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Bulgaria reports the first avian influenza outbreak this year

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Bulgaria's Food Safety Agency reported an outbreak of a highly pathogenic strain of avian influenza on an industrial farm.

Posted on Jan 26 ,00:57

Bulgaria reports the first avian influenza outbreak this year

The virus was detected on a farm with 25,000 laying quails near the Bulgarian town of Etropole, some 80 km northeast of its capital Sofia, after reports of high mortality among the birds, the agency said in a statement. 

All measures have been taken immediately to stop the outbreak.

The risk to humans from the disease is considered to be low, but past outbreaks among farm birds have resulted in extensive slaughtering programmes to contain the spread.

This is the first bird flu outbreak in Bulgaria this year, according to the agency.

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