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Avian flu: ducks and geese not infected
Breathe a sigh of relief in Brandenburg: All ducks and geese that have been examined there for the avian flu virus are not infected. In neighboring Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania, however, the situation remains tense. After all white storks in the Rostock Zoo were killed due to bird flu, the dangerous virus has now been detected in another bird.
Mastents and goose are not infected In Brandenburg, people can breathe a sigh of relief: According to a message from the dpa news agency, all the masters and goose from the federal state examined to date for the avian influenza virus are not infected. The Landeslabor Berlin-Brandenburg announced that all results were negative. It is said that the information referred to tests up to and including Thursday. The day before Christmas Eve, a federal emergency ordinance from the Federal Ministry of Agriculture came into force, which stipulates that ducks and geese must be tested for the virus before they are transported to the slaughterhouse. This federal regulation, which is valid until March 31, 2015, is intended to limit the spread of bird flu.
Bird flu in the Rostock Zoo There is less good news from Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania: After it was reported in the past few days that all white storks in the Rostock Zoo were infected with the bird flu virus H5N8 and died or were killed, the causative agent is now one more Animal has been detected. Therefore, another 18 birds were killed in the Rostock Zoo because of bird flu. In recent months, the H5N8 virus subtype, previously only found in Asia, has been detected in various European countries. A transmission to humans, as it occurred with other pathogens, has so far not been known. Other viruses, such as H7N9, on the other hand, are demonstrably transferable to humans and can trigger typical bird flu symptoms such as fever, cough and sore throat. (ad)
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