­lin, the fed­eral agri­cul­ture min­is­ter, Chris­tian Sch­midt, said the gov­ern­ment had set up a cri­sis man­age­ment desk.

The Aus­trian Agency for Health and Food Safety con­firmed a sec­ond out­break at a chicken farm in its west­ern Vo­rarl­berg prov­ince close to the Ger­man and Swiss bor­ders and said 4,000 would be culled.

An Aus­trian poul­try farm close to the chicken farm had tested pos­i­tive for H5N8 on Fri­day.

A pro­tec­tion zone with a ra­dius of at least 3 km and a sur­veil­lance zone with a ra­dius of at least 10 km around the in­fected hold­ings will be cre­ated to keep mi­grat­ing birds from trans­mit­ting the dis­ease to farm poul­try. Bird flu was also con­firmed in dead birds along Lake Geneva in Switzer­land yes­ter­day.

Aus­tria and Switzer­land ear­lier this week took steps to pre­vent the spread of the virus to do­mes­tic poul­try af­ter dis­cov­er­ing the dis­ease in wild ducks around Lake Con­stance. — Reuters

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