Infectious Diseases 2021

Infectious Diseases 2021

Sweden to cull 1.3M chicken after avian influenza hits farm

26 January, 2021

An outbreak of avian influenza has hit the southern municipality of Monsteras in Sweden's Kalmar County, and 1.3 million laying hens will now have to be culled and destroyed.
An extensive spread of the highly pathogenic avian influenza virus H5N8 and H5N5 has been found on a farm in the municipality. A large flock of laying hens has been affected and the infection has spread further in the facility, which now leads to 1.3 million poultry having to be killed and destroyed.
Since November, Sweden has had five confirmed cases of avian influenza in domestic poultry herds. In addition to Kalmar County, neighboring Skane County has also been hit hard by a spread on four farms, where 1.4 million chicken have been culled.