Spain reports outbreak of avian influenza

The outbreak affects 18,900 birds
calendar icon 19 January 2022
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Spain has reported an outbreak of the highly pathogenic H5N1 bird flu virus on a farm north of Madrid, the World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE) said on Tuesday, adding to a wave of cases in Europe.

The outbreak started on 13 January on a farm of 18,900 birds in the village of Cantalejo, the Paris-based OIE said, citing a report from Spanish authorities.

"The epidemiological survey conducted on the farm indicates that all the birds were brought onto the farm for fattening at the beginning of November 2021, with no animal movements outside of the farm since then," the report says.

A restriction zone had been established around the outbreak, reported Reuters.

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