Bird flu detected again – two months after country ‘cleansed’ of virus

Avian influenza (commonly known as ‘bird flu’)  has been detected again in Portugal, in a chicken, turkey and duck farm near Castro Verde, in the Alentejo, only two months since the country was declared free of the virus. An announcement today by the DGAV (the food, animal, plant health and safety authority) said the new outbreak was confirmed in the parish of S. Marcos de Ataboeira. It was only in June that Portugal regained its status as a country free of the highly pathogenic virus after around 20 outbreaks of infection in various parts of the country.