Avian flu in Rostock Zoo: 18 birds killed

Avian flu in Rostock Zoo: 18 birds killed

Avian flu: Another 18 birds killed in Rostock Zoo
11.01.2015

After it was reported in the past few days that all white storks in the Rostock Zoo were infected and killed by the highly contagious bird flu virus H5N8, the pathogen has now been found in another bird. 18 other birds were killed.

18 more birds killed Bad news from Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania: As the dpa news agency reports, the highly contagious bird flu virus H5N8 was found in another animal in Rostock. The Ministry of Agriculture announced on Saturday in Schwerin that the red ibis - also known as the red ibis - and 17 other birds that were kept in this enclosure were subsequently killed. There were nine other ibises and eight night and little egrets. As reported in the last few days, twelve white storks had already been killed in the Rostock Zoo on Thursday, all of which were infected with the H5N8 bird flu virus. Ducks and geese housed in the same barn were also killed and all 500 birds in the zoo were examined.

Rostock Zoo remains closed The zoo remains closed for the time being. The Minister of Agriculture of Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania, Till Backhaus (SPD) asked for understanding: “We try to protect the sometimes rare species in the zoo so that the loss for biodiversity remains as small as possible. But it is also clear that we will have to kill more people if we find more. ”It is still unclear how the virus got to the zoo. The compulsory stable was declared for the entire Rostock urban area.

No case of transmission to humans known to date The H5N8 virus subtype, which had previously only been used in East Asia, has appeared in several European countries since November. It is not yet clear whether the virus has come to Europe via wild birds or the feed and poultry trade. No diseases of people who have been exposed to H5N8 have been reported to date. Other types of viruses, such as H7N9, have been shown to transmit to humans. Typical bird flu symptoms such as fever, cough and sore throat were seen in infected people. In some cases, symptoms such as diarrhea, abdominal pain, nausea and vomiting also occur. (ad)


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