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EU on Alert, Plans Culling after Bird Flu Outbreaks

France has put parts of its country on high alert while Germany and Netherlands announce culling plans after several cases of bird flu were reported across the European continent.

France has put parts of its country on high alert while Germany and Netherlands announce culling plans after several cases of the H5N8 bird flu were reported across the European continent.  

In the Netherlands poultry farms in several towns have been ordered to cull 200,000 chickens while similar orders were also given at Germany’s Schleswig-Holstein state.

The Dutch Food and Consumer Product Safety Authority announced on its website that the measures were to be made in order to curb the spread of the virus.

The Dutch Food and Consumer Product Safety Authority added that the farms around the vicinity of the infected chickens would be subject to examination.

The German Agricultural Ministry has also confirmed cases of bird flu in the states of Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania, and Hamburg and called for increased monitoring of poultry farms.

In France,  the government mandated farms to keep animals indoors or install protective netting to prevent the spread of the disease.  

In the UK, the avian influenza risk has been raised to medium by the department of environment and rural affairs (DEFRA._

The virus was earlier detected a poultry farm in the Netherlands on 29 October while two wild mute swans were found to have been infected the week before.

Despite being harmless to humans, H5N8 could devastate the poultry industry in the EU if left unchecked.  

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