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Bird flu spreads in Europe and Asia

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PARIS: Several outbreaks of severe bird flu in Europe and Asia have been reported in current days to the World Organisation for Animal fitness (OIE), in a sign the virus is spreading fast again.

The spread of especially pathogenic avian influenza generally referred to as bird flu, has put the poultry industry on alert after previous outbreaks led to the culling of tens of thousands and thousands of birds. Outbreaks additionally regularly result in change restrictions.

It is attracting the eye too of epidemiologists because the virus may be transmitted to humans. China has reported 21 human infections with the H5N6 subtype of avian influenza thus far this year 2021, extra than in the whole of the year 2020.

South Korea reported a scourge at a farm of around 770,000 poultry in Chungcheongbuk-do, the OIE stated on Monday (Nov 15), mentioning a document from the South Korean government. All animals were slaughtered.

Additionally in Asia, Japan reported its first outbreak of the 2021 this winter season, at a poultry farm in the northeast of the country, the OIE stated, confirming a statement last week with the aid of Japan's agriculture ministry. The H5N1 in this outbreak turned into H5N8.

In Europe, Norway reported an H5N1 bird flu outbreak inside the Rogaland vicinity in a flock of 7,000 birds, the OIE said.

Outbreaks usually arise within the autumn, unfold by means of migrating wild birds.

The Belgian government put the country at higher risk of bird flu, ordering poultry to be kept indoors as of Monday after a particularly pathogenic variation of bird flu become identified in a wild goose close to Antwerp.

This followed a similar move in neighbouring France earlier this month and inside the Netherlands in October.

Bird flu can't be transmitted through the eating of poultry products.

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