Germany may cull up to 70,000 chickens as bird flu found on another farm

Bird flu has been found on another chicken farm in Germany and a program to slaughter up to 70,000 poultry is being prepared, authorities said Nov. 17.

Type H5N8 bird flu was confirmed in a farm near Rostock in the eastern state of Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, said a spokesman for the local government authority Landkreis Rostock.

About 4,500 chickens at the farm would have to be culled, but the farm has several locations and the total could reach 70,000, the spokesman said.

“To combat the outbreak of the disease and prevent it spreading further, it is necessary from a veterinary medical viewpoint to cull up to 70,000 poultry at several locations,” the spokesman said. “Preparations have started.”

Meanwhile, the north German state of Schleswig-Holstein on Tuesday also reported another H5N8 outbreak on a farm in the Kreis Nordfriesland area, with about 1,000 ducks, geese and chickens slaughtered.

A series of outbreaks of bird flu have been reported in Europe in the past weeks, with wild birds suspected to be spreading the disease.

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