Bulgaria reports two more outbreaks of virulent bird flu

Published 05/11/2017 in Medicine

Bulgaria reports two more outbreaks of virulent bird flu

A virulent bird flu virus has spread to two more regions in Bulgaria prompting veterinary authorities to announce a cull of nearly 8,000 ducks, the Balkan country’s food safety agency said on Sunday.

SOFIA (Reuters) – A virulent bird flu virus has spread to two more regions in Bulgaria prompting veterinary authorities to announce a cull of nearly 8,000 ducks, the Balkan country&rsquo-s food safety agency said on Sunday.

&ldquo-A total of four outbreaks of bird flu are registered in Bulgarian territory at the moment,&rdquo- the agency said.

Almost 8,000 ducks were culled after an outbreak occurred on a farm in the southern village of Zimnitsa in Yambol region, the agency said, adding susceptible animals were also killed at a neighboring livestock site as part of measures to eradicate and prevent the spread of the disease.

Another outbreak was discovered in a backyard in Glushnik in the southern region of Sliven.

Last month, the virus was found on a farm in the village of Stefanovo in the northeastern region of Dobric and in a backyard in Uzundzhovo in the southern region of Haskovo.

This week Saudi Arabia announced a temporary ban on imports of live birds, hatching eggs and chicks from the region of Dobrich due to highly pathogenic avian influenza.

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