Germany orders 62,000 poultry culled after bird flu found on farms – world news

About 62,000 turkeys and ducks will be slaughtered after bird flu is found on more poultry farms in Germany, authorities said Tuesday.

Local government authorities in Clofenburg said that type H5N8 bird flu was confirmed on two farms in the Cloppenburg region of northern Lower Saxony.

Cloppenburg is one of Germany’s leading poultry producing regions.

A series of bird flu outbreaks have been reported in Europe over the past few weeks, and wild birds are suspected of spreading the disease.

Outbreaks have been reported in countries including France and the UK, and have also been found elsewhere in Germany.

Human risk from the disease is considered low, but in the past the outbreak of farm birds required extensive slaughter programs to contain it.