Hungary: Bird flu has appeared again in Bács-Kiskun county


The laboratory of the National Food Chain Safety Office (Nébih) confirmed the presence of a highly pathogenic avian influenza virus in two duck farms in Bács-Kiskun county. The liquidation of the affected herds and contact farms has already taken place. Due to the repeated appearance of the epidemic, new measures were apply to the technological movement of poultry. In addition, it is again mandatory to keep poultry indoors in commercial farms in high-risk counties.

Posted on Nov 08 ,05:33

Hungary: Bird flu has appeared again in Bács-Kiskun county

In the herd of about 450 mallard geese located in the Bugac settlement in Bács-Kiskun county, the increase in mortality and nervous system symptoms drew the attention of the livestock keeper to the possible appearance of bird flu. The suspicion of bird flu also arose due to the increased mortality in the 800 mallard geese located in Kiskunmajsa. In both cases, the Nébih laboratory confirmed the presence of the H5N1 subtype of the virus.

The animal health specialists already liquidated the affected herds based on suspicion, and also liquidated the contact farms in order to prevent the further spread of the epidemic. Specialists have designated a 3 km radius protection zone around the infected farms, as well as a surveillance zone, the latter of which also extends into the territory of Csongrád-Csanád County.

In the high-risk counties,  Bács-Kiskun, Békés, Csongrád-Csanád, Győr-Moson-Sopron, Hajdú-Bihar, Komárom-Esztergom and Szabolcs-Szatmár-Bereg counties, farms that keep poultry for commercial purposes are now again required to keep poultry indoors. In these counties, the new regulation applicable to "backyard" herds is feeding and watering in a covered place and, although not mandatory, it is strongly recommended to keep them indoors.

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