Outbreak of bird flu in Poland
PR dla Zagranicy
An outbreak of avian flu has been reported at a goose farm in Lubuskie province, western Poland, where around 700 birds have been found dead.
Goose farm in Deszczno, western Poland, hit by bird flu. Photo: PAP/Lech Muszyński
Samples of dead birds have been sent to the State Veterinary Institute, which confirmed an infection by the H5 virus, commonly known as bird flu.
The detected strain, H5N8, is not considered to be harmful to humans.
As required by European Union legislation, the Lubuskie province governor ordered a 3-kilometre protection zone and a 10-kilometre outer surveillance zone to be imposed around the farm to prevent the spread of the disease. The quarantine is to last 20 days.
Other measures will entail a cull of several hundred other live birds on the farm.
In early November, avian flu was detected in five wild ducks and a seagull found dead in a lake near Szczecin, north-western Poland. (mo/pk)