Europe faces expanding avian flu outbreak

H5N8 avian flu has been reported in several European countries, mostly affecting wild birds but now being detected in commercial poultry operations.

The World Organization for Animal Health has been reporting outbreaks of the H5N8 strain of highly pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI) in several countries in Europe, mostly affecting wild birds but now starting to be detected in commercial poultry operations.

Several countries have ordered poultry farms to confine their birds to indoors as a precaution.

The Irish Farmers Journal reported that since a wild swan died of H5N8 in Hungary in late October, the outbreak has

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