Portugal registers new case of birds flu

The Directorate General of Food and Veterinary Medicine (DGAV), citing Xinhua, said another outbreak of bird flu was identified on Friday in a bird cage in the central Portugal region.

The case was detected in pets in the same area as the initial focus, which was identified in December last year, the DGAV said in a statement.

Health authorities said that measures to combat the outbreak are “under implementation”, including “inspection of places where the disease was discovered and the elimination of infected animals.”

These procedures also include inspection and notification of birds in protection and control areas within a radius of up to 10 km.

According to Susana Pombo, President of the DGAV, Portugal currently has five active outbreaks of avian influenza infection.

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