Bird flu outbreak in Poland

| Post published on January 6, 2020
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The H5N8 highly pathogenic avian influenza virus was detected in a turkey flock of 40,000 birds and local media reported that the outbreak might result in them all being slaughtered. Another 350,000 birds on three farms nearby are also at risk.

Poland is Europe’s largest poultry producer and has not had an outbreak of bird flu since 2017.

H5N8 has not infected any humans worldwide to date but the emergence of a novel H5N8 virus with the capability of infecting humans could have drastic consequences to global health.

Bird flu is a storm of our own making. Another reason to abolish animal farming and go vegan.

Read more about bird flu here

About the author
Dr. Justine Butler
I joined Viva! as a health campaigner in 2005 after graduating from Bristol University with a PhD in molecular biology. My scientific training helped me research and write numerous reports, guides and fact sheets for Viva! including Meat the Truth, Fish-Free for Life, One in Nine (breast cancer and diet) and the substantial report on the detrimental health effects of consuming dairy; White Lies. This accompanied Viva!’s report The Dark Side of Dairy which spelt out the inherent cruelty of dairy farming. We were the first UK group to take on the dairy industry in this way, and many of our supporters go vegan after reading these reports.

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