Bird flu has reached the counties of Békés and Jász-Nagykun-Szolnok again

By: STA Date: 2024. 04. 16. 10:30

The laboratory of the National Food Chain Safety Office (Nébih) has detected the presence of avian influenza virus in several livestock farms in the counties of Békés and Jász-Nagykun-Szolnok. The liquidation of the affected herds and the epidemiological investigation are in progress. Due to the reappearance of avian influenza, the authority is once again drawing the attention of pet owners to the importance of protection against the epidemic.

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At Tótkomlós (Békés county), a farm with more than 44 000 ducks, at Pusztaföldvár (Pusztaföldvár), a breeding slaughterhouse with about 1 500 animals, and at Öcsöd (Jász-Nagykun-Szolnok county), a fattening pullet farm with about 20 000 animals, nervous symptoms and increased mortality have raised suspicion in the farmers.

Nébih’s laboratory confirmed the H5N1 subtype of the virus from samples taken from dead animals

In the meantime, the authority also detected the presence of the virus in two more farms in the Tótkomlós settlement – one that keeps roast ducks and one that keeps roast geese. Liquidation of all affected stocks is underway. Around the farms, the epidemiologic authority designated a protection zone with a radius of 3 km, and also established a surveillance (observation) zone with a radius of 10 km. In Békés County, the monitoring area was expanded.

The above cases also support the fact that the highly pathogenic avian influenza virus can (re)appear at any time

Stopping the epidemic is in the common interest of the sector, consumers and the authorities. To this end, Nébih continues to ask livestock keepers to strictly and consistently comply with the epidemic prevention regulations.


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