Around 19,000 hens to be culled after bird flu outbreak in Bulgaria

Around 19,000 hens to be culled after bird flu outbreak in Bulgaria
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Bulgaria to cull around 19,000 hens amid the country’s third bird flu outbreak in three years at the same farm.


As reported this Monday, October 24, by the National Food Safety Agency in Bulgaria, approximately 19,000 laying hens will be culled. This follows the detection of a highly infectious strain of bird flu on an industrial farm in the south of the country.

Regional food safety authorities reported that this is the third outbreak of bird flu to occur in the last three years at the exact same farm in Krivo Pole, a village near the city of Haskovo in the Northern Thrace region.

Following the previous outbreaks, a similar mass cull of farm birds was carried out by the authorities in order to reduce the potential spread of the virus. Avian flu does not pose any significant risk to human beings.

Outbreaks of the highly lethal variant of avian flu have occurred this year in other European countries like France, Spain, and the Netherlands, as reported by


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