Friday, July 06, 2007

Bird flu spreads to German poultry (new case domestic poultry)

The H5N1 bird flu virus has spread to domestic poultry in Germany after killing dozens of wild birds in the past fortnight, the national veterinary laboratory said on Friday.

The virus struck down a goose on a small holding in a forest near Wickersdorf in the eastern state of Thueringen where the owner kept four other geese and five ducks, the Friedrich Loeffler Institute said.

All the birds have been slaughtered.

It is the first time this year that the highly pathogenic strain of avian flu, which can also kill humans, was found among domestic birds in Germany.

It has infected wild birds in Thueringen and three other German states since late June.

The Friedrich Loeffler Institute has suggested that the disease could have jumped the border from the neighbouring Czech Republic where it has infected poultry on large turkey and chicken farms.

Bird flu story source: AFP

Posted by john T. on 07/06 at 04:01 PM
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