Bird flu in Hungary: slaughter of more than 100,000 additional poultry

Hungary has carried out yet another mass slaughter of poultry due to bird flu, the National Food Safety Bureau Nébih said on Thursday.

“Avian flu was first suspected due to a sharp decrease in egg production in an intensive farm of 101,000 laying hens”, located in the department of Bács-Kiskun (south), the organization said in a statement.

On the basis of sampling, laboratory tests then confirmed Thursday the presence of the H5N8 strain, a highly pathogenic form of the virus, according to the body, which ordered the slaughter of the poultry.

Another case of bird flu had already been detected in northern Hungary last week. The authorities then proceeded to slaughter some 90,000 turkeys.

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