Hungary’s food safety authority (NEBIH) has detected bird flu infections in poultry farms in Hajdú-Bihar and Szabolcs-Szatmár-Bereg counties, in eastern and north-east Hungary, the authority said on Wednesday.
The authority inspected farms in Nyíradony and Pátroha after reports of rising death rates and falling feed consumption. The culling of 14,500 ducks and 19,500 hens has already started, Nébih said.
The authority warned of increased infection risk in the autumn bird migration season. Under a previous order of the chief veterinarian, poultry must be kept indoors in Bács-Kiskun, Békés, Csongrád-Csanád, Győr-Moson-Sopron, Hajdú-Bihar, Komárom-Esztergom and Szabolcs-Szatmár-Bereg counties, unless open-air runs are protected by approppriate bird nets. Feed and water must be stored in closed containers, Nebih said.
Those not complying with the regulations risk losing their right to compensation in case of an outbreak, Nébih said.