Germany reports another outbreak of H5N1

The outbreak took place on a farm in the north east
calendar icon 9 November 2021
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The disease was confirmed on a small farm in Hohenkirchen in the state of Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, reports Reuters.

The flock involved was small, and included 17 hens, 28 ducks and two geese, the state ministry of agriculture and environment said. It is the third case of Avian influenza in the state this year.

On 27 October, Germany reported an outbreak of highly pathogenic H5N1 bird flu at a goose farm in the north of the country.

Poland has reported several outbreaks of H5N1 Avian influenza at poultry farms with flocks totalling nearly 650,000 birds involved, the World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE) said on Monday.

The French government on Friday put the entire country on high alert for Avian influenza, extending a requirement to keep all poultry flocks indoors.

Avian influenza is most often transported from one country to another through migrating wild birds. It has been spreading rapidly in Europe. In previous outbreaks, tens of millions of birds had to be culled in order to curb the pathogen's spread. Outbreaks often lead to international trade restrictions.

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