The presence of avian influenza was confirmed by the laboratory of the National Food Chain Safety Office in poultry flocks in Hajdú-Bihar and Szabolcs-Szatmár-Bereg counties on Wednesday, Nébih told MTI.
The announcement highlighted that the authorities started killing 14,500 roast ducks and almost 19,500 breeding ducks in Nyíradony and Pátroha. The study was conducted after an increase in mortality on both farms, with a decrease in feed consumption in the latter.
The agency drew attention to the fact that the epidemic risk due to migratory wild birds is still extremely high.
It was reminded that in order to protect the herds and prevent their spread, the national chief veterinarian ordered the compulsory confinement of poultry in the entire counties identified as high risk: Bács-Kiskun, Békés, Csongrád-Csanád, Győr-Moson-Sopron, Hajdú-Bihar, Komárom -Esztergom and Szabolcs-Szatmár-Bereg counties. Housing applies to holdings where the animals’ pens are not protected from above and from the side by birds of adequate strength.
The authority also required that the feed be kept in a closed, covered area and that animals be not allowed to drink from open water. The material used for litter should also be protected from contact with wild birds. Those who do not fully comply with the epidemiological regulations will be excluded from state compensation in the event of an outbreak, the Nébih said in a statement.
The Nébih laboratory recently detected the H5N1 subtype of avian influenza in Zsombó, Csongrád-Csanád county, in a herd of 17,400 ducks and in Újkígyós, Békés county. Prior to that, the presence of the virus was confirmed in the animals of two farms in Bács-Kiskun County.