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Germany reports bird flu outbreak in northern part of the country

Key Points
  • Germany has reported an outbreak of the highly pathogenic H5N1 bird flu virus.
  • Bird flu has led to the culling of hundreds of millions birds in the past years and usually strikes in Europe during autumn and winter.
Chickens stand in a barn on a farm with free-range eggs in the Hannover region.
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Germany has reported an outbreak of the highly pathogenic H5N1 bird flu virus on a poultry farm in the northern part of the country, the World Organisation for Animal Health (WOAH) said on Wednesday, adding to a wave of cases in Europe.

The outbreak killed five poultry among a flock of 24,000 on a farm in the state of Mecklenburg-Vorpommern east of Hamburg, the Paris-based WOAH said in a report, citing German authorities.

Bird flu, which has led to the culling of hundreds of millions birds in the past years, usually strikes in Europe during autumn and winter. It has recently been detected on farms in several countries including the Netherlands, Italy, Croatia and Hungary.