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Third German poultry farm hit by H5N8 avian influenza

AVIAN INFLUENZA has been confirmed on a third German poultry farm in as many weeks.

A turkey farm housing 20,000 birds for fattening was found to have the H5N8 high-path strain of bird flu that has been circulating across eastern and central Europe this winter.

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The farm is in Wieglitz, a district of Bülstringen in the Börde district in the far east of Germany.

Authorities confirmed birds would be culled and relevant restrictions had been put in place.

Germany has been hit by two cases of H5N8 avian influenza in recent weeks, one close to the border with the Netherlands and another in the south-east of the country.

On this farm, high mortality was recorded before vets were asked to investigate, confirming H5N8.

According to local media, it is the first “major” case of bird flu in the region since early 2017 but had been expected, given the continuing outbreaks in neighbouring Poland.