Russian zoo culls all its birds over avian flu
A Russian zoo has euthanised its entire bird population after an outbreak of avian flu, local authorities said Monday.
The zoo in the city of Voronezh, some 450 kilometres (280 miles) south of Moscow, was home to species including parrots, eagles, hawks and owls.
The Voronezh zoo itself declined to comment when contacted by AFP on Monday.
Authorities in southwest France last week began a cull of hundreds of thousands of ducks used to produce foie gras, a controversial delicacy made from the livers of ducks and geese after force-feeding.
The strain of the H5N8 virus has been detected in 17 European countries, according to World Organisation for Animal Health—including Germany, the Netherlands, Denmark, Poland, Hungary and Sweden.
The H5N1 strain of bird flu has killed more than 420 people, mainly in southeast Asia, since first appearing in 2003.
Another strain of bird flu, H7N9, has claimed more than 200 lives since emerging in 2013, according to World Health Organisation figures.
There was no word on which bird flu strain had hit the Russian zoo.
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