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Dec 16, 2014

19:14:43 GMT--Biological Hazard - Europe - Germany

EDIS Number: BH-20141216-46350-DEU

Date / time: 16/12/2014 19:13:05 [UTC]

Event: Biological Hazard

Area: Europe

Country: Germany

State/County: State of Lower Saxony

Location: Cloppenburg

Number of Deads: N/A

Number of Injured: N/A

Number of Infected: N/A

Number of Missing: N/A

Number of Affected: N/A

Number of Evacuated: N/A

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German authorities on Tuesday ordered the cull of thousands of farm animals after a bird flu outbreak was confirmed as the highly pathogenic H5N8 strain. The precautionary move came after the discovery at a poultry farm in a rural region of Lower Saxony state. Regional agricultural minister Christian Meyer said that 19,000 animals at the site and another 12,000 turkeys at a neighbouring farm would be slaughtered. He said the strain detected in the Cloppenburg district was the same as that found at another farm in November in Schleswig-Holstein state. Meyer expressed concern that the virus could spread quickly. "Cloppenburg is a traditional heartland of the poultry industry," he said. The district had already imposed a three-day ban on all poultry transports to thwart the potential spread of H5N8. Some strains of avian influenza are fatal for birds, and pose a health threat to humans, who can fall sick after handling infected poultry.

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