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Bird flu: ducks and geese must be tested before slaughter
According to a new regulation, ducks and geese must be tested for bird flu before they can be slaughtered. The urgent regulation is intended to curb the spread of the infection and will initially apply until March next year. According to current knowledge, there is no risk for people.
Ducks and Geese Must Be Tested Starting next Sunday, ducks and geese must be tested for bird flu before being taken to the slaughterhouse. This is provided for in an urgent regulation by Federal Minister of Agriculture Christian Schmidt (CSU), as the dpa news agency reports. The new regulation applies nationwide until March 31, 2015. It is said that at least 60 animals must be checked for the avian influenza virus before being transported to a slaughterhouse. If even one animal is infected, the transport does not go to the slaughterhouse. In contrast to turkeys and chickens, ducks and geese often show no signs of being infected with the H5N8 bird flu virus.
Curbing the spread of infection The regulation is designed to curb the spread of infection, which is particularly dangerous for chicken birds. According to current knowledge, there is no risk for people, even if they eat infected poultry. The Friedrich-Loeffler-Institut, the federal research institute for animal health, emphasized that so far no infection of humans with the virus H5N8 is known worldwide. Therefore, one sees no consumer risk at the moment. In addition, the vast majority of Christmas geese and ducks were already slaughtered anyway.
Virus subtype was previously only found in Asia The virus subtype H5N8, which has been detected twice in Lower Saxony in the past few days, was only found in Asia until recently. In recent years, the H7N9 and H5N1 pathogens have proven to be particularly dangerous. In people who became infected, typical bird flu symptoms, which usually initially resemble those of conventional flu, did not show up until weeks later. Among other things, patients get high fever, cough, sore throat and in some cases shortness of breath. Symptoms that are rare include diarrhea, abdominal pain, and nausea and vomiting. (ad)
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