BERLIN, July 8 (Xinhua) -- About 1,200 chickens, geese and ducks have been slaughtered over the weekend in the eastern Germanstate of Thuringia after Germany confirmed this year's first case of domestic bird infection of the deadly H5N1 strain on Friday, German media reported on Sunday.
Thuringia state officials wearing a protective suit search, for dead wild birds along the shore of Stausee in Kelbra July 5, 2007. Germany is raising its assessment of the risk of bird flu after officials in France and Germany discovered more birds which had died of the H5N1 virus, the country's top state veterinary laboratory said on Thursday. She cited the news from Wednesday that more wild birds had tested positive for the lethal strain of H5N1 bird flu in Germany -- this time in the eastern state of Thuringia.(Xinhua/Reuters Photo)
A dead goose found in the yard of a home for disabled persons in the hill village of Wickersdorf in Thuringia tested positive for the H5N1 strain of bird flu on Friday.
To prevent further spread of the bird flu virus to poultry, a restricted area within a radius of 13 kilometers has been established, and all poultry found by police and veterinarians in a door-to-door search have been killed by injection by Saturday.
German news agency DPA quoted Thomas Schulz, spokesman for the state health ministry of Thuringia as saying that initial tissue tests of the culled poultry had found no more bird flu virus. The results of a complete test will be released by Wednesday.
Germany has ordered farmers to keep poultry indoors as bird flu has infected more than 150 wild birds in a total of four German states -- Bavaria, Saxony, Thuringia and Saxony-Anhalt in the past two weeks.
Bird flu has also been found in Hungary, Britain, the Czech Republic and France this year.
Experts fear that the H5N1 bird flu virus could transmute into deadly human influenza that could kill millions.
According to the World Health Organization, the H5N1 virus has globally killed nearly 200 people out of more than 300 cases since 2003.
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