Bird flu was also identified in the county of Komárom-Esztergom

By: STA Date: 2023. 12. 12. 09:00

The experts of the National Food Chain Safety Office (Nébih) confirmed the presence of a highly pathogenic bird flu virus in the county of Komárom-Esztergom. In addition, the disease also appeared in the hitherto free area of Békés County. The liquidation of the affected herds and the epidemiological investigation are in progress.

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In the fattening turkey colony of about 51,400 individuals located in the Mocsa settlement in the Komárom-Esztergom county, the livestock keeper noticed an increased mortality rate. The Nébih laboratory detected the H5N1 subtype of the virus in the dead animals. In addition, the virus also appeared in the settlement of Zsadány in Békés county, in a herd of 7,500 geese. The eruption is outside the previously ordered, restricted areas. The affected stocks are currently being liquidated. A protection zone with a radius of 3 km was designated around the farms, and a surveillance (observation) zone with a radius of 10 km was defined. In both cases, the epidemiological investigation revealing the causes of the appearance of the disease is also ongoing.

These outbreaks also prove that bird flu can appear in any area of the country

Therefore, protection against wild birds is of utmost importance, since the virus most often appears in new areas through the medium of wild birds. It is important to know that strict and consistent compliance with epidemic prevention regulations minimizes the risk of direct or indirect contact with wild birds. In order to prevent infection, it is also important to keep commercial poultry in counties identified as high risk. In the case of all poultry farms, feed and litter must be stored under cover, it is necessary to strive to reduce the traffic of people and vehicles to a minimum level, as well as thorough and continuous disinfection of feed transport vehicles.


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