- Title: GERMANY: Pigs culled after German swine fever case
- Date: 5th March 2006
- Summary: SIGN ON TREE READING "SUSPICION OF DISEASE"
- Embargoed: 20th March 2006 12:00
- Location: Germany
- Country: Germany
- Topics: Health
- Reuters ID: LVAALRJ5RFH18C4YJ53S9YTTWJS2
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- Story Text: A case of bird flu was confirmed only 20 kilometres (9 miles) from the German capital Berlin on Friday (March 3), according to the agriculture ministry of the neighbouring state of Brandenburg.
A coot infected with the H5N1 virus was found in Wandlitz, north of Berlin, as authorities said further checks were needed to determine whether it was the highly contagious Asian version.
Berlin, one of Germany's sixteen states, so far has not reported a case of bird flu.
In Germany's most populous state of North Rhine-Westphalia, swine fever has been confirmed on Friday.
Tests had shown that 80 pigs which died on a farm near Recklinghausen had the disease, the North Rhine-Westphalia state Agriculture Ministry said.
The other 220 pigs on the farm had now been culled, and a three-kilometre radius quarantine zone had been set up around the farm.
Swine fever is a highly infectious pig disease but not dangerous to humans.
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