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Düsseldorf (dpa) - According to information from the North Rhine-Westphalian Ministry of the Environment, the bird flu has spread to Thuringia, Baden-Württemberg and Bavaria via a company near Paderborn.

The ministry announced this at an online press conference on Monday.

After the outbreak in a laying hen farm on March 20 near Paderborn, infected animals were brought to other federal states by truck and marketed there.

It was not known at the time that they were infected.

A department head from the Ministry of the Environment, Michael Hülsenbusch, spoke of a superspreader event known from the corona pandemic.

"Here on trade routes that are not forbidden," said Hülsenbusch.

The trade routes for the live animals have been traced.

«There were outbreaks in 50 of 152 companies.

But there is still no final result, ”said the head of department.

Together with the federal government, it must now be examined whether, in the event of an outbreak of bird flu, commercial activity can be prohibited with the help of an emergency animal disease regulation.

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

According to the ministry, the highest incidence and death rates are observed in chickens and turkeys - in some cases up to 100 percent.

Avian influenza is a notifiable animal disease and is therefore controlled by the state.

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Communication from the NRW Ministry

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