Kiel (dpa / lno) - A case of avian influenza has been found in a farm with around 76,000 laying hens in the Plön district.

The Friedrich Loeffler Institute (FLI) has confirmed the case of the H5N8 subtype, the Ministry of Agriculture announced on Sunday in Kiel.

All animals on the farm would now have to be killed to prevent the virus from spreading further.

In addition, the company premises may not be entered.

The region was declared a restricted area within a radius of three kilometers and an observation area within a radius of ten kilometers.

"This is a severe blow for the affected farm and shows that the situation in the country with regard to avian influenza is unfortunately worsening again," said Agriculture Minister Jan Philipp Albrecht (Greens) on Sunday, according to the announcement.

In Schleswig-Holstein, avian influenza has thus been detected in nine poultry holdings with a total of around 81,000 animals.

Avian influenza, also known as avian flu, is an infectious disease that occurs primarily in waterfowl and other birds.

The arranged stalls are intended to prevent the disease from infecting domestic and livestock populations.

The avian influenza epidemic from November 2016 to spring 2017 was the worst wave of animal epidemics of its kind in Germany in decades.

More than 900,000 animals had to be culled nationwide, around 65,000 in Schleswig-Holstein alone. Even if the currently circulating pathogens cannot be transmitted to humans according to the FLI, dead animals should not be touched.


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