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Small bird flu outbreak in Germany

By Carina Perkins+ , 20-Nov-2013

Germany has reported an outbreak of low pathogenic H5 avian influenza in the state of Thuringen.

The World Animal Health Organistion (OIE) said it was alerted to the outbreak by Germany’s chief vet on 18 November. Four birds have died from the disease on a farm in Mohlsdorf, with a further 823 destroyed as a preventative measure.

The OIE report said that preliminary information indicated no poultry had been moved from the holding to other regions in Germany or abroad.

Hong Kong announced yesterday (19 November) that it had banned imports of frozen and chilled poultry from the state with immediate effect.

“We have contacted the German authorities over the issue and will closely monitor information issued by the OIE on the avian influenza outbreaks in the country. Appropriate action will be taken in response to the development of the situation,” said a spokesperson for The Centre for Food Safety (CFS).

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