Bird flu epidemic is Europe’s biggest ever
Data released this Monday by the European Center for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC) indicate that the highly pathogenic avian influenza season is the “largest observed in Europe”, with a total of 2467 outbreaks in poultry, 48 million birds slaughtered in affected establishments and 187 detections in captive birds.
In addition, 3,573 cases of highly pathogenic avian influenza were recorded in wild birds, according to the report by the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) and the ECDC.
The European agency warns that, in addition to the number of registered cases, the “geographical extent of the outbreak is unprecedented”, taking into account that it ranges from the Svalbard Islands, an archipelago in the Arctic that belongs to Norway, to the south of Portugal and the east to Ukraine, affecting 37 countries in Europe.
“Despite the exceptionally large number of newly detected cases in birds, as well as numerous transmission events of avian influenza to different species of mammals, no human transmission has been observed in the European Union and the European Economic Area (EU/EEA) in recent years. years,” said the ECDC.
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