Bird flu found in wild ducks in Northern France

Zachary BarrettDec 03, 2016

The first case of H5N8 bird flu has been detected in Sweden amid a recent outbreak of the disease in Europe, the Swedish Board of Agriculture says.

Some 190,000 ducks from six farms in the Netherlands were killed Saturday as strains of the bird flu sweep across northern Europe, Reuters reports.

The virus has been found in a number of European countries - including France, the Netherlands, Switzerland, Finland and Germany.

Romania has also tightened controls of shipments of live birds and eggs from European Union countries where recent bird flu outbreaks have been discovered.

In a desperate bid to prevent avian flu outbreak from spreading further, almost 190,000 ducks were slaughtered at six farms in the Netherlands on Saturday. The bird flu found at the duck farm was the infectious variant H5N8. Seventy-nine birds died and 276 were destroyed in these outbreaks, and officials reassured consumers that no poultry or poultry products were dispatched from these farms.

Just last Thursday, South Korea has issued a nationwide warning to help contain the possible spread of the bird flu virus throughout the country.

The world's second largest agricultural exporter, the Netherlands has more than 100 million hens, pigs, cows and sheep on high-intensity farms.

In several German regions authorities have instructed farmers to keep their birds indoors in an effort to halt the spread.

The H5N1 strain of bird flu has killed more than 420 people, mainly in southeast Asia, since first appearing in 2003. The most likely way other birds are contracting the disease is from contact with infected birds or with contaminated droppings.

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