Potsdam (dpa / bb) - In Brandenburg, the compulsory stable due to avian influenza has been completely lifted.

The current affairs are in decline, said the Ministry of Consumer Protection on Tuesday.

No virus had been detected in wild birds for more than two weeks and no new outbreak in domestic poultry for seven weeks.

Lockdown measures could now be lifted by the districts.

Since November there have been eleven outbreaks in poultry stocks in Brandenburg, said Consumer Protection Minister Ursula Nonnemacher (Greens).

Around 159,000 animals had to be killed.

She is happy and relieved that the risk-based compulsory stable can now be lifted.

Poultry farmers would still have to adhere to the strict biosecurity measures.

The surveillance of wild birds will also be continued.

Should further cases of avian influenza be found in wild birds, the veterinary authorities could order that poultry flocks be stabled again.

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