USA: Avian flu leads to mass cull in Virginia
Some 4.7 million chickens and turkeys have been slaughtered in Virginia following an outbreak of avian influenza (bird flu). The outbreak prompted culls at 194 farms, the state agriculture department said. Bird flu is a virus that reduces the growth of birds and slows their egg production. Although it is not dangerous to humans, it can very quickly be spread to neighbouring farms and flocks.
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