Bird Flu confirmed in Germany - Mass culling continues

Bird Flu
A deadly bird flu outbreak has been reported this Saturday in a southern German poultry farm. Many ducks were culled to prevent of the spreading of the virus. There were around 160,000 birds in the farm and the health authorities have suggested killing all of them. The farm has been sealed off as the killing of birds continues.

Sandra Brandt, spokeswoman for the ministry of the state consumer protection has said that in recent few days, over 400 birds have died in the farm near Erlangen in northern Bavaria. Over 50 wild birds have died from the H5N1 virus in the month of August in different parts of Germany.

The tests done on the dead ducks from the farm have confirmed the virus. According to a spokeswoman for Bavaria's environment ministry, the deadly H5N1 virus strain. H5N1 is very contagious and there is no vaccine or treatment available.

As per WHO reports, H5N1 virus has been found in many parts of the world. Most deaths were reported in Asia. Millions of domestic birds worldwide have been killed and more than 195 people died since 2003 due to H5N1 virus.