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Ministry establishes avian influenza crisis

Friday, 11/19/2021 4:15 p.m. from

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HANNOVER (dpa-AFX) – In view of the rapid spread of avian influenza in livestock populations, Agriculture Minister Barbara Otte-Kinast has identified the crisis. The Ministry of Agriculture announced on Friday. “Unfortunately, we perceive an even greater dynamic than in 2020,” said the CDU politician. Therefore, by establishing the animal disease case for Lower Saxony, she activated the animal disease crisis center in her ministry. A crisis coordination team will be set up at the State Office for Consumer Protection and Food Safety (Laves) in Oldenburg.

According to the ministry, the national reference laboratory of the Friedrich Loeffler Institute has confirmed avian influenza eight times in livestock in Lower Saxony. Avian influenza was found in 14 cases of wild birds. Many districts have already ordered that free-range poultry must be brought into the stables. According to Laves, avian influenza was most recently found in a duck and broiler farm in the district of Cuxhaven.

From November to June, the Tierseuchenkasse Lower Saxony recorded a loss of almost 23 million euros due to avian influenza. That was the worst outbreak of this epidemic in Lower Saxony to date.

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