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12 January 2017

Big spike in bird flu cases raises concerns at World Organisation for Animal Health

The World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE) has expressed concern about a big spike in highly pathogenic avian influenza in Europe.

The number of cases of highly pathogenic H5N8 surged by nearly 75 per cent between December and January as outbreaks were confirmed in the United Kingdom and 17 other European countries.

Nearly 1.6 million poultry have been culled as a result of the virus.

Dr Neo Mapitse, deputy head of department with the OIE, told Ranger TV that countries needed to ensure that strict bio-security measures were enforced to prevent the virus spreading.

But he said he saw no immediate prospect of being able to eradicate AI.


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