Mass Bird Flu Outbreak in Iran Causes Culling of 1.4 Million Hens

The Extinction Chronicles

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By Chelsea Pinkham

Battery hens.

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Iranian officials ordered thekilling of 1.4 million birdslast month after a widespread outbreak ofH5N8bird flu was found on over fifty farms across the country. The virus allegedly spread rapidly around the region after an egg farm failed to report a positive case for nearly three weeks, fearing serious fines. A total of 75 million egg-laying hens currently reside on farms in Iran.

“Highly pathogenic avian influenza has been reported in the European Union, Kazakhstan, Japan, Saudi Arabia, Iraq, and Russia. Now all countries on the path of free-flying birds are affected by the wave of the disease,” said Ali Safar Maknali, head of the Iran Veterinary Organization.Advertisement

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