Due to the H5N8 avian influenza (bird flu) detection in Denmark in recent months, some countries, including Singapore, Japan, Russia, the United and Arab Emirates have temporarily stopped importing eggs and poultry such as chickens from the country.
The bird flu has been reportedly spreading in Europe in recent weeks, with wild birds suspected for the spread and similar outbreaks have previously resulted in culling of tens of millions of birds, causing big damage to the poultry industry.
According to a statement by the Food and Control Administration, the H5N8 type of the avian influenza virus was again recently detected among chickens in a farm in Lovel close to Viborg, Denmark during controls by the Danish State Serum Institute. Authorities reported that around 9,000 chickens on the farm will be culled to prevent the spread of the virus and asked for measures to be taken against wild birds in poultry farms.
According to the World Health Organization, the risk of humans potentially contracting the highly pathogenic H5N8 bird flu virus cannot be excluded, although the likelihood is low.