Bulgaria reports avian influenza outbreak

25,000 quails to be culled to contain the virus
calendar icon 26 January 2023
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Bulgaria will begin culling about 25,000 quails and destroy quail eggs on an industrial farm near the capital Sofia after detecting a highly infectious strain of avian influenza, Reuters reported, citing the food safety authorities on Wednesday.

The outbreak at the farm in the town of Etropole, some 80 kilometres (49.71 miles) east of Sofia was detected after reports for high mortality among the birds, the food safety agency said in a statement.

The risk to humans from the disease is considered to be low, but past outbreaks among farm birds have resulted in extensive slaughtering programmes to contain the spread.

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