Diseases: Berlin zoo closed due to bird flu

The Berlin Zoo will also remain closed on Saturday after a dead bird was discovered with the bird flu virus.

Diseases: Berlin zoo closed due to bird flu

The Berlin Zoo will also remain closed on Saturday after a dead bird was discovered with the bird flu virus. The zoo announced this on its website. It is not yet officially known how long the closure will last. The "Tagesspiegel" reported that it was assumed to be several weeks.

The site in City West was closed to visitors and cleared on Friday. The infection had previously been confirmed in a hammerhead – a wader about 50 centimeters tall – who died on Sunday.

The so-called avian influenza is known as bird flu or avian influenza. The virus behind it is called H5N1. So far, it has only been linked to infections in humans in isolated cases. However, it can easily spread in bird populations - for them it is a mortal danger.

According to official information, there have also been cases of bird flu in zoos and animal parks in Greifswald, Karlsruhe, Rostock, Heidelberg and in the Main Valley.

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