A gaggle of cormorants sit within the empty pelican enclosure after Schoenbrunn Zoo culled 20 pelicans contaminated with the H5N8 hen flu virus in Vienna, Austria. Photograph: courtesy REUTERS
An Austrian zoo culled 20 pelicans on Friday after it discovered the whole group was contaminated with the extremely contagious H5N8 hen flu virus, the zoo stated.
Vienna’s Schoenbrunn Zoo examined its pelican flock, one of many largest of any zoo worldwide, after the virus was present in one pelican earlier this week.
The virus has unfold extensively throughout Europe and the Center East since late final yr, resulting in the slaughter of tons of of hundreds of poultry and the confinement of flocks indoors.
The zoo’s Dalmatian pelicans had been stored in a tent since December as a safety measure however one among them turned acutely unwell on Monday and was killed.
“To guard the remaining hen inventory we needed to put down all pelicans this morning,” zoo veterinarian Thomas Voracek stated.
The hen home, the rainforest home and the desert home on the zoo will stay closed to the general public.
Newest figures from the European Centre for Illness Prevention and Management have discovered no human infections of the H5N8 pressure.
In November, the World Well being Organisation (WHO) stated human an infection with the virus couldn’t be excluded however the probability remained low.
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