A case of highly pathogenic avian influenza has been confirmed on a poultry farm in Lithuania, the State Food and Veterinary Service reported.
“Today, the case of highly pathogenic avian influenza in Lithuania has also been confirmed on a poultry farm, where 27 poultry (chickens, turkeys, geese and ducks) are kept for their own use,” the SFVS said.”Restriction and monitoring zones are in place around the affected holding, the remaining live birds will be safely destroyed and the holding will be cleansed and disinfected. Commercial poultry holdings are not included in the restricted and monitoring zones. Specialists of the SFVS Kaunas Department are obliged to register all small bird housing places that fall within the restricted zone, which will be monitored, ”says the SFVS.Highly pathogenic avian influenza was detected in poultry houses in 16 European countries last year, with the largest outbreaks occurring in Hungary (273), Poland (51), France (35), Germany (29) and the United Kingdom (15). In other countries, isolated cases of this strain of avian influenza have been reported also: 9 in the Netherlands, Bulgaria and Ukraine, 3 in Slovakia, 2 each in Denmark, Sweden, the Czech Republic and Romania, and one each in Belgium, Ireland and Croatia.



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