Bird flu in Hungary seems unstoppable


870,000 birds have been culled since January to stop the spread of the virus.

Posted on May 15 ,08:49

Bird flu in Hungary seems unstoppable

The H5N8 virus that hit Poland, Ukraine, Hungary, Romani and Germany at the beginning of 2020 seems to be hard to control in the Hungarian poultry farms. In the last three months and a half, more than 3.5 million birds have died in Hungary due to avian flu, of which 870,000 were killed as a preventive measure to stop the disease from spreading.
More than 10 new outbreaks have been reported in farms located in the counties of Bacs-Kiskun and Csongrad in the last few weeks and the situation is creating panic among poultry producers in Hungary.
The head veterinary watchdog in the East European country, Lajos Bognar mentioned that "due to stormy, windy weather at the end of April- the beginning of May many wild birds have spread in the region" increasing the risk of other outbreaks. At the end of January, the first H5N8 outbreak was reported in the Eastern part of the country, near the Romanian border in a duck farm. Since then, the disease has migrated to Southern Hungary, impacting poultry businesses in the counties of Bacs-Kiskun and Csongrad.

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