Bird flu outbreak at poultry farm in town in north-eastern Bulgaria – Food Safety Agency

An outbreak of the highly pathogenic H5N8 type of bird flu has been detected at a poultry farm in the town of General Toshevo in Bulgaria’s north-eastern district of Dobrich, the country’s Food Safety Agency said on March 5.

Immediate steps have been taken to eradicate the outbreak in accordance with European legislation, the agency said.

About 140 000 hens had been killed and the remains disposed of.

A three km protection zone and a 10km monitoring zone around the site were set up.

A ban was ordered on the trade in and movement of domestic and wild birds and breeding eggs, and on the holding of fairs, markets, exhibitions and other gatherings of domestic or other birds.

Clinical examinations of birds kept in other settlements on the territory of Dobrich region have been strengthened, the Food Safety Agency said.

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