110,000 chickens are to be slaughtered over an outbreak of the bird flu

About 110,000 chickens are going to be slaughtered due to an outbreak of a bird flu on a farm in northern Germany.goo

  Chickens await vaccination against bird flu at the settlement Peredovoi 100 km (62 miles) from the Russia's southern city of Stavropol, March 11, 2006. (photo credit: EDUARD KORNIYENKO/REUTERS)
Chickens await vaccination against bird flu at the settlement Peredovoi 100 km (62 miles) from the Russia's southern city of Stavropol, March 11, 2006.
(photo credit: EDUARD KORNIYENKO/REUTERS)

About 110,000 chickens are to be slaughtered after an outbreak of H5N8 bird flu on a farm in northern Germany, authorities said on Thursday.

The disease was confirmed on an egg-producing farm in Langwege in the Vechta district in the northern state of Lower Saxony, the Vechta district council said.

Vechta is a major region for poultry production. A three-kilometer lockdown area has been imposed around the farm plus an observation area with a ten-kilometer radius, the council said. These areas contain 352 farms.

Bird flu

The spread of bird flu around the globe has raised concerns among governments and the poultry industry due to its ability to ravage flocks, generate trade restrictions and the risk of human transmission.

 The Agriculture and Rural Development Ministry isolated a chicken coop where 18,700 chickens were found to be infected with the bird flu. (credit: AGRICULTURE AND RURAL DEVELOPMENT MINISTRY) The Agriculture and Rural Development Ministry isolated a chicken coop where 18,700 chickens were found to be infected with the bird flu. (credit: AGRICULTURE AND RURAL DEVELOPMENT MINISTRY)

France's farm ministry in June removed bird flu-related restrictions on poultry farming across the country, citing a halt in outbreaks after the worst-ever crisis of the highly contagious virus led to the culling of 16 million birds. Read full story

The risk to humans from the disease is considered low, but past outbreaks among farm birds have needed extensive slaughtering programs to contain it.