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Deadly bird flu in Germany

Tests have confirmed that dead birds found at a poultry farm in southern Germany were indeed infected with bird flu.

According to a spokeswoman for Bavaria's environment ministry, dead ducks from the farm in Wachenroth in Bavaria's Erlangen-Hoechstadt area had tested positive for the highly pathogenic H5N1 strain of the virus.
More than 400 birds died over a brief period of time on the Bavarian farm. As a precaution, the farm has been sealed off and some 160,000 birds have been culled, and a nearly 2-mile protection zone has been placed around the farm while officials investigate the outbreak.
A string of bird flu infections were also registered in Germany last year. The country also identified several cases of the deadly H5N1 strain in wild birds in Bavaria in June.

Editor WorldPoultry

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