Avian Flu (Bird Flu) Alert in Denmark. Tens of thousands of chickens will be killed.
Authorities took action after a bird flu (avian flu) virus was detected on a farm in western Denmark.
It was announced that 50,000 chickens on the farm will be culled after bird flu was detected in a large number of dead chickens on 31 December at a farm near the town of Orum in the city of Hedensted in western Denmark.
Lotte Brink, Head of the Danish Veterinary and Food Administration (DVFA), said in a statement; "The flock is infected with the deadly and highly contagious H5N1 avian influenza virus. As a result, we will culminate the entire 50,000 chicken flock in the coming days, both to alleviate the suffering of the birds and to prevent the spread of the infection."
It also banned the unauthorized removal of eggs or poultry from farms within 10 kilometers of the farm. The latest outbreak was recorded as the fourth and largest avian flu outbreak in Denmark since October last year.