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Germany reports second case of bird flu

German authorities on Saturday confirmed a second case of the H5N8 strain of bird flu in the eastern state of Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, with the virus found in a wild bird.

The strain is highly contagious among birds but has never been detected in humans.

‘For the first time, the H5N8 virus has been confirmed in a wild bird in Mecklenburg-Vorpommern,’ Agriculture Minister Christian Schmidt said in a statement.

‘With that the suspicion is strengthened that wild birds are connected with the cases in Mecklenburg-Vorpommern as well as in the Netherlands and Britain,’ the minister said.


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