Hungary kills 38,000 ducks after avian influenza outbreak

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Hungary killed 38,000 ducks after bird flu was detected on a farm, the World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE) said on Thursday.

The highly pathogenic H5N1 strain of avian influenza was discovered on a duck farm in the Bacs-Kiskun region. Hungarian authorities also killed around 500 geese on another farm, OIE said.

Avian influenza has been spreading in Asia, Europe and Africa. The only solution governments have when the virus is detected in farm or wild birds is to kill all animals around the infected animals. This sometimes results in mass killings of birds.

Till November this year, there were 2947 outbreaks with almost 43 million animals, sick and healthy, killed.

Bird flu can jump from birds to humans and can lead to death. An increased number of human bird flu cases in China this year has experts worried.

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