Scientists around the world agree that we’re not ready for the next pandemic, so the World Health Organization is paying close attention to certain infectious diseases. You should too.
Outbreaks of the H5N8 strain had been reported in Russia, Europe, China, the Middle East and North Africa in recent months but only in poultry so far.
The bird flu outbreak has been spreading in Europe in recent weeks, with hundreds of thousands of ducks, geese, chickens and turkeys slaughtered.
India is on “high alert” as bird flu is increasingly spreading across the country, which is already grappling with over 10 million coronavirus cases.
Six states have stepped up efforts to contain two strains of bird flu – H5N1 and H5N8 – in recent days after the deaths of thousands of migratory birds.
France’s first farm outbreak of the virus this year comes as bird flu spreads rapidly in Europe, putting the poultry industry on alert after previous outbreaks led to the culling of tens of millions of birds.
Bird flu of the type H5N8 was also found on a poultry farm in northern Germany, the state's agriculture ministry said, after it had already spread among the wild bird population in the region.
Germany, Austria, Croatia and Switzerland officially reported outbreaks while France says Hungary, Poland, the Netherlands and Denmark are also affected.
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