The bird flu hits again! Maximum concern at the border with Romania

The bird flu hits again! Maximum concern at the border with Romania

The avian influenza returns in force, near Romania, a fact that has raised a deep concern.

In Hungary, the H5N8 bird flu virus was detected at a turkey farm in the northwestern part of the country. The Hungarian authorities have decided to slaughter more than 50 thousand birds.

According to the Hungarian authorities, in order to prevent the spread of the virus, the more than 53 thousand turkeys from the respective farm will be slaughtered and it has been decided that the birds from households throughout the Hungarian territory will have to be kept in confined spaces. The specialists have established a protection zone within a radius of 3 kilometers around the unit where the virus was detected and will carry out checks within a radius of 10 kilometers at each poultry farm, and some transport restrictions will be introduced. Hungarian authorities also reported that the H5N8 virus was last detected in Hungary between 2016 and 2017, according to rador.ro.

Also, a new outbreak of avian influenza was discovered in Poland on Monday, with 6,000 geese to be slaughtered, Tomasz Stube, a spokesman for the Wielkopolska region, told Reuters.

Since December, several outbreaks of avian influenza H5N8 have been detected in Poland, the largest poultry producer in Europe.

"6,000 geese will be exterminated from the farm, and the sanitary-veterinary authorities have already taken measures," said Tomasz Stube.

In 2017, Poland faced an avian influenza epidemic that significantly affected poultry farms.

The Hungarian Veterinary Health Authority (NEBIH) announced the aforementioned bird flu outbreak at a large turkey farm in Komarom-Esztergom County, in the northwest of the country.

The President of NEBIH ordered that all the birds from this farm, ie over 53,000 turkeys, be slaughtered. Also, other preventive measures will be implemented, such as keeping domestic birds in confined spaces throughout Hungary, to prevent the spread of the virus.

On Friday, authorities in Slovakia also reported the discovery of a H5N8 bird flu outbreak at a poultry farm in the western part of the country, this being the first bird flu outbreak discovered in Slovakia in the last three years.

In Romania, the National Veterinary Sanitary Authority for Food Safety (ANSVSA) on Friday ordered the implementation, at national level, of measures to prevent the occurrence of the bird flu virus in the country, after the European Commission informed about the evolution of a number of new outbreaks. of high-pathogenic avian influenza subtype H5N8 in Poland, writes Agerpres.

The institution permanently monitors, through the information systems of alert (ADNS), existing at the level of the European Commission, the occurrence and evolution of outbreaks, as well as the non-conformities that appeared in the intra-Community trade with products and by-products of birds (RASFF), as well as the transport of live birds and eggs. for incubation (TRACES system), having as destination Romania, within the intra-Community trade.

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