Animals: Bird flu in German and Danish poultry farms

Bird flu broke out in two German poultry farms and also in a Danish one near the German border.

Animals: Bird flu in German and Danish poultry farms

Bird flu broke out in two German poultry farms and also in a Danish one near the German border. In a farm in Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania, this led to the killing of tens of thousands of turkeys. A farm in the municipality of Lewitzrand with around 25,000 animals was affected, said a spokesman for the Ludwigslust-Parchim district.

The culling of the animals began on Wednesday morning. According to Schwerin Agriculture Minister Till Backhaus (SPD), this is the first case of domestic poultry in the state this fall. “It is to be feared that events will continue to gain momentum in view of the upcoming cold season.”

The highly contagious form of bird flu also broke out in a poultry farm with around 50 animals in Lower Saxony, as the Cuxhaven district announced on Wednesday. Domestic and wild poultry in particular can become infected quickly. All animals in the affected farm had to be killed. At the end of October, the authorities reported an outbreak in a poultry farm with around 39,000 animals - albeit with the less contagious form of bird flu.

Bird flu was also detected in a Danish pheasant farm near the German border. Because of the risk of infection, all around 2,700 animals in the farm near Tønder would be killed, the veterinary and food authority also announced on Wednesday. According to information, the pheasants may have been infected by wild birds that stopped in the area on their autumn migration south. Because the surveillance zone extends beyond the German border, the authorities in Schleswig-Holstein have been informed so that they can take their own steps.

Press release Denmark Announcement from Cuxhaven

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