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Hungary: Bird flu has appeared in another area of Békés county

Hygiene & Biosecurity

The laboratory of the National Food Chain Safety Office (Nébih) confirmed the presence of the highly pathogenic avian influenza virus in a farm in Békés county that keeps about 2,000 mallard ducks. Protection and surveillance areas have been designated. The agency also confirmed the disease in birds kept in captivity at an animal shelter in Budapest.

Posted on Jan 15 ,03:04

Hungary: Bird flu has appeared in another area of Békés county

The disease appeared in Battonya, an area of Békés County that has so far been free of bird flu. The Nébih laboratory showed the presence of the H5N1 subtype of the virus in the samples taken before transport to the slaughterhouse in the colony with almost 2,000 mallard ducks. The caretakers did not observe any symptoms of the disease in the animals.


The animal health experts took the necessary epidemic prevention measures, among other things, they designated the protection and observation area. In the free areas of Bács-Kiskun and Csongrád-Csanád counties, the previously introduced restrictions and mandatory swab tests are still in effect. In addition, swab tests are mandatory throughout the country before the technological movement of waterfowl.


In recent days, birds kept in captivity at an animal shelter in Budapest have also experienced sudden death. The Nébih laboratory confirmed the presence of the H5N1 subtype of the virus in the samples. This case also supports the importance of the role of wild birds as virus carriers, as well as the necessity of continuous maintenance of epidemic prevention measures. Livestock keepers must do everything possible to protect their herd from infection.

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