Avian influenza, also known as bird flu, has been detected in cattle in the Upper Palatinate. Operations have been suspended.
Update January 18 at 2:30 p.m.: After the outbreak of avian influenza on a farm in the Schwandorf district, all of the approximately 70,000 ducks kept there have to be culled. As a spokesman for the Bavarian Food Safety Control Authority and Veterinary Affairs said, the slaughter of the animals would begin on Wednesday afternoon.
Avian flu detected in a Bavarian farm: Are there 70,000 ducks now threatened with death?
First report of January 18, 9:12 am: Schwandorf – In a livestock population with 70,000 ducks in the district Schwandorf Avian influenza has been detected. The national reference laboratory of the Friedrich Loeffler Institute officially confirmed the case, as confirmed by the Bavarian control authority for food safety and veterinary science on Tuesday evening, January 17. In response, the company was closed and the slaughter of the animals is prepared.
Avian flu in the Schwandorf district – what’s next for the 70,000 ducks?
The control authority was unable to say anything on Wednesday morning about the timing of the measures, including whether the 70,000 ducks should be slaughtered. Other measures, such as a protection and surveillance zone and a stable requirement order, would be regulated by local district offices, he said.
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Bird flu: How dangerous is the disease?
Avian flu in Bavaria: avian flu detected in the Upper Palatinate
Avian influenza, also known as bird flu, is transmitted through direct contact with infected animals or contaminated materials. An infection of people in this way is not yet known in Germany. However, one should not touch dead birds, several dead or sick animals in one place should be reported to the veterinary office. a while ago the Free State of Bavaria had tightened the measuresto prevent the spread of bird flu. (wine/dpa)