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Bulgaria reports fifth bird flu outbreak at layer farm

Animal health authorities in Bulgaria will cull 40,000 laying hens at a commercial facility after a bird flu outbreak.

26 April 2021, at 7:25am

Reuters reports that the farm is in the southeastern village of Krivo Pole. This bird flu outbreak is the fifth one reported since the start of 2021.

Bulgaria’s food safety agency said that the farm had been hit by highly pathogenic avian influenza type A, but did not disclose the specific strain of the virus.

The predominant strain in Europe at present is H5N8.

Some 160,000 ducks and 154,000 hens have been culled at four other farms in the Balkan country since February as authorities try to contain the spread of the disease.

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