Bird flu is spreading in Europe and Asia

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PARIS: Several outbreaks of severe bird flu in Europe and Asia have been reported to the World Organization for Animal Health (OIE) in recent days, as a sign that the virus is spreading rapidly again.

The spread of highly pathogenic avian influenza, commonly referred to as avian influenza, has put the poultry industry on alert after previous outbreaks led to the slaughter of tens of millions of birds. Outbreaks also often lead to trade restrictions.

It also attracts the attention of epidemiologists because the virus can be transmitted to humans. China has reported 21 human infections with the H5N6 subtype of avian influenza so far this year, more than throughout 2020.

South Korea reported an outbreak on a farm with about 770,000 poultry in Chungcheongbuk-do, the OIE said on Monday (November 15), citing a report from the South Korean authorities. All animals were slaughtered.

Also in Asia, Japan reported its first outbreak of the 2021 winter season, on a poultry farm in the northeast of the country, the OIE said, confirming a statement last week from Japan’s Ministry of Agriculture. The serotype in this outbreak was H5N8.