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Confederation orders Switzerland-wide measures against bird flu

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Cases surfaced in Zurich

Switzerland-wide measures against bird flu

The federal government has ordered Switzerland-wide measures against bird flu. This was announced by the Federal Food Safety and Veterinary Office on Thursday. The animal disease had previously occurred in a private animal facility in the canton of Zurich.

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Bird flu has reappeared in Switzerland. The federal government is therefore ordering Switzerland-wide measures.

Bird flu broke out in a private animal facility in the canton of Zurich. The Federal Food Safety and Veterinary Office (FSVO) is now ordering protective measures across Switzerland in consultation with the cantons. This is to prevent the further spread of the disease.

“In large parts of Europe, the bird flu virus has been increasing for some time,” writes the BLV in a statement. “This increases the risk of wild birds bringing the disease to Switzerland.” The first two cases of illness were reported in Seuzach in the canton of Zurich last week. Due to the potential danger and the uncertain risk situation, the Confederation has therefore taken preventive measures for the whole of Switzerland. The focus is on preventing contact between wild birds and domestic poultry.

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