Highly pathogenic bird flu detected in wild birds in Holmestrand

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Highly pathogenic bird flu has been confirmed in two swans in Holmestrand Municipality.

The birds were found at the marina in Holmestrand and were sampled on June 23, the Norwegian Food Safety Authority wrote on Friday.

The virus is highly pathogenic.

The Norwegian Food Safety Authority is now working on measures aimed at poultry and other birds kept in captivity in Holmestrand and Horten municipalities to prevent infection. 

Highly contagious disease

Animals will likely have to be kept indoors to prevent them from being infected by wild birds.

Brid flu is a serious and highly contagious disease. Several wild birds in the area have shown signs of the disease, the Norwegian Food Safety Authority stated.

Close contact with wild birds in the area must be avoided. At the same time, the Norwegian Food Safety Authority asks people not to feed wild birds in parks and lakes.

Source: © NTB Scanpix / #Norway Today / #NorwayTodayNews

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