Botulism Hits Finnish Poultry Farm

by 5m Editor
19 January 2009, at 5:36pm

FINLAND - A botulism outbreak has struck a poultry farm in western Finland.

The authorities report that a large number of birds have already died from the illness, and the remaining infected birds are to be culled.

The Finnish Food Safety Authority (Evira) said the birds were infected with the Clostridium botulinum bacterium, which causes botulism. The poultry exhibited typical symptoms associated with the disease.

Evira officials would not disclose the exact location of the farm.

Botulism is rarely found in animals in Finland.