A day following reports of two cases of H5N8 avian influenza in mallard ducks at Saxony-Anhalt, the Ministry of Agriculture in Schwerin report an additional case in a white stork at the Rostock Zoo (computer translated).

White stork Image/Ltshears
White stork

The infected stork and eight others were killed to prevent the spread of the virus.

This discovery has prompted the zoo to close today. Agriculture Minister, Dr. Till Backhaus, announced he would be discussing the case further at a press conference today.

On Wednesday, bird flu was detected in northern Saxony-Anhalt in two wild ducks. The animals had been shot during the game monitoring on 31 December. In both animals, the Friedrich-Loeffler-Institut detected the H5N8 virus.

In Mecklenburg-Vorpommern bird flu was (district of Vorpommern-Greifswald) erupted with the same pathogen in early November in an farm operation in Heinrichswalde with around 31, 000 turkeys. About 2,000 animals died, the others were killed.