A Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza outbreak is taking a toll on wild and domestic poultry flocks in Asia while another outbreak is just beginning in the United Kingdom. The outbreak has left authorities in Asian and European nations scrambling to deal with the disease and prevent further trouble. U.K. officials are now dealing with the first case that’s been recently found on the mainland. Japan is culling another 200,000 birds at a poultry farm after an outbreak killed another 30 birds. Japan had already culled over a half million birds in the last month. South Korea has already culled a record 16 million birds after a series of influenza outbreaks, representing a total of 20 percent of the nation’s flocks. Meating Place Dot Com says another 30,000 turkeys and ducks were culled last weekend in Germany after officials discovered another strain of the H5N8 influenza virus at two additional farms. Several reports in the United Kingdom this week confirmed an outbreak of avian influenza at a turkey farm. Threats of arrest and imprisonment are still in place to prevent the movement of poultry and eggs around the U.K.
From the National Association of Farm Broadcasting news service.