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European Health Authorities Killed More Than 50 Million Birds due to Avian Flu

Wed 21 Dec 2022 | 11:25 AM
Ahmed Moamar

European health authorities confirmed that the continent has been witnessing for more than a year a wave of "the most devastating bird flu" in its history, which led to the culling of about 50 million farm birds affected by the virus.

Between October 2021 and September 2022, 37 European countries were affected by avian influenza, and nearly 2,500 outbreaks were detected on the continent's farms, according to a report issued by the European Food Safety Authority, the European Center for Disease Prevention and Control, and the European Union reference laboratory.

And last year, around 48 million birds were also culled across the UK and European Union, as a result of the largest outbreak of bird flu ever.

In the United Kingdom (UK), 161 cases of highly pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI) were detected in poultry and poultry, resulting in the cull of 3.2 million birds.