Following Germany’s first outbreak of H5N1 avian influenza on a turkey farm, authorities commenced a large-scale cull of domestic fowl yesterday (6 April).

According to a report in The Daily Telegraph, vets are targeting around 90 farms within a two-mile radius of the farm in Wermsdorf, near Leipzig, where the disease was detected.

German Agriculture Minister, Horst Seehofer, warned that the cull would not bring an end to the crises: “We will have to live with this for a long time to come, possibly years,” he said.

France and Germany are the only EU countries where the virus has been detected in domestic birds.