Spain reports H5N1 bird flu outbreak in Segovia

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The World Organization for Animal Health (OIE) today announced an outbreak of avian influenza in domestic birds in Spain.

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The highly pathogenic H5N1 avian flu virus on a farm in the province of Segovia, north of Madrid. The virus has killed more than 900 feeder turkeys since last Friday at the Fuenterrebollo farm. The farm has a total of 18,900 birds.

“The epidemiological investigation conducted at the farm indicates that all birds were brought to the farm for fattening in early November 2021, with no movement of animals off the farm since then,” the report said.

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The General Director of Agricultural Production, Agustín Álvarez, explained that the “early stop” of this epidemic was possible thanks to the monitoring work of the official veterinary services in the region, which “was already subject to special control measures in the face of the influx of wildlife from European countries.

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