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Germany Is Second EU Country to Confirm H5N1 in Farm Fowl



A duck on a farm on the Baltic Sea island of Ruegen has tested positive for the disease in first examinations, a spokeswoman for the crisis staff in the eastern German state of Mecklenburg-Vorpommern state said.

Yesterday Austria revealed that five domestic fowl have tested positive for the virus.

The duck in Germany was from a farm with 106 other birds, which had not been scheduled for precautionary culling on the island. Some 103 wild birds have tested positive for bird flu since the disease first reached Germany on Feb. 14, mostly on the island of Ruegen. Most of the cases were the result of migrating swans.

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