New German bird-flu case reported

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A fresh bird-flu outbreak is discovered in Germany, with a state laboratory confirming the presence of the H5N1 virus, an official veterinarian says.

 

21st December 2007

Berlin (dpa) - A fresh bird-flu outbreak is discovered in Germany, with a state laboratory confirming the presence of the H5N1 virus, an official veterinarian says.

The infected bird was in a private hen-run at Bensdorf, a village 85 kilometres west of Berlin, said state of Brandenburg vet Hans- Georg Hurttig. All 30 fowls were immediately killed and removed.

He said scientists believed it was a spot outbreak only.

The case would only be declared official when a federal laboratory confirmed it. A Brandenburg spokesman said it was still officially considered a "suspected case."

A week ago, the avian influenza virus was discovered at Altglobsow, 75 kilometres north of Berlin, in a hen-run with 11 birds.

DPA

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